Littlehampton Coastguard Tower fails to sell at Savills Auctions on 9th May 2018.
The tower which was sold previously by Arun District Council has fallen into considerable disrepair under private ownership, which is a real shame.
Prior to it being sold, I had offered Arun District Council an attractive business proposition – I would lease the tower from the council, thus generating revenue for what was an unused building and turn into a ‘News & Views’ seafront shop. I also planned open the tower to the public as a viewing tower.
My offer was rejected. I was told there was no way that Arun’s councillors would agree and approve my plans as it would potentially impact on an existing, long-established seafront business.
The tower was then sold at auction and has since remained in private ownership since with little or no visible maintenance or upkeep until it being advertised for auction on 9th May 2018 where it was auctioned again, but failed to find a buyer.
Littlehampton’s Coastguard Tower has planning permission to convert it into holiday accommodation. It is available at £95,000 for any interested parties via Savills Auctions.
Earlier this week I caught up with the guys behind Littlehampton’s popular white-knuckle powerboat rides – Action Boat They confirm that owing to the Sea Defence works they won’t be able to run their popular rides this season.
Apparently the problems with access to and from the boat are just too great now that Action Boat’s berthing pontoon has been removed while the sea defence works are underway. They are hopeful that they’ll be back again in action in 2015. But this is a big blow for Littlehampton as this was one of our newest and most popular waterside attractions.
And it’s not just Action Boats that will be affected by lack of pontoon space.
One of the biggest problems facing Littlehampton Harbour this year will be the lack of visitor berthing space for visiting boats.
Last year we enjoyed a bumper season with visiting yachts many of them arriving as part of ‘Rallies’.
These boats and rallies bring a very welcomed spend to our local businesses – restaurants, shops and bars doing exceptionally well. Each year my own bike shop in Pier Road does well with cycle hire with visiting mariners and we also manage to sell a number of bikes to them.
But with the restricted pontoon space, it’s difficult to see how they’ll all fit in.
And, sadly the future of the Littlehampton Ferry also looks to be in doubt.
Latest update I can get on the Littlehampton Ferry is that the boat is up for sale and the previous operator (Action Boats) has confirmed it won’t be running the ferry as part of their operation.
Again even if a buyer is found it’s difficult to see where a suitable embarking and landing pontoon would be found as the original pontoon has now been removed as has the steps leading to it.
No doubt it’s going to be a difficult season for us as we’ve lost these two very popular attractions.
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A huge thank-you to Andrew Walker from the Environment Agency for providing these superb behind-the-scenes pictures. A number of them have been taken from a basket hanging from one of the cranes.
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A bird’s-eye view of Littlehampton’s East Bank Flood Defences Scheme under construction.
Amazing view of the entrance to Littlehampton Harbour, Littlehampton’s iconic Lighthouse and the boardwalk loved by so many.
The area behind the piling at Littlehampton’s Arun Parade all ready for backfilling and them a cap will be built on top raising the level of the sea defences.
The area being backfilled.
The giant especially created Crane Bridge/Platform which will carry the 136tonne crane along Pier Road while it undertakes the piling works. One side of this giant bridge will sit on Pier Road with the other sitting on the recently installed piles. It will work it’s way along Pier Road North with the crane sitting on top. Quite a sight when it’s up and running,which we hope will be tomorrow (Tuesday, 25th February 2014).
The giant crane’s plaform which sits on wooden sleepers.
The Piling hammer which drives the piles into the river bed.
Thanks again to Andrew from the Environment Agency and to VolkerStevin for allowing me to use these pictures on the Pier Road Diaries. As always, thanks to Eric Smethurst,Volker Stevin’s public liaison manager for providing us and all the visitors to the scheme with updates and explanations and for answering my endless questions and the construction staff not minding my poking my camera at them.
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