Workers leave a mess at Canvey seawall: Residents say contractors' work is a disgrace

Not happy – town councillors Alan Aycott, Barry Palmer and Dave Blackwell, at the seawall

Not happy – town councillors Alan Aycott, Barry Palmer and Dave Blackwell, at the seawall

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REPAIRS to Canvey’s seawall have been branded a “disgrace” after chunks of concrete and metal spikes were left behind.

The Environment Agency was drafted in to repair Canvey’s seawall after severe storms battered the coastline at the start of the year.

Although the damaged wall was repaired in January, large amounts of rubble, old matting and other dangerous materials were not cleared away after the work was completed.

Dave Blackwell, Canvey Island Independent councillor for Canvey Central, has since visited the site and says he was “shocked and disappointed” to find the mess left by contractors working for the Environment Agency.

He said: “I am far from impressed at what has been left behind.

“The amount of loose materials left is totally inexcusable.

“I see a lot of children playing near the seawall and all it would take is for one of them to trip and they would be seriously injured.

“The compound where the agency left their diggers also needs attention. No grass seed or soil has been replaced and it’s a real eyesore.”

Mr Blackwell raised his concerns at a recent Canvey Island Town Council meeting, where representatives from the Environment Agency said they would look into it.

The winter weather left areas of coastal defences exposed with large concrete slabs and chunks of asphalt ripped away from the foundations.

Barry Palmer, 66, committee member for the Friends of Concord Beach group, added: “This needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“There are a lot of children who play near the seawall and dog walkers who use the route and their safety must be considered by the Environment Agency.”

A spokesperson for Jackson Civil Engineering, which carried out the work, said: “We’re happy we’ve carried out the work to the satisfaction of our client, the Environment Agency.”

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3:11pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim ;Gandy says...

Time to rescind any further contracts, with this cowboy outfit, but I rather think they won't, why ? each is in everybody's pocket, all creaming off a profit, at the expense of the council, without any quality assurance inspections, they get away with their shoddy work, time and again.
Time to rescind any further contracts, with this cowboy outfit, but I rather think they won't, why ? each is in everybody's pocket, all creaming off a profit, at the expense of the council, without any quality assurance inspections, they get away with their shoddy work, time and again. Kim ;Gandy
  • Score: 7

5:06pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jennys550 says...

I walked with my granddaughter along there and was horrified at the metal spikes left behind, they are so dangerous andbgodnforbid there was a serious accident who would take the blame??? Just pass the buck as usual!!
I walked with my granddaughter along there and was horrified at the metal spikes left behind, they are so dangerous andbgodnforbid there was a serious accident who would take the blame??? Just pass the buck as usual!! jennys550
  • Score: 4

6:44pm Fri 28 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

I agree it is a disc race and an accident waiting to happen but I dare say that any accidents that do happen, the moaners will be put down to the lack of street lighting.
I agree it is a disc race and an accident waiting to happen but I dare say that any accidents that do happen, the moaners will be put down to the lack of street lighting. iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

6:58pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim ;Gandy says...

It wouldn't happen in Rayleigh, we have standards
It wouldn't happen in Rayleigh, we have standards Kim ;Gandy
  • Score: 2

1:17am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Time to rescind any further contracts, with this cowboy outfit, but I rather think they won't, why ? each is in everybody's pocket, all creaming off a profit, at the expense of the council, without any quality assurance inspections, they get away with their shoddy work, time and again.
Dear oh dear, you have tried so hard to achieve my level of eloquence - but it doesn't work does it?

Now Cllr Cockroach, don't you have some other occupation like serving your constituents (wash my mouth out - dirty word "serving") - or perhaps making up ridiculous stories about your opponents and getting the police to follow up your bogus complaints?

Are you still seething at my comments on the other post about the Labour group?

Dear oh dear. I have upset you real bad this time haven't I?

I haven't even started yet!
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Time to rescind any further contracts, with this cowboy outfit, but I rather think they won't, why ? each is in everybody's pocket, all creaming off a profit, at the expense of the council, without any quality assurance inspections, they get away with their shoddy work, time and again.[/p][/quote]Dear oh dear, you have tried so hard to achieve my level of eloquence - but it doesn't work does it? Now Cllr Cockroach, don't you have some other occupation like serving your constituents (wash my mouth out - dirty word "serving") - or perhaps making up ridiculous stories about your opponents and getting the police to follow up your bogus complaints? Are you still seething at my comments on the other post about the Labour group? Dear oh dear. I have upset you real bad this time haven't I? I haven't even started yet! Kim Gandy
  • Score: -6

11:24am Sat 29 Mar 14

squirrelman says...

Let's face it,The builders or workman are only leaving it a mess so it will save the yobs from going at a later date
Let's face it,The builders or workman are only leaving it a mess so it will save the yobs from going at a later date squirrelman
  • Score: 1

1:29pm Sat 29 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

squirrelman wrote:
Let's face it,The builders or workman are only leaving it a mess so it will save the yobs from going at a later date
Try engaging brain before your fingers on a keyboard, things tend to make more sense when this sequence is applied.
[quote][p][bold]squirrelman[/bold] wrote: Let's face it,The builders or workman are only leaving it a mess so it will save the yobs from going at a later date[/p][/quote]Try engaging brain before your fingers on a keyboard, things tend to make more sense when this sequence is applied. iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Sun 30 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Time to rescind any further contracts, with this cowboy outfit, but I rather think they won't, why ? each is in everybody's pocket, all creaming off a profit, at the expense of the council, without any quality assurance inspections, they get away with their shoddy work, time and again.
Dear oh dear, you have tried so hard to achieve my level of eloquence - but it doesn't work does it?

Now Cllr Cockroach, don't you have some other occupation like serving your constituents (wash my mouth out - dirty word "serving") - or perhaps making up ridiculous stories about your opponents and getting the police to follow up your bogus complaints?

Are you still seething at my comments on the other post about the Labour group?

Dear oh dear. I have upset you real bad this time haven't I?

I haven't even started yet!
So you haven't even started ? You have become synonymous with the worst of the posters here, to the point of involving the Police, in regards to your written threats and slanderous political comments, even as I write this, you are being discussed, within the circles, most decent folk wouldn't even dream of, in their nightmares, you have crossed the line, and I'm glad a local rag like the Evening Echo has allowed you to prove without doubt your full potential, in regards, to your hidden agendas.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Time to rescind any further contracts, with this cowboy outfit, but I rather think they won't, why ? each is in everybody's pocket, all creaming off a profit, at the expense of the council, without any quality assurance inspections, they get away with their shoddy work, time and again.[/p][/quote]Dear oh dear, you have tried so hard to achieve my level of eloquence - but it doesn't work does it? Now Cllr Cockroach, don't you have some other occupation like serving your constituents (wash my mouth out - dirty word "serving") - or perhaps making up ridiculous stories about your opponents and getting the police to follow up your bogus complaints? Are you still seething at my comments on the other post about the Labour group? Dear oh dear. I have upset you real bad this time haven't I? I haven't even started yet![/p][/quote]So you haven't even started ? You have become synonymous with the worst of the posters here, to the point of involving the Police, in regards to your written threats and slanderous political comments, even as I write this, you are being discussed, within the circles, most decent folk wouldn't even dream of, in their nightmares, you have crossed the line, and I'm glad a local rag like the Evening Echo has allowed you to prove without doubt your full potential, in regards, to your hidden agendas. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

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