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Liverpool pays back cruise terminal money

£8.8m returned so voyages can start and finish in Mersey

Published on October 8th 2012.


Liverpool pays back cruise terminal money

 

LIVERPOOL City Council has paid back £8.8 million of the Government funding it received to build the cruise terminal at Princes Dock.
The grant (£9.2m in total) was given on the basis that the terminal was used for "day call"  rather than "turnaround".
The latest move means that the terminal can now compete with other cruise ports on a commercial footing in that cruises can start and end at the Pier Head.
 
The city council agreed in May to abide by an independent ruling over how much of the Government grant received for the construction of the cruise liner facility should be returned.  In September, Whitehall officials gave details of the repayment mechanism, and the bill was settled in full.
 
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “We agreed to abide by the ruling of the independent arbiter and pay the money back, and that is exactly what we have done. As soon as the Government gave us details of how they would like the payment to be made, we arranged for it to be settled promptly.
 
“The cruise liner terminal is proving to be a huge success and we have had extremely positive feedback from operators and passengers.
 
“For far too long, holiday makers in the north have had to travel to and from other places to start their journeys, and this is helping to return Liverpool to its rightful place as a major cruise port.”
 
A temporary customs and baggage building, parking and drop off facilities is operating opposite the facility on Princes Parade. It is being leased during the cruise season from 2012-2015.  Plans for a permanent facility including a hotel will be drawn up in the longer term.
 
The city council forecasts the turnaround facility will have around a five percent share of an expanding UK cruise market - comparable with the percentage of the market enjoyed by the Peel owned Langton Dock facility at its peak. Southampton currently has a market share of over 65 percent.
 

 

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mickeydrippin'October 8th 2012.

No doubt Southampton and Newcastle will still find something to moan about.

Paul WardOctober 10th 2012.

They've been moaning about unfair grants to Liverpool for years - obviously not keen students of Toty politics.

Iain ScottOctober 12th 2012.

8m difference between a "day call" and a "turnaround"?! We'll give you the money for something that has marginal value but if you use it for something worthwhile of lasting benefit we want it all back?!

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