Shoreham Port were delighted to host their Annual Public & Stakeholders Meeting earlier this week in The Barn Theatre at Southwick Community Centre. Following the success of the meeting in previous years, Tuesday’s event had an audience of over 70 people, with those attending consisting of boat owners, port users and local residents; reflecting the wide range of stakeholders found within the footprint of Shoreham Port.
Beginning at 6pm, the meeting allowed for the attendees to meet Shoreham Port staff while enjoying some light refreshments before being seated at 6:30pm for the main presentation. The audience heard a brief introduction and welcome from the Port’s Chair, Amber Foster, who then introduced the Port’s Chief Executive, Rodney Lunn.
Rodney’s presentation covered a range of key topics including performance results for the year of 2018 and the outlook for the remainder of 2019. There were also updates regarding the appointment of the UK’s first Port Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change, and the development of the Eastern Arm and the Port’s growing commercial property profile as outlined in the Port’s most recent Masterplan.
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session with members of the audience. An array of topical subjects were discussed including the Port’s development plans for the next few years, the Port’s action plan for biodiversity in collaboration with Brighton and Lewes Biosphere Partnership, and engagement with the public, including the five days of boat tours which are taking place during the first week of July.
Andrew Bradbury, chair of Adur Green Party commented “I was really impressed with the Port's plans and policies. The whole package of operations, commerce, property, partners, environment and diversity is delivering a great exemplar of sustainable business.”
One local stakeholder added “Every Public Meeting gives a good insight into what’s going on at the Port. It’s excellent to see that the Port is looking at climate change and are already making plans to make it more environmentally friendly.”
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “Our annual Public Meeting continues to be an excellent way for stakeholders to voice their views and speak directly to the Shoreham Port team. I have very much enjoyed listening to our stakeholders during these meetings over the last 10 years and I am very grateful for the support they continue to offer the Port.’’