Wishful thinking

REGARDING the proposed opening of the Chichester Ship Canal, it seems to me the concept of yachtsmen bringing their boats into the centre of Chichester is wishful thinking.

The vast majority of boats in Chichester Harbour are sailing vessels, as would be most visiting craft from further afield.

Very few skippers would be prepared to strike their masts, to enable them to pass under the A27, just for the pleasure of berthing in Chichester Basin.

It is also questionable whether there is sufficient depth of water in the canal for deep-keeled sailing yachts.

The distance from the Salterns Lock, at the seaward end of the canal, to the Basin is four miles. With a speed limit of 3mph, to protect the canal banks, and a transit through two locks, the passage would take over an hour and a half.

The two road crossings on the A286 and B2201, which would require opening bridges, would be bottle-necks for road traffic.

Yet another potential problem for road users on the Manhood Peninsula.

And finally, what will the cost of this project be and who will foot the bill?

MGB Roope

Sidlesham Common, Chichester