Landmark attraction town can be proud of

Seafront shelter at Seaford SUS-140818-125605001
Seafront shelter at Seaford SUS-140818-125605001

Major improvements have now made Seaford seafront a landmark attraction the town can be proud of.

Thanks to a project - much of which was overseen by Seaford Town and Lewes District councils - the seafront and promenade is now in sparkling order thanks to an extensive programme of repairs and refurbishments.

The seating shelter at Martello has been restored, repainted and is now back in position after February’s spate of vandalism when most of the glass panels were smashed. The shelter is again an iconic and much-loved seafront feature.

New seafront bins have also been installed. They are in the same places but are bigger than before. The new size was originally intended when the project first began in 2013.

Originators of the scheme say this should reduce the problems of overflowing litter which were experienced during the finer weather. They also say these improvements will help control litter and nuisance caused when birds snatch out and tear the contents of the bins.

Most significant of the improvements is the re-opening of Splash Point at the end of the promenade following the completion of substantial repair works. These were paid for by both Seaford and Lewes councils.

The works were necessary because significant storm damage in February this year left the area inaccessible. And the work now returns this much-loved part of Seaford seafront back to its previous condition.

Contractors finished work on Friday August 8, meaning residents and visitors can once again enjoy this space with several weeks of the school summer holidays still to run.

Seaford Town Council leader and seafront project manager, Ben King said, “We are extremely pleased with the speed and quality of the work completed by C J Thorne & Co Ltd, a company based in Uckfield. This was a partnership scheme undertaken by Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council which I was happy to broker as cabinet member at Lewes District Council and leader at Seaford Town Council. The officers at both councils have been very effective in progressing this scheme so quickly once the issue was raised.”