Dredger attracts the crowds on Eastbourne seafront

Dredger replacing shingle on Eastbourne beach. Photo by Mike Phillip. SUS-150415-105917001
Dredger replacing shingle on Eastbourne beach. Photo by Mike Phillip. SUS-150415-105917001
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A dredger replenishing Eastbourne’s beaches with shingle is attracting crowds on the seafront this week.

The beaches were out of bounds as hundreds of tons of gravel and pebbles were sprayed from just off-shore by the giant dredger drafted in to rebuild the town’s sea defences and damage caused by huge storms this winter.

The Dutch trailing suction hopper dredge Sospan Dau has been anchored off Eastbourne for the last week in a joint operation by the Environment Agency and Eastbourne Borough Council.

A council spokesperson said “Work to replenish shingle on Eastbourne’s beaches has started.

“Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd will deliver approximately 8,000 cubic meters of shingle using an offshore vessel, the Sospan Dau.

“The work is expected to last for about a week with shingle being delivered to beaches near the Bandstand and two beaches east of Eastbourne Pier.”

The Environment Agency says the process should help protect the beach in years to come.

The dredger last visited Eastbourne in April 2014 to replenish the beach after sever winter storms.

Reader Mike Phillip sent in this photograph of the dredger in action.