Look who has come out against the seawall now

Echo: James Duddridge James Duddridge

TORY MP James Duddridge has finally joined the chorus of voices calling for Southend Council to scrap its controversial Shoebury seawall project – after support for his party collapsed in last week’s polls.

Rochford and Southend East MP Mr Duddridge is urging the newly-elected council to reconsider the old Tory administration’s plans for a 7ft-tall seawall across Shoebury Common.

His call came after Tory candidates were roundly beaten in all ten council wards in his constituency – with the seawall issue one of the hottest topics of the local election campaign.

Mr Duddridge, who, until now, has hardly commented on the seawall issue, said: “Given the election results and speaking to people on the doorstep, it’s untenable for the seawall to go ahead as it is.

“I absolutely believe we need improved flood defences in some form, but it’s untenable to press ahead without public support.

“Local councillors have to thrash out a solution, based on an understanding of the problem and an understanding all options have been considered.

“It’s politically untenable for a Conservative minority administration or a coalition to press ahead with it, but it’s also untenable to abandon Shoebury to floods.”

Former Tory councillor Tony Cox, the man who worked so hard to push through the seawall scheme was one of those ousted in last Thursday’s poll in Shoebury, along with colleague Roger Hadley.

Both were beaten by candidates campaigning on an anti-seawall ticket.

Tories also lost Southend Council seats in Kursaal, Milton, Southchurch, St Luke’s and Thorpe wards, and Rochford Council seats in Rochford and Foulness and Great Wakering.

Southend’s previous Tory administration tried to pushed the seawall plan through in the face of opposition from 80 per cent of those who replied during public consultations and 2,200 letters of objection.

Mr Duddridge criticised the council’s handling of the seawall issue last November.

Yesterday, Mr Duddridge laughed off claims by Southend Ukip leader James Moyies that his party would unseat him in next year’s general election.

TheMP said: “I have gone from a 5,000 majority to an 11,000 majority by working hard for my 21,000 constituents.

“I have built up relationships, been out and about to 250 events, as well as representing residents in the Commons.

“The good people of Rochford and Southend East will not be duped by some false alternative.

“It will be Miliband or Cameron in Downing Street and that will mean people coming back to the Conservatives.”

John Lamb, who now leads the diminished Tory group on the council, was unavailable for comment.

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7:33am Mon 2 Jun 14

abd123 says...

40,000 people voted in his last election. He needs to check his figures if he thinks he only has 21,000 constiituents.
40,000 people voted in his last election. He needs to check his figures if he thinks he only has 21,000 constiituents. abd123
  • Score: 10

7:36am Mon 2 Jun 14

BarryTanner says...

"Given the election results........it’
s untenable for the seawall to go ahead as it is".........better election results and it should? So it's not about what the benefits of the proposed seawall but about how many votes it garners. The sort of narrow minded "focus group" led ideas that have got this country into the mess that it is.
"Given the election results........it’ s untenable for the seawall to go ahead as it is".........better election results and it should? So it's not about what the benefits of the proposed seawall but about how many votes it garners. The sort of narrow minded "focus group" led ideas that have got this country into the mess that it is. BarryTanner
  • Score: 18

7:39am Mon 2 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.
Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses. supermadmax
  • Score: 32

8:44am Mon 2 Jun 14

fletch12107 says...

I had stopped commenting on here but this spineless leech of a MP has made my blood boil. He refused to get involved with the proposed closure of Priory House as in his words "I don't get involved with local issues". Well Dudderidge your party faithful refused to listen to 15000 people who signed a petition to keep it open and those 15000 are voters too and they helped kick out the Tory bullies at SBC. Lets hope they kick you out now as you do nothing for the people you are supposed to represent unless it benefits you personally.
I had stopped commenting on here but this spineless leech of a MP has made my blood boil. He refused to get involved with the proposed closure of Priory House as in his words "I don't get involved with local issues". Well Dudderidge your party faithful refused to listen to 15000 people who signed a petition to keep it open and those 15000 are voters too and they helped kick out the Tory bullies at SBC. Lets hope they kick you out now as you do nothing for the people you are supposed to represent unless it benefits you personally. fletch12107
  • Score: 30

9:35am Mon 2 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

“The good people of Rochford and Southend East will not be duped by some false alternative.

