I am one who feels very protective of my area.
When I was chairman of Adur District Council I made sure that everyone knew exactly where Adur was – I lived and breathed Adur.
So I guess people can understand why I am deeply upset and angry at the way Shoreham has virtually been snubbed over the upcoming new BBC police series ‘Cuffs’.
I was reading somewhere that the television show is shot in and around Brighton, with absolutely no mention of Shoreham, or Worthing for that matter.
I guess somehow it was totally forgotten that Shoreham hosted the actors and crew for many months.
Shoreham’s Civic Centre has been home to the ‘police station’ and ‘custody suite’, and of course the court house scenes were shot at the Assembly Hall in Worthing.
The BBC said that they found it a lot easier to shoot many of the scenes in Worthing and Shoreham than Brighton, and they also said that Worthing was far more film friendly!
If I were still chairman, along with Worthing’s Mayor I would be jumping up and down at this injustice.
The record needs to be put right!
On the way to the studios in Brighton I pass the i360, which is a 162 metre observation tower that is now completed, bar the ‘viewing platform’.
I understand the platform is almost complete and about to be taken apart for shipping over to the UK from France.
The platform will hold up to 200 people and have a bar to purchase drinks from.
Did I forget to mention that the platform, or ‘pod’, is made of glass!
Call me old fashioned, but if the glass is made by the same people that made the glass for the Adur Ferry Bridge, then you will not be seeing me anywhere near it.
So what exactly is happening to the area in Shoreham surrounding and including the Civic Centre.
So many people are asking questions about the Morrisons site, the old Parcel Force site and of course the Civic Centre itself.
There are a lot of rumours and mixed messages coming out about each of them.
Morrisons have certainly pulled out and Frosts appear to be trading up and extremely busy on their very well established site.
The Parcel Force site is very different, with works having started a couple of years ago, then they came to a halt with all the heavy machinery being removed, and then a few months ago it all seemed to be starting only to be halted yet again.
My understanding is that the developers appear to have underestimated how much water there is on the site and how easy it is to be filled with water once you bore down.
Surely that should have been an essential part of their design and planning prior to purchase of the land.
Maybe some heavy pumps are needed.
When the Albion built their training ground in Lancing, the first thing they discovered was just how bad a water plain they were building on, not quite realizing how bad it really was.
The Albion ended up installing several massive underground storage tanks to collect the water and then recycle the water for use on the pitches and elsewhere at the Academy.
I understand that Futureform have taken over the old Conoco site and that will be developed very soon.
Now to the Civic Centre – so far no planning has been put in and according to my ‘undercover’ informant, there have been a few problems with the consortium put together to develop the site, with one of the major players pulling out of the scheme.
I also understand that the BBC wish to use the building for another series of ‘Cuffs’, which I believe they pay very handsomely for, so I guess there will be no rush in ‘getting rid’.
Hopefully by the time the next series is shot, people will realize that Shoreham/Adur are involved, and not just our neighbours.
Once Lidl is open along the A259, I hope we will start to see some nice looking buildings as the gateway to Shoreham, not like the third world country it looks like now.
BBC police drama Cuffs was filmed at Adur Civic Centre, ShorehamPhoto by Derek Martin
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