Investment plans to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall are approved by full council

Investment plans designed to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall were approved when the full council met at New County Hall in Truro today.

The projects include the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, and investment in the roads and sewerage scheme required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

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Funds are also being set aside for the construction of new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

Summarising the £26.4 million investment programme, Councillor Julian German, deputy leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “These plans meet the council’s key priorities; a healthy Cornwall, Homes for Cornwall, a green and prosperous Cornwall, and Connecting Cornwall.

“This investment will enhance service provision, and help to improve the lives of the residents of Cornwall.”

An additional £2.4 million investment into regeneration schemes for South East Cornwall was also on the agenda.  The money will be used to deliver cycling and walking routes as part of a larger £6.4m investment in the area

The full programme includes:

  • £1.1m for progressing the design work and business case for a series of cycling and walking trails in South East Cornwall to improve connectivity, support more active life-styles and encourage more tourism
  • £2.3m towards a flood protection and economic regeneration scheme for Looe which will see Cornwall Council working with the community on designs which will form the basis of bids for further funding
  • £300,000 on further work to enable the regeneration of the Liskeard Old Cattle Market Site where the local community recently took part in a ‘charrette’ to decide for themselves their vision for the site
  • £250,000 for Kerdroya, a project that employs 79 local specially trained workers to keep alive the skills to build traditional Cornish hedges and develop capacity in the industry so that Cornish hedging can be a part of other infrastructure schemes coming forward across Cornwall

Other cabinet recommendations put forward to the council included further investment in the Housing Development Programme action plan, and plans to buy the Cornwall Equipment Loan Store.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Adam Paynter, leader of the council, said:  “These investment plans focus on the key areas for this administration, and will see improvements to our cycling network, our roads and our schools.

“It is a real statement of intent, we are getting on with the business of improving our resident’s lives, while remaining responsible with our finances.”

Posted on April 16, 2019