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UK: Goodwin Sands dredging plan could see third public consultation

Project Updates // March 20, 2017

kent Online reports that an unprecedented third public consultation on dredging the Goodwin Sands is expected.

It follows the analysis of new survey results and means a decision on giving a licence is unlikely to be made before June.

The news comes from campaign group Goodwin Sands SOS (Save Our Sands), which is fighting the Port of Dover’s plans to dredge.

GSSOS campaign co-ordinator Joanna Thomson said: “Once the survey results have been analysed they will be subject to an unprecedented third 42-day public consultation period. This means a decision on the dredging licence is unlikely to be made before June.”

The latest development was revealed after campaigners met two senior officers from the government’s Marine Management Organisation in London.

The MMO confirmed that the proposed magnetometer survey, to detect iron and steel objects lying on or under the seabed, will be conducted in late spring or early summer.

The full story is at:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/sandwich/news/goodwin-sands---third-consultation-122333/

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