Aggregate dredging off Sandown Bay is ‘not impacting on coastline’ says MP

The Isle of Wight MP says erosion in the area is largely the result of historic storm activity from previous years

Dredger in the water

The Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, has received assurances from The Crown Estate (responsible for granting dredging licences) that marine aggregate dredging activity off Sandown Bay is not impacting on the coastline.

Responding to a letter from the MP last month, The Crown Estate said there was evidence to show that the aggregate deposits on the seabed were relict deposits of sand and gravel left by ancient rivers and as such were ‘immobile’ – meaning their extraction would not cause significant changes to the coastline.

Crown Estate: Take environmental responsibilities very seriously
Mr Seely was also advised that the dredging activity was fully licensed with regular monitoring surveys undertaken in accordance with Marine Management Organisation (MMO) requirements.

In a letter to the Island’s MP, The Crown Estate said,

“We take our environmental and stewardship responsibilities very seriously, and we continue to work with the British Marine Aggregate Producers Association and the aggregates industry to help support the effective and sustainable management of our seabed, helping to drive a significant long-term reduction in the total area of seabed licensed for marine aggregate extraction.”

Furthermore, Mr Seely was provided with a report published in 2019 by the Southern Coastal Group which concluded that erosion in the Bay area in the years leading up to the report was largely due to record-breaking major storm events and higher mean sea levels.

Seely: Erosion largely result of historic storm activity
Mr Seely said,

“I know that residents are concerned about the dredging currently taking place off Sandown Bay; it concerned me too.

“However, the evidence I have seen suggests that the marine aggregate dredging is not impacting on the shoreline and that erosion in the area is largely the result of historic storm activity from previous years.

“I am satisfied that this is a well-regulated industry with regular monitoring in place, and I thank The Crown Estate for taking the time to talk to me.”

News shared by the office of Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Robert Seely, in their own words. Ed

Image: Dredger photo for illustrative purposes by ben_salter under CC BY 2.0

Tuesday, 13th April, 2021 11:53am



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4 Comments on "Aggregate dredging off Sandown Bay is ‘not impacting on coastline’ says MP"

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So, Bob Seely is reassured when The Crown Estate, the body that makes tens of millions of pounds a year from selling licences for marine aggregate dredging in the UK’s coastal waters, claims that nearby dredging will not cause coastal erosion at Sandown. Has our MP considered why the EU and most countries around the world have banned this industry? Yet the UK has greatly increased the… Read more »
Benny C

I’d like to see Bob reply to that. Well formed views there. Good piece.

No doubt storms have not helped likewise lack of maintenance of the numerous groynes from Yaverland to Shanklin. A child on the beach digging a hole in the sand can watch the sides drop in and the bigger the hole the more sides fall in. So however far out in the bay the hole is sand etc will fill it in from somewhere and perhaps if its… Read more »

I see Ryde have sand to get rid of can they bring it to Shanklin or were the IOW Council going to sell it to ?