A POPULAR boardwalk is set to get a £95,000 extension in time for the summer.

Work will start on a new section of Shoreham Beach boardwalk next month.

It is set to stretch from the existing path at Ferry Road to the concrete footpath at Beach Road to the west.

Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association chairwoman Joss Loader said the boardwalk was “an extremely special place” thanks to the rare plants around it.

“A lot of work has gone into making sure we use materials sympathetic to the area’s Local Nature Reserve status, ensuring the boardwalk also protects the rare plants,” the independent councillor said.

“Shoreham Beach is an extremely special place with a unique habitat and wonderful views.”

The new boardwalk will be built with recycled plastic, something Adur District Council health chief Cllr David Simmons said would open up the area to residents.

“Since its inception, the boardwalk has really opened up this unique and protected stretch of beach to local residents,” he said.

Work will begin in February and continue for three weeks before the new boardwalk opens.