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Clearing mud

Port developments in the southeast in the 1990s resulted in the loss of 'Intertidal Habitat' (mud).

The European Court ruled that this be made good by substitution.

As a result, £7.5M was spent at Wallasea Island on the river Crouch in creating 110 hectares of new Intertidal Habitat at a cost of about £68,000 per hectare.

I have previously speculated that at the Rochester Riverside development in Medway new "mud" is being created at a cost of perhaps £10M per hectare. No confirmation of this figure was forthcoming,
it being deemed "commercially sensitive information".

I now read in NCE that at Dartford Creek £3.2M is being spent not in this case to create "mud" but to prevent it being created naturally! Could The Environment Agency explain its policy?

Was it not possible to allow mud accretion at Dartford to occur and set this against
the deficit at Rochester, so saving great sums of money?

KEN BOWMAN, KANDM BOWMAN@HOTMAIL.CO.UK


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