Work to improve the tidal flood defences along the East Bank of the River Arun in Littlehampton started at the end of October 2013. This is a partnership project between the Environment Agency, Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and Littlehampton Harbour Board and is being delivered by our contractors Volker Stevin and our designers CH2M Hill (Halcrow).
The £14.5-million partnership scheme includes building a new tidal flood wall to protect 2,500 residential properties and businesses against 100 years of projected sea level rise. The project will also improve the walkway along the riverside from the town to the beach, including new lighting, seating and tree planting.
The scheme includes raising the height of flood defences on the east bank from Arun Parade near the mouth of the River Arun, through the town centre to north of the A259. Work is expected to be completed in winter 2015.
During the construction works in Pier Road and Arun Parade both roads will be closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrian access to these roads will remain open throughout the construction of the scheme. This will allow shops and restaurants in Pier Road and Harbour Park in Arun Parade to operate with their normal trading hours.
Free parking for customers of Pier Road shops, restaurants and Harbour Park will be made available by Arun District Council in the signposted part of the West Green Car Park from Monday 21 October 2013.
Our visitor centre
We have a visitor centre located by the Oyster Pond, behind the fish kiosk, where you can drop in to talk to our Public Liaison Officer and have your questions answered. We have lots of information about the scheme including:
- Why we are doing the work
- Pictures of what it will look like when it's finished
- Maps and plans of what we will be doing and when
The visitor centre is open 8am to 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday.
We produce regular newsletters to let residents and local businesses know the latest developments on the project. Please see the Arun District Council website for the latest newsletter:
You can also follow us on Twitter: @EnvAgencySE #LittlehamptonFAS
We want to work closely with the community and incorporate your feedback into our plans wherever possible.