Newhaven Beach protests go up a notch

Beach protesters sock it to system

Beach protesters sock it to system

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Protests went up another notch as dozens of residents stormed a fenced-off beach.

Campaigners used a ladder to help families, locals and day-trippers over the fence at Newhaven Beach in protest against its French owners.

The sandy stretch, which has been closed for six years citing safety fears, is owned by UK-based but French-run Newhaven Ports and Properties.

Protesters tied socks to the fence as a symbol of “sock it to them” – a sequel to the last protest when they tied underwear to it and used the slogan “pants to them”.

Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, said: "It's a very British protest - very well behaved and very well humoured.

"There is still a sense of frustration among residents because they want to see the beach opened.

"I nearly got here in 2010, but the French dug their heels in as did the local council and now we'll have to wait for the court hearing in November.

"The ideal situation is that the beach is reopened so that people can use it again.

"And the frustrating thing of course is the money being used for the court case could have just been used to fix the steps.

"It's such a waste. It's a lovely little beach and you can tell its popularity by how many people have turned up today - and they just want their beach back."

Barry Staple had travelled down from Surrey to show his support and said it was a disgrace it had come this far.

Sue Stanley from Seaford said: "It's the only sandy beach for miles and miles, and when we bring our grandchildren to the beach - they want sand.

"They want to be able to make a sandcastle and draw in the sand.

"It's just so sad.

"Not having this at our disposal has been really hard."

Lewes district councillor Carla Bulter said: "Not only is it frustrating for the residents, but it's also hitting Newhaven's economy massively.

"It used to be a thriving town in the summer, but this has hit us hard.

"The pub down the road has closed and it just needs to be sorted - these people deserve their beach."

Protest organiser Heather Mclean said: "It's lovely to see the support.

"We just want the beach back.

"If we were told "let's draw a line under this and open it back up", then we would all be happy campers."

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7:35pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

I like the picture of "dozens of residents storming the beach". That pensioner wandering off to the right looks especially agitated.
I like the picture of "dozens of residents storming the beach". That pensioner wandering off to the right looks especially agitated. Quiterie
  • Score: 31

8:34pm Sat 23 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Which pr*ck sold this public beach to someone?
Which pr*ck sold this public beach to someone? notslimjim
  • Score: -28

9:27pm Sat 23 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

So glad this is about people concerned for their issue close to their hearts rather than the protests our Brighton MP gets involved in which are all about "hey look at me I am SO important".
So glad this is about people concerned for their issue close to their hearts rather than the protests our Brighton MP gets involved in which are all about "hey look at me I am SO important". NickBrt
  • Score: 17

10:00am Sun 24 Aug 14

Nikski says...

NickBrt wrote:
So glad this is about people concerned for their issue close to their hearts rather than the protests our Brighton MP gets involved in which are all about "hey look at me I am SO important".
No it is 'look at this issue it is SO important'! A good MP should get involved in wider issues they're not elected just for local stuff that's what councillors are for. Get your head out of the sand for goodness' sake there is life beyond your city and things going on that will affect you....Parochial thinking doesn't change anything!
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: So glad this is about people concerned for their issue close to their hearts rather than the protests our Brighton MP gets involved in which are all about "hey look at me I am SO important".[/p][/quote]No it is 'look at this issue it is SO important'! A good MP should get involved in wider issues they're not elected just for local stuff that's what councillors are for. Get your head out of the sand for goodness' sake there is life beyond your city and things going on that will affect you....Parochial thinking doesn't change anything! Nikski
  • Score: 2

2:57pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Argus, you didnt even BOTHER to ask the owner's opinion before printing this trash. Do you need the name of a good defamation case lawyer?
Argus, you didnt even BOTHER to ask the owner's opinion before printing this trash. Do you need the name of a good defamation case lawyer? Goldenwight
  • Score: -11

9:02pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

The thought of young Gareth Davis....with FinnScott-Delaney sunning themselves in their Budgie smugglers on a Sandy beach sounds mouth watering.... Siobhan slowly rubbing suntan lotion into Gareth pale muscular welsh body whilst the lithe Anna Roberts creams over Finn .......
The thought of young Gareth Davis....with FinnScott-Delaney sunning themselves in their Budgie smugglers on a Sandy beach sounds mouth watering.... Siobhan slowly rubbing suntan lotion into Gareth pale muscular welsh body whilst the lithe Anna Roberts creams over Finn ....... Valentinian
  • Score: -2

9:35pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Aussie Mick says...

Valentinian wrote:
The thought of young Gareth Davis....with FinnScott-Delaney sunning themselves in their Budgie smugglers on a Sandy beach sounds mouth watering.... Siobhan slowly rubbing suntan lotion into Gareth pale muscular welsh body whilst the lithe Anna Roberts creams over Finn .......
Nurse!
[quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: The thought of young Gareth Davis....with FinnScott-Delaney sunning themselves in their Budgie smugglers on a Sandy beach sounds mouth watering.... Siobhan slowly rubbing suntan lotion into Gareth pale muscular welsh body whilst the lithe Anna Roberts creams over Finn .......[/p][/quote]Nurse! Aussie Mick
  • Score: 4

9:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Greenginkgo says...

notslimjim wrote:
Which pr*ck sold this public beach to someone?
One M. Thatcher.
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: Which pr*ck sold this public beach to someone?[/p][/quote]One M. Thatcher. Greenginkgo
  • Score: 2

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