It all started in early December 2013, a year ago:
“As some of you will be aware, damage has occurred to the sea wall during last weeks storm and high tides. Unfortunately under the terms of our lease the wall is the clubs responsibility . Initially it was thought that a reinstating of the stones and a few patches of concrete would repair the damage, this is not the case as severe undermining of the banking has taken place. We are now taking advice on the what is needed and a schedule of works is being planned. In the meantime it would be a great help if some of the members who live locally to the club could cordon off the dangerous areas above the wall were the chance of slippage might occur.
I will keep you informed of progress.”
Said Doug on the forum.
Then later from Tony:
“The storm last week has unfortunately not left Glasson Sailing Club unscathed. Ian Atkinsons boat seems to have suffered the worst being blown over and on top of Mike Moorhouses boat. I hope the damage is not significant to either party. Other but more minor damage to some boats has occurred. According to J.Wood, Dave Holmes’s (jnr) Westerly22 suffered no damage and is now back on her keels after having been blown over.
There has been a small amount of damage to fascia boards of both garages but on first glance inspection these seem easily repaired.
Our biggest problem is the seawall which took quite a hammering. A significant area of ground has been eroded above the stone work on the seawall and below the hedgerow of the grass bund. We have to cordon off these areas as they present a risk of collapse. This is in addition to the problem we are presently investigating with United Utilities regarding the ‘wall heave’ and ground subsidence surrounding the waste overflow outlet pipe.
I had a builder inspect the whole wall yesterday so that we can understand what needs to be done and what is urgent. Unfortunately the whole of the wall is in a poor condition. The sand stone used in its construction is crumbling and previous concrete that has poured on top has or is lifting and has little to adhere to.”
Then officialdom started getting in the way of progress:
Unfortunately when attempting to work with large organisations like United Utilities things tend to take considerably longer to make progress. This occasion is no different but one significant fact has been flagged for us and whilst this is not particularly helpful to our quest we feel we can’t ignore it. We are advised that our club premises sit within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. I am sure this has got many connotations for us to consider in the future, but primarily it means that we can’t do any work to the sea wall without permission from the Environment Agency. We are now in the processes of engaging with them but inevitably this will add to the time it all takes. It also precludes us from just rolling up our sleeves and doing the repairs ourselves.”
Another storm hit on the 2nd of Feb:
The strong winds last evening have caused some damage at the Club. The brick built garage has lost its roof completely. We have arranged for a temporary repair whilst we pursue a claim for a permanent repair through our insurance. There has also been some minor damage to the club house.
Unfortunately the debris from the garage roof hit Frank’s caravan when it was blown off. Thankfully nobody was hurt but it has put a large hole in one end of the roof of the caravan making it uninhabitable. ”
In august we eventually made a start:
“First task is to rake out all of the seaweed, grass and loose debris from between all the sandstone blocks that form the wall. Also to remove all loose concrete and concrete slabs that have become detached from the blocks of the wall. We need to do this from the corner where the two anchors are situated all the way along to the slipway. There is a lot to do so we need lots of help to crack on. We are therefore calling a working party day on Saturday 16th August for this task. We will need a prompt start as HW is 1600 BST and is a 8.7 m. tide. If you can make that date please bring an old claw hammer or similar to rake in between the stones. We will provide refreshments and lunch to keep us all going.
The next task is to pressure wash all the stones in readiness to adhere to a concrete mortar finish. This is a little more complicated and requires more kit to make it happen. Numbers are not as critical for this task and a number of members have already identified themselves to become involved in this.”
“We plan to make a start on this on Saturday 20th September. High Water is at 0938 BST and is only 7.8 metres. This will allow for an early start working from the top of the wall if necessary. We are going need people to mix, to barrow, to point and to keep those pointing supplied with concrete. Doug Gorton is going to organize volunteers into gangs so that we have a methodical and systematic use of the available workforce on the day. We will also need people to be available to give others a rest period and some to organize refreshments throughout the day (very important). ”
From Tony’s Bulletin on 22nd Sept 2014:-
“Sea Wall:- Repair work on the Sea wall has now moved into its second phase. On Saturday the 20th September a healthy number of volunteers turned up to help and with a systematic approach the whole of the wall from the slip to the corner was completely re-pointed around all exposed blocks. This was a mammoth achievement and a big thank you to all those directly and indirectly involved. The wall on the other side of the slip is much smaller and does not require as much pointing because more of the original concrete screed is still well adhered to the block. We can do this with a much smaller response but it still needs doing promptly.”
Early November, a photo from Mick Bull:
The contractor was on site at last
Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:59 pm taken from the forum:-
“After a successful work party today (thanks to everybody involved) the sea wall below the club house is ready for grouting. With the forecast tomorrow looking good it would be great to get this finished before the winter sets in.The plan is to meet at 09.00 and crack on.
Humpers, mixers and trowellers required. If you have a bucket and trowel please bring them along. The more the merrier !
The next day, Sunday, more volunteers arrived and Roger wrote:-
“A massive thank-you to the chaps and ladies for the work put into today’s Sea Wall fettling.
More than 20 barrow loads of cement/granite mix have been grouted into the wall below the club house to complete this aspect of the job. The top concrete covered bit still requires some work where some ‘scabs’ of mortar have lifted and another work party will be called in due course.”