Friday 15 August 2014

Govt. funding for IOS Link harbours announced.

The Secretary of State for Transport , Patrick McLoughlin, has confirmed grant funding of £7.3 million towards the £12.8 million scheme to improve harbour infrastructure at both St Mary’s and Penzance. The remainder of the funding is understood to be coming from the EU (ERDF).

The harbour infrastructure works are expected to begin this September and to be completed by June 2015, with the St Mary’s Quay extension to be complete by March 2015 ahead of the summer season. It has since been learnt that the contract for the work has gone to Keir Group plc who have recent experience of delivering major civil engineering projects on Scilly having completed the new Five Islands School in 2011.

The harbour scheme will see the pier extended and widened at St Mary’s, along with provision of new freight storage facilities and improved access for passengers. The Penzance work includes dredging and some highway improvements in Penzance. The Marine Management Organization has issued a licence for the dredging work which expires on 30 Nov 2014 . The licence records the contractor as Peter Madsen Rederi, a Danish dredging company .

DoT press statement here.

Scilly Today news item 13 Aug + coment here

Scilly Today news item dated 14 Aug (Kier Group appointment) here .

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