£170K shortfall in Shoebury sea wall funding

THE Environment Agency has asked Southend Council to explain how it will meet a £170,000 shortfall in its plans for a new sea wall on Shoebury Common.

The Echo can reveal the public body has asked the council to re-submit its application to build a huge embankment across the park after a hole was found in the £4.58million scheme.

The council has set aside £4.5million for sea defences in its budget, but hopes to only spend £750,000 on improving the sea wall in Shoebury where the Environment Agency has warned up to 500 homes are at risking of flooding every five years.

The council hopes the agency will stump up £2.11million for the work.

In addition, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has committed £750,000 and the council expects another £800,000 from “partnership contributions”, including private companies and other non-governmental organisations.

But this leaves £170,000 from the estimated cost unaccounted for.

Tony Cox, cabinet member for public protection, has reassured readers the money will be found, even if it means the authority contributing more.

The councillor, who represents Shoebury, said: “That’s part of what was in this year’s budget. It was to meet shortfall and be there for contingencies.

“It’s normal procedure for the Environment Agency to come back with a few questions. It’s a minor clarification on that point. It’s just part of a lengthy procedure and we are still planning to do a publication on it soon.

“The reassuring fact is that whether people agree with the agreed scheme or not, the money is coming.”

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4:29pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Cosmo Spring says...

they'll sell off some green space to developers to fund it probably
they'll sell off some green space to developers to fund it probably Cosmo Spring
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4:45pm Wed 30 Jan 13

maxell says...

Did you here this joke, goes something like "did you hear about the head of council on wakeing up from a stobart sleep over,said you remeber we passed that planning app for you, "well we need" £170.000
Did you here this joke, goes something like "did you hear about the head of council on wakeing up from a stobart sleep over,said you remeber we passed that planning app for you, "well we need" £170.000 maxell
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5:35pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Ideal place for the new Shoebury land fill site, kill two birds with one stone..
Ideal place for the new Shoebury land fill site, kill two birds with one stone.. Carnabackable
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7:10pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

maxell wrote:
Did you here this joke, goes something like "did you hear about the head of council on wakeing up from a stobart sleep over,said you remeber we passed that planning app for you, "well we need" £170.000
You need to be careful what you say as your "joke" could be contrived to be a libellous remark as you are insinuating that irregular payments may be made between two persons or parties, if you can not provide evidence please think about what you are posting.
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Did you here this joke, goes something like "did you hear about the head of council on wakeing up from a stobart sleep over,said you remeber we passed that planning app for you, "well we need" £170.000[/p][/quote]You need to be careful what you say as your "joke" could be contrived to be a libellous remark as you are insinuating that irregular payments may be made between two persons or parties, if you can not provide evidence please think about what you are posting. Joe Wildman-Clark
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8:02pm Wed 30 Jan 13

jayman says...

why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.
why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer. jayman
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9:02pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Nebs says...

jayman wrote:
why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.
Waste of time building a wall there. when Boris Island is built the plans will incorporate sea defences.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.[/p][/quote]Waste of time building a wall there. when Boris Island is built the plans will incorporate sea defences. Nebs
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9:29pm Wed 30 Jan 13

jayman says...

Nebs wrote:
jayman wrote:
why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.
Waste of time building a wall there. when Boris Island is built the plans will incorporate sea defences.
I think Boris island is another thing that the government is kicking down the road. despite growing emerging markets and the need for long hall capacity.

Boris island aside, the incorporated barrier was the selling point for me in this idea.

the Thames barrier will need to be assisted by a full or partial barrier further towards the estuary, However. the waterways between foulness and Shoebury, notably 'the middle way' and 'potton creak' pose just as much of a risk as per the environment agency flood risk survey.

seems Southend council are spending a lot of money on a project that will only cover say 5% of the area at risk.

so either this is a staggering waste of money and the council are playing some sort of game or the council planners have not yet been informed that sea water will flood all low laying areas without stopping at 'authority boundaries' or lines on a map, unless they happen to be contour lines..
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.[/p][/quote]Waste of time building a wall there. when Boris Island is built the plans will incorporate sea defences.[/p][/quote]I think Boris island is another thing that the government is kicking down the road. despite growing emerging markets and the need for long hall capacity. Boris island aside, the incorporated barrier was the selling point for me in this idea. the Thames barrier will need to be assisted by a full or partial barrier further towards the estuary, However. the waterways between foulness and Shoebury, notably 'the middle way' and 'potton creak' pose just as much of a risk as per the environment agency flood risk survey. seems Southend council are spending a lot of money on a project that will only cover say 5% of the area at risk. so either this is a staggering waste of money and the council are playing some sort of game or the council planners have not yet been informed that sea water will flood all low laying areas without stopping at 'authority boundaries' or lines on a map, unless they happen to be contour lines.. jayman
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11:30pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Nebs says...

jayman wrote:
Nebs wrote:
jayman wrote:
why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.
Waste of time building a wall there. when Boris Island is built the plans will incorporate sea defences.
I think Boris island is another thing that the government is kicking down the road. despite growing emerging markets and the need for long hall capacity.

Boris island aside, the incorporated barrier was the selling point for me in this idea.

the Thames barrier will need to be assisted by a full or partial barrier further towards the estuary, However. the waterways between foulness and Shoebury, notably 'the middle way' and 'potton creak' pose just as much of a risk as per the environment agency flood risk survey.

seems Southend council are spending a lot of money on a project that will only cover say 5% of the area at risk.

so either this is a staggering waste of money and the council are playing some sort of game or the council planners have not yet been informed that sea water will flood all low laying areas without stopping at 'authority boundaries' or lines on a map, unless they happen to be contour lines..
It's a cheap way to get rid of the spoil from the cliffs.
Nobody with the power to actually do anything cares whether we flood or not. All that matters is London, and as soon as the water reaches critical level at Westminster there will be a mysterious coincidental collapse of one of the sea walls, maybe at Canvey, to relieve the flow of water into London.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: why don't SBC build a wall out of neatly folded twenty pound notes. It would be cheaper and it would last longer.[/p][/quote]Waste of time building a wall there. when Boris Island is built the plans will incorporate sea defences.[/p][/quote]I think Boris island is another thing that the government is kicking down the road. despite growing emerging markets and the need for long hall capacity. Boris island aside, the incorporated barrier was the selling point for me in this idea. the Thames barrier will need to be assisted by a full or partial barrier further towards the estuary, However. the waterways between foulness and Shoebury, notably 'the middle way' and 'potton creak' pose just as much of a risk as per the environment agency flood risk survey. seems Southend council are spending a lot of money on a project that will only cover say 5% of the area at risk. so either this is a staggering waste of money and the council are playing some sort of game or the council planners have not yet been informed that sea water will flood all low laying areas without stopping at 'authority boundaries' or lines on a map, unless they happen to be contour lines..[/p][/quote]It's a cheap way to get rid of the spoil from the cliffs. Nobody with the power to actually do anything cares whether we flood or not. All that matters is London, and as soon as the water reaches critical level at Westminster there will be a mysterious coincidental collapse of one of the sea walls, maybe at Canvey, to relieve the flow of water into London. Nebs
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3:54pm Thu 31 Jan 13

maureen says...

about time sos council were stopped in their tracks, want sos council wants is what sos council gets 99.9% of the time put a halt to it, majority of council payers do do want or need their overblown ideas
about time sos council were stopped in their tracks, want sos council wants is what sos council gets 99.9% of the time put a halt to it, majority of council payers do do want or need their overblown ideas maureen
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