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Have the Cuts sunk the Tall Ships Festival this weekend?

by Barry
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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!

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Eddie August 24, 2011 - 10:55 am

I can feel a Victor Meldew moment coming

James August 25, 2011 - 11:46 pm

British Waterways are responsible for this, not Gloucester City Council. And yes, they have had cuts too, some of them were made before the change in government and resulted in fewer lock-keepers.
As an ex boater, I can say that boaters were of the least concern to BW.

Their main concern is the supply of drinking water to the city of Bristol, something that provides them with a handsome income stream (pardon the pun).

And what does Bristol city council give us in return? Their sh*t which is lovingly called ‘residual waste’ and will soon be used to incinerate waste at Javelin Park so the WHOLE of Gloucestershire can experience poorer air quality. This is what a free market gives you in the world of waste management.

So am I surprised that someone was checking the silt levels hours before the tall ships festival?

Hell no.


Paul James August 26, 2011 - 9:00 am

This is complete nonsense! I have checked with the organisers and dredging took place in May, last week and yesterday. All of this was planned by British Waterways. I am disappointed that someone is trying to undermine the event, presumably for political reasons, when we should all be getting behind it to maximise the benefit for the city. If you want proof that this is all nonsense, come and watch the ships come in today from 1pm.

Eddie August 26, 2011 - 9:04 am

The festival is going ahead and the ships are on their way. I’m hoping to see some of them come in today. Dont forget about our photo contest at http://www.visit-gloucestershire.co.uk/boards/topic/9586-gloucester-tall-ships-contest-entries/

Barry August 26, 2011 - 1:38 pm

Thank goodness that its all ok. Get your photo entries in. I don’t think it was complete nonsense Paul, but happy to take your word for it. I do thing because I care, politics regardless.

Joe K August 30, 2011 - 1:18 pm

So the ‘gossip grapevine’ is a ‘trusted source’, as TiG would put it, up to a point..?

We can’t ban a ‘grapevine’, can we?

Barry August 30, 2011 - 1:47 pm

The gent who told me was at the docks of the time of measuring. Unfortunatly I couldn’t go down as I was packing for my weekend away at Solfest (more on that later) hence why I made it quite clear that it was Gossip rather than something I had checked out myself (its only fair).

By all accounts it was a fantastic weekend, so well done all involved. 🙂 Hopefully it will go from strength to strength next year!


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