Tuesday 3 March 2015

PCNP P/A NP/15/0091/FUL OBJECTION please read and support

To replace 1798 grade two listed Royal Society Gold Medal drainage scheme which had stabilised a storm beach and maintained a Calcareous Water Meadow SSSI for Agriculture and Conservation for 215 years until National Trust and Pembroke Coast unlawfuly demolished part of the structure to earn £3.5 M from filming.
See Monitor Officer PCNP Report.
The structure as built was self clearing requiring little maintenance until NT ceased maintenance in 2008.
The remaining structure is now being destroyed by NT use of heavy plant to maintain the outflow.
The resulting steep pebble banks are a continuing danger to users of the beach

Work required
Rebuild the lime mortar inspection chamber
Replace the illegally demolished Culvert on the beach
Planning application is to replace this with a 12 m 600mm plastic pipe laid on the sand surface.

This is
Totally inadequate to to maintain the drainage of then Corse (dimensions of the culvert)
Replacing (dimensions of the Culvert)

Vulnerable to wave damage, replacing 1meter lime mortar foundation overlaid with dressed and lead sealed wrought iron clamped 3.5 m wide mortared 1m,1m1m dressed limestone blocks, to support wrought iron hoops clad with removable 3 inch by 9 inch planks original teak later repaired by greenheart, pitch pine,iroko and after Beecham redundant railway sleepers.

This application is a cynical stage in the NT and PCNP policy of no more maintenance of sea defences in their care.

Health and Safety was used as a spurious reason for demolition despite that the fact that Environment Agency (now NRW)was  retrospectively fitting grills to deny access to culverts all over Wales.
Note the proposed 600mm pipe is not fitted with a grill a child could easily crawl up into the chamber and get trapped

The pipe must extend a least to the width of the bank beyond the bank to prevent seas forcing stones into and blocking the pipe

NOTE there is no provision to remove these obstructive stones to maintain flow and maintain the water levels n the Corse.NT intention is to carry out minimum works.

When this fails after one year to apply to demolish the entire listed structure.
The Scheme as proposed does not comply with EU Waters Directive EU EEL Directive and EU Migratory Fish Directive

Please reject this application and ask then NT to return with a properly researched scheme after all they and others benefited to the tune of £3.5 m.

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