Bournemouth Reef

Latest news on the Boscombe (Bournemouth) Reef

We’ve just heard that the latest delay to Europe’s first artificial surf reef has been sorted out and construction can now go ahead next spring. The news came after local fishermen reached agreement with the council over fears that it might have a detrimental effect on their fishing. A weird concern given that everyone knows how reefs attract fish rather than scare them off. We can only assume the council showed them a David Attenborough film of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia and pointed out there were lots of fish.

However, the delay could still prove to kill the idea according to a source inside the project who asked not to be named. Apparently the problem relates to the floating cranes currently being used to dismantle and rebuild the pier. The original plan was for them to lay the reef once the pier was finished. However, they cost a fortune to rent and to move, so if there is a delay between the completion of the pier and the go ahead for the reef of more than a few weeks, there won’t be enough money in the pot to actually build the reef, because all the money will have been spent on the cranes.

Our source also told us that this was the real plan all along. They said: “The reef was talked up as a way to justify the selling of most of the Boscombe car park to developers who are now building very expensive apartments on it. How unfortunate for them that it’s just in time for the coming house price crash.

Local surfers in Boscome on the UK’s south coast have been eagerly awaiting the construction of Europe’s first artificial surf reef since it got the go ahead in 2005. However, like many multi-million pound schemes it has been subject to endless planning meetings and delays, probably because everyone involved officially is very worried that creating a nice wave for a few surfers doesn’t really justify the millions of pounds that must be spent to do so. However they are of course missing the point that it could be an awesome windsurfing wave for the local windsurfers who are even more excited than the surfers.

If it happens you can be assured that we’ll bring you the first and the best footage of local windsurfers sampling the fruits of the local council’s labour.

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