Monday, 14 December 2009

Council votes down Penzance Harbour scheme

News has just come through that the Council's Strategic Planning Committee has rejected an application that formed the basis of one of the options for the new Isles of Scilly link project.

The application would have meant the in-filling of Battery Rocks, the loss of the beach there and the use by many large lorries of the newly claimed land to off-load freight for the Islands. This was hugely unpopular with many local residents who wanted to see a split scheme with passengers using the harbour and a freight terminal at an out of town site.

At earlier meetings, the Council assured us that both schemes would be pursued so that if the Battery Rocks scheme fell then full advantage could be taken of all Government funding offers for the other scheme.

We shall no doubt see at Wednesday's Council meeting whether this promise holds water.

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