Hundreds of jobs planned under government’s Getting Building plan

HAMPSHIRE is getting a much-needed boost with the announcement of a £15.9million government package that should create 730 jobs and 1,560 homes.

Southampton is set to get a fifth cruise terminal. Photo: Stephen Bath

The Port of Southampton will get a fifth cruise terminal, while 100 jobs will be created at a centre for environmentally, robotic vessels in Woolston.

The government’s Getting Building Fund is handing out £900m across the country to “shovel-ready” projects which can boost economic recovery.

It says the money for schemes submitted by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will “help position the Solent as the UK’s capital of coastal renaissance”, harnessing new technology to revitalise communities and improve the environmental performance of a big carbon-generating sector.

Solent LEP chief executive Anne-Marie Mountifield said: “This is a timely and unparalleled opportunity to restart the Solent’s visitor economy which has been so deeply impacted in 2020.

“The cruise industry is a lynchpin of our national visitor economy with the Solent’s share of activity standing at 86 percent. That is why it is critical for the region that we support it to be competitive on a global stage, in order that the Solent remains a destination of choice in coming years.

“Investment in our world-leading cruise industry will not only benefit the sector, but also represents a strong backing for our local supply chains, transport links, retail and hospitality businesses that rely on the customer base generated by activity at the port.

“Alongside this, we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring forward a greener recovery for the sector, reducing emissions at sea, shore and across the supporting logistics and infrastructure network.”

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