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MP calls for off-shore breakwater for Penzance
10:00am Friday 14th March 2014 in News
MP for West Cornwall Andrew George has called on the Government to help secure an off-shore breakwater for Penzance to protect against storm damage.
Mr George, who invited the Deputy Prime Minister to visit his constituency to see for himself the impact of the storms a day prior to the Valentine’s Day storm, asked the Deputy Prime Minister for his oversight and support for the local authorities, transport operators and others who need to plan and find the resources necessary to provide a long term solution.
Mr George says he has long supported calls for an off shore breakwater for Penzance and will ask the Government for assistance in doing the final scoping work and costings to bring options forward.
Mr George said: “The Government’s response to the storm damage and its impact on the livelihoods of fishermen and for the restoration of the rail service following the severing of the link at Dawlish has been helpful and very much appreciated.
"But the severe damage at Penzance, the Isles of Scilly and the vulnerable lifeline transport link has gone under the radar and is not something which local authorities can resolve entirely on their own.
“That’s why I’m calling on the Deputy Prime Minister to ensure that a delegation from my constituency will be able to meet the appropriate Ministers and officials to secure the support necessary to find a resilient long term solution.
“Although, of course, I have visited many other communities which have been affected by the storm damage (at Porthleven, Lamorna, Newlyn, Mullion, Coverack, Cadgwith and elsewhere) the scale of the problem faced in Penzance and the vulnerability of the transport link is something which requires a scale of response which can only be achieved with Government support.”