Regarding the ‘Fisherman fears port plans...’ article in the July 17 edition of the Shoreham Herald, it is almost inevitable that the port authority will consolidate commercial activity on the eastern arm of the port.
This will enable the leisure use on the western arm ( i.e. the River Adur) to be extended.
An engineering study, by Ch3M, funded by West Sussex County Council, has just started into possible sites on the river for a much-needed slipway.
It is, therefore, appropriate to take into account the likely changes in the port.
As an aside, this is just the latest of many changes that the port has made over the centuries to meet an ever-changing pattern of use and no doubt others will happen in the future.
I agree with Peter Davies, of the port authority, that stopping dredging will not increase the flood risk. It is the influx of the tide that causes the river to ‘back up’ the water flowing down the river. This, in turn, causes flooding inland. Therefore, reducing dredging in the lower reaches of the river will actually reduce the risk of flooding, as less water will flow up river when the tide rises.
chairman, Shoreham Slipways Group
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