MP Says New Cornwall Leadership Could Save Penzance Harbour Plan
MP Andrew George has asked the Transport Minister to hold open the £8 million grant offer for the Penzance Harbour scheme for “a day or two longer” in case Cornwall Council has a change of heart on the plans.
This follows the recent ousting of Cornwall County Council leader Alec Robertson after ongoing internal disputes over his plans to part-privatise key public sector services.
Cllr Robertson told the Government earlier this year that it was not prepared to take on the proposed £8 million development drawn up by the Penzance community and headed by the Town Council.
Mr George says he was disappointment that the “relatively strings free offer” of an £8 million investment grant for Penzance harbour was rejected by Cornwall Council in the manner that it was.
“If Cornwall Council were to have a change of heart at this stage,” he said, “I hope that the whole community would come together to congratulate the Council and its new leader.”
Andrew says he doesn’t believe this will delay any potential investment in the St Mary’s harbour scheme. And the proposed Penzance development should bring “massive improvements” in freight handling and “make the whole harbour environment more agreeable for visitors.”