National lockdown: stay at home
For all national lockdown guidance visit – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For the Town Council’s current Covid-19 Position Statement, setting out closed facilities and services – click here
NO LIFEGUARDS or RNLI COVER
On the advice of their governing body, Surf Lifesaving GB, Seaford Lifeguards will not be patrolling Seaford Beach. Seaford Lifeguards are operated by volunteers and Seaford is incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated team on its beaches. It was not a decision taken lightly but the Lifeguards must consider the safety of their team members. Similarly, RNLI will not be operating its usual lifeguard service based from Newhaven.
The Town Council therefore urges people to use Seaford beach responsibly whilst there is no lifeguard cover.
Swimming in the sea is now allowed as daily exercise in England under the new Government guidelines along with paddle boarding, surfing, windsurfing, rowing, kayaking and canoeing. Sailing and owners of private boats may also go out onto the water.
However, while people are allowed to go out on and in the water, they need to make sure they are safe and protected. Those with private boats and yachts should carry out all the usual safety checks and make sure they have a way to contact HM Coastguard if they get into difficulty, as should everyone visiting the coast and beaches.
As with previous years, yellow buoys are sited 200 metres out to sea from Splash Point to Edinburgh Road. The landside of these buoys donates a safe swimming zone where only hand powered craft are permitted.
It is strongly recommended that, despite the buoys being back in situ, only strong and competent swimmers and those with the necessary equipment, enter the water in order to reduce unnecessary risks and only in ideal swimming conditions.
Please use the beach responsively, maintain social distancing and consider if your activity might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk.
If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will come to your aid.
Please also see the latest Seaford Beach Guide if you are planning on visiting Seaford Beach –Seaford Beach Guide 2020
The public toilets in Seaford are now open approximately 7am – 8pm with regular cleaning. These facilities are located below –
The Buckle Car Park
There are no toilets in the South Hill Barn area until further notice as there is no ability to comply with the national guidance at this present time.
All litter must be taken home – where there are litter bins in an area you are visiting, this is for small items only and not for tied bags following an all-day visit. If there are no litter bins in the area you are visiting, this is because this area does not have litter removal services and you must take all items home with you.
There are many places to park in the town at various locations, this includes along the beach and at beauty spots. Please be respectful when using parking facilities to ensure space for others and if a car park facility is full ensure to assess access requirements before parking in front of residential properties or other facilities.
AWARENESS OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Many people in the town like to partake in the walk to view the Seven Sisters, Seaford Head Nature Reserve and Cuckmere Valley. Whilst this is not something the Town Council would encourage visitors to the town for at this point in time, for those that are here please just be aware of your surroundings; those using the Vanguard Way (the footpath running parallel to the cliff line) must remain at least five metres from the cliff edge and also remember that this is adjacent to a golf course used seven days a week, so to be mindful of sticking to designated footpaths.
When using the seafront, please also be aware that a significant amount of the promenade operates a Share With Care scheme, so welcomes both pedestrians and cyclists. Please therefore be careful of each other, in particular with more people changing positioning and pace more suddenly now to try and observe social distancing. Dog owners should also note that from 1st May certain areas of the seafront become off limit for dogs until October. Details can be found here.
Please also remain aware when in the town centre and taking steps to allow a two metre gap, such as stepping off the pavement or crossing over the road for example, or allowing a two metre distance when queuing to enter a shop – think about what is around you and make sure you’re not placing yourself or others at greater risk.
Ways to Protect Mental Health During COVID-19 Pandemic
Please see the useful infographic below by www.rehab4addiction.co.uk –