Chance to discuss beach is welcomed

PARISH councillors in Pagham are looking forward to pressing the need for action on their beach.

The council members have been told the Arun district councillor now in charge of environmental service.

Cllr Terence Chapman took on the role last month. This includes coast protection.

One of the Pagham’s district councillors, Cllr Dawn Hall, told the past council last week: “Cllr Chapman wants to walk the beach.

“He is quite keen to meet the chairman, Cllr Ray Radmall, along with myself, and possibly Cllrs Ashvin Patel and Len Brown (both Pagham district councillors) so we can fill him in on what is happening.”

Cllr Radmall said: “There are a lot of things we would like to share with him.”

In a separate debate, the parish councillors agreed to donate £1,000 to the flood defence trust fund set up by the vicar once they have seen trust deed.

Cllr Radmall said: “There are four people champing at the bit to raise money for the trust once it has charitable status to go out and raise funds.

Chris Braby, the parish council’s then clerk, said the council had £69,000 in its flood defence reserve.

“After that, it all depends on what happens in the year ahead and whether you have any windfalls.”

The fund topped £100,000 before recent payments of £30,000 to the Environment Agency as partnership funding towards improving the inner harbour embankments and £28,000 to West Sussex County Council.

The money has been put aside by the parish council from the council tax precept paid by residents and those members who hand over their annual allowances.