I have hundreds of photographs of empty shopsa selection of pictures of tiled doorstepsand an assortment of bicycles. The thing I like photographing most, though, are words; shop s, house names, notices and posters from across the country.
Random urban poetry.
The island is undoubtedly beautiful, with great scenery and towns which have, on the whole, been untouched by the worst of late 20th century development. High streets are full of small, quirky shops with great display windows, curved glass, tiled doorsteps prostitutes in sunny beach worthing original features. Walls carry the traces of old written adverts. There are pockets of emptiness, like the top of Ryde prostitutes in sunny beach worthing has been cut off by an unsympathetic traffic layout.
But these are isolated and could, with a little political will, be reinvented as destinations in their own right. There is a wealth of creativity on the island, led by people like the Isle of Wight Makers NetworkQuay Arts and clothing-company-and-cafe Rapanui. And the way that quirky, boutique shops have spread from obvious locations like Cowes towards more traditional towns like Ryde shows that there is a commercial drive, too.
Of course, the place is also known for a string of festivals, creating whole pop up towns a few times a year. They have a great lifestyle, property at a reasonable price and a fantastic place to live. And of course, social media enables even closer connections without getting on a boat.
There are great partnerships to be built with arts, cultural and creative organisations that are a short ride away and organisations like the Isle of Wight Makers Network and Quay Arts are doing that. Of course it is; could any council be working to make their town a bad place to live, work and invest? New apartments have just been completed overlooking Splash Point, itself regenerated in an award-winning scheme. So the shiny stuff is happening. The East End of London employed thousands as lighterman, quayside prostitutes in sunny beach worthing and warehouse men in buildings now converted into apartments and art galleries.
Visit any city in the North, and you can see the remains of past industry, in magnificent old mill buildings and the grand offices of industry. But what happens when a place loses its industrial base and every trace of the buildings are wiped from the map? Mr Elliot shipped glass from the Great Exhibition of to the town and built the first greenhouses. Four fruit trains a week left the town.
The industry covered Worthing, employed thousands, and those greenhouses were still standing after the second world war. The council sold the land for housing and the rapid post-war expansion wiped out every trace. If you grew up in Worthing in the s and 60s, you might remember the greenhouses. Born like me in the s, and they were all gone.
Collectively, the town has never acknowledged that loss, never sought to replace those real jobs with anything meaningful.
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Not a market town, not a seaside resort, not… anything. So what Worthing needs now is not the vaguest of aspirations, to be a place where people live, work and invest. Worthing needs some serious thinking, and to become again a town where people live, make things and generate real worth.
Worthing needs to discover a sense of purpose, stop trying to be a pale imitation of Brighton, and become something special again. It talks about growing as an industry, too: you can watch it over here. We have neglected the public space in our towns and cities for too long. The gaps between things are a playground.
ly belonging to a mixed crowd of free runners, urban artists and open air sleepers, the wider population are starting to reclaim these civic spaces. This is often started with a series of temporary interventions which prostitutes in sunny beach worthing future use or become permanent themselves. Just along from that community-led public space, the big boys are starting to reinvent their spaces.
The solid concrete architecture of the National Theatre is being softened by a series of temporary interventions. And Propstore is a riverfront bar made from old sets, scenery and props. And the Southbank Centre has been transformed with a series of pop up parks, cafes and artspaces which take the site right back to its original Festival of Britain beginnings.
There are new steps and gardens opening up access to rear of the Hayward Gallery, and a temporary street food cafe. Stages, gardens, art installations, tents; every corner of the Southbank Centre site is reinvented, and invested with new meaning.
All the temporary interventions have highlighted how underused this key site is, and how much potential there is in neglected public spaces around the site. I went away for a few days last week, working in Rotterdam.
It makes them deciders of the law, and that blurring of the law and the people who enforce it is never a good idea. Yes, two or more.
Particularly as the accompanying press release says it will protect the Jubilee and the Olympics, which suggests a political motive. So I complained, on Twitter. From January to Junethere were between calls per month which related to problems with street drinking. In July, the figures rose to calls, in Augustin September and in October The press release, mentioning the Jubilympic celebrations in Worthing and omitting any mention of street drinking, has confused the issue.
