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Minister briefed on proposals for harbours at Penzance and St Mary's

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: July 19, 2013

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PLANS to upgrade harbours at either end of a lifeline ferry link are fully supported by all those concerned, the Transport Minister has been told.

Councillors and St Ives MP Andrew George met Norman Baker at Westminster to discuss proposals for the harbours at Penzance and St Mary's on the Scilly Isles.

Mr George said he arranged the meeting to ensure ministers understood the project's importance. Also present were Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport and waste; Chris Thomas, the chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly's transport committee; and Penzance's mayor Phil Rendle, representing the town council.

The project, initially a £62 million scheme which included a new ferry, has been mired in controversy. Two years ago the Government pulled the plug after a row about the redevelopment of Penzance harbour, and then Cornwall Council walked away from it.

Mr Baker was told all parties were united in their goal of seeing the harbours improved, and that the Isles of Scilly wanted to secure a durable facility for the sea link.

A council spokesman said: "Mr Baker stated that he would consider the proposals put forward by the three councils and respond as soon as possible."

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