No surprises here as the erosion of the beach near what was once Bembridge No 1 Groyne continues, and fence panels, mess and even razor wire collect on the beach on its way towards the harbour. Despite declaring it a priority, the Harbour Company has stopped progress on any repairs to the Groyne, even when the community offered to largely fund it. As well as the man-made … [Read more...] about Totally predictable problems as the failure to repair the groyne takes its toll.
Could a hole like the one photographed have snagged a pontoon guide where Tangent was moored and started a train of events leading to its sinking? Were the holes in the piles generally a cause for concern? These were some of the questions before the court. The Harbour Company said no to both, the claimants said yes, and there are hundreds of thousands of pounds riding on the … [Read more...] about Tangent sinking , a case against the Harbour Company goes to the High Court
An illustration of the problem. Some areas silting at over 7.5cm a year , especially around the harbour entrance with extreme increases of 15 cm a year . These issues are explored and some suggestions made in on how to reduce the rate in the video below. … [Read more...] about Ways forward for a silting harbour.
Dear Member, The project to repair Bembridge No 1 Groyne has been abandoned Bembridge Harbour User Group (BHUG) have confirmed that after five years' effort they have decided to wind up the project to repair this vital piece of harbour infrastructure. We have every sympathy with those who had to take this heartbreaking decision and understand their reasoning. … [Read more...] about Members update late November 2020: BHUG Groyne project abandoned
Dear Members and friends, We wrote to the directors of the Statutory Harbour Authority asking four simple questions in the hope of real dialogue. The Trustees have not had a response however Mr Thorpe wrote to our Patrons, calling for Trustees to be stood down and copied his note widely. The Trustee’s response follows: Dear Mr and Mrs Thorpe, as directors of … [Read more...] about Letter to members, September 2020