doc martens for sale Disappointment as ABP buy Eling Wharf site with ‘huge potential’
That is the fear of Totton and Marchwood Councillor David Harrison following the announcement that port owners ABP had acquired Eling Wharf in a multi million pound deal.
“I’m extremely disappointed at this turn of events. This is a site with huge potential,” said Cllr Harrison, who represents the area on new Forest District council.
Over the past five years previous owners Burt Boulton Holdings (BBH) had been discussion with the council and residents over plans to build housing and a supermarket at the 41 acre site a scheme which the developers said could create 350 jobs.
“We could have got rid of the those horrible containers which overshadow the quay and had a beautiful waterfront walk. Now that’s all been ditched in favour of more intensive use of the site for port related activities.”
Cllr Harrison added that the previous plans for the site had included new access, leading directly off the A35.
Currently huge containers lorries are forced to use narrow access roads,
including High Street, round the clock.
ABP says their purchase of the wharf “is designed to secure employment and the key role the wharf plays in supporting the Port of Southampton”.
ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch explained why the port had decided to buy Eling Wharf.
“Port users have increasingly relied on Eling Wharf to support their operations as the port has become busier.”
There are 24 tenant businesses on the site and Mr Welch said ABP would support their work. An event where tenants can meet members of the ABP Southampton property team is planned.
“As we progressively enhance the site over the next five years, we will work with the council to explore longer term options for Eling Wharf,
” he said.
In medieval times the wharf was used for shipbuilding and there was a thriving timber trade. In more recent times a number of industries occupied the site including a chemical works and coal importers.