http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/7956626.stm

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Protestors opposed to the redevelopment of Penzance harbour are carrying out last-minute campaigning before the deadline for objections closes.

The Isles of Scilly Route Partnership wants to build a new freight and passenger terminal and buy a new ferry for the Penzance to Scillies route.

But opponents claim the work will ruin one of the most "historic and pretty" parts of the town's waterfront.

The deadline for objections to the scheme is 26 March.

Similar new facilities are also planned at St Mary's harbour in the Isles of Scilly.

The Isles of Scilly Route Partnership is made up of Cornwall County Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Penwith District Council, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.

It claims the 39.1m project would free up space in Penzance harbour and is needed to modernise the link with the Isles of Scilly.

But John Maggs, from Friends of Penzance Harbour, said: "This is a really important spot right in the middle of the most historic and pretty part of the waterfront.

"The project will involve serious mutilation of the lighthouse pier, which is built on medieval foundations and affect a beach that lots of people use.

"Penzance should protect its assets."

He said campaigners would prefer the new freight transport hub to be built instead on the outskirts of the town.

The date the planning application will be decided is unclear, because Penwith Council, which is processing it will cease to exist on 1 April when the new Cornwall Council unitary authority is created.