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The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and Littlehampton Harbour Board to improve the tidal flood defences along the East Bank of the River Arun in Littlehampton. The work is being carried out by the contractors, Volker Stevin.
The Environment Agency started building the scheme at the end of October 2013 but has been delayed for several reasons. The wettest winter on record during 2013 and 14, coupled with high winds, made construction work impossible during a period of 3 months. There were also equipment and plant issues, and problems with the detailed design that needed to be rectified. Due to these complex issues, the budget has increased to £22.1 million.
Since these problems have been addressed the programme has remained stable and should be finished by April 2015.
The scheme will improve flood defences from the lighthouse on the Promenade, to north of the A259. It will raise the height of flood defences on the east bank from Arun Parade near the mouth of the River Arun, through the town centre to north of the A259.
There is a stretch of flood defence along River Road that was not included in the East Bank scheme. This is because there are a number of development options for the site that include the reconstruction of the river wall. The Environment Agency will continue to closely monitor this section until a future developer implements a permanent solution for the site.
The Environment Agency has contingency plans in place to use temporary defences during bad weather and high tides. They put these plans in place during the period of exceptional high tides last autumn. The £22 million scheme is nearly complete and is already performing as it should to reduce tidal flood risk to £188,500,000 worth of homes, businesses, and other property in the district.
The project will also improve the walkway along the riverside from the town to the beach, including new lighting, seating and tree planting.
Work has started on the public areas including the pedestrian walkway, planters, steps and seating. This is progressing well and is on schedule. This work should be finished by April 2015.
Work on the public areas is progressing well. The seating and steps have been formed and the access ramps and the backfill works are completed and the floodglass has been installed. The remaining works are installation of the pontoon ladders, pontoons and reinstatement of the gardens is expected to complete by the end of March 2015.
River Road (Waterside and Britannia Quay)
The new steel sheet pile flood defences in the River Road area are now completed. The capping beam and backfill work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.
River Road (Northern End)
The new flood wall and the public areas in River Road (including the planting) have been completed. The raised public walkway is expected to be finished soon.
Arun View Public House
The works to defend the Arun View by installing flood glass are now completed and the Arun View is fully open.
Next to the A259 bridge
All the flood defences, planting and fencing are now completed. The installation of some drainage and the final reinstatement works are now underway. This work should be finished in March 2015.
During the building work in Pier Road and Arun Parade, both roads will be closed to traffic. Arun District Council is providing free parking in West Green car park for customers of businesses in Pier Road and Harbour Park in Arun Parade. This will continue until the end of March 2015, or until Arun Parade has re-opened (whichever is earliest).
Pedestrian access to these roads will remain open throughout the building of the scheme. This will allow shops and restaurants in Pier Road and Harbour Park in Arun Parade to open as normal.
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