Emergency work approved for Pagham beach

High tide at Pagham on Tuesday, October 27. PICTURE TAKEN BY MALCOLM CRAVEN
High tide at Pagham on Tuesday, October 27. PICTURE TAKEN BY MALCOLM CRAVEN

Emergency repairs are to be carried out on Pagham Beach this week.

Arun District Council has told its contractors to carry out the work after the effects of very high tides.

The 6.4m tide on late Tuesday morning caused some more damage to the badly eroded foreshore. A higher tide of 6.5m hit the beach about noon yesterday.

Pagham Parish Council chairman Cllr Ray Radmall told the council on Tuesday he had spoken to Arun’s top engineer, Roger Spencer, who was on the beach that afternoon.

“Roger thinks that we will escape serious damage, looking at the weather forecast,” he said. “But the water has been over the top near groyne three and has also gouged away at the side of the yacht club.”

Cllr Brian James said some 3m of the groyne had been destroyed by the waves.

“Wednesday’s is one of the highest tides of the year,” he said. He believed the repairs would take place today or tomorrow because of the need for the water to recede enough to take shingle from elsewhere on the foreshore.

The parish council is set to make a bid to put £3 on council tax bills in Pagham to pay for flood protection.

Its members are to be asked to agree to use powers to add the extra amount to the annual charge to ensure a major scheme to protect the beach is approved.

This will raise £10,000 to show the council can afford to maintain the channel it wants to cut in the Church Norton Spit. This is forcing tides against the foreshore to erode the shingle.

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