Sussex Heritage - A future for the past
Denton Gardens, Worthing Saved For The Enjoyment Of The Public
Thanks to a successful collaboration between Sussex Heritage Trust, the Worthing Society, the Sussex Gardens Trust and a determined local action group, an area of important public space has been saved for the enjoyment of the public. Denton Gardens in Worthing was gifted to the council by a retired councillor, Alderman Denton in 1922 as an open space for the benefit of the townsfolk. Since then it has been enjoyed by the residents of Worthing and visitors alike, but in early 2008 the gardens were named as one of two seafront options chosen by Worthing’s Council’s cabinet as a replacement site for the aging Aquarena swimming pool. Appalled at the thought of losing a popular local amenity and public space, the Denton Gardens Action group was started by residents Mark and Nicky Sheeran who then got in touch with Alastair Johns, Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust to ask for his advice and the support of the trust. Over the following months Alastair Johns visited the Gardens and had meetings with the Sheerans as well as with the local council to suggest alternative locations for the proposed pool. At their meeting on 15 September the Council decided not to proceed with the Denton Gardens options. This is an excellent and welcome result; Alastair Johns continues to keep in touch with the Sheerans and there are plans for a Friends of Denton Gardens group to be formed which could restore the gardens to their former glory. Sussex Heritage Trust and the Sussex Gardens Trust have been able to advise on this as well as on the availability of funding.