JCBs called in to remove Hove's stormy beach extension

JCBs called in to remove Hove's stormy beach extension

JCBs called in to remove Hove's stormy beach extension

First published in News

Hove's new storm-driven beach extension looks set to stay for the duration of the bad weather. 

Seafront workers have been tryig to clear the promenade cycle lanes of pebbles washed up from the beach over the weekend. 

But clearing the tonnes of shingle, which has covered seafront benches, will only be possible once all the storms have passed.

A JCB will remove the majority of the mess, with workers sweeping the rest, in an operation not unfamiliar to council staff.

The Met Office has forecast heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, for today.

These will be com with gusts of up to 45mph as the coast takes another battering.

But the rest of the week is likely to be drier with the possibility of some sunshine on Thursday and Friday.

The weather continued to take its toll on the county with more flooding and damage to properties yesterday.

Eric Arnell had a lucky escape when part of his roof collapsed at his bungalow in Selsley near Chichester in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The 54-year-old managed to sleep through the incident but his neighbour described it sounding like a plane landing.

Mr Arnell said: “I was sleeping and the next thing I know my neighbour is tapping on my window and told me my roof had been blown off.

“It was lucky it happened at night when no-one was around. It destroyed my neighbours shed.”

Once again Worthing Pier was closed due to the high winds causing safety fears, as it has been regularly in the past week.

Shoreham Coastguard warned people not to stray near the seafront in these dangerous conditions after spotting two women near the water’s edge.

And Gatwick Airport stocked up on sandbags and pumping equipment as further rain is anticipated – but bosses do not believe it will affect flights.

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12:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

Maybe the staff who are unable to clear the shingle due to the weather could be temporarily redeployed clearing up some of the household refuse which is currently rotting in the streets?

Or is that just too logical.
Maybe the staff who are unable to clear the shingle due to the weather could be temporarily redeployed clearing up some of the household refuse which is currently rotting in the streets? Or is that just too logical. Goldenwight
  • Score: 35

1:07pm Tue 7 Jan 14

FC says...

Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does?

Greens OUT.
Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does? Greens OUT. FC
  • Score: 9

1:52pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

FC wrote:
Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does?

Greens OUT.
Im as anti green as they come, But thats a pretty ignorant comment to make. Up and down the country has been battered and coast lines changed. No amount of JCB's would have prevented what we see today. Mother Nature kicks butt
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does? Greens OUT.[/p][/quote]Im as anti green as they come, But thats a pretty ignorant comment to make. Up and down the country has been battered and coast lines changed. No amount of JCB's would have prevented what we see today. Mother Nature kicks butt Brighton1000
  • Score: 12

3:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

her professional says...

FC wrote:
Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does?

Greens OUT.
That's environment agency not local council
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does? Greens OUT.[/p][/quote]That's environment agency not local council her professional
  • Score: 7

9:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Hove Actually says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
FC wrote: Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does? Greens OUT.
Im as anti green as they come, But thats a pretty ignorant comment to make. Up and down the country has been battered and coast lines changed. No amount of JCB's would have prevented what we see today. Mother Nature kicks butt
A quick trip to Worthing and the exposed beach at Lancing by Brooklands Park is still in place with none of the displacement seen in Hove, mind you West Sussex do dress the beach using one JCB on a regular basis
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: Back in the day, they'd have the diggers out regularly on the beach pushing the pebbles back down. Can't remember the last time I saw this. Perhaps if they'd done it properly sooner, it wouldn't look as bad as it does? Greens OUT.[/p][/quote]Im as anti green as they come, But thats a pretty ignorant comment to make. Up and down the country has been battered and coast lines changed. No amount of JCB's would have prevented what we see today. Mother Nature kicks butt[/p][/quote]A quick trip to Worthing and the exposed beach at Lancing by Brooklands Park is still in place with none of the displacement seen in Hove, mind you West Sussex do dress the beach using one JCB on a regular basis Hove Actually
  • Score: 9

7:52pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jackthekipper says...

ive been away ,has it been a bit breezy then
ive been away ,has it been a bit breezy then jackthekipper
  • Score: 2

11:11pm Wed 8 Jan 14

clubrob6 says...

Over the years the shingle has been getting washed away some areas need to be built up again so the power of the waves is lost .Mind you the weather has been really rougth and I think B&H has got off lightly,let the weather settle before doing a massive costly cleanup.Snow should be on its way before long.
Over the years the shingle has been getting washed away some areas need to be built up again so the power of the waves is lost .Mind you the weather has been really rougth and I think B&H has got off lightly,let the weather settle before doing a massive costly cleanup.Snow should be on its way before long. clubrob6
  • Score: 0

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