In January 2010, Dover Harbour Board published its proposals for a transfer scheme to enable it to privatise the Port of Dover so that, among other things, it could access private investment to build capacity at the port. There was a statutory period of 8 weeks for those with an interest to make representations about the transfer scheme, which ended on 25 March 2010.
Since publishing its proposals in January, Dover Harbour Board has continued to discuss the proposed transfer scheme and the associated proposals for a Port of Dover Community Trust and Employee Share Ownership Trust with local organisations, including the local councils, as well as port users. In recognition of this and the importance of the issue to the people of Dover, I have therefore decided to ask Dover Harbour Board to publish more information about the nature and likely impact of the scheme than was available at the time of the statutory consultation, including details of the Port of Dover Community Trust and Employee Share Ownership Trust. This will give those organisations and individuals with an interest in the Port of Dover a further and better-informed opportunity to comment on Dover Harbour Board’s proposals.
Notices inviting written representations will be published in local newspapers, and those who have already written to the department, including the local councils, local organisations and port users, are welcome to write again and provide any further comments they may have.
The period for further comments will run until Friday 27 August 2010.