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raised of £2,500 target by 105 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,602 to help protect the Goodwin Sands from destruction by dredging by Dover Harbour Board (DHB).

    Deal, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 31st July 2017

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    For the past year we have been working hard to protect the unique natural and cultural environment of the Goodwin Sands from dredging.

    The Goodwins, a 30 sq km sandbank lying in the English Channel off the East Kent coast, host the highest density of maritime heritage assets in UK waters and are a recommended Marine Conservation Zone.

    DHB have applied for a licence to dredge 2.75 million cubic metres of sand to use as land fill and construction of their new Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) project.

    Dredging threatens to damage the seabed, disturb some of the 2,000 known shipwrecks that lie scattered there and to desecrate the final resting places of many mariners and World War II airmen. At least 80 aircrew and 60 aircraft from WWII who are listed as missing in the area have never been found.

    Dredging also has the potential to exacerbate erosion of the East Kent coast, to disturb the natural habitat of a colony of 500 Grey and Harbour seals and to upset the equilibrium of the safe anchorage of The Downs.

    Alternative aggregate (sand) is available from commercial dredging sites in the English Channel and potentially from land based recycled supplies. DHB has not investigated any of these alternatives in any depth. They have focussed on the Goodwins as their most economic option and because 'they did it before' in the last millennium, prior to current regulations and environmental awareness.

    We need to raise funds to be able to employ specialist consultants and selective legal advice leading up to the unprecedented third public consultation period, due to start in August 2017.

    We would like to stress that the campaign is not against the regeneration of the port of Dover. We simply feel that Dover Harbour Board should source their aggregate from established sites that will not destroy either our sensitive marine environment or our incomparable underwater cultural heritage.

    Any funds raised that are not needed will be donated to charity.



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    • Joanna Thomson7 years ago
      Joanna Thomson

      Joanna Thomson

      7 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Dear Supporters, Thank you all so much for your donations towards are fund raising campaign. We really appreciate them all, large and small and we now have enough to pay for specialist consultant services that may be required in the run up to the unprecedented third six-week public consultation period due to start later this summer. Thank you all! Regards, Joanna, Fiona, Andy and Nic

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    • Rachel Pearson

      Rachel Pearson

      Jul 22, 2017

      Hope you and all in the campaign stop the dredgers in their tracks!


    • Anonymous


      Jul 22, 2017




      Jul 21, 2017

      Thank you for all your hard work. Good luck


    • Anonymous


      Jul 19, 2017

      Good luck it's a good cause

    • Anonymous


      Jul 19, 2017

      Good luck

    • Marilyn Parkin

      Marilyn Parkin

      Jul 19, 2017

      Great work so far.


    • IRVING42


      Jul 19, 2017

      Keep up the good work Joanna and team. These things matter so much more than shareholders' dividends.


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    Joanna Thomson

    Joanna Thomson

    Deal, United Kingdom

    I have lived in Walmer, Deal for over 20 years, raising a family of three children and running a seafront Bed & Breakfast. I believe passionately that we must protect the Goodwin Sands for now and the future as they are part our unique natural and cultural environment.

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