Fareham Borough Council is supporting Southampton's bid to lobby the Government for cruise industry fairness and is encouraging the public to sign the petition.
Cruise ports from around the UK, including Southampton, have joined together to launch a petition asking that Liverpool’s cruise terminal not be used for turnaround cruises unless all public money is repaid. Allowing public funds to be used by Liverpool to compete with private investment elsewhere in the country could have a significant impact on jobs in the city, and Southampton City Council is calling for fairness and supporting the petition.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "Fareham Borough Council is supporting Southampton's efforts to lobby the Government for cruise industry fairness.
"The local economy is of paramount importance. Local tourism, transport and businesses are all benefiting hugely from the money raised through the cruise industry, and supplying jobs throughout Southampton City.
"The Port of Southampton is the primary cruise port, and through private investment. Southampton is asking that Liverpool do likewise. Please sign the petition to show your support."
Find out more and sign the petition.
Join the UK Cruise Port Alliance Facebook group.
Notes to editors
The City of Liverpool Cruise Terminal (CLCT) was built using £20 million of public money. The funding was conditional upon it not being used for turnarounds. This condition was made to prevent unfair competition. In 2007 Liverpool City Council requested that the fair competition condition be removed. The Government rejected Liverpool’s proposal in 2009, saying it would “distort” the cruise market.
Liverpool made the same request to the government in May last year and have recently submitted a proposal asking the Department for Transport (DfT) to scrap the fair competition condition if Liverpool repays £5.3 million over 15 years, only a partial repayment of public funds. The DfT is currently consulting on Liverpool’s proposal.
Southampton is the largest turnaround port in Northern Europe with hundreds of ships starting and finishing cruises in the city every year. Cruises are worth some £400 million to the local economy a year more than 2,000 full-time jobs are dependent on this lucrative business - a business entirely driven by private investment.
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