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A single vote has meant that Truro is in the running to be the European Capital of Culture in 2023 after Truro City Council opted in favour of the £536,000 bid.
Although the bid has gone through, Brexit, funding, and public reactions are just some of the reasons that are leading there to be a hesitant reaction about the city potentially gaining the title.
John Percy, 55, who lives in Truro said: “Cornwall council need to use the money that they are putting in for this bid of city of culture to improve Cornwall, on issues like housing, supporting charities that deal with vulnerable people.
“Nobody is listening to people with disabilities voices anymore and this needs to be addressed before they get the City of Culture bid.”
Currently, Truro are up against four other candidates from the United Kingdom; Bristol, Dundee, Leeds and Milton Keynes.
St Austell and Newquay MP, Steve Double also have concerns whether Cornwall Council are spending the money on the wrong things. He said: “As a Cornishman born and bred I am very appreciative of our rich history, culture and heritage, all of which combine to make our Cornish identity so special and unique in England.
“The councillors in charge at Cornwall Council recently voted to spend at least £536,000 of taxpayer money from the same budgetary pot as that where Cornish language funding comes from, on a bid for Truro to become the European Capital of Culture for 2023.
“They obviously believe that this is a higher priority than funding the Cornish language. Although I recognise funding the Cornish language is important to some people, it has to be balanced on overall priorities of vital services and it is not something that gets raised with me as a priority by the many residents, businesses and organisations that I speak with regularly. I will continue to work as MP, along with my Cornish colleagues to push for fair funding for all aspects of life in Cornwall.”
Arts Professional reported that Pete Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, was unsure whether the United Kingdom would be able to host the title due to leaving the EU.
He said: “The European Capital of Culture (ECoC) has been held outside the EU before, so I’d hope that with bids expected to be next year while we are still a member, the UK ECoC year will still go ahead.”
There have been three non-EU countries that have previously held the title. Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2000, Stavanger, Norway in 2008, and most recently Istanbul, Turkey in 2010. This means that Brexit may not impact on the title.
In January, Cornwall Council’s Independent- Liberal Democrat cabinet voted in favour of the bid for Truro to secure the 2023 title but it was criticised by conservative councillors after they complained that the decision was too late in being announced as one of the cities that were competing for the title.
The European Capital of Culture title started in 1985, and Liverpool was the last UK city to host the title.