UPDATE: Senior minister Eric Pickles visits Pagham

ERIC Pickles assured Pagham’s residents he had taken account of their views.

The government’s communities and local government secretary spent about ten minutes with those who live on the eroding Pagham Beach estate.

He told them: “I am well lobbied. It’s been a tremendous visit and extremely interesting, which is really good.
“People seem to be working very closely together and having intelligent arguments in terms of what to do next.
“I don’t know what will happen but I do know people who do know. I will make sure the arguments are addressed.”

Residents such as Allen Miller and Robin Henderson used the visit by Mr Pickles today (Thursday, February 20) to press their demands for a cut to be made in the growing Church Norton spit off their foreshore.

They say this will stop the current situation where the beach is being eroded by the tide being forced against the shingle.

Mr Miller told Mr Pickles: “Some of us have been unable to sleep at night for worrying about this problem. It is affecting a lot of people.”

Mr Pickles also met officials from Arun District Council, the Environment Agency and Natural England.

See the Bognor Regis Observer for the more reports about Mr Pickles’ visit.