£100K “Shared Prosperity” grant towards future plan for Falmouth Harbour

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March 11th

£100K “Shared Prosperity” grant towards future plan for Falmouth Harbour

A plan to map out Falmouth Harbour’s position as the UK’s best place to live, work and visit over the next 15 years has won almost £100K from the government’s “Levelling Up” Shared Prosperity Fund.

The funding – granted through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth programme managed by Cornwall Council – will allow the Harbour to focus on current and future marine technologies at the heart of the historic town as well as providing better water-front access and facilities for local communities and visitors.

“It is incredible news to have received this critical national and local support for our Destination Development Feasibility Study – which allows us to create a clear plan for Falmouth Harbour for the next 10-15 years,” says Falmouth Harbour CEO Miles Carden. “We need to move forward in a strategic way and this blueprint will put us in a great place where we can capture opportunities for local residents of Falmouth and Cornwall more broadly.”

The study, which is receiving £98,989 from the Shared Prosperity Fund, will examine the current marine industry and infrastructure and future blue technologies seen as key to establishing Falmouth as the preeminent port of call at the Atlantic Gateway for servicing offshore wind and power and other small commercial and leisure vessels.

To this end the Harbour is working with Falmouth Marine School on future skills development particularly around offshore technology, to support renewables and wind power.

Cllr Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy, says, “This funding will look at how the future of Falmouth Harbour can give our residents job opportunities, as well as contribute to the development of renewables and wind power which is so important on Cornwall’s journey to net zero.

“It will also explore how we can not only economically benefit from a thriving and sustainable harbour, but also how we can enjoy this marvellous resource on our doorstep.”

The study will also look at possibilities for a new marina and berthing for small offshore vessels and superyachts and space for major sailing events alongside better facilities for local people to get closer to the water and events.

Already the classic superyacht regatta Richard Mille Cup has announced a return to Falmouth for a “showcase start” in June after the immaculate hosting by the Harbour and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club for last year’s inaugural event.

“This is exactly the sort of uplifting spectacle which draws people to our amazing Harbour and benefits everybody,” says Miles. “We want to give people better access to new jobs in offshore industries, the water in Falmouth and better facilities when they get there. Our study will map out how and where this can be achieved and how we make best use of our resources.

“We will share some of our ideas through 2024 and the work will be completed at the end of the year.

“We know the health and wellbeing benefits of the ocean and we want to better connect the town to the sea – redefining and promoting Falmouth as a destination for visitors, opportunities for young people and offshore operators alike.”

For further information on this and all the work and services of Falmouth Harbour, including enhanced safety and quality for people, wildlife and the environment visit www.falmouthharbour.co.uk  or call the Falmouth Harbour team on 01326 213537.

 

 

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