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The good and bad of Falmouth development

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor
, Sir:

I know a lot of people, including me, are very excited about the new pier coming to Falmouth to host the
Oasis of the Seas
, which was made in Turku, the first and former capital of Finland. People will always have a sense of hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel when they see new things being built in their area whether it is a football field or hotel.

When I was back home in Falmouth in April last year, I was shocked and outraged, however, to know they are going to move the 'bend-down market', the small shops, supermarkets and few more places because the pier is coming. The persons who gave the order for the removal needs to travel more. People seem to have this impression that tourists only want to see shops with all sort of tax-free goods.

For example, one of the harbours in Helsinki that is hosting many passenger ships from Stockholm, Sweden, and Tallinn, Estonia had a prison, an open marketplace, parks, many foreign embassies, a promenade and many other shops nearby.

Famous market place

The Market Square is a central square in Helsinki, Finland, and one of the most famous marketplaces and tourist attractions in the city. Over 9,200 passengers disembarked from these ships every single morning to tuck in on fresh fruits, buy souvenirs, eat local delicacies, buy art and crafts, see the monuments, walked the parks and head to the city centre, which is a mere 900 metres walk from the harbour.

Yes, Falmouth needs a revamp but leave the market alone. The authorities just only have to refurbish the markets, beautify the area by planting palm trees along the waterfront, install lots of street lights and public toilets. Build a promenade along the waterfront with restaurants, cafés, shops and nightclubs. The next move for them is to build many two-storey apartments in a straight line over the business places for renting along the waterfront with sea view next to the promenade. People will pay to see the sea from their balconies and living rooms.

I am, etc.,