Posted: 29.07.20 at 16:58 by Kurt Robson
The Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clark, will be visiting Falmouth this week.
During his two-day visit, Mr Clarke will visit Penzance, Falmouth, Newquay and Wadebridge to see first-hand the economic impact of Covid-19 on Cornwall’s economy and the steps we would like the Government to take to support local businesses.
Cllr Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said the minster’s visit provided an opportunity to showcase the council’s work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cllr German said: “Following my meeting with Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, it seems promising that the Minister for Local Government is visiting Cornwall so soon. I expect therefore to have serious discussions with Mr Clarke regarding devolution for Cornwall, funding for our businesses and leisure centres, as well as meeting the costs incurred by Cornwall Council.
“The pandemic has been challenging but our community spirit has really shone through. As council leader I am proud of the way our staff, residents and our partners rose to the challenges they faced.
“The Minister’s visit will give us an opportunity to show how Cornwall Council has worked tirelessly to keep our residents safe and healthy, as well as doing all we can to support our economy.
“It’s clear to me that if we are to create a better future for the people of Cornwall, more decisions about that future should be made here in Cornwall. I hope this will be recognised when further devolution of powers from Westminster are discussed.
“I also hope we can discuss a relaxation on the rules on distributing the remaining business support government grants to local businesses.
“We have shown throughout the crisis that we know and understand the needs of our business community and should be trusted to ensure the money goes to exactly where it is most needed.”
Cllr German is set to meet with Mr Clarke at the start of his visit on Thursday.