Eroded path concern at Elmer

From left: Nick Gibb, James Baird and Henry Burrell by the eroded coastline in Elmer
From left: Nick Gibb, James Baird and Henry Burrell by the eroded coastline in Elmer

Erosion has made a footpath along Elmer’s coast unsafe, the area’s MP has declared.

Nick Gibb discussed the condition of Footpath 829 along Elmer Sands Beach in a meeting at the site last Friday.

He met farmer and landowner James Baird and local resident Henry Burrell about the dangerous situation.

Coastal erosion has resulted in the 19th century flint walls being undermined by the erosion.

Mr Gibb, the Tory MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, said: “In the last few years, wave action has eroded the shingle protection on this stretch of the beach, something I am raising with the Environment Agency.

“But as a consequence, the public footpath along this stretch of the Elmer Sands Beach is dangerous, with caverns appearing that could easily collapse, bringing down tons of rubble. The path is now perilous to walkers and it is time to re-direct the footpath further inland.”