Work to extend Shoreham Beach boardwalk to begin…
Teams from Adur District Council will begin work to extend the popular Shoreham Beach boardwalk next week (week commencing 25th June 2018).
Since the local authority installed the first section in 2011, the town’s beautiful beach has been accessible to all thanks to the modern walkway along the shingle.
Next week, teams will begin the project to extend the route to Shoreham Fort with the aim of finishing it by the end of August.
Once complete, the boardwalk will be about one mile in length – meaning more of the unique environment of the protected beach will be opened up to all.
Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said:
“The Shoreham Beach boardwalk has been a real hit with residents and visitors which is why I’m delighted to see work on extending it is about to start.”
“By using modern materials sympathetic to the area’s conservation status, the boardwalk allows the beach and its amazing natural vistas to be enjoyed by all.”
“I also hope the extension will encourage more people to discover Shoreham Fort which is a hidden historic gem at the entrance of the harbour.”
Councillor David Simmons, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:
“The beach is one of our area’s greatest assets which is why I have been always championed the idea that it should be accessible to all.”
“This new stretch of boardwalk will make open up even more of our coast to more people, particularly those with limited mobility or with pushchairs.”
The extension, which runs on land owned by the Council, will link the current walkway which ends at The Burrells roundabout with Shoreham Fort.
It will follow the existing established footpath on the shingle beach between the patches of vegetation before linking up with the West Sussex County Council-owned footpath at Forthaven.
Contractors will arrive on site at the fort end of the route next week and begin manufacturing the materials soon after. Installation is expected to start in the first week of July and take seven weeks to complete.
The work will take place under permitted development rights which means planning permission is not needed.
The move has been backed by a range of partners including West Sussex County Council, Environment Agency, Shoreham Port, Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association and the Friends of Shoreham Beach.
Letters have been sent to residents of nearby properties in Old Fort Road informing of the proposed route and confirming the work will soon start.