Work is underway on a new £4 million scheme which will ensure homes and businesses in Shoreham are protected from flooding while creating a new community HQ for one of the country’s oldest sailing clubs.
Adur District Council has been working closely with Sussex Yacht Club for a number of years to develop a creative way to plug the hole in the flood defences on the banks of the river Adur.
The multimillion pound scheme has seen the Council – with the support of Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and Environment Agency – buy a strip of land off the yacht club, who will use these funds to build a new fully-accessible clubhouse adjacent to the current building.
The Council will then build a new flood wall, as well as creating pedestrian and cycling facilities along the south side of the main A259 coast road, before demolishing the existing clubhouse.
Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “After many months of hard work, I’m pleased to see work start on this fantastic new facility for Sussex Yacht Club.
“The wider project, which has involved extensive commitment from a number of key partners, will deliver big benefits to the whole town – most importantly, creating cycling and walking routes on the river side of the A259 while plugging the gap in flood defences which, in turn, will bring increased investment into Shoreham.”
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