Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Trow Quarry defences planned

Funding sought for revetment.

Despite my profound disagreement with South Tyneside District Council over it's handling of the Trow Quarry contamination issue (see my previous posts here), it is time to bury the hatchet and move on.

We have all know for a long time that a long term solution was necessary to curtail further coastal erosion at Graham Sands, South Shields, the area where contaminants are falling on to the beach.
The reports prepared for the public consultation all pointed towards the building of an armoured revetment of contained rocks and a compacted sub-base to lessen the effects of the rolling waves against the exposed face of the former landfill site.

At the time of the public furore I remember talking with Andrew Wainwright, the Council's Environmental Health Manager, at the Town Hall about possible solutions and the visual appearance of such a revetment. I was impressed with his local knowledge and determination to put the past behind and get on with the job of protecting this stretch of coastline. However, both he and I knew that the end result would never be pretty or as scenic as the present view, but there seems little in the way of alternatives. We cannot think about digging out the contents of the landfill, it would be fraught with environmental risks, similarly it would be nigh impossible in terms of the logistics and the costs to "cap" the site with a one metre thick layer of compacted clay (it would not be possible to contain the seaward edge).

So, reluctantly, we have to accept the proposed revetment and hope that the Council finds funding from an appropriate source as quickly as possible in order to allow the work to start.

The saga has already ran for far too long.


Shields Gazette.

Would seem about time, from what you say. More things to life and all that...
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