Marchwood campaigners to send petition to Downing Street for better consultation over plans

Residents fighting for a say over port plans

Marchwood Military Port

David Harrison

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter, New Forest

Campaigners calling for residents to be consulted over the future of Marchwood Military Port are taking their fight to Downing Street.

Parish councillors have launched a petition urging the Government to seek the views of people living near the 330-acre base.

It follows a behind-closed-doors meeting last month at which civic chiefs were updated on plans to sell the port.

As reported in the Daily Echo, councillors leaving the meeting said the Ministry of Defence should carry out a “proper” public consultation exercise.

The petition has already been signed by about 400 people and is due to be handed into 10 Downing Street next month.

Associated British Ports (ABP) has expressed an interest in the port, sparking fears that road and rail traffic in the area will increase if the company is allowed to take over the facility.

Marchwood is home to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, which is due to remain. But ABP is keen to use part of the site as a car storage facility, creating up to 400 jobs in a scheme similar to multi-storey car compounds at Southampton Docks.

Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, which occupies a prime site on the western shores of Southampton Water.

Parish council chairman Keith Petty said: “We are not NIMBYs. We just want to ensure that any new development is managed in such a way that it does not have a major impact on the lives of Waterside residents.”

County councillor David Harrison added: “Plans to develop the port for commercial use will likely have far-reaching impacts for many years to come.

“It’s ironic that the MoD exists to defend democracy in this country but appears to have a blind spot when it comes to this part of the New Forest.

“They need to engage with us. That means taking on board our concerns, not merely briefing us on the bits they think are important.”

Campaigners are determined to collect more than 1,000 signatures by the time they take the petition to London.

Parish councillors have also written a letter that the MoD has agreed to present to all potential buyers of the port, known as the Sea Mounting Centre.

The letter highlights the council’s concerns over a potential rise in road and rail traffic in the Marchwood area.

It adds: “The Sea Mounting Centre borders the New Forest National Park and Dibden Bay, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

“Any change of use needs to take into account the environmental impacts on these protected areas.”

An MoD spokesman said: “The MoD continues to work with the local council planning team. It will be the responsibility of any future Marchwood port operator to comply with any planning requirements.”

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12:48pm Mon 28 Jul 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, stone me first they rape and pillage our football team now they want take over our Port, what's next?
Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, stone me first they rape and pillage our football team now they want take over our Port, what's next? OSPREYSAINT
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4:36pm Mon 28 Jul 14

WoolstonSean says...

The only positive outcome is for ABP to acquire Marchwood Military Port as it's inevitable that they will, it will help the Port expand with the current car import/export business and will also add to more jobs on the Waterside.
The only positive outcome is for ABP to acquire Marchwood Military Port as it's inevitable that they will, it will help the Port expand with the current car import/export business and will also add to more jobs on the Waterside. WoolstonSean
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5:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

forest hump says...

WoolstonSean wrote:
The only positive outcome is for ABP to acquire Marchwood Military Port as it's inevitable that they will, it will help the Port expand with the current car import/export business and will also add to more jobs on the Waterside.
Agree, ABP own most of the land between the Port and Hythe Marina so it would be a strategic fit. The sooner Dibden Bay is developed, the better.
[quote][p][bold]WoolstonSean[/bold] wrote: The only positive outcome is for ABP to acquire Marchwood Military Port as it's inevitable that they will, it will help the Port expand with the current car import/export business and will also add to more jobs on the Waterside.[/p][/quote]Agree, ABP own most of the land between the Port and Hythe Marina so it would be a strategic fit. The sooner Dibden Bay is developed, the better. forest hump
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6:36pm Mon 28 Jul 14

loosehead says...

So the councillors want a say in what a port can do?
The question should be is this a Port? answer YES .will it remain a port? Answer YES so what's your problem as it can't need planning permission to remain what it already is.
The Military won't be going as it must still be capable of being used by the military.
Maybe NIMBY Harrison is mored worried that if ABP take it on & prove to be a good neighbour support for his NIMBY agenda will vanish & Dibden becomes what it's infill was for part of the docks.
I wonder if Harrison has asked his NO campaign if they'd object to Dibden being a cruise port?
So the councillors want a say in what a port can do? The question should be is this a Port? answer YES .will it remain a port? Answer YES so what's your problem as it can't need planning permission to remain what it already is. The Military won't be going as it must still be capable of being used by the military. Maybe NIMBY Harrison is mored worried that if ABP take it on & prove to be a good neighbour support for his NIMBY agenda will vanish & Dibden becomes what it's infill was for part of the docks. I wonder if Harrison has asked his NO campaign if they'd object to Dibden being a cruise port? loosehead
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7:51pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Nothing on the Waterside regarding the Job Market lets have a Proud of to be English a Container Berths!

