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Wales and Cornwall agree new collaboration deal

17 Jul 2023 2 minute read
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, and Leader of Cornwall Council, Cllr Linda Taylor, signing the agreement in Cardiff.

The Welsh Government and Cornwall Council have signed a new agreement to work closely together on shared areas of interest.

The Celtic Heritage Cornwall-Wales Collaboration Agreement will focus on four areas – sustainable housing, achieving net zero, thriving rural economies, and celebrating culture and language.

The agreement cements a longstanding relationship between Wales and Cornwall and sets out a five-year action plan .

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford and Cornwall Council Leader Linda Taylor Cllr Taylor have been discussing deepening the relationship since last year and working towards a formal arrangement.

Mark Drakeford said: “We share many historical, cultural and linguistic ties with Cornwall, and our economies, landscape and our people have many shared characteristics.

“These commonalities enable us to learn from each other in areas which affect our populations, especially in the areas of focus in today’s agreement.

“I look forward to working more closely together, building on our strong relationship, sharing best practice and exploring other areas we can work together on in the future.”

Celtic heritage

Cllr Taylor added: “Cornwall has a proud Celtic heritage, and we have so many cultural links to Wales that it seemed clear to me that strengthening our ties would be of huge benefit for us both.

“I was delighted to find the First Minister shared my enthusiasm for this, and we have been able to come to an agreement to formalise this relationship.

“Affordable and sustainable housing, the need to achieve net-zero and ways of growing thriving rural economies are key areas for both Cornwall and Wales, and to be able to share our knowledge with each other is good news for us all.

“It is also great for us from a cultural perspective too. I know we can learn from the way the Welsh language has been successfully grown in recent years, and I am looking forward to sharing the ways in which we both celebrate our rich and ancient culture.

“This is good news for Cornwall and for Wales, and I am delighted we have taken this step forward.”

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7 months ago

Newyddion da / Great News 📰 Over many years visiting and working across Cornwall – I’ve seen a huge increase in their Celtic pride. Bilingual signs are wildly seen; naming of estates and new projects is almost always in Cornish. Over 4000 pupils in 25 schools access Cornish lessons. Clubs and Ysgolion Feithrin are in many areas and all Cornwall have local Cornish Cultural Societies. St Pirans Day Celebrations put is to shame with how we celebrate on St Davids Day. What a change and Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 has inspired them to push for more. When in the 1980s the Council… Read more »

7 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Cymru and Kernow are certainly in a position to pool their ideas on how to deal with both housing affordability and the impact of tourism.

7 months ago

Yr hen gynghrair/ the auld alliance

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