WORK started this week to create a children’s sand play area on Bognor Regis beach.
The site for sandcastles should be open for Easter.
A pilot project, called Beach on the Beach, its aim is to help provide more activities for children on the promenade and encourage more people to use the seafront. As reported, Arun District Council is spending £20,000 on the initiative.
Cllr Paul Dendle, who heads the council’s leisure and amenities service, said: “I think it will attract many children and families to rediscover the traditional fun that can be had playing in the sand and on the glorious seafront at Bognor. The sand used will be clean beach sand so it will make good sandcastles.”
The miniature beach will be next to the promenade west of the bullnose section opposite Place St Maur.
It will be set into the shingle, with the sand enclosed by a strong water-permeable liner. Measuring 13.5m, by 7.5m, by 450mm deep, it will be surrounded by recycled plastic decking and a timber fence.
If councillors judge the trial a success, the play area will be covered over for the winter ready to be used again.