Local Enterprise Partnership Says Scilly Should ‘Not Be Short Changed’ Following Brexit Vote

Sandra Rothwell

Sandra Rothwell

The Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has called on the government to make sure the islands are “not short changed as a result of the referendum result.”

Sandra Rothwell says the LEP will be working to ensure the current EU funding programme, worth around £500m, doesn’t change over the next two years while the UK’s exit from the EU is negotiated.

Scilly has been a big beneficiary of EU funding over the last decade, with European Regional Develop Fund money being used for projects such as the regeneration of Porthcressa, the airport and runway refurbishments and the construction of work units at Porthmellon.

The project to bring superfast broadband to the islands, via an undersea fibreoptic cable, was made possible through European funding.

Plans are also being put in place to use EU funding for an ambitious renewable energy project – the ‘Smart Islands’ scheme.

On Thursday, Scilly’s population voted to remain in the EU by 803 votes to 621.

But our larger neighbour Cornwall, which has also benefited from several rounds of EU structural funding, voted for Brexit by a majority of 56%.

Sandra says the funding for Cornwall and Scilly was allocated in recognition of “the very real needs of our economy to support growth and create jobs.”

And she says the exit campaign pledged to match it at least pound for pound to 2020 in the event of a leave vote.

Sandra says the LEP will work with the business community, Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly and local MPs to maintain investment at EU levels.

9 Responses to Local Enterprise Partnership Says Scilly Should ‘Not Be Short Changed’ Following Brexit Vote

  1. High Lanes Drifter July 12, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I wonder if the Great Leader will carry on with the long March toward glorious bankruptcy based on the gossamer thin promise of pound for pound matching funding from the fallen emperors of planet Brexit….? My guess based on a recent history of sheer economic lunacy is an emphatic yes.

  2. PETERBJENKINS July 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    the ultimate in baloney…. if they had any idea…..

  3. Jonny Exile July 5, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I can’t imagine that a quangocrat like Sandra Rothwell will need much help squeezing every last penny she can from taxpayers. The real task will be holding the Council’s feet to the fire so they understand that Leave means we’re leaving and that they need to implement a sea change in their structure and activities without delay or unnecessary cost.

  4. John Allsop July 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    It appears that the council almost had an over spend policy because it didn,t matter as the EU would send “money”, thats now over don,t expect much from London. The council ,if it has any sense will now start spending no more than it,s income after setting some money aside for it,s reserve. If they can,t afford it they can,t have it.

  5. Alex Cycad June 27, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Scilly was not a ‘benefactor’ of the EU funds: the inhabitants of the Isles of Scilly were ‘recipients’ of taxes gathered from EU countries, and remember that most of the countries are net recipients, only about 4 contribute.

    • fed up now June 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Scilly, not being a country, was a benefactor, not a contributor. You cant but geographical regions of a country on the same footing as other countries, it invalidates your arguement.

      And no, brexit will likely NOT be good for scilly. Westminster have shown time and again that they dont care for helping rural communities (Cornwall have the same situation), else it would have been westminster that aided/funded/supported projects such as our roads/A30 improvement (in cornwall but directly benefits scillonians the moment we stepo foot on the mainland)/Quay extensions/Superfast/School/etc.

      • Ian T. June 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Alex is right. The UK like all other EU members is a contributor. Most countries receive more than they donate but that was the whole idea of the EU that we should work together for the common good.
        Scilly was a recipient and probably received more per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. Wisely Scilly voted to REMAIN but, unfortunately, others could only see the false promise of £350M a week going into the NHS. This can never come about. Immigration was the other hot potato but where would we be without the immigrants working in tourist and food production?

        • lambsy June 28, 2016 at 12:32 pm

          I never thought the day would come but I can only agree with your comment. Scilly has had a generous helping of EU funding, the real shame is that it has been so poor in the amateurish way that it has chosen and then managed the projects.
          The overspends have played their part in alienating the population from the council which is supposed to serve them.
          I don’t think the chair or vice or the CEO would survive a public ‘no confidence’ vote (especially if we are left footing the overspend invoices).

  6. Janet Lowne June 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I agree