Repair work to start at Splash Point in Seaford

Splash Point, Seaford.
Splash Point, Seaford.

A beauty spot rendered unsafe by storm damage should reopen within the next six weeks thanks to councils working together.

Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council have been trying hard to organise repairs to Splash Point in Seaford.

The area, which is home to a rare colony of kittiwake birds, has been closed to the public since February 14.

Cllr Sam Adeniji (Con, Seaford South) said: “As a Seaford councillor whose ward includes Splash Point, I am glad that both Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council have come together to enable repair work on one of our town’s beauty spots to commence.

“Splash Point is a vital tourist attraction and the kittiwakes are spectacular.

“This is good news for the people of Seaford.”

Liberal Democrat MP for Seaford Norman Baker added: “I’m delighted that a contract has been awarded to undertake repairs to Splash Point, and also that it is a local company that will benefit.

“Splash Point is a much valued part of the town, and I know my constituents will welcome this news.

“I congratulate the two councils in taking this forward.

“I am only sorry that the Environment Agency has not been prepared to chip in.”

But the Environment Agency said it supported flood risk projects and this year would spend more than £350,000 on sea defences in Seaford.

It said the area to the east of Splash Point did not protect people or property so it was unable to make a financial contribution to repairing Splash Point.

Whilst neither council owns the facility, it was decided public money should be spent on making the area safe since it was popular with local residents and visitors.

Both councils agreed to donate £10,000 to the project.

The contract was awarded to C J Thorne & Co Ltd of Uckfield which has undertaken similar projects in Brighton and Eastbourne.

It is expected work will be completed within the next six weeks or even sooner.

Seaford mayor Mark Brown said: “This is great news and shows how the town council is now working well with our partners to get things done for the people of Seaford.”

Town council leader and district councillor Paul Franklin, who co-ordinated the efforts of both councils, said: “I am delighted that we have all been able to work together to get this far and look forward to seeing Splash Point open again for everyone to enjoy.”