Petition started over ‘dangerous’ beach

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An environmental campaigner is urging the community to back a petition calling for improvements to the town’s beach.

Jim Skinner claims the area is dangerous and despite meetings between Seaford Town Council, Seaford Seafront Theme Group (SSTG) and the Environment Agency (EA) the issue is still no closer to being resolved.

He said, “Due to continued compaction, erosion and loss of shingle the beach should now be considered dangerous at or around high tide in particular.

“For this primary reason, in exasperation at lack of acceptance by the EA that there is anything wrong with the beach, our MP, Mr Norman Baker, has now written to the appropriate Government Minister seeking to raise the issue at the highest level.

“To date no response has been received.”

He has set up a petition at the Old Plough in Seaford calling for a major review of the existing maintenance regime of the beach which more than 2,500 people have signed.

He added, “In order to keep up the momentum on this extremely important issue, to ensure restoration of Seaford beach as the true all year round amenity for all it once was and as befits this fantastic town, it is very important we keep up the pressure by writing to the press, the local town council and not least, signing the petition.”

Keith Blackburn, chairman of the SSTG, added, “The EA has worked with a Seaford beach user group over the last few years to see whether a different approach to sea defences is viable.

“A new approach has not been found so far. The EA is continuing to explore ways of reducing the cliffing affect caused by compacted sand and gravel which makes it difficult to access the water’s edge.”