The leader of Adur District Council praised Greater Brighton Economic Board for its work in securing multi-million funding for the next stage of the Tidal Walls project.
Councillors earlier this week approved to push on with radical plans to open up Shoreham’s riverfront to cyclists and pedestrians while reducing the risk of flooding.
Adur District Council and Sussex Yacht Club (SYC) have struck a deal which will see the local authority buy some of the club’s land with the proceeds being used by SYC to construct a new clubhouse.
Adur Council will then demolish the existing building, which is at the northern end of the Adur Ferry Bridge, and build new flood defences along with a riverside cycle and pedestrian route.
The project, which is costing £4.7 million, will transform the surrounding area for thousands of residents and visitors to the town. The money was raised thanks to Adur’s membership of the Greater Brighton City Region which secured the funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
It is part of a wide-reaching plan which will see the industrial units along the River Adur’s Western Harbour Arm transformed into new homes and workspaces with an expansive waterfront promenade.
After senior councillors on Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee approved a report outlining the progress of the scheme last night, Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “This is a great example of Greater Brighton working well on behalf of the citizens of Adur District.
“The Region has done a great job supporting us and we have had a great partnership together with the Environment Agency delivering the whole Tidal Walls project which will protect us from flooding and will bring jobs and new homes to the area.
“The end result will be a major step forward in a renaissance of Shoreham, which will transform the area and the lifestyle of the people that live and work in the town.”
The next step is for contracts to be exchanged with a planning application still to be approved.
Main photo – Proposed new club house for Sussex Yacht Club