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Nothing on the Waterside regarding the Job Market lets have a Proud of to be English a Container Berths! --+ Fatty x Ford Worker
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7:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Watch out the Scouse want to berth the QE2 there!
Watch out the Scouse want to berth the QE2 there! Fatty x Ford Worker
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9:46pm Mon 28 Jul 14

forest hump says...

How the hell can Dibden Bay be SSSI?? It is a reclaimed muddy bog specifically designed for Port Development. Just get on and build the **** thing.
How the hell can Dibden Bay be SSSI?? It is a reclaimed muddy bog specifically designed for Port Development. Just get on and build the **** thing. forest hump
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7:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

one in the crowd says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, stone me first they rape and pillage our football team now they want take over our Port, what's next?
Before you kick-off about Liverpool here are some facts you should know about !

ABP own port facilities in the riverside suburb of Liverpool called Garston and have done ever since ABP was created.

The Port of Garston, also known as Garston Docks is a group of docks on the River Mersey at Garston, Liverpool, England. It is operated by Associated British Ports.

Garston Dock was originally set up by the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway Company in June 1853. It contains Old Dock, North Dock and Stalbridge Dock. The facilities include a very small container handling facility and a rail yard.

What's wrong with Peel Ports running a facility by you, surely we don't want ABP to have a " MONOPOLY ".
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, stone me first they rape and pillage our football team now they want take over our Port, what's next?[/p][/quote]Before you kick-off about Liverpool here are some facts you should know about ! ABP own port facilities in the riverside suburb of Liverpool called Garston and have done ever since ABP was created. The Port of Garston, also known as Garston Docks is a group of docks on the River Mersey at Garston, Liverpool, England. It is operated by Associated British Ports. Garston Dock was originally set up by the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway Company in June 1853. It contains Old Dock, North Dock and Stalbridge Dock. The facilities include a very small container handling facility and a rail yard. What's wrong with Peel Ports running a facility by you, surely we don't want ABP to have a " MONOPOLY ". one in the crowd
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3:32pm Tue 29 Jul 14

loosehead says...

one in the crowd wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, stone me first they rape and pillage our football team now they want take over our Port, what's next?
Before you kick-off about Liverpool here are some facts you should know about !

ABP own port facilities in the riverside suburb of Liverpool called Garston and have done ever since ABP was created.

The Port of Garston, also known as Garston Docks is a group of docks on the River Mersey at Garston, Liverpool, England. It is operated by Associated British Ports.

Garston Dock was originally set up by the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway Company in June 1853. It contains Old Dock, North Dock and Stalbridge Dock. The facilities include a very small container handling facility and a rail yard.

What's wrong with Peel Ports running a facility by you, surely we don't want ABP to have a " MONOPOLY ".
These objectors don't want a "PORT" full stop no matter who runs it.
This is a Port is going to stay a port so why should they say what happens in the port as long as it's port related activities?
[quote][p][bold]one in the crowd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Liverpool-based Peel Ports is also eyeing up the facility, stone me first they rape and pillage our football team now they want take over our Port, what's next?[/p][/quote]Before you kick-off about Liverpool here are some facts you should know about ! ABP own port facilities in the riverside suburb of Liverpool called Garston and have done ever since ABP was created. The Port of Garston, also known as Garston Docks is a group of docks on the River Mersey at Garston, Liverpool, England. It is operated by Associated British Ports. Garston Dock was originally set up by the St. Helens and Runcorn Gap Railway Company in June 1853. It contains Old Dock, North Dock and Stalbridge Dock. The facilities include a very small container handling facility and a rail yard. What's wrong with Peel Ports running a facility by you, surely we don't want ABP to have a " MONOPOLY ".[/p][/quote]These objectors don't want a "PORT" full stop no matter who runs it. This is a Port is going to stay a port so why should they say what happens in the port as long as it's port related activities? loosehead
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