Associated British Ports has released a new consultation document that includes the use of land at Dibden Bay to expand the port of Southampton.  The type of port operations that ABP highlights for Dibden Bay is waste, bulk minerals and a railway depot.
 
The ABP consultation document can be viewed online at http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/Port_Information/Commercial/Southampton_Master_Plan/   Hythe and Dibden Parish Council has printed copies of the consultation document and these can be read by visiting Hythe Library or the Grove Information Office.  
 
This Council has made clear its view that Dibden Bay is not a suitable location for port expansion and there is no softening of our response.  We recognise that  the proposed expansion of the port is a national infrastructure project however we also recognise the huge impact that such an expansion will have in relation to the natural environment, pollution, environmental health considerations such as noise, and traffic.  We ask that the community make their views known to ABP through their consultation and you can e mail them directly at  sotonemail@abports.co.uk .  You can also write to ABP at Ocean Gate, Atlantic Way, Eastern Docks, Southampton SO14 3QN.
 
We would welcome the community letting us know your thoughts and would ask that you also send any submissions to ABP to ourselves for our information.   This will ensure that Hythe and Dibden Parish Council is fully aware of the community‚Äôs views before we decide on what comments we will make to ABP concerning their proposed plans for the Port of Southampton. The e mail address to use is Stephanie.bennett@hytheanddibden.gov.uk or you can drop a letter into The Grove or post it to Stephanie Bennett, The Clerk to the Council, The Grove, 25 St Johns Street, Hythe, SO45 6BZ