Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year

The New Year has always been regarded as a time for hope and optimism. For some, it is a chance to turn over a new leaf, stop smoking or start exercising. The uncertainties in the world economy mean that we all go in to this particular New Year with a degree of apprehension. Governments are struggling to find their way through the mountain of debt accumulated in the past decade and the only thing we know for sure is that there are no easy answers. We don’t know whether the euro will survive or what impact its collapse would have.

But locally, there are many reasons to be optimistic. The Heartands project at Pool is almost complete and will open this spring, transforming the area. The government has now confirmed that it will fund the East West road link so work can start this year to redevelop derelict land around Tuckingmill, re-open the mine and create thousands of new jobs in the years ahead.

Just before Christmas, the government also agreed to make available some funds to help refurbish and redevelop the campus at Cornwall College. I am a former student of Cornwall College and have always championed their work, particularly with apprenticeships and foundation degrees. Part of the way to cut unemployment is to improve skills. The recent improvements to clad the Tamar Tower have had an extraordinary impact on the landscape at relatively low cost. Now they can do even more and also build new teaching facilities at Duchy College.

Early this year, with a bit of luck, we will finally get the green light to commence work to rejuvenate South Quay in Hayle. Work is already underway on North Quay and much progress has been made. The next phase will transform the Foundry end of Hayle with the harbour walls repaired, sluicing reinstated and new development including a supermarket, restaurants and other retail space.

Finally, momentum is gathering for a new Cornish Archive to be established on the old brewery site at Redruth and this will be my main focus in the months ahead. Most of the 8 million people making up the world wide Cornish Diaspora can trace their roots back to Redruth and it is the obvious location for a Cornish Archive.

George Eustice can be contacted on george.eustice.mp@parliament.uk or at 1 Trevenson Street, Camborne, Cornwall, TR14 8JD or by telephone on 020 72197032.