Revised Quay Plans Go On Display

Islanders will have a chance to see the latest, revised plans for St Mary’s quay today at an exhibition in the Old Wesleyan Chapel.

The plans include proposals for retail and bar facilities as part of the Duchy of Cornwall’s redevelopment of the Harbourside Hotel.

The Council’s side of the scheme will focus on the quay infrastructure, which includes a 23m extension, created using a buoyant concrete caisson that will be floated into place.

There will also be a covered walkway to protect queuing passengers as well as improved cold food storage in the freight area.

The harbour is built on rock so it cannot be dredged effectively and the longer quay will increase the Steamship Company’s choices for a Scillonian IV ferry.

Diana Mompoloki from the Council’s Economic Development department says that, following the last public display in April, feedback to some proposals has been taken into account and the plans amended.

This includes the idea of a walkway at the Mermaid end of the quay, which has now been removed.

There have been some concerns voiced about the potential to affect tourist operations in the summer, if the plans are funded for next year.

Diana says they’ve tried to minimise the disruption by using the latest building technology and the quay extension will only take two weeks to build. But she says insurance companies insist it has to be done in good weather.

There are two sessions running from 3pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 9pm.

It’s still not a given that the Council will get the funding for the work. A delegation from the Council, Steamship Company and the Duchy will have talks with the Department for Transport in September to encourage the Ministry to separate the scheme from Penzance’s quay build.

Minister Norman Baker insisted that the two schemes should be viewed as one, but the mainland end looks unlikely to meet the funding deadline and that could jeopardise the £4m European and £4m UK government funding for St Mary’s.

Diana says there’s a dispute whether the work in Penzance is within their current harbour consent.


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