Blow to Barrow cruise terminal plan
Last updated at 13:50, Thursday, 01 July 2010
PLANS to build a £10m cruise ship terminal in Barrow have been shelved.
The addition to Barrow’s port, which has been in planning for several years, was eventually intended to bring bigger cruise liners, carrying larger numbers of passengers, to the town.
While Barrow’s port currently receives smaller liners into its docks, it was hoped a special terminal built on the channel would encourage more visits to the town from ships laden with tourists.
But yesterday, members of Barrow Borough Council’s executive committee agreed to changes made to the Barrow Port Area Action Plan, including shelving plans for the cruise ship terminal.
Speaking after the executive committee meeting, Barrow Borough Council leader, Councillor Jack Richardson, said he thought the economic climate was mainly to blame.
Cllr Richardson said: “It isn’t going ahead at the present time, because the money hasn’t been made available.
“It’s saddening, definitely. It would have been a massive boost for Barrow if we could have brought in these larger cruise ships. Tourism would have taken a real jump in the area.
“But the thing to bear in mind is, we still get cruise ships through to Barrow, they’re just smaller ones, unfortunately.
“And you don’t know, in a few years’ time, who can tell whether the climate might change. Maybe the situation will be reviewed again.”
Bob Pointing, programme director of Barrow Regeneration, the body behind the Waterfront masterplan, said the cruise terminal idea has not been ruled out for good, but had been put on hold because there wasn’t the money for it in the current climate, and it had been decided to concentrate resources on other priorities like the marina.
He said the terminal had not been included in the council’s area action plan because the site originally proposed for it was no longer deemed suitable and port owner ABP wanted to use that area for other things.
Mr Pointing also said a study done three years ago had shown many new cruise ships were too big for Barrow, and the port might not attract enough ships to justify investment in a cruise terminal.
He said a future economic upturn and the use of more of the smaller cruise vessels could change that, but added: “I think we are a few years from that.The cruise terminal proposal has been put on hold for now.
“It has not been included in the council’s area action plan, but that does not mean it has been scrapped.”
David Carpenter, Harbourmaster for port owners ABP said there was not the business case for a terminal, but the port was keen to continue to take visits of liners. The port can take ships of a maximum size of around 200 metres long and up to approximately 30,000 tonnes.
Mr Carpenter said: “We are still very keen on having cruise ship visits, using the present facilities.”
First published at 13:04, Thursday, 01 July 2010
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Crying shame we are not getting ths terminal.
Mr Bob Pointing was the man pushing for this cruise terminal over the past three years and now he has the gall to say a survey done three years ago showed the new generation cruise ships were too big for Barrow so why didn't he make this survey result public three years ago?Answers on a postcard.......
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