Arun District Council have granted approval for a new Cafe and Watersports centre on littlehampton Seafront.
Some great news for Littlehampton residents and visitors – a tired and derlict eye-sore of a Seafront Shelter is to be demolished to make way for a new Cafe and Water Sports Centre.
The new business is the brain child of Jamie Hawkins, proprietor of Coastal Coffee in Rustington. Jamie is perfectly placed to run the business with extensive experierence in running a very successful restaurant and cafe business as well as being an ex-professional Windsurfer. Jamie previously won the Windsurfing World Championships no less than three times.
The new cafe and watersports centre will be located directly opposite Littlehampton Swimming Pool, which is also currently undergoing a huge redevelopment.
Jamie will be investing £500,000 into the new business, which is hoped to create 10 full time jobs and 12 part-time jobs for Littlehampton. The cafe will offer fantastic sea and beach views as well as providing an excellent new facilities for watersports, particularly windsurfing, which is already well-established along this part of Littlehampton seafront.
The business, which is a joint-initiative between Arun District Council and Jamie Hawkin is expected to be open in time for Summer 2018 with work due to start early January and last six months.
Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council and Cabinet Member for Economy and Policy says: “The facility will provide an enjoyable environment to eat and drink and to capture the views out to sea. There are limited facilities to support water based activities on the seafront and I am sure the venue will quickly become a popular and well-established water sports destination.”
This is the second new and exciting cafe to grace Littlehampton’s Seafront. The now iconic East Beach Cafe designed by Thomas Heatherwick opened in June 2007 and since then has attracted many new visitors to the lovely coastal town of Littlehampton.