Doddery Duddridge is really up his own fat backside, again.
“The good people of Rochford and Southend East will not be duped by some false alternative. Doddery Duddridge is really up his own fat backside, again. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 15

9:44am Mon 2 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

supermadmax wrote:
Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.
This /\ /\ /\
Written to him on numurous times, never had a reply from him yet,
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.[/p][/quote]This /\ /\ /\ Written to him on numurous times, never had a reply from him yet, Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 12

9:53am Mon 2 Jun 14

jayman says...

The support for the Tory party did not collapse because of one single issue. The support for the Tory party collapsed because right-wing voters are misguided and prone to the seducement of the most blustered, baseless and fear driven argument presented to them by the most flamboyant rebel-rouser who can maintain the most, misanthropic and xenophobic political momentum for the longest period of time without becoming unstuck by legitimate criticism or countering evidence or factual observation...

UKIP represent a national, zero-sum game which will be consumed 'eventually' by the energy and effort required to maintain it. In other words, when the curtains open and the UKIP show begins, the only hate left will be the self-hatred that the audience has for itself for buying the ticket to see the show.
The support for the Tory party did not collapse because of one single issue. The support for the Tory party collapsed because right-wing voters are misguided and prone to the seducement of the most blustered, baseless and fear driven argument presented to them by the most flamboyant rebel-rouser who can maintain the most, misanthropic and xenophobic political momentum for the longest period of time without becoming unstuck by legitimate criticism or countering evidence or factual observation... UKIP represent a national, zero-sum game which will be consumed 'eventually' by the energy and effort required to maintain it. In other words, when the curtains open and the UKIP show begins, the only hate left will be the self-hatred that the audience has for itself for buying the ticket to see the show. jayman
  • Score: -12

9:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

mr.happy says...

Didn't dare speak out against his mates at Southend Council, well not until they lost power anyway! Maybe he can see his own power base slipping away now. Perhaps he will have to return to being a Banker next year!
Didn't dare speak out against his mates at Southend Council, well not until they lost power anyway! Maybe he can see his own power base slipping away now. Perhaps he will have to return to being a Banker next year! mr.happy
  • Score: 21

9:56am Mon 2 Jun 14

Cllr Julian Ware-Lane says...

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http://warelane.word press.com/2014/05/30 /onwards-into-battle -men-i-am-right-behi nd-you/ Cllr Julian Ware-Lane
  • Score: 5

10:10am Mon 2 Jun 14

ddf35 says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.
This /\ /\ /\
Written to him on numurous times, never had a reply from him yet,
i wrote to him on an issue. he sent me a reply that didnt really answer any of my concerns and was like it came from a list of 'stock' answers. I replied with a long, comprehensive explanation of my view of the issue and how could he possibly defend this comments in light of what i asked - and i've got nothing back.

using the form on some websites is really annoying as dont have a record of what you've sent, unlike if you send an email. im sure i have a copy of what i sent somewhere, but i dont know where :-( more fool me.

another time i wrote to him his reply was more irrelevant information in reply, completely missing the point.

The only decent reply i've got from an MP was when i wrote to Teddy Taylor when i was about 7 asking them not to ban model dolly food so i could still have tea parties with my Sylvanian Families!
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.[/p][/quote]This /\ /\ /\ Written to him on numurous times, never had a reply from him yet,[/p][/quote]i wrote to him on an issue. he sent me a reply that didnt really answer any of my concerns and was like it came from a list of 'stock' answers. I replied with a long, comprehensive explanation of my view of the issue and how could he possibly defend this comments in light of what i asked - and i've got nothing back. using the form on some websites is really annoying as dont have a record of what you've sent, unlike if you send an email. im sure i have a copy of what i sent somewhere, but i dont know where :-( more fool me. another time i wrote to him his reply was more irrelevant information in reply, completely missing the point. The only decent reply i've got from an MP was when i wrote to Teddy Taylor when i was about 7 asking them not to ban model dolly food so i could still have tea parties with my Sylvanian Families! ddf35
  • Score: 12

10:26am Mon 2 Jun 14

jayman says...

jayman wrote:
The support for the Tory party did not collapse because of one single issue. The support for the Tory party collapsed because right-wing voters are misguided and prone to the seducement of the most blustered, baseless and fear driven argument presented to them by the most flamboyant rebel-rouser who can maintain the most, misanthropic and xenophobic political momentum for the longest period of time without becoming unstuck by legitimate criticism or countering evidence or factual observation...

