UPDATE: Options will be considered to protect Pagham beach

A REVIEW of how best to protect Pagham’s beach has started.

Engineers from Arun District Council and a representative from the Environment Agency today (January 8) visited the foreshore damaged by the storms of the past week.

They are talking to Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation about the best way to stop homes being swept away by the sea.

Arun’s contractors have also been carrying out emergency work around the 170m-long rock revetment, only completed last month.

A council spokeswoman said: “Construction plant has been on site since the start of this week re-filling areas of the beach eroded adjacent to the rocks.

“Additional large plant is being brought to the site in the next 24 hours to assist with stabilisation of the toe to the rock structure and infilling areas of local erosion around the adjacent timber groyne.”

The damage to the foreshore led Arun to fence off part of it last weekend. But the damage would have been greater without the revetment, she said. However, the barrier of some 6,000 tons of rocks was at risk of being damaged by the strong winds and waves. There was concern the front toe could be undermined by the deep channel which had moved closer to the revetment.