The Leader of the Conservative Group of Eastbourne Councillors, Robert Smart, has sought advice from leading professionals about flood defences for Eastbourne.

Councillor Smart reports that in a recent meeting with Environment Agency officers he stressed the importance of defining the potential engineering solutions to the primary objective as soon as possible, in months not years.

He elaborates: “ My concern is that decisions regarding the Eastbourne seafront should not wait for several years. The Government has provided millions of pounds to the Environment Agency to analyse the requirements, and an initial report is already overdue.

Yes, detailed analysis of wave climate predictions and sediment dynamics are required, but there do not appear to be a vast range of potential solutions. Are solutions any more complex than a metre high sea wall with enhanced shingle and groynes, with care taken over the beach and promenade amenities?”

Meanwhile developments along the Eastbourne seafront have been put on hold. The iconic bandstand, which is at beach level, has been in dire need of repair for several years. Some funding was belatedly confirmed almost 2 years ago but has been withdrawn pending flood defence proposals.

Pictured is Councillor Smart with Brian Waters, the Chartered Civil Engineer responsible for the existing coast protection measures, and Dr. John Barlow, Director for Coastal Research at the University of Sussex, on the beach in front of the bandstand.