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06.04.06
Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park strikes gold

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park has received investment worth more than £1.4 million to restore historic buildings and create new jobs. Against tough competition from other bidders in the region, Mount Edgcumbe has received investment from the South West Regional Development Agency (£522,500) and the Objective One European Regional Development Fund (£564,036).

Additional funding has come from the Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee, Plymouth City Council, Cornwall County Council, The Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Park, Caradon District Council, Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Service and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to restore historic service buildings, including stables and sawmill, behind the main house at Mount Edgcumbe and on improvements to Cremyll Quay. The restored buildings will open to visitors as new education and conference facilities and will as a result create new jobs.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park is jointly owned and managed by Plymouth City and Cornwall County Council. Co-Chairs of the Mount Edgcumbe Joint Committee, Councillor John Ault of Cornwall County Council and Councillor Chris Mavin of Plymouth City Council welcomed confirmation of the investment. Councillor John Ault said: "This is great news for Mount Edgcumbe and the area as a whole. Not only should it create more employment and contribute to the economy of South East Cornwall and beyond, it will preserve and make accessible an important part of the areas heritage."

Councillor Chris Mavin said: "The success of this grant bid shows what can be achieved when two local authorities work together. Officers from both Plymouth City Council and Cornwall County Council have worked closely together to secure this money which will enhance considerably what Mount Edgcumbe has to offer. It confirms Mount Edgcumbe as the Jewel in the Crown of Plymouth Sound."

Councillors John Ault and Chris Mavin will be available to speak to the media at Mount Edgcumbe House on Thursday 6th April, at 2pm. A tour of the buildings will be available.

For further information please contact Ian Berry, Mount Edgcumbe Park Manager on 01752 822236.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Mount Edgcumbe Heritage project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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