John Edwards Estate Agents, South Farm Road.
‘Sold! ‘Sold! ‘Sold!’ boasts the window in an exhausting hyperbole of celebration. Plenty of bungalows, just as we suspected there would be. But town houses too. And – look! – some smart contemporary flats designed for urban commuter living (if you’re unlucky enough to be a South-eastern rail customer). Or perhaps they’re intended as cool cutting-edge residence for co-working start-up entrepreneurs who don’t need – or want – to confuse their living space by hybridising it with the dreaded ‘home office’. Blimey, the prices seem to have gone up quite sharply since last time we looked in here. The rumours must have some substance, then? Let’s ask some people who are bound to have an opinion – albeit it will be filtered through professional optimism and property market values. Four eager friendly faces look up as we walk in. And – considering the way that nobody makes gauche assumptions about our unusual little family group as we take over the space – we sense that this is a diversity-friendly business too. Is Worthing the new Brighton, then? A controversial question, it turns out. Even in here. Perhaps especially in here?
“Definitely! The signs of it are everywhere. Building plans, new places like the Cowshed, Coast Cafe. It’s all coming up fast.”
“Definitely no. It will never be like Brighton. For one thing, it’s smaller. But then again, Brighton is now London, and so Worthing is coming up very fast as a really good place to live” .
(John Edwards Estate Agents, South Farm Road).
Deborah Petch graduated in 2015 with a Fine Art Masters degree from University of Chichester. Recently Deborah has been working on an Arts Council England Project called Insight. Her intuitive ink drawings or ‘Inklings’ describing her journeying in Sussex started as small sketches, culminating in an epic sized 10 meter long ink drawing or ‘Inkscape’ made in situ on the top of Cissbury Ring, Worthing. Her aim was to capture the full vista of the landscape before her, both what she can see and what she can feel, working outside in the elements on top of Worthing’s Iron Age Hill Fort.