'Spirit of the Blitz' helps restore storm-lashed New Brighton to normality

Wirral Globe: 'Spirit of the Blitz' helps restore storm-lashed New Brighton to normality 'Spirit of the Blitz' helps restore storm-lashed New Brighton to normality

Storm-battered New Brighton has been restored to normality by a ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ according to council regeneration chief Cllr Pat Hackett.

The resort was in crisis after gale-force winds and a major tidal surge sent waves crashing over the sea defences and flooding across the promenade and Marine Point commercial development.

But fears that shopping outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues would be seriously hit in the run-up to Christmas were allayed following a massive clean-up operation involving local authority staff, contractors, emergency services, a major power company, staff from developers Neptune and local businesses and a small army of volunteers.

Councillor Hackett said: “The Spirit of the Blitz was very much in evidence which was great to see.

“Everyone involved did an outstanding job to such an extent that almost all of the businesses hit by the storm have re-opened.”

Wirral Globe: Volunteers help clean up New Brighton Promenade.

Volunteers helped clear away debris from New Brighton

Councillor Hackett said that lessons would be learned from what had happened. But he rejected claims that the Marine Point venture should never have been built at its seafront location.

The New Brighton Heritage Action Group, who successfully opposed the original plan for the resort’s regeneration claimed that the flooding and devastation caused by the storm had been a “tragic but sadly predictable event.”

Councillor Hackett said: “The Action Group never came up with any alternative proposals or ideas and it was foolish to say that no other developers – apart from Neptune – were interested.

“We had interest from eight developers and yet no-one else had the capability or passion to do it. Neptune have done a fantastic job and people have voted with their feet to make the project an outstanding success.

“During the summer traffic was backed up to the motorway trying to get into New Brighton.”

He added: “On the question of sea defences, lessons will be learned and options will be looked at .

“But siting the development at Marine Point was a risk worth taking. It has been a great success and we are looking for more investment in the future.”

Such was the power of the sea last week that sections of railings and feet-thick concrete tide-breaks were ripped apart with debris scattered across the promenade at West Kirby, Hoylake and Meols, forcing road closures.

New Brighton’s championship adventure golf course is likely to be closed for at least two months after it was all but washed away.

Following the tidal onslaught Proprietor Nick Ashfield confessed: “It looks more like a swimming pool than a miniature golf course.

"It was just unbelievable. I could not imagine in my worst dreams what was happening.”

 

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1:00pm Mon 9 Dec 13

WirralAl says...

I believe the original plan was to build on the Marine Lake and that what the action group prevented. If it had been built on the lake I believe the situation would of been a lot worse.

Many parts of the offered plans have not materialized such as the pier etc..

The council have not finished the improvements and are not doing enough to promote the development.

I must also say that it is 100% better than it was before.

All that we now need is a more intelligent management of the sea wall to divert the energy of the sea so that such massive waves are dispersed.

A very good effort by all involved in the clean up.

The council should of taken steps sooner when all the facts are known.
10 mtr tide very high and unusual along with strong winds. I am sure lessons have been learned and an action plan can be ready for next time.
I believe the original plan was to build on the Marine Lake and that what the action group prevented. If it had been built on the lake I believe the situation would of been a lot worse. Many parts of the offered plans have not materialized such as the pier etc.. The council have not finished the improvements and are not doing enough to promote the development. I must also say that it is 100% better than it was before. All that we now need is a more intelligent management of the sea wall to divert the energy of the sea so that such massive waves are dispersed. A very good effort by all involved in the clean up. The council should of taken steps sooner when all the facts are known. 10 mtr tide very high and unusual along with strong winds. I am sure lessons have been learned and an action plan can be ready for next time. WirralAl

2:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Westerly9 says...

This was a freak event and congratulations to all involved in the fast clean up, it proves that it will be a robust development.

What we need desperately are public realm improvements elsewhere in New Brighton. How about helping the small businesses in Victoria and Seabank Road shops to improve frontages etc? There seems to be absolutely none of the promised 'trickle-down' of investment in these areas which is shocking considering how much public money is subsidising the big corporate chains at Maine Point..
This was a freak event and congratulations to all involved in the fast clean up, it proves that it will be a robust development. What we need desperately are public realm improvements elsewhere in New Brighton. How about helping the small businesses in Victoria and Seabank Road shops to improve frontages etc? There seems to be absolutely none of the promised 'trickle-down' of investment in these areas which is shocking considering how much public money is subsidising the big corporate chains at Maine Point.. Westerly9

4:40pm Mon 9 Dec 13

ballacrain says...

