Friday, 16 February 2007

Is this Gower's 1st Dredging related Ecological Disaster ???

After many first sightings of huge numbers of Sand Gapers (Clam type) spread across the beach over the last few weeks, it must be time for the Welsh Assembly to investigate the link between this disaster and dredging of our sand banks.
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Hi Simon
That is 1,000 times worse than I saw or imagined - looks like the Razor's had a bashing as well. Walked Caswell to Mumbles yesterday - Caswell, Langland, Bracelet all lost considerable sand this winter. When I get back on 5th - am going to do some photo work on my old Cove East Caswell. I estimate sand is 3 metres lower than 25 year ago - beach / sand areas are diminished massively. - Disgusted. If this dredging decision goes for more dredging - will be seriously thinking of emigrating my life and business. Even Royal Westminster Boskalis the Helwick dredging company cannot justify continuing even if WAG and Crown Estates want them too.
Peter Letheren

Thursday, 15 February 2007

Battle For Beaches - Says Assembly Member

Alun Cairns - Assembly Member - South Wales West. Its our battle as well as his, fighting the Welsh Assembly and Global dredgers needs all the backup anyone can muster.
The South Wales Evening Post quoted Mr Cairns comments on the National Trust - Shifting Shores report.
"This is yet more evidence of the damage we are doing to our precious coastline - Sea level rises and reckless dredging are putting our finest assets at risk - this Assembly Government has singularly failed to tackle the issues raised by coastline erosion - this report shows how indefensible their position is - we cannot afford to give up on our beaches, cliffs and coastal communities."


Evening Post Article on National Trust Press Release

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Gower Needs Your Help - GSD Join the debate - Extract from GSD Blog - thank you guys

Action is required by all those that love our gower coastline. Please read attached PDF file from the guys at Euphoria sailing and visit the following blog to see how you can help and put pressure on the LIARS LIARS LIARS there you go it has set me off again. Sorry, guys I just find the word politician a particulary fithly, dirty and odious word.

Help save our coastline and even if you do not live on Gower it may be yours next....

BBC News - Action call on disappearing coast

Wales has been urged to take "urgent action" to prepare for the impact of coastal erosion and flooding by the National Trust - Is global warming causing the sand loss and damage? We have taken 100,000,000 Tons of sand away from our natural coastal defences (sand banks) through dredging sand for building aggregate. Surely now is the time to see reason. If global warming is going to increase coastal erosion - why are we still considering dredging away our coastal defences? We are removing our very own natural foundations and defences to concrete over our gardens. Global warming - rising sea levels and increased frequency and strength of storms.
Peter Letheren

National Trust Web Site press releases or if not yet published E-mail them or us for a copy.

Inquiry to settle dredging debate

A long-running row over whether sand dredging should continue off Gower will be settled by a public inquiry. Result to be announced this year 2007.

The Economist Feb

Even sand is a matter of national secu- rity. On February 6th, an Indonesian ban on sand exports came into force, following a similar move by Malaysia some years ago. Singapore buys the sand to reclaim land from the sea and increase its puny ter- rain. Indonesia's official reason for the ban was to stop the environmental damage caused by sand mining. The Indonesian navy has now sent no fewer than eight warships to its maritime border with Singapore to intercept suspected sand-smugglers.

The Malaysians, are blaming their recent floods on Singapore's land reclamation.

Monday, 12 February 2007

Wickstock: Sand Aid

Hi. Recently Euphoria got in touch regarding this matter and I have started to organise a charity event for August of this year to raise pulic awareness of this issue. 'Wickstock: Sand Aid' will be a multimedia event comprising of local musicians all dedicated to this cause and I already have many bands interested in playing. 'The GlamOrgans' and friends will be headlining and live music will be playing throughout the day. Keep an eye on the blog for more detials coming soon! Incidentally, I contacted Rhodri Morgan via the WAG website and as yet, no reply...hmmm... I'm looking for more factual evidence at the moment to back up what we can all see is happening so anyone who can help or is interested, please get in touch. Regards, Chris Evans (

