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To: Scottish Government & Inverclyde Council

Campaign to Save Inchgreen Dry Dock

Bring Inchgreen Dry Dock into Public/Community Ownership for the future prosperity of Inverclyde and its citizens.

Why is this important?

Peel Ports are vandalising the facilities at Inchgreen Dry Dock purchased in 2002 from Clydeport. They blew up the cranes in July 2017 claiming it was too costly to service and maintain. No investment has been made in the facility since 2002 and rumour was they wanted to infill the dock and sell the land for housing. They have now confirmed to Inverclyde Council that they are not selling the dock or infilling.
The Dry Dock is the second largest in the UK and a major asset for Inverclyde and the west coast.
Who are Peel Ports?
The Peel Group is constructed like a Russian Doll, a company within a company within a company and so on that produces hundreds of companies.
The holding companies are registered in Tax havens, the Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands, owned and controlled by John Whittaker tax exile and his sons through Billown Trust. They own 75% of the parent companies Tokenhouse Ltd, Tokenhouse Investments (Guernsey) Ltd and Peel Port Holdings, the other 25% is owned by a Saudi Arabian conglomerate the Olayan Group.
The Peel Group own A&P Group (APG) based at Cammell Lairds in Birkenhead Merseyside and have 4 Dry Docks, they also have dry docks in Falmouth, Tyneside and Teesside, and now control Inchgreen according to their web page.
APG have a joint venture with BAE Systems (BAES) and tendering for the Type 31e Frigates (each £250m +) have the same build time as the Type 26 Frigates being built by BAES in Govan and Scotstoun.
The Frigates and a £200m BAES investment promised and supported by the Tory Government during the 2014 Independence Referendum did not materialise.
Former Tory Defence Secretary of State, Lord Michael Fallon also reduced the build number of Type 26 from 13 to 8, another broken promise and BAES have only been contracted to build 3.
Sir John Parker’s 2016 Report ‘The National Shipbuilding Strategy“ has also been used to break promises to Glasgow hence the joint venture, BAES providing Engineering, Design and Systems and APG doing the build in Birkenhead.
However this report also suggested that a Regional Industrial Strategy could be developed to build the Type 31e and Clydeside has the capacity.
Which begs the question-
Did BAES not consider a joint venture with Ferguson’s Marine using Inchgreen and develop a Regional Strategy to build these Frigates?
We think not, the joint venture would not like Ferguson’s Marine gaining expertise in MOD work, and APG would prefer their Merseyside investment to benefit.
Peel Group have invested over £250m in Cammell Lairds and have grand plans to invest £50 Billion over 50 years in the Atlantic/Ocean Gate Project which covers both sides of River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, the docks, container facilities, shipyards and riverside developments etc.
Their future investment and the millions of public money they receive from the EU, Merseyside & Manchester Local Authorities, Enterprise & Regional Boards and Government is all for the Atlantic/Ocean Gate Project and none for Inchgreen.
Merseyside and Manchester newspapers with community groups have asked whether the tax payer is getting value for the vast amounts of public money Peel receive and continue to receive.
Their control of the Merseyside waters and coast has been a major concern for some community groups and one ExUrbe produced a critical 2013 report on Peel’s operation -
Peel has no intention of investing in Inchgreen Dry Dock and attracting work or they would not have destroyed the cranes. The Peel Group’s investment strategy is totally focused on Merseyside.
However they could be in for another Public Purse payday when the Greenock Ocean Terminal Project under the City Deal gets final business case approval. Estimated costs are £14.793m, £7.193 from the Tax Payer, identified private sector investment £6.1m from Peel and £1.5m from the Dunard Art Fund, to date no contract has been signed or approved.
We petition the Scottish Government and Inverclyde Council to bring Inchgreen Dry Dock into Public/Community Ownership for the future prosperity of Inverclyde and its citizens.
We now have support from the local political parties Lib Dem’s, SNP, Greens, Labour and most Independent Councillors, local MP & MSPs also Unite and Unison Trade Unions. Our local newspaper the Greenock Telegraph have raised the profile of the Campaign with the Inverclyde public by their many articles on the issue.

Copies of the Campaign petition can be obtained by contacting the below or sign online at:-

email: [email protected]

Tel 07719 646944

Its important for the future Industrial development of Inverclyde, attract good paid skilled jobs, secure a major asset for the West Coast of Scotland and preserve its shipbuilding heritage.

How it will be delivered

The Petition will remain on line at 38degrees and paper Petitions will be circulated for signatures to be collected from the public. The petition will be delivered to Inverclyde Council and the Scottish Government but no date has been set.

Inverclyde, Scotland

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2018-05-20 19:01:05 +0100

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2018-04-04 22:14:25 +0100

2018-03-25 20:27:41 +0100

Yesterday’s leaflet drop was a great success and we handed out 1,500+ and received terrific support. We are now receiving acknowledgements and support from MSPs and MPs from the letter sent on Thursday which is encouraging.

2018-03-23 18:58:08 +0000

We now have over 3,000 signatures online and with the paper petitions, hopefully we get more after the leaflet drop at Cappielow tomorrow, a good victory for Morton would go down well also!!

2018-03-22 19:23:23 +0000

Letter sent to MSPs and Scottish MPs informing them of the Campaign and asking for support.

2018-03-21 21:28:54 +0000

For the first time the Peel Group have sent the Inverclyde Councillors their 2017 Glossy Brochure highlighting their current and future investment. However no money for Inverclyde as Cammell Lairds with 4 Dry Docks has first call on all ships needing dry docked and preventing investment at Inchgreen. This brochure confirms that Peels investment is focused elsewhere and will continue to destroy the remaining facilities at Inchgreen.

2018-03-08 18:29:39 +0000

Leaflet drop on Saturday 24th March at the Morton Vs Brechin match between 2pm and 3pm, volunteers are welcome.

2018-03-06 12:17:09 +0000

Petition statement updated 06/03/2018

2018-03-06 08:55:09 +0000

Greenock Telegraph article 01/03/2018

2018-03-02 11:59:03 +0000

Facebook Page

2018-03-02 11:50:31 +0000

We have now reached around 2,700 signatures between online and paper petitions, thanks to everyone.

2018-02-16 19:35:01 +0000

Over 1,400 signatures to date 16/02/2018. Tomorrow collecting signatures from the public at Port Glasgow Tesco from 9.30am to 1pm.

2018-02-10 13:14:45 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-01-18 12:33:07 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-01-16 13:58:09 +0000

Paper petitions are now being returned and should be around 600 by the end of the day. Please keep circulating the portion and encouraging others to join.
Now have some Labour, SNP and Liberal Councillors supporting our campaign.