23 SEP 2016

Dover Harbour Board need to give dates for the new marina build

I was pleased to meet with Richard Mahony, who runs White Cliffs Boat Tours at the North East Quay in the harbour, to hear about how he takes thousands of tourists on trips around the Dover coast every year.

But Richard told me he only has until January 1 to leave before his current dock is filled and replaced with a new cargo terminal. Dover Harbour Board has not offered Richard's business a location at the new marina.

The Western Docks Revival project must deliver for the people of Dover. That means boosting tourism in the town as well as trade through the docks.

Motorists have put up with months of roadworks as part of this project. It is only right that Dover Harbour Board gives a guarantee that the result will be worth the wait. That means setting out a clear timetable on when work on the new marina will start.

They must also guarantee the location of a new station for the Dover Lifeboat before the North East Quay is filled in, and confirm their commitment to connecting the seafront to the town by working with the district council to build a footbridge over the A20.

In order to build Destination Dover, people must be able to easily walk between the new marina, the cinema and restaurants at the St James development and shops in town.


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