has made progress in its bid to upgrade a ferry terminal in Lymington, as two parties have now withdrawn their objections.
The New Forest's district council and park authority had initially expressed concerns over the project, but these have now been settled.
Wightlink is believed to have come to an agreement with Natural England over how the impact of the scheme on the surrounding area can be reduced.
Among the ideas put forward is that material dredged from the river bed would be transferred to Boiler Marsh in Lymington harbour.
However, a public inquiry is still in progress as the Lymington River Association and Lymington and Pennington Community Forum continue to voice their concerns.
The ferry company has warned that if the proposals are turned down, then ferries from Lymington to Yarmouth
may have to be axed completely, with significant impact on the tourism sector in both areas.
Posted by Mark Robinson