New plan to stop Pagham’s erosion

Pagham rocks - Pagham Parish Council chairman Ray Radmall and fellow councillor Tony Sutcliffe''''Picture by Louise Adams  C131570-3 Bog Pagham Beach
Pagham rocks - Pagham Parish Council chairman Ray Radmall and fellow councillor Tony Sutcliffe''''Picture by Louise Adams C131570-3 Bog Pagham Beach

A NEW plan to stop erosion along Pagham beach is being compiled by the parish council.

The scheme is aimed at halting the threat of the eastern section of foreshore.

Parish council chairman Cllr Ray Radmall said he was hopeful of its success.

“We have our own community scheme for the construction of a series of rock ‘stub’ groynes,” he said.

“These will be short groynes embedded in the remaining beach crest to help combat erosion and also to trap any small shingle accretions from the west as a result of littoral drift.”

The scheme was needed to stop the sea going round the new revetment to flood the low-lying Pagham Beach estate and further inland, including two sewage pumping stations.

Engineering firm Royal Haskoning has started work on the project. This should be finished by Christmas. It was envisaged that six groynes would be built initially.

They would stretch out some 25m along the area in front of Pagham Yacht Club.

The cost would be £400,000-500,000. Cllr Radmall said he was confident that would be raised. The council has up to £170,000 set aside.

“I hope this could be completed within 18 months. We don’t want to see any of this area flooded,” he said.