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Western Arm is a dangerous place Newhaven 20 5 2022

Western Arm is a dangerous place Newhaven 20 5 2022
The attractive but inaccessible beach can be seen here - www.ipernity.com/doc/philsutters/51531110

Aschi "Freestone", Erika+Manfred, Marco F. Delminho, Gudrun and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Phil Sutters
Phil Sutters club
HFF to all. I would be happier if this breakwater was restored and access was allowed to the gorgeous sandy West Beach. The only sandy beach for many miles on this coast
4 weeks ago.
 Stephan Fey
Stephan Fey club
Such a shame! HFF, Phil!
4 weeks ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to Stephan Fey club
Developing that beach area would make such a difference to the town. There is plenty of vacant land behind the seawall that could be put to good use.
HFF Stephan.
4 weeks ago.
Loose_Grip club
You definitely get that impression!
HFF Phil.
4 weeks ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to Loose_Grip club
At least the lighthouse is getting some attention. HFF Pete.
4 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
It looks worse for wear Phil
HFF and a good weekend
4 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
In need of some attention I think Phil
HFF and have a good weekend
4 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Portreath, Cornwall; and the wall and lookout hut gets demolished about once every 4 years in a great storm ... (sometimes twice in one year) ... and it's all rebuilt in about a week!
4 weeks ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
Newhaven Port is leased (I think that is the corrected term) to the French company that runs the ferry service between Newhaven and Dieppe. It is not willing to foot the bill for the breakwater's repair and it appears that the local authorities do not have the powers to force it to or the resources to do it themselves. The town would suffer economically if the ferry company pulled out as it is a major source of its income. The dredged aggregates rail-linked wharf and the support base for the wind farm have certainly improved the situation, but not enough it seems.
The issue about safety is more about bits falling off onto people on the beach rather than them being at risk while walking on the breakwater, as that could be prevented without detracting from the beach amenity.
The town council even got the beach declared a 'village green' which gives it some better status, but that has made no difference, it seems.
Newhaven doesn't have the appeal of Portreath and the tourist income. There are some improvements under way and the light industrial part of the town has been quite successful in attracting new business, but the town centre is dead, with business lost to soulless retail parks nearby.
4 weeks ago.
 David Slater (Spoddendale)
David Slater (Spodde… club
HFF Phil and best wishes for a good weekend
4 weeks ago.
MaggsMep club
Sad to see, I’ve used the ferry on many occasions and the whole area round the terminal is very run down not at all welcoming, such a shame
4 weeks ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to MaggsMep club
There are improvements on the eastern side of the harbour. There are several new housing developments being built there and the sea wall around the harbourside has been raised and strengthened on both sides, improving its appearance, at least from the landside. The scrap iron quay will always be an eyesore, but it is a money earner.
HFF Maggs.
4 weeks ago.
Gudrun club
Ouch, they couldn't have made it any clearer:-) Belated hFF and a good weekend!
4 weeks ago.
Erika+Manfred club
Belated HFF, wish you a fine new week
4 weeks ago.
 Nick Weall
Nick Weall club
I too used to occasionally use the ferry, living in Brighton at the time it was useful, Sorry to learn that it is suffering ~~~ HFF & Hanwe
4 weeks ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to Nick Weall club
The town centre decline is really the crux of the matter. The COOP supermarket downsized, moving to a former pub down by the marina. Peacocks followed fairly soon after that. Several smaller shops have succumbed as a result of lower footfall. The major shop in the centre is now Poundstretcher. There are bigger chain stores but they are in retail parks along the A259. So there is no heart to the town.
Thanks for the visit and 'stars'. Have a good week.
4 weeks ago. Edited 4 weeks ago.
GrahamH club
What is wrong with the seawall?
3 weeks ago.
Phil Sutters club
has replied to GrahamH club
Taken in 2014 - not a lot has changed. It is substantial enough to protect the harbour entrance - apparently. The lighthouse maintenance crew drive their van along it, but the vertical surfaces on both sides are cracking up. www.ipernity.com/doc/philsutters/30060833/in/album/503055
3 weeks ago.

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