Cash boost to reopen Splash Point in Seaford to public

Splash Point, Seaford.
Splash Point, Seaford.
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A popular tourist attraction in Seaford shut following storm damage was given a cash boost this week.

Both Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council have pledged £10,000 each for repair work needed at Splash Point.

This week MP Norman Baker and district council leader Rob Blackman used a ministerial visit by Greg Barker MP to highlight the importance of the area.

Cllr Blackman said: “We chose today, when Greg Barker MP, ministerial representative for flood recovery in East Sussex visited the district, to speak strongly to the minister and senior representatives from the Environment Agency about Splash Point and the beach and their economic significance in terms of visitors to the area.”

So far the Environment Agency has yet to contribute towards repairing Splash Point, which is home to a rare colony of kiitiwakes.

But a spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The Environment Agency supports flood risk projects and this year we will spend in excess of £350k on sea defences in Seaford.

“The area to the east of Splash Point does not protect people or property so we are unable to make a financial contribution to the suggested works.”

As yet there has been no indication from the district council how much repair work will cost, when it could start and when the area could be reopened to the public.

Splash Point was damaged during severe weather this winter and has been closed since February 14.

Part of the path fell away and the sea wall beneath was undermined, rendering the area dangerous.

Mr Baker added: “I think that both the Environment Agency and the minister were left under no illusion that the public expect to see action from all sides to get this highly valued area open to the public once more.”

The minister talked about Splash Point and the way that the Environment Agency manages the beach, before moving on to Newhaven, to look at the areas affected by the recent flooding and the plans for the regeneration of the East Quay.

Mr Baker added: “I am pleased to hear that there is progress being made towards getting repair work underway at Splash Point and applaud Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council for putting forward the money towards this.

“Having raised the ongoing issues of Splash Point with Greg Barker MP, I hope to find a long term solution to the continued maintenance and repair for the area.”