A ground-breaking meeting aimed at promoting greater understanding of the different challenges and projects currently being tackled in the area adjoining Mount’s Bay has been hosted by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas.
Subjects as diverse as a proposed Crowlas bypass, the Penzance Neighbourhood Plan, flood defences in the bay and the application for a new Penzance heliport were aired at the meeting held in the Godolphin Arms, Marazion.
Around 20 people attended including several Cornwall councillors, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho, OBE, Andrew Davey, on behalf of St Aubyns Estates, parish councillors from Madron and Ludgvan, town councillors from Marazion and representatives from the Penzance Neighbourhood Plan, Penzance Heliport Ltd and the Crowlas Bypass Group as well as officers from both the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council.
Mr Thomas explained that he had set up the meeting in a bid to ensure that local groups did not work in isolation and were aware of the bigger picture.
“There are plenty of exciting developments in the pipeline to regenerate the area from Mousehole all the way across to Marazion both on the coast and inland as well,” he said.
“We won’t all agree on everything all the time but it is very important that we all work together as much as we can; being aware of what our near neighbours are planning can only be of benefit to the whole area.”
Sue Nicholas, the Cornwall councillor for Marazion, told the meeting about a planned foot and cycle path from Marazion to Goldsithney and improvements at the Henfor roundabout at the top end of Marazion.
Afterwards she said: “It was a very useful evening.
“It enable everyone to look at all the work being done by different groups and find out what stage they are at.
“We in Marazion were able to get a more comprehensive understanding of what is going on in Penzance and hopefully they will get a better idea of what we are up to.”