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Foreshores—Encroachments At Truro—Question

Volume 217: debated on Monday 28 July 1873

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asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of Captain Graves on certain alleged en- croachments on the shore of the river at Truro; and, whether such encroachments are in accordance with the order of the Board of Admiralty (made after the inspection and Report of Mr. Rental, C.E., in 1841), which laid down that—

"No erection of any kind should thereafter be made on the shores of that part of the Truro river and harbour shown on that plan, without being first inclosed by wharf walls built in position and direction as shown by red lines on that plan?"

said, in reply, that he found on inquiry that the facts were as follows:—A firm of merchants at Truro having bought some foreshore from the Duchy of Cornwall, submitted to the Board of Trade plans of works which they proposed to construct. The matter was referred to Captain Graves, the Inspector of the Coast Guard station, who reported upon it; and the Board acted upon his Report. With respect to the Admiralty Order of 1841, their jurisdiction had been transferred to the Board of Trade, who felt themselves at perfect liberty to alter a regulation made more than 30 years ago, if upon careful inquiry, it should seem desirable to do so. He was, however, instructed that the present case was not affected by the red lines shown on the plan referred to, which did not reach up as high as the site of the new works in question.