Maritime extravaganza will be 'chance to showcase what Poole has to offer'

Bournemouth Echo: Extravaganza: Poole harbour Extravaganza: Poole harbour

POOLE has begun to plan the marine extravaganza it will host in 2017, with the first meeting of its steering committee.

Internationally important European Maritime Week, from May 15 to 21, centres around a two-day maritime conference bringing together experts from shipbuilding, shipping, ports, fisheries, offshore energy, environment, tourism and heritage.

They will seek to address the major challenges they face and issues including economic growth, climate change, sustainable energy and environmental pressure on coasts and seas.

Cabinet portfolio holder Cllr Xena Dion, who helped secure the bid, said: “It is an opportunity for us to showcase what we have here in Poole.

“We have businesses that are leaders in marine technology, high quality training and educational facilities, world class boat building, an internationally acclaimed lifeboat training college and, to cap it all, an environment of outstanding natural beauty."

The committee includes senior representatives of Borough of Poole, the RNLI, Maritime and Coastal Agency, British Marine Federation, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole College.

They discussed what would provide a lasting legacy for residents and agreed that economic vibrancy, attracting inward investment and providing high quality training and jobs associated with marine industries would be a measurement of success.

Members agreed the events, attractions and activities should last the whole week and draw visitors from far and wide, and to seek agreement from the European Commission that the theme should be maritime security.

PHC chief executive Jim Stewart, elected committee chairman, said: “With the number of businesses we have here in Poole, as well as nationwide, who are on the cutting edge of innovation in maritime surveillance and security systems, and with the global leadership the Royal Navy provides in protecting coasts and seas worldwide, it would be totally relevant to have this conference theme in Poole.”

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7:50am Wed 1 Jan 14

master plan says...

3 years to plan a **** up and a waste of money better off spending it on rejuvenating the high street!
3 years to plan a **** up and a waste of money better off spending it on rejuvenating the high street! master plan

9:27am Wed 1 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Cabinet portfolio holder Cllr Xena Dion, who helped secure the bid, said........

How much was the "Bid" to the taxpayer?
Cabinet portfolio holder Cllr Xena Dion, who helped secure the bid, said........ How much was the "Bid" to the taxpayer? BIGTONE

10:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Surely Portland is home to the nearest Royal Navy facility (unless you count the marines at Hamworthy)?
Surely Portland is home to the nearest Royal Navy facility (unless you count the marines at Hamworthy)? Yankee1

5:51am Thu 2 Jan 14

manyogie says...

Cllr Xena Dion is quoted on her own page as saying;
"Listening to people's views and ensuring their perspective is heard. Even if it doesn't get what they want or need, it's important they were able to put their views forward to the right people."
So, in other words, say what you will, I,ll do my own thing!
Says it all!
Cllr Xena Dion is quoted on her own page as saying; "Listening to people's views and ensuring their perspective is heard. Even if it doesn't get what they want or need, it's important they were able to put their views forward to the right people." So, in other words, say what you will, I,ll do my own thing! Says it all! manyogie

2:00pm Thu 2 Jan 14

adspacebroker says...

Actually this is the best thing that will happen to Poole in the next decade! Think about it! It is not about putting a bunch of tents up and singing 'ging gang gooly' its about raising the profile and welcoming thousands of people to visit and support the local economy. On top of which it will increase the potential for marine industry create more jobs and attract more marine companies. Funnily enough we have lots of water lapping about the place with a major port and marine leisure facilities all over the place. My understanding is that this is not at cost to the local tax payer.
Actually this is the best thing that will happen to Poole in the next decade! Think about it! It is not about putting a bunch of tents up and singing 'ging gang gooly' its about raising the profile and welcoming thousands of people to visit and support the local economy. On top of which it will increase the potential for marine industry create more jobs and attract more marine companies. Funnily enough we have lots of water lapping about the place with a major port and marine leisure facilities all over the place. My understanding is that this is not at cost to the local tax payer. adspacebroker

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