The largest freight company in the island has recorded its “strong objection” to plans to redevelop the Elizabeth Harbour.
Ports of Jersey has applied for planning permission to build, among other things, a new passenger terminal, a new distribution centre, and a new ‘lift-on, lift-off’ berth immediately to the east of the existing ‘roll-on, roll-off’ ramps.
It is the first stage of a major redevelopment of the Harbour planned by the publicly owned company which runs Jersey’s ports.
However, Ferryspeed, which operates from freight warehouses close to the Elizabeth Harbour, has made an official comment to the application.
In it, the firm’s directors write: “We wish to register that we object strongly to this planning application.
“Ferryspeed have been briefly consulted on the proposed scheme, but totally inadequately. We have written to Ports of Jersey under separate cover detailing our concerns, but suffice to say that there remains much discussion that needs to happen prior to finalising the proposals.”
The company say that the application “falls short in a number of ways”.
Pictured: Ports of Jersey has submitted plans for the significant redevelopment of the Elizabeth Harbour.
The directors argue that “these proposals will not in any way provide resilience to future changing needs in terms of the cargo operation at the port.”
They add: “The proposals do not at all take into account the need to ensure the port’s ‘efficient and effective operation’ in regard to our strategically important cargo handling business, as we have been at pains to explain to Ports of Jersey.
“In simple terms, the proposals will greatly impact upon Ferryspeed’s current operational needs and on the future of freight movement to and from the island.”
The application, which is considered ‘major’, was submitted by Ports last month.
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