Port of Dover privatisation verdict may come in late 2013
MAKING a wild guess (and he admitted he was often wrong with his guesses), Dover Harbour Board chief executive Bob Goldfield believes it could by the autumn of 2013 before a decision is made by the Government about the privatisation of the Port of Dover.
He explained to the Port Consultative Committee on Thursday, April 19, that DHB was waiting on a decision by the Government on the ferry companies' tariff objection before "rapidly" making a final submission to the Government, possibly in June.
The Department for Transport was undergoing restructuring, he said, and it was quite possible there would be a cabinet reshuffle by the spring of 2013 that would cause further delay.
So, he guessed, the earliest he now expected a government decision would be the autumn of 2013.
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But he admitted he had no firm idea and pointed out it was two and a half years ago that DHB had made its initial submission to the Government.
Dr Goldfield promised a further update on the controversial privatisation issue at DHB's public annual meeting at 5pm on May 21 at The Ark, Tower Hamlets, when the annual accounts would be available.