Much more than just a beauty spot
THERE can be few people in this city who have not enjoyed the beauty of Mount Edgcumbe.
Whether you have made the journey across the Tamar to appreciate the magnificent grounds and house or whether you have simply gazed over the water at the magnificent view you will appreciate what a valuable asset it is. Certainly, there are few other cities that can claim such a splendid vista.
It is worrying, therefore, to report the surprise move by Cornwall County Council to slash the funding it provides.
More worrying still is the way this has come as a surprise to our city council which, as joint owner and operator, should rightly expect to be consulted about such a radical move.
Councillor Vivien Pengelly, the leader of the opposition Conservative party on the council, has expressed concern that Plymouth will now follow suit and cut its contribution to Mount Edgcumbe's running costs.
She voices her concerns that this may start process of decline and even lead to a sell-off.
It is too early to know what the outcome will be but this issue throws into sharp relief how the financial squeeze faced by local authorities affects everyone and everything.
What is clear is that Mount Edgcumbe is a jewel in the crown of this beautiful area which merits support from all quarters. If nothing else we should all use this threat as a prompt to climb aboard the Cremyll Ferry and pay a visit.