A project to dredge Ryde Harbour will get underway next week (Monday 20).
Fifteen-hundred cubic metres of sand will be removed from within the harbour by local contractors, Reynolds and Read.
The work will be carried out over three phases, starting from Monday 20 September.
The Isle of Wight Council agreed to do the work before ownership of the harbour is transferred to Ryde Town Council.
In order to maximise the working times, the works will coincide with spring tides which are as follows:
- Monday 20 September to Saturday 25 September;
- Wednesday 6 October to Monday 11 October;
- Monday 18 October to Saturday 23 October.
The sand will be removed using an excavator and deposited within a compound nearby before being transported to a land based disposal site.
During the works, access to the public slipway within the harbour will be limited.
Welcoming the scheme, Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said:
"Ryde Town Council has a business case to invest substantially in the harbour over the next three years and to improve the services and harbour offer to berth holders and visitors alike.
"Dredging to improve accessibility within the harbour is vital to these plans."