Good News for Leigh Old Town
By Peter Wexham, Lib Dem Councillor for Leigh in Leigh Times
Originally published by Southend Liberal Democrats - Working For You
At last the quayside scheme, including dredging the creek for Leigh Old Town, is getting underway.
The plans are being drawn up and the details put together to get all the regulatory permissions that are needed. Natural England, the MMO (Marine Management Organisation) and the PLA all have to be consulted and agree, and the creek changes have to be modelled and tested, so that the work does not interfere with the eel grass beds that grow by the north eastern end of Two Tree Island.
The design has to get the water running past the Cockle boats to self-scour the silt out, or the sediment just settles as there is no flow of water where it is needed.
I hope that the permissions will allow for the creation of saltmarsh habitat by using the dredged material to stop the southerly movement of the creek that is undercutting the seawall on the northeast corner of two Tree Island, solving two problems at the same time.
This will keep the cockle industry in Leigh for years to come, and so benefit the tourist trade in Leigh where visitors come because it is still a working fishing port specialising in shellfish.
Plus it's time to talk rubbish. Following COP20, we need to get more involved in the three Rs: Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.