Natural England has begun to investigate how to improve coastal access along a 50 km stretch of the Sussex coast between Shoreham-by-Sea and Eastbourne.
Officers from West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park are providing Natural England with expert local advice and helping to make sure there is full consultation with local interests during the development of the route.
On 19 December 2019, the Secretary of State announced her decision to approve a stretch of the England Coast Path between Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex and Eastbourne in East Sussex. Natural England’s report is still available to view.
Natural England will publish further details of the approved route in due course.
Work is now underway to prepare the new stretch of coast path for public use. The first step is to contact owners and occupiers of the affected land to discuss the design and location of any new infrastructure which is needed, such as signs and gates.
When preparations are complete, new access rights will come into force along the route and adjoining spreading room.
For further advice see the detailed guide below.