Newhaven Port Development

The Angling Trust's response to the proposals for Newhaven East beach/Tide Mills beach submitted by the Port owners

We are deeply concerned about this East beach Development because:

a) We believe there has been Insufficient consultations with stakeholder users of the 'Tide Mills' beach; this includes anglers, surfers, dog walkers, swimmers, bird watchers, etc .

b) We believe there has been Insufficient environmental/scientific research on the impact this development will have on the known fin fish juvenile recruitment stocks and the habitat in the immediate vicinity.

c) We believe there will be contamination of the water column caused by spoil plume pollution into the River Ouse (please reference the Water Framework Directive).

d) We believe the development could have a significant impact on Sea Trout migration paths to and from their spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the River Ouse

e) Tide Mills is a known and very popular angling venue for Dabs, Flounders and Golden Grey Mullet and is used by our regions shore match anglers as a main venue in the calendar year. Historically, 'Tide Mills' and the 'East Breakwater' are preferred venues for teaching the regions young anglers how to participate in sea angling.

f) We suggest that there has been a serious lack of consideration for the community of Newhaven and Seaford who have already lost their only other sandy beach on the West Side. These beaches have been used by many generations of locals for recreational purposes.

The Angling Trust fully support the decision by Seaford Town Council on April 2nd to reject the N.P.P. application above on environmental and ecological grounds including calls from the community to carry out extensive studies on the marine environment,

Sea Anglers in particular make up a large proportion of the users of this beach and contribute substantially to the economy of the coastal community. We recognise that the port wishes to expand its activities, which they believe are in the interests of the local economy. However it will cause damage to the area’s unique marine wildlife ecosystem and should not be allowed to proceed without taking into account proper evidential studies into the impact on the locality and it’s economy.

W e would be happy to meet with Lewes DC to discuss this further. M aybe we can meet at the venue to see at first hand the impact this development will have. In the meantime the ATSMR have undertaking our own short juvenile recruitment study of marine species at the location known as Tide Mills.

Our study was very basic and was intended to prove that Tide Mills is an important juvenile recruitment area for at least one fin fish, we feel that our results proved beyond doubt that in fact the habitat is vitally important to a variety of marine species during their most vulnerable stage in their life cycles. The study was based around pushing a single 36-inch x 24-inch x 24-inch shrimp net along the seabed for no more than one hour, in depths ranging from 12 to 36-inches of water. The attached photos clearly illustrates the abundant marine life to be found.

In total, we found the following juvenile marine species:

Pomatoschistus Microps Goby (Male) Flounder, Turbot, Plaice, Sole, Brill, Weaver, Sandeel, Shore crab, Portumnus Latipe swimming crab, Hermit crab, Shrimps, Plus we found of at least three different species of marine worm, this via worm casts found on the surface of the sand at low tide.