While travelling to work along the seafront each morning during the late 1970s and early 1980s, I could see the gulls feeding on the water and exposed beach at the Peninsula end.

Talking about this with work mates, they informed me that it was probably detritus being washed onto beach that was coming from the outfall just out past the stone pier near the Nothe. This all started after the Peninsula was extended also the migration of the pebbles onto the sand south past the Pier Bandstand.

The sea swirling into the bay around the extended Peninsula was talked about and warnings given by hydro engineers at the time to no avail.

As for the birds feeding in that area of “ black sand”, full of heaven knows what, is now going to be spread all along the sea front. Beggars belief.

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