Worried residents say The Deep location for Hull's cruise terminal is the wrong place
Artist impression of the cruise terminal
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 May 2017
Worried Victoria Dock residents say a new £31m cruise ship terminal for Hull is being planned in the wrong place.
The city council's preferred site for the ambitious development is next to The Deep.
The site on the Humber was confirmed recently ahead of an alternative option to redevelop part of Albert Dock.
Residents living at nearby Victoria Dock fear building a terminal on their doorsteps would cause traffic chaos in the area and across the city centre.
They laid out their concerns at a hearing into the council's proposed new Local Plan, which determines land use for new development over the next 15 years.
Speaking at the hearing in the Guildhall, resident John Page said a rethink was needed on the whole terminal project.
"Even the feasibility study into the terminal said putting it near The Deep will have a significant adverse impact on the surrounding area during all phases of the development and by that I take it to mean when it is operational," he said.
"The best site has to be Riverside Quay because the access there is much better."
Fellow resident Marlene Harrison said she was worried about air pollution which she claimed was inevitable if the terminal was built near The Deep.
She said coaches, taxis and cars heading to and from the site would only add to the existing heavy congestion in nearby Castle Street and Garrison Road.
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Hull businessman John Sharp also voiced concerns after submitting a statement to the public examination hearing.
He said: "The Riverside Quay next to Albert Dock must be the most suitable and cost-effective location as it can, in time, provide all the necessary facilities for cruises which start and end within the city whereas The Deep would seem to be totally inadequate in the long-term.
"Our city is a great place but has for many years been blighted by proposals with grand eye-catching appeal but which have waned because they have not been thought through for the long-term benefit of the city.
"With this scheme, hype and glamour have been allowed to cloud good quality long-term benefits."
Councillor Adam Williams, who represents Victoria Dock, said opening a cruise terminal there would choke nearby roads with traffic.
"Castle Street and Garrison Road are already the most congested routes in the city," he said.
Alex Codd, the council's planning manager, said traffic issues would be addressed when a planning application for the development was submitted.
He confirmed talks had been held with officials at The Deep over the option of "relocating" the current Deep Business Centre to another site in the city centre to provide more space for coach parking.
Independent planning inspector William Fieldhouse, who is chairing the public examination, is expected to deliver his recommendations on the Local Plan in mid-August.