North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed the announcement of funding for two multi-million pound projects in the North Cornwall constituency from the government’s Get Building Fund (GBF).
Both schemes are ‘shovel ready’ and should be completed within the next eighteen months.
Firstly, Truro and Penwith College has been awarded £3.7m to construct a new STEM Skills Centre, in a boost to its already world-class facilities. Callywith specialises in vocational courses, celebrating 100% pass rates on Applied Science, Art & Design, Photography, IT, Media and Games. The funding has been awarded in order for Truro and Penwith College college to co-invest in and build the Cornwall Skills Centre (on Truro and Penwith College owned land) at the Callywith campus.
“Having a centre of excellence for maths and science on our doorstep will improve the life chances of young people in North Cornwall. It is something that young people and parents have told me they wanted while on the doorstep, and therefore it was a key election pledge for me last December – one which I am delighted to be able to deliver on.”
Editorial note: It is, of course, a long way for students to travel each day from Bude, which has its own excellent, if under-funded, sixth form at Budehaven. Maybe there could be vocational outreach from Callywith to extend vocational training to Bude, or am I dreaming?
The government’s commitment to North Cornwall has also been reflected in a £3.1m investment in Project Generation Capacity & Infrastructure in the Davidstow cheese factory, which was recently acquired by the Canadian firm, Saputo.
The funding will go towards improving the capacity of the site and enhancing the infrastructure. Scott Mann MP said: “There is a huge demand for Cornish cheese in both the UK and international market, as Chairman of the all-party cheese group in Parliament I have promoted this North Cornwall success story and lobbied hard to ensure that our North Cornwall dairy is put at the forefront of the UK’s trade policy. The US market is particularly appealing; US cheese tariffs are 17% at present and a reduction in the tariff could see even greater demand.
This investment supports the plant itself, to increase production to meet export demand which we anticipate will come after the Brexit transition. It is equally as important that this investment will also support the wider supply chain of dairy farmers who supply Davidstow, the vast majority of whom are based right here in North Cornwall.”
The funding of the two projects in North Cornwall is part of the government’s stated plan to deliver upgrades to local infrastructure and boost skills, said to help fuel a green economic recovery.