Chesil Cove repairs could cost more than £600k

Neil Watson, coastal engineer, outlines Chesil Cove repairs

Neil Watson, coastal engineer, outlines Chesil Cove repairs

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REPAIRS to Chesil Cove after the recent storms could cost more than £600,000.

The indicative cost was revealed at a special drop-in session on Portland organised by Dorset Coast Forum and the Environment Agency. The repairs will be paid for by the government.

The Agency revealed an upper limit of £180,000 has been set to repair gabions, while an upper limit of £250,000 is for sea wall repairs.

Recent air and land surveys have an estimated cost of £15,000.

Meanwhile, shingle recycling, which has taken place since January, comes to £170,000.

Residents were invited to view the final plans for the Chesil Cove emergency repairs at The Little Ship in Chiswell this afternoon.

The event brought together the Environment Agency, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, emergency planners, flood risk management officers and geologists.

Bridgett Betts, of Dorset Coast Forum, said the event was a 'unique experience' for people to voice their concerns to a range of different experts.

Neil Watson, coastal engineer at the Agency, said: “The sea wall repairs require steel sheet piles, which have just now been driven in and they will form a box section in front of the wall which has been eroded and undermined.

“That void will now be filled with concentrate and then capped. That will protect the toe of the sea wall.”

He added: “The plan is to place rocks in front of that section and other sections of the sea wall to dissipate energy and protect from scour.”

Charts, graphs and leaflets detailing the impact of the storms to hit the area were made available to those who attended today's exhibition.

Mr Watson also revealed work would take place on existing gabions in the next two to three weeks.

He said: “We are effectively going to repair, reinforce and replace gabions as we find them damaged.

“The original gabions went in as a trial and they were seen to have a life of perhaps 15 years. They greatly exceeded that life and we are thinking by doing the repairs, we will get back up to what we were.”

Residents have previously made calls for boulders to be removed from Chesil Beach, claiming they were being washed into the sea. They were initially put in place as part of emergency temporary sea defence repairs.

Mr Watson said what people have seen so far of the rocks isn't an indication of how effective they can be.

He said: “It is still our intention to put rocks in front of the sea wall to act as a wave breaker. These will be covered in several metres of shingle. They will be ready for the next severe storm.”

The latest plans have been drawn up by the Agency and the borough council.

Mr Watson suggested good civil engineering would remain paramount in any decision-making process.

“We are open to any comments or observations and we have brought the designs hot off the press to share and we are looking for feedback.”

He later added: “We can't compromise on emergency works from an engineering perspective if they won't stand up.”

Among those attending the exhibition were Margaret Young, 60, of Chiswell, who said: “Most of the information I've seen before, things about the flood defences and how defences work.

“It was interesting to see what they are doing about the Cove defence, repairing the damage to the sea wall.

“It was just a freak event. Hopefully we won't see the like again for a long time, but perhaps I'm just an optimist.”

'Rab' Stone, 73, of Chiswell said: “Because I've fished off the beach for a large proportion of my life, I'm of course interested in anything that concerns the beach and the sea wall.

“We have got an environmental authority, where we didn't have one before. We just had the local council.

“I think generally the whole thing is a good idea.”

Steve Daley, 62, of Weymouth, said: “What they are doing is like King Canute, trying to keep out the sea all the time.

“My idea for them was to build an artificial reef off somewhere between the end of the sea wall and Hallelujah Bay.

“It's a constant battle. Now the sea levels are rising, it's going to become a bigger and bigger battle.”

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8:31pm Thu 6 Mar 14

annotater says...

There are ample funds available for this sort of disaster in EU funding.
There are ample funds available for this sort of disaster in EU funding. annotater
  • Score: 4

11:25pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

£250k for the sea wall. The guy being consulted will have a pension pot twice that size. One employee. If any public building project costs less than millions, it's barely filling in a pot hole. I'd say £250k is an insult. Like a sticking plaster over a gaping wound.
£250k for the sea wall. The guy being consulted will have a pension pot twice that size. One employee. If any public building project costs less than millions, it's barely filling in a pot hole. I'd say £250k is an insult. Like a sticking plaster over a gaping wound. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: -7

7:55am Fri 7 Mar 14

killerkelly1980 says...

