Storm worry for Pagham’s beach erosion

ANXIOUS Pagham residents fear this weekend’s predicted storms will further weaken their beach.

Those who live along West Front Road have already seen the foreshore start to be eroded again – in spite of a £500.000 rock revetment installed last month.

David Huntley, the chairman of Pagham Beach Residents’ Association, said: “The problem is not going away. It’s getting worse.

“We lost a lot of shingle all the way along the beach on Monday night.

“The rock revetment is not working properly in the corner by the breakwater.

“Erosion is occurring beyond the revetment right up to the posts signifying the start of the nature reserve. The sea is also coming round the back of the breakwater by 35 West Front Road.”

Pagham Parish Council chairman Ray Radmall said he hoped to get a collection of concrete slabs in place by the seats in front of Pagham Yacht Club by the weekend’s extremely high tides as an emergency measure.

“Hopefully, they will catch the water as it surges over the top of the beach crest and divert it sideways into the shingle.

“That should stop it going down Beach Road and East Front Road.

“We’ve now a drop of at least 18ins in front of the yacht club where the beach has just been eroded away,” he said.

The parish council wants to install rock stub groynes along the seafront as a permanent solution.

But Cllr Radmall said this was about 18 months away because of the need to get permission.