Published: 00:00, 16 July 2014 |
Updated: 11:59, 16 July 2014
Residents were asked at a Port of Dover workshop what they would like to see in a community director.
That question, and others about the Western Docks regeneration, were posed to more than 100 people at the Cruise Terminal.
Everyone sat in groups around tables and each one had a port representative jotting down notes of the feedback given.
It is believed that resident’s points last night are set to be raised at the port’s next board meeting.
Some discussions said that the community director should be elected by the people and give the town a fair representation.
Not only this, residents should be able to trust this person to carry out the role.
There was no clear view as to whether the director should come from Dover or whether the port should look into the wider district.
The position is to be advertised via local papers, such as the Mercury.
Chairman of the port, George Jenkins said: “These workshops that we are running are incredibly important to us as a board.
“We very genuinely want your feedback on what our suggestions and proposals are. This is not a sham, this is not just talking about stuff - its actually really wanting you to tell us what your views are.”
Mr Jenkins assured guests their time wasn’t being wasted and that everyone’s opinions will be heard.
The port’s chief executive, Tim Waggott, said: “We have a great port, we want to improve it - and alongside that there is a great town.”
The topic of the community fund was also raised and people were asked how they thought the money should be used.
The views fed back from one table stated that the port should be working harder to capture cruise customers and to keep them in Dover as opposed to them venturing to Canterbury and other nearby towns.
People were also concerned about the impact of traffic when the development was going ahead - but they were assured that a car park, that could potentially house 400 lorries is being created at the Eastern Docks.
The general message fed back from all tables was that sustainable jobs within the port are important - and alongside that - training opportunities for those who want a port based career.
People will be able to hear about how their feedback has been used at a meeting on September 22.
Mr Jenkins added: “It will be fed back into the process when we look at amending the changing plans.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.