A COASTAL walkway is set for some improvements this year.

Work on an extension of the boardwalk at Shoreham beach is forecast to start in February.

The new platform will stretch from the existing boardwalk at Ferry Road to the concrete footpath at Beach Road to the west.

The extension will use highly durable, recycled plastic and cost £95,000 to install.

Councillor David Simmons, Adur District Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “Since its inception, the boardwalk has really opened up this unique and protected stretch of beach to local residents and those with more limited mobility.

“I’m delighted we are about to start phase four of the scheme, which will open up even more opportunities to enjoy this public facility.”

Councillor Joss Loader, who is also the chairwoman of the Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association, said: “Shoreham Beach is an extremely special place with a unique habitat and wonderful views.

“The existing boardwalk is hugely popular with residents and visitors to the beach and Adur District Council is to be applauded for the further investment. 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 current pathway has proved popular with walkers and allows people with mobility issues such as those in wheelchairs to have easier access to the beach. From the path, rare plants such as Yellow Horned Poppy, Sea Kale and Curled Dock can be seen.