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Penzance's Battery Rocks recommended for ferry terminal

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People in the Isles of Scilly rely on the ferry to bring tourists and supplies

Councillors in Cornwall have given their final recommendation for where a controversial passenger and freight ferry terminal should be sited.

The council has recommended that a £44m terminal be built at Penzance's Battery Rocks to help boost sea links between the county and the Isles of Scilly.

The government first approved plans to improve links in 2007 but objectors feared a terminal would spoil the area.

The recommendation will be sent to the Secretary of State for final approval.

Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee spent more than fours hours debating the plans before recommending approval for the Battery Rocks option by 14 votes to seven.

'No real substance'

A campaign group, backed by Penzance Business Network, had called for land next to South Pier in Penzance to be used instead, claiming it would be cheaper and preserve the beach.

However, Cornwall Council had earlier described the proposal as a "pipedream with no real substance".

John Maggs, from Friends of Penzance Harbour, said he was "disappointed but not entirely surprised" by the council's recommendation and said that as the final decision rested with the Secretary of State, the group would be putting its case to the minister.

"Once the decision-making has been removed from Cornwall Council, we hope that the powers that be will see things a little bit clearer," he added.

People living in the Isles of Scilly rely heavily on the ferry link to transport tourists and supplies from the mainland.

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