Dredging application lodged for Warkworth Harbour

Warkworth Harbour. Picture by Sue Swanston.
Warkworth Harbour. Picture by Sue Swanston.

An application has been submitted to carry out dredging at Warkworth Harbour, to improve navigation for shipping vessels.

Warkworth Harbour Commissioners has applied to the Marine Management Organisation for a licence to remove sand from a deposit on the north side of the harbour, adjacent to the north jetty opposite Broomhill Quay. The accumulated sand has formed a large bank which is encroaching into the navigation channel. The sand bank is making it difficult for larger vessels to turn after fuelling as they may take the ground. In addition to this, it restricts two vessels passing each other due to the reduction in available water space.

Sampling is required in order to ascertain the nature of the sediment and whether or not it can be used locally and recycled to reinstate the beach at the north side and the North Pier rock armour.

The hope is that work can start towards the end of April and be completed in December.

Plans showing the position of the works may be inspected at Amble Development Trust, Fourways 2, 6 Dilston Terrace, Amble, or at The Harbour Office, Harbour Road, Amble. Copies of the application and associated information can also be viewed online.

Representations or objections in respect of the application should be made in writing, giving an address to which correspondence relating to the representation or objection may be sent, to the Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH, or alternatively emailed to Kevin.Marley@marinemanagement.org.uk within 28 days of Friday, March 4, 2016, quoting reference MLA/2016/00024. The Marine Management Organisation will pass to the applicant a copy of any objections or representations.