Seaford Town Council are shocked and concerned by actions taken by Southern Water this week to discharge sewage into the sea just yards from the busy beaches in Seaford. At this time of year, particularly, the beach is heavily utilised by local families, swimmers and tourists.

Town Clerk for Seaford, Adam Chugg said: ‘ I was stunned and saddened to view the recent film of sewage being pumped into the sea at Seaford. Seaford Bay is an iconic part of the town and is used regularly by residents and visitors. Seaford Town Council do not think it is acceptable to put public health at risk in this way. We were pleased to be part of a news report by Channel 4 about the incident, aired on Thursday night: https://fb.watch/eZCfnl8rit/  to make these points. We are also raising this matter with Southern Water.’

As confirmed by Lewes District Council, Councillor Matthew Bird, a Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Lewes District Council, has condemned Southern Water after viewing the discharge film as a ‘new low’ by the company.

Councillor Bird said: “To see these sewage discharges into our seas, especially at a time when many swimmers are taking to the water, is truly shocking and disheartening. Discharges are only supposed to take place after storm events and only because our water infrastructure is not fit for purpose.”

Councillor Matthew Bird understands that Southern Water will at long last attend a meeting of the council’s Policy and Performance Advisory Committee in November.

Seaford Town Council stands with Lewes District Council and many other Local authorities along the coast.

Southern Water is consulting on its Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans currently until September 5th. Seaford Town Council encourage the public to share their thoughts, including those relating to this recent sewage discharge via the Southern Water Website: https://www.southernwater.co.uk/dwmp