Seaford Town Council was proud to join forces with local resident Sam Taylor in the grand opening ceremony of the new accessible beach on Saturday, 20th July. The weather was kind, although a little breezy, the rain stayed away, and the sun shone.
Seaford’s Town Crier, Peter White, opened the ceremony, handing over to the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Nazish Adil, who thanked the Town Council and Sam Taylor for their hard work in completing this inspiring project: “I just want to thank everybody especially Tony Jackson, the facilities manager from Seaford Town Council and David Archer from Seaford Builders Club, the Seaford Martello Rotary club , participating councillors plus everybody who got behind the project. Special congratulation to Sam Taylor for being so thoughtful of taking the initiative. This platform area will allow everybody with mobility issues to access our beach. Many people take this for granted. When your mobility is restricted, this platform will make a huge difference. Such a pleasure to see great turn out and loved sharing the joy of the mobility challenged locals who expressed their excitement with laughter and cheers. Well done to everybody!”
In attendance at the grand opening was the President of the Seaford Martello Rotary Club and Seaford Town Councillor, Cllr Rodney Reed; Project and Facilities Manager at Seaford Town Council, Tony Jackson; fundraiser Simon Perry; and approx. 20 members of the public.
Seaford Town Council has worked closely with resident Sam Taylor, as well as The Environment Agency and Lewes District Council. Sam was absolutely thrilled with the success of this joint venture.
This has been an exciting project that we hope will bring joy to many people who visit Seaford Beach, especially those who may not have been able to experience getting this close to view the sea before. Something we all take for granted, will mean so much to those who may have not been able to feel the sea breeze and see the waves crashing on the shore.
Thank you to all those involved in this wonderful project. This has been successful due to the amount of funding that was raised partly from public donations (thanks to Sam’s use of social media to raise awareness). As well as donations from the Seaford Martello Rotary Club and from Simon Perry who raised funds through his very popular pub quiz. A special thank you must also go to The Builders Club who provided the material for the initial decking and labour for the entire project at no charge.
Seaford Town Council is pleased to work with any individual or organisation on similar projects that result in enhancements to the town to the benefit of residents and visitors. Seaford town Council is also taking on the responsibility of maintaining the access point and removing and replacing part of it over the winter months.
L to R:
- President of Seaford Martello Rotary Club, Cllr Rodney Reed
- Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Nazish Adil
- Local resident, Sam Taylor
- Projects and Facilities Manager, Tony Jackson
- Fundraiser, Simon Perry
Local residents enjoying the views, along with the Seaford Martello Rotary Club members and President, Cllr Rodney Reed, The Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Nazish Adil, Tony Jackson, Project & Facilities Manager, and Simon Perry