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February 20th, 2017.

Jim Skinner writes:

The Friends of Tide Mills completed their February meeting yesterday. In not brilliant weather, (of course to be expected this time of year), an amazing 23 of us (including several very welcome new faces) collected 12 sacks of rubbish, which is not too bad at all thankfully.

Generally, the whole area remains in very good order, so let's hope we can keep it that way as we move into spring. We know that many people help in this work, just casually and without fuss. We appreciate the effort that is undoubtedly put in. Fantastic, and very heartening.

The first sign of emerging vegetated shingle plants is now very much in evidence, and to reinforce the much-awaited arrival of spring, we have reinstalled the bird nesting warning signs for the forthcoming breeding season. Enough to lift everybody's spirits! As always with these signs, if visitors could mimimise disturbance, (including of course their dogs), of the signed area, that would be appreciated, not just by us, but the birds as well.

On a more serious note, readers may be aware of ESCC intention to build a heavy goods vehicle road bridge and road over the railway line and Mill Creek, to provide an alternative road into the port. With this goes the possibility of non-port traffic into Tide Mills itself. Needless to say we are extremely concerned about this proposal and are endeavouring to seek clarification from ESCC currently. It seems neither the port authority or any other developer has a particular, pressing interest in this project, which makes the whole thing look like a waste of many millions of pounds.

We meet from 10.00am to `12 noon on every third Sunday of the month, and always welcome new members to our happy little band.

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