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MP Andrew George calls for one voice in Penzance breakwater bid

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

MP Andrew George calls for one voice in Penzance breakwater bid

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West Cornwall MP Andrew George says Penzance must speak with one voice when calling on the Government to support plans for better coastal protection and regeneration for the town’s seafront.

Last week Penzance mayor Phil Rendle sent a letter on behalf of his fellow town councillors to the Prime Minister urging him to support plans for an offshore breakwater following the recent storm damage which has caused an estimated £10 million of damage.

Mr George agrees that the town should get top level help but warns against a divisive approach.

“Penzance deserves Government support to protect its seafront,” he says.

“More work is necessary to protect the harbour on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly. Multi-millions of pounds are rightly being spent to restore and protect the severed rail line at Dawlish but the lifeline link to the Isles of Scilly cannot be ignored by Government Ministers.

“I believe that more could be achieved if those who care about the town came together and spoke with one voice and stood shoulder to shoulder in support of the town - unfortunately this is not something all have done in recent years.

“I have long argued that an offshore breakwater is a vital first step to securing the coastal defence and regeneration opportunities which Penzance needs.

“If the dark clouds which have hung over Penzance following the storms are to have the silver lining that the town and its economy deserve then everyone must come together and speak with one voice.”

Mr George held a meeting with more than 30 local stakeholders in January to advance the case for an offshore breakwater as the first phase in the redevelopment of Penzance Harbour and seafront and following recent storms, will hold another in Penzance next Friday, March 28.

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