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Robert Smith meets Stephen Hammond MP
Fri 4 Apr 2014

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Harbour Master Robert Smith attended the BPA annual general meeting and luncheon in London on Thursday 3rd April 2014. During the event Robert, on behalf of small Ports in the UK, was invited to meet Stephen Hammond MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Robert said “I had a very interesting dialogue with Stephen Hammond where I explained to him the role of small Ports and Harbours in the community and how vital they are to the local economy in terms of employment and economic benefits. I also took the opportunity to discuss the recent challenges the Port of Wells experienced with the MMO and various other Port business. It was a very interesting debate and Stephen appreciated the concerns and showed a real understanding of the problems that a small Port experiences”.

Following on from the meeting one of Stephen Hammond’s aids at the DfT has been invited to Wells for a further meeting with Robert and a tour of the Harbour and Port infrastructure.

A further update will be given after this meeting.

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