Calls to strengthen district's seawalls to protect homes and land

Maldon and Burnham Standard: A view from the seawall at Maylandsea A view from the seawall at Maylandsea

Seawalls are under threat but there are fears not enough is being done to keep them maintained.

Defences in Steeple, St Lawrence, Bradwell and Holliwell Point are under pressure.

The Environment Agency’s planned projects for the next financial year include removing redundant tidal floodgates in Burnham and a flood alleviation scheme at Heybridge, where more than 1,000 homes could be built.

But flood risk alleviation schemes in Maylandsea, North Fambridge and St Lawrence will not go ahead before 2019 because they are are either not ready to start, need to demonstrate better value for money to be eligible for government funding or need additional other funding.

Farmers, many of whom patch up seawalls themselves, said maintenance is vital to protect homes and land.

Full story in this week's Burnham Standard.

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10:03am Thu 13 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.
Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have. Jack222

5:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Latchingdon says...

Jack222 wrote:
Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.
Yet another idiotic statement from Jack. We can only assume you are NOT at flood risk! Of course the "sensible option" would be to cut back on foreign aid until such time that OUR OWN Country has been rescued from disaster!!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.[/p][/quote]Yet another idiotic statement from Jack. We can only assume you are NOT at flood risk! Of course the "sensible option" would be to cut back on foreign aid until such time that OUR OWN Country has been rescued from disaster!! Latchingdon

9:38pm Thu 13 Feb 14

SandyR says...

Jack222 wrote:
Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.
First you say we need more houses in the area, now you want a managed retreat. Your wisdom is wasted here, perhaps you'd like to run the country. It would sort overcrowding out, as everyone would leave.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.[/p][/quote]First you say we need more houses in the area, now you want a managed retreat. Your wisdom is wasted here, perhaps you'd like to run the country. It would sort overcrowding out, as everyone would leave. SandyR

10:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dengie D says...

Jack222 is just an internet troll with too much time on his/her hands and seemingly doesn't care what they write as long as they are first to comment.
Jack222 is just an internet troll with too much time on his/her hands and seemingly doesn't care what they write as long as they are first to comment. Dengie D

3:01pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Hawthorne says...

SandyR wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.
First you say we need more houses in the area, now you want a managed retreat. Your wisdom is wasted here, perhaps you'd like to run the country. It would sort overcrowding out, as everyone would leave.
Unless you travel around the district with your eyes shut then you must have noticed that some parts are near the water and lower down, and some places are higher up on hills. So some areas are prone to flooding in our district and some are not, and are therefore suitable to be built on. Is that simple enough?

I know Jack likes to give a forthright opinion , but there's clearly no contradiction with his two statements.

As for stopping foreign aid, yet another victory for the Daily Mail. I once met the editor, and he said his job was to make someone angry every single day. He can tick a few boxes here then. We spend 0.48% of our GDP on foreign aid. We are compelled to do that and frankly its a pretty poor amount. I've seen people moaning about money going to Syria instead of Somerset as if it's a straight choice. Of course it isn't. Put down the newspaper and use your brains. Yes, I am happy my money goes to prevent kids that have been gassed out of their homes from freezing to death. They can't claim from Direct Line.
[quote][p][bold]SandyR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Managed retreat also remains a sensible option in these austerity times. We cant afford all the sea walls we currently have.[/p][/quote]First you say we need more houses in the area, now you want a managed retreat. Your wisdom is wasted here, perhaps you'd like to run the country. It would sort overcrowding out, as everyone would leave.[/p][/quote]Unless you travel around the district with your eyes shut then you must have noticed that some parts are near the water and lower down, and some places are higher up on hills. So some areas are prone to flooding in our district and some are not, and are therefore suitable to be built on. Is that simple enough? I know Jack likes to give a forthright opinion , but there's clearly no contradiction with his two statements. As for stopping foreign aid, yet another victory for the Daily Mail. I once met the editor, and he said his job was to make someone angry every single day. He can tick a few boxes here then. We spend 0.48% of our GDP on foreign aid. We are compelled to do that and frankly its a pretty poor amount. I've seen people moaning about money going to Syria instead of Somerset as if it's a straight choice. Of course it isn't. Put down the newspaper and use your brains. Yes, I am happy my money goes to prevent kids that have been gassed out of their homes from freezing to death. They can't claim from Direct Line. Hawthorne

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