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Mind the gap in Shoreham broadwalk
A council-funded beach boardwalk, left with a gaping hole following a dispute with neighbours, could be forced to circumvent the disputed land.
The 400-metre boardwalk on Shoreham Beach, which runs between Ferry Road and Shingle Road, has had a gap of around 20 meters in the middle since it was built in autumn 2011.
The gap causes problems for parents with buggies and wheelchair users who can’t manoeuvre across the pebbled beach to the other side.
Adur District Council spent more than £100,000 on the boardwalk, but didn’t realise some of the route was owned by a resident of neighbouring Old Fort Road.
After a legal battle last year, the Land Registry found in favour of the Old Fort Road resident and ruled the stretch wasn’t owned by Adur District Council or West Sussex County Council.
Councillor Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Council, described the situation as “disappointing” but assured the council was working towards a resolution.
He said: “We are trying to negotiate and find a resolution. It’s a particularly sad situation for disabled people who want to enjoy the pleasures of the seafront but aren’t able to.
“We’ve looked at alternatives, including going around the gap, but there are problems with safety as it would be closer to the shoreline.”
Last weekend a petition called ‘Fill that Gap’ was launched by The Friends of Shoreham Beach, calling for work to be completed as soon as possible.
Joy Daintree, Chairwoman of the Friends of Shoreham Beach, said: “The boardwalk will be so nice if and when it’s finished.
“It will be great during summer and good for people who like to get outside.
“We’re hoping as many people as possible will sign the petition and show their support, because right now it ruins the whole route.”
Copies of the petition are available at the Post Office, the Bakery 2 and Beach Café, the Waterside Inn, the Aquamarine bar and the Church of the Good Shepherd.
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