Government funding will help create national watersports centre for children with Special Educational Needs

MP Derek Thomas has welcomed the announcement of more than £2.7 million of Government funding for three projects in his West Cornwall constituency.

The lion’s share (£1.69m of Coastal Communities funding) will go to Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust’s Trevassack Lake project on the The Lizard.

The project will result in the transformation of 26 acres of disused quarry at Trevassack into an inclusive National Centre of Excellence for Watersports to open in Spring 2021; it will be available for all but is also aimed at young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) and their families.

The funding will enable the Trust to build to build a Learning Centre and two adapted, high quality holiday lodges providing family accommodation suitable for children with severe disabilities.

The centre is projected to attract more than 1,500 new users and generate 7.5 FTE jobs for the rural, coastal community on The Lizard Peninsula in its first year of operation.

Mr Thomas, who has backed the project by providing letters of support, said: “A purpose-built water sports centre will have a really dramatic impact on the lives of children with Special Educational Needs

“The Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust has an excellent track record in making a positive difference to the lives of children by enabling them to gain confidence for life through learning to sail and row at an early age and having a national centre here in West Cornwall will help them meet the increasing demand for water sports from special schools.”

As well as the Trevassack Lake Project, a further £460,000 has been allocated for ‘The Tin Coast – connecting people with landscape’ project in the far west of the county on the coastline between St Just and Pendeen.

The funding will go toward a National Trust project creating visitor hubs at farm cafes, B’n’Bs and the local chapel, providing information about the heritage of the area and delivering events focusing on cultural heritage.

Businesses will be supported to develop and provide tourist information and activities such as walking tours and bikes for hire and there will be increased signage and improved footpaths.

West Cornwall will also benefit from a share of £698,000 for the wAVE project which will create virtual, augmented and immersive reality heritage experiences in museums across Cornwall.