SEAFORD LETTER: We continue to miss out

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It has been widely reported that Seaford’s population is ageing rapidly, with nearly a third of its residents now over the age of 65. This statistic makes it close to the highest in the country and of course is very concerning. One of the main problems to overcome will be to ensure that there is sufficient numbers of younger people resident and employed in the town to support, both financially and physically, the needs of this increasing number of elderly residents. Solving this problem is paramount to safeguarding Seaford’s future. In short, as reported, what is required is major inward investment in Seaford. Directly related to this issue, it is also well reported that Seaford Beach is similarly ageing fast.

The situation with our beach very much demonstrates how Seaford continues to miss out compared to other seaside towns. In terms of the first beach meeting held on the October 24, not surprisingly proving so popular that a follow up meeting is scheduled for the November 28, it went pretty much as expected.

The EA continues to play basically the same tune as ever it has- despite its own concerns regarding sea level rise, more extreme storms etc. The present (and 27-year-old) shingle shifting scheme remains its “most cost effective” (cheapest in other words) preference, and presently, its only offering to Seaford - this despite being warned many times that this beach is now so degraded it has become hazardous and downright dangerous to the unwary.

The EA was warned again that this beach is inevitably going to be the cause of a major drowning event at some point, all received in return were blank stares. The fact that a 3000 plus signature petition exists calling for change also failed to generate any response. It was also pointed out that an EA manager is now on record as saying that the days of making the beach ever steeper and higher must now be coming to an end. Still no reaction. Our MP Norman Baker, and to his credit, did acknowledge that the beach, as an amenity, also has a vital role in terms of attracting visitors to the town (as any seaside town must), again the EA remains basically deaf to this point. Unless and until a new, even modest, safe bathing beach is provided, Seaford’s economy will continue it’s undoubted slow decline which will do nothing to attract new, young people to the town so sorely needed for the future.

The EA continues to hold Seaford’s future to ransom.

Jim Skinner

The Grove, Denton