Published: 11:40, 15 December 2016
Dover's ugliest building is becoming useful at last.
The rubble from the demolished hated Burlington House is being used to build a new cargo terminal.
Port of Dover chief executive Tim Waggott and chairman Richard Everitt revealed this, explaining that it was part of the wider Dover Western Docks Revival.
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke commented: : ““It was an historic day for our town when the fight to demolish Burlington House was finally won.
“It’s fantastic that the port are now using the rubble to help revive Dover.
"At last, Burlington House is performing a useful role.”
Burlington House, a 1970s office tower block, hotel and multi-storey car park, was considered to be Dover’s ugliest building.
Its demolition was completed in February.
By November, it had provided 26,000 tonnes of reclaimed concrete for the harbour board’s Dover Western Docks Revival scheme.
Mr Elphicke made a wider call for the government to invest in Dover’s port to keep trade growing, without gridlock, and bolster security.
He also wants to build up the Destination Dover concept, to make it more of a place to visit and stay in – rather than pass through.
He told Brexit Minister David Jones in the Commons that Dover accounts for a huge chunk of Britain’s trade with the EU and must be prioritised for funding.
The Dover and Deal MP later hopped on a patrol boat and was shown the work being done on the Western Docks Revival.
Mr Elphicke has also written to Brexit Secretary David Davis, arguing the port needs investment to grow without gridlock.
He told Mr Davis how, since 2005, Dover has had the highest increase in traffic of all UK major ports.
Since 2010, a higher growth in units has passed through Dover than any other major UK port.
Freight traffic volumes have risen 30% in just three years. This is expected to rise by a further 40% by 2030.
Mr Elphicke added: “It’s clear that Dover is leading the way, handling more trade than any other port and pushing ahead with exciting projects like the Western Docks Revival.
“That’s why I keep making the case for investment at the docks – to keep trade growing without gridlock, bolster border security and help build Destination Dover.”