May 22 2013 Latest news:
By Sam Russell
Friday, March 1, 2013
Holiday park giant Bourne Leisure has shown its cards over the outer harbour saga, signalling it will object to recent activity.
Lawyers for the national chain - which operates Hopton Holiday Village - have lodged papers with the inspector of the forthcoming inquiry over the Harbour Revision Order (HRO) of 2010.
The outer harbour inquiry will be heard at Great Yarmouth Town Hall on April 9, 10 and 12 following a pre-inquiry meeting today.
And representatives for Bourne, the operator of Haven Holidays, Warner Leisure Hotels and Butlins, are understood to have three main objections to the HRO.
These centre on wanting “guarantees” that there will be clear accountability in any new structure.
Primarily Bourne’s legal team want to ensure any move from the port authority to the port company includes liability transfers, so whoever owns the port is liable for any damage or environmental impact.
Secondly, the firm has stressed the new company must be financially robust and able to fulfil any liabilities. Finally lawyers will ask that the new company cannot sell the port or lease it out without the approval of the secretary of state.
It is the first time Bourne has publicly stated its position on the matter, and significant in that it is the largest objector to the HRO.
Bourne operates 52 holiday sites across the UK, employs 12,000 staff and brands itself as “the UK’s number one leisure business”.
A further five parties have announced they are making representations at the inquiry.
These are Great Yarmouth Port Company, Great Yarmouth Port Users Association, GY Scrutiny and Heritage Group, Hopton Coastal Action Group and Michael Boon.
The borough council will not be making representations, and leader Trevor Wainwright said the council has no objection to the HRO.
But he told the Mercury he wanted to see all objections satisfied at the public inquiry.
The inquiry was brought by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and will be led by inspector Lloyd Rodgers BEng CEng MICE MBA.
Main concerns outlined ahead of the hearing centre on the “suitability” of a private company running a former trust port.
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