* LANCING PARK PILLARS *
We have received the following email regarding the ownership
of the pillars
at the entrance to Lancing Park. If you have any ideas on the
please email us at the address below:
anyone know who owns the pillars at the entrance to Lancing Park?
I have asked
the West Sussex County Council, Highways Department if they know, and they tell
me that there is no record of ownership, and that they are not responsible for
their up keep.
The pillars are now in a poor state, with large cracks and
lumps of concrete rendering missing.
I believe the pillars where erected about
1929, and were white washed all over except for the raised shields which bear
the name "LANCING PARK", these were left in bare concrete.
and "PRIVATE ROAD" lettering were and still are in black.
were apparently built as a feature of one of the first private holiday/retirement
homes developments on the Sussex coast.
I have lived in the Lancing/Sompting
area all my life (over fifty years), and I am currently a resident of Lancing
Therefore I would be most upset to see these unique landmarks fall or
Is there anyway that they can be saved as part of Lancing's history.
Martin Swain, Lancing Park.
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FOLLOWING REPLY HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM PETER LATHAM AT ADUR DISTRICT COUNCIL
I saw your message on the web, but do not know when it was posted
there. You may be aware that we had been in discussion with both Lancing Parish
Council and West Sussex County Council recently to try to establish ownership
of the pillars and also to see if we can find a way of preserving them.
have been unable to find clear identification as to who owns the pillars, but
I agree it would be a shame to see them lost for posterity.
estimate of the costs of repairing them has been put at around £3,000. I
am investigating ways in which the money can be raised to ensure the necessary
repairs are carried out, and local councillors have also indicated they wish to
see them retained.
The Parish Council has offered a sum of £200.
West Sussex County Council have offered a sum of £500 and I am sure that
this Council will be able to match this latter offer, which leaves the question
of funding the remainder. I am wondering if you would be interested in joining
the fund raising effort, as I am sure that there must be much interest amongst
the residents of Lancing Park.
My secretary, is looking into other routes
of funding through grant organisations and it may well be possible to access these
funds. However it is usually the case that Councils would not be eligible,
although organisations and individuals could be.
I would be pleased to
know if you would like to join the project and look forward to hearing from you
Director of Services