£250,000 repair bill for Wirral's storm damaged sea fronts

Wirral Globe: Wall of water: A massive wave crashes into Morrison's. Picture: Nigel Bratley. Wall of water: A massive wave crashes into Morrison's. Picture: Nigel Bratley.

Damage to Wirral’s coastal areas caused in December’s storm will cost council tax payers £250,000 to repair.

Wirral’s Council cabinet will be asked to approve the expenditure from its general fund when it meets next week.

Council leader Phil Davies explained the borough will not qualify for any financial help from the Government.

He said: "It's very frustrating but access to central funds only kicks in if the level needed goes above £900,000."

The storm struck on Thursday, December 5; tonnes of concrete was ripped from sea defence walls while pavements, railings and road signs were torn up when gale force winds created a tidal surge that left a swathe of destruction across coastal towns.

Meols, West Kirby and Hoylake promenades were all affected, but New Brighton’s redeveloped seafront suffered worst.

Wirral Globe: Gale force winds and high tides cause chaos at Wirral coastal towns

Destruction: Meols promenade

Shops, supermarkets, restaurants and the Travel Lodge hotel at Marine Point were badly flooded.

Wirral Globe: Gale force winds and high tides cause chaos at Wirral coastal towns

Storm damage: New Brighton prom under water

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

Wirral Globe: Gale force winds and high tides cause chaos at Wirral coastal towns

Wall of water: A massive wave crashes into Morrison's

New Brighton councillor Pat Hackett said at the time: “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.”

Work on repairing the structural damage is still on-going.

Councillor Davies said a new Wirral Emergency Volunteer scheme has attracted more than 200 people willing to help out should there be any similar incidents in the future.

"It has been a fantastic response and underlines the tremendous sense of community spirit in Wirral," he said.

Anyone wanting to volunteer should do so online by clicking here or by telephoning 606 2020.

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11:13am Thu 9 Jan 14

ballacrain says...

Perhaps some thought should be given as to how steps can be taken to improve the defences,also what can be done to help prevent flooding of the premises at New Brighton. This will happen again and again. It could happen as early as the end of this month and the beginning of the next. Tide height is predicted at 33 feet.
Ballacrain
Perhaps some thought should be given as to how steps can be taken to improve the defences,also what can be done to help prevent flooding of the premises at New Brighton. This will happen again and again. It could happen as early as the end of this month and the beginning of the next. Tide height is predicted at 33 feet. Ballacrain ballacrain
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12:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

The only steps this Council will take is either big ones away from the truth or vanity staircases from their suite of offices.
The only steps this Council will take is either big ones away from the truth or vanity staircases from their suite of offices. bigfoot
  • Score: 7

8:07pm Thu 9 Jan 14

PaulCa says...

That's a similar figure to the £220,000 that was handed, without scrutiny, and with no questions asked, to two abusive senior social services officers after the Chair of the Appointments Committee and current Council leader Phil Davies had found them to be in the clear, vindicated, reinstated them for a further two years (costing well over £100,000), only for them to be found to be up to their necks in financial abuse against learning disabled people, having plundered £736,000 from their bank accounts over a 9 year period - but a lot less than the £31 million in toxic debt that Martin Morton told the cabinet about several YEARS ago only for it to be hushed up, for him to be ignored, bullied, mobbed, forced out of his job and for the council to later bring in Eugene Sullivan, pretending to be independent, and at huge expense to us once again, and only to confirm what Martin Morton had already told them about YEARS ago isn't it?
That's a similar figure to the £220,000 that was handed, without scrutiny, and with no questions asked, to two abusive senior social services officers after the Chair of the Appointments Committee and current Council leader Phil Davies had found them to be in the clear, vindicated, reinstated them for a further two years (costing well over £100,000), only for them to be found to be up to their necks in financial abuse against learning disabled people, having plundered £736,000 from their bank accounts over a 9 year period - but a lot less than the £31 million in toxic debt that Martin Morton told the cabinet about several YEARS ago only for it to be hushed up, for him to be ignored, bullied, mobbed, forced out of his job and for the council to later bring in Eugene Sullivan, pretending to be independent, and at huge expense to us once again, and only to confirm what Martin Morton had already told them about YEARS ago isn't it? PaulCa
  • Score: 4

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