20th December 2016
By Julia Penhaligon
Cornwall businesses have been told they have just two months to win a share of £7.2 million European Union funds designed to help develop sustainable transport infrastructure in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The European Regional Development Funding forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme, building on Convergence funding to deliver economic regeneration from 2014-2020. The closing date is 17th February 2017.
Applicants have been told to propose “innovative solutions that will help to create a sustainable transport network in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Proposals should demonstrate alignment with local development need and priorities including:
“Improvements for multi-modal travel and integrated mobility services which might include bike and ride, cycling infrastructure, and cycle ways to connect transport infrastructure.
“Projects which encourage the adoption of low carbon transport solutions, such as innovative car sharing or other technological solutions.
“Proposals that include use of electrical energy should be mindful of the constraints to the electric grid in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the associated challenges to the installation of charging points. Applications should therefore provide an innovative approach to their implementation.”
Guidelines from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership said proposals must consider how they will connect to the A30 and other key transport routes, the rail network and current and future employment sites as well as encouraging the take-up of low emission vehicles on the the Isles of Scilly.
“Applicants should consider and demonstrate how they are supporting and improving access to, and use of, sustainable
An electric car charging point in Truro
forms of transport, in particular given the emphasis expected on linking people to jobs,” said the LEP. “They should also consider the potential effects of transport interventions on carbon emissions in their locality using the United Kingdom Department for Transport basic carbon tool. A clear emphasis for this Investment Priority will be on sustainable transport.
“Applicants need to consider how their projects will address both equality and environmental issues and are encouraged to exceed the minimum requirements. The ITI Board will seek to provide its support to projects that:
“Demonstrate how the application will embed cross cutting themes good and best practices into the proposed project’s activities
“Make reference to the Inclusion Strategy and the Environmental Growth Strategy outlined in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Territorial Investment Strategy.”
Full details about this EU invitation and the application process can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5853ea2f40f0b60e4c0000c9/PA7_Cornwall_and_the_Isles_of_Scilly.pdf
Further information about the European Regional Development Fund can be found at http://www.cornwallislesofscillygrowthprogramme.org.uk/fund/erdf