Drilling takes place on Eastbourne seafront

A borehole has been drilled by Eastbourne seafront.

A borehole has been drilled by Eastbourne seafront.

The Environmental Agency (EA) said it is currently carrying out ground investigations involving the drilling of 21 different boreholes along Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay seafront.

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A borehole construction site east of Eastbourne pier. Picture from the Environment Agency SUS-220121-133142001

An EA spokesperson said, “Each borehole is up to 15 metres deep and the findings will help us understand the soil and rock conditions, any underlying contamination and groundwater levels.

“Once the tests have been completed, each borehole area will be reinstated to its original condition.

“The results of the investigations will help inform decision making regarding the possible future designs of coastal defences between Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne.”

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell said, “I joined with Environment Agency officials to talk through [what] the £100 million project would mean for Eastbourne.

“The boreholes on the seafront are just the start of the largest coastal defence works in the country.

Data gathered here will help shape proposals and sea defences for decades to come and protect our town for the next hundred years.

“This is a very exciting project for the town and I will be speaking about it to George Eustice, the Secretary of State for the Environment, who has accepted my invitation to come to Eastbourne. This huge project sits in his department.

“Where issues present themselves, as they will along the way, I will work with all partners to find a solution.”

Eastbourne Borough Council has been contacted for a comment.