Worthing Borough Council
Worthing Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|Preceded by||Worthing Municipal Council|
Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Conservative
since January 2015
Councillor Lionel Harman, Conservative
since May 2019
|Various joint committees of Adur and Worthing Councils|
Greater Brighton City Board
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|First past the post|
|5 May 2016 (13 councillors)|
3 May 2018 (13 councillors)
2 May 2019 (11 councillors)
|6 May 2021 (13 councillors)|
5 May 2022 (13 councillors)
4 May 2023 (11 councillors)
|"Ex terra copiam e mari salutem"|
(Latin for "From the land plenty and from the sea health")
|Worthing Town Hall|
Worthing Borough Council is a district council in the county of West Sussex, based in the borough of Worthing. The borough council was created in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 out of the existing Worthing Municipal Council, which also had borough status. It forms the lower tier of local government in Worthing, responsible for local services such as housing, planning, leisure and tourism. Since 2014 it has been a constituent council of the Greater Brighton City Region.
Worthing Town Commissioners (1803-1865)
The early town was run by 72 town commissioners following the Worthing Town Improvement Act of 1803. The first chairman of the commissioners was Timothy Shelley, who chaired the first meeting at the Nelson Inn on South Street. Commissioners were elected by ratepayers rather than the general population of the town. Their remit was to raise rates for the purpose of providing pavements, lighting, the disposal of sewage and a local police force. Following further Acts in 1809 and 1821 further powers were given to commissioners, who established a market between Market Street and Ann Street in 1810. Further activities included laying down, widening, and paving streets and building a new road from Worthing to South Lancing.
Worthing Board of Health (1865-1890)
Worthing Town Council (1890-1974)
In 1890 Worthing and the new town of West Worthing were incorporated by charter as the borough of Worthing. Six aldermen and 18 councillors, including the mayor, at first represented 5 wards. Alfred Cortis was Worthing's first mayor.
One notable councillor was Frederick Linfield, who was one of the first councillors when Worthing was incorporated as a borough in 1890 and was mayor of Worthing twice, from 1906 to 1908. Linfield went on to become Liberal MP for Mid Bedfordshire.
The Labour Party first put up candidates in Worthing in 1919, and its first councillor, Charles Barber, was elected to Broadwater ward in 1922. Worthing was the first town in the UK to establish a branch of the conservative Middle Class Union, largely made up, in Worthing, of retired army personnel. An MCU candidate, Colonel Connolly, was elected in 1921. The elections of Connolly and Barber brought about an end to the tradition in Worthing of non-party participation in elections.
On 31 March 1930, Charles Bentinck Budd was elected to the Offington ward of the West Sussex County Council. Later that year, Budd, who lived at Greenville, Grove Road, was elected to the town council as the independent representative of Ham Ward in Broadwater. At an election meeting on 16 October 1933, Budd revealed he was now a member of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). He was duly re-elected and the national press reported that Worthing was the first town in the country to elect a fascist councillor. Street confrontations took place culminating on 9 October 1934 when anti-fascist protesters met outside a blackshirt rally at the Pavilion Theatre in what became known as the Battle of South Street.
Between 1933 and 1939 the Worthing Corporation purchased 1,000 acres (405 ha) of downland to the north of Worthing, which forms the Worthing Downland Estate. In 1939 the Worthing Corporation purchased 72 acres (29 ha) acres of land at High Salvington. This land adjoined another 59 acres (24 ha) acres that were purchased around the same time.
Worthing Borough Council (1974 onwards)
The borough council was formed in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972. The borough of Worthing became a district with borough status granted by a new charter. In 1976 30 councillors still represented 10 wards, but aldermen had been abolished.
In 2017 Alex Bailey also became Director of Innovation and Infrastructure’ at the Coastal West Sussex NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, in addition to his role as Chief Executive of Worthing Borough Council and Adur District Council.
Daniel Humphreys (Conservative) has been the leader of the Council since January 2015 following the resignation of previous leader Paul Yallop. Following a by-election in May 2017 Beccy Cooper became Worthing's first Labour councillor for more than 40 years. She was joined in 2018 by four more Labour councillors, who now form the main opposition.
Joint administration with Adur District Council
For electoral purposes, the borough is divided into 13 wards: Broadwater, Castle, Central, Durrington, Gaisford, Goring, Heene, Marine, Northbrook, Offington, Salvington, Selden, and Tarring. There are thirty-seven borough councillors with two councillors assigned to Durrington and Northbrook wards and three councillors assigned to each other ward. The party composition of the council is: 23 Conservative; 10 Labour; 3 Liberal Democrat; and 1 UKIP.
The Leader of the council is Councillor Dan Humphreys (Conservative), and the Deputy Leader is Councillor Kevin Jenkins (Conservative). The highest non-elected official is the Chief Executive, Alex Bailey, who is also the joint Chief Executive of Adur District Council.
The current composition, as of July 2020, is:
|Ward||2016-2021 term||2018-2022 term||2019-2023 term|
|Broadwater||Paul Baker (Conservative)||Margaret Howard (Labour)||Dawn Smith (Labour)|
|Castle||Steve Wills (Conservative)||Karen Harman (Conservative)||Lionel Harman (Conservative)|
|Central||Paul Westover (Conservative)||James Deen (Labour)||Sally Smith (Labour)|
|Durrington||Jane Sim (Conservative)||Charles James (Conservative)|
|Gaisford||Val Turner (Conservative)||Kevin Jenkins (Conservative)||Henna Chowdhury (Labour)|
|Goring||Steve Waight (Conservative)||Nicola Waight (Conservative)||Roy Barraclough (Conservative)|
|Heene||Paul High (Conservative)||Richard Mulholland (Labour)||Helen Silman (Labour)|
|Marine||Rebecca Cooper (Labour) (since 2017)||Edward Crouch (Conservative)||Tim Wills (Conservative)|
|Northbrook||Mark Withers (UKIP)||Sean McDonald (Conservative)|
|Offington||Elizabeth Sparkles (Conservative)||Louise Murphy (Conservative)||Daniel Humphreys (Conservative)|
|Salvington||Richard Nowak (Conservative) (since 2019)||Heather Mercer (Conservative)||Noel Atkins (Conservative)|
|Selden||Keith Bickers (Conservative)||Michael Barrett (Labour)||Carl Walker (Labour)|
|Tarring||Hazel Thorpe (Liberal Democrat)||Robert Smytherman (Liberal Democrat)||Martin McCabe (Liberal Democrat)|
Historical compositions are as follows:
Coat of arms
The borough's coat of arms includes three silver mackerel, a Horn of Plenty overflowing with corn and fruit on a cloth of gold, and the figure of a woman, considered likely to be Hygieia, the ancient Greek goddess of health, holding a snake. The images represent the health given from the seas, the fullness and riches gained from the earth and the power of healing. Worthing's motto is the Latin Ex terra copiam e mari salutem, which translates as 'From the land plenty and from the sea health'. The borough's coat of arms was created in 1890 after it received borough status. Designed by Mr TR Hyde the arms were only granted officially by the College of Arms in 1918 and were formally granted in 1919.
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- Worthing Borough Council elections
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- West Sussex County Council
- Worthing Rural District
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