I have had a resident contact me about the proposal for a lagoon on the foreshore. My views are already known (see Hands off the foreshore: no to the lagoon). My correspondent adds a new perspective, and this is what follows.
We are very worried about this proposal and the affect it will have on the Benfleet & Southend SSSI protection.
Could you please advise on the following:
1 – How will this effect the Flood Risk in this low lying area?
2 – Have Natural England been approached with regard to any effects this Lagoon will have on the Ramsar Site and has any assessment been carried out. This would surely effect the sediment and / or erosion in this area, which supports those bird species using this part of the beach?
3 – Has the Environment Agency been informed or a Marine License been applied for? This is not a Flood Protection, even though the area is a “Significant Risk” zone..
4 – Would the existing groynes provide any protection from sediment movement?
5 – We understand the whole 1088 hectares of the beach is protected and would like to know why this small section should be excluded from that protection?
6 – Surely the Construction work alone would have a drastic effect on the habitat and ecological riches?
7 – 1,200 m3 of Rock groynes would surely have a drastic effect on Sand Drift & alike?
8 – Please advise when Public will be allowed to comment on any Planning Application made?
I noticed that Councillor Ron Woodley produced a much smaller scheme, which involved a single Rock groyne at Shoebury Common, but a letter from Natural England was used to dismiss the BERA alternative option, as it would effect the Ramsar SSSI beach. Surely this much larger construction must have a similar effect on this site?