Against the backdrop of Brexit-related economic uncertainty, the Newlyn Pier & Harbour Commissioners have taken the decision to focus on improvements to the harbour environment that will bring tangible benefits in the current climate rather than longer-term, larger-scale development via EU funding.
I would like to reassure people that I have been working for some time with the Harbour Commissioners along with a number of people who use and depend on the harbour facility as they go about their business. There is a great will to carry out significant improvements to the harbour to make it a better and more prosperous asset for our fishing and related activities. The scheme proposed sought to improve the safety and the interaction between the general public, access to the retail outlets, the engineering works and movement of heavy goods etc.
However, it is no secret that the scheme put forward did not have the full support of everyone and as is often the case, securing funding of this nature often requires schemes to be developed within tight timetables, which hinders the opportunity to fully engage with everyone concerned. This scheme does include significant sums of external funding, it also carried a financial risk for the Harbour Commission.
My understanding is that a decision has been made to continue to work to deliver the improvements needed, working closely with the community, so that, whilst we will have to wait even longer for the much-needed investment, what is finally achieved will have broad support and makes good use of the finances and assets of the Harbour Commission. Personally I believe Newlyn and West Cornwall fishing has a bright future and I will hold the Government to its word that, as we prepare for a UK-led fishing policy, funding will be made available to provide the harbour infrastructure needed for a sustainable prosperous UK fishing industry.
For regular updates on these development plans, please visit https://www.newlynharbour.com/the-port/document-library/port-development-programme/