Investments approved by cabinet focus on council's key priorities

A series of investments focused on Cornwall Council’s key priorities and aimed at giving communities more say about funding to improve their local areas were approved by Cornwall Council’s Cabinet at Lys Kernow today (Wednesday 19 June 2019).

The meeting was the first to be chaired by the new leader, Councillor Julian German, who was elected to the role at a meeting of the full council last month.

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In his first official announcements, Cllr German welcomed new cabinet member Rob Nolan, as well as paying tribute to outgoing member Sue James.

One of the major items on the agenda dealt with investment into culture and the creative industries across Cornwall, focussed on a number of key events due to take place in the coming years.

Introducing the paper, Cllr Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, told members that the investment would not only create a strong and sustainable creative industry in Cornwall, but that it would also benefit community cohesion.

The next phase of the Superfast Cornwall project was also discussed. Superfast 3 aims to bring high-speed internet access to some of the remotest areas of Cornwall, promoting new ways of working, helping bring fresh employment opportunities and improve social inclusion in those communities. 

The meeting heard how the roll out of superfast broadband could  have environmental benefit, through allowing people to work from home, and reduce the need for commuting and further travel.

Cllr Egerton told the meeting: “The Superfast 3 project will help to maintain our enviable position as one of the best connected rural regions in the UK, preparing our businesses for the 4th Industrial Revolution and leveraging £4.2m of funding in to Cornwall.

“This is expected to be the last chance to access European funding to deliver broadband infrastructure and is an opportunity that we must grasp.”

The Community Led Local Development programme was also on the agenda, looking at an investment from the council being used to access European funding to support some of the most vulnerable communities in Cornwall through business support, job creation and skills training.

Cllr Egerton said: “In order to deliver on our Strategic Economic Plan’s ambitious vision for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to be the place where business thrives and people enjoy an outstanding quality of life, we must ensure that prosperity is felt across all parts of Cornwall, including in the very poorest communities.

"Cornwall Council investments in a CLLD match funding scheme will ensure that significant investment is made in promoting economic prosperity based on local priorities in the areas of Cornwall that needs it the most."

The council’s investment programme and the delivery of the funds were also discussed by members, as well as the purchase of 45 affordable homes across two sites in Cornwall.

The cabinet also approved the Capital Programme Outturn for 2018/19, and noted the council performance report for the same period.

The report highlighted some of the achievements of the authority over the past financial year, as well as highlighting areas requiring attention.

Posted June 19 2019