I have always said that the main challenge in this part of Cornwall is to attract new industries and create more and better paid jobs. In Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, decision time is looming on a number of big projects that could help create new jobs and these have been my main focus over the last year.
Firstly, we will know next week whether funds are available to build the new east to west road link at Tuckingmill. I have championed this road within government ever since I was elected. It would unlock the potential of derelict mining land and pave the way for the building of new industrial units and the creation of up to 5000 new jobs in the years ahead. It would also complete the excellent work done by the team at CPR Regeneration over the last few years but competition for funds is fierce, so fingers crossed.
Next up is the plan to regenerate Hayle Harbour. This is another project that has dominated much of my time since I was elected and work to regenerate North Quay is already underway following a government grant last year. I have always said that, if we are going to have another supermarket in Hayle, we should put it in the middle where it will bring new life into the town rather than drain life away and that we should use it as an opportunity to finally restore the harbour area to its former glory. The plans have the unanimous support of Hayle Town Council and were given approval by Cornwall Council in October but, due to objections by English Heritage, the proposals have now been referred to the government for a final decision. I hope that common sense will prevail and that Hayle can look forward to a bright future.
This week I also organised a meeting to progress plans for this part of Cornwall to be designated the first ever Marine Energy Park in the UK. Wave Hub in Hayle is the first facility of its kind in the world but we need to maintain momentum and start getting wave devices plugged in. The government has already agreed to our demands that Cornwall be given the same subsidy regime as Scotland which levelled the field. If we are successful in the New Year at being designated the first Marine Energy Park, Cornwall will overtake Scotland as the world leader in developing wave power technology.
Finally, plans to build a new Cornwall Records Office are being discussed and I strongly believe Redruth is the natural place to locate it. Redruth is at the heart of Cornwall’s heritage and is the town most associated with the world wide Cornish diaspora who emigrated in the 19th century. So let’s hope Cornwall Council gets this decision right and gives Redruth a boost at the same time.
George Eustice can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1 Trevenson Street, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 8JD or by telephone on 020 72197032.