Thursday 14 January 2010
This week the Port of Cork has opened its doors to listen to what stakeholders have to say about the future development of the Port.
The Port of Cork is currently in the process of reviewing its Strategic Development Plan in order to service the business and trading needs of the region, to secure employment and create new jobs, as well as facilitate the need for a container terminal.
A key element of the review is a comprehensive re-evaluation of available sites in Cork Harbour with a view to identifying the most appropriate locations for new facilities.
This week, as part of this review process, the Port of Cork has opened its doors to all interested parties in order to allow people to engage with the process, as well as meeting with interested community groups.
In terms of the development of the Port overall local issues are always important and will be reviewed in light of any decisions being made.
Commenting on the Open Week and the Port of Cork ‘s future plans, Chief Executive, Brendan Keating said: “So far this week we have engaged very positively with both local residents and communities and we are looking forward to a busy week. Our needs as a port have not changed and these need to be addressed. We would hope that following this Open Week, we can use the feedback from residents and the wider community to help us in our decision making process.”
In order to inform this process in relation to port issues, the Port of Cork Company has commenced a comprehensive technical, environmental and planning assessment of suitable sites.
No decision has been made as yet, and the Port of Cork are carrying out extensive engagement with stakeholders and the general public, a lesson that was learned from the previous planning application.
The Port of Cork Open Week will run until Friday 5th
February, further information can be found on their website www.portofcork.ie