Commenting on the funding boost for the National Marine Park, Luke Pollard MP said:

“I was proud to formally propose creating the UK’s first National Marine Park in 2017. We have such an incredible opportunity to reconnect with our oceans and I am glad that the City Council’s bid has been a success. 

“This needs to be a cross-party project. It was started by a Labour MP, took its first steps with a Labour Council, and now has a Conservative Council taking the helm. This is truly Plymouth’s project, and it belongs to the people.

“This funding means we will be able to create a truly stunning legacy for future generations, protect our oceans, better communicate what happens at sea and promote jobs on the water. It is a fantastic day for Plymouth.”