The demolition date of a Harvester which was gutted in a blaze has been announced.

The restaurant in Coastguard Road, Littlehampton, went up in flames on August 10 as a kitchen fire spread to the roof of the building.

Since then, the restaurant and neighbouring centre the Windmill Entertainment complex have been closed to the public.

In its latest statement, Arun District Council addressed “frustrations” or organisations which want to return to the neighbouring centre, which contains a cinema and theatre.


To have access to all of our best stories, subscribe to The Argus here.

It said Freedom Leisure, the operator in charge of the centre, will continue to be in regular contact with all users of the Windmill centre.

A spokesman for Arun District Council said: “We are aware that users are keen to know whether an interim, part-opening of the facility is viable.

“In considering any part-opening, we must prioritise the health and safety of all users, contractors and staff.”

The demolition of the Harvester site is expected to begin in the third week of October.

“In the meantime, the asbestos that needed to be removed from a damaged ceiling in the windmill has been removed and we hope to be able to mobilise the repairs very shortly,” the council spokesman said.

“We hope to be in a position in the next couple of weeks to confirm when we anticipate these will be complete and confirm an anticipated reopening date.”