Summer hols advice for Seaford visitors

Lewes District Council has produced a beach guide to help keep visitors to Seaford seafront safe during the holiday season.

The guide has been put together in partnership with Seaford Town Council, Newhaven Port and Properties and the Environment Agency and provides lots of helpful information about local amenities and safety advice, including guidance on social distancing.

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“The school holidays are starting and I’m sure lots of families and friends will be enjoying the beach in Seaford and making the most of the good weather.

“The purpose of the leaflet is simply to help ensure people have a great time and most importantly, a safe time when they visit. 

“It is essential that we all follow the guidance on social distancing and respect others using the beach, the coronavirus remains a real threat and we must continue to be vigilant.”

Copies of the  Seaford Beach Guide can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre in Church Street, Seaford and online at www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/assets/beachguide

The guide also includes travel and car parking information, availability of public toilets, safety advice when entering the sea and the rules for boats in the area, plus much more.

Councillor Stephen Gauntlett said:

“We’re lucky to have such a wonderful seafront in Seaford and I’m always happy to see people flocking to the town in the sunshine. These are uncertain times and the quickest way for us to put this dreadful virus behind us is by following the guidance on social distancing and acting responsibly

“This Seaford Beach Guide has all the information you need for an enjoyable and safe visit to the seaside.”

Here are some of the important points in the Guide:-

Covid-19 important information
We ask everyone to respect others using the beach and follow current
government guidance on social distancing. You can read more about staying
safe outside your home at www.gov.uk
• Stay at least 2 metres apart where you can (1 metre or more where this is
not possible) from anyone you do not live with, or anyone not in your support bubble, when outside your home.
• Do not gather in groups of more than six people unless they are from your
own household.
• Bring hand sanitiser gel and be aware there may be long queues for toilets.
• Do not travel to the beach by public transport. Public transport should only be used for essential journeys. Travel to the beach by walking, cycling or car.

Toilets
There is one accessible toilet at either end of the beach, in the Buckle car park and by the Martello Tower, open every day and cleaned twice a day.

Car parking
Car parking on the seafront is free.

Litter and recycling
Please take your rubbish home and recycle what you can. Only use the litter
bins provided for small items not tied bags from an all-day visit. If there are no litter or recycling bins in the area it is because the area does not have litter removal services and you must take all items home with you.

Barbecues
Barbeques are permitted on the beach. Please do not put hot barbecues in the litter bins as they can cause severe burns.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on a lead and are not permitted on the beach in the dog ban area between Edinburgh Road and West View between 1 May and 30
September. Dog waste can be put in any litter bin on the promenade – please clean it up!

Cliff Safety
You must stay at least five metres away from the cliff edge. Seaford Head cliffs are made of chalk and large pieces often fall to the beach. Be aware that some of the cliffs do not have fencing and are adjacent to Seaford Head golf course, so please stick to the designated foot paths.

Cycling
A cycle path runs the length of the promenade from the Martello Tower all the way to Newhaven and beyond. There are various places along the promenade to park and lock bikes.

Lifeguards
On the advice of their governing body Surf Lifesaving GB, Seaford Lifeguards will not be patrolling Seaford Beach this summer. They will carry out weekly inspections of the life rings and enforce byelaws. Find out more on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/seafordlgs

Bathing
Yellow buoys will be sited 200 metres out to sea from Splash Point to
Edinburgh Road. The landside of these buoys is a safe swimming zone where only hand powered craft are permitted. It is up to individuals to make their own decisions as to the suitability of the sea conditions for swimming.
When making those decisions, always maintain caution. It is strongly
recommended that only strong and competent swimmers enter the water
and only in ideal swimming conditions. Do not drink alcohol and swim.

Emergencies
If you get into trouble or you see someone who needs help, call 999 and ask
for the Coastguard. If you are deaf or have a speech impairment, you can send an emergency SMS text.
Life rings are situated behind safety advice signs along the promenade.
Tides
Be aware of the times of tides and weather conditions. You can check both
on the Met Office website: www.metoffice.gov.uk

Fishing
Fishing is permitted on the entire length of Seaford Beach. Anglers should be considerate of other beach users. Use appropriate line strengths or tackle and please exercise caution when casting to avoid injury. Ensure you take any hooks, traces or rubbish home with you.

Camping
Overnight camping on the beach is not permitted.