VIDEO: How £23m boost will help improve access to Port of Poole and unlock potential

Brittany Ferries general manager at Poole Steve Warner

Brittany Ferries general manager at Poole Steve Warner

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NEWS of £23.3milllion government cash set to unlock development in Poole has been warmly welcomed as “tremendous” for the town.

Yesterday’s announcement of the county’s £66m Growth Deal, secured by the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), saw Port of Poole identified as top priority, with £23.3million allocated to improve its connectivity to the A31 and beyond.

A package of transport schemes lined up between now and 2020 include refurbishment of the old lifting bridge, improving access to the port on the town side of the Backwater Channel, improvements to Gravel Hill, and junction improvements at Darby’s Corner and Dunyeats Roundabout.

As well as safeguarding the future development of port, it is expected the improved access will help unlock the potential of the regeneration areas in Lower Hamworthy, where up to 2,000 new homes could be built, as well as housing development sites alongside Holes Bay, in Poole town centre and on the quay.

Yesterday, as transport minister Baroness Kramer visited the conurbation, she said the Deal marked a departure from a compartmentalised, top-down approach, seeing funding streams pooled, and local communities taking control.

“We have both allowed the local community to tell us its priorities and broken down those old barriers for example between transport and commerce,” she added.

“Instead of Whitehall saying this is what you need to do, it’s been the Local Enterprise Partnership, of both businesses and the local authorities, coming together and saying these are our priorities to get growth in this area.

“That’s what’s been really exciting today.”

Poole Harbour Commissioners’ chief executive Jim Stewart said the infrastructure improvements were vital to the port, where plans are well under way for a new 200m, nine-metre-deep quay capable of supporting bigger vessels such as cruise ships and bulk cargo vessels, as well as enabling Sunseeker to export directly from Poole.

He told the Echo: “Ports live or die by their connectivity, so this is great news for the port.

“It will really help us to give confidence to existing customers, and new customers, that the infrastructure is being taken seriously by the government.”

He added: “It’s not just great news for the port of Poole but also local businesses and residents.”

 

• 'Vital to the region'

POOLE MP Robert Syms welcomed the announcement, saying the most important priorities – the port and airport – being addressed were “vital to south east Dorset”.

“The port is still very much a vital part of the local economy. This investment in infrastructure is very good news for the town,” he added.

Poole Tourism boss and Dorset LEP board member Bruce Grant-Braham said it was “tremendous news for the area,” adding: “The port of Poole is incredibly important to tourism businesses, apart from other types of cargo, and the opportunity to create jobs there is excellent.”

Steve Warner, managing director UK, Brittany Ferries added: “Anything that improves the ease of access to Poole port is most welcomed by Brittany Ferries.

“For too long now, the difficulty in getting to and from the port for both passenger and freight vehicles has constrained our growth and we hope that this new funding will soon lead to a significant improvement.”

 

• Increased emphasis on skills

Also outlined in yesterday’s announcement were provisional allocations for projects starting in 2016/17 to improve facilities at Bournemouth and Poole College for engineering and manufacturing, and finance and business services.

College principal Lawrence Vincent said: “The Dorset LEP has identified the need to boost the development of key skills in the region, and we are delighted to have been awarded funding for both new engineering and business facilities.

“We are very excited by this news but are mindful that there are several ‘hoops’ that we still need to go through, including planning, before we can begin work.”

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6:45am Tue 8 Jul 14

BluebirdDorset says...

Poole needs to spend some cash making the town centre a more desirable place to visit otherwise improved road, port and rail facilities will just mean visitors depart quicker. Take a leaf out of what Newbury have done and make it a place people want to stop and visit rather than pass straight through.
Poole needs to spend some cash making the town centre a more desirable place to visit otherwise improved road, port and rail facilities will just mean visitors depart quicker. Take a leaf out of what Newbury have done and make it a place people want to stop and visit rather than pass straight through. BluebirdDorset
  • Score: 19

7:27am Tue 8 Jul 14

carrrob says...

There are no further improvements that can be made to access the Port we have been down this road so many times more meetings and money wasted on conultants I presume.
There are no further improvements that can be made to access the Port we have been down this road so many times more meetings and money wasted on conultants I presume. carrrob
  • Score: -13

7:31am Tue 8 Jul 14

live-and-let-live says...

2000 new homes in Hamworthy isn't regeneration. its ghetto building.
2000 new homes in Hamworthy isn't regeneration. its ghetto building. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -7

7:35am Tue 8 Jul 14

ashleycross says...

