Poole quay development on target to boost business

08 Aug 2017
Robin Walker and Jim Stewart

Robin Walker, Brexit minister, visited the Port of Poole’s South Quay development and discussed Brexit-related issues with Jim Stewart (pictured right), CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners

Construction of the Port of Poole’s South Quay is on target and will allow for more shipping and marine activities.

The update was issued as Robin Walker, Brexit minister, visited harbour commissioners at the expansion site.

Jim Stewart, CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the Minister. We engaged in a fruitful and constructive dialogue on a range of issues relating to Brexit. We were also able to show the Minister the excellent progress that we are making on the construction of our new South Quay.”

The £10m 200m long deepwater quay is due to be completed in December. The development is part of a bid to ensure the port can offer the same opportunities as its competitors.

Worcester MP Mr Walker also met with representatives from the fisheries, tourism and shipping sectors in Poole. Discussions were held about the challenges and opportunities arising from Brexit as part of the Government's commitment to engage with people across the country on the EU exit.

Mr Walker commented: “I was very pleased to visit Poole Harbour and meet representatives from many of the region’s key sectors, including tourism, fishing and shipping. These sectors are the beating heart of this region’s economy and make a significant contribution to the UK economy as a whole.

“These constructive discussions will help us ensure we embrace the significant opportunities our EU exit presents and fully address the challenges it poses to different parts of the country.”