A building is at risk of being demolished over fears of corrosion and the cost of repairs.

Seaford Sailing Club’s building in Marine Parade could be forced to close after beams in the building were found to have corroded. The building was already described as “at the end of its life” in a 2012 structural survey.

Now, club members are preparing to fundraise for a new building as the current site nears the end of its use.

Addressing concerns on social media, club commodore Terry Jones said: “The building has had a full structural survey and the horizontal beams on the seaward side are corroded.

“Once the building is closed at the end of the sea sailing season we will be able to fully look at the beams from the inside and get quotes for the possible repairs.

“The cost of repair will have to extend the life of the clubhouse by a number of years to make it economically viable. Our hope is that the building can be saved. However if it cannot be saved we will be putting in some temporary changing rooms and facilities for members so that they can continue sailing.”


Mr Jones also confirmed that the site would only be demolished once enough funds were raised to build a replacement but that fundraising would likely take several years.

Minutes from the club’s annual general meeting showed that a structural survey in 2012 identified the corroding beams on the side facing the sea.

The meeting also noted an “urgent need” to do work to keep the building open while the planning process continued.

The club had nearly 1,000 individual members in 2022 with nearly 2,000 boat trips from the site in the same time period.

Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club was first founded in 1952 and includes windsurfers and catamaran users as well as kayakers and canoeists.