Cabinet agree £4 million regeneration plan for South East Cornwall

Residents and businesses in Torpoint, Liskeard, Saltash, Looe and across all of South East Cornwall are set to benefit after a co-ordinated regeneration programme for the area was supported at today’s Cabinet meeting (27 March 2019).

Up to £4 million has been earmarked to invest in a series of inter-linked community focussed projects to benefit residents, businesses and encourage more visitors to the area including: 

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  • £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
  • £50,000 to progress a Tamar River Links project to create improved maritime links focussed on the Tamar River for Saltash, Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula.
  • Working with the Town Council, this scheme links into a wider town centre and waterside regeneration project in Torpoint to include the old library site and the Torpoint Police Station building which Cornwall Council has already agreed to buy for £495,000.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “This investment is really good news for residents and businesses across South East Cornwall and it will bring long lasting benefits to the area.

"It has been a real collaborative effort where local Cornwall councillors, town councillors and organisations like the Looe Harbour Commissioners have come together to work for the good of South East Cornwall.

"It demonstrates how everyone has a part to play in improving infrastructure and facilities for their local communities.”