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Who watches the Watchmen? We do, and this summer, in Worthing, we need to be extra vigilant. This allows police officers to disperse a group of two or more people if they are causing disturbance in a public place within the boundaries specified by the order. The powers have only been brought in so that we are able to target acts of aggressive disorder, alcohol fuelled disorder.
It is not a blanket ban on meeting up or a curfew. We are aware of some very negative online responses to this decision and have already spoken to some concerned residents to clarify what it means. The powers of dispersal ONLY extend to those over 18 years of age — dealing with younger people would require use of a Section 30 6 which has NOT been authorised in this case and there are no prostitutes in sunny beach worthing for us to do so. Our approach to street drinkers is two-fold.
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We will uphold the law to prevent them causing alarm or distress to residents, visitors and businesses but we also offer them support and help them gain access to alcohol and drug treatment services. A punitive approach on its own only has very limited success.
We do not act to criminalise young people in Worthing or other areas of Sussex. These bring breaking commercial music to an alcohol-free, under 18s audience and additionally offer careers support and a chance to talk to officers and youth workers about issues facing teens in the area. Young people can speak to our Neighbourhood Schools Officers in confidence on Facebook to ask advice and seek reassurance around bullying, drugs and alcohol and staying safe online. Our officers in Worthing and our District Commander for the borough, Chief Inspector Ian Pollard, are very happy to speak by phone over the weekend to offer any necessary clarification or reassurance around the application of Section 30 in the town.
Was Worthing the birthplace of punk? The Living Loving Workshop was founded by Jimmy Doody, who with his company Krishna Lights went on to make the psychedelic lightshow into a commercial product. Blues band Steamhammer, whose songwriter Martin Quittenton went on to pen hits for Rod Stewart, were regulars.
Their original singer Chris Slade is still a Worthing resident, running a company finding Brits property in France. Another regular act were psychedelic blues band Mysterious Babies, featuring Brian James who later formed the Damned. The Worthing Workshop had its own magazine, founded by Nigel Thompson — known to many as a schoolteacher of many years standing.
Originally called Swan and then renamed Scab, the magazine included poetry, articles, and interviews and was reportedly investigated for pornographic prostitutes in sunny beach worthing. Members of the Workshop would regularly sell underground magazines like IT and Oz, as well as colourful screenprinted posters, at Holders Corner on Saturdays. Most notoriously they put the band The Pink Fairies on a float.
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Take that fact, the connections with The Damned and The Stranglers, and Worthing may deserve a place in the history books as one of the places that punk started. Originally written for The Sentinel, the Worthing supplement for the Argus, this is a good introduction to the legendary Phun City free festival. Phun City was the first free festival in the UK, and took place in July A 20 acre site at Ecclesdon Common, now lost under the A27 just north of Worthing, was turned over to camping, giant inflatable domes, and an open-air market.
The main stage was a rough scaffold affair, and at one point during the preparations the whole stage was carried to a new position on the site by an army of local hippies because it had been erected too close to power lines. The obligatory psychedelic lightshow was provided by Peter Wynne Willson, today providing massive prostitutes in sunny beach worthing rigs for stadium tours by U2 and Pink Floyd.
However, the local authority took out an injunction in an attempt to stop the festival. And many wonder — if Worthing had embraced Phun City, would we now be hosting an event the size of Glastonbury every year? Sunday was a day when society turned itself off, rebooted. It was a day for family, friends and neighbours.
Blue skies, hot summers, protests and strikes — but always new technological wonders. So I wonder if closing shop on Sundays might be the way to kickstart the economy.
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It certainly benefits the big traders, as it gives them another competitive edge, but it has a huge impact on the quality of life of small shopkeepers. And in a culture of working seven days a week and without any leisure time, are people buying the big ticket leisure items? Would closing all but corner shops and newsagents on a Sunday mean less money in circulation? Would it mean more time and therefore more money spent on leisure goods, from bicycles to beach toys, plants to patio furniture?
Just maybe. Almost certainly. The area moves from fast food takeaways and greasy spoons to more hipster hangouts, and the Skylight Cafe is in the middle of the market, with some bare brick, scattered furniture and a dash of people working on laptops.