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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    Anybody got any GOOD news about Watchet

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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    No, even the webcam has stopped working!

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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    I noticed Pwllheli had a dredger dropped off earlier... maybe they can send it down once they've finished...

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  4. #14
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    It would be nice if management kept us abreast of developments as it's obvious there are a lot of fans of Watchet who want to see it sorted out.
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  5. #15
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    Ref news about Watchet -
    https://www.somersetcountygazette.co...n-green-light/

    Ref management updates - been a very recent change of management again. Lots for them to get to grips with, inc delivery 'at some point' of their own Water Injection Dredger.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    The management company are ultimately property developers. Banking their profits will be high priority but a dredger will be low down on their list of priorities.

    I wouldnt be so cynical if I hadnt been disappointed so often. anyway a dredger doesnt actual solve the problem of the p poor earlier development diverting river outside the harbour, just puts a bandage on it
    A boat is for going places

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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    I don't thing diverting the small river back into the harbour would solve the mud problem even if they could do it.
    It needs a full dredge and get it back to bedrock then they would be full of visitors to make a profit and the would also spend in the local shops

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    No mention of space for boat repairs and winter lay-up either.
    (Thanks for the info' RB).
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    Yes, learn from the Portishead Quay /Marina development. A token "wharf" away from the water and thus needing costly official Marina crainage and available only October to mis April.
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    Default Re: Watchet Silt and Mud Group report mud removal Success

    The word on the street (in the mud?) is.....

    The marina operators lease has always only allowed space for something like 20 boats on the quayside. Plus rights to operate a crane, plus some car parking space formula. The yard facility will be kind of in the area it is now, with the new development to the south end (at the entrance to the quay).
    New development will include new marina facilities.


    Diverting the river back will never stop the mud issue -in years gone by it was only really usable as a mechanism (think conveyor belt) for transporting agitated mud out into the channel. Yes it cut furrows, but not really dredging.


    There is a mud working group made up of various persons with the skills/knowledge/ drive to try and find a solution to the mud. The marina are meant to be soon launching the new WID dredger - although it is seriously overdue. This is a Watchet version of the machine used by Cardiff Marine Services, with adaptations. Once this is in and if proven as a method to regularly 'agitation dredge' the upper soft mud levels, this should mean that if a significant dredge (buckets and spades type) was undertaken, then water depth could be maintained. Unlikely that the WID could cost effectively dredge the whole place - that was tried a few years back with Vaan Oord Dredging, with no real success.

    A significant dredge will be very costly and therefore funding will likely have to be sought - but first they need to prove they can maintain an acceptable water level, and that it won't just fill up with mud again and therefore potentially money wasted.


    Yes history shows that the original marina build was pretty much of a balls up in regard to dealing with the mud. The original developers were meant to have put in a solution, but didn't. Then there was a falling out with the district council landlords, so they left.


    Unfortunately Watchet is so much more of a headache than just a place with a mud problem. Think how long the tidal gate took to get reinstated. Politics politics!

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