Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather

Echo: Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather

ISLANDERS are worried about the state of Canvey’s sea defences after finding signs of damage to its seawall.

The 14-mile wall was battered by vicious storms last winter, tearing away concrete slabs and chunks of tar, leaving some parts of it deformed and possibly weakened.

One of the island’s leading councillors fears if the Environment Agency doesn’t act fast, Canvey could be at risk next time bad weather strikes.

Dave Blackwell, leader of the Canvey Independent Party and Canvey Central ward councillor, urged the agency to take responsibility for the weakened defences and act urgently.

He said: “It looks very strange and certainly needs attention. The wall has almost bubbled up and has taken on a strange form.

“I think the water has got under the brickwork and caused the wall to change shape. The Environment Agency needs to work with the council to ensure the wall is repaired and looked after.”

Barry Palmer, 66, committee member of the Friends of Concord Beach group, is also concerned.

He said: “If it is not treated before long, parts of the wall could collapse. Children use the site and they need to be thought of, too.”

When the agency repaired the wall in January, large amounts of rubble and potentially dangerous materials were not cleared away by workmen.

It prompted Mr Blackwell to describe some repairs carried out to the seawall as “a disgrace”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “‘We are aware there are concerns over this section of the wall and regularly monitor it for any signs of deterioration.

“The wall is treated to protect it from flood waters.

Should there be any sign of vulnerability, it will be detected during this monitoring.

“All our sea defences are regularly inspected and all defects are reported to our local team, which deals with any problems or issues as they arise.”

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10:57am Tue 15 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Hopefully for the residents of Canvey they will sort this out quicker than the mythical repairs we were promised by the County Council to potholes in the roads caused by the viciously cold winter three or four years ago......
Hopefully for the residents of Canvey they will sort this out quicker than the mythical repairs we were promised by the County Council to potholes in the roads caused by the viciously cold winter three or four years ago...... Howard Cháse
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11:03am Tue 15 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

"One of the island’s leading councillors fears if the Environment Agency doesn’t act fast, Canvey could be at risk next time bad weather strikes"...... yep, that tropical cyclone bearing down as we speak will rip out the ever so slightly dislodged concrete tile and sure enough, 200,000,000 gallons of the north sea will come pouring in.......... must be terrifying on there
"One of the island’s leading councillors fears if the Environment Agency doesn’t act fast, Canvey could be at risk next time bad weather strikes"...... yep, that tropical cyclone bearing down as we speak will rip out the ever so slightly dislodged concrete tile and sure enough, 200,000,000 gallons of the north sea will come pouring in.......... must be terrifying on there pembury53
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7:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

upset says...

Nice job by leading councillor of putting fear into people who remember 1953. The concrete slabs where left over from years gone by, the 10 foot high, 3 feet wide wall is what protects us, Thanks DB!!!
Nice job by leading councillor of putting fear into people who remember 1953. The concrete slabs where left over from years gone by, the 10 foot high, 3 feet wide wall is what protects us, Thanks DB!!! upset
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8:53pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Lol
Lol Living the La Vida Legra
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