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No more public money, say 64 per cent in our online poll

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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THE EDEN Project should not receive any more public money – that is the view of the majority of Cornish Guardian readers who answered our online poll.

In total 64 per cent of voters said the company should not receive any more public cash, compared to the 34 per cent of people who said it should.

Meanwhile on Facebook, Cornish Guardian readers voiced their opinions about the flagship tourist destination.

Mandi Brooks said entry to the Eden Project is too expensive and called for a reduction in admission costs.

She wrote: "I only live ten miles away and had the whole family down for Christmas and wanted to visit. We looked at the cost for the whole family and swiftly changed plans.

She added: "As a local resident, I'm afraid they've lost my interest and it's not surprising they are losing money!"

Paul Mclaren argued that reducing the admission cost would help to increase visitor numbers.

"Perhaps the Eden Project ought to look at reducing their prices first," he said. "It's all about bums on seats! How many more visitors would they have if you halved the admission?

"It is a great place to visit but in these difficult times cost has to be relative to people's spare income."

Other readers said they valued the contribution Eden brings to the local economy and Cornwall would suffer if it were to close down.

Val Bruce said: "The Eden Project is now a vital and valued part of Cornwall, providing interest, education and pleasure to residents and visitors alike. It is known and admired worldwide and we should do everything possible to keep this facility viable. It would be devastating to lose it!"

Ian Chaplin wrote: "Eden is a massive attraction to tourists. I would be interested to know how much money Eden makes for Cornwall through increased tourism. If Cornwall has a net gain then yes it should be supported through public funds."

Meanwhile, Eden employee Karen Hollinshead said she was proud of what the Eden Project has achieved.

"I work for Eden and am proud to be a part of it," she wrote.

"Over the years, apart from the revenue bought into Cornwall, they have helped so many local charities and groups, that is not widely published, as well as making people all over the world more aware of what's happening in the environment. And don't forget the fantastic schools programme, they are not able to do this with fresh air. It's so much more than just a visitor destination.

But others argued if the business cannot sustain itself it should not receive any further public funding.

"If it's such a massive attraction then how come it's losing money?" asked Ian Cann. "Like any business, if it can't keep itself afloat then goodbye. Our taxes have far better uses than keeping a failing business going."

Paul Lynch added: "It should go bankrupt like any other business not making any money."

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  • cronky3  |  January 16 2014, 6:11PM

    @josdave: I'm curious to know, since you're obviously not interested in visiting greenhouses, why it matters to you what the prices are? Millions of people all over the country love to visit greenhouses, and it's very nice of you to worry about them. But I think they can make their own minds up. I was also curious to know what another bunch of greenhouses, Kew Gardens, costs to visit, and it turns out that it's £14.50 for an adult. 'Aha!' I hear you cry. But the difference is that Kew receives £25m a year subsidy from government to prop up its finances. That's TWENTY FIVE MILLION QUID A YEAR of your money...I don't hear you complaining about that, but it's way more than Eden's had over its lifetime.

  • josdave  |  January 15 2014, 1:37PM

    Who in their right mind would spend £23.50 to visit what is no more than a greenhouse? It's no wonder the numbers are falling. It must be prohibitive for a visiting family to attend and no I do not think any public money should be thrown at it.

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