MAJOR PROJECT TO DREDGE NEWPORT HARBOUR SET TO BEGIN

A major project to dredge Newport Harbour is due to get underway later this month.

Thousands of tonnes of silt are being removed from the bed of the River Medina to increase the depth of the navigable channel.

Dredgers will return to the harbour for the first time since the 1970s as part of the £370,000 project which will see contractors, Jenkins Marine, carry out the work over the next 2 months.

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Councillor Wayne Whittle, Cabinet member for regeneration at the Isle of Wight Council, says the project supported the Newport Harbour regeneration masterplan. He’s said:

“This investment is essential in ensuring the harbour’s future as an integral part of Newport’s offering to residents, businesses and visitors alike.

“The harbour is a key part of our regeneration plans for the town — maintaining navigation along the river will allow its continued use as a recreational and commercial waterway.”

Council leader, Dave Stewart, has said the works are important first steps in tackling necessary maintenance at the harbour, safeguarding its future as a working facility.

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The 1988 (and 2021) Harbour Revision Order gives the council the powers to dredge. The authority has secured a licence to allow the disposal of the material to an approved location at sea.

While the harbour will remain open during the works, a Local Notice to Mariners will be issued to advise harbour users.

Dan Jenkins, director of Jenkins Marine, added:

“We are delighted to be working with the Isle of Wight Council to undertake the dredging works and recognise this is an important step in the regeneration of the harbour.”

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Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
3 months ago

“First steps in tackling overdue maintenance in the harbour” – in other words, we’ve been in charge 10 years and done bu**er-all about it but suddenly when there’s the prospect of selling off some assets, we’ll look as though we’re interested.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
3 months ago

Pity they can’t dredge the River Yar to prevent the persistent flooding.

Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs
3 months ago

Why the hell are they disposing of the silt at sea. Spread it on farmers fields to improve soil quality.

Claude
Claude
Reply to  Joe Bloggs
2 months ago

Salt and comtamination

Adrian Foster
Adrian Foster
3 months ago

The Floating Bridge #6 can’t cope with strong tides now, how the hell will it cope with the extra water from a deeper river. But i does need doing all the way to Cowes.

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