February 8, 2012

NW Evening Mail: “Appeal to shore up crumbling Walney coastline”

FOR years, the battle has raged to protect homes at Earnse Bay from the encroaching tides. But further along the shores of Walney live the forgotten victims of coastal erosion. EMMA PRESTON reports

THE Mulgrew family has owned Walney’s South End farm since 1953.

For more than half a century, the successful cattle and sheep farm has been passed down from generation to generation.

But every year, brothers Simon and Michael Mulgrew, who run the farm, watch their inheritance being slowly whittled away – by coastal erosion – a simple natural process which they cannot protect themselves against. (more…)

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January 24, 2012

North West Evening Mail: “Minister ‘snubs’ Walney activists”

WALNEY residents whose homes are at risk of being washed into the sea have been snubbed by a government minister.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock has now pledged to sit down with residents and town hall officials to consider the options after Richard Benyon refused his request to meet a local delegation to discuss the issue.

Mr Woodcock said: “The problem of coastal erosion at Earnse Bay is of pressing concern. (more…)

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November 25, 2011

NW Evening Mail: “MP in fight to save homes from the sea”

AN MP is demanding government ministers step into the battle to stop homes being washed into the sea.

Residents of West Shore Park on Walney have been increasingly concerned over recent years that coastal erosion at Earnse Bay will lead to their homes being flooded.

But now Barrow MP John Woodcock hopes to lead a delegation to meet the environment minister in Whitehall in a bid to resolve the issue once and for all. (more…)

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November 21, 2009

NW Evening Mail: “Progress being made to protect coastal homes”

Earnse Bay

Residents of Walney’s West Shore Park fear coastal erosion at Earnse Bay will eventually lead to their chalets being flooded.

Two years ago, temporary flood defences were put in place to protect the park.

Now government organisation Natural England has met with members of Barrow Borough Council and the owners of the park, Embra, to discuss how to build long term protection for the Earnse Bay residents.

Chris Lumb, marine delivery leader for Natural England said: “It was a very helpful and constructive meeting. (more…)

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July 22, 2009

North West Evening Mail: “Plans to develop areas of erosion ‘ludicrous’”

CAR parks, cafes and tourist developments could be built in areas of coastal erosion as plans are unveiled to relax planning laws.

The building of any development is currently prohibited within any area affected by coastal erosion, such as Earnse Bay on Walney and land near to the Eskmeals gun range near Bootle.

But Planning Minister John Healey has outlined plans to relax laws in a bid to stimulate economic growth, which could see permission being granted for tourist developments. (more…)

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