New campaign to protect Town Cut
A new Facebook campaign has been launched dedicated to protecting Town Cut from major modifications.
The page, ‘Save St George's Harbour', was created after it was revealed that fresh studies investigating the possibility of dredging the area had been carried out this summer.
As of yesterday afternoon, the page had garnered more than 860 likes with numerous commentators voicing their concerns.
A 2011 study highlighted on the campaign's Facebook page investigated what work would be required to allow larger cruise ships to dock in St George's. That study found that in order to allow tier one, two and three Panamax ships, Town Cut would have to be significantly widened, removing 90 per cent of Higgs, Hen and Horseshoe Islands.
In addition to the direct environmental impact, the report warned of increased coastal flooding in the town in the event of an easterly-tracking hurricane.
Mayor Quinell Francis and St George's MP Kenneth Bascome have both voiced support for modifying the cut to some degree.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Works confirmed in July that a fresh study on the channel had been conducted.
She stated: “There was recently an environmental impact study conducted of the North Shore shipping channel. Since they were here we requested that they also do a study in St George's as well. The results of this study will assist in determining if we dredge and how much we can dredge the Town Cut.”