UKIP represent a national, zero-sum game which will be consumed 'eventually' by the energy and effort required to maintain it. In other words, when the curtains open and the UKIP show begins, the only hate left will be the self-hatred that the audience has for itself for buying the ticket to see the show.
Furthermore. Nigel Farage is a 'convincer' who has the ability to present back to the people, their own legitimate questions about immigration but does so in a way that distorts the collective 'question' into an emotive drive. He does so by incorporating the use 'Speech disfluency' and by.

David Cameron attempts to use this time honoured method of presenting a false emphasis or distorted argument, but his inescapable, almost habitual undertone of old-Etonian 'forced effort' delivery in speech, comes across as if he is talking to a group of infantile 'unwashed' when he makes an address in the media.

Westminster politicians, those who aspire to be Westminster politicians and the majority of the right-wing political class could be typified as narcissists who harbour a great hate towards those whom they represent and casually treat them with contempt. However, every narcissists greatest fear is one of rejection and a Tory politician will suddenly replace contempt with careful attention if he or she anticipates rejection.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: The support for the Tory party did not collapse because of one single issue. The support for the Tory party collapsed because right-wing voters are misguided and prone to the seducement of the most blustered, baseless and fear driven argument presented to them by the most flamboyant rebel-rouser who can maintain the most, misanthropic and xenophobic political momentum for the longest period of time without becoming unstuck by legitimate criticism or countering evidence or factual observation... UKIP represent a national, zero-sum game which will be consumed 'eventually' by the energy and effort required to maintain it. In other words, when the curtains open and the UKIP show begins, the only hate left will be the self-hatred that the audience has for itself for buying the ticket to see the show.[/p][/quote]Furthermore. Nigel Farage is a 'convincer' who has the ability to present back to the people, their own legitimate questions about immigration but does so in a way that distorts the collective 'question' into an emotive drive. He does so by incorporating the use 'Speech disfluency' and by. David Cameron attempts to use this time honoured method of presenting a false emphasis or distorted argument, but his inescapable, almost habitual undertone of old-Etonian 'forced effort' delivery in speech, comes across as if he is talking to a group of infantile 'unwashed' when he makes an address in the media. Westminster politicians, those who aspire to be Westminster politicians and the majority of the right-wing political class could be typified as narcissists who harbour a great hate towards those whom they represent and casually treat them with contempt. However, every narcissists greatest fear is one of rejection and a Tory politician will suddenly replace contempt with careful attention if he or she anticipates rejection. jayman
  • Score: 7

10:30am Mon 2 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

supermadmax wrote:
Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.
your spot on with that..... makes me laugh how so many people think they've 'fired a warning shot' 'taught them a lesson' or sent a message to the main parties....... the only message they have recieved is that the majority of brainwashed idiots will simply change their vote back at the general election, and the lab/con mainstream have nothing to fear whatsoever.........
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Don't surprise me this free loader is finally getting involved in local politics, thought he had a safe seat for life and he couldn't care less, now UKIP have given him a shock we will see a lot of this pretence between now and the general. Once you sheep vote for him, he will go back to his old ways cosying up to the Islamic community and claiming expenses.[/p][/quote]your spot on with that..... makes me laugh how so many people think they've 'fired a warning shot' 'taught them a lesson' or sent a message to the main parties....... the only message they have recieved is that the majority of brainwashed idiots will simply change their vote back at the general election, and the lab/con mainstream have nothing to fear whatsoever......... pembury53
  • Score: 9

10:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

jayman wrote:
The support for the Tory party did not collapse because of one single issue. The support for the Tory party collapsed because right-wing voters are misguided and prone to the seducement of the most blustered, baseless and fear driven argument presented to them by the most flamboyant rebel-rouser who can maintain the most, misanthropic and xenophobic political momentum for the longest period of time without becoming unstuck by legitimate criticism or countering evidence or factual observation... UKIP represent a national, zero-sum game which will be consumed 'eventually' by the energy and effort required to maintain it. In other words, when the curtains open and the UKIP show begins, the only hate left will be the self-hatred that the audience has for itself for buying the ticket to see the show.
NO, the only hate left will be the self hatred of the audience for not waking from their stupor earlier....... if UKIP's message is so xenophobic, why don't the mainstream go to the electorate on an immigration ticket ? you know the kind of thing, vote for us and we'll deliver lower taxation, get tough on crime, save the NHS, etc etc, oh and by the way, we'll also promise you millions more immigrants to enhance 'cultural diversity' and save our economy, and we have all the stats to quantify it....... but what they actually say, after the stable door was already kicked in of course and with nothing to quantify it, is 'they put in more than they take' 'they come to better themselves' 'they enrich us'......... very convincing i'm sure, in the meantime i'll wait for something a liitle more tangible by way of 'countering evidence'...... hopefull it will be in their manifesto's eh ?
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: The support for the Tory party did not collapse because of one single issue. The support for the Tory party collapsed because right-wing voters are misguided and prone to the seducement of the most blustered, baseless and fear driven argument presented to them by the most flamboyant rebel-rouser who can maintain the most, misanthropic and xenophobic political momentum for the longest period of time without becoming unstuck by legitimate criticism or countering evidence or factual observation... UKIP represent a national, zero-sum game which will be consumed 'eventually' by the energy and effort required to maintain it. In other words, when the curtains open and the UKIP show begins, the only hate left will be the self-hatred that the audience has for itself for buying the ticket to see the show.[/p][/quote]NO, the only hate left will be the self hatred of the audience for not waking from their stupor earlier....... if UKIP's message is so xenophobic, why don't the mainstream go to the electorate on an immigration ticket ? you know the kind of thing, vote for us and we'll deliver lower taxation, get tough on crime, save the NHS, etc etc, oh and by the way, we'll also promise you millions more immigrants to enhance 'cultural diversity' and save our economy, and we have all the stats to quantify it....... but what they actually say, after the stable door was already kicked in of course and with nothing to quantify it, is 'they put in more than they take' 'they come to better themselves' 'they enrich us'......... very convincing i'm sure, in the meantime i'll wait for something a liitle more tangible by way of 'countering evidence'...... hopefull it will be in their manifesto's eh ? pembury53
  • Score: 1

11:01am Mon 2 Jun 14

Democrat says...

'Self-serving, lazy, snob MP changes tack because his seat in Parliament is in danger', Hardly news to any of us.

What worries me more is that no-one has tried to educate the 'anti-seawall' protesters about the science of rising tide lines, stronger storms, and under-capacity drains that make a seawall vital It is nothing to do with developers, and new homes (that's about the developer paying not the taxpayer), it is about having defences in place BEFORE the area is flooded.

The North Sea flood of 1953 was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever recorded in the United Kingdom. Over 1,600 km of coastline was damaged, and sea walls were breached, inundating 1,000 km². Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged.

This is not panic-mongering but a sensible precaution. Is your home at risk? http://maps.environm
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'Self-serving, lazy, snob MP changes tack because his seat in Parliament is in danger', Hardly news to any of us. What worries me more is that no-one has tried to educate the 'anti-seawall' protesters about the science of rising tide lines, stronger storms, and under-capacity drains that make a seawall vital It is nothing to do with developers, and new homes (that's about the developer paying not the taxpayer), it is about having defences in place BEFORE the area is flooded. The North Sea flood of 1953 was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever recorded in the United Kingdom. Over 1,600 km of coastline was damaged, and sea walls were breached, inundating 1,000 km². Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged. This is not panic-mongering but a sensible precaution. Is your home at risk? http://maps.environm ent-agency.gov.uk/wi yby/wiybyController? x=357683.0&y=355134. 0&scale=1&layerGroup s=default&ep=map&tex tonly=off&lang=_e&to pic=floodmap&utm_sou rce=Poster&utm_mediu m=FloodRisk&utm_camp aign=FloodMonth13 Democrat
  • Score: 0

11:37am Mon 2 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Seems a funny place to come out.....
Seems a funny place to come out..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

Cllr Julian Ware-Lane wrote:
http://warelane.word

press.com/2014/05/30

/onwards-into-battle

-men-i-am-right-behi

nd-you/
Hahahah brilliant.

