THE economic damage caused by the coronavirus lockdown is severe throughout the country, but it is particularly harsh in areas reliant on the holiday industry, not least recreational harbours.

Any proposed new investment, whether in new construction or maintenance, that could be committed once the lockdown provisions are relaxed, would make a considerable contribution towards recovery.

Development in our small ports is carefully controlled by the planning authorities influenced by government agencies such as Natural England.

In these uncertain times, it is to be hoped that all authorities and agencies will expedite their procedures to facilitate the earliest possible start to projects that can help towards local economic recovery.

Of particular relevance to the Isle of Wight, the Solent Protection Society has recently written to the planners concerning delays in agreeing final aspects of planning approvals at Bembridge Harbour.