A Christmas late afternoon seafront walk took me to Worthing Pier as the sun began to set. Right at the end of our Grade II listed art-deco pier is the Southern Pavilion - a beautiful oval shaped building currently standing empty and unused after the most recent tenants Angelik (sic) nightclub were refused a renewed premises licence by the council - presumably on grammatical grounds.
Apparently the interior has a vast 800 people capacity dance floor. Imagine Saturday afternoon tea dances! With its unspoilt views out to sea and daylight streaming in through those curved windows it would make a make a great art gallery space, and a tea room and shop would help pay the rent. In the evening it could be the perfect place for all kinds of community groups to meet and hold events (music, independent film screenings, arts clubs, circus and of course I'm thinking ukuleles) and would totally transform the way the Pier is used.
|View from Worthing Pier at sunset, Christmas Day 2011|