A multimillion-pound town centre transformation has been unveiled.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday marked the completion of three phases in Littlehampton  regeneration scheme.

Improvements in East Street/Beach Road and High Street have seen the creation of an eye-catching pavement in a uniform style which flows through to the railway station in Terminus Road.

Further enhancements include new seating, planters and trees, cycle stands, improved maps and signage.

Outside the railway station is a new, double-stack cycle shelter and a widened footway and for those arriving by train and heading into town there are clearer crossing points to make it even more accessible.


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Councillor Steve Waight, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for support services and economic development, joined other dignitaries at the celebrations and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Argus: Littlehampton town centreLittlehampton town centre (Image: West Sussex County Council)

He said: “The Littlehampton Town Centre Public Realm Improvement Scheme is a triumph for partnership working between Arun District Council, Littlehampton Town Council, West Sussex County Council and contractors.

“The whole aim was to make Littlehampton town centre a more attractive place to visit, to shop in and enjoy, for both residents and visitors: the results, with the greater sense of connectivity for the town centre, are a credit to everyone involved.

“Boosting the town centre is a priority in the regeneration of the West Sussex coastal economy and the public realm improvement project aligns with one of the priorities in our council plan because a sustainable and prosperous economy is crucial for the future wellbeing of the county.”

The earlier phases in Beach Road/East Street and High Street cost around £3.8 million, which included government grant funding from Coastal Communities Fund, and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund and contributions from both Arun District Council and Littlehampton Town Council. The county council provided £1.25 million for the Terminus Road phase.

Councillor Roger Nash, chairman of the economy committee at Arun District Council, said: “The results of this joint project are fantastic. The new paving makes the town centre look completely rejuvenated and the additional features like the planting, benches and new bins make the area look much more inviting.

“We are very grateful to all the traders who were so patient while the work was being done.

“We know that shopping habits have changed and that shoppers don’t frequent stores like they once did, but we will continue to promote our town centres and all our independent shops as they have so much to offer. Projects like this help to boost the wider economy and the improved connectivity will hopefully increase footfall into the town centre.”