Although The Environment Agency cannot carry out the defensive work to protect this magnificent landscape, we are allowed to as long as we obtain all the necessary permissions from the South Downs National Park, Natural England, The Environment Agency and others.
Government policy is to allow natural processes to prevail on this stretch of coastline, which could well mean gradual or sudden coastal retreat.
Protecting this site can't be funded by central government.
Although the funds, expertise and effort required to secure this historic site are not insurmountable, the cost of protecting Cuckmere Haven has become greater than local pockets can afford.
"...policy for this area is for No Active Intervention"
Cuckmere Haven – policy unit 4d02:
"The medium and long term policies within the SMP2 were for No Active Intervention following the Managed Realignment of the first epoch. The subsequently adopted Strategy policy for this area is for No Active Intervention immediately: Notice of Withdrawal of Maintenance has already been served. Whilst this is a change of policy it is more a bringing forward of policy."