Newbiggin Promenade improvement works complete
Camberley, 4 April 2022 - Improvement works to Newbiggin Promenade are complete.
The work was focused on improving access along the promenade by levelling off the slipway where it crosses the promenade.
The previous slipway was steep and caused accessibility issues for promenade users, particularly for those with limited mobility, wheelchair users and people with prams.
While on site, an extensive beach reprofiling exercise was undertaken and special fencing was installed to slow the migration of sand to the north end of the bay.
The work got underway last October and has been completed on schedule, ahead of the Easter holidays.
County Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: ‘We’re pleased to have got this work done as we know how popular the promenade is for both local people and visitors. The slipway is also of critical importance for the RNLI and well used by local boat owners, and the work has been well received. These works to make the promenade more accessible for all have been completed well ahead of the Easter holidays and hopefully will encourage even more people to visit this beautiful stretch of beach.’
Newbiggin Central and East County Councillor Liz Simpson said: ‘I am so pleased I put the wheels in motion for this to happen, it has made the lifeboat ramp a safer place for residents and visitors to cross. I would like to thank the officers for taking this forward and the administration for agreeing to it.’
Newbiggin Town Council Mayor Councillor Louise Spratt added: ‘This slipway has been needed for some time to ensure the safety of our residents and tourists who use the promenade. Taking this factor into consideration, the Town Council agreed a contribution of £45,000 towards this project, and a further £16,000 of section 106 monies. It is great to see it finished and being well used. I would like to thank all those who were involved in getting the project started and for ensuring the work was completed on time and up to a high standard – a great example of organisations working together in partnership.’
John Bryan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘On behalf of Newbiggin RNLI I would like to thank both BAM and the County Council for the manner in which the works on the slipway were conducted. Communication and co-operation between ourselves and BAM was excellent so that we never had to put the boat off service at any time as the work progressed. I’d like especially to thank both Jonny Purvis, the site agent and Lenny Tyrer the senior general foreman for both their professionalism and their efforts in ensuring that the work did not hamper our operational capability.’