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Hayle Harbour footbridge consultation

Via Harbour Management Briefing Note - Cornwall Council http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/idoc.ashx?docid=8b115a76-be09-438b-ab23-ff864...

Via http://www.hayleharbour.com/pdf/ING_Hayle_Harbour_footbridge_consultatio... 19 December 2012 09:40:04

Welcome to ING Hayle Harbour’s footbridge consultation

The aim of the consultation is to allow the residents of Hayle to express their views on which footbridge option over Penpol Creek they would prefer.
Outline planning consent to construct a footbridge between Penpol and South Quay has been granted. This consultation is to assist in the decision making process and to generate feedback on the best option in terms of location and function.

Introduction

In December 2010 ING submitted an application for a mixed-use redevelopment of South Quay and Foundry Yard.
The application was approved by the Strategic Plann ing Committee in October 2011 and formally consented in June 2012.
The outline proposals included a pedestrian footbridge over Penpol Creek linking South Quay to Penpol Terrace. The consented bridge would be sited mid-way along South Quay.

The bridge is an important element in the regeneration of Hayle and will provide a pedestrian link to Foundry and Penpol. The footbridge will encourage pedestrian circulation between South Quay, Penpol, Foundry and North Quay.

A fixed type bridge is proposed in the planning per mission (Option 1).

Three other options are possible; each has benefits and challenges to overcome.

The proposed location of the bridge and the fixed nature of the bridge are subject to further consultation.

Why are we consulting?

The planning process is approved for the footbridge -we have outline planning consent for Option 1, but there are other options available.
The South Quay Planning Consent and the subsequent S106 Agreement allowed for other bridge locations and solutions to be considered.
ING will build Option 1- if residents prefer other options ING will look to contributing funds to that option instead.
ING is obliged to deliver Option 1, but Residents c an choose to pursue a different option. However these other options will cost more money and there is no guarantee that the additional funding required would ever become available.

In the event that Options 2, 3 or 4 are preferred, ING will deposit the funds equivalent to the cost of Option 1 with Cornwall Council in an Escrow Account.

For all other options except Option 1 Cornwall Council would be the primary delivery partner, hence Cornwall Council wish to understand local residents’ preferred option.

Fixed bridge option

The harbour regeneration presents a unique opportunity to maximise the future potential of the harbour, the town centres and the shops around Penpol terrace.

Thorne swing bridge section

Challenges

Incorporating a lifting or swing section in the footbridge will cost more than the funding available, as a part of the ING South Quay redevelopment scheme.

The additional funding over and above ING’s agreed contribution would be in the region of £350,000; however there is no guarantee this funding can be secured.

Possible future financing could be identified through the Community Infrastructure Levy programme for Hayle or possibly the Coastal Communities Fund.

As previously mentioned ING would contribute £466,000 to cover the fixed bridge element which would be transferred by ING to Cornwall and kept in an escrow account, any new funding realised would be to cover the shortfall.

There will be an operational and maintenance cost to be included into the management of the bridge that will be the responsibility of HHAL.

Option 3: A fixed bridge from the end of South Quay to East Quay incorporating a lifting or swing section

Benefits

Locating the bridge at the end of the quay with a lifting or swing section has the benefit of minimising the effect on mooring users, as the opening section will permit nearly all craft to pass.

Connectivity to the Quays will be a positive benefit of this option.

Locating the bridge at the end of the quay will draw footfall along the full length of South Quay creating activity and interest.

The link will be closer to North Quay and will be accessible via the Railway Bridge from North Quay.

Challenges

There will also be an operational cost involved in operating the opening section and the moving parts will need a regular maintenance and replacement schedule, that will add to the budget required to maintain and operate the harbour.

An opening bridge option has been investigated and the initial cost will be in the region of £800,000.

This option will not be fully funded by the development of South Quay and Foundry Yard, so additional funding sources will need to be found and there is the possible risk that this funding may not be identified.

The end of the Quay location is less effective in supporting pedestrian flows to and from Foundry and Penpol Terrace, which is a fundamental objective of the bridge.

In deciding the best option for the location of the new bridge, the way the location will affect pedestrian circulation and encourage linked trips will need to be balanced against other benefits

The Footbridge located at the end of South Quay will impact on an area of the harbour zoned for Fisherman and Marine use.

