Great deal secured for Newquay’s Killacourt

A popular community space in Newquay, the Killacourt, will see a big transformation following a successful transfer of ownership from Cornwall Council to Newquay Town Council.

Transferring the ownership of this much loved and used community space means that more funding can be secured, as well as making sure all future developments are community led. This has already been proven following the successful bid from Newquay Town Council of £500,000 from the Coastal Community Fund.

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Cornwall Council has also secured £140,000 Section 106 monies to be used to develop the site, along with other funding streams that Newquay Town Council has been able to access.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford said: “I’d like to congratulate Newquay Town Council for their ambition and vision. I think that Town Councils and local communities know best about what their community needs, and can run better local services, that’s the essence of localism”

Newquay ward member Councillor Geoff Brown added: “Plans are now underway to transform the Killacourt, retaining it as an important green space that can continue to be enjoyed by the whole community, as well as providing a boost to the local economy.”  

Mayor of Newquay, Councillor Rachel Craze said: “The devolution of the Killacourt to the Town Council means we have been able to put in an £800,000 investment into the area. It’s one of the best open spaces we have in the town and this means we can own it, manage it and develop it for the people of the town and all its visitors.”

Plans include investing in various improvements to the bandstand and kiosk area as well as making the site easier to access, helping those with buggies or wheelchair users to have full use of the space.

The scheme also allows for a “mini-Minack” style amphitheatre at the bottom of the Killacourt – ensuring the iconic views are fully exposed and protected for the future.

The plans also involve measures to reduce the impact of events on neighbouring properties by using noise reducing fencing and planting while also protecting their existing views.

Newquay Town Council are inviting anyone with views or ideas about the space to get in touch with them via email

The devolution of the Killacourt supports Cornwall Council’s priority to give residents and communities a greater say in decisions,  making them at the most appropriate level.

Posted on 21 June