THE PORT of Tilbury and Thurrock Council have both reacted with delight to the news that Amazon is opening a major distribution centre in Tilbury
Commenting on the announcement by Amazon today, Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports said: “This is great news for the port and for the Thurrock area. We are delighted that Amazon will be based at London Distribution Park (LDP). By basing itself at London’s major port, Amazon will save time and money and capitalise on our prime south east location and our excellent, well established logistical connections to the UK market.”
Jason Dalby, Managing Director at Roxhill Developments, said: “This is excellent news for LDP. The strategic location adjacent to the port of Tilbury is a major asset for businesses and we welcome Amazon to the development. LDP is currently the largest ready to go industrial development site closest to the M25 on the market. We have already secured Amazon and Travis Perkins and we continue to see an increase in the number of businesses looking for distribution centres located in or near a busy port.”
Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Cllr Mark Coxshall said: “This significant venture in the borough will act as the catalyst to secure investment in transport links, improve the local environment – which is important in terms of our local environment Clean it, Cut it, Fill it promises – as well as creating employment opportunities for local people.
“The new centre is extremely well placed in terms of road and distribution networks in the South East as well as benefiting from neighbouring logistical experts like Port of Tilbury.”
He added: “Amazon is another global brand investing in Thurrock, which we are very happy to be partnered with.
“Our planning and regeneration teams have been working closely with Amazon to ensure Thurrock, and especially Tilbury, reaps many of the rewards such a large brand brings with it.
“This includes community staff busses to work, access to skills and training as well as a commitment to ensure local people have fair access to opportunities.”