st mikes mt 002Above: Mount’s Bay. (Image credit: Alex Langstone)

Last November Heritage Action’s Cornwall correspondent, Alex Langstone wrote about the battle to save the historic and beautiful beach at the heart of  the Cornish port of Penzance. We can now report some excellent news, as the plans to build a ferry terminal over the beach have been scrapped!

Cornwall Council have abandoned their plans to develop Battery Rocks beach into a freight terminal, at least for now.  They announced at the end of last week the withdrawal of their planning application.

For once, it seems that public pressure  has paid off.  It may be that there are other reasons for the change of plan, which have yet to emerge.  But for now we can celebrate!

The historic centre of old Penzance town can now breathe easy, and the spirits of the founding Celtic saints which flow along the ancient sanctity of the St Michael line are once again at peace.

The wildlife of  Sandy Cove is once again safe and families can bathe and relax among the ancient rocks and view the outstanding panorama of Mount’s Bay, unhindered by “21st century progress”.

See Alex Langstone’s original Heritage Journal post here