Opposition to the proposed new park and ride scheme for Scillonian passengers at Lelant has been voiced by Penzance Councillors and businessmen.

There are fears that the commercial impact on accommodation providers and retail outlets could be significant if the bulk of Scillonian passengers are arriving in Penzance solely to board a ship to the Isles of Scilly.


The Cornishman reports that Penzance town Councillor Dick Cliffe, a guest house owner, was ‘shocked and saddened to see an application being submitted and even more shocked to see it approved by Cornwall Council.’


Fellow Penzance Councillor Cornelius Oliver said: ‘I was shocked and angry at the lack of consultation about this plan’ and Nick Hood, chair of the Penzance & District Tourism Association also had reservations about the scheme.


Richard Emslie, founder of the IOS Parking Company told the newspaper he had no objection to the scheme but added that visitors to Scilly are looking for a good service – "they don't want to park in a field and return to their car after a few days to find they are ankle-deep in mud" – and want to feel valued.


"What is needed is a proper, long-term, well thought out solution with proper consultation and planning.”


The passenger ferry to the Isles of Scilly has been operating since 1926.

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