Local News & Archive — May 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm — Updated: May 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Rhyl Harbour dredging underway

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A dredging operation has begun at Rhyl Harbour as part of annual maintenance work.

Work will take place around low tide for three hours each day to remove approximately 22,000 material. The dredging was allowed to go ahead after Denbighshire County Council was granted a marine licence by Natural Resources Wales.

The council say it will use three 25 tonne dump trucks to help clear dredged material before it is taken away by contractors. The operation has been welcomed by boat owners.

Denbighshire’s cabinet lead member for Tourism, Leisure and Youth, Councillor Huw Jones said: “Maintenance dredging is essential to ensure Rhyl Harbour is fit for purpose and there are many long term benefits associated with maintaining navigable channels. The livelihoods of commercial boat owners rely heavily on the maintenance of the harbour. Since the completion of the regeneration of the harbour in 2014, the number of harbour users has increased considerably, therefore the pressure and demand to maintain the channels has also increased.”

Anthony Parry from Jensen Sea Angling, a member of the Rhyl Charter Skippers’ Association added: ”Dredging is something that has been needed for a long time in Rhyl harbour and matters have been made worse by recent works carried out during development. We feel that this done properly in the right places will benefit all harbour users but consultation should take place with members of R.C.S. whilst dredging is carried out as we feel that we can give valuable advice as to what is needed where.”

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