£11m plans to modernise Poole port handed to officials

PLANS: Poole Harbour

PHASING ESSENTIAL: Jim Stewart

First published in News by

POOLE Harbour Commissioners’ proposals to modernise the commercial port have been submitted to the Marine Management Organisation.

The first phase of an £11million improvement project is for a new deep water quay within the commercial port, designed to accommodate a wide range of vessels.

Among those which cannot currently be accepted at the port are small cruise ships and other larger commercial vessels.

Under the proposals the commercial quays would be dredged to 7.5metres from the current 5.5m depth, making them the same as the main channel.

Luxury yacht company Sunseeker has expressed an interest in exporting its vessels from Poole instead of taking them to Southampton.

The commissioners application includes a comprehensive environmental statement report and a successful public consultation was held in April for interested parties to learn more about the plans.

Jim Stewart, chief executive, said: “The phased implementation of our Master Plan proposals is essential in attracting new trades to the port and developing existing ones.

“This application to the MMO relates to the commercial quays only and we’d like to emphasise that these proposals do not include the development of a marine centre or marina in Poole Harbour.”

PHC and MDL, which owns Cobbs Quay at Hamworthy, proposed rival schemes for marina developments on Poole Quay.

Both were rejected by Crown Estates, which owns the seabed.

The submission to the MMO includes a Harbour Revision Order and an application for a marine licence. If consent is given the six-month project could be built next year.

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5:54pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

This could ruin poole or benefit it. Everything turns on whether poole council can use any planning obligation money wisely to get people walking busing and cycling round poole or whether it will be the usual old dinosaur attitude of walking and bikes are for hippies, buses are for poor people and transport money should be spent on making more room in poole for car traffic.
As the entire planning obligation fund for goodness knows how much longer has been blown on that ridiculous pollution and car traffic generating new bridge we're pretty much doomed to more traffic jams everytime someone decides to invest in poole.
All round europe you can cycle round cities, cross roads safely on foot, travel by modern clean buses, What have we got in poole, a fleet of buses whose air condition packed up years ago so old ladies pass out on them at this time of year, a dirty unstaffed bus station, you take your life in your hands getting on a bike and crossing the road in Poole forces you into dark smelly dangerous underpasses.
Please, tell your councilors you want a clean green poole that will attract investment rather than a smelly dump that will only appeal to slum landlords.
This could ruin poole or benefit it. Everything turns on whether poole council can use any planning obligation money wisely to get people walking busing and cycling round poole or whether it will be the usual old dinosaur attitude of walking and bikes are for hippies, buses are for poor people and transport money should be spent on making more room in poole for car traffic. As the entire planning obligation fund for goodness knows how much longer has been blown on that ridiculous pollution and car traffic generating new bridge we're pretty much doomed to more traffic jams everytime someone decides to invest in poole. All round europe you can cycle round cities, cross roads safely on foot, travel by modern clean buses, What have we got in poole, a fleet of buses whose air condition packed up years ago so old ladies pass out on them at this time of year, a dirty unstaffed bus station, you take your life in your hands getting on a bike and crossing the road in Poole forces you into dark smelly dangerous underpasses. Please, tell your councilors you want a clean green poole that will attract investment rather than a smelly dump that will only appeal to slum landlords. ashleycross
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12:03am Sun 29 Jun 14

alyce says...

Agree with you 100% Ashley. Last time I had to catch a bus last summer at 6pm in the evening I remember the doors opening and I was hit by a gust of hot air akin to the heat escaping from the gates of hell itself! Never again! All cyclists are treated like lepers in Poole and many more will lose their lives because of the lack of planning here. The bus station is a no-go zone and heaven knows what visitors think when they are confronted by it. Wake up you Councillors and do something about all this before it's too late.
Agree with you 100% Ashley. Last time I had to catch a bus last summer at 6pm in the evening I remember the doors opening and I was hit by a gust of hot air akin to the heat escaping from the gates of hell itself! Never again! All cyclists are treated like lepers in Poole and many more will lose their lives because of the lack of planning here. The bus station is a no-go zone and heaven knows what visitors think when they are confronted by it. Wake up you Councillors and do something about all this before it's too late. alyce
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