Lib Dems in Newquay have welcomed the start of a million pound investment in Newquay Harbour in a project to restore the grade II listed North Quay.
The work to extend and reinforce the North Quay will continue through the winter period and is very challenging for the contractors Cormac as the work is very weather and tidal dependent. The project is estimated to cost £1.2m which is largely being funded by Cornwall Council with a £84,000 contribution from the Environment Agency towards coastal defence.
Geoff Brown Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central said: "I am delighted that the council are now progressing with this essential scheme. We have been campaigning for this work since the weaknesses in the existing piles were discovered. Since the harbour transferred from Restormel BC to Cornwall Council in 2009, it has gained hugely from recent EU funding which saw a new build and investment of £1m to provide fishermen’s stores, offices and enhanced landing facilities. Now we are to double the investment to secure the future of Newquay harbour for years to come."
Cllr Joanna Kenny added: “Hopefully with an extended quay, those hair-raising stories of our boats having to surf into our Harbour will be a thing of the past. The site huts arrive this week and we expect the works to start imminently and last until the Spring – as always dependent on the weather. It’s having to work in water and around the tides that make the job really tricky and lengthy. There is bound to be some noise from the works but I hope local residents will be patient and Geoff will be making sure these only occur in the daytime.”
Tim Styles, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for St Austell & Newquay said: “Newquay Hharbour has the largest shellfishing fleet on Cornwall's north coast and directly supports 40 jobs with many more in the support industries. The harbour is one of Newquay’s unsung jewels and it is great to see more investment into it. I congratulate Geoff and the Cornwall Council Harbour Board for keeping at it and getting the funding approved. No easy task these days. This Project proves how essential it is that Cornwall Council continues to hold and increase the funding for capital projects like this so they can fund essential infrastructure initiatives both directly and also by providing match funding, bring much needed investment into Cornwall.”