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Beach Recycling (Duration 2-3 weeks)

19th October 2017

The latest transatlantic storm to arrive will Storm Brian, hitting the Sussex coast on Saturday lunchtime.  In preparation a recycling team is already lined up and ready to start repairs at 06:00 on Monday morning

Sovereign Harbour Bypassing (Duration 2 weeks)

12th September 2017

Shingle has continued to build up on the southern side of Sovereign Harbour all summer. The end bay north of groyne 94 is now almost full, so needs to be reduced before the first storms of autumn have the opportunity to push the shingle past the rock spur and towards the harbour entrance. Work is set to start on 2nd October and last for two weeks.  As increasing amounts of shingle are expected to arrive from Eastbourne, it is likely that this work phase will need to be repeated on two or three occasions through the winter.

Annual Beach Recharge (Duration 1 week)

11th August 2017

Sospan Dau is due to leave South Wales this week, and head for Sussex. She is expected on or around 15th August and expects to add 10,000m3 of shingle to the beach immediately east of Sovereign Harbour, completing work in 7 or 8 days.

Work finishes for Winter 2016-17

13th April 2017

The final bulldozer left the beach yesterday, and hopefully will not have to return until autumn. As usual additional supplies of shingle are required at Sovereign Harbour to replace sediment lost during the winter. News as to when this is expected to happen will be provided during the summer.  It is also expected that a week of groyne maintenance will be required so that any loose or sharp sections of old groyne will be removed.

Beach Recycling (Duration 2 weeks)

27th March 2017

A final period of recycling started on Friday 24th March, which, providing the weather remains calm should be the final works for winter 2016-17. A trucks are expected to leave the beach on Friday 7th April, with the bulldozer departing a day or two later.
 

Beach Recycling (Duration 2 to 3 weeks)

28th February 2017

Overnight storms are predicted for the next two nights, which also coincide with the top of the next spring tides.  Although severe erosion is not expected, machines are being brought in so as to be ready to repair any damage caused.  Although the worst of the weather will be gone by early Thursday morning, it is likely to take 2-3 weeks to restore the entire frontage.
 

Emergency Recycling (Duration 2-3 weeks)

21st November 2016

Storm Angus resulted in overnight erosion along most of the frontage. A recycling team was mobilised on Sunday 20th to arrive on site and start work on Monday 21st November. All areas need to be covered so that the whole beach can be reinstated ahead of the next big spring tides in mid-December.

Beach Recycling (Duration 2-3 weeks)

24th October 2016

The first period of recycling ahead of winter will start on Monday 24th October. Work will start at Sovereign Harbour and White Horses using two dump trucks.  As the week progresses, machines will gradually move eastward, doing relatively small amounts of work at Grey Towers, Leyland Cottage, Beachlands and Normans Bay before eventually reaching Herbrand Walk and Cooden.  During the second part of these works it is likely that an additional two dump trucks will join the team as the haulage distance increase.  Current weather forecasts are favourable, so it is hoped to complete this pahse in two to three weeks, although plans may change if the weather deteriorates.

Sovereign Harbour Bypassing (Duration 2 weeks)

10th October 2016

Shingle has continued to build up on the southern side of Sovereign Harbour all summer. The end bay north of groyne 94 is now almost full, so needs to be reduced before the first storms of autumn have the opportunity to push the shingle past the rock spur and towards the harbour entrance. As increasing amounts of shingle are expected to arrive from Eastbourne, it is likely that this work phase will need to be repeated on two or three occasions through the winter.

Annual Beach Recharge (Duration 1 week)

8th September 2016

It seems as though summer has a few more days (weeks?) to go before the arrival of autumn, so we have no plans to reintroduce machines to the beach just yet. If we can get past the 8m tides on 19/20th September, they may not be needed until October.

In the meantime Sospan Dau is due to be leaving dry dock in Holland where she has been undergoing maintenance, and heading for Sussex. First port of call I believe will be Pevensey Bay where we will have around 10,000m3 of shingle added to the beach at Sovereign Harbour.

In early October she will be working in Eastbourne for around two weeks supplying shingle either side of the pier. There is already a build-up of beach west of the marina, so there will be an inevitable restart of road lorries moving shingle round the harbour in early October before storms can wash it into the harbour entrance.

Work finishes for Winter 2015-16

22nd April 2016

The final bulldozer left the beach today, and hopefully will not have to return until autumn. As usual additional supplies of shingle are required at Sovereign Harbour to replace sediment lost during the winter. News as to when this is expected to happen will be provided during the summer.

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