VIDEO: Government minister visits Shoreham Port

A PROJECT that will see new cargo coming into Shoreham Port has been shown to a Government minister this morning.

Local growth minister Penny Mordaunt was given a short tour of Shoreham Harbour on Tug Adurni.

Local growth minister Penny Mordaunt on the Tug Adurni, with Power Station Wharf in the background

Local growth minister Penny Mordaunt on the Tug Adurni, with Power Station Wharf in the background

The visit marked the award of an additional £5.7million from the Regional Growth Fund for businesses in the south east.

At Shoreham Port, the grant money will be spend on the Power Station Wharf.

Development director Peter Davies explained: “We are spending £½million on creating a new wharf and this Government grant will give us £103,000 of that, so 20 per cent.

“It will allow us to operate new cargo and expand the existing ones. It will also create four jobs, with a hope that will go up to ten in future. We have recruited two already and are promoting another member of staff as supervisor.

Shoreham Port chief executive Rodney Lunn talks about work in the harbour to Penny Mordaunt and Coast to Capital chief executive Ron Crank

Shoreham Port chief executive Rodney Lunn talks about work in the harbour to Penny Mordaunt and Coast to Capital chief executive Ron Crank

“The grant has allowed us not only complete the site works to make the quay usable, but to buy new equipment to handle the new cargo. For example, we will be buying an attachment to the new crane we have on order to handle the goods.

“It is continuing the momentum from last year, when revenue growth was up 15 per cent, and means we have taken on an extra 25 staff in the last five years.”

Work has already started and chief executive Rodney Lunn said it should be fully operational in three to four weeks.

He added: “At the moment, it is not wide enough for anything, so we are using the money to widen the quay.

“Creating additional space will just create more jobs for us going forward. We are very much a regional growth port offering local jobs.”

Ms Mourdant was shown some of the other businesses operating from the port as she was given a tour on the water.

She heard the port was currently having to turn cargo away, so the new quay would be an important growth project.

“It is great to see it,” she added. “This is a project that is ready to go. People are being taken on and there is cargo waiting to come in here. It is really good. That is the thing that is really great about the Regional Growth Fund.

“It is a competitive fund so we have great confidence in the projects we have given money to, so it is nice to say congratulations to everyone today who has been involved in the bid.”