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To: John Tuckett, CEO Marine Management Organisation
Goodwin Sands SOS - Stop the Dredge!
Great news! 03/11/22
The news we have all been waiting for has at last arrived!
The Port of Dover recently announced that it has abandoned its plans to dredge the Goodwin Sands for landfill for their port development.
As you can imagine, after six and a half years of campaigning this news is extremely welcome as it clearly shows that development does not need to come at the expense of the environment. We would like to thank you all for your encouragement, donations and support, without which we would not have achieved this positive outcome. This campaign has definitely been a huge joint effort.
We would like to recognise the support provided by our MP Natalie Elphicke who understood both the need for the port development and our concerns for the marine environment. We have no doubt that she was instrumental in encouraging the Port of Dover to source the necessary landfill elsewhere.
Despite this result being a vindication of all we have fought for, we know this is just a battle won, not the whole war and we will not be resting on our laurels. We are acutely aware that assurances need to be sought from all the major stakeholders including The Crown Estate, the Environment Agency and the Marine Management Organisation that they will never allow the Goodwins to be exploited ever again.
Thank you again for staying with us over the past six years and we look forward to keeping you updated on our continued work to Save Our Sands.
Best wishes, Joanna and Fiona