Seaford’s promenade is in severe decline: the photographic exhibition at the Martello Museum shows how it used to be just a few decades ago, but today residents and visitors alike have to put up with a wasteland of cracked concrete and virtual dereliction.
Keith Blackburn and his band of volunteers are to be lauded for their work brightening up the seafront sunken garden area and the Friends of Tide Mills for their attention to the beach. But the sad fact remains that the Seaford seafront has been sorely neglected and starved of strategic investment over many years by all of our local councils.
Just compare Seaford with the newly refurbished Bexhill promenade – the dreary and potentially hazardous concrete has been covered with a pleasant new surface and well designed and stocked landscaping has been complemented by stylish new shelters. Bexhill also provides seasonal beach huts for hire which during the winter months are safely stored away from the beach and the severe weather.
The difference is that unlike Lewes District Council, Wealden DC seems to take its coastline seriously and has used nationally available grants to make improve things for visitors and residents alike.
The changes a few miles along the coast demonstrate that the sea frontage of a small coastal town can be improved to attract visitors without turning them into a Brighton-style nightmare.
Both Lewes DC and Seaford TC are now under new political domination – if they can take their minds off other arresting matters, perhaps the Councillors from both authorities can start to do something positive for Seaford seafront.