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Mixed feelings from Facebook

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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THE revelation that the Eden Project had received hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money from Cornwall Council in the past three years drew a mixed response from Facebook users who commented on the Cornish Guardian's website.

Shauny Tofty wrote: "The bottom line here is that councillors are piling too much money into tourist-based enterprise at the expense of local taxpayers, and maintaining a fickle, low-paid, seasonal tourist economy that neither benefits local people that much nor helps to create long-term wealth for the local population. And why do they want to dredge Falmouth harbour? To accommodate cruise ships, It's the same old tired and unoriginal plan."

Jim Hamilton wrote: "These parks open up and then when they start attracting visitors at a good rate they up the prices and then cut back on what they offer, which in turn makes the numbers attending dwindle. Instead of these bosses trying to become millionaires overnight they need to put the money back into the business. Employ enough staff on decent wages who feel valued and offer it all at reasonable prices. This attracts the tourists and locals which in turn builds the attendance thus making the money required to run it at a profit. It's not rocket science."

Gill Baron wrote: "The only thing Cornwall has going for it is tourism. If the tourists stop coming, jobs will go, restaurants, B&B and holiday parks will close down. What else can the council do to keep the money coming into Cornwall?"

Amanda King wrote: "I love going to Eden, but council money would be better spent keeping public toilets open throughout Cornwall."

Elaine Venn wrote: "It's a shame. It is an amazing place and seeing it evolve has been exciting, but this is sad that it has to be propped up like this."

Julie Ogden wrote: "So wrong when services to children and elderly are being cut."

Jamie Chapman wrote: "This is a business and as such should stand up or fall as one, many locals cannot afford to go and yet find out that our taxes are keeping it afloat. Take note: if your business is failing for whatever reason, it's OK; Cornwall Council will help you too."

Eden founder Sir Tim Smit is backing ambitious plans for an £85 million dinosaur theme park on Dorset's Jurassic Coast: see page 6.

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  • yveyk  |  January 02 2014, 6:53AM

    If a business is unsustainable alone, then it wont' survive. I went to the build and seen it once since it was finished. I don't need to go again. Tourist attractions are that, they shouldn't be subsidised by the council. I object to my taxes going to private businesses. I have a small business and it has to survive on my efforts. Tourism is not the be and end all of Cornwall. We need proper jobs - year round jobs - not summer jobs only.

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  • cornwall999  |  January 01 2014, 9:15PM

    Hi Wringer, Having read your comments I endorse every word . This data was obtained under the Freedom of information Act , had this not been available to the general public do you think Cornwall Council would have volunteered this information to the people of Cornwall ? The word transparency springs to mind and can only conclude that C/Council doesn`t know the meaning of this over used word. How about a more appropriate word to describe C/Council " ducking and diving! We need highly intelligent dynamic motivated Councillors who will lead by integrity and make positive decisions which the people of Cornwall deserve. As for Eden and Newquay airport there are to many chiefs which runs across the board of corporate businesses and self indulge in paying themselves massive salaries like C/Council officers. Shirley Sweeney.

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  • josdave  |  January 01 2014, 6:00PM

    The cost for a family to visit what is no more than a greenhouse is extortionate and it's no wonder the numbers are falling. This replaced a clay pit which provided well paid full time jobs with a good pension to come with a lot of part time low paid seasonal jobs and still our council throws OUR money at it. Why don't they put some effort into attracting real industry providing full time well paid jobs?

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  • cornwall999  |  January 01 2014, 5:57PM

    Will respond later Wringer

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  • wringer  |  January 01 2014, 2:54PM

    berty - its not only cornwall council supporting eden its the lottery and a whole host of other funds. its about time they came completely clean and told the Cornish public how much they got last year in subsidies from across the board. it will be millions, it always is. spread that money out amongst other attractions in the county and you will visitor numbers go up. Eden has had its day as a tourist attraction that is why it is trying to diversify into ground source heating and corporate events. we are propping up something else that should be left on its own two feet just like the airport £3,000,000 of my money on that white elephant each and every year and goodness knows the real truth about eden. Mr Smit if you aren't dependent on grants then come clean now and tell everyone how much money you got in grants and how much from ticket sales last year. I and Cornwall wait with bated breath.

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  • berty  |  January 01 2014, 1:42PM

    Many tourist attractions rely on tax payers money,Kew gardens for example. Eden provides jobs for local people and locals pay a much reduced entrance fee. Which would not be the case at other national attractions. Eden's music sessions bring top name artists to Cornwall. It would be a shame if Cornwall Council did not support The Eden Project.

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  • cornwall999  |  January 01 2014, 11:31AM

    The Eden Project should be self sustainable and not having to use tax payers money to bail them out. It seems that Cornwall Council is not accountable to anyone how they waste public money . It is shameful how our services are being so drastically cut and the human misery this causes to the general public. I and many other people have no respect for Cornwall Council and hope the new Chief Ex can improve our services which sadly the ex Chief Mr Laverly failed to do. With great trepidation I don`t think this will happen. Shirley Sweeney

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