Posted: 03.03.21 at 14:53 by The Editor
THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has paid tribute to the operators of the Port of Tilbury and DP World London Gateway for their work in bringing a new Freeport to the borough - and she has included the CEO of Thurrock Council in her list of accolades, saying Lyn Carpenter 'has played a blinder'.
News that the Thames Freeport, which will include a partnership between the two ports, the Ford motor company at Dagenham and the fledgling but hugely anticipated Thames Enterprise Park, has been given approval was made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his budget today.
Freeports are areas which allow companies importing and exporting from the UK to operate under simplified customs, tax, and planning rules.
Mr Sunak declared: "Our Freeports will have simpler planning to allow businesses to build, infrastructure funding to improve transport links, cheaper customs with favourable tariffs, VAT or duties, and lower taxes with tax breaks to encourage construction, private investment and job creation."
The news has been greeted with delight by Ms Doyle-Price, who plans to speak in the commons on the importance of this landmark event tomorrow.
She told Nub News: "The two ports have really played a blinder by pulling this all together. It is a huge thing for this borough and will stimulate prosperity and life back to Thurrock.
"And it would be churlish not to underestimate the role of Thurrock Council. I do not always see eye-to-eye with the chief executive and I am skeptical of many things the borough leadership does like its engagement in the Purfleet Regeneration Company Ltd, but in this instance Lyn Carpenter has also played a blinder by ensuring things have had a positive outcome, clearing the way and offering support to the ports and businesses.
"Lyn and the council are due a huge amount of praise and that should not be forgotten when the credit for making this happen is given out.
"Thurrock is the ports capital of the UK and the ports of London have played their role in making London one of the richest places in the world. a share of those riches should now come to Thurrock."
The Treasury says the new rollout of Freeports will be "on a scale we've never done before".
It describes the move as "a policy to bring investment, trade, and most importantly, jobs right across the country".
In the budget documentation, it adds: "Internationally, a Freeport is a place to carry out business inside a country's land border but where different customs rules apply.
"The UK's bespoke, flexible Freeports model goes further, combining customs zones with tax reliefs, planning freedoms and support for regeneration and innovation."