MP ASSURED DREDGING OFF SANDOWN BAY IS NOT IMPACTING ON COASTLINE

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The Island’s MP has received assurances from The Crown Estate that marine aggregate dredging activity off Sandown Bay is not impacting on the coastline.

Responding to a letter from the MP last month, The Crown Estate said there was evidence to show that the aggregate deposits on the seabed were relict deposits of sand and gravel left by ancient rivers and as such were ‘immobile’ – meaning their extraction would not cause significant changes to the coastline.

Mr Seely was also advised that the dredging activity was fully licensed with regular monitoring surveys undertaken in accordance with Marine Management Organisation (MMO) requirements.

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In a letter to the Island’s MP, The Crown Estate said:

“We take our environmental and stewardship responsibilities very seriously, and we continue to work with the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association and the aggregates industry to help support the effective and sustainable management of our seabed, helping to drive a significant long-term reduction in the total area of seabed licensed for marine aggregate extraction.”

Furthermore, Mr Seely was provided with a report published in 2019 by the Southern Coastal Group which concluded that erosion in the Bay area in the years leading up to the report was largely due to record-breaking major storm events and higher mean sea levels.

Mr Seely said:

“I know that residents are concerned about the dredging currently taking place off Sandown Bay; it concerned me too.

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“However, the evidence I have seen suggests that the marine aggregate dredging is not impacting on the shoreline and that erosion in the area is largely the result of historic storm activity from previous years.

“I am satisfied that this is a well-regulated industry with regular monitoring in place, and I thank The Crown Estate for taking the time to talk to me.”

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IsleofWighter
IsleofWighter
1 month ago

Read the story about Hallsands on the South Devon coast. Similar assurances were given, it was washed away by successive storms. Makes interesting viewing on Googlemaps.
Coastal towns and villages depend on very finely balanced natural processes for their protection from the elements.

Michael
Michael
Reply to  IsleofWighter
1 month ago

same thing happened with Rest Bay and Newton Bay Porthcawl South Wales, most of the rocks around the ramp running down to the beach weren’t even visable before the dredging.Same thing happened MP was advised that there would be hardly any serious impact to the beaches.

Michael
Michael
Reply to  Michael
1 month ago

you can see where the steps ended when you zoom in on Rest Bay, and that was where the beach and sand started.

Oldbutalive
Oldbutalive
1 month ago

 ‘immobile’ – meaning their extraction would not cause significant changes to the coastline.

Will not cause significant changes, so changes are expected, but what changes?

Michael
Michael
1 month ago

You take from point A, then what fills the void created by dreadging? if the lightest coastal thing is sand, no rocket scientist needed, just someone with common sense.

glyn mills
glyn mills
Reply to  Michael
1 month ago

Ask any small child digging holes in the sand near the sea what happens!

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