North Naze Review Of Rocks After One Year – Sept 2017

In September 2016 a group of volunteers worked on David Eagle’s plan to defend the very north east part of Naze. One year on how does it look?

But first let’s use Google Earth to compare how the Naze and Jaywick have eroded since 2017.

On 31 Dec 2000 Google Earth shows the north east end of Naze looked like


and on 31 Dec 2012


Clearly a large amount of erosion. Compare the path that goes to the sea wall from the ‘cross’.


While Jaywick on 31 December 2000 Jaywick beach looks like this


and on 31 Dec 2012


Here there is no sign of erosion, no change apart from changing 1 reef groyne to 2 smaller groynes near the left of the pictures.


Back on earth looking south from the beach just north of the Naze sea wall.

January 2013


Dec 2015


September 2017


Clearly there is a huge amount of erosion.  Now the sea can reach the sea wall, which it proceed to erode and ultimately break through.

Comparing pictures taken in 2016 and 2017 of the new sea defenses.













It looks like the rock filled cages have made a difference in slowing the rate of erosion at this specific location.  Though it looks like the cages might be sinking, probably as the sea is removing material from under the cages.

In addition it seems one of the sea wall slabs has been lost.

But the pictures above show the sea is rapdily eroding the material in front of the sea wall to the north of the rock cages.  And the sea is also rapidly eroding the cliffs immeditaly to the south of the rock cages.

Before long the rock cages will be an island

Dec 2015



Sept 2017




What is incredibly fustrating and annoying is that

  1. it is known how to prevent the sea eroding cliifs and sea walls
  2. it has been done in several places in Tendring, Jaywick, Clacton, Holland AND Sunny Point
  3. But Tendring District Council and Environment Agency refuse to act.

Build Groynes

As this post explains




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David Eagles Project To Protect Northern Naze – 10 Sept 2016

David Eagle’s plan to protect northern end of the Naze was put in action over weekend of 10 September 2016. Volunteers filled larger cages with rocks.


10 September 2016 –  volunteer workers already at work


More rocks arrive


Cages are nearly full




In filling between cages and cliff


The message seems to be it’s hard to get large scale projects going,
it’s much quicker and easier for small scale projects.

If the future is going to be volunteer projects what is the point of Environment Agency?


Finally more rocks are needed a few yards further south, otherwise the cliffs will erode so the sea can get behind the rock cages from the south.





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East Mersea Sea Wall Collapsed – Oct 2016

Part of sea wall at East Mersea has collapsed. Over next 100 years EA plans to either abandon about half of sea defenses or knock them down.

Despite alarming warnings


people are still walking along the wall.


Behind the wall, looking east, everything looks ok.


But not so good in front of the wall



Does any of this look familiar? It should do as we’ve seen much the same in Tendring


















Holland on sea













East Mersea





30Jan2016_highTideSeawick_wheresThePath 30Jan2016_erosionBySeaWall

The Naze



The Environment Agency is responsible for sea defenses.  SMP2 is EA’s policy document till 2105.

Here is the colour key for the different policies indicated on maps below.









SMP2 present to 2025



SMP2 2055 to 2105



So EA, the body responsible for sea defenses, plans to either to abandon or actively knock down about half of Mersea Island’s sea defenses over the next 100 years!

Meanwhile the net result is Essex Highways attempt to ban pedestrians from the wall



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Will David Eagle’s Plan To Save The Naze Work? Aug 2016

David Eagle’s plan to save the Naze is described in 18 August 2016 Clacton & Frinton Gazette. It prompted me to have another look.

David has organised a meeting 7-8:30pm Wednesday 24 August at Columbine Centre to discuss saving the Naze.

I applaud  David for taking action, in fact he appears to be the only person taking action. Though Councillor Nick Turner, who used to hold the environment brief at TDC, is working at political level. Nick was instrumental in delivering the new sea defenses and beach at Holland and Clacton.

I do not believe David’s solution, piling rocks in front of the sea wall, will work in the long term.  There are 2 workable solutions as far as I know

Either build groynes so there is a bank of dry sand  in front of the wall which stops  the sea from being able to reach the wall.

