An improvement that the people deserve 12 The Gazette THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018.
THURSDAY, JANUARY THE article by Kelley Price published in your newspaper (11.01.18) is in the best traditions of journalism. It is both informative and lucid.
The action being taken by Ben Houchen and Anna Turley in advancing the Brexit bill the Taxation (Cross border) Trade Bill in Parliament marks a milestone in the long industrial decline in Cleveland, a turning towards the sun and progress towards the massive improvement in the local economy the people demand and deserve.
Teesport can become a free port after Brexit but only after Brexit. Progress will however be extremely difficult.
The vision will not become a reality without the full co-operation of all political parties - now happily begun.
Progress demands decisions of a scope and resolve not seen in this area for over 100 years.
Time is of the essence.
No doubt the Tees Valley Development Corporation can achieve the co-operation of the areas controlled by The Development Corporation, The Teesport Authority and the adjacent industrial area such as Wilton and the Northshore and their co-operation in a free port area.
But this is a major development and requires the backing of the British state with all its resources and the full support of Parliament and people.
shot The entire area covered should be taken in to public ownership - nationalised.
Although the British people recognised the overwhelming case for a free enterprise economy based on free enterprise, private ownership, competitive trading and a property owning democracy there is a powerful case to be made of some exceptions.
"Commanding heights," engines of the economy should not be in foreign and uncontrollable hands.
Public ownership of the free port would ensure that the people of Cleveland and the State, having spent enormous sums on the infrastructure and development, did not have to stand by and see the benefits drain away.
Public ownership was the inspiration of the old Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority and its inspiration is needed still.
All this will require iron resolve and diplomacy at the highest level, enforced by Councils and people.
The time for action is now. Cleveland will not be denied its inheritance.
THOMAS WILKINSON, Acklam