Key decisions for Cornwall Council's Cabinet

Key decisions on Cornwall’s cultural future, the next steps for the Superfast Cornwall broadband programme and funding for community-led developments will all be on the agenda when the Cabinet meets at Lys Kernow in Truro next week.

The meeting, which will take place at 10am in the Trelawny Room on Wednesday, will also see the acquisition of affordable housing at Gunnislake and Tolvaddon discussed.

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The cabinet committee will be asked to approve funding of up to £565,000 into creative projects across Cornwall, which will help bring in a further £5,051,291 of funding from other sources.

Projects which will be supported include the performance of the medieval Cornish plays known as the Ordinalia in a special performance in 2020, and a special exhibition to be held at Newlyn Art Gallery.

The cabinet is also being asked to consider investing £1.6 million into the third phase of the Superfast Cornwall broadband project, which would be supported by £4.2 million of European funding.  

The project would see superfast internet made available to a further 2,700 properties across Cornwall in some of its remotest locations.

Match funding of £3.5 million is also being requested for a new Community-Led Development Programme, which would unlock a further £13.3 million of European funding for the scheme.

The programme’s aims include:

  • Creating jobs locally,
  • Keeping businesses viable
  • Supporting business growth
  • Helping residents get the skills they need to find jobs

Also on the agenda is the purchase of affordable homes at Tolvaddon and St Ann’s Chapel near Gunnislake, a look at the council’s end-of-year performance report for 2018-19, and the authority’s investment programme.

Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “This agenda clearly shows how we are focussing on improving the lives of all our communities.

“From supporting our cultural heritage, connecting our communities to superfast broadband, championing community-led developments and creating affordable homes, we are ensuring all of our residents, including those most vulnerable, are given the tools to improve their lives.”