Some incisive commentary from SKIPP on the brain fart from Southend Borough Council we wrote about here: Southend Borough Council have lost the plot.
SKIPP press release (02-05-18)
And the con goes on and on, but just who are they really conning, the people or themselves? We are of course referring to Southend Council’s latest desperate attempt to convince everyone that they can find the money to build their seafront carbuncle masquerading as a museum.
They are now expect us to believe they can build their submarine carpark and use the revenue generated from the mooring fees to pay for the construction of their vanity project at a future date.
Excuse us, but we just need to take a minute at this point to stop laughing before we point out the obvious flaws in this ludicrous scheme.
For starters, where is the money coming from to build the car park? A fact which even they cannot deny is they don’t have any money to build the car park in the first place. They constantly tell us that the coffers are empty, that they can’t afford to repair the roads and all our services have to be cut and yet they think they can find tens of millions to build this underwater car park.
Furthermore, how long will it take to raise over £50m to build their giant edifice on top of the boat park? Given that the Seaway car park, which they are selling off for just £1 to developers, is roughly the same capacity as the proposed new car park and generates about £1m per year that means they will have to squirrel away money for over 50 years before they can afford to build their fantasy and that’s 50 years at current construction costs. Furthermore, are they really saying that they are prepared to sit on that for money for decades whilst all the time the town falls apart due to the lack of funds?
SKIPP has been pointing out for years the entire concept of a subterranean car park on the cliff site is fundamentally flawed on environmental grounds. The car park they are proposing will be below current sea level in an area which is already subjected to regular flooding from the sea and this is before the effects of sea level rise are taken into account. When this ill-conceived project was first proposed the council as per the legal requirement conducted a flood risk assessment as part of their options appraisal study. This flood risk assessment clearly showed that the risk of flooding in the area is currently very high and would over the proceeding decades rapidly increase due to sea level rise to a point where a major flooding incident will occur on an annual basis.
Obviously they could reduce that risk by building huge new flood defences along the seafront. But yet again they don’t have any money to build them. Furthermore their public documentation refuses to accept there is any risk in the first place. How can this be you may ask? Well it’s simple really, the risk figure that they are publicly using is the risk based on an average across the entire height of the cliffs. Or in other words they are quoting the flood risk at a height of about 30 foot above ground level. That’s three floors up! The funny thing is when we ask the then councillor in charge to justify this he said “it wasn’t an issue as nothing valuable would be kept on the lower floors anyway”. Not so great if your car is in the submarine car park though.
For god’s sake stop peddling this nonsense and insulting our intelligence and accept that it is time to ‘drop the dead donkey’.
The SKIPP Committee