Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has set out plans for the future of the Port of Dover.
The plans will enable the community and port to work together, boosting commercial development and potentially regenerating the port.
Stephen Hammond said:
Dover is a thriving port with a proud history and today I have set out changes to the port’s constitution and financial powers that will help it grow in the future, and put the community at the heart of decision-making at the port.
I believe these steps are what is needed to secure a shared and enduring future for the port. I now urge the town and the port to work together to deliver its full potential.
– Stephen Hammond, Shipping and Transport Minister
Two tanker drivers are in police custody in Kent after an emergency at the Port of Dover in which 15 asylum seekers were heard knocking - in apparent distress, from the inside of a tanker on a cross-channel ferry.
Some of the fifteen people were treated by paramedics at the scene. Two were taken to hospital. They were all were tested for exposure to hazardous substances.
The incident was a chilling reminder of the tragedy at Dover 13 years ago, when 58 asylum seekers were found suffocated in the back of a sealed lorry. David Johns reports.
Fifteen asylum seekers have been found in a tanker onboard P&O's Spirit of France ferry at the Eastern Docks in the Port of Dover. Meridian reporter David Johns spoke to our presenter Amanda Piper about the incident, live from the scene on the afternoon of 11th July 2013.
Mr Goldfield said in a statement announcing his departure from the role of chief executive:"For the past 11 years, I have had the honour to be the Chief Executive of the UK’s premier port and certainly one of the World’s busiest ports.
"Those 11 years have been, in turn, exciting, demanding and challenging.”
The Port’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Waggott, will be appointed as Acting CEO on June 1. Mr Goldfield will carry out other duties for the harbour board in advance of his September departure.
A campaign group set up with the aim of taking over the Port of Dover in Kent has sent letters to 55,000 local households asking for support. The organisation wants residents to join the 'People's Port Trust' which was formed in response to the Port of Dover's Harbour Board's plans to sell the site.