200 million pounds for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
The deal secures 48.9 million pounds of government funding, as well as a further 150 million of additional investment from local partners and the private sector.
Greg Clark said:" I am delighted to be in Penryn today to sign this historic deal. As the government’s long-term economic plan starts to bear fruit, it is important that areas such as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have the power to develop local infrastructure to take advantage of a recovering economy.
"Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are at the very edge of Britain but are by no means marginalised. Eighty-five per cent of residents and businesses can now get fibre broadband, and with new industries, a dynamic university and a fantastic natural environment, the area has all the ingredients for a flourishing economy.
"This Growth Deal will boost key industries such as the area’s world-leading marine renewable energy sector, will bring real improvements to rail, cycling and road networks, and provides the tools this beautiful region needs to forge ahead."
Chris Pomfret, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Signing our deal with the Minister is a real milestone, unlocking as it does millions of pounds of investment to grow the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our deal is the first tranche of investment vital to delivering our Strategic Economic Plan; a plan that could see around 1 billion pounds of public and private sector monies invested in our economy between now and 2020."
John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, said:" Signing the Growth Deal means we will be able to bring forward the delivery of a number of investments vital to Cornwall’s businesses and communities. Cornwall Council will play its part in delivering those projects, which include significant road and rail infrastructure improvements.
"As a result of the Growth Deal we will also be working with government on a number of freedoms and flexibilities for key sectors such marine renewables. This will support these emerging sectors and act as springboard for our future devolution aspirations."
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Deal, which was announced in July, will help to create up to 4,000 jobs, allow up to 6,000 homes to be built and generate up to 150 million in public and private investment.
The deal is part of a 12 billion pounds long-term programme to revitalise local economies. The deals are the latest and greatest example of the British economy being rebuilt from the bottom up, and sharing the benefits of the recovery around the country. Local businesses and council leaders have been invited to open discussions immediately on the next set of projects to be funded, building on the momentum that has been established. ■