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Provisional grants awarded for Cornwall fish market

Newlyn harbour
Fish market bosses want to spend 5m on the port

Plans to rebuild a Cornwall fish market at a cost of £5m are one step nearer after partial funding for the project was provisionally granted.

The European Fisheries Fund has agreed a £2.3m grant for Newlyn Fish Market together with a European Regional Development Fund grant of £970,000.

However, the grants will only be paid if the rest of the funds are found by Newlyn Harbour Commissioners.

A new commission of 12 people is due to be appointed at the end of March.

Another stipulation to allow the funding to be released is that the new commissioners who will run the harbour will back the plans for the fish market which include the building of a new market hall, auction room and meeting area.

Two previous applications for funding were rejected by the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA), which manages the European Fisheries Fund in the UK.

West Cornwall MP Andrew George said: "This is very good news and what we need to do now is to get the whole of the fishing industry of Newlyn behind it.

"The business case needs to be shown to fishermen to reassure them that they are not going to be saddled with high costs for landing their catches."

Tony Woodhams, fisheries project manager for Newlyn, added: "It's an exciting time for Newlyn and it's the result of about eight years of consultation with the fishing industry and wider community with active support of the government partners.

"The decision about what happens next now rests with Newlyn and the new commissioners who will be appointed next month."

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