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Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) have released the first draft of Poole's own Port Master Plan for consultation.
The public are now being invited to read and understand the plan and provide valuable feedback.
The consultation period which normally runs for 12 weeks has been extended to 20 weeks to allow people as much time as possible to have their say. Harbour users and local residents in particular are being encouraged to attend one of the up and coming local events, meetings or exhibition days.
Jim Stewart, CEO of Poole Harbour Commissioners, says:
"We want as many people as possible to be involved in this process and to make it as accessible as we can to allow for a broad spectrum of views. In the past year we have been engaged in pre-consultation discussions and meetings with various stakeholders but for the next few months and until the consultation closes in January 2012 we are keen to hear from the public.
"The Poole Harbour master plan will not just look at the commercial port but will encompass the whole of Poole Harbour. As well as providing a background to Poole Harbour Commissioners and the master plan process, it will set out the existing status of the Harbour and the Port of Poole. The plan also explores current activities and explains the major environmental issues and sensitivities of the Harbour."
The final master plan, which covers the next 20-30 years, will be compiled in early 2012 and will be reviewed on a regular basis.
The public will be able to learn more about the plan and ask questions at a drop-in exhibition at The Dolphin Shopping Centre on the 9th September and at the annual Windfest event on the 10th and 11th September 2011.
Anyone can obtain literature summarising the key points of the plan from Poole Harbour Commissioners' head office in Poole. The full draft plan qand a commemts form is available to view and download from www.phc.co.uk/masterplan