A BID for a cut of a £27 million National Lottery cash pot to repair the storm-battered Jubilee Pool in Penzance has failed.
It was decided the art deco lido would not benefit from the Coastal Communities Funding (CCF) programme, designed to promote economic growth in coastal areas.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom at yesterday’s announcement as the Carbis Bay Hotel near St Ives bagged £525,000 towards its beachfront regeneration scheme.
It is expected the project will create more than 65 jobs, a water sports centre, conference and wedding room plus a community hub.
Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for partnerships, said it was a blow that the Jubilee Pool scheme had been overlooked but added he was “encouraged by the positive” comment from the CCF team who indicated they would welcome another bid.
Since the bid was submitted the pool has sustained significant storm damage and will remain shut this season.
Mr Paynter said: “The council is committed to exploring how to secure a sustainable future for Jubilee Pool. We met with the local Cornwall Councillors, representatives of Penzance Town Council and the Friends of Jubilee Pool last week to discuss how to achieve this and we will continue to work closely with them to that end.”
Stephen Baker, of the Carbis Bay Hotel, said: “The beachfront regeneration will benefit the local community and local economy, and help to reduce the seasonality of the tourism industry in West Cornwall.”
Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, added: “The awarding of the Coastal Communities Fund grant is excellent news not only for the Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa, but also for the wider Cornish tourism industry.”
St Ives MP Andrew George also welcomed the funding package. He said: “I’m delighted that the Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa has been awarded this grant which will support its beachfront regeneration project.
“I know many will be pleased that the project intends to contribute to sustainable economic growth.”