Town hall to decide on bid for Dagenham freeport

Town hall to decide on bid for Dagenham freeport

 

The town hall is to decide on whether to back a bid to establish a freeport which could return the River Thames to its “glory days”.

Councillors at Barking and Dagenham Council are due to consider the plans to support a Thames Freeport on January 19.

Multinational, DP World, Forth Ports and Ford are bidding for a Thames Freeport, which would see London Gateway, the Port of Tilbury and Ford’s Dagenham facility at its heart.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This proposal offers an outstanding opportunity to bring back the Thames to its glory days.

Successful bids should benefit from tax reliefs, simplified customs procedures and wider government support. – Credit: Dean Taylor

“It would also be another massive boost for the borough and Dagenham which will soon be home to London’s largest film studios.

“The future is bright for our borough which has so often led the way in leading Britain out of economic dark times in the past.”

The government expects a series of new business and enterprise hubs to create thousands of jobs, regenerate communities and turbocharge Britain’s growth after Brexit . . .

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