Port Director To Get Invite
I made a proposal at tonight’s meeting of Totton & Eling Town Council that received unanimous support from other members.
I referred to the recent change of ownership of Eling Wharf and expressed concerns about what this might mean.
Accepting that the hoped-for re-generation scheme will almost certainly now not happen, think the Council needs to be kept closely informed about any proposed changes to the site.
Even a suggested “tidying up” of the site might prove problematic, especially if it means removing trees and hedges in order to install new fencing.
Members supported my suggestion that we send an invitation to the Port Director to come and talk to us at a future meeting of the Council, before any changes to the site are made.
Of course, we cannot compel him to do so but he has already expressed a willingness to engage with community representatives, much more than had previously been the case with Associated British Ports.
Many of us will be feeling the same sense of profound disappointment that the site will continue to be used in much the same way, with lorries coming and going 24/7.
However, it is still important to be pragmatic and try to do what we can, especially for people living nearby.