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Adur District Council and Rampion partner in major facelift works on Shoreham Beach gateway

Released: Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Ferry Road entrance to Shoreham Beach Local Nature Reserve will receive a much-needed face-lift after Rampion Offshore Wind agreed to fund a landscaping scheme to enhance this important footpath, which directly links Shoreham Town Centre to the Beach via the Ferry Bridge.

Rampion's support will include funds to redesign and upgrade the walkway that forms the final part of the link between the Shoreham pedestrian bridge and Shoreham Beach. The works will include sensitive and appropriate landscaping and planting, a bicycle rack, and signage, to create an impressive new public gateway.

At present the walkway is overgrown and unkempt and as the prime entrance to the beach, is ripe for improvement. The work will aim to ensure beach-goers have a positive welcome as they arrive at the beach, with a view of the wind farm straight ahead.

The work will be coordinated by the Parks & Open Spaces Department of Adur & Worthing Councils and will include consultations and involvement of all the relevant community groups with an interest in the beach and local area.

Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council Executive Member for Environment, adds:

“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.”

“A new pedestrian friendly footpath will encourage residents and visitors alike to make greater use of Shoreham Beach. In turn, this 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. I look forward to announcing more details of the planned public consultations due later in the Spring and urge all residents to take part and have their say in the future of this beautiful and much loved beach.”

Rampion Development and Stakeholder Manager, Chris Tomlinson, 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.”

“In addition to the landscaping scheme, Rampion will fund the installation of a telescope on the beach 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.”

(PR17-031)

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