Row over lack of action in West Wirral storm damage repairs

Cllr Jeff Green surveys the battered promenade at Meols

Cllr Jeff Green surveys the battered promenade at Meols

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by , Geoff Barnes

THE West Wirral coastline still bears the scars of the December storm-lashing because of an “utterly woeful” response by the council, Tory group leader Cllr Jeff Green has claimed.

The welcome return of the sun has done nothing to disguise ripped up and rubble-strewn sections of the promenade at Meols and West Kirby.

Councillor Green said: “The council’s response to West Wirral’s coastal flood damage has been utterly woeful.

“It’s more than three months since the December 5 storm surge, and virtually nothing has been done.

“Setting up a few cones and plastic barriers does not represent a proper response.”

He added: “Once again it demonstrates a lack of planning and co-ordination.

“The council should also communicate better with householders to let them know what’s going on, and what is being done to remedy the situation.

“They tell us the seawall repairs are complete, but clearly there is a long way to go before the job is finished.”

Councillor Brian Kenny, Wirral Council cabinet member for environment, said that despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s assurance that ‘money was no object’ in relation to flood repair, Wirral Council had received only £20,000 to offset the £250,000 it has paid out.

He commented: “That has been very disappointing and there is also an indication that there could be more bad weather on the way.

“There is no point in carrying out repairs only to find out that they will have to be done all over again.

“Work won’t take place until early April because we don’t want to waste money in having to do it again within a few days or weeks.”

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3:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

Hey Jeff,

Remember this?

http://www.wirralglo
be.co.uk/news/108294
76.More_than_800_red
undant_Wirral_Counci
l_staff_signed_compr
omise_agreements/

Yes, you signed off 845 unnecessary gags / compromise agreements for people who were er... taking REDUNDANCY - and held no threat to the council's already blackened reputation.

We have long memories. This little wheeze cost us £62,500.

My advice?

o Buy yourself an ice cream.
o Get off the promenade.
o Get back in the office.
o Stop making a fool of yourself, there's a good chap... now run along.
Hey Jeff, Remember this? http://www.wirralglo be.co.uk/news/108294 76.More_than_800_red undant_Wirral_Counci l_staff_signed_compr omise_agreements/ Yes, you signed off 845 unnecessary gags / compromise agreements for people who were er... taking REDUNDANCY - and held no threat to the council's already blackened reputation. We have long memories. This little wheeze cost us £62,500. My advice? o Buy yourself an ice cream. o Get off the promenade. o Get back in the office. o Stop making a fool of yourself, there's a good chap... now run along. PaulCa
  • Score: 10

4:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

JohnON says...

“There is no point in carrying out repairs only to find out that they will have to be done all over again."

What!? Surely common sense would dictate that any repairs should be reasonably capable of withstanding any future storms!
“There is no point in carrying out repairs only to find out that they will have to be done all over again." What!? Surely common sense would dictate that any repairs should be reasonably capable of withstanding any future storms! JohnON
  • Score: 9

5:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

The reason the coastline took such a hammering was because the Council hadn’t undertaken essential repairs in the first place. For seaside towns they all look like something out of the USSR. If it wasn’t for the dedication of the shop owners and the volunteers who plant out the tubs would anyone want to visit Wirral?

Prior to the “great surge” there was a litter bin on South Parade in West Kirby that was damaged last summer. The Council’s action was to wrap it in red and white tape and consider it job done. Sod the eyesore.

Regarding repairs to the sea wall Hoylake – the level of workmanship is an absolute disgrace. Whoever has the job of signing off the work should be sacked forthwith – I frankly couldn’t believe my eyes at the appalling effort. If a tradesman had done that work at your house you would refuse to pay him.
The reason the coastline took such a hammering was because the Council hadn’t undertaken essential repairs in the first place. For seaside towns they all look like something out of the USSR. If it wasn’t for the dedication of the shop owners and the volunteers who plant out the tubs would anyone want to visit Wirral? Prior to the “great surge” there was a litter bin on South Parade in West Kirby that was damaged last summer. The Council’s action was to wrap it in red and white tape and consider it job done. Sod the eyesore. Regarding repairs to the sea wall Hoylake – the level of workmanship is an absolute disgrace. Whoever has the job of signing off the work should be sacked forthwith – I frankly couldn’t believe my eyes at the appalling effort. If a tradesman had done that work at your house you would refuse to pay him. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 6

11:26am Sat 8 Mar 14

piermaster says...

Its a sad state when an elected member can not think of anything better to do with his time than to use an issue he must have some control over or input into to get his "MUGSHOT" in the local freesheet!!

Do something about it thats why you were elected?? do something for the folks who voted for you, other than stroke your ego with this type of crass stunt.

This is only my opinion, so perhaps you dont give two hoots anyway!!
Its a sad state when an elected member can not think of anything better to do with his time than to use an issue he must have some control over or input into to get his "MUGSHOT" in the local freesheet!! Do something about it thats why you were elected?? do something for the folks who voted for you, other than stroke your ego with this type of crass stunt. This is only my opinion, so perhaps you dont give two hoots anyway!! piermaster
  • Score: 5

11:32am Sat 8 Mar 14

Cheesy Peas says...

"Councillor" - god help us - Harry Smith grandly declared that all storm damage repair work in West Wirral had been completed.

Quite clearly, it hasn't been, but then you possibly can't see that from Bidston and St James ward.

Will Citizen Smith now resign so the borough can have someone remotely competent with the highways' brief?
"Councillor" - god help us - Harry Smith grandly declared that all storm damage repair work in West Wirral had been completed. Quite clearly, it hasn't been, but then you possibly can't see that from Bidston and St James ward. Will Citizen Smith now resign so the borough can have someone remotely competent with the highways' brief? Cheesy Peas
  • Score: 3

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