|The Witterings - we love 'em||
Chichester Council's contractors continue to repair the recent damage to the sea wall. All of the damage to the sea path between Shore Road and Jolliffe Road has already been repaired and today they are repairing the section to the west.
I flipping love Munneries, I really do! For the uninitiated this is the greengrocers on Shore Rd, East Wittering brimming with tip top fresh fruit and vegetables at super prices. It manages, effortlessly, to combine old with new. Old fashioned service and up to the minute selection of the exotic and the usual. Spuds and persimmons happy side by side: oodles of locally sourced produce and a healthy smattering of the fancy nancy stuff too.
The window displays of blushing pomegranates or games based (never gambling, surely?) apples, oranges and cherries make me smile. A descending sweep of graduated grapefruit is a joy to whiz past in the window from the Daddy of all grapefruits to a teeny, tiny one. Small pleasures.
Last time I was there I waited (nicely) whilst the shop assistant carried out a modest bag of shopping for an old man to his, seemingly, even older car. I like that in a local shop – excellent service coupled with wonderful produce.
The Seville oranges are in at Munneries for you local marmalade makers but please, please, leave some for me!
I used to find it a bit odd that some residents in East Wittering village said that they lived in West Wittering. Why did they say that? Were they envious of the more upmarket reputation of West Wittering or just confused?
Well thanks to a great document on the West Wittering Parish Council website, I found out what others clearly knew all along - that the half of East Wittering village which lies to the west of Shore Road is actually within the West Wittering post code. Don't know why; it just is - see lovely drawing below. Mystery solved.
When Chichester Council added some new groyne posts on West Wittering beach a couple of years ago they seemed excessively tall. However, after the storms this winter and the extensive damage to the sea walls, it now looks like a very good decision. Once they've added some more shingle and increased the height of the horizontal planks, it should help reduce the damage from future storms.
The Environment Agency have lifted their flood warnings in place relating to the coast at West Wittering and surrounding areas.
Friday night's storm has ripped through the sea wall in dozens of places and created deep holes in the coastal path.
Just 5 days after I took the first photo (see blog below) of the beach steps at the end of Jolliffe Road, you can see that that the groynes closest to the steps have been ripped away by Friday night's storms.
The recent storms have changed the landscape of the beach.
In some areas the shingle has been stripped away, so for instance, the bottom of the beach steps at the end of Jolliffe Road used to be covered and are now fully exposed.
On the other hand, there is now masses of shingle directly in front of Shore Road in East Wittering, transported in by Chichester Council in order to improve the sea defences.