No democracy is perfect or ever likely to be. The EU certainly isn’t and requires some fundamental changes. But no one can argue about the benefits of EU structural funding that has provided for Cornwall’s growth and inward investment that is set to continue. The European funding comes from budget contributions from all EU member states.
Why does Cornwall receive EU funding?
Westminster has underfunded Cornwall for decades. That underfunding has secured Cornwall’s place as ‘one of the poorest areas in the UK’ and wider EU.
Cornwall’s Eden Project has received millions of pounds in EU grants. Its founder Tim Smit, has said Westminster would not have supported it in the same way.
Cornwall’s Conservative MP Sheryll Murray, has said money from Europe would be better channelled through the government.This is also the view of Cornwall’s other Conservative MPs including Scott Mann; Steve Double; George Eustice and Derek Thomas.
This is a remarkable claim to make and evidence of ‘cognative dissonance’ in the minds of our MPs considering it was Westminster’s refusal to fund Cornwall adequately in the first place that guaranteed Cornwall’s EU funding.
So what has the EU done for Cornwall?
Over the last decade, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has benefited from EU investment to accelerate its transition towards becoming a sustainable, service-driven economy
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region. Running from 2014-2020 it will contribute to the EU ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Cornish EU Funding:
£7.1 million for development of Pendennis Shipyard
£50 million invested into contructing the Eden Project
£4 million to redevelop Truro & Penwith College, including new buildings and the refurbishment of existing buildings
£173.2 million for Combined Universities in Cornwall
£3.9 million for the Aerohub Business Park near Newquay Airport
£6.7 million improving Land’s End and St Mary’s Airports
£53 million to bring superfast fibre broadband to 95% of the Duchy
£9.9 million establishing the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre at Treliske Hospital
£4.7 million towards the Peninsula Dental School, part of which is based at Treliske Hospital
£949.760 towards a new operations facility for the Cornish Air Amblulance
£24.3 million redeveloping Newquay Airport
£19.9 million constructing and developing the Wave Hub renewable energy project in St Ives Bay
There is a further £1 billion due to be invested in Cornwall over the next 7 years:
Camborne School of Mines: Funding for Cornwall’s Deep Geothermal Projects
Funding to develop deep geothermal projects is being provided through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme. Running from 2014-2020 the European funded economic regeneration programme for the region will contribute to the EU ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
‘Westminster gives Cornwall the crumbs from the top table
while the EU provides the opportunity for the full menu’
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