A project to dredge Ryde Harbour will finally get underway later this month.
1,500 cubic metres of sand will be removed from within the harbour by local contractors, Reynolds and Read.
The work will be carried out over 3 phases, starting from Monday 20th September.
The Isle of Wight Council agreed to do the work before ownership of the harbour is handed to Ryde Town Council.
Welcoming the scheme, Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said:
“Ryde Town Council has a business case to invest substantially in the harbour over the next three years and to improve the services and harbour offer to berth holders and visitors alike.
“Dredging to improve accessibility within the harbour is vital to these plans.”
In order to maximise the working times, the works will coincide with spring tides which are as follows:
- Monday 20th September to Saturday 25th September;
- Wednesday 6th October to Monday 11th October;
- Monday 18th October to Saturday 23rd October.
The sand will be removed using an excavator and deposited within a compound nearby before being transported to a land-based disposal site.
During the works, access to the public slipway within the harbour will be limited.