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70 New Jobs On Site Of Hotel Gutted By Fire

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6:53am 11th June 2014
(Updated 6:53am 11th June 2014)

There will be a  jobs boost on the site of the west Cornwall hotel destroyed by fire.

St Michael's Hotel and Spa has bought the old Falmouth Beach site next door.

It was gutted by fire back in 2012.

Now £25m plans have been revealed for a new health and fitness suite, rooms and apartments.

The people behind it say it will mean creating seventy new jobs and safeguarding many more.

Marketing exec Louise Williamson said: "It's such an amazing opportunity for Falmouth - to be able to expand the fantastic facilities we've got here and then to be able to create something that's going to be totally iconic and be so good for the local community as well."

The site overlooks Gyllyngvase beach. Up till now it has been one of Cornwall's Blue Flag beaches but no longer has the award.

According to the council it was in a bid to save money - but tourism bosses claim it was due to administrative error.

Either way St Michael's owner Nigel Carpenter is hoping the development will help secure the award again in the future: "We should be really proud of our natural landscape, our beautiful sands, cleanliness. The awards signify a lot to potential visitors. It is a major attraction. So we want to make sure that we not only have a nice resort but that visitors have a wonderful beach and area to enjoy.

"People wanting to come to Cornwall see Cornwall as a place of purity and natural beauty. If we can't win a Blue Flag, which we put so much effort into winning, then I think it's a really poor do."Falmouth proposalsFalmouth proposals

6:53am 11th June 2014

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