Another chance to attend Seaford flooding meeting

Seaford Beach in February last year after storms exposed the sea wall. Photo by Peter Cripps. L1407034
Seaford Beach in February last year after storms exposed the sea wall. Photo by Peter Cripps. L1407034

A public meeting about flooding in Seaford which was so popular people had to be turned away will be held again.

Can We Turn Back the Tide will be staged on Friday November 28 at the Clinton Centre at 7pm with MP Norman Baker and experts from the Environment Agency.

Residents and councillors were turned away from the first meeting held on October 24 because the venue was full.

It will address concerns after a series of bad storms removed much of the shingle from the beach and a large part of Seaford’s sea defences.

While flood warnings were issued to some residents, there was no serious flooding in Seaford, although Newhaven was affected.

In Newhaven 50 houses and ten business premises were flooded.

The railway line was closed for nearly four days, with over £1m damage to signalling equipment.

Seaford was protected by the shingle beach which has to be maintained at an annual cost of £300,000 by the Environment Agency’s contractors moving large amounts of shingle.

The meeting will include John Gower from the Environment Agency who will demonstrate, using computer modelling, the possible impact of rises in sea level and options for adapting to them.

Kim Smith will describe last year’s flooding and outline the Environment Agency’s strategies to address problems in future in Seaford and Newhaven.