Is bird protection plan for Falmouth Bay 'nail in the coffin' for town?

Falmouth Packet: Is bird protection plan for Falmouth Bay 'nail in the coffin' for town? Is bird protection plan for Falmouth Bay 'nail in the coffin' for town?

News that the effect plans to protect three species of birds which winter in Falmouth might have on work carried out at the docks, will not be taken into account by the Government has been described as “another nail in the coffin of Falmouth’s prosperity.”

Falmouth Town Council has expressed its “disappointment” in the reply it has received from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after it voiced its concerns over the proposed Special Protection Area which would cover an area from Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay.

Councillors are worried that should the zone be introduced as proposed, it could impact on what work can be undertaken at Falmouth Docks and they made that point to DEFRA which has now told them, that argument will not be taken into account.

This news was not received well by councillors last week. Alan Jewell said: “It’s a joke. I’m very disappointed with the response from DEFRA.

“It’s another nail in the coffin of Falmouth’s prosperity.”

Councillor Candy Atherton added: “I am deeply concerned by this response which was probably written by a junior who does not even know where Falmouth is and has no understanding of the importance of our docks.

“I think we should write back in the strongest possible terms and make it absolutely clear that while we love diving birds and we welcome them, as we do any visitors, to Falmouth, we need to protect our docks.”

The council unanimously agreed with Ms Atherton’s proposal and a letter is to be drafted and sent to DEFRA.

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4:38pm Fri 16 May 14

Creekfella says...

I doubt very much that the proposed dredging of a small part of Falmouth Harbour will have any lasting effect of the local bird life once the dredging has been completed. I have resided in and around Falmouth and sailed in these waters for many years. I have seen much evidence of wildlife successfully existing despite oil spills, Klondike factory ships and bunkering services. The Bay was used for ballast dumping for many years as well. Probably more damage was done to wildlife by the tin (TBT) in ships antifouling that has now been banned. Cornwall Council, Falmouth Town Council, Harbour Commissioners, etc., should tell HMG and DEFRA to shelve its objections and allow Falmouth to develop it traditional maritime.functions without further hindrance. Cornwall needs to Cruise ships that bring much prosperity to the area. Perhaps a campaign such as recently run that caused DEFRA to back down on its plans to control the Oyster Dredging should be initiated. Hands off Falmouth!
I doubt very much that the proposed dredging of a small part of Falmouth Harbour will have any lasting effect of the local bird life once the dredging has been completed. I have resided in and around Falmouth and sailed in these waters for many years. I have seen much evidence of wildlife successfully existing despite oil spills, Klondike factory ships and bunkering services. The Bay was used for ballast dumping for many years as well. Probably more damage was done to wildlife by the tin (TBT) in ships antifouling that has now been banned. Cornwall Council, Falmouth Town Council, Harbour Commissioners, etc., should tell HMG and DEFRA to shelve its objections and allow Falmouth to develop it traditional maritime.functions without further hindrance. Cornwall needs to Cruise ships that bring much prosperity to the area. Perhaps a campaign such as recently run that caused DEFRA to back down on its plans to control the Oyster Dredging should be initiated. Hands off Falmouth! Creekfella
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