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Barrow MP tells ministers to deliver Walney coastal protection programme

BARROW MP John Woodcock has urged government ministers to “put a rocket up” marine experts who have not yet given the green light to much-needed coastal protection for Earnse bay.

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Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock

Mr Woodcock won a pledge from the environment secretary to investigate after he raised the issue during a House of Commons statement on the recent flooding turmoil.

A lack of suitable rock armoury has exacerbated a long-standing situation where the sea is gradually eating away at the coastline – just metres from residences at the West Shore Park.

Before Christmas Mr Woodcock wrote to the Marine Management Organisation urging approval of the scheme to provide measures to reinforce the foreshore where residences are under threat from the advancing tide.

Today in parliament the MP urged environment minister Owen Patterson to implore the organisation to approve a licence without delay so work can go ahead.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Woodcock said: “High tides and winds over recent days have brought real problems on Walney Island, which is home to more than 13,000 of my constituents.

“We have been involved in a long struggle to get adequate protection against coastal erosion which is threatening many homes at Earnse Bay. Will he put a rocket up the Marine Management Organisation so they issue a licence without further delay enabling that much needed work to begin as soon as possible? If we don't act, experts warn Walney could be split into two or three islands within 20 or 30 years.”

Responding, secretary of state for the environment Owen Paterson said that Mr Woodcock had made a very valid point and that he would take up the issue if he put concerns in writing.

Mr Woodcock said: “I’m grateful to the secretary of state for agreeing that his ministers will look at this urgent matter – attempts to get a speedy response from the Marine Management Organisation have so far drawn a blank, so I have today written to Dan Rogerson, the minister with responsibility for flooding, to urge him to push for a licence to be issued immediately.”

Have your say

Chris,what does any sane thinking person want to leave his own country for,certainly not this cold,damp,aneamic,arthritic climate
with last years weather being an exception other than to get more in benefits than his own country pays in wages.
Europe robs from the not so rich Britain to give to the Europe gravy train,voted for
by their jealous anti British points of view who can only invent daft laughable ideas backed up by the infantile Lib Dems.
Our coastal defences should have been a priority over the rest of the med countries
because of the high tide attacks of all our
Island.
We are not land locked as are most of the EU
some with only one sea to contend with.
They even took away our cod stocks,and put our trawermen on the scrap heap.Our apprentises had to suffer because of the EU
wanting to rule over us,and make us bow down to accept the the left overs.
We as a nation would be far better off, if the Lib Dems were decimated at the next general election,and Britain started to fight its own corner again,to bring prosperity back to our kids and give them hope for a decent future.
If the Lib Dems stay in a coalition goverment,it will mean years of appeasment and bowing down to more years of weak goverment,the way things are going the Tories may accept a coaltion with Farage, UKIP may be what this country has been crying out for,for years,a strong Goverment
with a bit of common sense,which has strong British values,not the virtueless
Lib Dems.
Last election Chris I voted Tory,always been Labour,50years,can't vote for Milliband,too weak, It could be Farage,he puts Britain first.

Posted by Dicky on 8 January 2014 at 17:28

Dicky - Much as I fully agree with your point to put Britain first and get out of the EU, do you really think our boy MP is going to go against his leader's pro Euro policy? He is still the new kid on the block at Westminster and the way to get on in the party (any party) is not to create any waves, whatever might be best for his constituents.

Posted by Chris Peacock on 7 January 2014 at 15:42

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