Worthing’s first ‘public living room’ is to stay open until the end of June. Beach Hut 72 down on the seafront between Heene Road and Grand Avenue, will now continue welcoming visitors every Friday until June 29.
Kitted out with home comforts such as games, magazines and drawing materials for children, the public living room has been set up as a public space where people can gather to socialise and relax for free.
The hut, which council staff open every Friday between 11am and 3pm, has already received over 30 visitors.
Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive for Health and Wellbeing, said“We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback since the hut first opened in May. Conversations in the public living room have ranged from the random chat to discussing how someone can better access resources to help them with a particular issue.”
Two visitors came to the hut to sit and work on sewing a tapestry, and another bought a lemon cake to be shared. One resident searching the beach for driftwood, stopped for a chat and was offered the chance to pick up driftwood from someone’s garden. The Reverend Gary Ingram, vicar of St Andrew’s in Ferring, said the site of the public living room always made him smile when he passed by.
If you are interested in getting involved in opening the public living room on the seafront on other days, contact Sophie Whitehouse in Adur and Worthing Councils’ Community and Wellbeing Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org