BluebirdDorset wrote:
Poole needs to spend some cash making the town centre a more desirable place to visit otherwise improved road, port and rail facilities will just mean visitors depart quicker. Take a leaf out of what Newbury have done and make it a place people want to stop and visit rather than pass straight through.
I agree. Trying to jam thousands more cars through Poole every year is ripping off everyone who lives here just to make money for a french ferry line. Poole has already made the mistake of putting every penny meant for transport improvements into the jurrasic idea (yes, from the dinosaur age) of building the new bridge instead of clearing the cars out of Poole by making it safe to walk, cycle, bus and tram round and make the train station accessible with shuttle buses between a safe pleasant clean bus station with 24 hour security instead of the dangerous dump it is now that most families won't even let their children go to alone in the day time let alone the evening. In fact most adults are too scared to go there in the evening let alone for the night bus.
Shipping more cars into Poole is a dreadful idea. We need to get rid of the ones we've got clogging up the roads, not bring more in on wider roads that will just make traffic jams two, three or four times as big in terms of cars queuing, spewing out pollution.
[quote][p][bold]BluebirdDorset[/bold] wrote: Poole needs to spend some cash making the town centre a more desirable place to visit otherwise improved road, port and rail facilities will just mean visitors depart quicker. Take a leaf out of what Newbury have done and make it a place people want to stop and visit rather than pass straight through.[/p][/quote]I agree. Trying to jam thousands more cars through Poole every year is ripping off everyone who lives here just to make money for a french ferry line. Poole has already made the mistake of putting every penny meant for transport improvements into the jurrasic idea (yes, from the dinosaur age) of building the new bridge instead of clearing the cars out of Poole by making it safe to walk, cycle, bus and tram round and make the train station accessible with shuttle buses between a safe pleasant clean bus station with 24 hour security instead of the dangerous dump it is now that most families won't even let their children go to alone in the day time let alone the evening. In fact most adults are too scared to go there in the evening let alone for the night bus. Shipping more cars into Poole is a dreadful idea. We need to get rid of the ones we've got clogging up the roads, not bring more in on wider roads that will just make traffic jams two, three or four times as big in terms of cars queuing, spewing out pollution. ashleycross
  • Score: -3

8:11am Tue 8 Jul 14

jshep1 says...

A fixed span bridge is needed from the old power station site and linked to Holes Bay Road. This was promised by the Poole MP in the early 1980's.
A fixed span bridge is needed from the old power station site and linked to Holes Bay Road. This was promised by the Poole MP in the early 1980's. jshep1
  • Score: 11

8:28am Tue 8 Jul 14

dorsetspeed says...

Blimey, here we go again, more traffic lights, cycle lanes, congestion, pollution, and danger
Blimey, here we go again, more traffic lights, cycle lanes, congestion, pollution, and danger dorsetspeed
  • Score: 4

9:38am Tue 8 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

Lower Hamworthy, where up to 2,000 new homes could be buil

Last year I drove from the ferry along the hamworthy BLandford road
the co op legion hall the nasty eyesore liberal monstrosity and all of the shops the chinkies the school on the corner all want pulling down the library looks naff the whole area resembles a rubbish tip in Poland.
Lower Hamworthy, where up to 2,000 new homes could be buil Last year I drove from the ferry along the hamworthy BLandford road the co op legion hall the nasty eyesore liberal monstrosity and all of the shops the chinkies the school on the corner all want pulling down the library looks naff the whole area resembles a rubbish tip in Poland. nickynoodah
  • Score: -20

9:51am Tue 8 Jul 14

dorsetgills says...

Spend that money on making the harbour deeper so it brings in cruise ships hopefully to get tourist in the town and spend money? So on arrival they get off the boat welcomed by a lovely quay but if you look closer there's two big bars closed down EYE SORE already. Next walk down to restaurants at dolphin quay great blue boarded up units EYE SORE. Walk up old orchard get to the off licence what do we see alcoholics and drug abusers shouting there mouths off EYE SORE. Now in the top end of the high street what are you greeted with 10 or more shops closed down flyers stuck to the window need I say it EYE SORE!!!
Now you get down to Falklands square that's an EYE SORE how that is a memorial for those that died Poole council should be ashamed. Finally yo arrive at the dolphin shopping centre welcome to the 1960's this place still looks like the day it was built full of shops that are closed down another EYE SORE finally they want go get a bus somewhere. The bus station well were do we start with that the most unwelcoming place I've ever placed a foot on its dark,dank,smelly and disgusting apparently there's no smoking in there also watching the low life's with there cans of beer is a very welcoming site that's just the day time this is no eye sore this is a complete **** HOLE.