Hayle is an operational Harbour and East Quay is zoned for the fishing industry. Location could impact on the provision of future flood defences.

East Quay is not completely within ING’s ownership and there may be land ownership constraints on delivering the footbridge and routes to it.

Option 4: Combination of an opening bridge and tidal defence at the end of South Quay linking to East Quay.

This option takes the Option 3 route of the opening pedestrian bridge but includes a tidal gate, which would function as a flood defence feature and enable consideration of possibly impounding water within Penpol Creek to create a wet dock.

Benefits

Locating the bridge at the end of the quay with a lifting section has the benefit of minimising the effect on mooring users, as the opening section will permit nearly all craft to pass.

Connectivity to the Quays will be a positive benefit to this option.

Locating the bridge at the end of the quay will draw footfall along the full length of South Quay creating activity and interest.

The link will be closer to North Quay and will be accessible via the Railway Bridge from North Quay.

The tidal gate would contribute to flood defence in Hayle forming part of a sequence of linked flood defences, which includes the land uplift at North and South Quays.

Provision of the floodgate with the completion of flood defences around East Quay would negate the need for flood defences along Penpol Terrace and Foundry.

The tidal gate also allows consideration of impounding water in Penpol Creek to provide potential for a floating harbour and new associated business and leisure opportunities.

Challenges

ING’s commitment to the Penpol Creek Footbridge is £466,000 - this will not be enough to deliver this option and the shortfall will have to be covered by a successful grant application or other means of funding. The budget for this type of structure, excluding any costs associated with establishing a floating harbour, is expected to be close to £1.5m

The South Quay development will not fund delivery of the tidal gate but residents need to understand that for this Option to work, the pedestrian bridge must be designed to accommodate a tidal gate.

East Quay is not completely within ING’s ownership and there may be land ownership constraints on delivering the footbridge and routes to it.

Although potential impact of the tidal gate were studied as part of the Master plan outline Planning Application more studies are required to understand the effect of impoundment of the water within Penpol Creek. In particular these will focus on the quay walls and drainage from Foundry Square. These studies will incur additional costs

Final acceptability is subject to additional studies on the effects of impoundment on the ecology, environment and existing structures.

The necessary operating regime for the gate will impose navigation restrictions.

There will be an operational cost involved in operating the tidal gate and the opening section of the bridge. In addition the moving parts of will need a regular maintenance and replacement schedule that could significantly add to the budget required to maintain and operate the harbour.

The benefits and additional income generated by mooring incomes of this option will need to be carefully weighed against the construction and predicted on-going costs, to establish if it will be sustainable in the long term.

Pros
Cons

Option 1
• Funding available from developer
• Delivered immediately subject to consents
• Restricts access to some moorings
• Least maintenance cost
• Shortest circulation route around the Foundry/ Penpol retail area
Option 2
• Less restriction on moorings compared to Option 1
• Shortest circulation route around the Foundry/ Penpol retail area
• Cost greater than Option 1
• Delivery not guaranteed
• Cost greater than Option 1
• Increased technical requirement.
• Requires control over opening section which increases operational costs
• More expensive to maintain.
• Need to raise additional funding by Grant delivery or via the CIL programme.
Option 3
• Less restriction on moorings compared to Option 1
• Improved route to North Quay
• Delivery not guaranteed
• Cost greater than Option 1 and 2
• Need to raise additional funding
• Increased technical requirement.
• Requires control over opening section which introducing operational costs
• More expensive to maintain
• Longer route to Penpol and Foundry businesses from bridge.
• Will require land assembly and new agreements on East Quay
Option 4
• Helps deliver long term flood defence needs.
• No restriction on moorings
• Improved route to North Quay
• Impoundment facilitates new activities.
• Wet dock attractive to visiting vessels
• Delivery not guaranteed
• Cost greater than Option 1, 2 or 3
• Greatest technical requirement
• Requires control over opening section and flood gate so has highest operational costs
• Most expensive to maintain and needs to consider parts replacement
• Longer route to Penpol and Foundry businesses from bridge.
• Will require land assembly and new agreements on East Quay
• Additional studies required for impoundment

You can let us have your views in a number of ways
1. By using one of the feedback forms which are available at the Consultation.
2. In writing to Mr Dave Slatter c/o Cornwall Council, Council Offices, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX

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