This was not a freak event, recall 1990 and New Brighton baths. I can recall early occasions when the prom has been flooded and damage done.
This will happen again and again. It only needs another low pressure storm, a westerly gale blowing and a spring tide.
Winds last Thursday reached 70+ miles per hour back in 1990 they reached 100mph. This time we were lucky, lucky in that the storm system did not come any further south than it did, if it had, the winds would have been a lot stronger and the tidal surge a lot higher, next time we may not be so lucky..
Ballacrain
This was not a freak event, recall 1990 and New Brighton baths. I can recall early occasions when the prom has been flooded and damage done. This will happen again and again. It only needs another low pressure storm, a westerly gale blowing and a spring tide. Winds last Thursday reached 70+ miles per hour back in 1990 they reached 100mph. This time we were lucky, lucky in that the storm system did not come any further south than it did, if it had, the winds would have been a lot stronger and the tidal surge a lot higher, next time we may not be so lucky.. Ballacrain ballacrain

4:49pm Mon 9 Dec 13

pykey1939 says...

Morrisons wanted to build cheap so they got what they deserved through greed,luckily nobody hurt but the tide wall win next time you can be sure.
Morrisons wanted to build cheap so they got what they deserved through greed,luckily nobody hurt but the tide wall win next time you can be sure. pykey1939

8:48pm Mon 9 Dec 13

ballacrain says...

A big thank you I feel is due to all who took part in the clean up. Thanks to them and others New Brighton is once more open for business.
Ballacrain
A big thank you I feel is due to all who took part in the clean up. Thanks to them and others New Brighton is once more open for business. Ballacrain ballacrain

8:48pm Mon 9 Dec 13

fenix uk says...

ballacrain wrote:
This was not a freak event, recall 1990 and New Brighton baths. I can recall early occasions when the prom has been flooded and damage done.
This will happen again and again. It only needs another low pressure storm, a westerly gale blowing and a spring tide.
Winds last Thursday reached 70+ miles per hour back in 1990 they reached 100mph. This time we were lucky, lucky in that the storm system did not come any further south than it did, if it had, the winds would have been a lot stronger and the tidal surge a lot higher, next time we may not be so lucky..
Ballacrain
So because it happened 23 years ago - we should keep the area flattened ?

Thank god for the forward thinking developers or nobody would build anything.

Nobody died. Stuff got wet. We live on the coast. We will cope.
[quote][p][bold]ballacrain[/bold] wrote: This was not a freak event, recall 1990 and New Brighton baths. I can recall early occasions when the prom has been flooded and damage done. This will happen again and again. It only needs another low pressure storm, a westerly gale blowing and a spring tide. Winds last Thursday reached 70+ miles per hour back in 1990 they reached 100mph. This time we were lucky, lucky in that the storm system did not come any further south than it did, if it had, the winds would have been a lot stronger and the tidal surge a lot higher, next time we may not be so lucky.. Ballacrain[/p][/quote]So because it happened 23 years ago - we should keep the area flattened ? Thank god for the forward thinking developers or nobody would build anything. Nobody died. Stuff got wet. We live on the coast. We will cope. fenix uk

9:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mr moderate says...

Notice all those people that are normally on here complaining about council workers are not here to eat there words when the council workers and community come to get her for the good of all thought every one done a outstanding job in the clear up one thing I will say though I believe the person responsible for sea defence was made redundant by council this year opps
Notice all those people that are normally on here complaining about council workers are not here to eat there words when the council workers and community come to get her for the good of all thought every one done a outstanding job in the clear up one thing I will say though I believe the person responsible for sea defence was made redundant by council this year opps Mr moderate

10:38am Tue 10 Dec 13

hobroW says...

Mr Moderate

We never complain about council workers. We complain about proven omissions and mis-statements by council management.

Proven is the operative word, proven and yet the guilty are unpunished.

