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Monday, 12th March 2018

Drogheda Port Company wants public input on plan for port's future

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Launching the Drogheda Port 2020-2050 issues paper were (from left): Paul Fleming (Chief Executive), Joe Hiney (Chair) and Harbour Master Capt. Martin Donnelly of Drogheda Port. 

Drogheda Port Company wants the local community's input as it drafts a master plan for the future of the port in the decades ahead.

The port company has launched a public consultation in advance of drafting the master plan.

The planning process will consider numerous factors, including the Project 2040 national policy context, to ensure that the port is equipped to meet the needs of Drogheda and the wider northeast region well into the future.

“Drogheda Port is a key economic driver for the northeast region, facilitating job creation, international trade and investment,” Drogheda Port Company Chairman Joe Hiney told Drogheda Life.

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Potential

“But we must ensure that a strategic and sustainable plan is put in place so that Drogheda Port maximises its potential and continues to meet the needs of port users, the local community and the wider region into the future,” Hiney said.

Drogheda Port Company is undertaking a master planning process. This process will ensure that strategic, economic, community and environmental factors are all considered and carefully factored into the long-term plan for the port. Once completed, the master plan will chart a course for Drogheda Port from 2020-2050, helping to ensure that port meets the needs of the region.

The company has engaged consultants Brady Shipman Martin to work with them on the plan. They are a specialist planning, landscape and environmental consultancy. They have worked on many high-profile projects including the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork City Harbour and Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks.

“We are eager to hear from the Drogheda and wider northeast community and we are encouraging the public to submit their feedback on eight key themes in our issues paper, including employment growth, transport links, facilities development, tourism and corporate responsibility,” said Drogheda Port Company Chief Executive Paul Fleming.

Engagement

In addition to the public consultation, Drogheda Port Company will also engage directly with elected representatives, local government, customers and other stakeholders to get their input on these important issues.

“This period of public consultation is critically important to the master planning process. The opinions and ideas of local people and stakeholders will help devise a plan that is well rounded and will serve Drogheda and the north-east region well, now and for decades to come,” Mr. Fleming said.

“Our ultimate aim is to ensure that Drogheda Port continues to evolve and develop services that will facilitate job creation and economic growth. With the help of the public and stakeholders, we will develop a master plan that will deliver on those aims,” said Joe Hiney.

A copy of the issues paper is available from Drogheda Public Library in Stockwell Street or the Port Company HQ at Harbourville and the closing date for submission is 30th April.

This article was written by Anthony Murphy

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