Seaford beach under weather

Cllrs Sylvia Dunn and Sam Adeniji
Cllrs Sylvia Dunn and Sam Adeniji

Seaford residents have joined forces to clear the town’s beach after it was badly hit in the storms, which has seen a popular area of the seafront closed.

Splash Point has been shut off to the public because of the damage to the area following weeks of torrential rain and high winds.

It is popular with both residents and visitors to the area and particularly draws in the crowds in spring and summer when kittiwakes make an appearance there to hatch and feed their young.

Sam Adeniji, a Conservative councillor, said ownership of Splash Point was unclear, adding, “We are trying to get Lewes District Council (LDC) to get the area repaired as quickly as possible.

“People have been very concerned about that.

“Residents have been very helpful in keeping the seafront tidy, specifically by the beach huts.”

The latest stormy weather on February 14 caused damage to Splash Point and previous poor conditions have seen shingle swept across the promenade.

A spokesperson for LDC said fencing had been put up once it was made aware of the situation, adding, “Until we complete an assessment we can’t say precisely what will happen.”

Earlier this month Seaford’s MP pushed for action on the town’s beach after it took a battering during the storms. He said it had seen a large amount of shingle shifted and the beach was looking dangerously inadequate to protect the town.

The Environment Agency told the Gazette that the town was not at significant risk of flooding, adding, “Every winter the weather moves shingle which is part of the flood defence for Seaford.

“This is a natural process and every year we recycle the shingle on the beach twice a year in winter and spring.”