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Major Disaster at Newhaven

 
 
On 18 Apr 2006 at 8:14pm SHS wrote:
That long harbour wall/breakwater AND that sheltered sandy beach have been fenced off - no admittance !!! I though the coastline was free to everyone? Will Britain's coastline become the next CPZ????
Billions of people enjoyed that beach, fished from the harbour wall or walked to the end to watch boats from Britain's vast fishing fleet or watch the high-speed high-frequency ferries taking Brits to Dieppe to observe France's high prices....
The cost of that fence must have been more than the cost of a zebra crossing outside Lewes railway station.
Will they fence off Seaford beach next, as 'too dangerous'? Why isn't ESCC fenced off as 'far too dangerous'?
 
 
On 18 Apr 2006 at 9:34pm Chav wrote:
They should fence Newhaven off. Have you seen the size of them chicks out of there? Jesus, enough to make you turn woolly woofter.
 
 
On 19 Apr 2006 at 3:38pm Brian wrote:
But seriously, thats ridiculous.
I used to fish their all the time when I was a kid.
I, stupidly, used to swim there with friends, fully clothed, and then get the miserable train home, soaking wet.
Why did they fence it off? Are they renovating it??
 
 
On 19 Apr 2006 at 6:13pm me wrote:
You have to pay 2 just to go in the car park, But as far as the breakwater goes i think they are doing repairs. You are allowed on the beach for free tho.
 
 
On 19 Apr 2006 at 7:28pm SHS wrote:
Sandy beach is fenced off - all steps baricaded. Only the stony beach is still open (but for how long?). Chap in the car park said it was all done for 'health & safety' - didn't say anything about repairs. There is one solution: live on a boat.
 
 
On 19 Apr 2006 at 9:34pm me wrote:
I stand corrected! I was there only last thursday. They were definatley working on the breakwater then. Maybe the beach is closed because it is too close to the works. We all know how much of a blame mentality society has now. E.G i was walking under the dodgy looking scaffolding looking at the sign warning me to keep clear poles may fall sign when a large pole fell of and hit me "it is the companies fault for not securing the scaffolding" as opposed to the logical answer "perhaps you shouldn't have been anywhere scaffolding with a warning to stay clear in the first place".
Still I could be wrong and find that the parking gistapo have branched out to beach management as well. Nothing surprises about LDC now.
 
 
On 26 May 2006 at 3:16pm Jim wrote:
It's disgraceful that they've shut down the beach! I don't think LDC have anything to do with it, I saw in the Express that the Lib Dems were campaigning to get it reopened and it was something to do with the people who own the port. I agree with your point about the parking though, but of course that's the County council.
 
 
On 4 Jun 2006 at 2:04am SQUEEK wrote:
The construction of Newhaven breakwater begun in 1876 and took many years to complete, it was funded by a British railway company. Since it's completion it has remained open to the public for fishing, swimming and walks only being closed during the world wars for reasons of national security.
I remember the brief introduction of a rod charge in the late seventies that was quickly dropped, other than this period there has never been any charge for the use of this facility.
Currently controlled by NEWHAVEN PORT PROPERTIES Ltd (don't be fooled, it's a French company)it was barricaded and locked in mid April this year.
Rumour has it that the gate on the breakwater cost 14,000, the reason for closing it was the quote for a railing on the inside arm (necessary to comply with Health and Safety legislation) which was reportedly 60,000. I can't believe that bearing in mind the popularity of this mini-attraction they could not have raised some of the difference if they wanted to from lottery, european or council funding. The 'Port Authority' does have a responsibility towards public social and cultural considerations as far as I can tell, but how that relates to the quay owners I don't know.
In short this seems to be wreckless management with no regard for public concerns or consultation. I suspect this closure may be more connected with the development of the surrounding land for housing.
I have fished from here since I was young, I now take my sons fishing and would love to take my grandchildren fishing here one day.
I know many others who are as upset as I am about this but feel there's nothing you can do against big money men these days.
 
 
On 4 Jun 2006 at 2:04am SQUEEK wrote:
The construction of Newhaven breakwater begun in 1876 and took many years to complete, it was funded by a British railway company. Since it's completion it has remained open to the public for fishing, swimming and walks only being closed during the world wars for reasons of national security.
I remember the brief introduction of a rod charge in the late seventies that was quickly dropped, other than this period there has never been any charge for the use of this facility.
Currently controlled by NEWHAVEN PORT PROPERTIES Ltd (don't be fooled, it's a French company)it was barricaded and locked in mid April this year.
Rumour has it that the gate on the breakwater cost 14,000, the reason for closing it was the quote for a railing on the inside arm (necessary to comply with Health and Safety legislation) which was reportedly 60,000. I can't believe that bearing in mind the popularity of this mini-attraction they could not have raised some of the difference if they wanted to from lottery, european or council funding. The 'Port Authority' does have a responsibility towards public social and cultural considerations as far as I can tell, but how that relates to the quay owners I don't know.
In short this seems to be wreckless management with no regard for public concerns or consultation. I suspect this closure may be more connected with the development of the surrounding land for housing.
I have fished from here since I was young, I now take my sons fishing and would love to take my grandchildren fishing here one day.
I know many others who are as upset as I am about this but feel there's nothing you can do against big money men these days.
 
 
On 5 Jun 2006 at 3:46pm brussel sprouts wrote:
more health and safty bo%%%%x in all the years how many stupid people have fallen from the breakwater? i susspect none, we have to take some resposibility for our own actions some things are a risk but come on we dont want to end up like the septics, do we?


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