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IN BRIEF – MMO Announces further consultation for controversial Goodwin Sands dredge project

A spokesperson for the Marine Management Organisation has confirmed to thePipeLine that the controversial application by the Port of Dover to dredge 2.5 million cubic metres of sand and gravel from the south west Goodwin Sands is to go out to a further forty two day public consultation.

The news comes just a day after the Port of Dover appeared to accuse the locally based SOS Save Our Sands campaign group of being responsible for potentially delaying the £120 million Dover Western Docks Revival project, to modernise and extend the cross channel port’s Western Docks which was due for completion by 2019.

However, critics of the dredging application point out that, while the group has undertaken an increasingly vociferous campaign questioning a number of the ecological and heritage aspects of the scheme as set out in the Port of Dover’s application for a Marine Licence to permit the dredging, numerous independent bodies as well as Government agencies, including Historic England, have expressed reservations about the proposal, to the extent that a fresh consultation became inevitable.

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