Solent strategy for Euro cash

By a County Press reporter

Monday, February 24, 2014

 

PLANS for how millions of pounds of European funding should be spent to boost the Isle of Wight have been outlined by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

It has published its Solent European Structural and Investment Funds Strategy following consultation on funding priorities with more than 192 organisations and 300 local people.

It sets out how it would spend around €46 million, it hopes to obtain through the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund over the next six years.

The government is negotiating funding with the European Union and Solent LEP should learn in the summer how much cash it will be given to administrate.

Among the priorities identified in the strategy, published today (Monday) were €2,217,558 for graduate placements, €4.5 million for supporting young people, €2.7 million for supporting unemployed adults and €2.3 million for access to finance for start-up businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Solent LEP Chairman Gary Jeffries said: "This strategy would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of local people and our collaborative approach to tap into it."

Solent LEPs EU Structural and Investment Fund submission is available to view below:

Solent EU SIF Strategy - FINAL2

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by John Kneeshaw

26th February 2014, at 09:31:06

Second Severn Crossing. Half a billion in 1995. And approximately 1/6 of the minimum length of a IW to Hants span.

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by neil jacks

26th February 2014, at 07:43:49

The Golden Gate is only 1.28 mile long.

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by David Blackford

26th February 2014, at 06:59:15

I still say that J,.Ks costing is a vast overestimate. - And there are many bigger bridges around the World - Golden Gate for one

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by neil jacks

25th February 2014, at 20:09:33

Sorry

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by John Kneeshaw

25th February 2014, at 16:40:54

Very poor comparitor David. The Dartford Crossing is tiny in relation to how long a bridge from the IW to Hampshire would need to be. Built at the narrowest possible bridging point, Mr Crowe's fantasy bridge would be one of the largest of it's kind on the planet.

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by David Blackford

25th February 2014, at 16:12:12

Whoops - £231.00p. million

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by David Blackford

25th February 2014, at 16:11:31

John K - The QE2 Bridge at Dartford cost £231.00p. in todays money - how on earth do you come up with a figure of £2.5billion

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by Keven Ball

25th February 2014, at 11:02:43

*most green spaces

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by Keven Ball

25th February 2014, at 11:01:28

In my personal opinion there will never will be a bridge. As said, what would be the benefit/s if one were/was built? I feel by now if the benefits outweighed the costs do not you feel a bridge would have been erected many years ago? Yes, I have heard rumours that one should have been built in the past, but for one reason or another, it never did happen! Then I ask myself the question why would a bridge be built now, for what reason/purpose? Unless the island is willing to change and know if a bridge happened big investment would have to happen and must green spaces would be built on!

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by Keven Ball

25th February 2014, at 10:54:40

I know Neil - I was asking you, lol?

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