A mother whose son died when he fell off a cliff has renewed her calls for a protective fence to stop such a tragedy happening again.

Sandra Underdown lost ten-year-old Jamie when he slipped while playing at Splash Point in Seaford in March 1997.

For years Ms Underdown has campaigned for some kind of rail to be put up along the Seaford coastline to stop people accidentally falling over the edge.

In September 2004 the cliff also claimed the life of 38-year-old kite-flier Barry Ripley.

The Argus reported earlier this month that Seaford Golf Club is in talks with Seaford Town Council to move its 17th green, which is rapidly being lost to the sea not far from Splash Point.

Ms Underdown, who says she has always been told that Lewes District Council will not put up a fence because it would spoil the beauty spot, said she was shocked that the golf course was being treated as a priority.

She said: "I am absolutely outraged that they're prepared to protect the golf course and golfers but not the public.

"I think it is disgusting that they did nothing at the time my son died.

"It was his 21st birthday this year. Most people are in the pub having a whale of a time. We were at the cemetery."

Ms Underdown has previously collected 5,000 signatures in a petition asking for more safety measures. She wants to see all dangerous parts of the cliff fenced off from Eastbourne to Brighton, including Beachy Head, a popular spot for suicide attempts.

She said: "If they put a fence up there, the person has to make a conscious decision to go over. My son didn't get that choice. I know had there been a fence, my son would not have gone over it."

Lewes District Council has said it does not think a fence is needed because there are several signs warning about the drop.

Since Jamie died his mum, now 48, has been plagued with health problems including a brain haemorrhage. She is unable to work due to ill health.

On Christmas day Ms Underdown lit a candle at his grave in Seaford cemetery. Jamie is survived by his sister Jemma, now 23, who was with him when he died. He also has three siblings he has never met - two sisters, aged nine and eight, and a brother, aged six.

Ms Underdown said: "My son doesn't get toys and games for Christmas. He gets flowers."

Her nine-year-old daughter is due to choose a secondary school soon, but Ms Underdown does not want her to go to Tideway School in Newhaven or Seaford Head Community College because they are both near the cliffs.

The family recently moved to Pitt Drive, Seaford, from their home in Lexden Drive, where Ms Underdown had lived for 16 years, because she could no longer cope with all the memories in the house.

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