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The Admiral Jellicoe, the Loss of Canvey’s Buildings of Local Interest, and the apparent disinterest of Castle Point Council.

The loss of the Canvey Island Admiral Jellicoe public house is unsurprising.

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Admiral Jellicoe. Luke Baker Photography.

Indecisive governance in the borough leaves the area unprotected by a Local Plan, and Canvey Island, in particular, almost defenceless against unrestricted development.The Jellicoe site will be re-developed, quite probably with Flats.

But the viability of an affordable housing allocation will be strongly contested! Allowances to be made for Flood Alleviation and the cost allegedly paid for the site will be points of contention. The apparent sale of the Crown public house in Hadleigh Town Centre, a far more attractive proposition for a developer, went for £400,000.

Whilst newspaper reports suggest the Admiral Jellicoe was purchased for £1,000,000.

With a Plan, Local or otherwise, there may have been the potential to insist that a community facility should be built on part of the site alongside a level of affordable housing.

This potential has been lost as the developer would have purchased the site in the knowledge that no restriction exists where cpbc planning control is concerned.

Those concerned at the loss of yet another Canvey Island iconic building should be asking questions of the local authority.

The King Canute is also in danger of destruction, should the contractors accidentally damage the building’s structure! There is a condition imposed by cpbc that states efforts must be made to protect the front and side elevations of the King Canute throughout the re-development, but this was not part of any planning conditions imposed by cpbc officers!

It was only following enquiries by the Canvey Green Belt Campaign group to the development committee chairman and the last minute suggestion during the committee’s consideration that led to the protection condition to be imposed. Officers previously showed NO Concern on the retention of the King Canute “shell”!

And yet cpbc are quick and keen to Harness the “Canvey Community Spirit” when there is gain to be made.

Following the grand work undertaken by two community groups the Canvey beach area is now unrecognisable to its previously unkept state. This has not only advantaged the Sandy Bay development but also opened the door of opportunity for cpbc.

The Canvey, Coastal Communities Alliance is another cpbc scheme seeking to dip into the Coastal Communities Fund dclg general fund. It could be suggested that if not for the excellent, tireless and selfless commitment to the sea front by the Canvey volunteer groups, the potential to chase some of these funds, would not have even occurred to cpbc! We wonder whether these grants, when distributed, are ring-fenced.

Similar to the 6 point plan seeking £24,500,000 government funding for drainage improvements on Canvey Island, which appear to be being less determinedly sought following the government asking for detailed expenditures of work required!

But we digress.

The topic was the continued loss of iconic and important local buildings to development with no public amenity to compensate.

CAMRA’s position in relation to the loss of Pubs states;

“debt-ridden pub property companies (Pubco’s) anxious to sell off pubs; often these are deliberately run down beforehand to make them less commercially attractive to those wishing to take them on as pubs.”

Suggestions have been made by locals that indeed this is what appears to have happened during the final period of the Admiral Jellicoe’s days as a public house.

Castle Point Council is the licencing authority, it could be suggested that they should have taken action once it became apparent that the deliberate Running Down of the business may have been being carried out.

Alongside the lack of a Local Plan for the area this inactivity, or ineptitude, will see more locally important buildings succumb to development with little advantage for residents.

Castle Point council appear more determined where the Crown ex public house, due to be part of the Hadleigh regeneration plan, is concerned.

According to an Echo report in 2011, cpbc were very close to settling a deal for the Crown with the aid of a £175,000 grant from Essex County Council, which had been sold by the brewery to MCC developments following its closure in 2009.

The obvious question arising is what might be the current value of the Crown site, given the apparent £1,000,000 sale of the Admiral Jellicoe, and, should it occur, is this appropriate use of the borough’s funds?

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Canvey Island’s “flood” of Good News stories!

Never let it be said that the Canvey Green Belt Campaign group dwell on “poor us” missives as we acknowledge, the flood of Canvey Island  “Good News Stories,” being brought to our attention across social media of late. We are more than happy to contribute and post the following Hoorahs!

Those residents troubled should we see a Rain Storm in future similar to those of 2013 and 2014 can rest assured.

They will know that their Homes now have access to the FLOOD Re insurance scheme. This scheme insures they will be able to get competitive House Insurance from practically the whole insurance market.

Provided their homes were built prior to 2009!

In 2015 Castle Point Council assembled a high profile delegation and attended Parliament seeking £24,500,000 so as to upgrade the Canvey Island drainage system and to prevent any further flooding of Canvey Homes.

We have no further update on the request by Parliament to provide breakdown figures of exactly what the money is required for.

We also must pay tribute to the tireless and determined efforts that MAP, the Multi Agency Partnership, of the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Essex County Council, Castle Point Council and Essex Highways are making to keep our Island Homes dry and Residents safe in the event of a future storm capable of bringing Surface Water Flooding.

It can ONLY, therefore be a short matter of time before scheduled routine maintenance of the Hole Haven Sluice is carried out.

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The £24.5 Million Question-how much to improve the Canvey drainage system, and how much for Add ons?

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Having watched the latest Castle Point Council meeting as Bill Dick’s Motion regarding the situation with the £24,500,000 bid for Government funding to improve the drainage system across Castle Point, some comment is required.

Yes the same £24,500,000 bid that was estimated to be required to correct the Canvey Island drainage system, which now appears to be being sought to share out across the Borough AND an estimated cost that lacks enough detail for presentation.

Councillors during debate neither queried nor challenged the council and supporting agencies position, indeed healthy congratulations for the tireless work being put in by the CPBC chief executive and assisting councillors.

Why then would the Echo have reported, unchallenged by our MP, council leader and chief executive, on the 30th November 2015;

“COUNCIL bosses will return to Parliament this week in a bid to secure multi-million pound funding for Canvey’s drainage.

