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Cornwall Council "fell out" with Penzance over the Isles of Scilly link but relationships have improved

By WBMiles  |  Posted: June 05, 2013

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Cornwall Council "fell out" with Penzance over the Isles of Scilly link but relationships have improved

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"Consensus" amongst all parties is the key to success in achieving a new Isles of Scilly link according to the new man in charge at Cornwall Council.

Bert Biscoe has taken the helm of the transport and waste management portfolios at the council and admitted Cornwall Council had previously “fallen out” with Penzance over the Isles of Scilly link.

Controversial multi-million pound plans to provide a new terminal and a ferry between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly floundered after opposition from Penzance Town Council, local residents and Andrew George MP.

But new plans are back on the table and currently being considered by the Department for Transport.

Mr Biscoe said: “Norman Baker (transport minister) is considering a proposal that has been put to him by this council working with Penzance Town Council and others.

“At this moment it’s vitally important that Penzance exudes a strong sense of consensus and we will see money flow.”

Mr Biscoe took control of the transport portfolio in the dying days of the last administration in November last year.

He said: “If I have done anything it is to transform the relationship that this council has with Penzance. It’s no good having Cornwall Council falling out with any of its communities.

“The situation was that there was no communication between this council and Penzance - now there is.”

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