Footpath erosion highlights need for repair work

Councillor Bob Brown at Splash Point Seaford which has become dangerous following erosion
Councillor Bob Brown at Splash Point Seaford which has become dangerous following erosion

A CALL has been made for repairs to be carried out on a popular part of Seaford’s seafront.

Part of the promenade at Splash Point has fallen into the sea following recent gales in the area and one town councillor has warned there is a serious lack of signage to warn residents and visitors of the danger.

Councillor Bob Brown has now written to Seaford MP Norman Baker to raise the issue. Last year he campaigned for work to be undertaken on Splash Point’s pier area, which stretches out into the sea. He had told the Gazette that the railings were deteriorating and as result the area may need to be shut off.

Some work took place but a dispute over who is legally responsible for the matter was flagged up as a result with Lewes District Council, the tenant, who said it was not legally responsible for the matter while the Crown Estate Commissioners also denying it was responsible for maintenance.

In his letter to Mr Baker the Cllr Brown said, “An appreciable part of the promenade in the disputed area has collapsed into the sea after recent south-easterly gales, yet the only sign to intending visitors that part of the promenade is no longer there, is some safety tape on the ground in the vicinity of the collapsed area, but not marking it.

“Neither has any sign been erected to warn the public that part of the promenade has collapsed.”

The Ringmer Road resident, who has also sent the letter to Lewes District Council, said a maintenance regime at Splash Point was urgently needed regardless of questions regarding ownership.

A spokeswoman for Lewes District Council said, “We are looking to work with Crown Estates so that a safety sign can be erected as soon as possible.”