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Port battle fireworks to come

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

FELIXTOWE Docks extension battle is well under way – but the fireworks are yet to begin.

Port owners Hutchison Whampoa want to spend £80million on a massive expansion that they say will create 300 jobs.

FELIXTOWE Docks extension battle is well under way – but the fireworks are yet to begin.

Port owners Hutchison Whampoa want to spend £80million on a massive expansion which they say will create 300 jobs.

But lined up against the port's high-powered legal team is a small group of Shotley residents.

Tim Straker, QC, leading the port's team, brought five expert witnesses to the stand on the inquiry's second day at Ipswich Town's Portman Road ground.

Another four were expected to be quizzed at today's hearing before the Shotley residents air their views.

Campaigner Bob Sayers, 60, of Stourside, Shotley Gate, has fought a lonely battle against the proposed development.

He hoped today to tell inquiry chairman Air Vice-Marshall Andrew Roberts any extension would have a devastating effect on him and his neighbours.

Assisted by campaign group Starboard, Mr Sayers will say noise and air pollution would increase dramatically if the project goes ahead – especially as another extension is planned over the river at Harwich.


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