Protesters invade French-owned beach

Protesters invade French-owned beach

Defiant protesters ignore warning signs and storm Newhaven Beach

Defiant protesters ignore warning signs and storm Newhaven Beach

Defiant protesters ignore warning signs and storm Newhaven Beach

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SEVERAL hundred protesters stormed a fenced-off beach in defiance of its French owners.

Campaigners at Newhaven Beach used a ladder to help families, residents and day-trippers onto the sand to hold a “very British” protest picnic.

The sandy stretch has been closed for six years by UK-based French-run Newhaven Ports and Properties over claimed safety issues.

Protesters tied socks to the fence to “sock it to the French” following the last protest when they tied underwear under the slogan “pants to them”.

Union Jacks were laid out with “Give us our surf beach back” written in the sand.

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.

“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."

A final court decision on access to the beach is expected in November.

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 castles 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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12:21pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Looking at the first photo were they climbing IN to the UK. Or OUT onto the. French owned Beach...
Why don't they just re open it... They want to swim in a shipping lane...it is still better than living in no Newhaven.
Looking at the first photo were they climbing IN to the UK. Or OUT onto the. French owned Beach... Why don't they just re open it... They want to swim in a shipping lane...it is still better than living in no Newhaven. Valentinian
  • Score: -3

5:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

David523 says...

Amazing how far racists will go to convince themselves they are not racist. Does it bother them? Are they ashamed? Bit contradictory isn't it?

If not related to racism at all, then why should such people not once protest ownership and closure of countless beaches all over this country, owned by the rich and famous. Why should they focus on one beach very publicly known to be owned by French people, even though it is only closed for safety reasons also?

Furthermore, why, if race is no issue, do these same people deliberately put up banners stating the race of the people they complain about, as though anyone French is somehow responsible for one, weakly, specifically, conveniently chosen target?

Racism, pure and simple. Just amazes me how racists are so ashamed to admit their views and pretend they are due to other things...
Amazing how far racists will go to convince themselves they are not racist. Does it bother them? Are they ashamed? Bit contradictory isn't it? If not related to racism at all, then why should such people not once protest ownership and closure of countless beaches all over this country, owned by the rich and famous. Why should they focus on one beach very publicly known to be owned by French people, even though it is only closed for safety reasons also? Furthermore, why, if race is no issue, do these same people deliberately put up banners stating the race of the people they complain about, as though anyone French is somehow responsible for one, weakly, specifically, conveniently chosen target? Racism, pure and simple. Just amazes me how racists are so ashamed to admit their views and pretend they are due to other things... David523
  • Score: -8

6:10pm Mon 25 Aug 14

alan111 says...

went there all the time when i was a kid loved it .. allso fishing of the arm. have they stoped that to..
went there all the time when i was a kid loved it .. allso fishing of the arm. have they stoped that to.. alan111
  • Score: 5

6:45pm Mon 25 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

David523 wrote:
Amazing how far racists will go to convince themselves they are not racist. Does it bother them? Are they ashamed? Bit contradictory isn't it?

If not related to racism at all, then why should such people not once protest ownership and closure of countless beaches all over this country, owned by the rich and famous. Why should they focus on one beach very publicly known to be owned by French people, even though it is only closed for safety reasons also?

Furthermore, why, if race is no issue, do these same people deliberately put up banners stating the race of the people they complain about, as though anyone French is somehow responsible for one, weakly, specifically, conveniently chosen target?

Racism, pure and simple. Just amazes me how racists are so ashamed to admit their views and pretend they are due to other things...
So it's only racist if white Britons are doing it?



"Why should they focus on one beach?"

Because that's the one they care about.

I can't believe I had to point that out.
[quote][p][bold]David523[/bold] wrote: Amazing how far racists will go to convince themselves they are not racist. Does it bother them? Are they ashamed? Bit contradictory isn't it? If not related to racism at all, then why should such people not once protest ownership and closure of countless beaches all over this country, owned by the rich and famous. Why should they focus on one beach very publicly known to be owned by French people, even though it is only closed for safety reasons also? Furthermore, why, if race is no issue, do these same people deliberately put up banners stating the race of the people they complain about, as though anyone French is somehow responsible for one, weakly, specifically, conveniently chosen target? Racism, pure and simple. Just amazes me how racists are so ashamed to admit their views and pretend they are due to other things...[/p][/quote]So it's only racist if white Britons are doing it? "Why should they focus on one beach?" Because that's the one they care about. I can't believe I had to point that out. notslimjim
  • Score: 7

9:35pm Mon 25 Aug 14

MrsKray says...

I used to love this beach as a child, also walking along the arm and visiting the arcade and cafe. I was there today and it's sad to see how desolate and unloved it has become.

On another note, I wasn't aware that 'french' was a race. I thought it was a nationality. **** frogs, GIVE US OUR BEACH BACK!
I used to love this beach as a child, also walking along the arm and visiting the arcade and cafe. I was there today and it's sad to see how desolate and unloved it has become. On another note, I wasn't aware that 'french' was a race. I thought it was a nationality. **** frogs, GIVE US OUR BEACH BACK! MrsKray
  • Score: 1

9:37pm Mon 25 Aug 14

MrsKray says...

Also, I'm not sold on it being closed for safety reasons. Funny how it hasn't been maintained for years and even the most severe storms haven't damaged it...
Also, I'm not sold on it being closed for safety reasons. Funny how it hasn't been maintained for years and even the most severe storms haven't damaged it... MrsKray
  • Score: 3

11:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Poem58 says...

Privatization of national and local resources has been an unmitigated disaster. This is a small example of that.

The railways are a rather larger one.
Privatization of national and local resources has been an unmitigated disaster. This is a small example of that. The railways are a rather larger one. Poem58
  • Score: 3

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