Falmouth Harbour has been awarded almost £100K from the Government’s Levelling Up Shared Prosperity Fund.

The funding – granted through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth programme managed by Cornwall Council – will allow the harbour to focus on current and future marine technologies as well as providing better water-front access and facilities for local communities and visitors.

Falmouth Harbour CEO, Miles Carden, said: “It is incredible news to have received this critical national and local support for our Destination Development Feasibility Study – which allows us to create a clear plan for Falmouth Harbour for the next 10-15 years.

“We need to move forward in a strategic way and this blueprint will put us in a great place where we can capture opportunities for local residents of Falmouth and Cornwall more broadly.”

The study, which is receiving £98,989 from the Shared Prosperity Fund, will examine the current marine industry and infrastructure and future blue technologies seen as key to establishing Falmouth as the preeminent port of call at the Atlantic gateway for servicing offshore wind and power and other small commercial and leisure vessels.

To this end the harbour is working with Falmouth Marine School on future skills development particularly around offshore technology, to support renewables and wind power.

Cllr Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy, says: “This funding will look at how the future of Falmouth Harbour can give our residents job opportunities, as well as contribute to the development of renewables and wind power which is so important on Cornwall’s journey to net zero. It will also explore how we can not only economically benefit from a thriving and sustainable harbour, but also how we can enjoy this marvellous resource on our doorstep.”

The study will also look at possibilities for a new marina and berthing for small offshore vessels and superyachts and space for major sailing events alongside better facilities for local people to get closer to the water and events.