Holiday park chiefs told to build their own flood defence

Holiday park chiefs told to build their own flood defence

Holiday park chiefs told to build their own flood defence

First published in News

HOLIDAY park owners are being forced to build a seawall – because the Environment Agency has refused to pay for flood protection.

Park Resorts, which runs Coopers Beach holiday park in East Mersea, is one of three landowners having to take action to hold back the sea.

Essex County Council, which runs the Outdoors youth camp, and Land Management Farms, which has several hundred acres of arable and marsh land, are also involved.

Between them they own 50 acres of land so poorly defended it could be breached this winter.

The Environment Agency has told landowners it can no longer justify maintenance work to the seawall and has given three months’ notice of its withdrawal.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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10:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Fair enough - the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay for everything.
Fair enough - the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay for everything. Jack222
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11:45am Wed 30 Jul 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

The professionals (Environment Agency) might take a more scientific approach (studying likely sediment drift, wildlife habitats, lifetime of a new sea wall) etc. etc. Presumably if they are now telling people to build their own defences they can put anything they want in to keep the sea at bay. Maybe we'll see a granite outcrop on Mersea?
The professionals (Environment Agency) might take a more scientific approach (studying likely sediment drift, wildlife habitats, lifetime of a new sea wall) etc. etc. Presumably if they are now telling people to build their own defences they can put anything they want in to keep the sea at bay. Maybe we'll see a granite outcrop on Mersea? Im_Like_HELLO
  • Score: 4

11:53am Wed 30 Jul 14

Scoot says...

Jack its not as simple as that although I wish it was. The holiday company will no doubt try and recoup the cost from the owners of the caravans in their ground rent (the company doesn't own them all). The owners in turn will decide to upsticks and go somewhere else where its not as expensive or cheaper to go abroad. The result will probably be a holiday camp left to fall into disrepair and closure and a lot less holiday makers in the area. This will result in redundancies directly for those that work on the camp (less taxes from their wages and more benefits paid out) and also less income for those third parties that rely on the holiday makers spending to survive throughout the year, again resulting in redundancies. Maybe the fair way would be for a split in the cost in order that everyone benefits.
Jack its not as simple as that although I wish it was. The holiday company will no doubt try and recoup the cost from the owners of the caravans in their ground rent (the company doesn't own them all). The owners in turn will decide to upsticks and go somewhere else where its not as expensive or cheaper to go abroad. The result will probably be a holiday camp left to fall into disrepair and closure and a lot less holiday makers in the area. This will result in redundancies directly for those that work on the camp (less taxes from their wages and more benefits paid out) and also less income for those third parties that rely on the holiday makers spending to survive throughout the year, again resulting in redundancies. Maybe the fair way would be for a split in the cost in order that everyone benefits. Scoot
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Jack222 wrote:
Fair enough - the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay for everything.
Except the tax payer (Essex CC) is the owner so we will still have to pay
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Fair enough - the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay for everything.[/p][/quote]Except the tax payer (Essex CC) is the owner so we will still have to pay Oliver Guiness
  • Score: -1

9:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Sell the site to Mersea Homes, they would be more than happy to install flood protection. Their friends on Colchester council's planning committee will approve the development of hundreds of houses.
Sell the site to Mersea Homes, they would be more than happy to install flood protection. Their friends on Colchester council's planning committee will approve the development of hundreds of houses. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 3

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