‘Challenging times’ on Shoreham Beach

The toilet block on Beach Green that is being marketed
The toilet block on Beach Green that is being marketed

‘EXCITING but challenging times’ are ahead, according to the chairman of Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association, as councillors and the MP prepare to debate the area’s future.

The Beach community group promises a busy agenda for its annual general meeting on Saturday, which is being held at the Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Kings Walk, at 2pm.

Guest speakers include East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton, independent Adur district councillors Liza McKinney and Ben Stride, and West Sussex county councillor Mick Clark.

They will be discussing the Neighbourhood Plan, Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme, Ferry Road project and the Beach Green restaurant proposal, to replace the toilet block.

Joss Loader, chairman of the association, said: “These are exciting but challenging times locally, with a number of major projects that affect the lives of residents and businesses on the Beach.

“There will be a chance to question all three councillors, plus our MP Tim Loughton. All local people are very welcome.”

The Environment Agency will be giving a presentation on the tidal walls scheme, to show how it will affect Shoreham Beach and protect it from future flood risk.

Residents will be given the latest updates on the marketing proposals for part of Beach Green, involving the public toilet block and the possibility of transforming it into a café/restaurant venue.

People will be brought up to date on the Ferry Road and Lower Beach Road landscaping proposals, which have been delayed for over a year.

Residents will also hear more about work on the Shoreham Beach Neighbourhood Plan.

Mrs Loader said: “If adopted, it will help to shape the future of Marine Ward for the next 20 years – giving local people a powerful voice in their community’s future.”

The association marks its 60th anniversary this year. Visit www.shorehambeachra.co.uk to find out more.

If you are interested in becoming a member, email joss_loader@yahoo.co.uk or call 07838 379599.