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Jamestown jetty plan looks dead in the water

Andrew Mitchell outside the Swindon meeting
Andrew Mitchell after meeting Saints in Swindolena

Plans for a breakwater at St Helena’s historic wharf have all-but been scrapped, according to International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

A permanent jetty is planned instead at Rupert’s Valley, he said.

He broke the news at a meeting for Saints and island-watchers at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Swindon on Saturday 20 May 2012.

He said: “I think I’m right in saying the decision is made not to build the jetty.”

Click here to listen to Andrew Mitchell talking about the Jamestown jetty

COMMENT:

At the moment the wharf has four user groups: freight; RMS passengers; cruise ships; and yachties. Moving freight (and all the associated warehouses) to Ruperts makes a lot of sense, though the road would need to be improved. The RMS won’t be bringing passengers and the yachties maybe don’t need a breakwater. But what will happen about cruise ships? Landing the passengers at Ruperts and bussing them to Jamestown? I suggest that is the issue with this plan that needs to be solved.

John Turner, St Helena
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