Decision On Old Wholesalers Site Delayed Until October

What the new centre will look like

What the new centre will look like

A decision on EU funding for the proposed Porthmellon Innovation Centre has been deferred until October.

The £1.5m plan to turn the former wholesalers site into shared work and office space depends on receiving a significant proportion of the costs from the European Regional Development Fund.

But Strategic Investment Manager, Diana Mompoloki said there are pressures on the remaining funds as the current programme draws to close.

It means the Convergence Management Group, which administers the fund, wants to see all the final projects together in a single meeting before making a decision.

The extra costs of building in Scilly meant the proposal was described as “relatively poor value for money” compared to similar mainland projects, but Diana says that happens to all projects in Scilly and the assessors will take that into account.

The Council has spent £97,000 developing the scheme, which is ready to go as soon as the money is awarded.

St Mary’s-based company PC Green won the contract to build the centre and it was hoped it would start this winter, ready for opening next summer.

The scheme came about after a Council business survey identified a lack of good quality office and workspace as a barrier to business development in Scilly.

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