A FLOODGATE has been installed by Pagham Parish Council to help to protect properties.
The £250 structure was fixed at the beach entrance next to Pagham Yacht Club on West Front Road.
Pagham Parish Council agreed to buy the gate ready for the winter.
Chairman Cllr Ray Radmall said it was solid galvanised gates with an angled surface to deflect surging flood water. It was needed because the beach around the concrete slab which supported public seats had become eroded.
“The waves are not being absorbed by the shingle now. There is a 3-4ft drop from the concrete and the water shoots over the top of the concrete,” he said.
A system of closing the gate, while leaving pedestrian access at the side, would be arranged with key-holders.
But Cllr Iain Balch said the council should make it clear it did not accept any liability for the situation. “We are doing this for the good of the community. We must make sure there is no responsibility on us,” he said.
The council also agreed to work further with engineers Royal Haskoning on a long-term solution to the beach erosion.
Cllr Radmall said investigations continued on two proposals. One was to block the harbour mouth and the other was to cut through the Church Norton Spit.
But he cautioned a lot more work was needed before a final proposal was agreed.
The council also welcomed plans by the Environment Agency to start work next month boosting Pagham Harbour’s embankment.
Cllr Balch said: “That’s the crucial area for Pagham because that’s where the water is going to come here.”