The new look Sandy Cove – part of the Newlyn harbour development plans
Newlyn Harbour Commissioners and the advisory board are delighted to be able share an initial outline of plans for the improvement and update of Newlyns’ Infrastructure.
Parts of Newlyn and the fishing industry locally are in desperate need of more support.
By offering improved facilities, a better working environment and providing a base for marine skills, we can ensure that the way of life in Newlyn, can not just continue, but flourish in a way we have not seen in decades.
Newlyns Harbour Master, Rob Parsons says “We want to bring Newlyn to the wider community, supporting our local small businesses and artisans, creating a destination that embodies all the skills, trades and traditions that the town has in abundance.”
We are seeing an increase in larger fishing vessels in Newlyn, with local companies investing in the future of fishing, which gives us great confidence, and as a port we need to do everything we can to facilitate them.
Newlyn lands in the region of 14,000 tonnes of fish annually with a value of £30 million pounds, and we are in a great position now, to build on that and for local fishermen and fish producers to capitalise where they can, using Newlyns location to the prime fishing grounds to our advantage, ensuring the fish caught in our waters comes through our harbour entrance and into our auction.
The plans initially focus on Sandy Cove and how much the area of land has to offer
The development of Sandy Cove will enable Newlyn to welcome boats with deeper drafts and offer a safe haven in all weathers.
A proposed breakwater will act as protection from the storms to our existing piers, which have seen storm driven seas sweeping over the harbour walls in recent weeks.
The long term plan will include a maritime industrial estate, marine skills centre , marina, leisure watersports facilites, transport links, and housing.
We aim to bring people together, in such a way that allows the industry to work, whilst tourists and locals alike can enjoy the benefits of fresh fish, incredible vistas and the unique connections with the rich heritage of Cornwall and artisans that are in abundance in Newlyn.
These plans are very much intended as a starting point, and with positive comments already coming from Cornwall Council, and we now invite stakeholders and members of the public to bring forward ideas and concepts as well as suggestions that can benefit the overall long-term goal.
The Harbour Commissioners & Advisory Board are hoping the planning and discussion stages will help bring the plans to the hearts of the people, and it will in turn feel like a local community project, where everyone involved will feel very proud of what has been achieved.
Plans of this scale can only be achieved when everyone works together, and from the initial reaction from the advisory boards research, it really feels like what is needed can be delivered under the leadership of Cornwall Council, and the guidance and investment from Newlyn Harbour, Marine Developments Limited and the private business sector.
This is the opportunity to grab the bright future that Newlyn deserves, that will benefit Newlyn, Penzance and the whole neighbouring area for many years to come.
Plans can now be viewed online, on the advisory board section of the harbour website www.newlynharbour.com