'It's nimby nonsense': War of words over Hull's £50m cruise terminal
An artist's impression of the proposed new cruise terminal near The Deep
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 22 Jan 2018
City councillors have clashed again over where a proposed £50m cruise ship terminal should be built in Hull and how it should be funded.
The ambitious project is currently earmarked for a site between the The Deep and the Victoria Dock housing estate.
The waterfront berth was chosen ahead of an alternative potential site at Albert Dock.
The council's Labour leaders say they want to see the terminal built within five years.
At this week's budget-setting meeting, Labour proposals to allocate £9.2m of council money towards the project over the next three years was approved.
But opposition Liberal Democrats continued to call for a re-think over the terminal's proposed location.
They also tabled an ultimately unsuccessful amendment to remove the £462,000 allocation for the project in Labour's budget proposals for the 2018/19 financial year.
Lib Dem leader Councillor Mike Ross maintained his party did support the concept of a cruise ship terminal as a way of boosting Hull's economy.
The proposed site for the city's new £50m cruise ship terminal (Image: Richard Howlett)
He said: "A cruise terminal would be a great benefit to the city but it has to be in the right place."
He also angered some Labour councillors by calling the development to be funded by the private sector rather than exclusively by Hull taxpayers.
"We think the burden should be shared by the private sector as well," he said.
But deputy Labour leader Councillor Daren Hale claimed there was overwhelming public support for a terminal next to The Deep.
Deputy council leader Councillor Daren Hale. (Image: Peter Harbour)
"The public are well on our side on this. They are full square behind it.
"It will bring jobs and investment to the city centre and will kickstart the visitor economy for the whole region."
He described the Lib Dem opposition to The Deep site as "Nimby nonsense" and said their call for private sector funding was barely believable, coming in the same week as the collapse of construction giant Carillion.
The council is continuing to lobby ministers for government funding support for the development,. potentially through a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.