Falmouth Harbour has won almost £100K from the government’s “Levelling Up” Shared Prosperity Fund. We are using this funding to work with local partners on 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.

The funding – granted through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth programme managed by Cornwall Council – will allow Falmouth 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.

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.

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.

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

This critical national and local support for our Destination Development Feasibility Study allows us to create a clear plan for Falmouth Harbour for the next 10-15 years. By the end of 2024 we will have a strategic plan that will put us in a great place where we can capture opportunities for local residents of Falmouth and Cornwall more broadly.

The study will consider:

  • Ways to give people better access to
    • new jobs in offshore industries
    • the water in Falmouth and
    • better facilities when they get there.
  • How and where this can be achieved and how we make best use of our resources
  • Health and wellbeing benefits of the ocean
  • Better connections between the town to the sea
  • Redefining and promoting of Falmouth as a destination for visitors, opportunities for young people and offshore operators alike.

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

Jackie George, who assisted Falmouth Harbour with their funding application, will have an ongoing role with compliance, contract and project management of the Feasibility project. Click here to see Jackie’s LinkedIn Page.

The Falmouth Harbour Destination Development project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Cornwall Council has been chosen by Government as a Lead Authority for the fund and is responsible for monitoring the progress of projects funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

For more information, visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund: frequently asked questions – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)