The walkway leading to the local nature reserve on Shoreham Beach is to receive a ‘much-needed facelift’ after Rampion Offshore Wind agreed to fund a landscaping scheme, a council spokesman said.
The funds will be used to redesign and upgrade the walkway, which leads on from Ferry Road to form the final part of the link between the Shoreham pedestrian bridge and Shoreham Beach, according to the spokesman.
The landscaping scheme will complete the integral pedestrian link from Shoreham town centre to the beach, and will have a positive impact on the surrounding area for residents and visitors alikeChris Tomlinson, Rampion development and stakeholder manager
“At present the walkway is overgrown and unkempt and as the prime entrance to the beach, is ripe for improvement,” said the spokesman.
“The work will aim to ensure beachgoers have a positive welcome as they arrive at the beach, with a view of the wind farm straight ahead.”
The works will include ‘sensitive and appropriate’ landscaping and planting, a bicycle rack, and signage, to create a new public gateway, the spokesman said.
The Parks and Open Spaces Department of Adur and Worthing Council will coordinate the work.
There will be consultations and all the relevant community groups with an interest in the beach and local area will have the chance to be involved, the spokesman said.
Councillor Emma Evans, executive member for environment at the council, said: “I am delighted that our successful partnership with Rampion has yielded this funding and will result in a much needed refurbishment programme, to enhance access to one of the most beautiful areas on the West Sussex coastline.”
She said a new ‘pedestrian friendly footpath’ will encourage both residents and visitors to make greater use of Shoreham Beach – which in turn will attract ‘greater tourist spend’ with local businesses.
“It is no secret that local authorities across the UK are having to work closer with the business community and develop commercial partnerships to secure funding for schemes such as this,” she said.
More details of the planned public consultations will be announced later in the Spring, she added, to which she urges all residents to take part.
Chris Tomlinson, Rampion development and stakeholder manager, said: “We are pleased to fund the Shoreham Beach gateway project, which will provide an enhanced environment and fitting welcome for visitors to the unique habitat of Shoreham Beach.
“The landscaping scheme will complete the integral pedestrian link from Shoreham town centre to the beach, and will have a positive impact on the surrounding area for residents and visitors alike.”
As well as the landscaping scheme, Rampion will fund the installation of a telescope on the beach, he said: “So that people can take a closer look at the offshore environment, where in the coming months the wind farm will really begin to take shape as the turbines are gradually installed.”
Work is likely to start onsite in autumn this year, subject to relevant planning permissions being in place.
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