A LETTER ON LITTER 3rd October 2013
As a lover of nature, I feel honoured to be living in such a beautiful county that embraces wonderful countryside, be it the Fens or the Wolds, and the wonderful beaches and coastline we are lucky to have access to.
Having recently moved to the area, I have immersed myself into learning as much as possible about the diverse marine life we have just off our shores, and have joined organisations to help protect those creatures and our environment.
Walking along the beach when I can is a joy I never thought I would experience, and I feel lucky to have chosen well with this part of the Lincolnshire coast, the beaches of which hold awards for their safety and cleanliness.
The people are warm and friendly, and very welcoming.
What’s not to like?
On my beach walks, I love to beachcomb for shells, but notice that the strandline is always littered with rubbish. So I decided to carry two collection bags-one for the shells, and one for the rubbish washed up on the beach…most of which has be discarded from somewhere, without much thought, I presume.
These items are perilous to marine and other wildlife, and careless littering can doom creatures to a horrible death if they get caught in plastic ribbons or swallow plastic items. They also make the beach a danger to children, and an eyesore to holiday makers.
I was surprised to see how much rubbish was washed up in such a small area on one afternoon, in particular. The sea was quite choppy, but looked amazing as it rushed up the beach.
I started my walk along the beach from the pullover, south towards the far end of the colonnade, and collected a carrier bag FULL of rubbish in that short distance.
As I was walking, a black 5 gallon Diesel oil container was washed onto the beach. Luckily the cap was on, and the container was empty. The council were informed as soon as I could tell them and they organised for it to be picked up. But this just highlights the problem and possible dangers.
So if you ever feel like a walk along the beach for some exercise, and you have a spare plastic carrier bag, you would be doing the environment a massive favour by kindly thinking about those beautiful creatures of the sea, and our children, to pick up anything on the strandline that should not be there and put it safely where IT belongs…in a bin!
Be safe and take care.
Further to this concern, check out this website:
THE HUTTOFT BARRIERS
30th September 2013
I am appalled that for no justifiable reason, a whole group of smart law abiding residents and holiday makers who bring much money to our coast have been selectively shut out of our coastal facilities by barriers.
Of course car owners who don’t have the facilities that these vehicles have will be selfishly overjoyed about this but had I known there was such a controversy going on then I could’ve brought a whole different perspective to it long before discrimination against private vehicle owners was ever considered. So now motor home owners have a massive fight on their hands just to restore enjoyment of the same facilities as car owners. Why shouldn't motor home owners enjoy exactly the same coastal facilities enjoyed by car owners?
How is it that commercial places of interest, air shows, stately homes, battlefields, places of history etc do not need barriers to keep out motor homes (whom they welcome), yet here we have discrimination ~ and discrimination as well against registered disabled vehicles and special needs vehicles! I am appalled. Please do look at this web page which graphically shows why barriers are not the answer. http://bit.ly/1fyaZLh
There are by-laws in place to prevent camping and overnighting so there really is no reason to discriminate against one class of citizen and prevent them from enjoying the same facilities as everyone else.
~ OUR FUTURE SEA DEFENCES
MEMBERS OF OUR ASSOCIATION...........
[MEMBERS' REPLIES WELCOME!]
[ABOVE] What part of our prom looked like
at the start of the 2014 summer season.
And there are still parts of our public pathways
where sand impedes bicycles & motorized wheel chairs.
There has been a degree of marron grass planting:
but the sand brought ashore by the "nourishment"
is as much dust as sand...
The recent gales have again blown huge quantities of sand on the promenade & beyond. I would like to suggest a better & cheaper way of managing the problem.
However as a volunteer flood warden I want to acknowledge that the raised sand levels on our beaches have probably saved us from water inundation on several occasions over recent years.
Those who, like me, walk on the beach every day whatever the weather, know that nearly all the blown sand flies no higher than three feet. Where the sand level by the sea wall is three feet lower than the wall very little sand flies over the wall. The problem with the recent gale was that much of the sand cleared off the promenade after the spring gales was not dragged back far enough down the beach. Indeed some of it was left in heaps just over the sea wall. In these circumstances it does not take long during a gale for the sand to build up against the wall and create a ramp for more sand to fly over the wall.
It would be far cheaper for the authorities periodically to drag back the sand at the top of the beach when it it is less than three feet below the sea wall than it is to clear the promenade and then still have to move the same sand further down the beach. In other words prevention is much cheaper than cure. Finally it is worth noting that when the contractors come each each year to pump sand onto the beach, they do ensure that there is at least a three foot difference between the seawall and the sand on the beach.
~ The Revd Chris Lilley
A QUICK RESPONSE TO THE CANON'S CONCERN!
Only a day or so after Canon Chris's letter was published
here & in the local pressthe DIGGER appeared....
