Town Council scheme threatened by Cornwall Council Rock Armour plan

2012-09-20

Penzance Town Council has asked the Department for Transport to allow it to continue with the development of its scheme for Penzance Harbour despite Cornwall Council’s refusal to support it.

The Town Council scheme, developed with substantial public involvement and the help of consultants, involves the regeneration of the Green Sheds and Meadery area, widening and redevelopment of the North Arm, and dredging in the entrance to the harbour. Cornwall Council are refusing to support any of the scheme except the dredging and instead want the grant money that would have been spent on regeneration to be spent on Rock Armour to be placed along the historic Grade II* listed South Pier.

Rock armouring the South Pier is wrong for a number of reasons:

1. It will harm and partially bury a valuable and much-loved historic structure.
2. It will detract from the beauty of the Seafront and the area’s attractiveness to visitors and locals alike, harming local businesses.
3. It is not a solution to long-term sea defence as it will only partially protect one part of the seafront.
4. If rock armour is used on the South Pier it would be much easier for Cornwall Council to use the same logic to rock armour the rest of the seafront including around Jubilee Pool and along the Promenade; this would destroy the prospects of Penzance remaining and further developing as a quality seaside destination.
5. And finally it will be redundant because a much needed offshore breakwater, that would bring genuine and multiple benefits to the harbour and town and is widely supported, is being planned as a further phase of harbour regeneration.

To rock armour the South Pier would be destructive and a massive waste of money, and by diverting valuable resources away from the regeneration aspects of the Town Council’s scheme it would virtually eliminate any benefit to the Town from the project.

See also the "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" brochure below.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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