Salcombe fishermen will benefit this week from a number of improvements to the Fish Quay as part of a £300,000 package of environmental and health and safety improvements, thanks to funding from South Hams District Council and European grants.

Salcombe estuary and town

Work carried out by the Council includes the replacement of the Quayside fenders to replace the old wooden ones, resulting in an easier and safer birthing of the fishing fleet.  To further improve health and safety, in early 2019, there will be a new walk ashore access platform and pontoon which removes the need to scale a ladder while carrying heavy loads. 

Four new freezers will also be handed over to the Salcombe fishermen, which will offer an increase to the storage facilities by 25%.  The energy efficient freezers come with internal safety releases and lights and with the added benefit of being able to be loaded mechanically using fork lift trucks, rather than the current manual loading system.   

This work forms part of a major regeneration initiative for the Harbour which will see plans come forward next year for a new Harbour depot at Batson and a reception office at Whitestrand.  Commercial units will also be provided for local marine industries to support businesses and help to increase jobs in the area.  To deal with the large numbers of visitors to the town, there will also be additional car parking provided at Shadycombe. 

Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr John Tucker, said: "The District Council is very pleased to be able to support improvements to Salcombe's Fish Quay to increase health and safety and make life easier for the fishing community.  Further consultation with the local community on the next phase of development will take place early in the spring." 

These improvements are part of a larger scheme of work which was first discussed in 2017.  The Council led a workshop for local key stakeholders to discuss a wide range of potential improvements to a number of areas around Salcombe.  Following that meeting, a Masterplan was produced resulting in a scheme of improvement work to be rolled out until 2020.

Cllr Simon Wright, SHDC Ward Member for Salcombe and Thurlestone, commented: "I'm delighted that the work on the Fish Quay has been completed to such a high standard.  By working closely with local stakeholders who showed strong support for these improvements, we have listened carefully to what is needed and shown our commitment to the town by improving facilities to residents, businesses and visitors."

SHDC Ward Member for Salcombe and Thurlestone, Cllr Judy Pearce, said:  "By improving safety and making the port more economic, we have helped guarantee the future growth of our fishing industry which is very important to Salcombe.  When the next stages of the Masterplan come to fruition we will see continual improvements to the town."