Row over Hull's £50m cruise terminal intensifies as Lib Dems back The Deep's objections

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Jan 2019

Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors in Hull are stepping up their calls for a re-think over plans for a £50m cruise terminal on the Humber.

They have consistently claimed a preferred site next The Deep is the wrong one for the proposed development. Instead, they want the council to look again at alternative options along the city's waterfront.

Now they have been encouraged by an official objection to the cruise terminal project submitted by The Deep.

Bosses at the award-winning visitor attraction said building a terminal with huge passenger ships docking nearby could jeopardise its long-term future.

They also claim the aquarium's livestock, including its popular sharks and penguins, face disruption to their breeding patterns and risk health problems such as stress if the development goes ahead.

This image shows Hull Marina with The Deep on the right (Image: Bluesky)

Under the current plans, The Deep's business centre could also face demolition to make way of the new terminal building.

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 Councillor Adam Williams, who represents the local Drypool ward, said: "The Deep is Hull’s number one tourist attraction, bringing in over 350,000 extra visitors to the city every year.

"Those visitors contribute hugely to the city’s economy and it is reckless that the council seems willing to put The Deep at risk in this way.

"The Deep has been warning the council about the damage these plans are causing them but it seems the council leadership isn’t interested."

Ward colleague Councillor Diana Hatcher said: "While we can all appreciate that a cruise terminal might bring extra visitors into Hull, even the council’s own estimates project the likely extra numbers wouldn’t be more than 40,000 a year.

"That’s less than 12 per cent of the number of extra visitors that The Deep brings in annually alone. Why risk losing 350,000 visitors to the city for the sake of getting just 40,000 in return? It makes no sense.

Councillors Diana Hatcher (left) and Adam Williams (right) with fellow Drypool colleague Linda Chambers

"There are plenty of other, more suitable, locations for a cruise terminal along the Humber, that are better linked to the road network, away from residential properties and crying out for redevelopment."

Previously, senior Labour councillors have argued the site next to The Deep is best for luring tourists into the city centre. An alternative potential  location at Albert Dock was rejected two years ago.

The Lib Dems say they intend to raise the issue at a full council meeting later this month.

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