PLANNING permission has been granted by West Sussex County Council to demolish and replace Shoreham Footbridge.
The new bridge, which will be used by pedestrians and cyclists, is to replace the existing ageing bridge on Shoreham High Street.
The decision taken by the county council’s planning committee was the most significant remaining approval required before the construction programme begins.
Consent had already been given by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to demolish the existing footbridge inside the Conservation Area.
Permission was also granted by the Environment Agency and the Marine Management Organisation.
The construction programme is expected to start no earlier than April and last for up to 12 months.
The existing footbridge will be demolished immediately afterwards over a period of up to three months.
During the construction work, it is expected that the existing footbridge will have to be closed for between 14 and 28 days in the interests of public safety. This is likely to take the form of a series of short-term closures.
A free shuttle bus will be in operation during the footbridge closures, operating from either end of the existing bridge.
Funding for the £5.8 million project has come from the county council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which received a £50 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund to extend the National Cycle Network into towns and cities across the UK.