Dudderidge is a complete and utter weenie.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Julian Ware-Lane[/bold] wrote: http://warelane.word press.com/2014/05/30 /onwards-into-battle -men-i-am-right-behi nd-you/[/p][/quote]Hahahah brilliant. Dudderidge is a complete and utter weenie. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 9

3:49pm Mon 2 Jun 14

emcee says...

Quote Jemes Duddridge : “I have gone from a 5,000 majority to an 11,000 majority by working hard for my 21,000 constituents.
I have built up relationships, been out and about to 250 events, as well as representing residents in the Commons.
The good people of Rochford and Southend East will not be duped by some false alternative."
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As Someone who voted for Mr D in the last election I feel he misjudges his electorate somewhat and is, again, somewhat complacent. I am now on the fence as to whom I should vote next year. Not because the other main parties (Labour and Lib Dems) have any chance of obtaining my vote, far from it, but as the Tories have become the lesser of three evils I think it is now time to give politics in this country a good old kick up the backside. Voting as a protest or for an alternative party you believe in is neither hear or there. Any election result that makes the three main parties finally see that they have had it too good for too long and that they have got away with being too complacent during their times in Government, will be a good election result in my book.
Quote Jemes Duddridge : “I have gone from a 5,000 majority to an 11,000 majority by working hard for my 21,000 constituents. I have built up relationships, been out and about to 250 events, as well as representing residents in the Commons. The good people of Rochford and Southend East will not be duped by some false alternative." - As Someone who voted for Mr D in the last election I feel he misjudges his electorate somewhat and is, again, somewhat complacent. I am now on the fence as to whom I should vote next year. Not because the other main parties (Labour and Lib Dems) have any chance of obtaining my vote, far from it, but as the Tories have become the lesser of three evils I think it is now time to give politics in this country a good old kick up the backside. Voting as a protest or for an alternative party you believe in is neither hear or there. Any election result that makes the three main parties finally see that they have had it too good for too long and that they have got away with being too complacent during their times in Government, will be a good election result in my book. emcee
  • Score: 9

4:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

arram says...

I have found James Duddridge MP...not at all helpful .....I asked questions with regard to passports..he sent me details about the passport office....I complained about parking problems..he sent me printed literature....nothin
g from he as an individual....I believe MP's are worried about rocking 'their' boat for the future....in general MP's are useless....necessary evils....
I have found James Duddridge MP...not at all helpful .....I asked questions with regard to passports..he sent me details about the passport office....I complained about parking problems..he sent me printed literature....nothin g from he as an individual....I believe MP's are worried about rocking 'their' boat for the future....in general MP's are useless....necessary evils.... arram
  • Score: 9

8:35pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Shoebury Voice says...

The only reason James Duddridge has come out against the sea wall is one of trying to save his neck. He knows that the only way he thinks he can save his vote is to condemn the sea wall. Never mind the fact that he supported the idea by campaigning with Tony Cox before the local elections he is now prepared to abandon Tony Cox for the sake of trying to get a few votes. At least Tony Cox was a man of principles more than I can say about James Duddridge
The only reason James Duddridge has come out against the sea wall is one of trying to save his neck. He knows that the only way he thinks he can save his vote is to condemn the sea wall. Never mind the fact that he supported the idea by campaigning with Tony Cox before the local elections he is now prepared to abandon Tony Cox for the sake of trying to get a few votes. At least Tony Cox was a man of principles more than I can say about James Duddridge Shoebury Voice
  • Score: 8

7:09am Tue 3 Jun 14

rodgdodge says...

Democrat wrote:
'Self-serving, lazy, snob MP changes tack because his seat in Parliament is in danger', Hardly news to any of us.

