Shoreham Port held a successful Annual Public Meeting this week at The Barn Theatre in Southwick. It was an opportunity for local residents and port users to learn about the port’s developments, talk to the team and ask questions. The Chairman of the Board, Dennis Scard and the Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn reported on the port’s key achievements to date including the progression of the Parker Steel site, plus other terminals and an update on the port Masterplan, which will create many jobs in the local community.
A variety of questions of a general nature were raised including access over the lock gates. Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive explained that although the fencing is high it is a requirement under the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS). Julian Seaman, Harbour Master provided an update on the development of the West Arm for Leisure users, in response to a query over supplying additional mooring facilities at Silver Sands and Mud Flat C. The cleanliness of the beach was also discussed, following the recent clean-up campaign by local volunteers. Board member, John Rodway commented that Adur District Council also clean the beach in the summer.
Rodney Lunn drew the meeting to a close on a positive note, and said that “despite the tough economic trading conditions the port has had an excellent start to the year, and the outlook for the future is bright”. The attendees at the meeting felt the port was being open and transparent and local resident Mark Flower said that the Public Meeting “was the best in 7 years “.
The date and location of the Public Meeting for 2012 will be announced soon. We always welcome feedback, so please email any comments on how to improve our meeting for next year to firstname.lastname@example.org.