Recycling machines stopped work on Friday so as to leave the beach relatively quiet for Christmas. The bulldozer will keep working up until Wednesday evening, most likely to return on Tuesday 29th December.
Whilst the forecast isn’t great this week, the spring tides over Christmas/Boxing Day are not too high, so the Environment Agency forecasters are not predicting anything too significant to occur. I am sure there will be some erosion and cliffing, but unless things deteriorate markedly, I do not expect to mobilise any additional machines until after the holidays. Some of any cliffing that does form may well be left a few days before it addressed.
On Monday 4th January, we will start another week of bypassing shingle round Sovereign Harbour, which will almost inevitably be followed by more recycling until such time as the weather moderates
Here’s hoping for a calm start to 2016!
Although the weather is calmer at the moment, it is still far from settled, and there is no sign that there will be some proper winter weather (i.e. Offshore winds from the north) We therefore expect to continue recycling until Friday 18th December. Work will continue in the east at Cooden, Herbrand Walk and Normans Bay until the early par of next week, when the emphasis will shift to Beachlands and areas to the west.
Hopefully, minimal amounts of work will be necessary over Christmas, but with the next biggest tides on Christmas Day and Boxing Day there is obviously no guarantee. If possible, any works over the holiday period will be restricted to local reprofiling. This is still too far off for there to be any believable weather forecast, so we will just have to wait and see what the weather delivers.
It is anticipated that machines will be parked up in the Environment Agency depot on Coast Road so that should the weather deteriorate, then they will be available if required.
As part of our plans to regenerate the village of Pevensey Bay, and following our recent successsful grant application for £10,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund, PVP has applied for a grant from Wealden District Council to revitalize the Information Centre in Pevensey Bay. The centre is sited in the infamous upturned boat building in the Sea Road car park.
The centre is run entirely by volunteers and is open all year. It serves as the only Tourist Information Centre in the South of Weladen, as well as providing information and help to local residents. Probably the most important service it provides is that of the Hospital Drivers.