How Hull's cruise terminal could look if it was at St Andrew's Quay
St Andrew's Quay in Hull - artist's impressions of what a new marina and cruise liner terminal could look like
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Oct 2017
St Andrew’s Quay would be the “ideal location” for Hull’s proposed cruise liner terminal – and not the built-up Victoria Dock , says Hull-based MEP Mike Hookem.
The UKIP politician said building the proposed terminal at St Andrew’s Quay, a derelict former fishing dock a mile from the city centre, would “solve many of the issues” around pollution and congestion fears associated with the possibility of cruise ships berthing next to The Deep in Victoria Docks.
Mr Hookem has written to every councillor in the city to express concerns over Hull City Council's current preference to build the £55m terminal near the Victoria Dock housing estate, a retirement home and nearby schools.
Marlene Harrison, a Victoria Docks resident, told the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP that she was worried about the noise and the pollution a cruise terminal would cause.
“They [the ships] are going to be there for 12 hours a day, from 6am, loading and unloading,” she said. “There will be noise for all of that time.”
Mr Hookem, who grew up in Hessle Road, said a “lack of access and parking in the area” meant it would be difficult for coach operators to collect and drop off passengers from Victoria Docks.
As an alternative, the UKIP fisheries spokesman has been working with designers on a proposal to bring St Andrew’s Quay back into use as a “fitting tribute to the 6,000 fishermen who left the dock, never to return”.
New images show how St Andrew’s Quay could be regenerated to fit a Humber cruise liner terminal, as well as provide a new marina for the 110 boat owners still waiting for a spot in the oversubscribed Hull Marina.
The rejuvenated dock could “rival” similar waterside regeneration efforts in other cities, including Liverpool’s Albert Dock – home to the only Tate gallery outside the south of England – according to Mr Hookem.
He described it as the “ideal site” for future cruise liners to stop off, given both its proximity to Hull but also the easy access to the A63, linking visitors to other tourist destinations, including Beverley, York, Leeds and Lincoln.
He said: “This currently derelict site is away from residential areas, it is close to road links that could easily serve various locations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, it has room for both coach and car parking and and could be redeveloped to the benefit of the whole community.”
Mr Hookem said the current landowner of the site was “prepared to make a market rate offer” for the Lord Line building , disused since the 1970s, in order to “consolidate” the ownership of the site.
Manor Property Group, which currently own the landmark former trawler company offices on the dock, submitted plans in June for it to be demolished, along with a grade-II listed nearby pump house.
Liberal Democrat councillor, Adam Williams, who represents the Victoria Docks area, said he was “pleased” that resident’s concerns were being acknowledged by the MEP.
But Councillor Steve Brady, leader of the Labour-run city council, questioned whether the St Andrew’s Quay location would create the benefits for the city centre that are needed in order to secure public and private investment for the terminal.
“My initial thought with St Andrew’s Dock is that these cruise visitors would be taken straight-up the motorway to York and Leeds,” said Mr Brady.
“The city centre would not get the footfall that Victoria Docks would provide. Businesses support the terminal being there – it would be a massive shot in the arm for the city centre.
“We need to give the Government every reason to invest and show them that this will bring a high percentage of visitors into our pubs and city centre restaurants, and that this will provide jobs and future development.”
Mr Brady said the council also had concerns over the fact there were “multiple owners” of the St Andrew’s Quay site, whereas the land around Victoria Dock is mainly council-owned.
“There is a lot of consultation left to do,” he said. “Nothing will be built unless all the fine details over accommodation and transport have been sorted out.”
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