Teignmouth’s Fish Quay gets major overhaul
Posted on: 13 April 2016
A new £1.125 million quay built to boost fishing, leisure and tourism industries in Teignmouth is open for use.
The regeneration is expected to boost the livelihoods of local fishermen and shore-dependent jobs, retain the area’s important fishing heritage and encourage more visitors with new, modern recreational facilities for passenger boats.
Devon County Council, Teignbridge District Council and a range of partners have worked on the scheme at Fish Quay, Gales Hill.
The old wooden jetty has been replaced with a new pontoon and equipment that makes it much easier and quicker for fishermen to process their catches.
Modern landing facilities now make for better handling and a quicker turnaround for local boats. New and direct access for vehicles enables catch to be brought to market quicker and in better condition. And there is ice making equipment, a small davit crane, and washing areas for fishermen.
It also allows charter vessels to access the quay more easily, meaning that they can bring more people into the town by boat to enjoy Teignmouth’s beaches, shops and many tourist attractions.
The opening this week marks a new beginning for the quay that has been made possible by a range of partners working together to fund and deliver the complex project on time and within budget.
Teignbridge invested £232,000 with technical expertise, resources and ongoing assistance and has supported the Teign Fishermen and Watermen’s Community Interest Company to progress the redevelopment.
Devon County Council funded £450,000 from its Invest in Devon fund.
And the European Fisheries Fund provided £443,000 administered in the UK through the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).
Interserve was appointed to build the new quay.
Teignbridge District Council’s Deputy Chief Executive Phil Shears said:
“This is another example of Teignbridge delivering big on projects that support and strengthen the local economy. Our thanks go to the fishermen, Devon County Council, the Marine Management Organisation, the contractor Interserve and our other partners. It’s been a long, complicated process with lots of hard work and it’s great to now see it ready for use.”
Keri Denton, Devon County Council’s Head of Economy and Enterprise said:
“The benefits of this new, more efficient quay area will be felt across the wider Devon area, not just in the town. It is good news for the local economy, for the many businesses that rely on the quay, and their customers. It’s also important for the opportunities it will bring to enhance leisure and tourism to the area. Devon County Council is pleased to be a partner in this valuable regeneration project.”
Paul Barczok, from the Teign Fishermen and Waterman’s CIC, said:
“The fishing community are delighted to see the new quay which will create real benefits for both the local industry and the wider community and may even encourage the next generation or boats from neighbouring areas to fish from Teignmouth.
“Being able to accommodate landing directly into trucks on the quayside as well as providing ice and chiller facilities really adds value to the catch landed. This is now a brilliant space for the fishermen, the local community and visitors.”
The Marine Management Organisation, Interserve and South West Water were also partners in the regeneration scheme. Read what they said:
“Being a partner in this project from the concept phase has been important for Interserve. We strongly support the regeneration of the fish quay area, which fully aligns with our commitment to sustainability and delivering excellent outcomes for local communities.
“The project has been challenging, but has remained on programme and budget throughout. The end result is a fantastic asset which we hope will be used by local residents and future generations alike.”
“South West Water is proud to have worked with Teignbridge District Council and all other partners on this significant strategic project, which will benefit our local industries and communities.”
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