Chancellor listens to dredging case

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A Cornwall Councillor and local MP have pressed the case for the dredging of Falmouth Docks in a meeting with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Chris Ridgers, Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and regeneration, and Sarah Newton, MP for Falmouth, seized the opportunity of George Osborne’s visit to Cornwall to bring the economic importance of the dredging of Falmouth Docks to the Chancellor’s attention.

The Chancellor was in Cornwall to mark Newquay Cornwall Airport being awarded Enterprise Zone status. The meeting was also attended by the Harbour Commissioner and representatives of businesses at Falmouth Docks.

Cornwall Council cabinet unanimously approved proposals in July for the development of the Port of Falmouth that will create and protect thousands of jobs.

Ridgers said: “Falmouth is blessed with one of the deepest natural harbours in Europe but we need to be able to dredge the approach channel to secure and create hundreds of jobs and bring huge economic benefits to the community.”

Revised plans for the dredging are currently with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) which has expressed concern over the effects of dredging on algae in the harbour.

 

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