Abattoir Group On Track For November Planning Submission

Farmers and retailers who have been campaigning for an abattoir on the islands hope they’ll be able to put in the planning application for the project at the Council’s November meeting.

A site behind the Porthmellon industrial estate has been suggested.

The facility would be operational 42 days of the year and locals planning the project are being assisted by a Cornish abattoir owner who follows a similar model of business.

The project is likely to cost around half a million pounds and, once planning is obtained and building quotes are received, it’s hoped Defra will be able to offer up to 50% of the costs with the rest of the cash coming from the commercial sector.

Tresco Estate and The Duchy of Cornwall have already made offers of support.

Duchy land Steward, Chris Gregory, was in the latest project meeting on Thursday and told us a marketing group will staring outlining the benefits of local meat processing.

Chris says livestock farming on the islands has been declining in recent years and there are many benefits of having more local meat products available to purchase in Scilly.