So there's a view from me of Poole first you need to deal with the issues of the town which hasn't got any class no designer shops or a decent marque store (beales is crap). Before sorting the port out sort your town out Poole!

Poole is a beautiful place? ER NO ITS NOT!!!
Spend that money on making the harbour deeper so it brings in cruise ships hopefully to get tourist in the town and spend money? So on arrival they get off the boat welcomed by a lovely quay but if you look closer there's two big bars closed down EYE SORE already. Next walk down to restaurants at dolphin quay great blue boarded up units EYE SORE. Walk up old orchard get to the off licence what do we see alcoholics and drug abusers shouting there mouths off EYE SORE. Now in the top end of the high street what are you greeted with 10 or more shops closed down flyers stuck to the window need I say it EYE SORE!!! Now you get down to Falklands square that's an EYE SORE how that is a memorial for those that died Poole council should be ashamed. Finally yo arrive at the dolphin shopping centre welcome to the 1960's this place still looks like the day it was built full of shops that are closed down another EYE SORE finally they want go get a bus somewhere. The bus station well were do we start with that the most unwelcoming place I've ever placed a foot on its dark,dank,smelly and disgusting apparently there's no smoking in there also watching the low life's with there cans of beer is a very welcoming site that's just the day time this is no eye sore this is a complete **** HOLE. So there's a view from me of Poole first you need to deal with the issues of the town which hasn't got any class no designer shops or a decent marque store (beales is crap). Before sorting the port out sort your town out Poole! Poole is a beautiful place? ER NO ITS NOT!!! dorsetgills
  • Score: -13

9:59am Tue 8 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

This £23m is certainly going a long way isn't it? 4 years ago they needed £25m to just resurface the Spur road, now they're going to add a third lane to a section of it, improve road layouts at the junctions and roundabouts approaching the airport and improve the road links to the port all for £2m less?
This £23m is certainly going a long way isn't it? 4 years ago they needed £25m to just resurface the Spur road, now they're going to add a third lane to a section of it, improve road layouts at the junctions and roundabouts approaching the airport and improve the road links to the port all for £2m less? BarrHumbug
  • Score: -8

10:17am Tue 8 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

dorsetgills wrote:
Spend that money on making the harbour deeper so it brings in cruise ships hopefully to get tourist in the town and spend money? So on arrival they get off the boat welcomed by a lovely quay but if you look closer there's two big bars closed down EYE SORE already. Next walk down to restaurants at dolphin quay great blue boarded up units EYE SORE. Walk up old orchard get to the off licence what do we see alcoholics and drug abusers shouting there mouths off EYE SORE. Now in the top end of the high street what are you greeted with 10 or more shops closed down flyers stuck to the window need I say it EYE SORE!!!
Now you get down to Falklands square that's an EYE SORE how that is a memorial for those that died Poole council should be ashamed. Finally yo arrive at the dolphin shopping centre welcome to the 1960's this place still looks like the day it was built full of shops that are closed down another EYE SORE finally they want go get a bus somewhere. The bus station well were do we start with that the most unwelcoming place I've ever placed a foot on its dark,dank,smelly and disgusting apparently there's no smoking in there also watching the low life's with there cans of beer is a very welcoming site that's just the day time this is no eye sore this is a complete **** HOLE.


So there's a view from me of Poole first you need to deal with the issues of the town which hasn't got any class no designer shops or a decent marque store (beales is crap). Before sorting the port out sort your town out Poole!

