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'Positive response' for Isle of Wight harbour plan

Wed 21 Sep 2011

'Positive response' for Isle of Wight harbour plan

Plans are being considered for a new harbour on the Isle of Wight, which is likely to be a popular destination for those who visit the island on holiday.

According to a report by the local news source VentnorBlog, Dick Downes of Atherfield has had a "positive" response to his initial proposals for the venue at Freshwater Bay.

Mr Downes, who is a member of Friends of the Earth and donates to Greenpeace, argued that the local economy would be boosted by the creation of a new harbour.

He added that small boats at Freshwater Bay would be protected by the facility, while local people could be recruited to help to build it.

"There is an argument that there’s natural beauty there, but it has to be seen on balance, with the potential for employment. Eventually chalk cliffs will go and the harbour could be a way to protect against coastal erosion," Mr Downes said.

But surfers are opposed to the plans for the new harbour, as they are worried it will act as a barrier to their sporting enjoyment.

The Wight Surf History Website claims Freshwater Bay offers one of the best breaks in the country for surfing, while many surfers from the island have been influential all over the UK.

It pointed out a lot of people head on Isle of Wight holidays specifically to try their hand at surfing at Freshwater Bay, bringing much income to the island in the form of tourism.

A meeting is set to be held on Sunday (September 25th) at The Sandpipers Hotel in order to discuss the plans for the new harbour at the location.

The Independent recently recommended Isle of Wight holidays as worth considerating for those wanting to get away this autumn and spend some time in the sunshine.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-800735711-ADNFCR

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