Poole Harbour Commissioners receive Ministerial visit to the Port of Poole

Robin Walker, UK Government Minister for Exiting the EU, and Jim Stewart, CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners.
Robin Walker, UK Government Minister for Exiting the EU, and Jim Stewart, CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners.

Poole Harbour Commissioners received a special Parliamentary visit to the Port of Poole South Quay harbour expansion from Robin Walker, Minister for the Department for Exiting the European Union.

The Worcester MP met with Jim Stewart, CEO Poole Harbour Commissioners, along with representatives from the fisheries, tourism and shipping sectors in Poole. Discussions were held about the challenges and opportunities arising from Brexit as part of the Government's commitment to engage with people across the country on the EU exit.

Jim Stewart, CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners said, “It was a pleasure to meet the Minister. We engaged in a fruitful and constructive dialogue on a range of issues relating to Brexit. We were also able to show the Minister the excellent progress that we are making on the construction of our new South Quay. Work is well underway on the new 200m long deep water quay.  The £10 million project will be completed by the December 2017, and will ensure that the Port remains competitive with facilities that can accommodate a much wider range of shipping and marine activities.”

Following the meeting, the Minister was accompanied by Jim Stewart and Tommy Russell, Chairman for Poole and District Fishermen's Association to the Port of Poole Marina and boarded a fishing boat moored in the marina.

UK Government Minister for Exiting the EU, Robin Walker, said: “I was very pleased to visit Poole Harbour and meet representatives from many of the region’s key sectors, including tourism, fishing and shipping. These sectors are the beating heart of this region’s economy and make a significant contribution to the UK economy as a whole. These constructive discussions will help us ensure we embrace the significant opportunities our EU exit presents and fully address the challenges it poses to different parts of the country.”

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