Residents line up to see Siemens' wind turbine factory plans
VICTORIA Dock residents braved a chilly night, lining up to board the Green Port Hull exhibition bus.
The single-decker vehicle has been transformed into a mobile show about the development of land in Alexandra Dock earmarked for the Siemens wind turbine factory.
Running until tomorrow, the bus will be travelling around the city to ensure as many people as possible can view the exhibition.
Victoria Dock resident Carole Rennison was one of the first residents to climb aboard.
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She said: "We live in Helm Drive, which overlooks the proposed development – you can't really get any closer than that.
"We will be able to see the port activity from our garden so my husband and I wanted to know about the piling activities taking place.
"We have been assured that this would only be carried out between certain hours, which is reassuring.
"I know there have been some concerns from residents in the past, but I think this will be really good for the city.
"Hull always gets such a bad press nationally, but this will bring jobs, investment and will put Hull on the map for the right reasons, so we welcome it."
Last month, Associated British Ports (ABP) and Siemens submitted a joint planning application to Hull City Council for the development, which analysts predict could lead to thousands of new jobs.
Hull City Council is expected to make a decision on the application by March or April, after which there will a period of three months before work is expected to start.
This period is to give the chance for appeals and ensure any conditions set by the council can be met before work kicks off.
Matt Jukes, ABP port director for Hull and Goole, said he was pleased with the response to the exhibition.
He said: "This is a big development and if you put yourself in the shoes of the residents living nearby, you would want to know as much as possible, so I am not surprised with the level of interest.
"What is surprising, particularly for a development of this size, is people have been uniformly supportive.
"They want answers to their questions, but they want the development to happen."