& a good deal of the sand was pushed back from the prom!
SO AT THE END OF OCTOBER OF THAT YEAR , WE HAD:.
LAST SPRING: SUTTON-UNDER-SAND!
A DIFFERENT SORT OF DOG DROPPING....
illustrating Jan's letter above!
WIND-FARMS COMING CLOSER?
26th October 2013
I am most concerned at the proposal to build a 10mw 4 Turbine Wind farm at Asserby. It will be less than one and a half miles from Sandilands (Crabtree Lane) much nearer than the Mablethorpe one yet I heard no one around here mention it. . What do people know, what do they think, feel? It will be a blot on the landscape yards from the Sutton Alford road.
If it were not for the ridiculous payments made to Wind Generators I doubt they would be built as economically viable. It is worse when you get into the "Constraint payments" which are the economics of Alice in Wonderland - where we PAY Wind Farm owners to NOT generate electricity. As the Wind is "free" we effectively tell them to throw it away - CRAZY. I have never been “against” Wind Farms as such. There are considerations though that need to be taken into account when planning their development, but the bottom line to me is “do they make financial sense?”.
Under the “Constraints” scheme (it’s complicated: http://www.ref.org.uk/energy-data/notes-on-wind-farm-constraint-payments) the Coal powered generators “pay” to reduce output by saving fuel, (approx. £34/MWh), but the Wind Generators get Compensation in this case. Ludicrously for example in 2011 the amount paid to Scottish wind Farms was £220/MWh when in fact the lost subsidy was only £55/MWh, a whopping £165 profit, for NOT generating.
We have in the UK approx. 19GW of Wind generating capacity. Plans are for over 30GWs by 2020. The fact is that currently the Constraint payments already being made demonstrate that the Grid cannot handle this input and that by 2020 very substantial investment will be needed to ensure that the wind generated power can actually be distributed and used.
Powering every home in the UK with wind farms of equivalent power would require 1,788 wind farms and a total of 46,428 wind turbines. That’s one wind turbine every 5 square kilometres, across the entire UK! Surely we MUST use Carbon Neutral energy first and foremost, and STOP this ludicrous situation of PAYING them to NOT generate. After all it’s our money (Taxpayers and energy users) and it’s not stopping the use of Fossil Fuels.
If we in East Lindsey have this valuable resource “Wind” why don’t we capitalise on it? Instead of these nameless Corporations “fleecing” us (4 Turbines=£200m) could ELDC like EnergieKontor start building Turbines and share the profits with the Council Taxpayers of the district?
I am surprised there has not been more "protest" about this wind farm but perhaps not enough people know yet what is proposed. Yet again there will be industrial object spoiling the view of the Wolds from the Coastal Country Park.
Is this really what we want?
[ABOVE] THE TRUSTHORPE WIND FARM
[BELOW] THE HUTTOFT BARRIERM
[ABOVE] High waves beaten back
by concrete defences, curved at the top
[RIGHT] An example of a fish tail groyne
constructed at Felixstowe:
This is a combination of a breakwater & a reef,
made from imported rocks....
Could these be a long term solution
to protecting our coastline?
Could such a feature also be used
to generate a source of energy from the waves?
[BELOW] The high tide of December 2013
was higher than that which caused the 1953 Flood.
In May 2014 we discussed our Flood Defences
with representatives of the Environment Agency
who explained how the current dredging programme
was now nearing its end,
& that a new strategy is now being sought.
The speakers took note of the various suggestions
put forward by members at the meeting
& expressed the hope that we would take a full part
in the coming consultation process.
Another meeting on this topic is now being planned.
The meeting also sparked off lobbying for a return of the SIRENS....
Although there is in place a system of text messaging we do feel this should be supplemented with a sioren system....
How many of our residents have the facility for receiving text messages? And how many of us carry around our mobile phones or hear them when they bleep?
And we must remember that a proportion of those who died here in the 1953 Flood were visitors to our area ~ even though that surge happened
at a time when one would not expect tourists to be present in our village.
See the headlines & correspondence in THE LEADER:
At our February Meeting a presentation was given by Kevin Corner & his team on the work of H.M.COASTGUARD
~ dealing with lost children, mislaid bombs & co-operation with other agencies.
A donation of £50 was made towards the work of the Coastguards.
Kevin's presentation included a description of the role H.M. Coastguard played on the night of the December Surge....
& this led on to an outline by Cllr Helen Parkhurst on how we might prepatre for the other future High Tides.
It was pointed out that a supply of sandbags is being kept at the Mablethorpe Library, & that there is a great need for Flood Wardens.
FLOODLINE: 0845 988 1188
Emegency Planning Unit: 01522 582 220
Lincolnshire County Council: 01522 552 222
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