17 May 2013

Shoreham Port are responsible for maintaining the coast defences from the Fort to the east of the harbour entrance right along to Western Esplanade, or ‘Millionaire’s Row’ as it’s commonly known. This spring, the Port is refurbishing two timber groynes outside Carat’s Cafe to help maintain a healthy beach and provide protection to our road and property.

The work needs to follow the tide in and out so it’s not feasible to fence the area off as the sea levels on this beach vary by up to six metres during the biggest tides. Therefore the Port will be closing the existing access steps to the beach during the works.

On completion of the works there will be two new, improved sets of steps to allow more use of this busy stretch of beach. We would ask everyone to please be responsible, especially those with children and dogs, when walking on the beach or along the promenade.

Tony Parker, Director of Engineering at Shoreham Port commented “It’s a constant battle to keep the sea at bay and these two new groynes are a big first step towards creating really effective sea defences on our frontage. The groynes will help reduce the number of times we get water and shingle on the promenade and in Carat’s Café during stormy weather and the new concrete steps also make it much easier to get onto the beach.”

There will be regular deliveries, piling and heavy plant movements in the area during the works and there will be brief periods when access is restricted further, so the Port politely asks everyone to be patient. The works commenced on the 8th April and are programmed for completion in June. They will all be carefully managed by our contractor JT Mackley and closely supervised by the Port’s own Engineering Team.

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