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Mend river wall

07:00 23 February 2013

Oh dear, clearly John Barnard hasn’t realised that ‘local’ politics are now dictated in the main by the EU.

Local things, such as the closure of post offices.

Sadly, nowadays, local and national politics are intricately entwined.

I just want to mention that in passing.

My main reason for writing is to say how pleased I am that we are now to have a proper flood barrier around the Imperial, from the bus station to The Gut, and to ask please, at last, can we have one from the Imperial all along the river bank up to where the brook exits into the river estuary?

The wall of the river is an integral part of Exmouth’s flood defences, yet it is has areas where it is simply crumbling away.

Frost and tides have created holes in the concrete, through which water seeps and there are deep cracks everywhere.

The question being asked is whether puddles in Halsdon Road and Hartopp Road which appear at high tide, even in dry weather, are sea water.

Is that wall leaking?

Is sea water undermining Marine Way?

The railway line?

Is methane gas building up in the blanked off tunnel which runs beside SWW’s water pipe and is supposed to be regularly inspected?

You know, it’s the one that blew at the end of Hartopp last year and shot seaweed into neighbouring roads.

Late last autumn, a flock of yellow jackets, led by Eileen Wragg, came into The Colony and reckoned they were going on to look at the river wall.

I don’t know what they made of it, but it’s a mess and I’ve been nagging about it for what seems like forever.

Ann Prior

Egremont Road



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