Protest to call for access to West Beach in Newhaven

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A demonstration calling for access to Newhaven’s sandy beach will be held tomorrow (Saturday August 17).

Organisers the Newhaven Village Green Preservation Society and We Love Newhaven are asking for residents to take part in the protest, which will take the form of a picnic.

The protest will start at around 12 noon, as low tide will be at 2.30pm.

Organisers are calling for people to turn up with banners and to bring picnic food and pants to be used as bunting.

They are also appealing for musicians and dancers to get involved.

Two weeks ago the barriers at the beach were mysteriously bent back, allowing hundreds of people to use the sandy beach.

Facebook was full of photos of those who had decided to visit the beach as a result of the barriers being bent back, commenting on their joy at being able to use the sandy beach again.

Word spread around the town quickly by word of mouth and social media that it was now easier to get on to the beach. It is understood the barriers have since been put back in place.

Newhaven Port and Properties closed the beach in 2008 due to health and safety concerns.

Since then Newhaven Town Council and Newhaven Port and Properties have been locked in a legal battle over access to the beach.

The town council was granted permission by the Royal Courts of Justice to turn the beach into a village green to guarantee access. However Newhaven Port and Properties is seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against the decision.