Penzance Mayor Contacts Scilly Over Quay Plans

St Mary's Quay

The Mayor of Penzance, Jan Ruhrmund, has written to the Isles of Scilly Council Chairman, Mike Hicks, over the two authorities’ plans for quay redevelopment.

The Transport Minister, Norman Baker, has made it clear that the two ends of the Scillly link have to be ready for funding at the same time.

That’s concerned our Town Hall because the St Marys Quay project is thought to be more advanced and waiting for Penzance could mean Scilly misses the window for valuable European funding.

Mike Hicks says he will make every effort to ‘build a bridge’ and have a ‘sensible dialogue’ with the mainland authority.

In last night’s Council meeting, Cllr Dudley Mumford pointed out that Penzance Council was requesting £60,000 worth of development money for their scheme, but he said it was a scheme for a pier and harbour that they didn’t own. It is Cornwall Council’s property.

Dudley said that could have an effect in delaying whatever scheme may come to fruition.

Marian Bennett is hopeful that Penzance Town Council may be able to assist our Council in persuading the Minister to separate the two projects.

Chief Executive Philip Hygate reiterated that development money is needed for St Mary’s Quay plans. He wouldn’t talk about the sums involved but we understand it’s a six-figure amount.

He feels that he’ll need to accompany Mike Hicks to meet the Minister but warns that without the development cash there won’t be a project, as he couldn’t recommend that the Council exposes itself to such a financial risk if initial funding isn’t available.