MP demands action over battered beach

Seaford seafront and beach following winter storms. February 10th 2014 E06012Q
Seaford seafront and beach following winter storms. February 10th 2014 E06012Q

Seaford’s MP is pushing for action on the town’s beach after it took a battering during the stormy conditions.

Norman Baker says the poor weather has seen a large amount of shingle shifted and the beach is looking ‘dangerously inadequate to protect the town’.

The concerned politician has written to the Environment Agency (EA) insisting that the damage to the area be properly considered in any coastal management plans in the future.

Mr Baker said the recent battering suffered by the beach shows the vulnerability of the town to extreme weather. He added that the EA has previously stated that it would consult with the town’s residents when exploring options for the future and that it had argued Newhaven will protect Seaford from the potential over topping of the tidal banks to the north, whilst Seaford will protect Newhaven from a tidal breach of the defences along the beach. But he says the organisation has stated while it is aware of residents’ concerns over how the beach is managed that the costs and benefits of alternative proposals are likely to make them prohibitive.

He said, “Fortunately, so far the stormy weather has caused little in the way of property damage or personal injury to my constituents in Seaford, but this looks more like luck than judgement.

“Nevertheless, I am very concerned by the rate that the stormy seas have eaten away at the beach which is of course the primary flood defence for the town.

“Events like this are predicted to become more common because of climate change, and action must be taken to restore the strength of the beach.”

The EA was contacted for a comment but had not responded at the time of going to press.