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‘Hands off the Gannel estuary’

By Warren Wilkins 24th November 2020

‘Hands off the Gannel estuary’

A suggestion about watersports  on the Gannel has caused a political row.

Conservatives Mayor Louis Gardner and Treloggan Cornwall councillor Olly Monk have criticised Liam Broderick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the new Trenance division, over his discussion of a new launching area and pontoons to encourage businesses to provide watersports hire.

They believe the estuary should be left untouched so wildlife and the natural balance of the river remains undisturbed.

Cllr Monk said: “The Gannel is one of Newquay’s most beautiful natural areas and any plans to develop it must be stopped. The Gannel, if anything, needs to become a designated nature reserve.

“Work to turn it into a nature reserve was previously carried out by former Newquay town councillors and I believe that if anything is going to happen there then that is the way forward.”

Cllr Gardner said: “The Gannel is already a place where nature and paddle sports exist side by side and this delicate balance should not be disturbed.

“I will be joining forces with Cllr Monk to resurrect plans to protect the Gannel in law and leave it as a dynamic and changeable environment that can be enjoyed by all.”

By Warren Wilkins 24th November 2020

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