Down at the front in Sussex
The Sussex seafront is where it's all happening at the moment, or so it seems. I love hearing that any of our historic visitor attractions are to get a boost and we seem to be in a bonanza year. So let's start with Brighton, where let's face it there's always plenty going on year-round. The dear old West Street Shelter Hall - part of the lovely old arches right down on the seafront, under the promenade and near the surviving pier - is to get a massive revamp to the tune of about £9m. This should work out well for the benefit of both visitors to Brighton and the shopkeepers, as long as they keep the character and charm of the original structure. Actually I think there'd be mutiny if they didn't, so I'm optimistic.
Brighton's had its arguments lately, with plans for restoring the old Saltdean Lido sounding really exciting until people started complaining that it would clash with plans for a new state-of-the-art pool. Sussex probably needs both anyway - a bustling hub like Brighton needs good sport and leisure facilities but not everyone wants to train like an Olympian; some of us would love to potter round a delightful lido as well.
Meanwhile over at Bognor, plans are also afoot for a seafront revamp. It's still at plan stage as far as I know but if it went ahead it would be a multi-million pound boost for the Sussex coast resort. Again, so much rests on preserving the character of this charming town while providing all the visitor facilities we'd love.
Flood defences and erosion on some of the vulnerable parts of our coastline such as Birling Gap are also being looked at so on the whole I feel as if Sussex is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Do come and visit Sussex and see for yourself how much our lovely county has to offer - click here to check out our holiday cottages and weekend retreats.