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Seaford Beach is better than ever

The shelter on Seaford seafront.

The shelter on Seaford seafront.

Larger litter bins, a refurbished shelter and the reopening of Splash Point are just some of the improvements carried out at Seaford Beach during July.

Bigger seafront bins have been installed in the same locations to ensure more room for the increased amount of rubbish generated on busy summer days.

The council also explained the delay in reopening Splash Point, which was closed in February after storm damage made the area unsafe.

The popular beauty spot, well known as a viewing point for the town’s rare kittiwake colony, was reopened on Friday August 8.

Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council clubbed together, each contributing £10,000 towards repairing it.

A town council spokesperson said: “Splash Point does not belong to either Lewes District Council or Seaford Town Council.

“Attempts were made to see who it belonged to but as it was not registered and all the obvious potential owners said it did not belong to them the two councils decided they would fund the repair event though it was not their responsibility to do so.

“They did this in response to the clear community will to have the repairs done.

“The period of time from it becoming damaged and it being repaired was therefore spent looking for the owner, land registry searches and direct requests were made.

“Then once the council agreed to fund the repairs following submission of reports at both councils, tenders had to be sought which takes several weeks.

“Once awarded there was a lead-in time for the contractor to finish existing work and get on site, once there the work only took two weeks.”

The shelter was vandalised in February and the majority of the glass panels were smashed.

New larger bins have been installed, as was originally intended when the project was first implemented in 2013.

The council said it hoped this would reduce litter during summer and other improvements to the design will improve the control of litter and nuisance caused by birds.

 

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