Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Visits Littlehampton Harbour.

Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Vessel visits Littlehampton Harbour today, Saturday 21st for a VIP Visit.

The crew and management of the vessel were joined by Littlehampton MP, Nick Gibb who toured the vessel and took to sea for a trip on board the Fisheries Patrol Vessel.

Sussex Fisheries PatrolSussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Sussex IFCA)  Vessel arriving in Littlehampton harbour.

IFCA Patrol Vessel Littlehampton HarbourLittlehampton’s MP Nick Gibb (third on right) joined the crew of Sussex IFCA for a tour of the vessel and a trip to sea.

IFCASussex IFCAThe Group aboard Sussex IFCA – Littlehampton’s Harbour Master, Billy Johnson (fourth from right) next to MP Nick Gibb along with the crew ad other representatives of IFCA.

Sussex Fisheries Patrol Littlehampton HarbourThe Vessel was only here for a short time before resuming its duties.

The IFCA are tasked with leading, championing and managing a sustainable marine environment – ensuring healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.

The Belle proves popular and the Littlehampton harbour welcomes a large visitor..

As previously reported, the Belle cruise boat, which usually operates out of Brighton Marina has spent the week in Littlehampton offering boat trips from Littlehampton to Arundel as part of the Arundel Festival.

The Belle Littlehampton to Arundel trips

The Belle has proved hugely popular amongst locals and tourists who’ve enjoyed the trip from Littlehampton to Arundel as well as bringing visitors to Littlehampton.

The Belle Littlehampton harbourThe Belle returning from a trip to Arundel where it has proved hugely popular.

The Belle Littlehampton harbour 2Passengers for the Belle queue awaiting it’s arrival from Arundel.

For those who’ve missed out, the Belle is still running trips between Littlehampton and Arundel today, Friday, and over this coming weekend. Pick up and disembarkation point is Pier Road just opposite Coastal Cycles.

Another visiting vessel to Littlehampton Harbour earlier in the week was the MV Islay Trader, which also pulled the crowds. This cargo ship being one, if not thee largest vessel to enter and leave Littlehampton Harbour. Apparently it was taking metal sheeting for use in the construction of the new Sea Defences – a joint project led by the Environment Agency and Arun District Council.

Islay Trader 1Excited crowds gather on Littlehampton Pier to watch the arrival of the Islay Trader.

Islay Trader 2The Islay Trader edging its way into Litlehampton Harbour.

Islay Trader 3The Pier Road Ferry stands by as the Islay Trader squeezes past on route to Railway Wharf.

Islay Trader 4Making its way down towards the Wharf. The red footbridge has parted to allow it to enter through.

Sadly, we’re now entering the last week of August as many visitors prepare to head for home to get ready for another school term.

And, Pier Road faces an uncertain future as it’s not long now before the Environment Agency proposed new sea defence work begins and Pier Road will be closed to vehicular traffic as well have boarding stretching along its length approximately 1.5 metres from the restaurants and shop windows.

Littlehampton Harbour 2Take a last view of the tide lapping up against the wall in Pier Road as this landscape is soon to be given the ‘regeneration brush’.

For years, all ages has stood and watched the tide rise and fall along this road. Stand here on a busy summer’s day and you’ll hear grandparents explaining to their excited, fascinated grandchildren how the tide comes and goes. They’ll watch fascinated as the dry areas are overtaken with the rising tide. Or, marvel as the tide ebbs away.

Littlehampton HarbourAs it is now above,

riverfrrontAs it was, above

As it will be in the future, below.

ADC Plan for Pier Road

Littlehampton is back to its brilliant best.

The Travellers have left the Seafront and Littlehampton is back to its brilliant best.

With the terrific weather, great winds and school holidays, Littlehampton Harbour is again alive and kicking. This year we’re seeing a huge increase in visitor boats to Littlehampton Harbour, many of whom have sailed from the Netherlands, France and Germany.

Three Brothers Sailing Boat LittlehamptonThe Three Bothers is one of Littlehampton’s most iconic local sailing boats and can be seen moored at it’s mooring just below the RNLI Station.

Sailing in Littlehampton Harbour 3Sailing in Littlehampton HarbourSailing in Littlehampton harbour 5Sailing in Littlehampton 4Sailing in Littlehampton harbour 6Littlehampton HarbourLittlehampton Harbour 3Benny swimming in River ArunBenny swimming in River Arun 2Benny, the Pier Road Diaries dog is back swimming in his favourite place on Littlehampton’s West Bank.

And, our other ‘visitors’ have gone….

Littlehampton Seafront greenswardAs soon as the Traveller’s  left, Arun District Council’s Park’s Department moved in, cleaned up, repaired the fencing and the damaged lawn area.

Arun District Council repair the fencesFull Credit must be given to Arun District Council’s Parks Department for this incredibly quick clean, repair and turn around from what it was.

Damage to Littlehampton Seafront.East Beach Cafe LittlehamptonThe East Beach Cafe – Littlehampton’s iconic Seafront Beach Cafe.