UKIP are very excited about their trip to the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay for their party conference this weekend.
The party’s website tells delegates:
“This really is a fantastic venue, with the purpose-built Conference Hall, Expo Hall and fringe meetings rooms all close together, excellent hotels close by and the attractions of Torquay – including some superb seafood restaurants – outside the door.”
High praise indeed and very honest of the Kippers to highlight a success story of Britain’s membership of the EU.
As the conference centre’s website explains:
“The English Riviera Centre (ERC) came into existence after Torbay Council, working with the Tourism Industry in the late 70s early 80s, saw an opportunity to extend the 10-week holiday season by promoting conferences and events…
“Module 2 designed the building and project-managed its construction from 1984-87, on the former site of the Rosetor and Roselea hotels which had fallen into disuse in the 70s. The project cost approximately £15m and was partly funded by a European grant of £3m.”
Delegates arriving in Torquay by train will find a station improved with the help of EU funding.
And when Nigel and co aren’t listening to their Nazi-apologist pals from the AfD, they can enjoy plenty more benefits of our EU membership on the doorstep of the conference centre…
A £6.5 million redevelopment of Torquay’s waterfront was completed with the help of a £2.4m grant from the EU’s Regional Development Fund.
If UKIP conference doesn’t resemble one enough already, delegates can visit the town’s zoo, which was built with £1.7m from the EU fund.
The town also received another £3.4 million from the same pot to build a business park – taking the area’s total investment from the EU between 2007 and 2013 to £7.4 million.
As the Kippers would say: The EU sends Torquay £23,717 a week, but lets blow it on Brexit instead..