AN £8 million scheme to improve the harbours of both Penzance and St Mary’s has been given the go ahead by the Department For Transport.
The work involves dredging at Penzance and pier widening and improved freight handling facilities at St Mary’s.
Local Transport Minister Norman Baker today said: “We are putting at least £8 million into this scheme which shows that the coalition government is serious about protecting the livelihood of the Isles of Scilly.
“Improved terminal buildings will provide better conditions for passengers. Changes to the harbours themselves will ensure new vessels can still access the port protecting this route for use by residents, freight and holiday makers.”
Penzance mayor Phil Rendle welcomed the announcement: “I am pleased we have got this far; it is the result of the consensus that councillors from Cornwall, Penzance and the Isles of Scilly have demonstrated to the Minister.
“It is the first time he has heard us all speak with one voice and I hope that this is marks the first stage in the regeneration of Penzance harbour.”