News on the gossip grapevine this morning says that there has been a man with a big stick probing around in the Docks this morning, and the news isn’t good. apparently, with 2 days to go, the docks is not deep enough to take the tall ships due to the build up of silt at the bottom. It really beggars belief that the City Council waited until 2 days before to check this rather important detail!
It seems that every January the Docks gets dredged to sort out the cumulative buildup over the previous year, but due to the cuts, this wasn’t done and funnily enough, there is now a massive buildup that has raised the bottom of the docks. consequentially the tall ships that are lined up beside Sainsburies, may not be able to enter the Dock for the festival this weekend.
So now, it is believed that there is work trying to “blast” the bottom of the docks, to create watery silt and then open the lock gates to try to flush it away, I guess desperate times calls for desperate measures.
Good luck to those having to try and sort the situation and I hope the work can be completed on time, the last thing we need as a City is an embarrassment like this!