New café coming to Poltair Park in St Austell

Construction work for a new café in St Austell's Poltair Park is nearing completion.

Cormac Solutions Limited is providing services to the new building when it is installed.

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Current installation work is for a new water supply pipe, electrical supply cables, telephone cables, foul sewerage, drainage for rainwater and foundations for the building itself.

Work will be completed by the start of summer and is funded by the developer of a housing development in Trevarthian Road under a Section 106 agreement. In the meantime the park's play areas and skate park remain open.

Poltair Park was transferred to St Austell Town Council in 2017 as part of Cornwall Council’s ongoing devolution programme.

The Town Council maintains and manages the park but Cornwall Council has been supporting a park improvement project.

The community was consulted about what they would like to see and a decision was taken to provide public toilets in the park.

As a result Cornwall Council drafted a feasibility study, supported by the Town Council, which includes plans to provide a kiosk style café that would have toilet facilities and would be leased out to an independent catering contractor to run.

Jackie Bull, Cornwall councillor for St Austell Poltair, said: “This café will make a real difference to the park and will address the concerns of the local community through the provision of toilets. It has been a complicated project and I’m delighted it is finally being done.”

Cormac project manager, Richard Keast, said: “We’re now reinstating the sections of footpath that have been dug up as part of this work, and will be opening sections of the park up again when it’s safe to do so. The next stage will be creating foundations so we can install the café itself, an innovative modular building that we’re manufacturing off-site. As works are completed we’ll refurbish and replant to make sure the park can continue to be enjoyed as soon as possible.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that residents of St Austell will be benefitting from this new café at Poltair Park which comes as a result of communities being able to make decisions about how and who delivers their services.

“This is a great example of how localism is at the heart of our ambitious drive to ensure that services are delivered in the most effective way to the communities of Cornwall.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: "It is great that a partnership between Cornwall Council and the local St Austell Council is enhancing this space for local residents. I hope as people enjoy their improved space they will think creatively about making an enhanced space for nature too."