Next up was a meeting with Toby Parkins at Headforwards, where we discussed ongoing plans for a fibre park in Pool. Superfast broadband brings a lot of opportunities. We are already beginning to feel the benefits, with software companies like Headforwards, Blue Fruit and LumiraDx growing in our area. Innovation centres at Pool and Tremough play an important role in incubating new start-ups. Proposals for a new fibre park in Pool to bring together software companies and training from Cornwall College to create opportunities for local school leavers could take things to the next level. We have the chance to really put Cornwall on the map in this sector.
Later in the day, I caught up with some of our local councillors to discuss some of the issues that local people have been bringing to their attention. The day ended with a meeting with the Penwith Beef Group and Praze Young Farmers.
Saturday was another busy day. I had a packed constituency surgery in the morning followed by a visit to Maenporth and the Helford Passage, which were both affected by the damage done by Storm Emma. At Maenporth, things are almost back to normal. At Helford, funding has been confirmed to repair the road at the Ferry Boat Inn. I will be writing to the Environment Agency about flood defences at Maenporth, and I will be speaking to Cornwall Council about the urgent road repairs to make sure they are carried our in a timely fashion.