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Porthleven harbour boss cagey about new landmark for port

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

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PLANS to place a landmark similar to the iconic clock tower at Porthleven are under consideration by the Harbour and Dock Company boss.

Chatter locally has suggested a structure in Harbour Road with a viewing platform and open space underneath, but Trevor Osborne would not be drawn on details.

The clock tower stands atop the Bickford Smith Institute building which was provided to the town in an act of philanthropy and was part of its character – "a very important landmark for Porthleven".

Now he said he was considering something similar to last into the future, but it had to be the right design.

He said he had already rejected 12 possible designs.

"I have plans which will be revealed in due course," he told the West Briton.

He added that whatever was put forward would not be "an Angel of the North ... it will be of an appropriate scale to Porthleven" but would be of high architectural standard and designed to bring people into the port, much of which he has owned for 35 years.

"I would like to mark my period of custodianship with something which adds to the character of the town and its idiosyncrasies and its skyline profile."

"What I have done has proved to be good for Porthleven."

He wanted to mark this with something significant "which will live beyond me to take the town into the next period of prosperity.

"It will be equivalent to the Bickford Smith tower but of our generation.

"There is no more detail than that.

"It will be something people will want to come to see, something to be proud of."

Planning permission would almost certainly be needed and Porthleven Town Council would be consulted, although Cornwall Council would make the final decision.

Mayor Mark Berryman said any such application would be treated on its merits by the town council.

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