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Penzance TC writes to Minister to stop Ferry Project

posted Mar 28, 2011, 12:54 PM by Richard Cliffe   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 12:25 PM ]

It is not that often that West Cornwall gets the opportunity of a £62 million investment so it is deeply disappointing to see the Town Council writing to the Minister in an attempt to derail the IOS Ferry Project. 

In a letter dated 24 Mar 2011, signed by Mayor Ruhrmund, the Town Council commends Option Pz+ to the Minister.  The commendation is 'limp' and appears to be reluctantly given but that does not mask its potential adverse impact.

In line with past controversial positions adopted by the Town Council on the IOS Ferry Project there was no public consultation.  Public consultation may have resulted in a different perspective on Option Pz and discouraged the writing of the letter.

True Friends have replied to the Town Council (see Ltr to TC 27 Mar 11 below).

Detailed Comment

Option Pz+ proposes no sea defence for South Pier, a matter of critical importance to the Steamship Company who say they will not invest in a fallback option (if funding fails) without it. 

ERDF funding (£11.75 million) is at risk sooner than thought.  The money will be reallocated to a funded project in Jun 2011 if not able to be used for the IOS Ferry Project.  This makes Option Pz+ a more expensive option for the Government despite less being delivered.

Option Pz + would still have to go through the project work up and approvals process followed by Option A.  The demolition of the Waterside Meadery and the likely inclusion of rock armour on Battery Rocks/South Pier ensure it will be not be free of public controversy.

Richard Cliffe,
Mar 28, 2011, 1:25 PM
Richard Cliffe,
Mar 28, 2011, 1:25 PM