Residents feared that the lands of Salvington Hill, Worthing, could be redeveloped if sold. But an auction of the freehold, which was scheduled to take place last Wednesday, was called off after Worthing Borough Council confirmed that the store, along with the post office and adjoining hairdressers, had been granted the status. community asset.
Mary Meadows, president of the High Salvington Residents’ Association who nominated the nomination, said: “Residents have responded very positively to the news.”
When a building is listed as a community asset, it gives residents the right to bid, if and when it is put up for sale, and six months to find the funds.
Ms Meadows said: “The association of course remains fully committed to the wishes of the residents to attempt to buy the freehold property, thus securing The Village Shop with the current tenants still in place, for the continued benefit of those who live in it. our community.
“Village Shop keeper, Vino Vinojan, in particular has provided excellent service to residents over the past 15 years and is now considered an integral part of the High Salvington community.”
She said the fundraising would continue and thanked all the residents who had “very generously” pledged to the Freehold Purchase Fund.
All residents wishing to contribute to the fund should contact Ms. Meadows as soon as possible.
About 250 residents attended an emergency meeting at the end of June to discuss the future of the land and unanimously decided that the store should stay.
Residents said the store served as a community center and was used by many people, especially elderly residents of the area, some of whom did not drive.
Residents of High Salvington unite to save village store