Or build a barrier like Crag Walk

My preference would be for groynes.  It is really frustrating that not only is it known how to stop the erosion but it has been successfully done in Tendring including at Sunny Point which is at the Naze!

naze cliffs fall sea even though known stop

new beach for clacton, naze and seawick falling into sea

Back To The Naze

This photo was taken on 22 Aug 2016


November 2015


January 2013


Clearly the sea is rapidly eroding the sea wall and will soon break through, and when it does the sea will proceed to erode the land  behind the sea wall threatening the sewage works.  More detail sea continues to erode wall and cliffs at walton on the naze dec 2015

The 15 January 2016 edition of Gazette put some of the pictures on the front page. Dave Lambert, who wrote the story, asked the Environment Agency for a response. EA seemed to distance themselves from any responsibility which I describe here  a big thankyou to dave lambert and frinton-clacton gazette


The pipe which was sticking out of the cliff in November 2015 now seems to be lying on the beach.



The sea has eroded under the sea wall.  To the left you can see some of the rocks which are David’s solution.


Rocks were piled against the sea wall in Holland-on-Sea.  But the sea washed sand out from underneath the rocks and the level of the rocks fell.  You can see they almost all covered in weed.


A promenade may look solid but the sea can wash material from underneath, fatally weakening it.



Groynes with a bank of dry sand to stop the sea getting at the sea wall in Seawick







If you turn to page 132 of SMP2 for Essex and South Suffolk you will find this

fromSMP_page117_nazeSewageProtectedAs far as I can make out this means EA plan to let existing sea wall fail then build new defenses.  This makes no sense to me.


EA using the same failed strategy at Seawick (putting rocks against sea wall), after abandoning this idea in favor of groynes at Clacton and Holland.



Perhaps  I’m wrong and piling rocks against sea wall will stop erosion.  In which case why was £36million spent removing rocks against sea wall in Clacton and Holland, then building groynes?



EA SMP2 clearly states there will be no active intervention to stop erosion at Naze Cliffs, pages 126-130 of SMP2 for Essex and South Suffolk






Finally EA’s policy seems to be based on fears of accelerating rise in sea levels which would make sea defenses to expensive to maintain.

The sea level data for Felixstowe from 1980 to 2011 held by PSMSL show no sea level rise at all!


If just a tiny fraction of the money spent on local offshore windfarms (about £300 million for Gunfleet sands and £1.4 billion for the ones further out) we could have proper sea defenses for all of Tendring (principally Naze and Seawick).




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Petition Parliament To Debate Lord Kilmuir’s Letter to Ted Heath

Before 1972 when Prime Minister Edward Heath signed the Treaty of Rome for us to join the common market, now the EU. he asked the top law  officer at the time the legal implications of signing the treaty. This  man, the Lord Chancellor Lord Kilmuir described our constitution evolving from Magna Carta and even before, and wrote that giving away our sovereignty to another state would be illegal.

Heath still signed it  and misled parliament by stating that there was no loss of sovereignty.  Before he died he admitted his conduct in his memoirs.

Lord Kilmuir’s letter was hidden from public under thirty year rule, but a copy is linked to this petition

We require parliament to debate Lord Kilmuir’s letter to Edward Heath

By signing this petition you can help the petition reach 10,000 signatures at which point the government has to comment on it, and the letter’s existence would have to be acknowledged on a government’s own site.

The title  of the petition is extremely boring and obscure and so has not received much attention.

Why does this petition matter?

If Edward Heath signed the treaty for UK to join EEC knowing it involved a loss of sovereignty, which would be illegal, then the treaty would be null and void.  For good measure Heath also misled parliament by claiming there would be no loss of sovereignty.


This post is based on a comment at which goes into this matter in more detail.  There is more comment at The Slog.

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Erosion At Seawick Even Worse Where There Are No Groynes

The sea is eroding beach at Seawick near Hutleys. Further south, where there are no groynes, the sea is close to eroding the sea wall. As these images from Google Earth show.

31 December 2000



 31 December 2012


In 2000 there was a path, the sea side of wall, which cars could and did drive along.
By 2012 most of this path had eroded away, in one location.

Since 2012 the erosion has got much worse

 31 Jan 2016






The Environment Agency has pile rocks against the wall, using the strategy which failed in Holland-on-Sea and Clacton.

