A deafening silence…
Sorry, there’s been no updates on the blog (for a while now) regarding the Environment Agency and Arun District Council’s joint £15million sea defence and public realm enhancements for Littlehampton.
I’m afraid, despite my repeated requests to the Environment Agency (since prior to Christmas) for updates, so far there has been no official response.
However, Arun District Council’s Councillor’s Paul Dendle, whose Cabinet Member Portfoli includes Engineering – Flood Defences – released this brief and somewhat bizarre statement via Twitter on 20th January 2014.
“unaware of any material delays 2 flood protection works,it was programmed 2 finish before school hols in Jul 14”
Surprising statement given the Environment Agencies previous updates regarding delays.
Furthermore, the Environment Agency’s Project Team last update reported they were now 4 weeks behind with the Pilling Schedule – this was back early December.
I fail to understand how Councillor Dendle can say that there are no material delays. However, in the absence of any other official statement contradicting his statement, we can only conclude that officially at least, there are now no delays and all is on target to complete in July.
I did ask the Environment Agency to comment on Councillor Dendle’s announcement, but so far there’s been no response.
Previously they did provide a useful Outline of Programme of Works Document, which you can download here Outline draft programme R1_R2.
It provides a useful guide to the works taking place. And as you’d expect, states at the bottom that ‘this project is draft and is subject to change.’
Given the appalling weather, machinery problems, pilling problems, who wouldn’t be surprised that a major project like this one has slipped behind?
I certainly wouldn’t be. I’ve always said at our consultation meetings that the timescales presented were far too ambitious and unachievable for a scheme of this magnitude. More especially when those of us who live and work here understand the horrific weather we regularly have to put up with in Pier Road.
So why no official update on the scheme’s progress?
Answering questions with deafening silence, is akin to gagging.
Here we are now, pictured above
Here we were when then back in October 2013 when the road was closed over 3 months ago.