Friday, 16 February 2007
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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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.
Thursday, 15 February 2007
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."
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Help save our coastline and even if you do not live on Gower it may be yours next....
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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.
Monday, 12 February 2007
Friday, 9 February 2007
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.