Chancellor urged to back Eden Project North in budget

A letter with nearly 100 signatories has been sent to prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor Rishi Sunak in the hope of receiving the government's backing of Eden Project North.

Describing the project as 'shovel ready', it makes the case for government investment ahead of the Spring Budget.

The letter, signed by leaders, academics and educators from across the county, explains the economic, environmental and social benefits the project will bring to Morecambe and the surrounding area. It refers to Eden’s track record in delivering more than £2bn of economic impact in the South West since the opening of the first Eden Project in Cornwall.

David Harland, chief executive of Eden Project International, said: "We’re heartened to have received such passionate support from such a wide variety of Northern leaders and hope that the government can see that Eden Project North will be enormously beneficial for the region.

“It is clear to everyone involved in this project that the community is completely behind Eden Project North and we know that they are as determined as us to make a success of this vision. We urge the prime minister and chancellor to support Eden Project North in the Budget next week.”

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