Locals need support for Preston Dock clean up

Posted on - 31st October, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, People, Preston Docks, Preston News, Riversway, What's On in Preston
A frosty morning at Preston Docks Pic: Paul Melling
A frosty morning at Preston Dock Pic: Paul Melling

There are plans to help clean up the water at Preston Dock.


A new initiative called CLEARED (Community Led Action to Revitalise the Dock) will look to tackle the blue green algae in the dock basin.

A meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 November at 7pm, which will allow for members of the public to attend at the Sea Cadets Building, Strand Road.

The meeting will be run by David Crawshaw, Ted Smith and David Smith who originally had discussions about the dock in 2008 but didn’t have enough time to devote to the cause. Now they are wanting to make the dock better but they need the support of the local community.

They will deliver a presentation which will follow with a question and answer session. After they want to identify the volunteers who are interested and who will help turn their plans into reality.

They are hoping to gain volunteers with experience in fundraising, PR, digital media, engineering, science, design and law. Even if you don’t have any of this experience – they are wanting as many people to join in and help with encouragement and even the muscles.

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Water scientist and environmentalist, David Crawshaw, said: “We regard the dock as one of Preston’s (and Lancashire’s) great cultural and historical assets. Unfortunately of course, the problems with blue green algae have affected the dock for many years.

“Our long term aspiration is that Preston Dock could hold its own with say Salford Quays or the Albert Dock in Liverpool as a major attraction. In the short term our efforts will be focussed on raising community support and demonstrating that there are viable solutions to the water quality problems, including implantation of pilot schemes.”

Also involved in rejuvenating the dock are Professor Ted Smith of UCLan, who is an engineer and a resident of Ashton, and David Smith who is also a water engineer and has a vast history of developing practical solutions to wastewater problems.

Prior to the meeting, they already have the support of Councillor Liz Atkins and some of the local residents.

The team is not going to be daunted by the amount of money that is needed for the project. They are aiming to get low cost pilot schemes into operation and then utilise these to attract future funding for larger scale efforts.

If you are wanting to attend the event you can sign up here.

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What do you think of the initiative? Will you be attending the meeting? Let us know in the comments.

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