Cornwall Council Throws Support Behind Quay Projects

St Mary’s Quay

The chairman of the Isles of Scilly Council, Mike Hicks, has welcomed a letter sent from Cornwall Council, saying they will back the planned improvements to St Mary’s and Penzance harbours.

The recent ousting of the Cornwall Council leader, Alec Robertson, and the departure of the transport portfolio holder, had left some uncertainty over the Council’s position.

But on Tuesday, Cornwall’s new leader Jim Currie and the new transport lead, Bert Biscoe, wrote to the Transport Minister, Norman Baker, to reaffirm that the council would work with Penzance Town Council to deliver a scheme.

Cornwall Council had earlier proposed a scaled-back project consisting of dredging the harbour and installing rock armour.

Mr Currie said: “I believe our revised proposals for the harbours will address the Secretary of State’s requirement for a simpler, more cost effective scheme as they significantly reduce the capital cost and are limited to the works that are necessary to maintain the sea link to the Isles of Scilly.

“This will be increasingly important given the end of the helicopter service.“

Mike Hicks said this was excellent news and he says he’s delighted the new leader and transport portfolio holder had come on board so quickly.

Mike says he’s already in the process of arranging a meeting with the other two councils to progress the scheme.

Plans for improvements at St Mary’s harbour, including an extension to the quay and upgrading of passenger facilities, have already been passed by planners and are awaiting final funding. As the two quay projects had been linked, this latest news means the chances of building working starting on St Mary’s in the near future have moved a step closer.


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