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500,000 boost to improve Rye Harbour slipway jetty

Rye jetty
Work on the new jetty should be completed by the start of the summer

A harbour in Sussex is to receive a cash boost of £500,000 from the Environment Agency for improvements.

Rye Harbour will use the money to redesign its slipway jetty with the aim of attracting more visitors to Rye Bay.

The improvements will include integrated steps and a new high level walkway connection to the river bank.

The harbour deals with about 25,000 vessel movements each year and has the only public access slipway to the sea for 20 miles along the coastline.

'Future secured'

The design of the new jetty means it will be protected from flooding and usable during high spring tides.

By providing more room, the risk of collision to vessels in the main navigation channel will also be reduced.

Philip Munslow, regional waterway engineer, said the new jetty would be able to hold more visiting boats, the mooring system would be easier to use, and the wider and higher walkway would offer improved lighting, handrails and a non-slip surface.

"It will secure the future for visiting craft for the next 60 years," he said.

Work is due to start in early March and the new jetty is planned to be completed by June, in time for the summer season.

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