To celebrate their anniversary, P&O will have all seven of their Cruise ships berthed in Southampton on the 3rd July 2012.
The facilities at Associated British Ports in Southampton are not sufficient to cope with the volume of passengers that will be embarking and disembarking from the P&O fleet that day, so additional temporary facilities are needed.
The planning application, which was discussed by the Highways and Planning Committee at Hedge End Town Council, revealed that the Rose Bowl have applied for their site to be used as temporary check-in facilities. The planning application was needed because it is a temporary change of use.
The plan is that some of the existing structures on the Rose Bowl site, including the Pavillion and covered stands, will be used to process the passengers who are embarking & disembarking from Aurora and Adonia on 3rd July.
Marquees will be also be erected to cater for associated processes such as baggage handling. Passengers will be bussed between Southampton Docks and the Rose Bowl.
Councillors were initally concerned about parking issues, but were reassured and approved the application. They did not consider the additional volume of traffic on local roads that will be caused by the additional bus & coach movements.
The question of whether West End can now claim to be a Port was not discussed…
The author of this article, Ray Turner, will be standing as an Independent candidate in the Hedge End, Shamblehurst, by election.