Green light for Brixham fish market plan Published: 25 August, 2008
PLANS for the vital second stage of Brixham’s impressive new £8-million fish market have been submitted for planning approval.
The first phase to build a new quay is already underway, but the next development for a new fish market, restaurant, offices, employment space, and refurbishment of part of the existing market building looks set to get the green light. It will start early next year with completion expected in around 15 months time.
The plans have been revised since the original scheme was first drawn up and the main changes that the entrance to the new development has been pulled back allowing better access to East Quay for fuel tankers. while keeping the glass tower in the same place.
Also the new security office, which was originally positioned in the building underneath the walkway, has been relocated to provide better visibility of both entrances down to the new fish despatch area.
Local Council cabinet member Chris Lewis said: “I am delighted that the pieces of the puzzle are now starting to fit into place. We have funding confirmed for the project and are now working with planners to ensure that we not only provide a scheme that is within budget but best meets the needs of people in Brixham.
Despite problems with rising fuel costs, the West Country fishing industry is in relatively good health because the specialist fish it offers to the UK retail trade and the Brixham fish market modernisation is regarded as a key part of that revival.
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