West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas’s packed Royal Cornwall Show programme included discussions on how the area can get a fair share of future Government investment funding, talks about environmental issues with Cornwall Council officials and listening to the concerns of farmers about getting access to sufficient, motivated farm labour.
“It’s always a pleasure to head up to Wadebridge for Royal Cornwall – the three days really seems to embody all that is good about Cornwall,” said Mr Thomas.
Derek with Ann VanDerMeulen at the Cornwall FSB stand.
“I had a productive time at the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme stand where I spoke to a number of people, including David Rodda, Cornwall Council’s Economic Development Manager, about the Jobs and Growth group I am helping to set up.
“David was aware of the aims of the group and gave it his full support – I am determined that West Cornwall is a front runner when it comes to securing Shared Prosperity funding,
“The group is meeting for the first time next month and will work with the local community to identify how we can support wealth creation and promote social mobility.”
Mr Thomas also spent time at the Cornwall Council stand, hearing how the council intends to dispose of single use plastics and improve recycling rates in the county and met with members of the Cornwall Federation of Small Businesses.
Earlier that week Mr Thomas had spoken in a Parliamentary debate, saying that business rates were “indefensible”.
He called on the Government to freeze all rises above the Consumer Price Index (CPI), allow towns to retain 1 or 2 per cent of the tax collected to give their high street a fighting chance and commit to scrapping business rates in favour of a transaction tax making it fair across the high street, out of town and online.