We are advised by Gordon Wilson of the Environment Agency at the recent meeting of Coastal Issues Group that “The Spit’s SSSI status remains sacrosanct and will not be touched under any circumstances.”
The current, very costly work, to shore up the beach is appreciated I am sure, by the poor people who face imminent flooding. However, if it fails, as it has in the past and the harbour mouth closes up when the spit continues to grow, what will happen to the wildlife if the harbour is just a brackish water pool?
Remember the spit wasn’t there eight years ago; it came off the Pagham beach!
If it cannot be breached to allow an entry to the harbour and the beach continues to erode, have we a guarantee from Mr Wilson the Environment Agency will compensate the property owners in full for any loss?