Standard of repairs to seawall called into question

Standard of repairs to seawall called into question

Standard of repairs to seawall called into question

First published in Echo News

CAMPAIGNERS and councillors have raised concerns over the state of the Shoebury Garrison sea wall repairs as high tides and strong winds continue to tear at the patchwork defences.

The temporary Garrison wall repair was completed on Monday after further damage over the weekend, but a similar fix from November has already begun to fail.

Housing developer Cultural and Metropolitan is responsible for much of Shoebury’s sea wall it builds on land behind it, but the quality of the repairs has been called into question.

A C&M spokesman said: “We have received the necessary materials to make a permanent improvement and our contractor is proceeding with this project.

“Following ongoing close consultation with Southend Council about the sea wall, all of the necessary repairs are being carried out to construction industry standards.”

Independent councillor for Shoebury Mike Assenheim called on Southend Council executives to get tough with the developers before the wall is handed to the council later this year. Shoebury sea wall campaigner Ray Bailey said: “The seawall should have been repaired to a one in 200-year standard before any homes were sold.”

Richard Atkins, Southend Council’s coastal defence engineer, said: “The council is happy with the type of materials being used.

“The work being carried out is a first stage repair which will be followed by a much more significant project aimed at improving the whole revetment, to begin later this year.”

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12:00pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Ian P says...

"Richard Atkins, Southend Council’s coastal defence engineer, said: “The council is happy with the type of materials being used". We are all happy with the materials being used to fill potholes in our roads. Unfortunately, as we all know to our cost the issues occur when the materials are used incorrectly and the shoddy repairs do not last. Just like your sea wall and our roads.
"Richard Atkins, Southend Council’s coastal defence engineer, said: “The council is happy with the type of materials being used". We are all happy with the materials being used to fill potholes in our roads. Unfortunately, as we all know to our cost the issues occur when the materials are used incorrectly and the shoddy repairs do not last. Just like your sea wall and our roads. Ian P
  • Score: 9

12:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Russ13 says...

Southend Council need to ride C&M Homes like Seabiscuit!!!!

Having owned one of their brand new homes and experienced some pretty crappy customer service and even worse responses to serious problems with the property I know from personal experience:

Getting them to do anything is a miracle
Getting them to own a problem is challenging
Getting them to do the job properly first ime is nigh on impossible

They may be a large nationwide company and they may have NHBC accreditation but it you look closely on their sites you can see horses tied up and stetsons everywhere.......... I swear their respresentatives that visited me were wearing gun holsters too!
Southend Council need to ride C&M Homes like Seabiscuit!!!! Having owned one of their brand new homes and experienced some pretty crappy customer service and even worse responses to serious problems with the property I know from personal experience: Getting them to do anything is a miracle Getting them to own a problem is challenging Getting them to do the job properly first ime is nigh on impossible They may be a large nationwide company and they may have NHBC accreditation but it you look closely on their sites you can see horses tied up and stetsons everywhere.......... I swear their respresentatives that visited me were wearing gun holsters too! Russ13
  • Score: 7

7:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Russ13 wrote:
Southend Council need to ride C&M Homes like Seabiscuit!!!!

Having owned one of their brand new homes and experienced some pretty crappy customer service and even worse responses to serious problems with the property I know from personal experience:

Getting them to do anything is a miracle
Getting them to own a problem is challenging
Getting them to do the job properly first ime is nigh on impossible

They may be a large nationwide company and they may have NHBC accreditation but it you look closely on their sites you can see horses tied up and stetsons everywhere.......... I swear their respresentatives that visited me were wearing gun holsters too!
Oh diddems, there are always teething problems with a new property
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: Southend Council need to ride C&M Homes like Seabiscuit!!!! Having owned one of their brand new homes and experienced some pretty crappy customer service and even worse responses to serious problems with the property I know from personal experience: Getting them to do anything is a miracle Getting them to own a problem is challenging Getting them to do the job properly first ime is nigh on impossible They may be a large nationwide company and they may have NHBC accreditation but it you look closely on their sites you can see horses tied up and stetsons everywhere.......... I swear their respresentatives that visited me were wearing gun holsters too![/p][/quote]Oh diddems, there are always teething problems with a new property Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

8:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

Russ13 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Russ13 wrote: Southend Council need to ride C&M Homes like Seabiscuit!!!! Having owned one of their brand new homes and experienced some pretty crappy customer service and even worse responses to serious problems with the property I know from personal experience: Getting them to do anything is a miracle Getting them to own a problem is challenging Getting them to do the job properly first ime is nigh on impossible They may be a large nationwide company and they may have NHBC accreditation but it you look closely on their sites you can see horses tied up and stetsons everywhere.......... I swear their respresentatives that visited me were wearing gun holsters too!
Oh diddems, there are always teething problems with a new property
Errrmm........ You need to wind your neck in pal!

I'm not taling about "teething problems", I'm talking about window frames running with condensation whenever the outside temparature was below 10c which then led to damp/mouldy patches.

Certainly wouldn't expect that in any property built in the last 10 years, let alone a brand new one.

So don't "diddems" me..............
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: Southend Council need to ride C&M Homes like Seabiscuit!!!! Having owned one of their brand new homes and experienced some pretty crappy customer service and even worse responses to serious problems with the property I know from personal experience: Getting them to do anything is a miracle Getting them to own a problem is challenging Getting them to do the job properly first ime is nigh on impossible They may be a large nationwide company and they may have NHBC accreditation but it you look closely on their sites you can see horses tied up and stetsons everywhere.......... I swear their respresentatives that visited me were wearing gun holsters too![/p][/quote]Oh diddems, there are always teething problems with a new property[/p][/quote]Errrmm........ You need to wind your neck in pal! I'm not taling about "teething problems", I'm talking about window frames running with condensation whenever the outside temparature was below 10c which then led to damp/mouldy patches. Certainly wouldn't expect that in any property built in the last 10 years, let alone a brand new one. So don't "diddems" me.............. Russ13
  • Score: 1

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