Beach on the Beach sand play area to open soon

Cooling down - Saturday saw a slight reprise from the hot weather on Bognor beach.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131001-1 Bog Hot Weather ENGSUS00120130722140036
Cooling down - Saturday saw a slight reprise from the hot weather on Bognor beach.'''Picture by Louise Adams C131001-1 Bog Hot Weather ENGSUS00120130722140036

YOUNG children should be able to enjoy a sand play area on Bognor Regis seafront from next month.

Work to create the Beach on the Beach is set to be finished for Easter. It will be created in the more stable shingle alongside the promenade, opposite the western end of the Place St Maur.

Measuring some 13.5m by 7.5m and 450mm deep, it will be filled with clean imported sand. The project has been created by Arun District Council as a trial after a 2013 study of the seafront showed a lack of activities for young children.

Arun senior regeneration officer Caroline Gosford said the play area would stay open until the end of the summer. It would be checked daily by the council’s cleansing contractor and minor problems cleared.

Major contamination would close the play area, she said at the council’s Bognor regeneration sub-committee on Monday.

“Towards the end of 2015, a review will be undertaken to consider the success of the pilot project,” she said.

A 750mm-wide recycled plastic decking surround will be installed, along with closed paling fencing to the south and west and an open fence to the east.

Sub-committee vice-chairman Phil Hitchins (C, Aldwick E) said: “I love this project. I would like to see more seating around it so parents can sit and watch their children playing.”

Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said: “I would like us to dig a little deeper and get to the real sand. But this is a good location and good project.”