World’s biggest bucket and spade for Littlehampton seafront

LITTLEHAMPTON already has Britain’s longest bench, now the town has said “I do” to the world’s biggest bucket and spade.

The 2.4m, or 7.9ft, steel structure forms part of plans to convert the former coastguard tower, on Littlehampton seafront, into a honeymoon paradise, and, acting as a bin store and bike shed, it will sit at the side of the River Arun, near the end of the pier.

Arun District Council’s development control committee granted planning permission on Thursday, and work is expected to start shortly.

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Speaking at the meeting, councillor Mark Butler said: “I adore the iconic bucket and spade.”

Solar panels, a residential wind turbine and a spiral staircase will also be added to the tower, as part of the project by the owner, a Mr Goddard, and Liam Russell Architects.

A spokesman for the architect firm said that Mr Goddard was not seeking profit with the development, and would offer the building for use as a “first night base” for newly-weds before they leave for their honeymoon.

Mr Goddard added that the inspiration for the development had came from his family’s love of the town, and that with the recent completion of the UK’s longest bench, he wanted to offer a truly unique experience on Littlehampton’s promenade.

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Architect Liam Russell added: “Working with a client who has such foresight means we have been able to design an inspiring, unique solution that will contribute positively to sustainability and its surroundings.

“The world’s largest bucket and spade is a testament to our client’s desire to support something positive, fun and imaginative more than simply chasing a profit.”

At the planning meeting, concerns over where the store was to be sited were quelled, as the original location, directly in front of the tower, had been changed following a letter of objection.

That letter said that the structure would block the main thoroughfare from the promenade to Harbour Park, as well as the route of the seafront train, and emergency vehicle access to the beach.

Mr Russell said that he and his team had agreed with the objection, and so had moved the bucket and spade to its current planned location.