Old Town Sea Defences Bring Flood Of Complaints

The addition of wooden blocks to heighten the sea defences at Old Town Bay has brought a tremendous number of complaints to Councillors, according to the planning Chairman Amanda Martin.

In September, we received many calls from islanders upset by the changes made to the sea wall.

Amanda says members have been on a site visit and the matter will be taken seriously.

Fred Ticehurst says it’s not attractive and locals have stopped him to say they feel the appearance of the bay has been spoiled.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden pointed out that the provisional plans were presented in a planning meeting in July and members had approved the plans. The concept was also discussed in December 2009.

Craig said there were some concerns about the quality of the finish and the appearance of the bolted-on blocks and he was taking this up with the contractors.

Councillor Richard McCarthy felt that members only agreed to add wood because they were told concrete was impossible and Councillor Martin added that the whole issue was a “murky” area.


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