Save Our Selsey
- New proposals on how to manage our coastline could have a devastating financial impact for all Selsey residents. In brief, the published suggestions could mean that:
- Selsey Bill (Hillfield Road to Lifeboat Way) is left to erode
- Medmerry Beach is left to fail – a huge area would flood
- We pay £17m to maintain the sea walls at East & West Beach
- We pay £10m to protect Earnley, Bracklesham, Selsey’s main road and the Peninsula’s sewage works
- Under these suggestions…
- 128 homes would be lost (no compensation to owners)
- 1150 homes would be at risk, unless local people pay the £17m for coast defence – this could cost us thousands
- The Oasis and half the campsites could be lost – they employ nearly 300 people, and our town’s shops rely on the visitors
- Each household in Selsey could pay £1,700 simply to keep the main road connection to Chichester
- SOS (Save our Selsey) has been formed to:
- Alert residents and businesses to the proposals
- Inform them about the issues
- Campaign for a fair solution to our coast defence, that considers the people who live and work here
- What does SOS want for Selsey?
- A guarantee of national funds to protect the town’s main road/services
- A guarantee to maintain the existing defences until the new “strategy” is agreed (including emergency work to stop West Beach sea wall collapsing)
- “Hold the line” at Selsey Bill frontage – don’t let the Bill go
- “Hold the line” at Medmerry (unless this is proven unviable) – scrap “option 2″, which destroys 28 homes, jobs & leisure facilities
- In the absence of government help, Regional, County and District funding, support and encouragement (through planning and other measures) for private investment in coast defence.
- A clear statement of who would have to pay for the current proposals if there is no government money & how much & when they’d have to pay
- The wider aims of S.O.S.
- A sustainable solution to coast defence: some bits of coast may have to be realigned, but plans must take full account of the economic & social costs
- A fair deal: we are all responsible for global warming, coastal residents shouldn’t be left alone to pay the price. Give us a slice of environmental taxes!
- Proper information & representation: the actual people who will be affected deserve proper information and a real say in the decisions. It’s their homes, jobs & futures at stake
- Compensation: for people whose property, jobs or businesses are lost or devalued
For more information please visit the Save Our Selsey website