A new Local Transport Board for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly has been announced. The body will receive £13.3 million for roads in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The board will be comprised of 4 Cornwall Councillors, 1 IOS Councillor, 1 from the Local Enterprise Partnership, 1 from Local Nature Partnership, 1 from the Health Board and 1 from the User Group. The board's decisions will need to be signed off by Westminster.
Co-incidentally, as a member of the Illogan Parish Council Planning Committee, I have just received a project consultation document concerning the dualling of the A30 at Temple.
My own personal view is that spending money on dualling the A30 is not as good for Cornish business as improving the road network around Cornwall would be.
Surely Cornish businesses would benefit more from being able to move goods around Cornwall more freely than reducing 'queues of up to an hour between May and October' on the A30?
I can see that dualling the A30 might save tourists half an hour or so and that it might help big corporations restock their supermarkets more efficiently but wouldn't it be better to service smaller locally owned businesses and residents in a better way?
I hope that the new board will consider how to improve the internal Cornish economy as a priority.