During her October ‘constituency week’, Molly had an opportunity to visit a range of projects in Cornwall which have benefited from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Programme. Her tour of Cornwall included visits to The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at Penryn Campus, which is considered a world class research centre; the Wheal Jane Earth Science Park; the Wave Hub project – the world’s largest and most technologically advanced site for the testing and development of offshore renewable energy technology; and Kresen Kernow, a former derelict brewery in Redruth being developed into a mix of cultural buildings, public spaces, workspaces and housing. An important aspect of the Kresen Kernow development will be a new archive centre for Cornwall that will provide a much awaited home for the storiesof Cornwall and will seek to reinforce Redruth’s ambition to become a cultural destination.
“It was really encouraging to see how ERDF funding has been used to help support some truly inspirational initiatives. Very often structural funds aren’t used for the glamorous aspects, but instead provide money to help prepare the ground or kick-start exciting projects. For example, in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly the remediation of land to open it up for public and private investment comes about thanks to ERDF Convergence funding. Its clear European investment is helping create the right environment to allow people and businesses new and innovative opportunities as well as helping to regenerate historic buildings and boost the region’s cultural and artistic heritage.”
The ERDF Convergence Programme has invested approximately €458 million in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly since 2007 and aims to build a stronger economy for the region.