We can argue back and forth re the development and I can only misquote Kevin Costner

"Build a supermarket, and they will come"!
Mr Moderate We never complain about council workers. We complain about proven omissions and mis-statements by council management. Proven is the operative word, proven and yet the guilty are unpunished. We can argue back and forth re the development and I can only misquote Kevin Costner "Build a supermarket, and they will come"! hobroW

11:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

JimmyMercury says...

Super, great, smashing and well done to the volunteers. Now would the council care to do something about the litter all over the rest of the Borough caused by the winds blowing over wheelie bins?
Super, great, smashing and well done to the volunteers. Now would the council care to do something about the litter all over the rest of the Borough caused by the winds blowing over wheelie bins? JimmyMercury

10:47am Wed 11 Dec 13

Dantealighieri says...

Spirit of the Blitz.......'Don't panic Mr Mainwaring, don't panic, Major Hackett is on his way from the town hall'.....'Major Hackett, we don't need that buffoon, this is the sort of thing the New Brighton on Sea Platoon are trained to deal with. Right Wilson, did you get the buckets and mops?....'Er, the general store had sold out ,sir, but Walker sold me some at 2/6 a bucket, and 1/3 a mop.'....What! I'll be having a word with Walker. Yes, what is it Godfrey?...I wonder if I can be excused Mr Mainwaring, it's the sound of running water sir, it means I have to go......'' Yes, yes.all right Godfrey. Pike go with Corporal Jones and the rest of the men and start cleaning up'..... I can't do that Mr Mainwaring sir, my mum says if I get my feet wet I could catch my death of cold'.....'Good Grief Pike this is an emergency, you stupid boy'. ...........'That's it then Wilson, a very successful operation. You know what Wilson, it's a great pity Herr Hitler didn't see my men working, it would have given him something to think about. Yes, Jerry may have conquered Europe but there are two things they'll never beat , Mother Nature and this country. Makes you proud to be British doesn't Wison'........Yes, sir, very good, proud to be British, er careful sir there's rather a deep puddle in front of ..oh dear. oh deary me'...'Don't panic Mr Mainwaring, don't panic, just grab that mop handle and we'll 'ave you out of there in no time'...... Who do you think you're kidding Mr Hitler if you think we're on the run we are ,la la la lala la
Spirit of the Blitz.......'Don't panic Mr Mainwaring, don't panic, Major Hackett is on his way from the town hall'.....'Major Hackett, we don't need that buffoon, this is the sort of thing the New Brighton on Sea Platoon are trained to deal with. Right Wilson, did you get the buckets and mops?....'Er, the general store had sold out ,sir, but Walker sold me some at 2/6 a bucket, and 1/3 a mop.'....What! I'll be having a word with Walker. Yes, what is it Godfrey?...I wonder if I can be excused Mr Mainwaring, it's the sound of running water sir, it means I have to go......'' Yes, yes.all right Godfrey. Pike go with Corporal Jones and the rest of the men and start cleaning up'..... I can't do that Mr Mainwaring sir, my mum says if I get my feet wet I could catch my death of cold'.....'Good Grief Pike this is an emergency, you stupid boy'. ...........'That's it then Wilson, a very successful operation. You know what Wilson, it's a great pity Herr Hitler didn't see my men working, it would have given him something to think about. Yes, Jerry may have conquered Europe but there are two things they'll never beat , Mother Nature and this country. Makes you proud to be British doesn't Wison'........Yes, sir, very good, proud to be British, er careful sir there's rather a deep puddle in front of ..oh dear. oh deary me'...'Don't panic Mr Mainwaring, don't panic, just grab that mop handle and we'll 'ave you out of there in no time'...... Who do you think you're kidding Mr Hitler if you think we're on the run we are ,la la la lala la Dantealighieri

5:56pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Damp_Shopping says...

The best episode of Dad's Army for 30 years!

You can't beat a good situation comedy, especially when the situation lends itself to comedic interpretation.

Looking forward to the next episode which I feel sure will coincide with the spring tides of 2014.

They don't like it up'em Mr. Mainwaring...
The best episode of Dad's Army for 30 years! You can't beat a good situation comedy, especially when the situation lends itself to comedic interpretation. Looking forward to the next episode which I feel sure will coincide with the spring tides of 2014. They don't like it up'em Mr. Mainwaring... Damp_Shopping

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