Eden North requires funding to go ahead with development
Mar, 1 2021
It’s hard to imagine the world we’ll be living in three years from now. Organisers behind the ambitious Eden Project in Morecombe however have full conviction it will be open to the public by 2024.
Sufficient funding though needs to be implemented to make this vision a reality. And so, 88 business and academics have requested £70 million of funding to the project in a direct plea to the chancellor of the exchequer.
The letter was signed by designer Wayne Hemmingway as well as cast of others including Lancaster University’s Professor Dame Sue Black, award winning artist Wolfgang Buttress, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron and the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth.
A spokesperson from the Eden Project charity said it was hoped the new Lancashire site would attract a million visitors every year and employ more than 400 people.
The project will encompass the following:-
- Performance spaces
It is said that the overall cost of the project will be £125 million. The scheme will become a once in a generation opportunity.
If the funding goes ahead it could create substantial interest for commercial investment in the town.
The development will not only enhance tourism and trade for Morecombe it will also boost interest in Lancaster and the whole of the Lancashire region.
The Eden Project charity’s chief executive, David Harland expressed his gratitude and his belief that the government can get behind this,
“I was heartened to have received such passionate support. We hope that the government can see that Eden Project North will be enormously beneficial for the region. The local community was completely behind the scheme and we know that they are as determined as us to make a success of this vision”.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said it does not comment on speculation about the Budget, adding it will "set out further details in due course".
^Alex Ashworth CCG Art Blogger