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Cash boost for beach shingle work

Eastbourne beach
The work will protect the coastline and the town's beaches

A grant of 407,000 to pay for beach management works in Eastbourne has been approved by the Environment Agency.

Work is due to start on the Sussex town's beach this month to recycle and import shingle at places where it has fallen below a critical level.

The agency said it was to ensure there was "an acceptable level of protection" against coastal flooding.

Eastbourne councillor Steve Wallis said it would ensure the coast was protected and people could still enjoy the beach.

It is expected the work will take about six weeks to complete, dependent on weather conditions, the Environment Agency said.



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