EMERGENCY repair work on a popular part of Seaford promenade has been welcomed by residents and the town’s MP.
Splash Point has featured in the Gazette after concerns that the area may have to be closed off to the public because of its perilous state.
A warning sign had previously been put up and repairs made but renewed calls for further works were made at the end of last year after gales caused damage to the area.
New railings at the end of a groyne have been installed and resident Bob Brown has welcomed the move.
He thanked those in the community and certain officials, in particular MP Norman Baker, who had promised to pursue the issue over the year with Lewes District Council, and local residents Anne Marr and Mary Clarke, who had themselves campaigned vigorously for the repairs.
He added, “Now we have a part of the promenade which should be safe again for the volume of visitors we welcome every year at Splash Point, especially those who come to see the kittiwake colony in the summer.
“But this is not the end of the story – the terminal groyne is still suffering from corrosion to its basic structure, it is now probably over 100 years old and needs more than just a patch-up.
“The quantity of shingle which has recently been deposited by south-easterly gales in the cove there will probably disappear over time and the groyne will then be subject to the full force of the storm-waves again.”
The Ringmer Road resident also thanked the Gazette for publicising people’s concerns and added, “The better condition of this area of Splash Point now highlights the poor state of the railings on the main outfall groyne constructed 25 years ago as part of the sea-defence scheme.
“The railings on this large structure are in an appalling corroded state, and unlike the old groyne, there is no argument here about who should maintain it.”
Seaford MP Norman Baker added, “Having taken this matter up again with the council only last month, I am very pleased that they are following through on the assurances that they gave to me and are fixing the safety hazards at Splash Point.
“However, the council and the Crown Estates do need to establish, once and for all, who is going to take responsibility for this in the long term, and I would encourage them to come up with a permanent, long term, solution.”
A spokeswoman for Lewes District Council said, “Lewes District Council arranged for the repairs and safety work to be carried out.
“The work, carried out by Acorn Contractors Ltd and completed recently, included fabricating and fixing galvanised hand rails, safety signs and concrete repairs to the surface of the groyne.
“We are pleased all three organisations have been able to work together for the benefit of the local community.”