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Fury as Bathside Bay development stalled by Secretary of State inquiry
A MULTI-MILLION pound redevelopment of Bathside Bay has been delayed after the Government decided to stage a public inquiry.
Harwich residents have had their “hopes dashed” after the Secretary of State called for an investigation into changing the planning conditions for container port project Bathside Bay.
Hutchison Ports want to decouple the condition that it must upgrade the A120 before it develops the port, so it can carry out the first stage of regeneration which will kick start industry until the economy improves.
The Bathside Bay project would see the area turned into a container port terminal. Plans have been put back until the economy improved but installing a platform as the first part of the development would bring temporary opportunities to the town such as from the wind farm industry.
The Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government now wants an inquiry into whether these opportunities would be to the detriment of the Bathside Bay container port, despite the plan being agreed by Tendring Council 18 months ago.
Council leaders are furious at the decision.
Tendring Council leader Neil Stock said: “We thought the Government wants to encourage the creation of jobs, investment and new skills in areas such as Tendring which need them so badly.
“However, the decision to stage a public inquiry over Bathside Bay flies in the face of what they have been saying and I am both angry and frustrated.
“I am extremely disappointed the people living in our district have had their hopes dashed again.
“There is every expectation this will put this project back several years and we will be left waiting to find out if and when it will get the go-ahead.”