Piling rocks against the wall doesn’t stop the sea from eroding material from underneath the rocks.  In the next to pictures you can see (just about) how the rocks closest to the wall have dropped down below the level of the rocks closer to the sea.



This map from page 144 of EA’s SMP2 shows this stretch of coast marked bluey-purple.  This indicates how EA sea this stretch of coast line between 2055 and 2105.


and the key on the same page



So EA’s policy is to either

  • Hold the line (maintain the wall)
  • Knock the wall down (Managed Realignment)

If there is at least the possibility of knocking the wall down in a few decades time, surely this will lessen the willingness to protect it now?  And if the sea wall is breached EA can just say:

See we were right to say it was vulnerable, hard defenses don’t work you know.

I say the wall can be defended by building groynes just like the ones a few yards towards Jaywick.

It’s worth pointing out again the sea can erode material from under the wall or promenade.



And if you think the dual Hold The Line/Managed Realignment policy at Seawick is bad. Consider the plight of Fairbourne in Wales as reported by Daily Mail.  At Fairbourne the policy is Managed Realignment after 2055.

I wonder what that’s doing to house prices now.

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Sea Eroding Beach By Hutleys At Seawick – Feb 2016

Google Earth images from 2000 and 20014 clearly show sea is eroding beach by Hutleys at Seawick.  I believe this is because a reef was built instead of a groyne.

4 April 20014


31 December 2000


The situation has deteriorated since 20016 and in attempt to halt the sea attacking sea wall EA(Environment Agency) has placed rocks against the sea wall.  This is the same strategy which was used at Clacton and Holland-on-Sea, which failed, and has been abandoned in favour of new rock groynes.

Why would anyone use a strategy which they tried about 3 miles away and failed??!!

I took some pictures of the beach at high tide on 30 January 2016, and low tide on 31 January.

The wind in this part of the country is predominately from the southwest.  The wind causes the waves and the reef funnels the waves onto the beach.  Had a groyne been built here it would stop the waves from reaching the beach.


The sea clearly reaches the sea wall by the reef


But immediately to the north of the next groyne there is plenty of dry sand to keep the sea away from the wall.



The rocks against sea wall do nothing to stop sea washing beach away.
And they will do nothing to stop the sea from undermining the sea wall.


 Immediately to the north, a completely different picture.



So much sand has been washed away the underlying clay is exposed.



But it’s not over yet

The sea has started to remove the sand and rocks from the groyne just to the north of the reef, by the sea wall.  How long do you think it will be before the groynes is washed away?


Why oh why oh why was a reef built which has proved to be useless.

Why have EA piled rocks against the sea wall.

Why don’t they use the rocks from reef, and against sea wall to build another groyne.  The pictures from Google Earth at the top of this post proves groynes work and the reef doesn’t.

If I was Hutleys, or had a caravan at Hutleys I would be ringing/emailing EA and my mp and councillor to ask for a new groyne to be built before the seawall is eroded away.



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A Big Thankyou to Dave Lambert and Frinton & Clacton Gazette

A recent post was noticed by Dave Lambert and ended up on front page of Frinton & Walton Gazette. Dave asked EA for a response and printed some of this too


link to Dave’s piece in Gazette

the post sea continues to erode wall and cliffs at Walton-on-the-Naze Dec-2015

EA are quoted as saying

The Shoreline Management Plan was not developed by the Environment Agency, but the organisation is responsible for monitoring and acting on it.

The plan says all homes, infrastructure and the sewage works will be protected – but one option to achieve that is allowing a re-alignment of the coast.

That would see the sea wall moved back to a “more sustainable position” and letting the coast shrink back to create a better tidal pattern.

The Environment Agency says that option is not in its current plans.

But it also admitted there are no sea defence schemes in place yet to protect the coastline – and it all depends on money.


which is strange as the post showed this following section from EA’s SMP2 (Shoreline Management Plan).

Is this not a plan

And this is from page 2 of  SMP2


EA may say they did not develop SMP2 but they certainly approved it.

Perhaps they’re saying SMP2 was developed by consultants working on behalf of EA.

Kind of makes you wonder why they didn’t develop the plan themselves?

Incidentally EA’s reply to Dave was quite lengthy, the Gazette only quoted a small part of it.  I’ll have something to say about the rest later.


I wonder what “a more sustainable position” means.

