Sussex coast clear-up continues after storm damage but could be weeks before back to normal

Sussex coast clear-up continues after storm damage but could be weeks before back to normal

Sussex coast clear-up continues after storm damage but could be weeks before back to normal

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Beach-goers will have to wait a fortnight before pebbles are returned to their rightful place.

It could be another two weeks until Hove’s seafront is returned to normal after the storms at the beginning of this year.

Council staff cleared a path through the pebbles, which washed on to seafront pavements and cycle paths, but need to bring in heavy machinery to finish the job and are waiting for the end of the spring tides.

Elsewhere across the county residents have been clearing up after strong winds and rains buffeted the coast.


Dozens of volunteers flocked to Littlehampton beach on Saturday, including Arun District Council cleaning department, pupils from St Mary’s Church of England School in Clymping, the fifth Littlehampton Sea Scouts and staff from East Beach Cafe, to remove the litter and sea creatures washed during the storms.

In Brighton and Hove residents can still enjoy the novelty of seeing seafront benches submerged under beach material.

The west end of the beach has been the worst affected so the Volk’s Railway and Yellowave sports venue escaped any damage.

Katie Mintram, director of Yellowave in Madeira Drive, Brighton, said barriers around the courts had stopped shingle being blown onto their sands.

She added: “The courts have become a bit top heavy with some of the courts really built up in one place and not in the other.

“We get extra sand delivered every two years anyway but we are bringing it forward a few weeks from our normal time of March.”

Stuart Strong, manager of the Volks Railway, said the historic attraction was also unaffected but the beach had shifted near to the Banjo groyne at the foot of Duke’s Mound in a way he had not seen in 20 years’ service.

A Hastings Borough Council spokeswoman said: “We do have some shingle on the lower promenade, particularly around the marina and we hope to remove the majority of this on Wednesday.”

She added that the National Cycle Network 2 link between Bexhill and Hastings, which is maintained by East Sussex County Council, was badly damaged and is now officially closed but still passable and awaiting repairs.

A Chichester District Council spokeswoman said: “We have coastal engineers checking the sea defences after the storms and we are undertaking repairs where necessary.”


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