Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Penzance to Scilly RoRo Freight And Passenger Port Plan Scuppered

Enquiry Decides Development Cannot Go Ahead
Shipping News Feature

CORNWALL – UK – It was decided at the enquiry over the development of a freight and passenger terminal adjacent to Penzance Harbour that the scheme could not be permitted. The controversial plan to site the facility at the Battery Rocks has been shelved after strong local objections persuaded Cornwall County Council to refuse planning permission.

The final nail in the coffin of the scheme appears to be English Heritage’s statement that the listed South Pier would be adversely affected by the freight terminals development. Locals who supported the scheme were angry at the decision saying that the ferry service would now probably reside in Falmouth where the larger vessel planned to ply the route will be able to moor.

Our enquiries before the enquiry ended indicated that Scillonians generally felt a larger vessel was essential to enable better access to the Isles with the annually increasing amount of freight and passenger traffic. One large vessel as opposed to the two smaller ships currently in use would be more likely to sail in the adverse weather conditions often seen off the Cornish coast.

The owners of Falmouth Docks have publicly stated they would welcome the plan although the increased distance will mean a longer voyage for travellers.