Thank you to all who attended Shoreham Port’s Annual Public and Stakeholder’s Meeting. 75 people including members of the community, local businesses and local authority representatives came together to hear an update about the Port’s trading, outlook and further development plans and discuss current issues.
The evening began with a welcome from Chairman of the Board, James May, followed by a presentation by Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port. Rodney highlighted key achievements to date, provided an informative update on a range of renewable energy projects, including the Brighton and Hove Energy Cooperative solar panel project. Rodney commented “trading wise the Port has got off to an excellent start this year with large volumes of a broad mix of cargoes being brought through the Port, reflecting the upturn in the local economy and developments in the construction market.”
The evening concluded with a question and answers session followed by refreshments, enabling the local community to have an opportunity to ask specific questions and chat directly to the Senior Management Team and the Board.
The majority of stakeholders were very positive about the Port and see it as a central resource for economic growth and regeneration locally, creating many additional jobs.
However, one issue raised was the continuing noise from the steel processing plant at Fishersgate Terminal. Peter Davies, Development Director at Shoreham Port commented “We agreed to facilitate a meeting with the local authority and the residents to try to solve the issue. The local authority is in the best position to deal with the problem as it has the expertise and powers, if required, to deal with such matters. We have every sympathy with those residents affected and will do what we can to help the parties reach agreement on what is acceptable and reasonable.”
Shoreham Port is at the heart of the local community and ensuring good relations with their neighbours and engaging with them when an issue arises is of central importance to the ethos of the port.
David Skinner, Director of Sussex Yacht Club commented “Our relationship with the Port has very much improved over the last few years and we are extremely grateful for the increased mooring capacity at the Port. Thank you also to the team at Shoreham and the Lockmasters who look after the leisure users very well.”
David Donaldson, Adur District Councillor for Eastbrook Ward said “I was one of 75 members of the public who attended Shoreham Port's well presented annual meeting; an event I eagerly look forward to each year. This expertly run enterprise has weathered the recession exceptionally well, with 2014 gathering an excellent trading momentum. As usual, the evening was both interesting and exciting.”
Shoreham Port values feedback from their stakeholders so please pass on any further comments and suggestions for improvement on the Port to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 598100.