Diggers work to keep Pagham residents safe from the sea

Parish council chairman Ray Radmall watching the work being done                                           PICTURE  KATE SHEMILT ks1500516-2
Parish council chairman Ray Radmall watching the work being done PICTURE KATE SHEMILT ks1500516-2

HUGE diggers are working to shore up the causeway in Pagham to help prevent a breach of the village’s sea defences which would have ‘serious consequences for many homes’.

Sheet steel piles measuring 10m long will reinforce the vulnerable causeway which separates the lagoon from the harbour.

Ray Radmall at the site of the work being carried out to bolster the defences at Pagham Harbour.ks1500516-5 SUS-151013-180729008

Ray Radmall at the site of the work being carried out to bolster the defences at Pagham Harbour.ks1500516-5 SUS-151013-180729008

The work to complete the inland bank is being done by the Environment Agency and is set to be finished before the end of the month.

Pagham Parish Council has contributed £30,000 for the work on behalf of residents in the predicted flood zone.

Chairman Ray Radmall said: “The causeway embankment was subject to a partial collapse in the late 1970s, and was seriously eroded and overtopped in winter 2013, necessitating emergency evacuation to Pagham Village Hall.

“A serious breach or collapse could affect properties in Church Lane, Pagham Road, Sea Lane, St Thomas’s Drive, Swandene, Lagoon Road, Well Road, Sandy Road and Beach Road.”

Ray Radmall at the site of the work being carried out to bolster the defences at Pagham Harbour.ks1500516-4 SUS-151013-180716008

Ray Radmall at the site of the work being carried out to bolster the defences at Pagham Harbour.ks1500516-4 SUS-151013-180716008

A planning application to dissect the large spit at the harbour mouth which has caused coastal erosion has been submitted.

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Ray Radmall looks at the work being carried out to bolster the defences at Pagham Harbour.ks1500516-3 SUS-151013-180809008

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