Disappointed does not sum up how I feel on Porthleven’s Seaside Town bid being turned down for funding. It is not the first time Porthleven has lost out, as this has happen over and over again when it was part of Kerrier DC. Huge amounts of money were spent in the Camborne, Redruth, Pool areas with the south of the district losing out. It was one reason for the formation of the South Kerrier Alliance.
Granted, the project was over subscribed and there would be some losers, but I really thought Porthleven’s bid was good enough to be selected for funding. One reason is because it was a real community involvement of putting the bid together, and the whole community would benefit from it. More importantly the project stacked up to carry on for the years to come.
Dusting yourself off and moving forward is important; learning lessons and how to improve a bid for the future is also a must. I would welcome anyone’s input/points/critique on the bid. You can read the bid documents HERE. It is in a PDF file and is around 2 meg. Please be as honest as you can, as this will help in the future. If you want to make comment on way to forward please drop me an email.
Porthleven was not alone in being turned down as the follow bids were not successful:
Falmouth and Penryn – Visitor Hospitality and Work Force Development Project, Looe – Low Water Landing Stage Feasibility Study and Looe Events & Festival Kit, Newquay – Street Enviroment, Padstow – Padstow Lobster Festival, Perranporth, The Perran Trail and St. Ives, St. Ives Guildhall Regeneration Project. I am sure these bids will be as disappointed as those in Porthleven.
It would be wrong not to congratulate those who were successful. Well done to the following project who were awarded this much in demand funding:
Par, Par beach Local Nature Reserve Project, Bude – Bude Sea Pool Development Project, Looe – Looe Seafront Enchancement Scheme, Looe – Walking Route Signage, Pod Cast and Leaflets, Hayle – Hayle Improved Visitor Experience, Newquay – Harbour Regeneration Programme, Perrenporth – Destination for People with Disability, St Agnes – Bolstering St Agnes and Par – The Bike Hub.
I hope there will be more funding available, and Porthleven will be successful next time around.