Sea wall proposal in hot water again

PUBLISHED: 03:39 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010

OBJECTIONS to North Somerset Council's sea wall proposal are mounting, with Weston Watersports Club claiming it will mean the end of 24 years of national and European races. Club chairman Rich Green also believes the proposal for a 1-1.5m splash wall will

OBJECTIONS to North Somerset Council's sea wall proposal are mounting, with Weston Watersports Club claiming it will mean the end of 24 years of national and European races.Club chairman Rich Green also believes the proposal for a 1-1.5m splash wall will not protect the town from rising tides and freak storms.He said: "Statements made by structural engineers claim we are in danger if the tide rises above 8.5m and we will flood back to Milton, but they believe a metre high wall will protect us. Having seen a large boat on the putting green some years ago, I doubt this."Mr Green also criticised people living outside the town, in places such as Yeovil and Wales, who have been sending in objections, as revealed in last week's Weston's & Somerset Mercury.He said: "It made me wonder whether to get all our club members to voice their protests as they live all over the area and probably visit the seafront more often than some councillors. But I cannot justify using public funds to put over our point of view without a vote on it by all members. Nor am I willing to run off a flyer on my computer for every household in North Somerset."The sea wall proposal has also split Weston's Hotels and Restaurants' Association. Several members are believed to be leaving the group because they claim they have been 'misrepresented' by its chairman John Harrop.Sophia Michael, of the Seaward Hotel, said: "A letter has been sent to Weston Town Council stating the association is behind the scheme, but a lot of us are against it. I've spoken to several members and we've decided to leave the association as we are being misrepresented."The letter was sent in after a referendum organised by James Moncrieff, former association president and owner of the Monaco Hotel, on behalf of the hoteliers.Mr Moncrieff said he emailed all association members he had contact details for, which amounted to 60 out of 100. He said he received 13 replies in favour of the scheme and only four against and put the poor response down to 'apathy.'Mr Harrop said: "Everyone who had an email had an opportunity to reply and the majority were in favour. I'm not misrepresenting them at all." But Mrs Michael said: "Some hotels don't have emails so only 20 people replied. It's disgusting and it doesn't reflect our views."The proposal is due to be discussed by the council's west area committee on December 14.

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