6 December 2011

I shall post here continuing good news for Cornwall, developments which will positively help the people of Cornwall and the local economy and everyday lives. Everyone who wants the people of Cornwall to succeed in the modern world will welcome them. This post covers 2011: for previous Vorsprungs see below.

* Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd is to receive nearly £7 million from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to develop the satellite dishes for advanced radio astronomy and to reopen the visitor centre. At Goonhilly, Avanti is to receive £5 million to develop broadband through satellite. These are significant and welcome developments which will bring jobs to the Lizard. (December 2011)

* The Regional Growth Fund for England (RGF), the successor to the funds of the abolished regional development authorities, has announced its round 2 awards. Geothermal Engineering Ltd has got a £6 million grant towards a geothermal project at United Downs near Redruth. This will produce electricity for the national grid and renewable heat energy available for local use. More details are here. Also in round 2 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly local enterprise partnership has got £13 million. This will be redistributed in grants to local companies for broadband developments and for infrastructure works. These two successful bids for RGF support are good news: they will support jobs and help develop Cornwall’s GDP. (October 2011)

* The park-and-ride on the western side of Truro began on 4 August 2009. In the three years since it has carried around 1.3 million people to Truro and to the hospital at Treliske. Around 1000 cars use it every day and 1700 people a day are now taken in and out of Truro. It’s a success, numerically at any rate, and there are plans to build one for eastern Truro. (August 2011)

* The redevelopment of a former industrial centre of Cornwall, unromantically called CPR ( Camborne, Pool, and Redruth), has moved forward with a land exchange that will allow a new linking road to be built. Going through the area today, the improvements are readily visible. There’s a deal to be optimistic about CPR regeneration with jobs and houses coming. More here (May 2011)

* A brief notice of some of the affordable housing in Cornwall so far this year. Thirteen houses, to rent and part-buy, have been completed in the first of a two stage project at Bodmin. Last month another scheme was announced for seventeen affordable houses for part-buy and for at rent Bodmin. At Callington twenty affordable houses have been completed. And at Camborne at the beginning of 2011 a project began to build 137 affordable houses: read here. And for Falmouth here. (May 2011)

* The Eden Project near St Austell opened in March 2001, ten years ago. It has been an impressive success and has raised awareness of Cornwall. In those ten years it has received nearly 13 million visitors and brought £1 billion into the local economy. It employs 700 people and supports 2500 jobs in tourism. (Western Morning News 10 March 2011).

Vorsprung Cornwall 1 and 2 cover 2007, Vorsprung Cornwall 3 and 4 cover 2008, and Vorsprung Cornwall 5 and 6 cover 2009, and 7 and 8 cover 2010.