Thanks to work recently completed by Medway Ports, the sluice shutter on the Creek Bridge gate is now opening automatically at each low tide, sending a surge of water down to purge the gutway of the Creek.
The effectiveness is being monitored by Medway Ports to establish whether a second shutter should be used to increase the flow.
At present, the flow moves across to the Town Quay side, before straightening up down the gut, but a second shutter, on the other gate, might straighten this up. By alternating shutters, it might be possible to purge the wider area here.
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Medway ports are also planning for the gates to be opened in time for the Nautical Festival, 21-22 July – see separate post.