Lancing Parish Council, together with many community groups, has been working towards the Monks Rec. Improvement Project. Those involved include Keep Lancing Lovely, Lancing Community Bike Project, Lancing Football Club, Lancing Parish Youth Council, Lancing United Football Club, Lancing Youth Football Club, Sussex County Football Association, The Globe Primary School, West Sussex County Council, Worthing & Horsham District Sunday Football League and local experts.
A survey was conducted locally in August 2017 to find out what Lancing residents want at Monks Rec. Since then, the Working Group has created a brief and conceptual design based on the results. A consultation was held in Spring 2018, ending April 2018. The results will now be analysed.
Update - Press Release First Steps Towards Major Investment In Monks Rec. (11 June 2019)
Lancing Parish Council's ambitious plans to improve Monks Rec., located at the centre of Lancing, have started to become reality this week with 9 new trees planted in the park.
The masterplan for the recreation ground, available to view on Lancing Parish Council's website, includes a sensory nature walk, children's playground, football pitches and a new building with cafe, changing and toilet facilities, and is being designed by BDP, an established design consultancy. The project is being developed and overseen by a working group comprised of Lancing Parish Councillors, local organisations and members of the community to ensure that the design fulfils the brief.
Lee Cowen, leading the Monks Rec. Improvement Working Group, comments "I'm delighted to see the beginnings of Monks Rec. regeneration. They say from tiny seeds grow mighty trees. It's a long neglected park and residents in central Lancing deserve a special place to visit."
Lydia Pope, Chairman of Lancing Parish Council, comments that "this is a great example of Lancing Parish Council listening to residents and understanding that significant investment is needed to improve facilities in the heart of Lancing. Our green spaces are such a huge asset, and should be enhanced to maximise health, well-being and biodiversity."
BDP are now drawing up more detailed plans, including the layout of the new building, and once received will be put on public display for comment. These detailed plans will also help with the Council's grant funding applications as they show the building complies with Sports England and the Football Foundation's specifications.
There is still a lot of work to do on this 5 year project, but is currently on track to be completed, subject to funding, in the next 3 years.