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Sea Continues To Erode Wall and Cliffs At Walton-on-the-Naze – Dec 2015

The sea wall at north east end of the Naze is being eroded away and the sea will soon break through threatening the sewage works which serves Frinton, Walton and surrounding villages.

Environment Agency plan to let sea wall fail then build new defenses! 

Yet they know building groynes work – why else have they built groynes at Holland-on-Sea, Clacton, Jaywick and Seawick?


You can clearly see tarmac and slabs from path falling onto the beach



 The path up to sewage works from path behind the sea wall.


Path behind sea wall looking towards Dovercourt (roughly north west)


And looking towards the sea


 The land behind sea wall is lower than the beach,  so will be flooded when the sea wall is breached.


Comparing the picture above taken in November 2015 with the one below, taken in June 2015, it won’t be long before the sea breaches the wall.



The sea washes material away from cliffs at sea level, leading to collapse.


Even though the sewage works is some distance up a hill, once the sea has breached the wall it will start eroding material from the base of the hill and continue unless checked.  For example by building groynes.

We have seen the how the sea erodes in Tendring over the last few decades.

At Holland Haven and Holland-on-sea the groynes were not repaired which allowed the sea to wash away the sand and cause the level of the beach to drop by at least 10 feet.

Notice how the tops of the posts are nearly at the level of the sand in the left picture but stand many feet clear of the sand in the right picture.


 And the damage was even worse closer to Clacton



 Ultimately the sea wall failed


And at Holland Haven the sea washed material from underneath the promenade, weakening it so in 2011 a digger actually fell through the promenade.

Digger Falling Into Hole In Sea Wall At Holland in 2011


Piling rocks against the wall was a waste of time and money as it did nothing to stop the sea attacking the wall and promenade.

What does work is building groynes which trap a layer of dry sand in front of the wall which stops the sea from getting to the wall (or cliffs).

If this does not work why was £33million been spent on building rock groynes at Holland and Clacton?



 And the ones built earlier at Jaywick and Seawick?





EA have a plan which they call SMP2, Shoreline Management Plan 2 (it’s their second plan) which details how they plan to defend the coast until about 2100.  Curiously for a body reponsible for sea and flood defenses EA’s plan is largely to knock down the sea defenses in a process they call managed realignment.  Well knocking down sea defenses doesn’t sound to good.  They used to call knocking down sea defenses managed retreat, but perhaps they realised this didn’t sound to good either.

If you turn to page 117 of SMP2 for Essex and South Suffolk you will find this


Do you like the way EA say realigments can (weasel word here) have both positive and negative impacts!

What is it that maybe positive or maybe negative
Or both at the same time?

I would have thought allowing the Naze to fall into the sea has a very negative impact

And to do so after the Walton Walks have been created is very witty.


Other Things

 People still stand at the edge of the cliffs


which is insane as there is no way of telling from the cliff top how much support, if any, the ground has.


 And  groynes at Walton still need repairing



So government, in the form of EA, are allowing the Naze to be eroded, presumably to save money.  And they plan to spend money defending the sewage works.



If you object to this policy why not email your mp,


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New Houses In Tendring – Can Electricity Supply Cope?

Tendring has been ordered to plan for around 10,000 new houses by central government. Tendring district council proposes many should be built in coastal towns and surrounding villages.  Can the electricity supply cope?

There is a large electricity substation in Great Holland called Clacton Grid, which supplies Clacton, Frinton, Walton and surrounding villages.



The pylons which bring electricity to Clacton Grid come from near Manningtree, past Horsley Cross, Tendring and Thorpe to Great Holland.


Here is a map which shows the pylons approximate route.  A distance of at least 7 miles.



So can the existing electricity supply cope with the new houses?

If so there must have been excess capacity for many years.  Why???

If not will there need to be a new substation – where will it be built?

Where will the new pylons be put to supply this new substation?

Is there enough electricity generation capacity to supply new substation?  Or is this why government has arranged for Chinese to build and run a new nuclear power station at Bradwell?


Actually there is a case of over capacity being built.

You many have noticed there are rarely hose pipe bans in Tendring, even though the rest of country suffers.  My parents told me in 50s or 60s a large reservoir was built to supply a new town which was never built.

So when new houses are built we can have hose pipe bans like the rest of the country!

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