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Local Issues

Shoebury Common Flood Defence by Peter Lovett

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was born and bred in Southend, but retired & moved to Shoebury in 2010 and have fallen in love with the uniqueness of Shoebury Common & the tranquillity along the promenade. When Ray Bailey informed me that Southend Council want to build a 2 metre high secondary sea wall through our Common, starting October 2012 with completion in March 2013, I was shocked. What a surprise that this coincided with removal of soil from the Cliffs?

The more I investigated the answers, the more questions evolved and the more I wanted to find the truth. Why was there no transparency? Why was the information not consistent? Why are only certain questions answered? Why are the facts different on other projects? I joined with Ray & Peter Grubb (Uncle Toms) in August 2012 and the first question raised was “Where are the 500 homes at risk of flooding”? They gave us their flood map showing about 80 homes, but with no further comment since. It became clearer later when we were told about a developer who wanted to build 450 homes on a level 3 flood plain, but needed this flood defence to obtain planning permission. They apparently offered a six-figure sum subject to planning approval. (Echo 24th April 2013).

I tried to attend the consultation meeting at the Yacht Club, but could not get near the displays. I downloaded details from Southend Council’s website and was surprised by what I saw. I thought I would obtain facts to support future flooding on the Common, but all I could find was Predicting sea level rises between 200mm & “predictions”. 950mm is difficult, but at least history proves that 1953 was the worst Storm for over 300 years, causing 58 deaths on Canvey, 7 at Great Wakering & 2 in Southend. Shoebury Common had minor flooding and as all roads run uphill, even breaches in sea defences at Gunner Park contained on the flood plain, with no damage to the Common or Uncle Toms. Nobody can predict major storms in the future, but although the council have £4.6m to invest in Shoebury, you would think they would consult the residents / businesses and find a JUNE 2013

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defence wall, but surely you should include the total cost, including the maintenance over 50+ years and the repairs / replacement of the existing sea wall? Compassionate requests from an 11-year-old girl saying “Please stop them building this wall on my Common” or a widower who said, “I paid for a bench because my loved-one enjoyed the views”. None of the 19 questions have been answered.

compromise, but despite intelligent concerns, nobody is listening to them. Like the councillors, we care about our neighbours, but this must also include consultation not dictatorship. When the preferred option was first made public, we queried “common sense” issues about disabled access, security, crossing the road through a floodgate / cycle path, reversing boat trailers through floodgates at the slipway and the 1.8 metre high wall being extended to St Augustines Avenue, where the promenade is two metres higher. We were amazed when all these concerns were included in the councils “revised” preferred option 2013 shown on their website. They even used our design by sloping the wall away from the cycle path, next to the sea wall with separate foundations, but we have not been paid over £80,000 in consultation fees.

We offered an alternative design, which included raising the promenade and constructing a new 700mm wall in front of the existing. Supported by APS Designs, we created a set of drawings that depicted greater detail & clear graphics, with accurate views from all directions. We thought this would reduce public costs by eliminating very expensive floodgates, walls, disabled ramps, lighting & landscaping the soil from the cliffs, but the council said our alternative scheme was £6.8m.

The support we have had is unbelievable and with over 2,000 emails in 3 months, it has been a full time passion. Intelligent questions like “We know it is £4.6m to build the secondary flood Apparently, this included beach re-charge at £3m, six disabled ramps at £270,000, £60,000 for new shelters, £820,000 for the soil, £100,000 for gas modifications, £172,000 for lighting & £100,000 for repairing the existing storm drains. If you support our challenge email peterlovett46@gmail.com We thank all our supporters, the Echo, APS Designs, Circle Printing & others for helping us to create a better future for Shoebury Common, but the fight goes on. For more information, please contact:

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Think About Lighting Hallway lighting is often forgotten, but this is one way to really create ambience. Pendant lights give good functional light - and are a great way to add decoration to a hallway. Think about a period-style chandelier or striking modern light fitting to create an eye-catching feature. If your ceiling is low, recessed ceiling lights are a great alternative. If you have space for a console table you could add a lamp which gives a really inviting homely feel almost immediately. A few well chosen pictures, a vase of flowers or other decorative items will complete the look.

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2. Meanwhile cook the peas in a saucepan of salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes until tender. Drain then add the knob of butter and a pinch of sugar, cool slightly and then blitz half in a food processor or with a hand blender until you have a smooth puree. Place in a bowl with the remaining peas then add the egg, egg yolk, chopped mint and cream. Beat well with a wooden spoon to combine and then add three-quarters of the goat’s cheese. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside.

