Damaged Penzance Harbour Could Be Blessing Says Councillor

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The Porthcressa area of St Mary’s yesterday

A St Mary’s Councillor says damage sustained to Penzance Harbour South Pier this week could be “a blessing in disguise.”

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough has called for David Cameron to invest in the security of our transport and basic environmental infrastructures, rather than spending unspecified billions on the projected high speed rail link.

After surveying the damage, Penzance councillor Tim Dwelly commented that it was a sad day for supporters of the £64m Route Partnership Project to rebuild the harbour in the town and at St Mary’s, and fund a replacement for the Scillonian.

Islands’ businesses and the Council will be counting the cost of the storm damage today.

It took Council staff much of Wednesday morning to remove around 50 tonnes of sand which had blown in from Porthcressa to the space at the back of the Town Hall.

And in the same area, the seaward facing glass in the new Porthcressa Shelter may need replacing after it became sandblasted.

Some locals are now claiming the new building should have been built with shutters to protect it.

On the other side of the town, Council officials will be surveying the sea wall below Holgate’s Green and along Town Beach today. It has been damaged by the waves but is not thought to be in imminent danger of collapse.

There have been numerous reports of fallen trees. Around 20 Leylandii were toppled on the Garrison.

Army Cadets Leader Tony Smith says that the cadet hut’s perimeter fence is smashed, along with guttering. There are ten trees lying on the hut roof so he says that there could be more damage to the building.

Duchy and Harbour staff have dumped sand bags containing around 20 tonnes of stones to protect the slipway at Porthloo.

Some forecasters predict that we’ll experience some of the worst weather this year at the weekend.

Skybus has already cancelled flights for Saturday and Land’s End Airport, which has been closed since the Christmas break because of waterlogging, remains unusable and won’t open until Tuesday at the earliest.

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