No viable alternative

PUBLISHED: 08:12 11 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

OVER the last few weeks these letters columns have almost become funny enough to disguise the hysteria generated over the sea wall debate

OVER the last few weeks these letters columns have almost become funny enough to disguise the hysteria generated over the sea wall debate. Almost but not quite. I was disappointed to note the Mercury's contribution to the democratic debate was to print a petition leaflet against the sea wall plan without leaving a space for anyone who might vote for it. So what happens when DEFRA, who were willing to fund the plan for safety's sake, gets fed up with the persistent whine from this end and give the money to someone else? DEFRA works for a Labour Government who have no political interest in Weston remember. Despite all the shouting there is no viable alternative that could be funded outside council tax and so my family, neighbours, and I will exist at ever increasing risk until something has to be built in a hurry and will look dreadful compared to the original plan. So a heartfelt thanks to all of those living in high places who were so happy to put other people's lives at risk.A one-in-200-year event is a consultant's way of saying that the odds are 200 to one. There are 700 tides a year of which about 50 could be a problem under a low-pressure surge. My guess is that our deadline is circa 2017/20, but it could be next year with global warming anomalies.BRIAN AUSTINAlma Street, Weston

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