A missing link in a cycle and pedestrian route between Chichester and Selsey, which partially opened in 2008, looks set to be filled in at last – completing a leisure facility and visitor attraction for the area.
Despite work by the district council, West Sussex County Council and the cycle charity Sustrans, it has so far not been possible to secure the final part of the route, which currently extends between the city and Ferry Corner, Sidlesham.
But the district cabinet was told on Tuesday that a proposal by the Environment Agency and the RSPB would create a route from the Pagham Harbour nature reserve visitor centre, near Ferry Corner, to paths that would run alongside Medmerry flood banks.
District council leader Cllr Heather Caird said: “It will be nice to complete the cycleway – this has been hanging around incomplete for such a long time.
“This route would allow access to Selsey and to Bracklesham/East Wittering, and would secure the missing length of the Chichester to Selsey path, with significant leisure and tourism benefits,” a cabinet report added.
Details and costing of the route had not yet been finalised, but were estimated at around £60,000. A commitment by the district council to a financial contribution would significantly boost its prospects of early delivery.
The cabinet agreed a contribution no greater than £20,000 should be made from a council sustainable transport fund, provided with money from developers under ‘section 106’ agreements.
And the first port of call to look for further contributions would be to the county council and Sustrans.