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19th December 2014 - Press Release

Christmas reminds us of the importance of being together



A personal message from Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover

Christmas should be a time of hope, a time of joy and a time of bringing family and friends together. That has been our focus with our community throughout the year and it will be the focus with our customers as we prepare for what is set to be one of our busiest Christmas seasons yet. With around half a million customers expected to travel through Dover between 19th December and 5th January, we will be working hard to bring many people together over the festive period.

2014 has been a hugely positive year for the Port of Dover and for the community and my team and I would like to thank you all for your support. Before we move quickly ahead into the New Year, let’s reflect on what we have achieved together already.

 

TOGETHER WE HAVE ACHIEVED SO MUCH

 

We have formed brilliant partnerships and gained strong community participation with regular public workshops helping to establish our future plans, bringing the Port and community together under a shared vision. I have been greatly encouraged to see such positive and passionate engagement. We also celebrated new powers to deliver for Dover, allowing us to play a bigger part than ever in the town’s regeneration.

We have strengthened community support and activities and I was delighted to announce that Dover Harbour Board had committed £¼ million to the launch the Port of Dover Community Fund. We must now ensure that Dover receives the best opportunity from this significant new fund. The Port of Dover Community Regatta returned bigger and better as thousands of people enjoyed a vibrant waterfront and we all shared in Dover’s wonderful maritime heritage.

We continued investing in local people as the YES (Youth Engagement Scheme) initiative expanded with new apprenticeship opportunities and a bursary scheme. I remain absolutely committed to providing a host of opportunities to local young people and I was overjoyed that we recently secured an exciting new partnership with East Kent College to match local skills training with future Port opportunities. As we invest in our future and that of Dover, there will be a greater demand for appropriately skilled people and we need to ensure that we can continue to recruit them locally.

We are committed to continuing our major investment in world class infrastructure. The Traffic Management Improvement project continues to be delivered in the ferry terminal, improving capacity and helping reduce congestion through the town. Our flagship Dover Western Docks Revival project was launched, developing a shared vision of the future with 600 new jobs and major waterfront regeneration being made possible. The £120 million that we have already committed to the first phase represents our biggest ever single investment in Dover.

Together we will continue delivering a growing and successful business. The Port of Dover handles £89 billion of trade and with over 20% more freight traffic handled in the past two years, Dover will continue to play a vital part in support of a growing economy.

 

TOGETHER WE WILL ACHIEVE SO MUCH MORE

 

It is important that we start 2015 with the same momentum with which we finished this year and work together to turn an exciting vision into reality.

So from myself, my family and all of us here at the best port in the world, may your Christmas and New Year be filled with joy, celebration and rest. I expect 2015 to be busy and prosperous, yet happy and filled with the commitment of us all to really deliver for Dover.

TIM WAGGOTT

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PORT OF DOVER

 

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