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Option A back on the agenda

posted Jan 25, 2010, 7:17 PM by Richard Cliffe   [ updated Jan 25, 2010, 8:16 PM ]
True Friends were well represented in the public gallery during the Cornwall Council Special Cabinet Meeting on 25 Jan 10 to discus the Penzance Harbour project.  It was decided that Option A was to be reconsidered (submitted a second time for approval) but not immediately.  There was an acknowledgement by councillors that the Strategic Planning Committe meeting had been conducted in a very difficult atmosphere given the vitriolic campaigning by objectors.  Far from being strategic the debate has become highly local and personal.

English Heritage had been written to about their objection.  Whilst not changing their position significantly, they pointed out in their letter to the Council dated 22 Jan 10 that it was the Council's duty to weigh up conservation considerations against all of the other issues it had to consider in a planning decision.  This True Friend concluded that the Committee could have chosen to ignore the advice from English Heritage but given the objections, and the claims that objectors represented the views of the majority of Penzance residents, the decision went against Option A.  

The Council Meeting decided that Option C should be dropped because investigations had revealed it to be economically unsustainable over the life of the project because of the extra costs of running the out of town freight depot.

Spending on an initial assessment of the Falmouth - Scilly option was authorized  so that the Council had a fall back option if agreement could not be reached within Penzance.  There was no great enthusiam for this option but the Council had to have a fall back option given the essential nature of the ferry service to Scilly.
Richard Cliffe,
Jan 25, 2010, 8:14 PM
Richard Cliffe,
Jan 25, 2010, 8:15 PM