REPAIRS were completed at a crucial platform for viewing Seaford’s famous kittiwake colony.
A vigorous campaign was mounted by residents for the improvements at Splash Point terminal groyne.
Former Seaford town councillor Bob Brown thanked everyone who campaigned on the issue.
The work carried out by Lewes District Council included making and fixing galvanised hand rails, safety signs and concrete repairs on the surface of the groyne.
Mr Brown said: “Now we have a part of the promenade, which should be safe again for the time being, for the volume of visitors we welcome every year at Splash Point, especially those who come to see the kittiwake colony in the summer. But this is not the end of the story - the terminal groyne is still suffering from corrosion to its basic structure, it is now probably over 100 years old and needs more than just a patch-up.”
Mr Brown also highlighted the poor state of the railings on the main outfall groyne and called on the Environment Agency to replace and reposition these railings for greater safety.
A district council spokesperson added: “We are pleased all three organisations have been able to work together for the benefit of the local community.”
Seaford MP Norman Baker who took the issue up with the council, said: “I am very pleased that they are following through on the assurances that they gave to me and are fixing the safety hazards at Splash Point. However, the council and the Crown Estates do need to establish, once and for all, who is going to take responsibility for this in the long term, and I would encourage them to come up with a permanent, long term, solution.”
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency added: “We are aware of Mr Brown’s concerns and will be discussing the issues he raises when we attend the next Seaford Seafront Users Group meeting in February.
“We understand that the terminal groyne was constructed in the late 1980s when the sea defences were improved. It was built upon an existing Southern Water coastal outfall.
“We have not maintained the structure or hand railing since it was built as we do not own it.
“We are however in discussions with Lewes District Council and Southern Water to help identify a way forward.”