Arun District Council will be seeking an operator to run a new café/restaurant
from the whole of the Look & Sea Centre premises in Littlehampton.
Subject to planning permission, the new venture will run across the entire
premises and give the right operator the chance to run a large venture in a
prime location in the town.
Anyone interested in taking on the lease [likely to be a term of 25 years] to the
café/restaurant will be invited to tender for this fantastic business opportunity in
To replace the Visitor Experience and the Visitor Information Centre, which
were both operated from the building, Arun District Council will commission
educational material based on the current curriculum to support school field
trips for Littlehampton. It will utilise a range of electronic promotional tools, such
as tourism/local interest web and app guides to promote everything the town
has to offer.
Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council and Cabinet
Member for Economy, said: “We have debated the best option for the future
Look & Sea Centre and we firmly believe the business venture we are
proposing is the right direction to go in.
“We are giving the right operator the chance to build a large, thriving business
in a prime location by the River Arun, which will be great news for the town and
help to boost its tourism offer.
“In place of the Visitor Experience and the Visitor Information Centre, we will be
providing educational material to students about the fascinating history of
Littlehampton in a more modern and relevant way.
Contact Amanda Harding on 01903 737604 / [email protected] / [email protected]
“The Visitor Information Centre is a small, standalone operation within the
building to which the Council provided an annual subsidy of £16,000. Again
trends are changing and social media and the use of smartphones mean that
this type of facilities is less well-used than in the past, so we believe this money
would be better spent on providing visitor information in a more contemporary
“As a Council facing the same funding cuts as all others up and down the
country, it was imperative that we be prudent in order to get the best value for
money that we can for our residents. We believe that by capitalising on the
opportunity to use the entire premises as a café/restaurant/bar, while providing
tourism information and education in a more modern format to move with the
times, we are making the best use of this building for today and for the future.”