Poole is a beautiful place? ER NO ITS NOT!!!
that's the best part george
wait ill you get to the Hamworthy quarter
also known as the Bronx
I mean it is bad
the females don't do it any favours either,
its a bad place man. you know it is.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetgills[/bold] wrote: Spend that money on making the harbour deeper so it brings in cruise ships hopefully to get tourist in the town and spend money? So on arrival they get off the boat welcomed by a lovely quay but if you look closer there's two big bars closed down EYE SORE already. Next walk down to restaurants at dolphin quay great blue boarded up units EYE SORE. Walk up old orchard get to the off licence what do we see alcoholics and drug abusers shouting there mouths off EYE SORE. Now in the top end of the high street what are you greeted with 10 or more shops closed down flyers stuck to the window need I say it EYE SORE!!! Now you get down to Falklands square that's an EYE SORE how that is a memorial for those that died Poole council should be ashamed. Finally yo arrive at the dolphin shopping centre welcome to the 1960's this place still looks like the day it was built full of shops that are closed down another EYE SORE finally they want go get a bus somewhere. The bus station well were do we start with that the most unwelcoming place I've ever placed a foot on its dark,dank,smelly and disgusting apparently there's no smoking in there also watching the low life's with there cans of beer is a very welcoming site that's just the day time this is no eye sore this is a complete **** HOLE. So there's a view from me of Poole first you need to deal with the issues of the town which hasn't got any class no designer shops or a decent marque store (beales is crap). Before sorting the port out sort your town out Poole! Poole is a beautiful place? ER NO ITS NOT!!![/p][/quote]that's the best part george wait ill you get to the Hamworthy quarter also known as the Bronx I mean it is bad the females don't do it any favours either, its a bad place man. you know it is. nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

11:55am Tue 8 Jul 14

dorsetgills says...

nickynoodah wrote:
dorsetgills wrote:
Spend that money on making the harbour deeper so it brings in cruise ships hopefully to get tourist in the town and spend money? So on arrival they get off the boat welcomed by a lovely quay but if you look closer there's two big bars closed down EYE SORE already. Next walk down to restaurants at dolphin quay great blue boarded up units EYE SORE. Walk up old orchard get to the off licence what do we see alcoholics and drug abusers shouting there mouths off EYE SORE. Now in the top end of the high street what are you greeted with 10 or more shops closed down flyers stuck to the window need I say it EYE SORE!!!
Now you get down to Falklands square that's an EYE SORE how that is a memorial for those that died Poole council should be ashamed. Finally yo arrive at the dolphin shopping centre welcome to the 1960's this place still looks like the day it was built full of shops that are closed down another EYE SORE finally they want go get a bus somewhere. The bus station well were do we start with that the most unwelcoming place I've ever placed a foot on its dark,dank,smelly and disgusting apparently there's no smoking in there also watching the low life's with there cans of beer is a very welcoming site that's just the day time this is no eye sore this is a complete **** HOLE.


So there's a view from me of Poole first you need to deal with the issues of the town which hasn't got any class no designer shops or a decent marque store (beales is crap). Before sorting the port out sort your town out Poole!

Poole is a beautiful place? ER NO ITS NOT!!!
that's the best part george
wait ill you get to the Hamworthy quarter
also known as the Bronx
I mean it is bad
the females don't do it any favours either,
its a bad place man. you know it is.
I agree the thumbs down I'm getting must be Hamworthy folk think Poole's great well it's not have I said anything untrue at all???
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dorsetgills[/bold] wrote: Spend that money on making the harbour deeper so it brings in cruise ships hopefully to get tourist in the town and spend money? So on arrival they get off the boat welcomed by a lovely quay but if you look closer there's two big bars closed down EYE SORE already. Next walk down to restaurants at dolphin quay great blue boarded up units EYE SORE. Walk up old orchard get to the off licence what do we see alcoholics and drug abusers shouting there mouths off EYE SORE. Now in the top end of the high street what are you greeted with 10 or more shops closed down flyers stuck to the window need I say it EYE SORE!!! Now you get down to Falklands square that's an EYE SORE how that is a memorial for those that died Poole council should be ashamed. Finally yo arrive at the dolphin shopping centre welcome to the 1960's this place still looks like the day it was built full of shops that are closed down another EYE SORE finally they want go get a bus somewhere. The bus station well were do we start with that the most unwelcoming place I've ever placed a foot on its dark,dank,smelly and disgusting apparently there's no smoking in there also watching the low life's with there cans of beer is a very welcoming site that's just the day time this is no eye sore this is a complete **** HOLE. So there's a view from me of Poole first you need to deal with the issues of the town which hasn't got any class no designer shops or a decent marque store (beales is crap). Before sorting the port out sort your town out Poole! Poole is a beautiful place? ER NO ITS NOT!!![/p][/quote]that's the best part george wait ill you get to the Hamworthy quarter also known as the Bronx I mean it is bad the females don't do it any favours either, its a bad place man. you know it is.[/p][/quote]I agree the thumbs down I'm getting must be Hamworthy folk think Poole's great well it's not have I said anything untrue at all??? dorsetgills
  • Score: -12

12:44pm Tue 8 Jul 14

mw2010 says...

you need to sort the access to Poole Port motorway all the way
you need to sort the access to Poole Port motorway all the way mw2010
  • Score: 13

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