Dredging should be stopped

I have lived in Gower all my life (over 60 years) and I have never seen the sand levels so low. Port Eynon being a case in point. Over the years particularly after storms, the sand levels have changed. Since dredging began the sand levels have dropped and the sand just doesn't come back. There are rocks exposed now that I have never seen exposed before. I really think that dredging should be stopped for a period of time to see if the sand comes back. It will soon be too late and we will have lost our wonderful golden sands for ever.
Elizabeth Jenkins

Friday, 9 February 2007

Royal Boskalis Westminster nv

Dear Sir or Madam,

Regarding the disappearance of Gower beaches: in effect what is happening is the complete destruction of a unique ecosystem based on Ice Age glacial deposits. As well as offshore considerations (e.g., Helwick is SAC-listed), the licensing authority should be aware that dredging is irreparably damaging Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty– maintaining a sustainable ecology is paramount.

Llanelli Sand Dredging 1938 was bought up by Westminster Dredging, then bought by Royal Boskalis Westminster nv which is a Netherlands based international group with a leading position in the world market for dredging. Each time a smaller company was subsumed by a larger one and now dredging in Swansea Bay has changed from a local industry to a national one to an international one, in effect leaving the area unprotected from globalised industrialism.

Since February 2006 the rebased closing price for Royal Boskalis Westminster Group is up 25% compared with all other shares at 10%. Many shareholders of the Dutch parent company are unaware (or do not want to be aware) of the consequences of their investment. I think we should take direct action and use the media to inform them of what they may be doing to our heritage. It is ironic that Westminster have won awards for creating beaches – what penalty then for their destruction?

Despite receipts to the Treasury of £191 million net revenue, the Welsh Assembly could be asked to justify that the profit to the Exchequer (through Crown Estates) is consistent with the cost to the environment, culture, local economy and ecology… and the wishes of the People.

Thank you.

Twm Shanti

Thursday, 8 February 2007

It seems we've learned nothing from mistakes made in the past.

"On a recent visit to South Devon I was reminded in a most dramatic way of the need to stop dredging sand off Gower's coast before it's too late.
I visited the 'lost village' of Hallsands on the south coast of Devon, once a small but thriving fishing community with around 40 houses, a pub and a grocer. The Hallsands story bears testimony to the way in which meddling with natural processes can have very severe consequences for man. At the beginning of the last century, the villagers of Hallsands began noticing that the sand and shingle beach below their houses was disappearing. This was very serious - the village stood close to sea level and relied on this protective barrier of sand to shield it from the full force of the sea. It was discovered that, at about the time when their sands had first started to disappear, the Board of Trade had given permission to a dredging company to remove thousands of tons of shingle from sandbars just off the coast.
It seemed like a simple case of cause and effect, but the dredging company and the authorities refuted this and claimed that the dredging was not linked to the coastal sand loss. Sound familiar...?
In January 1917, with the beach level very low and stripped of much of its sand, a storm struck and most of the village was literally washed into the sea overnight. The village was abandoned, the sand never returned and all that is left today is the ruined remains of a handful of houses at the foot of a rocky cliff. You can read more about the Hallsands story on the BBC website: Link click here.

It seems we've learned nothing from mistakes made in the past. Despite clear evidence of extraordinary sand loss around Gower, those with a vested financial interest in continuing to dredge tell us that there's no link between dredging and coastal sand erosion. If this continues, it seems that Gower is doomed to lose beaches, habitats and tourists in the same way that the people of Hallsands lost their village."
Dominic Parkes
Keep Gower Green

Tuesday, 6 February 2007


I Visited Pobbles yesterday 4/02/07 and was gobsmacked at the state of the beach (Or lack of it)
This has to stop Now.
Without Tourism, Swansea will fail to survive as a City
Without sand we will lose our tourism.
Without action we will lose our area of Oustanding Beauty.
Enough Said...
Richard Jones, Eaton Crescent, Swansea