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Communities minister Penny Mordaunt visits storm-damaged Penzance open air pool

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

By Chloe Smith and John Williams

MP Penny Mordaunt at the storm-damaged Jubilee Pool in Penzance. Picture: Greg Martin

MP Penny Mordaunt at the storm-damaged Jubilee Pool in Penzance. Picture: Greg Martin

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A newly-promoted government minister visited a hotel in St Ives to discuss its multi-million pound beach-front regeneration project before heading into Penzance to see the storm-damaged Jubilee Pool.

Communities minister Penny Mordaunt went to the Carbis Bay Estate yesterday afternoon to hear the benefits the beach regeneration plans will bring to the local community and the employment opportunities it will provide.

The estate received a £525,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund which will go towards the £6-8million project to provide new beach changing facilities, a restaurant and a visitor centre as well as outdoor education space for schools and a water sports centre.

Due for completion in 2017 the project will create 65 direct full-time jobs and a further 90 or more indirect jobs through a range of business sectors.

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Ms Mordaunt, who also visited Padstow earlier in the day, said: “We have been touring the country visiting those who have received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund. It is fantastic to see how their future plans will enable growth and support employment within the local area.

“Through our funding selection process we are constantly looking for something that will make a big difference to their local communities and it is felt that Carbis Bay ticks all the boxes.”

Carbis Bay Estate’s Regeneration Project, which also includes a £3million investment in upgrading the hotel, has been a key focus for the estate since 2009 and has been project-managed and led by owner, Stephen Baker.

Mr Baker gave the minister a tour of the site, explaining the aims of the project as well as discussing further funding opportunities for future phases of the project.

He said: “Our aim for the project is to reduce seasonality in Cornwall and in particular for the West Penwith area. We believe that through the creation of these additional facilities on our site we can engage, not only with out-of-county visitors, but also with our local community.

“The regeneration project will also enable us to create additional year-round jobs as well as maintaining the existing jobs within our hotel – we see the creation and safeguarding of jobs as crucial.”

In Penzance, Ms Mordaunt was given a tour of the pool by Martin Nixon, chairman for the Friends of Jubilee Pool.

The Government last week agreed to give £1.9 million towards the £2.95 million cost of repairing and regenerating the pool while the Friends have pledged to raise £160,000 as their share.

A supporter of the Hilsea Lido in her Portsmouth north constituency – she donated £7,000 of her £10,000 fee to the lido after appearing in the reality TV show Splash! – she told the Western Morning News she was very impressed.

She said: “This is my first visit to Penzance and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t been here before.

“Projects like the Jubilee Pool are such a key catalyst for all sorts of things in the community.”

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