Pledge to get Shoebury East Beach reopened as soon as possible

Southend Standard: Risk assessment – Royal Navy experts survey Shoebury East Beach after weapons find Risk assessment – Royal Navy experts survey Shoebury East Beach after weapons find

ROCHFORD and Southend East MP James Duddridge has welcomed the military search for explosives on Shoebury East Beach.

The Conservative submitted four written Commons questions demanding to know when all unexploded ordnance would be cleared from the beach before the Ministry of Defence agreed to take action.

The Royal Navy Southern Diving Group completed a two-day survey of the beach this week, after 15 mortar and artillery shells and a dozen machine guns were uncovered in 13 days at the end of April, and will report its findings to Southend Council in the next fortnight.

Mr Duddridge said: “All residents, business owners, councillors and visitors are keen to see East Beach reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. My parliamentary colleague, and minister of state for the Ministry of Defence, Mark Francois MP, is well aware of the issue and I will be providing him an update so we both do all we can to facilitate any clearance operation required, as swiftly as possible, so the beach can be reopened.”

Mr Francois, Tory MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, was unavailable for comment.

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10:51am Mon 9 Jun 14

jayman says...

here's the problem with searching for UXO in sea mud.

" sir!" (metal detector sounds)
"right, dig it out" after several moments of digging, a length of rusty chain emerges from the mud.
" sir!" (metal detector sounds)
"right, dig it out" after several moments a rusty bolt emerges from the mud.
" sir!" (metal detector sounds)
"right, dig it out" after several moments several thousand pieces of shrapnel are found.
here's the problem with searching for UXO in sea mud. " sir!" (metal detector sounds) "right, dig it out" after several moments of digging, a length of rusty chain emerges from the mud. " sir!" (metal detector sounds) "right, dig it out" after several moments a rusty bolt emerges from the mud. " sir!" (metal detector sounds) "right, dig it out" after several moments several thousand pieces of shrapnel are found. jayman
  • Score: -4

11:01am Mon 9 Jun 14

VeteranOfMany says...

What a fiasco, you couldn't make it up. The whole area will have to be searched now the council buffoons with about as much knowledge of pre first war ordnance as a lame duck, have opened this needless can of worms, let them enjoy their foley into the world of reality
What a fiasco, you couldn't make it up. The whole area will have to be searched now the council buffoons with about as much knowledge of pre first war ordnance as a lame duck, have opened this needless can of worms, let them enjoy their foley into the world of reality VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 6

11:07am Mon 9 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Get Tony Cox down there with a metal detector and a bucket and spade. He must have plenty of time on his hands now he isn't queueing up for extra pies and gravy at the Council's Beltstrainers club every day.
Get Tony Cox down there with a metal detector and a bucket and spade. He must have plenty of time on his hands now he isn't queueing up for extra pies and gravy at the Council's Beltstrainers club every day. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

1:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Shoeburylass says...

Has anyone seen East Beach since the storms? The beach is literally covered in bits of metal. There's so much, in some places, that it makes up the majority of what's underfoot. Metal detectors would be beyond pointless.
Has anyone seen East Beach since the storms? The beach is literally covered in bits of metal. There's so much, in some places, that it makes up the majority of what's underfoot. Metal detectors would be beyond pointless. Shoeburylass
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Mon 9 Jun 14

emcee says...

Would be interesting to know how much ordnance they uncover and how much of it was actually "dangerous".
Would be interesting to know how much ordnance they uncover and how much of it was actually "dangerous". emcee
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Shoeburylass wrote:
Has anyone seen East Beach since the storms? The beach is literally covered in bits of metal. There's so much, in some places, that it makes up the majority of what's underfoot. Metal detectors would be beyond pointless.
Probably not even turned on, just a PR exercise, to try to ease the blame on the idiotic council buffoons, who closed a perfectly safe area....
[quote][p][bold]Shoeburylass[/bold] wrote: Has anyone seen East Beach since the storms? The beach is literally covered in bits of metal. There's so much, in some places, that it makes up the majority of what's underfoot. Metal detectors would be beyond pointless.[/p][/quote]Probably not even turned on, just a PR exercise, to try to ease the blame on the idiotic council buffoons, who closed a perfectly safe area.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Mon 9 Jun 14

John Right says...

Almost the middle of june, has it been missed ? leave it shut
Almost the middle of june, has it been missed ? leave it shut John Right
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

emcee wrote:
Would be interesting to know how much ordnance they uncover and how much of it was actually "dangerous".
They won't open the foreshore for the foreseeable future ( two years )
They don't use metal detectors for the reason given above
If you think it's safe go out there and hit them with a hammer! What a muppet you are. Darwin's Theory hasn't found you yet
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Would be interesting to know how much ordnance they uncover and how much of it was actually "dangerous".[/p][/quote]They won't open the foreshore for the foreseeable future ( two years ) They don't use metal detectors for the reason given above If you think it's safe go out there and hit them with a hammer! What a muppet you are. Darwin's Theory hasn't found you yet Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Tue 10 Jun 14

jayman says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
emcee wrote:
Would be interesting to know how much ordnance they uncover and how much of it was actually "dangerous".
They won't open the foreshore for the foreseeable future ( two years )
They don't use metal detectors for the reason given above
If you think it's safe go out there and hit them with a hammer! What a muppet you are. Darwin's Theory hasn't found you yet
there is a metal detector lent against a shovel in the photograph in the article.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Would be interesting to know how much ordnance they uncover and how much of it was actually "dangerous".[/p][/quote]They won't open the foreshore for the foreseeable future ( two years ) They don't use metal detectors for the reason given above If you think it's safe go out there and hit them with a hammer! What a muppet you are. Darwin's Theory hasn't found you yet[/p][/quote]there is a metal detector lent against a shovel in the photograph in the article. jayman
  • Score: 0

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