What worries me more is that no-one has tried to educate the 'anti-seawall' protesters about the science of rising tide lines, stronger storms, and under-capacity drains that make a seawall vital It is nothing to do with developers, and new homes (that's about the developer paying not the taxpayer), it is about having defences in place BEFORE the area is flooded.

The North Sea flood of 1953 was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever recorded in the United Kingdom. Over 1,600 km of coastline was damaged, and sea walls were breached, inundating 1,000 km². Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged.

This is not panic-mongering but a sensible precaution. Is your home at risk? http://maps.environm

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Sent this to an ` Echo` reporter recently, perhaps to write an article or something!?
Reading this `` http://www.dailymail
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It would seem that we ,here on the Thames Estuary face a difficult future.

I like to think it would be possible for those in authority, could think in the long term, say 50 to 100 years and more.
When planning hugely expensive infrastructure projects.
If the the above report and others ( Greenland Ice Cap melt ect) are ignored.
There will be need for drastic emergency measures nationwide, to cope.
This obviously places our very ` national` existence as we know it , in jeopardy.
In particular to Southend.
I feel a `Dutch` type dyke ( with sea-locks, for access to the enclosed area), of about the same height as the deck of the ` end of the pier `, running from ` Gunners Park out to the deep water channel, along to the pier head and following the channel to Leigh.
Might at least, protect the miles of our coastline locally .

Viewing from the promenade at City Beach, this dyke ( when the tide is in), would not interfere much in the general view of the estuary, Kent ect.
It would be less expensive in the long term to make, bearing in mind if not built.
The periodical raising of the protections against flooding/ storm surges ect, along the coast.

Also some electricity generating possibilities ( Hydro ), are obvious!
[quote][p][bold]Democrat[/bold] wrote: 'Self-serving, lazy, snob MP changes tack because his seat in Parliament is in danger', Hardly news to any of us. What worries me more is that no-one has tried to educate the 'anti-seawall' protesters about the science of rising tide lines, stronger storms, and under-capacity drains that make a seawall vital It is nothing to do with developers, and new homes (that's about the developer paying not the taxpayer), it is about having defences in place BEFORE the area is flooded. The North Sea flood of 1953 was one of the most devastating natural disasters ever recorded in the United Kingdom. Over 1,600 km of coastline was damaged, and sea walls were breached, inundating 1,000 km². Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes, and 24,000 properties were seriously damaged. This is not panic-mongering but a sensible precaution. Is your home at risk? http://maps.environm ent-agency.gov.uk/wi yby/wiybyController? x=357683.0&y=355 134. 0&scale=1&la yerGroup s=default&ep=map &tex tonly=off&lang=_ e&to pic=floodmap&utm _sou rce=Poster&utm_m ediu m=FloodRisk&utm_ camp aign=FloodMonth13[/p][/quote]Sent this to an ` Echo` reporter recently, perhaps to write an article or something!? Reading this `` http://www.dailymail .co.uk/sciencetech/a rticle-2641871/Antar ctic-began-melting-5 -000-years-earlier-t hought-Ice-sheets-vo latile-past-reveals- unstable-future-clai ms-study.html " . It would seem that we ,here on the Thames Estuary face a difficult future. I like to think it would be possible for those in authority, could think in the long term, say 50 to 100 years and more. When planning hugely expensive infrastructure projects. If the the above report and others ( Greenland Ice Cap melt ect) are ignored. There will be need for drastic emergency measures nationwide, to cope. This obviously places our very ` national` existence as we know it , in jeopardy. In particular to Southend. I feel a `Dutch` type dyke ( with sea-locks, for access to the enclosed area), of about the same height as the deck of the ` end of the pier `, running from ` Gunners Park out to the deep water channel, along to the pier head and following the channel to Leigh. Might at least, protect the miles of our coastline locally . Viewing from the promenade at City Beach, this dyke ( when the tide is in), would not interfere much in the general view of the estuary, Kent ect. It would be less expensive in the long term to make, bearing in mind if not built. The periodical raising of the protections against flooding/ storm surges ect, along the coast. Also some electricity generating possibilities ( Hydro ), are obvious! rodgdodge
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