The St Helens barway was dredged recently, but it is unknown whether that was successful.THE St Helens barway is in reasonable condition but still requires ongoing maintenance, according to St Helens Barway Committee president John McGiveron.

The channel that runs alongside the rock wall was propeller-dredged three weeks ago, but it is unknown whether that made any substantial difference.

Mr McGiveron said the Pelican Point dredging in March last year made no significant difference.

“It’s pretty much back to the way it was before – that didn’t really solve the problem,” he said.

“It was meant to deepen the channel at Pelican Point but it had no real effect.

“The barway seems to be reasonably stable at this time, but we are still looking for ways to improve the situation.

“We are unsure as to what that work will be but we are not giving up on it.”

Mr McGiveron said the removal of 256,000 cubic metres of sand from behind Blanche Beach in August 2009 stabilised the situation.

“The barway for 18 months was the best it has been for a long time, so it did have an impact, but with the amount of sand there it may need additional work,” he said.

“People should keep it in mind that it will always be a barway and they will never be able to sail big boats or cruise ships in there even at the best of times.”

The sunken 17-metre scallop fishing trawler Anmaropa remains an obstacle but there is no urgency to remove it from the barway.

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