Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Minister 'snubs' Walney activists

WALNEY residents whose homes are at risk of being washed into the sea have been snubbed by a government minister.

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IGNORED: West Shore Park Community association members and residents next to erosion near the road that runs along Earnse Bay’s beach JOE RILEY REF: 50027304B000

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has now pledged to sit down with residents and town hall officials to consider the options after Richard Benyon refused his request to meet a local delegation to discuss the issue.

Mr Woodcock said: “The problem of coastal erosion at Earnse Bay is of pressing concern.

“Bit-by-bit the coastline is crumbling into the sea and this is causing alarm among residents of the West Shore Park site.

“I wrote to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs minister Richard Benyon in November asking him to meet us.

“He has declined that invitation, which I find disappointing given the serious nature of this issue and I feel sure that residents of north Walney will be frustrated by his decision. I had hoped that the meeting would go some way towards putting people’s minds at ease and sorting out the problem, but we are back where we were.

“I will be contacting residents and borough council officials so we can talk about options – such as exploring new ways of securing funding to build better sea defences.”

In his letter to Mr Woodcock the minister said he had no direct influence on the choice of projects that are granted funding.

Over recent years tidal erosion has affected many parts of the Furness coastline, with the Earnse Bay foreshore problem being particularly acute. Barrow Borough Council is the authority responsible for coastal protection.

It has made a number of applications to the Environment Agency seeking support to tackle the Earnse Bay erosion issue, as yet without success.

A Defra spokesman said: "Defra has no direct influence on which coastal erosion projects are allocated funding.

"The Environment Agency, which takes these decisions, has offered to meet with John Woodcock at his earliest convenience."

Have your say

I'm confused (doesn't take a lot). Fill them with rocks of the shaw? Whats a shaw? Serious question as your idea seems quite good...

Posted by Dave Kerr on 7 February 2012 at 18:57

barrow bourough council have proberbly spent more money discusing what to do than it would have cost to repair the sea front.
ican't belive how incompident people have become, The answer is so simple!!!
get the council to provide £1000 worth of wire mesh gabion boxes, and let the local people fill them with rocks off the shaw.

Posted by colin on 26 January 2012 at 15:15

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