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Penzance Harbour Options Review – DofT Funding Agreed

posted Nov 8, 2011, 6:25 PM by Richard Cliffe   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 6:27 PM ]

The Penzance Harbour Scheme Management Board (Pz Town Council led) learnt on 3 November that the Dept for Transport had agreed to fund the Penzance Harbour Options Review.  Some ~£69,000 grant funding was approved with a substantial element for community consultation (performed by the Seafront Forum & Hyders Consulting).  The Town Council had already agreed a local contribution of £10,000.  Also agreed by the DFT was £257,000 of funding for the next stage (detailed design) of the IOS project for St Mary’s Harbour.

Editor's Comment:

There is no hard and fast figure for what the DfT will fund at Penzance but even with matching ERDF funding the project budget is likely to be around 50% of what was planned under the Route Partnership Scheme.  Perhaps in recognition of funding constraints the message from the DfT (during a meeting with Penzance Town Council reps) and from our MP following a recent meeting with Norman Baker MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport) is that the scope of the Penzance project needs to be tightly focussed on essential transport infrastructure and not regeneration aspirations.   This has caused a bit of debate because traditionally the ERDF funding component was seen as a way of broadening the scope of projects to include elements that gave important long term benefits but which were otherwise outside of the scope of Central Government funding.     The implication is that the DfT see ERDF as a way of diluting the limited DfT budget so that more DfT projects can be delivered, not a separate budget for nice to have additions that Central Government will not fund.