letter, sent by the Department for Transport February 2013 concerning
the “Dover People's Port Trust” (DPPT), has been exclusively
published on Celtic Britannia.
Government’s position on the future of Dover Harbour was set out by
the Maritime Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, following his visit to
Dover on 30 January 2013 when he said:
Harbour Board has a new chair and I’m pleased to see them tackling
the issues at hand. Following the Minister of State’s decision
before Christmas not to approve the Dover Harbour Board’s transfer
scheme that would have allowed privatisation, it is now for the board
to consider all the available options for the long term future of the
This remains the Government’s position.
asked about the status of Dover People’s Port Trust (DPPT)
proposals. As you may know, DPPT submitted an offer to the Government
to purchase the port of Dover in November 2010. However, in response
the Minister explained to DPPT that the Port of Dover was not an
asset that belongs to the Government – it was (and remains) owned
and operated by Dover Harbour Board (DHB). The Government was not
therefore in a position to consider direct offers for the port.
of course DHB’s own transfer scheme was being considered at that
time, which, if it had been approved, would have given DPPT an
opportunity to make an offer for the port as part of the sale
process. DPPT has not submitted any further offers for the port since
November 2010, although they made representations to the Department
on DHB’s proposed transfer scheme (as summarised in the annex to
the decision letter of 20 December 2012) and have also written on
we see that the “Dover People's Port Trust” (DPPT), which made an
offer in November 2010 to the Government to purchase the Port of
Dover, was told then that the Government was not even taking this
offer into consideration.
the “People's Port” has never made another offer to the
Government since November 2010.
further still, only if the Government had accepted the Dover Harbour
Board (DHB) privatisation bid, would the “Dover People's Port
Trust” have had an opportunity to make their offer to Dover Harbour
Board, along with any other person, group or company that may so have
wished to purchase the Port of Dover.
the Decision Minister rejected the DHB privatisation scheme on 20th
December 2012, he wrote, concerning my Port proposal:
correspondent suggested the creation of a port service toll to fund
ports, and to provide funding for the local authorities in which
ports were based as well as an income stream for central Government.
The levy would be £50 for a heavy
goods vehicle with smaller
amounts for other types of vehicle.”
least my proposal was taken into consideration as an alternative
option. But that of DPPT, the "People's Port", was never even considered by the Government. Another of my proposals to the Department for Transport, as presented in my representations on the DHB privatisation scheme, was a rail link to Dover's Western Docks for freight transport. The Government has not accepted my Port toll proposals for County, District and Town funding. Only British Party campaigns for Prosperity over the British Isles, no other party. British Party shall not fail.
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