Supplier to solve Seaford shingle problem

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THE STATE of Seaford seafront has been highlighted by residents after recent bad weather caused shingle to wash on to the promenade.

But fears that work on solving the problem could not go ahead have been quashed by the Environment Agency.

The organisation admitted a firm was unable to carry out the job of recycling shingle but they were in the process of contracting an alternative supplier to start work in the new year.

The Environment Agency conducts shingle recycling on the beach each year which re-shapes the beach, ensuring that the shingle banks defend the community from high tides.

Although some of the work is carried out by Environment Agency staff, additional seasonal resource is provided by a contractor.

Councillor Ian White said, “There’s no present danger but a repeat of the extreme storms that we have just experienced could result in breaches of sea defences.”

Resident Jim Skinner added that the area was in ‘a perilous state’.

Area incident manager Mike O’Neill said, “Shingle recycling is carried out each year to protect local residents from high tides.

“This year, the firm hired to do the work was unable to meet its obligation at short notice.

“We are therefore in the process of contracting an alternative supplier to start work in the new year.

“We allow plenty of time to do this work before it becomes critical, so there is no change to the level of flood protection for Seaford.

“Our officers have been out checking the beach and preparing the ground.

“Environment Agency staff are carrying out works with two bulldozers, and will continue to be up there to and beyond the time the new contractors are appointed and start their works. We expect the shingle recycling to start in January.”