£250,000 for Beach works are approved
Up to £250,000 from the sale of the Surry Arms public house will be released to pay for a Shoreham Beach enhancement scheme.
Councillors at Adur and Worthing joint strategic committee on Thursday agreed to release the money for the Lower Beach Road car park.
A report by James Appleton, executive head of planning, regeneration and wellbeing, highlighted the opportunity to enhance the layout of the car park and provide a cyclepath link to Ferry Road and the beach beyond.
The work is linked to the completion of the new footbridge and will now be included in the 2013/14 Adur capital investment programme.
Council officers will continue to negotiate with Shoreham Port Authority over access issues and, if necessary, will proceed to purchase the freehold to allow the development to be completed.
The project, which will require a new road leading into the car park, meets one of the key aspirations in the Shoreham Renaissance Strategy.
The idea is to improve visual and physical access to the waterfront, as well as the link between Shoreham town centre and the Beach.
The new-look East Street set the ball rolling, alongside works on the replacement footbridge.
Funding already secured includes a contribution from the Shoreham Harbour Project to help enhance Ferry Road.
“The overall costs of the project are approximately £450k, however, £200k is this cost has already been included in the WSCC footbridge budget,” said Mr Appleton in the report. “It is proposed the remaining £250k is funded from the council’s ring-fenced capital receipts.
“The sale of the Surry Arms public house generated £987k and this sale receipt was ring-fenced for regeneration project.”
Speaking at Thursday’s meeting, Adur councillor Jim Funnell said: “I am delighted to see this report and I welcome it very much indeed.
“It is an area that looked awful before work on the footbridge started, so I fully recommend it.”
The works, which will coincide with tidal defences along the section of Lower Beach Road car park, will include an attractive pedestrial and cycle link to Ferry Road, the Beach and coastal cyclepath.
The same number of car parking spaces will be available, with an enhanced “landing point” from the bridge and new landscaped area, with seating, overlooking the river.
The design can easily to be modified for the proposed slipway to be included at a later date, if approved, and the existing access for houses and houseboats will be retained or modified.
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