Tim Loughton, Member of Parliament for East Worthing & Shoreham.[Back to list]
For too many decades the Shoreham Cement Works site has been a blot on the beautiful landscape of the Adur Valley. Long after their useful life the industrial buildings have been left to rot in an area of outstanding natural beauty that is now part of the South Downs National Park. But most of all this extensive site offers an extraordinary opportunity to be brought back into use and for something exciting and contemporary for the benefit of the local community.
There have been many false dawns. When I first became the Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham, in which constituency part of the site falls, a leading building company put forward plans for a national winter sports centre. Subsequently there have been proposals for a national cricket centre, business park, waste disposal site and many others.
All have come to nothing.
Above all what is needed is imagination and determination to secure the funding and see through a visionary project for this important site. Given the sensitive landscape, it lends itself to an environmentally friendly development, pushing the boundaries for sustainability and cutting edge design and iconic structures. Given the housing pressures in our area it will need to incorporate homes and employment opportunities too.
It would be great to bring the same degree of imagination that gave rise to the Eden Project in Cornwall to the South Downs. The time for inaction is behind us and I am optimistic that there is a groundswell of determination and energy to realise the potential of this extraordinary site at long last, and I am keen to work with those who can make it happen.
Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
for East Worthing and Shoreham