£26,000 cost of closing Shoebury East Beach

£26,000 cost of closing Shoebury East Beach

£26,000 cost of closing Shoebury East Beach

First published in Local News

THE taxpayer will foot a £26,716 bill for the closure of Shoebury East Beach because of fears over wartime shells.

The Shoebury beach was off limits from May 1 until June 20 after it had to be shut down because of several unexploded shells being found.

Southend Council worked with the Ministry of Defence to clean up the beach.

The total cost included £10,500 on fencing, temporary signs set the authority back £504, and the cost of paying workers out of hours was £4,112.

Movin g moored boats also cost £11,600.

Graham Longley, Lib Dem deputy leader of the council, said:“We license the area from the MoD and it was the council’s decision to close East Beach.

“The decision was about public safety and we have therefore funded the closure from an emergency contingency budget.”

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3:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

Worth every penny if it potentially saved people from injury/death
Worth every penny if it potentially saved people from injury/death Russ13
  • Score: 3

4:04pm Wed 23 Jul 14

emcee says...

So the council "panicked", closed the beach at a cost of nearly £27k, only for the MOD to find nothing of significance in their "clean up" of the beach. They then reopen the beach and, lo and behold, within days, someone finds more ordnance. So, not a very thorough clean up job, was it?

Ordnance has been turning up on East Beach for years. It will turn up for years to come. Nobody has ever been injured by unexploded ordnance found at East Beach and it is highly unlikely anyone ever will. The council would have done better (and it would have been a lot cheaper) to have installed prominant and permanent signs making beach users aware that there may be ordnance in the area and what to do should they find suspicious items. Spending £26k+ on a knee-jerk decision was an absolute waste of public funds and the council should be highly embarassed.
So the council "panicked", closed the beach at a cost of nearly £27k, only for the MOD to find nothing of significance in their "clean up" of the beach. They then reopen the beach and, lo and behold, within days, someone finds more ordnance. So, not a very thorough clean up job, was it? Ordnance has been turning up on East Beach for years. It will turn up for years to come. Nobody has ever been injured by unexploded ordnance found at East Beach and it is highly unlikely anyone ever will. The council would have done better (and it would have been a lot cheaper) to have installed prominant and permanent signs making beach users aware that there may be ordnance in the area and what to do should they find suspicious items. Spending £26k+ on a knee-jerk decision was an absolute waste of public funds and the council should be highly embarassed. emcee
  • Score: 14

5:29pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

emcee wrote:
So the council "panicked", closed the beach at a cost of nearly £27k, only for the MOD to find nothing of significance in their "clean up" of the beach. They then reopen the beach and, lo and behold, within days, someone finds more ordnance. So, not a very thorough clean up job, was it?

Ordnance has been turning up on East Beach for years. It will turn up for years to come. Nobody has ever been injured by unexploded ordnance found at East Beach and it is highly unlikely anyone ever will. The council would have done better (and it would have been a lot cheaper) to have installed prominant and permanent signs making beach users aware that there may be ordnance in the area and what to do should they find suspicious items. Spending £26k+ on a knee-jerk decision was an absolute waste of public funds and the council should be highly embarassed.
Let the council idiots who deemed this beach unsafe, pay the bill, in another story Essex Council Chief has announced his displeasure of a former Lord, clean up the local incompetent acts, before judging others
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: So the council "panicked", closed the beach at a cost of nearly £27k, only for the MOD to find nothing of significance in their "clean up" of the beach. They then reopen the beach and, lo and behold, within days, someone finds more ordnance. So, not a very thorough clean up job, was it? Ordnance has been turning up on East Beach for years. It will turn up for years to come. Nobody has ever been injured by unexploded ordnance found at East Beach and it is highly unlikely anyone ever will. The council would have done better (and it would have been a lot cheaper) to have installed prominant and permanent signs making beach users aware that there may be ordnance in the area and what to do should they find suspicious items. Spending £26k+ on a knee-jerk decision was an absolute waste of public funds and the council should be highly embarassed.[/p][/quote]Let the council idiots who deemed this beach unsafe, pay the bill, in another story Essex Council Chief has announced his displeasure of a former Lord, clean up the local incompetent acts, before judging others sesibollox
  • Score: 0

10:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ossiett says...

The older the explosive the more volatile it can be. So I agree with the council taking a prudent act, along a part of the coast that has and had so much military armaments used since the 19th century.
Yes there will always be new explosives washed up, that is the nature of the sea. Which will be the case along most of England's southern beaches. I vote safety first, rather than a headline 'Why did you not do it? It would have only cost £27k' A typical example of 'your damned if you do and your damned if you do not'.
The older the explosive the more volatile it can be. So I agree with the council taking a prudent act, along a part of the coast that has and had so much military armaments used since the 19th century. Yes there will always be new explosives washed up, that is the nature of the sea. Which will be the case along most of England's southern beaches. I vote safety first, rather than a headline 'Why did you not do it? It would have only cost £27k' A typical example of 'your damned if you do and your damned if you do not'. Ossiett
  • Score: -3

10:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mike Smith says...

This ordnance got there, presumably, through essential wartime activity. Then surely the MoD or the Nation should be responsible for cleaning up East Beach and paying for any consequences of ordnance found? I fail to see why local councils should be expected to foot the bill for historical decisions taken in the 1940s to protect our Nation.
This ordnance got there, presumably, through essential wartime activity. Then surely the MoD or the Nation should be responsible for cleaning up East Beach and paying for any consequences of ordnance found? I fail to see why local councils should be expected to foot the bill for historical decisions taken in the 1940s to protect our Nation. Mike Smith
  • Score: 3

7:02am Thu 24 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

Taxpayer foots the bill for everything. Nothing new there.
Taxpayer foots the bill for everything. Nothing new there. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

8:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

Ossiett wrote:
The older the explosive the more volatile it can be. So I agree with the council taking a prudent act, along a part of the coast that has and had so much military armaments used since the 19th century.
Yes there will always be new explosives washed up, that is the nature of the sea. Which will be the case along most of England's southern beaches. I vote safety first, rather than a headline 'Why did you not do it? It would have only cost £27k' A typical example of 'your damned if you do and your damned if you do not'.
so volatile it's going off left right and centre, hang on, no it isn't, and NEVER has..... what a bunch of drama queens, get your names down for panto....
[quote][p][bold]Ossiett[/bold] wrote: The older the explosive the more volatile it can be. So I agree with the council taking a prudent act, along a part of the coast that has and had so much military armaments used since the 19th century. Yes there will always be new explosives washed up, that is the nature of the sea. Which will be the case along most of England's southern beaches. I vote safety first, rather than a headline 'Why did you not do it? It would have only cost £27k' A typical example of 'your damned if you do and your damned if you do not'.[/p][/quote]so volatile it's going off left right and centre, hang on, no it isn't, and NEVER has..... what a bunch of drama queens, get your names down for panto.... pembury53
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Thu 24 Jul 14

John Right says...

Just add it to the local council tax bill
Just add it to the local council tax bill John Right
  • Score: 0

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