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Historic England have requested Dover Harbour Board to undertake a magnetometer survey of the proposed dredging zone. This is excellent news as it should detect the presence of any ferrous objects such as aircraft engine blocks, ships' fittings or unexploded ordnance (UXO) buried up to 2m deep in sand. The downside however, is that a magnetometer cannot identify disartuculated aluminium aircraft parts or human remains, two of the campaign's prime concerns.
Meanwhile, the fragile foreshore of East Kent continues to concern. Professor Rob Duck, Emeritus Professor of Geoscience at the University of Dundee, recently paid a flying visit and was visibly shocked by the vulnerarability of this stretch of coast. He is convinced that historic dredging is a contributory factor to the current state of erosion. He feels that unless Dover Harbour Board can prove categorically that future dredging will not exacerbate the situation, it should not be allowed to go ahead. Dover District Council, Kent County Council and the Environment Agency continue to completely ignore the issue, for reasons best known to themselves.
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