I’m not usually one to pop up with a breaking news story, but this one has been dominating social media over the last few weeks. Should Truro be put forward to become one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2023? Truro City Council thinks so – it voted 9-8 to support the bid last night.
The tone of the argument seems to have changed over the last few weeks. Initially, the comments were along the lines of “How can Cornwall Council justify spending £500,000 whilst services are being cut?” however, I’ve recently seen more positive comments about how it might benefit Truro (and the rest of Cornwall – it’s a regional ‘thing’ not just about a city).
‘What Cornwall Thinks‘ – the local opinion poll asked their panel about this issue a few weeks ago. 38% felt it was ‘inappropriate to spend public money this way” whereas 40% of were a little more positive (22% felt the investment might be worthwhile, and 18% felt that putting the bid together would be positive) Some comments at the time were:
“It’s a waste of money since we’ll be out of Europe by then”
“Money would be better spent elsewhere”
“More information on what is involved and where the figures for the financial gain needed before an opinion can be formed”
“I like the idea, but am concerned it could make Truro even more crowded and increase traffic congestion”
Robert Rush, Owner of PFA Research who runs ‘What Cornwall Thinks” tells me that they’ll be asking more questions on this issue as it’s obviously a developing story.
If you’d like to have your say, then you can sign up HERE to ‘What Cornwall Thinks’ and answer questions on a number of issues. It’s free, really quick to complete – and you’ll also be entered into a monthly draw where you could win a prize worth £50
Here’s a news round up on the Truro bid to be European Capital of Culture including a piece by Will Coleman, creator of The Man Engine.