The Newquay Community Network has received official confirmation of funding worth more than £600,000 that will enable upgrades at the town’s harbour to begin.It described the European Fisheries Fund award as the “final piece of paperwork” required to begin the keenly anticipated £883,000 project.The scheme will replace the fishermen’s store, which was destroyed by a fire in May 2009, as well as create additional and improved facilities for the local fishing industry.The Newquay Community Network has also secured financial support from the Seaside Town Initiative, with insurance money paid out following the blaze, also contributing to the sum total.Planning permission has been secured for the project, based on blueprints created by Truro-headquartered CSA architects.
The scheme is due to begin within the next few weeks and will be project managed by Cornwall Council’s Ian King, with the successful contractor due to be announced shortly.
It will see the development of a new store, to be called the Treffry Centre, as well as additional storage facilities, new office and training space for use by the fishing community.
Further improvements will include upgrades to the harbour’s landing stage, new lifting gear, lighting, signage and the installation of additional CCTV.
Railings will also be included on the quay, so that visitors can enjoy being part of a busy fishing port without impeding the working fishermen.
Cornwall Council’s maritime manager Andy Brigden described the scheme as an “important project” for the port and its future as a busy working port, whilst also contributing to the visitor offer of the town.
He said: “This project is vital to ensure that existing and future fishing businesses and marine-related activity is actively encouraged – and to attract greater numbers of tourism visitors to the port.
“The success of securing the funding is a testament to all the stakeholders who have worked so well together and to the importance of Newquay Harbour as a working port and the contribution it makes to the local economy.”
Cornwall Councillor and Community Network chairwoman Joanna Kenny said: “This is wonderful news. The team has been beavering away for well over a year, since it was first confirmed that we had received a grant from the Seaside Towns Fund, allowing us to pursue this much larger grant from the EFF.”
From: Western Morning News, 20th March 2013