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West Beach, Shoreham-by-Sea and the Adur inlet 1998. Gravel drift and lateral extension of spits has historically deflected the mouth of the Adur eastward. River training jetties and breakwaters constructed to stabilise the inlet have intercepted dominant eastward drift causing accretion of a wide gravel beach. An offset of 200m has now developed between the West Beach and the depleted and defended shore to the east of the inlet. Since 1994, gravel has been bypassed from an accreting zone immediately to the west of the west pier and is used to replenish the downdrift power station and port frontage.