Vital work to create good-quality housing for some of the most vulnerable in Adur and Worthing is pushing on despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
After a short break due to government restrictions, construction teams working on a number of sites have picked up tools again with strict social distancing measures in place to ensure no further delay to the creation of much-needed accommodation.
The first of those is the development of The Downview in Tarring Road. Worthing Borough Council bought the former pub in 2018 and received permission to create 17 flats on the site last year.
The first stage is converting the building into nine flats, which is due for completion this month, while work on creating a further eight units on the car park will start later this summer.
Once complete, it will provide accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people and families in the area while saving the Council £90,000 a year in temporary and emergency accommodation costs, currently spent mainly on Bed and Breakfasts outside of the area.
Proposals to create 19 further temporary accommodation units in the former Masonic care home in Rowlands Road are also moving forward after planning permission was granted in September 2019.
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