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Lots at stake in Liverpool

[ October 19, 2012   //   ]

The Port of Liverpool says it is close to securing Marine Management Organisation (MMO) licences for its scheme for a new container port by 2015.

Managing director Gary Hodgson said the formal consultation period between now and the MMO’s decision in December as critically important. He said:

“The three licences cover navigation issues in the river during the construction of the new Port plus our plans for managing the material we dredge and environmental considerations. We have taken great care to anticipate potential objections but we operate in an extremely competitive marketplace and it is not unknown for rivals to raise objections at the eleventh hour, causing applicants extra cost and delay. If that happens we want to ensure we have the backing of our local community and influential business figures and politicians. So much is at stake and I’d like this to be a real cause celebre.”

The Port had an exhibition stand at the recent Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham and has started a campaign to inform MPs and MEPs of all parties about its investment programme. Gary Hodgson added: “The MMO consultation ends on 5th November and = assuming we get no serious delays, we expect to get the formal go ahead early in December. A completion date of 2015 very much in our sights.”