10 APR 2014

Latest Developments 10th April

Local news very positive about the effect of the changes announced by the Hon. Stephen Hammond MP Minister for Transport on the 9th April at the Marina Hotel in Dover. http://kentonline.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

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28 NOV 2013

Your Town, Your Port, Your Future, Your Decision

The below extract by Simon Finlay is from Dover Express 28/11/13

A COMMUNITY port proposal should be put to the residents of Dover in a referendum, MP Charlie Elphicke has claimed.

Mr Elphicke spoke after the visit of Ports Minister Stephen Hammond on Monday.

Mr Hammond had a series of one-to-one meetings at the Dover Marina Hotel with town leaders in a bid to gauge local feeling as he considers the future of the port.

Mr Elphicke, who is a vocal supporter of the People's Port community sale idea, said: "The minister will be looking actively at all options now. But I do feel that if a proposal, whatever it might be, is proposed that it should be is put to the people in a referendum for them to decide.

 

"I welcomed the minister's visit and it's really important that he listens to all interested parties in charting the way forward. There is a real opportunity here to secure the future of the port and transform the docks, harbour areas and regenaerate other parts of the town."

Dover Harbour Board, the People's Port, ferry companies, Dover District Council and the town council all had audiences with the minister.

A DHB spokesman said chief executive Tim Waggott spent aboutround 40 minutes with Mr Hammond.

He added: "It was a good, positive discussion. They talked about the thriving performance of the port and our regeneration vision."

People's Port spokesman Neil Wiggins said: "It was a very positive set of meetings. I believe the minister heard all that he needed to hear."

In his weekly Dover Express, Mr Elphicke writes: "I feel it is essential that Dover becomes a form of community port."

Read more: http://www.dover-express.co.uk/Dover-people-decide-town-s-future-referendum/story-20228283-detail/story.html#ixzz2lwgghRbh

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08 NOV 2013

Minister Takes a Personal Interest

A Statement from the Hon. Stephen Hammond MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport with special responsibility for ports and shipping has been issued this morning.

The statement which confirms the current Chairman of DHB, George Jenkins, as Chair effective January 1st 2014 and goes on to emphasise the importance of the port to the nation is reproduced in full below.

"Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has today (8 November 2013) re-appointed George Jenkins as Chair of the Dover Harbour Board. The appointment will take effect on 1 January 2014.

This follows the minister's decision earlier this year to refresh the board through the appointment of 3 new non-executive directors with special responsibilities: Erik Ostergaard for port marine operations, Frank Martin for local partnerships, and Bob Lane for regeneration.

Mr Hammond praised the work that has been done by the refreshed board and executive team in improving relationships with port users, and re-launching engagement with the local community. He noted that this major port has continued to operate effectively and efficiently, as we all saw during the recent storm.

Mr Hammond said:

I am keen that Dover Harbour Board builds on the foundations put in place over recent months, and ensures the port's position as a significant part of our transport infrastructure, both now and in the future.

There is more to be done to ensure that one of the UK's major ports realises all possibilities of regeneration for the town and citizens of Dover. I intend to make sure that this happens, and that all parties are properly involved to achieve what we all want – a thriving Dover.

The minister plans to visit Dover later this year, to see first hand what has worked well since his last visit to the port in January, and to understand what more might be achieved.

He intends to hold discussions with interested parties, to inform ongoing work on how government, the port, its users, and the local community can best interact for the benefit of all."

The DPPT is very pleased to read of the Minister's personal involvement with and commitment to ensuring that the port realises all possibilities to deliver a thriving Dover and look forward to being able to welcome and meet with him when he comes to Dover.

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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

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 Fund.

The objective is that the port users, community and the Port establish a new partnership and work in harmony for the improvement of port operations, investment in infrastructure, seafront and town rejuvenation. In this way, the port will be run in the community and national interest and deliver more jobs and money for a community that has been beset by deprivation for too long. The stakeholders are empowered through representation on the Boards of both the Trust and PortCo, which will be reinforced through binding agreements.

Governance Structure of RegenCo

It is recommended that:

DPPT directly holds 100% of the equity of RegenCo as the representative of the local community.

The structure of the RegenCo Board is designed to ensure that an appropriate balance is achieved between the need to run the company in a commercial, appropriately entrepreneurial and cost effective manner and the need to ensure that it can fulfil its potential as a facilitator of regeneration in Dover.

Membership of the Board should consist of:

Up to three Executive Directors, of which one will be the Fund Manager/Chief Executive. Not less than three independent Non-Executive Directors, appointed by the DPPT Board on the recommendation of the RegenCo Board. An independent Non-Executive Chairman.

Non-Executive Directors will:

Be appointed for an initial period of three years, and thereafter usually for a term not exceeding ,say, six or nine years Be appointed on a sequential basis so that at least a proportion of the total Board is reappointed every yearHave suitable experience and background as Non-Executive DirectorsBenefit from knowledge in areas relevant to the Board, namely property, finance, and managementBe independent of each major local Stakeholder.

Interrelationship between PortCo and RegenCo

Structurally, it is recommended that PortCo and RegenCo are both wholly-owned subsidiaries of DPPT, i.e. are sister companies rather than one being the parent of the other. This facilitates the following:

The requisite financial ring-fencing between the two companies to satisfy PortCo funders that RegenCo performance cannot adversely impact PortCo

For governance purposes the DPPT Board has direct control of both companies and can be the ultimate arbitrator over any disagreements between PortCo and RegenCo on issues of common interest.

It is recommended that PortCo and RegenCo have different (and independent) Boards of Directors and that business between the two companies is conducted on arms-length terms. For most of their activities, the two companies will have a very different focus (PortCo running port operations and RegenCo focussed solely on regeneration). The Boards and executive management will therefore require very different skill-sets. However, it is suggested that, initially at least, one person is the independent Chairman of both companies. This is believed essential to facilitate sensible co-operation between the two companies on the key waterfront development where both companies will inevitably need to work closely in tandem.

It is recommended that on completion of the transaction whereby DPPT acquires the business of DHB, the non-core operating property assets of PortCo are transferred to RegenCo. It is suggested that this probably will not include those buildings within the security zone of the Eastern Docks but would include all the DHB properties on/around Marine Parade, possibly Lord Warden House and any land holdings outside of the Docks. Consideration could be given to PortCo's management at some juncture transferring into office space within the security zone freeing up the prime-positioned Harbour House on Marine Parade.

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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 Poll:

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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