Bid to host Tour of Britain agreed by Cornwall Council cabinet

Cabinet members at their meeting today (07 November) unanimously agreed to support a proposal that Cornwall Council bids to host the Grand Depart Stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain.

Members recognised the potential huge £3million economic boost to Cornwall of hosting such a high profile event.

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Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “The chance to showcase beautiful Cornwall through the worldwide coverage of Britain’s largest free-to-watch sporting event represents a real opportunity for us.  When we successfully hosted the Olympic torch relay, we felt the social and economic benefits along the route and in Cornwall as a whole.  I believe that this will have the same hugely positive effect.  Today’s decision is another example of Cornwall Council listening to residents and being responsive.

“The benefits it could bring are not just financial, it would also help raise the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivate people to lead healthier, more active lives.”

At the meeting of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet, a proposal was also agreed to increase the Council’s capital expenditure budget by £892,000 to fund upgrades and investment to Cornwall’s fire control centre and its emergency services network. Cabinet members also recommended that money raised from the proceeds of selling a Cornwall Council owned building in St Just in Penwith be used to support St Just Town Council in taking on the running of St Just Library.

The latest performance reports from the council were discussed at the meeting.  These quarterly reviews offer a chance to see where the council is performing well, and to spot problem areas quickly and to deal with them.

Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown highlighted news about pothole repairs:  “I was pleased to be able to report that, following the horrendous damage done to our roads last winter which meant that we were behind schedule in making repairs, we are now back on track.  In fact, in October we exceeded our target for fixing potholes within the 48 hour time frame from receiving a report of a pothole to fixing it, with 99% being repaired.

Cabinet members also agreed to recommendations on the minerals safeguarding plan. This document looks at ensuring Cornwall uses its natural mineral resources in a sustainable manner to ensure their benefits will continue for generations to come.


Story posted 07 September 2018