Cornwall’s MPs have welcomed the Government’s £100,000 funding boost for culture and heritage projects across the county.
The Government has confirmed it is awarding Cornwall Council a £100,000 grant, spread over two years, to create a Cornish Culture Fund.
Ahead of St Piran’s Day, the annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Cornwall, local MPs Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay), George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth), Scott Mann (North Cornwall), Sarah Newton (Truro and Falmouth) and Derek Thomas (St Ives) have urged the council to seek the public’s views on how the culture funding is spent.
Mrs Newton, who has led the push for funding with Mr Eustice, said: “The Government has committed significant funds to Cornwall since 2010, including around £750,000 for promoting the Cornish language, but many people feel the money has not always been well spent by the council.
“Cornwall has a distinct culture and heritage which is vital to our way of life as well as the local economy, jobs and tourism.
“It is essential the latest injection of £100,000 is spent wisely and we strongly believe local people should have a say on which projects should benefit.”
Mr Eustice said: “We have a number of iconic cultural venues across the county which have benefited from significant investment, such as Heartlands. I'm looking forward to the opening of the Kresen Kernow archive centre in Redruth, and hope to see some of this money spent on the Cornish language which is an important part of our cultural heritage”
Meanwhile, the Government responded this week to the Council of Europe’s advisory committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), a treaty that aims to protect the rights of minorities.
The response focused, in part, on Cornish language and culture and confirmed the £100,000 grant.