Latest beach work at Pagham is completed

MORE work to help protect homes in Pagham from the sea has been completed.

Contractors for Arun District Council have spent the nine weeks since the storms at the start of October working to defend the beachside properties on West Front Road.

They have strengthened the damaged westerly groyne near to the road’s western end and placed defensive rows of rock to protect the ten homes most at risk.

The site is due to be visited soon by Dan Rogerson MP, the under-secretary of state for water, as a result of a meeting between residents, councillors and council officers and the government’s environment secretary, Elizabeth Truss.

Cllr Terence Chapman, Arun’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “The outcome of the meeting with Elizabeth Truss will be crucial to how we take this forward.

“Hopefully, we will know more after the site visit.

“But the council remains on alert, regularly monitoring the situation, and is ready to respond should the need arise over the coming winter.”

The council’s contractors also strengthened groynes and bolstered the beach at other sites along the Pagham frontage.

They imported rock, filled and placed geobags, which are very large sandbags, recycling shingle from the banks just offshore and bulldozed shingle to re-form the beach crest.

The erosion at Pagham has been caused by the unusual natural growth of the Church Norton Spit.

This is forcing the tides on to the foreshore to scour away the shingle.