Porthloo Slip Refurbishment Gets Go-Ahead

Porthloo Boat Park

Porthloo Boat Park

The re-building of the Porthloo slip and boatpark has been given the green light after the scheme was awarded EU convergence funding.

Duchy Land Steward, Chris Gregory, said he’s delighted that the project is going ahead. The work will see a new slip being built, together with improvements to the boat standings, access roads and services. There’ll also be better pedestrian access along the footpath that crosses the site.

Building will start this autumn as the planning permission restricts work during the tourist season.

St Mary’s Harbourmaster Dale Clark said this should be the last year that vessels have to negotiate launching across Porthloo beach.

He said the works will provide much improved facilities for existing customers, assist in improving business for local tradesmen such as boat builders and marine engineering and also allow boat owners that have previously wintered their vessels on the mainland to remain on Scilly.

Keith Buchannan, who has represented the interests of the marine industry in developing the proposals, said this result represents a concerted effort by the community to bring all the factors together, including planning, environmental requirements and financing.

“Passenger, fishing, sailing and all manner of work and pleasure craft will greatly benefit from this vital facility, which is taken for granted in most coastal communities,” he said.