By Rashleigh MacFarlane
Cornwall’s creative workers are looking forward to a boost next month when County Hall embarks on a new “manifesto” to devise a strategic framework for the sector’s future development.
Cornwall Council says it wants to “set out a new vision and key areas of ambition for the next five years.
“Outlining Cornwall Council’s focus for support and investment, our intention is that it will also be a shared strategy for the wider sector enabling us all to unlock investment for the benefit of our creative ecology – economically, culturally, socially and environmentally.”
Councillors contacted by Cornwall Reports have welcomed the initiative, hoping it will stimulate the growth of media jobs such as online video and internet publishing. A publicly-owned and controlled web-hosting service could lower costs and encourage more digital investment.
The council is already sitting on a report, which it commissioned two years ago, calling for the creation of a Cornish Media Service.
A few councillors, however, point to the award of more than £125,000 for minority interests, such as the production of a
Liskeard's former cattle market is already earmarked for conversion into workspace for a "digital hub"
Earlier this year the council brought forward payment of its previously budgeted support for the arts, to help theatre companies survive Covid-19. Despite this, the outdoor Minnack Theatre, at Porthcurno, is preparing to shed nearly 20 jobs after losing more than £500,000 this year.
Details of the manifesto are due to come before the council’s scrutiny committee in October. The manifesto will then come before Cornwall Council’s cabinet for a final decision in November.