Cornwall

Newquay Harbour refurbishment money is received

Newquay harbour
Image caption The funding comes from the European Fisheries Fund and Cornwall Council

A project to regenerate a harbour in Cornwall has received the final part of the £883,000 needed to begin work.

Newquay Harbour Improvements project includes building a storage centre for fishermen and safety rails for visitors to watch the working harbour from.

European Fisheries Fund (EFF) money worth £664,568 was secured in 2011, but has only now been handed over.

Work on the Treffey Centre, with storage, office and training space will begin after Easter.

'Exciting times'

Other improvements to the harbour include a low-water landing stage, lighting, signage and CCTV.

Cornwall Council's maritime manager, Andy Brigden, said: "This project is vital to ensure that existing and future fishing businesses and marine related activity is actively encouraged and to grow and attract greater numbers of tourism visitors to the port."

The funding has been made up of £664,568 from the EFF, £106,523 from Cornwall Council's Seaside Towns Programme and insurance money following a fire in 2009 which destroyed the fishermen's storage facilities.

Local skipper, Geoff Brown, said: "These are exciting times for the harbour community and Newquay in general.

"The work will greatly improve safety and quality of catch for our fishing fleet."

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