VIDEO: The campaign to turn Dover into a People's Port is celebrating a breakthrough tonight. A privatisation scheme that could have seen the port sold to a foreign operator was blocked by the Transport Secretary today. David Johns reports.
Dover could become a so-called "People's Port" after a privatisation scheme was blocked by the Government today. The Transport Secretary said he wanted to see bigger 'community involvement' in the port's future. But Dover Harbour Board says today's decision is the wrong move.
The Government has announced it won't allow the port of Dover to be sold off under a scheme proposed by the Harbour Board. The Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns, says the proposed scheme "would not ensure a sufficient level of enduring community participation in the port."
He also told the House of Commons that "other options" are available to secure the redevelopment of the Western Docks.
The Parliamentary under Secretary of State, Stephen Hammond, as Minister for Maritime will now discuss with Dover Harbour Board, their plans for the future of the port.
A thousand shares have now been sold by the Dover People's Port Trust, set up to give local people a chance to own the town's port.