In March, MP Rebecca Harris joined Castle Point Council and Anglian Water representatives to present minister Liz Truss with a £24.5million bid for Government funding to upgrade drainage.

The group will now return to provide a more detailed submission of its plans to upgrade the island’s system.”

Clearly at the time “A Good News Story” worthy of echo coverage and headlines ahead of elections that would appease concerns for Canvey residents.

The chief executive joining in stating;

“When you get severe events like those which affected the island in the last two years, that is a catastrophe in anybody’s book and 1,000 lives were wrecked.

“This ensures residents that their homes will not be affected to the same extent, but also we can be satisfied all the agencies have pulled together to secure a result for the residents that they deserve.”

The truth was that at the time CPBC and agency representatives were sent away with the message that there was no funding available for them.

So rather than residents feeling confident of how  progress has been made in the 2 years since the second major drainage flooding event on Canvey, they now learn that

  • the webcast of the Essex Highways representative promising that a more regular regime of road gulley clearance would be put in place, has now been archived away from public view by CPBC.
  • That the appeal for Government funding will itself require further funding!
  • That the money, should any be forthcoming, will be used across Castle Point!

This poses the question, was the original figure £24,500,000 (note not £24 or £25 million) plucked out of the air to appease residents?

No doubt once a figure is eventually evidenced and presented by a council, with fast approaching financial issues, supported by Anglian Water, a public limited company with shareholders to accomodate, it will, or at least should be, examined minutely before being allocated public funds.

Castle Point Council themselves have questions to answer as development, both the amount and some of the questionable building practises, makes them also accountable.

Essex County have received our council taxes and failed to deliver gulley maintenance.

The environment agency cut back on staffing levels, clearing  dykes and pump filters believing the system was adequate, were found out!

All of these issues should have been published within the Castle Point Scrutiny Committee review into the Canvey Island flooding of 2014, instead the report remains incompleted.

Cllr Dick is right to be concerned, and he is entitled to question what is proposed for the mainland areas prone to flooding.

But what wasn’t to be expected was a motion that invited all and sundry to suggest what tireless and fruitful work was being performed by one and all.

Just as CPBC were caught out with their trousers around their ankles when it was admitted that no proposal for funding for the completion of Roscommon Way had been registered with Essex county, now Canvey residents learn that a bid for drainage improvement funding has stalled.

Soon it may be suggested that Canvey residents AND their representatives are being taken for Mugs!

 

10 Golden Rules for Managing Floods – Canvey Island Pass or Fail?

The recent storms and flooding that has affected ours and other regions of the UK, has meant valuable resources being distributed in a reactive fashion rather than a preventive strategic led approach to spending.

Locally there was the expectation that the 2013 and 2014 flooding at Canvey Island and the ensuing high level Report would lead to Government funding being allocated to the tune of £24,500,000 so that the Island’s drainage would be brought up to an acceptable standard.

Flooding in other areas and a long list of outstanding flood prevention work has put paid to the Canvey drainage improvements.

A report has been released suggesting a strategic approach focussing on 10 golden rules. As Canvey Island is prone to surface water flooding and at Risk from Tidal Flooding, all 10 Golden Rules should apply.

How many of these 10 golden rules Fail locally?

With many families across the UK still dealing with the consequences of last winter’s flooding, the International Journal of River Basin Management has just published 10 ‘golden rules’ for strategic flood management (SFM).

Written by an international team of experts, the study provides an overview of emerging good practice in strategic flood management (SFM), as well as a historical overview of the events – like the Boxing Day tsunami – that have changed approaches to flood management forever. It also discusses the purpose and goals of today’s SFM and the inevitable challenges associated with its implementation.

While the authors acknowledge the ‘remarkable progress in cultivating the concepts of flood risk management’ that has taken place over the last few decades, they also recognise that ‘the challenge now is to turn the now commonly accepted concepts of managing risks and promoting opportunities into common flood-management practice’.

The authors argue that SFM can play a pivotal role in promoting desired ‘societal, environmental and economic outcomes’. In contrast to the often narrowly defined single-objective nature of flood control, they observe that SFM places an emphasis not only on reducing risk (to people, economics and the environment) but also on seeking opportunities to working with natural processes and promoting multiple benefits across a range of criteria (ecological, societal and economic).

Sound flood management planning requires an effective collaborative solution, which ‘blurs the distinction between the disciplines of spatial, coastal zone, river basin and water resources planning as well as flood defence engineering and environmental management.’

The research concludes with a list of 10 ‘golden rules’ that are central to achieving sound SFM in practice. These are:

1. Accept that absolute protection is not possible and plan for exceedance.
2. Promote some flooding as desirable.
3. Base decisions on an understanding of risk and uncertainty.
4. Recognize that the future will be different from the past.
5. Do not rely on a single measure, but implement a portfolio of responses.
6. Utilize limited resources efficiently and fairly to reduce risk.
7. Be clear on responsibilities for governance and action.
8. Communicate risk and uncertainty effectively and widely.
9. Promote stakeholder participation in the decision-making process.
10. Reflect local context and integrate with other planning processes.

(For further explanation of these ’10 golden rules’ please view the full article online)

This fascinating paper is the result of extensive international collaboration, and draws on evidence from around the world. It comprehensively discusses all of the challenges of dealing with flood risk and water management in large-scale and complex environments; and it is essential reading for all water management professionals and government officials seeking to manage and mitigate the risk of future flooding.

Read the full article, free of charge, online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15715124.2014.902378

“Strategic flood management: ten ‘golden rules’ to guide a sound approach”, by Paul Sayers et al., International Journal of River Basin Management, 2014, published by Routledge, Taylor & Francis.