the need for retaining existing access points to the
River Adur and for a Public Slipway with parking
A considerable amount of effort was expended across many
studies into how best to improve the economy and social
facilities in and around Shoreham. These studies were
carried out by, or on behalf of, Adur District
Council(ADC), The Environment Agency (EA) or West Sussex
County Council (WSCC). All concluded that providing
access to the River Adur would be of benefit to the
Key points: All the reports support
access to the River Adur, but none of the
recommendations has been inplemented.
In fact, the situation has worsened.
We need your help to encourage ADC and
councilors to take positive steps to implement the
The information below contains supporting
text taken from numerous documents written by, or on
behalf of, ADC, WSCC and the EA. References and links
are included. As can be seen, it has long been realised
that Shoreham lacks usable slipways both for use by
local people and to encourage visitors to come to the
area. This has an adverse effect on both the local
economy and the well being of the residents. The latest
report indicates that an economically priced slipway
could be constructed at the Adur Recreation Ground.
Shoreham Harbour Joint
Area Action Plan nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Adopted October 2019
Link to Harbour Joint Area Action
This comprehensive document was developed,
over several years, to provide guidance for changes and
developments along the westerm arm or the River Adur.
Many local businesses, organisations, offical bodies and
individuals helped with the content.
There are 16 references to slipways
Some of the slipways are now only used by light
recreational craft yet contribute to the historic
character of the town.
schemes that result in the loss of an existing
slipway or hard and that fail to incorporate a new
useable slipway (with sufficient parking/turning
space) on-site may be expected to contribute
towards re-provision of the facility off-site.
The Partnership is currently working with the
Shoreham Slipways Group to identify a suitable
location in the harbour for a new public slipway
with sufficient space for appropriately laid out
development at Stowes Gap is covered by 2. but it is
not being applied. It is proving impossible to get
this resolution 3. implemented.
Minutes of the WSCC
Rights of Way Commmittee May 1999
Link to WSCC Rights of Way Committee
Minutes May 1999
During the latter end of the 1990's
attempts were made to close the access to the River Adur
at Stowes Gap. Objections were raised and the WSCC
Rights of Way Committee investigated the situation. After consulting with various
individuals and organisations they concluded
The slipway must remain open for people to launch
and recovery of small boats, etc.
Other activities being conducted in the area and the
accumulation of clutter were not valid reasons to
prevent use by the public.
Shoreham Slipway Feasibility Study
Prepared for WSCC by CH2MHill (
formerly Halcrow ) - November 2014
Link to CH2MHIll report
A comprehensive report covering the background
issues and considering three possible slipway sites in
Shoreham. A copy is attached to this planning
application ( Shoreham Slipways Final Report ). It
concludes that an effective slipway could be constructed
at all three possible sites, namely the Adur Recreation
Ground, Ferry Road or along Silver Sands.
A Strategy for Shoreham
Renaissance March 2006
Link to Strategy for Shoreham
In section 1.1 of the report it recommended
the creation of "a marina and/or slipways"
(South East England Development Agency) Study 2001,
commissioned by ADC
concluded that Shoreham would be best served by
multiple public slipways.
Local Plan 1996
The following texts show
the lack of slipways is a long standing issue.
"13.58 The public
hards located within the Harbour area provide the
principal means whereby the public can launch boats into
the Harbour. They represent a valuable and historic
asset which it is essential to retain. The majority are
identified as public rights of way on the Definitive Map
of Public Rights of Way. The West Sussex County Council
as Highway Authority is responsible for maintenance
between the public highway and mean high water marks of
those hards shown on the Proposals Map."
"13.59 In many
cases, the hards are unusable because of poor access,
lack of adjacent parking facilities or irregular
maintenance (such as clearing of obstacles). Therefore,
within the Local Plan area:-
proposals for the comprehensive development or
redevelopment of land adjacent to any public hard
within the Local Plan area, developers will be
required to provide improvements to the hard,
including access to it, and conveniently sited
parking for cars and trailers.
This policy shall not be
taken to preclude the re-siting of a public hard
(subject to the necessary legal procedures) if this is
necessary to produce a satisfactory development or
redevelopment, providing the standard and effectiveness
of use of the facility remains the same or is improved."