18 SEP 2013

AGM 2013 Dover Town Hall

The AGM 2013 of DPPT held on the 13th September 2013 at Dover Town Hall

Chairman's Statement and report:

Chairman reported on the events and work of the DPPT throughout 2012 and its collaborations with UNITE the union, the Port's Users, workforce, Town Councillors and the membership of DPPT; the preparation and presentation of consultation documents for the Department of Transport and the level of personal representations which eventually led to the rejection of the DHB's private equity sale plans on 20th December 2012. The Chair thanked the membership for their personal engagement with the consultation process. The Chair went on to make a brief statement about what has been happening since the end of 2012 – the detailed examination of the decision Minister's statement and letter leading to the formulation and presentation to Government of several strong representations on behalf of the communities of the Dover area and the membership of the Trust about the future ownership and Governance of the port. The Chair expressed his vision that investment into the Town and a new pro-active partnership between port and town could be achieved and that the new approach by the Executive and Board of the DHB towards customer and community relations was most encouraging.

Good news this morning 20th December 2012 for all DPPT members, the communities of Dover and Deal, the Port's workforce and the Port's users, The Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns MP, announced his decision to refuse permission for the Dover Harbour Board to sell the port to private owners from where ever. The full text of the decision can be found by clicking here

01 JUL 2012


Regenco is the working name for the DPPT Regeneration Vehicle established as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dover People's Port Trust with a commencement capital of GB£50million. The key aspect of Regenco is the empowerment of the stakeholders in the running of the Port and the Regeneration...

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02 JUL 2012

Investment Strategy

Here we outline the principles of the investment strategy for RegenCo and reflect the current stage of evolution around the role that RegenCo will play in the Dover local area. RegenCo's overriding strategy will be to facilitate and promote the regeneration of Dover. RegenCo will be operated by a ch...

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03 JUL 2012

Strategy Implementation

It is recommended that implementation of the RegenCo strategy starts with commissioning a new Masterplan. This will clearly need to take full account of, and partially run in parallel to, a strategic reassessment by PortCo of future port capacity requirements based on updated traffic forecasts for f...

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Dover Town Referendum (Parish Poll) Result

The Question: "Do you oppose the private sale of the Port of Dover as proposed by the Dover Harbour Board and support its transfer to the community of Dover instead?"

The Answer:       

Yes = 5244

No = 113

 Spoiled papers = 22

Turnout  25%

 97.5% in favour of Communitisation, a People's Port.

Separate Polls have been conducted by The Dover Society and the UNITE union.

Results for onboard polls are unknown as yet, but the Dover Society Poll and UNITE Poll results are below:

Dover Society Poll:  

Yes = 264

No = 11

Abstain = 3

Replies from 62.6% of members

94.96% in favour of Communitisation, a People's Port.


UNITE asked two questions in the poll that they conducted and the results are expressed as a percentage of those members who responded.

Are You Against Privatisation of the Port of Dover as Proposed by the Dover Harbour Board?

93% of respondents said that, yes they were against the privatisation.

Are You in Favour of the Transfer of the Port of Dover to Community Ownership?

88% of respondents said that, yes they were in favour of Communitisation.

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Why weren't communities surrounding Dover allowed to vote?
- John

John, This was a Parish poll called by the residents of Dover Town. Under the existing Local Government Act, only councils with parish powers can call such a poll, this means that it is not possible to call a district wide poll. The procedure to call such a poll is that residents must collect sufficient signatures on a petition to call a parish meeting with a specific purpose in mind and present the petition to their parish clerk. The parish council must then convene a parish meeting to discuss the issue and to pass a motion. The motion is passed at the Parish meeting by attracting votes in favour of the motion by 10 parish residents or one third of those present, whichever is smaller. Dover Town has so far been the only council with parish powers in the district which has undergone this process and so is the only one that has had a poll and only residents of the parish which has called such a poll may vote in it. Should residents in other parishes wish to conduct a parish poll in their own parishes, then they will need to go through the same process as Dover Town did.
- Neil Wiggins

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We have established a community trust - the Dover People's Port Trust Limited ("People's Port Trust"). Anyone can donate to help our cause and everyone will be welcome to invest in our project. Anyone living in the Dover District will be able to become a member and have a stake in the future of our community. The photo is the community bid being delivered to the Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street. A summary of what we hope to achieve can be found here.

We believe the gateway to the nation should not be sold off overseas. We want to see investment that is needed to make the best of the port for everyone living in Dover and for the UK as a whole. Our vision is to create a new partnership between the town, port and ferry companies - a partnership that will make Dover a really amazing place for travel, to visit and enjoy.

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