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few pots of organic compost and a small handful of chicken pellets (or other fertilizer) and mix in some of the topsoil. Hold the plant down into a bucket of water until no more air bubbles appear. Tease some of the roots out thus breaking the circular shape and position the plant in the hole ensuring its best side is on show.

Check the leaves – they should be a rich green (unless indicated otherwise on the accompanying picture) and unblemished. The stems should be sturdy and spread evenly around the central stem. The compost on top of the plant should be free of moss and liverworts but don’t worry too much about the odd weed seedling. The root system of any plant is the key indicator of its health, so don’t be afraid to remove the pot and have a good look. Thick, plentiful roots should encircle the compost. Don’t worry if some roots protrude from the bottom but don’t buy any plant if its pot is distorted from excess roots as this indicates neglect.

Check the top of the rootball is level with the surrounding soil and firm it in with the remaining soil. Level and tidy the area and spread a few inches of compost around the plant to keep in the moisture. Water the plant either early each morning or night for the next few weeks until it has settled in. Final tip – shop around as small nurseries will often stock plants and trees you won’t find in the larger garden centres. Enjoy.

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life, you don’t want to be needlessly paying HMRC after you have retired. The traditional ways of planning for retirement are past their sell-by date. How lavish, comfortable or tough your retirement years will be is going to be down to you. You simply cannot afford to rely on the state or your employer any more generous final salary schemes are fast disappearing. That’s why it is important to get planning early. There is nothing stopping you from getting a clear view of your current position by establishing what your likely state pension entitlement would be. Examine whether you are on track or whether you may have to consider making extra contributions. Many companies that have replaced final salary schemes with defined contribution pension schemes contribute far less now, putting the onus on the employee to boost their pension pot. It is great to think that we have a higher chance of living longer, but it means that we have to make our money work harder while we can – and the sooner you start the better.

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Anyone for Tennis? W imbledon will soon be on the telly again. That means a not insignificant percentage of the population will have been inspired to dust off their racquets and head to the nearest tennis court. Whether you’re just hoping to improve your social game or a serious enthusiast aiming to win the club title, with a little extra effort you can improve both your tennis and your health.

Aside from the mental aspects of temperament, tactical awareness and the ability to cope under pressure, what makes a great tennis player? The better your posture is the less energy it’s going to take to get through a match, and the more quickly you’ll recover from your exertions. You’ll also pick up fewer injuries – for example, if you walk around with rounded shoulders your ability to extend your arm overhead becomes compromised, as does the integrity of the shoulder joint. And being able to lift your arm overhead in tennis is pretty essential! Good core strength and stability – by that I mean your torso and internal organs. Given the dynamic nature of tennis - at whatever level it’s played - you need to have a strong core to protect you and your spine from all the twisting and turning it’s exposed to during a match.

then it’s pointless spending hours performing steady-state exercise on the bike or rowing machine. Tennis is a stop-start game rather than a constant one, so you are better off performing regular interval training regularly.

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six and then in my teens, being one of the organisers. The game used to be twenty a side more often than not with the last ball being bowled just before it got dark! You never thought of Play Stations, Facebook or Twitter. I am sure as a generation we were fitter?

Well, in the last two years Essex have stopped playing first class cricket in the town for the first See the enthusiasm time in over 50 years. Having previously held We have a duty to get this current generation festival weeks at Chalkwell Park, Southchurch interested in cricket. Local clubs are doing Park and in later years at Garon Park. sterling work in bringing the game to the next Youngsters are playing football all year round, generation. Starting with Junior schools across with the coaches of local clubs arranging the area coaching both boys and girls. If you visit tournaments throughout the summer. Would Southchurch Park any Sunday morning you will they not benefit from a rest during the summer see youngsters playing competitive, well run months and an opportunity to play another matches. It is great to see the enthusiasm with sport? which these youngsters play the game. Results are really varied and at a young age, are not that It was so simple in my youth. The football season important. What for me is important is that we started at the end of September and ran through develop that enthusiasm for the game, so that the to the beginning of April. You then swapped your youngsters of today become the club stalwarts of football gear and dusted down your whites from the future. April to the end of September. I won’t get caught up on the debate too much with regard to today’s I have had over thirty years of enjoyment from push towards coloured clothing, but I am a cricket played at local level. You develop some traditionalist and really believe the game should great friendships along the way, both with your stick to some of its traditional values. It is a subject own club and clubs you play against regularly. for many a discussion and one best left for If you are interested in either playing the game another day. for the first time, coming back to it after time Years ago local parks would be full of kids playing away or you have children who would like to play impromptu games of cricket. I remember playing for the first time, then please drop me an e mail a bit part in these games from the age of five or on chrisbunce1@hotmail.co.uk

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