Parkstreetshufle wrote:
£250k for the sea wall. The guy being consulted will have a pension pot twice that size. One employee. If any public building project costs less than millions, it's barely filling in a pot hole. I'd say £250k is an insult. Like a sticking plaster over a gaping wound.
Obviously an expert on the subject!

I'm 100% convinced that you are Cyril that used to moan about everything on this website.
[quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: £250k for the sea wall. The guy being consulted will have a pension pot twice that size. One employee. If any public building project costs less than millions, it's barely filling in a pot hole. I'd say £250k is an insult. Like a sticking plaster over a gaping wound.[/p][/quote]Obviously an expert on the subject! I'm 100% convinced that you are Cyril that used to moan about everything on this website. killerkelly1980
  • Score: 5

8:47am Fri 7 Mar 14

Portlandgary says...

Why do people insist on putting pointless comments on here?
My guess is they are very lonely people and this is their only social life, sitting behind a computer screen making daft comments to provoke a reaction so as to get some much needed attention.
Why do people insist on putting pointless comments on here? My guess is they are very lonely people and this is their only social life, sitting behind a computer screen making daft comments to provoke a reaction so as to get some much needed attention. Portlandgary
  • Score: 8

10:49am Fri 7 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Portlandgary
Of course you include yourself in the group that you describe.
Portlandgary Of course you include yourself in the group that you describe. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -6

11:20am Fri 7 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

Portlandgary wrote:
Why do people insist on putting pointless comments on here? My guess is they are very lonely people and this is their only social life, sitting behind a computer screen making daft comments to provoke a reaction so as to get some much needed attention.
Yep got me banged to rights.

And youself?
[quote][p][bold]Portlandgary[/bold] wrote: Why do people insist on putting pointless comments on here? My guess is they are very lonely people and this is their only social life, sitting behind a computer screen making daft comments to provoke a reaction so as to get some much needed attention.[/p][/quote]Yep got me banged to rights. And youself? Get a grip
  • Score: -6

1:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

Get a grip wrote:
Portlandgary wrote: Why do people insist on putting pointless comments on here? My guess is they are very lonely people and this is their only social life, sitting behind a computer screen making daft comments to provoke a reaction so as to get some much needed attention.
Yep got me banged to rights. And youself?
I have just voted my self with a thums down as this is the most pointless thing I can think of doing.

Off now to enjoy my meal for one.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portlandgary[/bold] wrote: Why do people insist on putting pointless comments on here? My guess is they are very lonely people and this is their only social life, sitting behind a computer screen making daft comments to provoke a reaction so as to get some much needed attention.[/p][/quote]Yep got me banged to rights. And youself?[/p][/quote]I have just voted my self with a thums down as this is the most pointless thing I can think of doing. Off now to enjoy my meal for one. Get a grip
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

Parkstreetshufle wrote:
£250k for the sea wall. The guy being consulted will have a pension pot twice that size. One employee. If any public building project costs less than millions, it's barely filling in a pot hole. I'd say £250k is an insult. Like a sticking plaster over a gaping wound.
Perhaps it shows that it's pretty good value, then, or are you saying that the effectiveness of any project is dependent on how many millions it costs?
[quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: £250k for the sea wall. The guy being consulted will have a pension pot twice that size. One employee. If any public building project costs less than millions, it's barely filling in a pot hole. I'd say £250k is an insult. Like a sticking plaster over a gaping wound.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it shows that it's pretty good value, then, or are you saying that the effectiveness of any project is dependent on how many millions it costs? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Sat 8 Mar 14

oldbrock says...

annotater wrote:
There are ample funds available for this sort of disaster in EU funding.
also our beloved leader told us in the media that there was NO limit to the cash for all the repairs to flood defences - mind you, politicians.........
..
[quote][p][bold]annotater[/bold] wrote: There are ample funds available for this sort of disaster in EU funding.[/p][/quote]also our beloved leader told us in the media that there was NO limit to the cash for all the repairs to flood defences - mind you, politicians......... .. oldbrock
  • Score: 0

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