Selsey lifeboat station plans to move temporary shop

Selsey Lifeboat shop at the current lifeboat station
Selsey Lifeboat shop at the current lifeboat station

THE SELSEY lifeboat shop could be moved a short distance down the coast while work starts on a new lifeboat station.

The RNLI has asked Chichester District Council’s permission to move the existing container away from the iconic lifeboat station, with work due to start fairly imminently.

“While work goes on, a temporary lifeboat station will be situated at Kingsway and the RNLI wants the shop to be located next to it,” the charity said in its design and access statement.

“The intention is to relocate the container to the proposed position for the duration of the works.

“This will provide continuity for the souvenir outlet throughout the coming months, particularly when there is likely to be increased interest in the local RNLI due to the construction of the new 
station.”

The temporary lifeboat station and shop will be at the north-eastern end of Lifeboat Green, which is the next available open site with a gap in the sea wall to launch the lifeboat.

However, at least one residents of Kingsway has already expressed concern.

John Farrell said the temporary buildings were not all in the position identified in the initial application.

He asked for the temporary shop to be situated opposite the entrance to Fraser Close, where he claimed it would have ‘less impact’.

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