News that the Government has recognised the specific challenges Harwich could face during the country’s departure from the EU has been welcomed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).
Tendring Council is to receive £150,000 from the Government, to help support the development of Brexit plans, in particular in recognition of the importance of Harwich International Port.
The funding is not for the infrastructure of ports, which if required comes from the Department of Transport. However it is granted in recognition that local authorities with ports will be more affected than the majority of councils, meaning increased capacity and specialist capacity will need to be implemented to manage changes, including the requirement for additional staffing.
Making the announcement, Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, said: “From keeping our supply chains running and ensuring goods continue to flow into the country, to putting robust plans in place for every community, local government is playing a vital role in preparing the country to be fully ready to leave the EU on 31 October.
“We have stepped up our preparedness significantly in recent weeks, including asking every council to appoint a Brexit Lead Officer. Now we are releasing an additional £9 million of additional funding today to help local areas get ready for Brexit, whatever the circumstances.”
Christian Brodie, chair of SELEP, said: “This will be reassuring and welcome news for the businesses that rely on the efficient working of this economically vital port to their success and our nation’s trade with mainland Europe.”