Why council boss is adamant by the Deep is right place for Hull's cruise ship terminal
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Sep 2017
City council leader Steve Brady has defended the choice of location for Hull's proposed new cruise ship terminal.
A £50m funding bid is currently being drawn up for the development on the Humber next to The Deep.
But Liberal Democrat Councillor Adam Williams, who represents the area, is continuing to question whether it is a suitable site.
At today's full council meeting, he challenged senior Labour councillors to justify a decision to favour the site ahead of an alternative option of Albert Dock.
Responding, Councillor Brady said: "I believe the majority of people on Victoria Dock are behind this because they see the opportunities for the city.
"It is a working river and it will always be so."
Cllr Brady said he fully expected the terminal project to happen and believed the eventual operator would be a "perfect neighbour" in the way as Siemens has become with its factory on nearby Alexandra Dock.
"The cruise terminal will create quality jobs and bring more visitors into the city to cement the feeling that Hull is a really nice place to visit," he said.
"If we don't do this we will just end up going back into our shell and will not be able to make the improvements we need in the long-term."
Councillor Martin Mancey, cabinet member for regeneration, said Albert Dock's owners Associated British Ports had indicated it intended continuing commercial operations there for the foreseeable future, making it unsuitable for any new terminal development.
He said visiting cruise ships would be required to switch off their diesel engines while berthed to run on electric power only to address potential pollution and noise issues.
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