Split the spit is the aim of a Pagham open day

AN OPEN day will show Pagham residents how their area needs them.

The event by Pagham Action Group will take place from 2pm-5pm on March 22 in the village hall on Pagham Road.

David Huntley, the group’s chairman, said the intention was to show people why their eroding beach needed to be protected by splitting the spit.

“We want to inform the public of the problem and the need to act quickly. The beach will not stand another winter managed with emergency measures.

“Meanwhile, our spit continues to grow and our beach continues to disappear.”

The action group is a non-political organisation that exists to promote the best long-term management of the beach for residents and wildlife at the least cost.

Its members’ aim is to restore the Pagham Harbour mouth to its 1961-2003 position with an exit straight through the expanding Church Norton Spit and out to sea to stop the scour currently removing the beach.

This will allow the foreshore to be replenished with the natural tidal flow.

The event will include activities for all ages. Children will be able to enjoy face painting and a Pagham Shingle Monster story among other fun.

For the adults, there will be explanations of what is happening on the eroding beach, guided walks along it and a video about the situation.