When Seaford resident, Chris Conil, put out a post on Facebook to ask for volunteers to help clear shingle from parts of Seaford’s promenade, he wasn’t prepared for the huge response from local residents offering up their services!
When lockdown restrictions eased accordingly, Chris put together teams of six people each to start clearing from the Edinburgh Road car park all the way to the western end of Bönningstedt Parade.
The Town Council was swept away by the generosity and hard work of volunteers that undertook this gruelling work and would like to thank Chris and his volunteers, nicknamed the ‘Seaford Shingle Shifters’. The clearance work they have done has helped ensure more of the promenade remains stone free and accessible for all – this is invaluable as the warmer weather approaches and the beach will start to see a stark increase in visitor numbers.
When approached about what prompted him to take this on, Chris explained as follows:
‘Every year Bönningstedt Promenade is subject to high tides and storms that lash onto the walkways, leaving difficult areas to manoeuvre. The job of the Environmental Agency is a massive one, shifting truck loads of shingle from one end to the other. Thanks to them our beaches are safe and well maintained. This year Seaford has experienced many more visitors due to Covid-19, who wish to walk and exercise along the Seafront, the difficulty being, shingle underfoot piled up on the promenade. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our small group of Volunteers who helped Sweep clean Bönningstedt area. Seaford Town Council supplied the brushes, we supplied the people power, so everyone can now enjoy the delights of Seaford bay, knowing the promenade is safe and ready for the summer, until the next storm arrives.’
(Pictured – Some of the Seaford Shingle Shifters in action)