02 SEP 2016

Goodwin Sands SOS

It was good to meet with representatives from Goodwin Sands SOS to hear their concerns about the proposed dredging by Dover Harbour Board.

Joanna Thompson and Esme Chilton from campaign group Goodwin Sands SOS told me how they fear the dredging may have a negative effect on tidal patterns, endanger the local grey seal population and risk disturbing the final resting place of more than 2,000 known plane and ship wrecks.

It is of the utmost importance that the issues raised by local residents are properly listened to and that Dover Harbour Board engages with the local community.

I will be meeting with the Marine Management Organisation to press the case that local residents must be involved in the decision making process, and I will be presenting Goodwin Sands SOS' petition to Parliament.

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