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Questions over ‘sinking sand’ here in Pevensey Bay have led to a media release by Pevensey Parish Council (30 May).

In the media release they say,

“We have had a report of sinking sand on the beach at the top of the kiosk. However, Ian Thomas of PCDL has advised us that there isn’t any real sinking sand in the bay. The sea edge is almost always cloudy because of the sediment it carries. Normally this remains in suspension, but sometimes in calm summer weather it starts to settle and collects in hollows in the sand. If calm weather continues, then I have seen it build up to knee deep. However, as soon as there is some strong wind, then it dissipates again. Just be aware of this!”

A report has also been received by Bay Life from a member of staff in one of our cafes.

She said, “a friend explained to me last week what happened,the lady in question, a recently new resident to Pevensey was walking with her mother, feeling herself sinking, she had a quick thought and action and managed to release herself, though by now the sand had come well over her knee high boots…’.

Pevensey Costal Defence Limited (PCDL) is the organisation responsible for maintenance of the beach. PCDL is the first sea defence project anywhere in the world to be funded as a Public Private Partnership (PPP/PFI).

On their website they give a detailed explanation of the sterling service that they provide here.

“In committing to a 25 year contract”, they say, “Pevensey’s residents and environment are guaranteed a consistent standard of defence until at least 2025.

“This approach to beach maintenance has allowed the Environment Agency and Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd to develop and advance best practice in provision of sea defence services.”

“Typically many sea defence schemes involve major capital works followed by minimal amounts of maintenance.

“At Pevensey the ethos has been a little different. A substantial sum was spent in 2002 in completing improvements works, but it was recognised that this alone would not be sufficient.

“The primary defence is shingle. In absorbing wave energy it is moved from west to east along the coast in such a way that there is a net loss of some 25,000cu.m of beach every year. It also moves irregularly, with some places seeing excessive erosion, whereas other may gain in the short term”.

“Managing the defences involves a variety of techniques, most of which are reactive and undertaken in response to weather events. Because of this the various works undertaken are not planned in advance, as resources have to be mobilised in response to events as they happen”.

The assurance given by Ian Thomas, the director of Pevensey Coastal Defence to Pevensey Parish Council, will no doubt give peace of mind to residents and visitors that there is no ‘real sinking sand’ in Pevensey Bay.

Bay Life would be interested to hear from any residents or visitors that have experienced an incident of any similar nature to the report offered by a friend to one of our cafe workers.

Details of when and where the incident took place in Pevensey Bay would be of value.

We will be happy to pass on any of these descriptions to both Pevensey Parish Council and Ian Thomas at Pevensey Coastal Defence for comment and if necessary, to investigate matters further.

We can be contacted here info@pevenseybaylife.co.uk

IMAGE CREDIT: Mud Holes, Pevensey Bay.
PCDL caption: Mud holes or ‘mud volcanos’ develop occasionally on the lower sandy foreshore. At these points, water is welling up in the form of an artesian spring driven by the higher water level in the beach. Consequently, they are most active as the tide goes out. They are dangerous in that sand is liquified and one can sink in easily to knee depth or beyond.