Positive steps forward for future economic development of South East Cornwall
By Em_Williams | Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 22:04
An employment sites study into potential development land for Saltash was one if the items discussed when Cornwall Councillors from South East Cornwall met with Chris Ridgers, the Council's portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, last week. Together they discussed the future economic development of the area.
Ahead of the meeting the councillors were sent a briefing on the South East Cornwall parliamentary constituency which set out local economic issues and trends, together with details of 90 economic projects worth over £38m which are currently being developed.
There was agreement that neighbourhood plans would be an important contributor to the economic debate and decision making process, and that start-up and small business should become the main focus of any business development activities.
It was also felt that there needed to be a better understanding of the employment site needs of businesses which would require collaborative working between the business community, Town and Parish Councils, and Cornwall Councillors assisted by Council officers and Cornwall Development Company.
With regard to specific initiatives, it was agreed that opportunities presented by superfast broadband would be looked in to while there would also be further investigation into promoting business based research and innovation, including that potentially arising through the South West Marine Energy Park.
A number of action points arising from the meeting, including improvements to the A38 and railway services, will be addressed over the coming weeks.