The construction of a small harbour at Selsey will generate economic opportunities for the town bringing benefits to fishing and recreational boat users while protecting the local area from sea flooding during stormy weather. It will build on the traditional small boat fishing industry in Selsey, a core economic activity for many generations of fishermen both here and in other coastal towns whose fleets of small craft typify the south coast of England, and provide a focus for tourism on the Manhood Peninsula.
An introductory document exploring the technical feasibility, costs and implications of such a project locally were investigated by Haskoning DHV in their 2016 report ‘Selsey Harbour Preliminary Consultation Document’ that can be found in the section below. Chichester District Council’s Economic Development would like to see the fishing industry in Selsey protected and regenerated in a similar manner achieved by ventures in Ventnor and Ryde, Isle of Wight.
A harbour at Selsey will also create a new link between Bognor and Portsmouth by adding to the series of safe harbours in adjacent towns along the south coast, bringing benefits to fishing and recreational boat users while protecting the local area
Many other benefits and economic opportunities may also be possible to the Selsey economy including fisheries, and the Manhood Peninsula visitor economy. Visitor safety and coast protection are other important aspects of the project.
The next steps are a Technical Key Issues Study and wider Socio-economic impact Assessment. The reports have been commissioned in partnership by Chichester District Council, Selsey Town Council and Selsey Fisherman’s Association, and work on them is now underway.
Work is also in progress to identify funding sources for future phases of the project.
The Selsey Harbour (Selsey Haven) Preliminary Consultation document reviews technical and environmental matters that will have an impact on planning permission and associated licences necessary to build a small harbour or haven near East Beach Green, Selsey and identifies the most favourable option from the perspective of the planning and environmental regulators. Three options are presented, though it is ESSENTIAL to acknowledge... Read More»