The Partnership undertakes its advocacy role in a number of ways:

Hosting Ministerial visits and securing VIPs at key events

Recent visitors have included:
  • Stephen Hammond Under Secretary of State for Transport - who visited Harwich in January 2013 at the invitation of the Partnership and received a presentation from Suffolk and Essex Partners about the importance of the A120 and A14 being upgraded
  • Baroness Hanham – who spoke at the Partnership’s launch of the Low Carbon Freight Dividend project in Felixstowe in 2012
  • John Spence, Chairman of the SE LEP - who spoke at gatherings of local authority partners and Haven Gateway businesses in January 2012
  • Charles Hendry – who visited Harwich to see the scale of the offshore wind energy activity taking place in 2011
  • Bob Neil a junior Minister at DCLG – who spoke at the Partnership’s AGM in 2011
  • MEP Vicky Ford - who was taken on a tour of the Haven Gateway in November 2010

Responding to Government consultation papers

The Government and other agencies often undertake public consultation prior to completing reviews of policy or introducing new initiatives. The Haven Gateway Partnership further pursues its advocacy role by responding to these opportunities, whenever appropriate, to speak up for the interests of the sub region.

Recent consultations have included the proposed introduction of Marine Conservation Zones by the Marine Management Organisation, a review of infrastructure serving the Ports by a Commons Select Committee and future plans for investment in rail by the Office of the Rail Regulator.

The Partnership will continue to monitor opportunities to utilise consultations as a means of raising awareness of sub regional needs and priorities and of influencing Government policy in favour of the Haven Gateway area.

General lobbying and advocacy

The Partnership also pursues other activities such as commissioning specific research for example into the importance of Ports and Logistics to the sub region, and highlighting matters of concern to the sub region at County Council and LEP level. It has for example commented on the lists of infrastructure priorities prepared by the Local Transport Bodies for both New Anglia and the South East.