Containered Excitement

SallyB2
By SallyB2 Last edited 116 months ago
Containered Excitement
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So the Thames Gateway really is a a portal to somewhere rather than a hiding to nowhere. Today saw the signing of a really serious contract to build a new deep water container port on the north bank. £400,000 worth of building work has been commissioned, and so it looks like the project’s a goer.

The £1.5 billion site belongs to Dubai Ports. It occupies the former Shell Haven (which never was a haven by any stretch of the imagination), and for those that like useless information it is the size of 60 Wembley Stadiums.

Now it is true that the work might dislodge a few disgruntled hen harriers, anger a handful of avocets, and rile some ringed-plovers. But the benefits for the region and the British economy as a whole are immeasurable. The scheme will provide 12,000 jobs during the manufacturing period alone, and its potential as an international port able to handle, well, an awful lot of cargo, is huge. It should send some very positive waves up the estuary at a time when pretty much everything else is shrouded in economic doom and gloom. Londonist approves.

Port activity from Rhys Jones’ flickr stream under the Creative Commons Licence.

Last Updated 20 August 2008

lokulin

I'd rather be shrouded in economic doom and gloom and environmental doom and gloom. This londonist does not approve.

SallyB2

I am sorry if I sounded trite about the plight of the plovers.
I am an Essex girl, and an erstwhile member of the RSPB - birds, marshes, general pond life - I genuinely love it all.
BUT there is plenty of marshland to go round, and the displaced wildlife should find suitable habitats very near by. It is also vital that the rest of that coast is properly managed for that reason.
I do believe that the economic regeneration which the new port will bring should have positive repercussions for the whole of south Essex (including wildlife conservation). It may also provide the revenue to build up tidal defences so that the marshes may be preserved for another generation or two. At the moment the area is a run-down mess.

jamesup

Yeah, check it out on Google earth - this place is heavily polluted and at least this way it will get cleaned up a bit. If I was a bird I'd go down the coast a bit to somewhere less likly to kill me with dioxins...