Help Save the Cuckmere!

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Since the end of September there has been a crisis in the Cuckmere Valley, Exceat. The Cuckmere River mouth has previously been dredge each year to keep the shingle out of the mouth and the river allowed to naturally rise and fall with the tide.

Due to cost cutting measures and a plan to "let the area go back to its natural state" the Environment Agency has stopped this vital action and as a result the river, the iconic Meanders and surrounding area have been totally flooded due to the river filling up on a high tide and being unable to flow back out due to the shingle blockage at the River Cuckmere mouth.

This has lead to hundreds of people in the local community being affected; be it farmers whos land has been ruined by the salty water, local businesses that have had to close as their building is physically underwater or local residents who are in fear that the water mere meters away from their homes will make that final leap.

If the Cuckmere River mouth is not cleared and the waters allowed to continue to flood the Cuckmere Meanders and local area will undoubtedly lose the iconic Cuckmere Meanders and but a lot of the local area too.

This is just the beginning of the effect this flooding will have on the local area as a whole. The famous location brings in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year which keeps many local businesses from Seaford, all the way to Eastbourne and further in business.

There are funds from the local Water Level Management Board available to be used immediately to get the river dredged, unfortunately the Environment Agency are yet to respond to this giving the required permissions.

I'm sure you'll agree this is unacceptable! I urge you to support this petition and help us change the Environment Agency attitude to this crisis.



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