Cabinet sets out agenda to grow economy and improve residents' quality of life

Wide ranging plans to ensure the continued growth of Cornwall’s economy while improving the quality of life of its residents were on the agenda when the council’s Cabinet met today.

Investment in transport links, schools and regeneration schemes were all approved at the meeting at New County Hall in Truro.

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The first item for discussion was an increase of £26 million for the council’s capital programme, which identified a number of new schemes which will be funded by the council.

The projects discussed included the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

A total of £3.4 million of Government funding has also been secured for investment in the roads and sewerage required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

The proposals were forwarded by Councillor Julian German, deputy leader of the council, who said:  “This investment will provide improvement to school and children’s social care, improvements to transport links, and through investment in the multi-use trails, will bring health benefits as well.

“I am delighted to be able to bring forward these schemes which will help to improve the lives of the people of Cornwall.”

The CORSERV Group of Companies four year business plan was also discussed by the cabinet. 

The plan sets out ambitious proposals for creating a sustainable future for the business, which includes Cormac, Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Cornwall Development Company. 

Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons said:  “Corserv has enjoyed some real successes over the past year, including the implementation of the Foundation Living Wage across the group of companies, the continued growth of passenger numbers at Cornwall Newquay Airport, and extra investment in our road improvements.

“This plan now sets out how the group of companies intends to build on that.”

The plan was approved unanimously by the cabinet.

Other items discussed were the Integrated Risk Plan for the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, the latest steps in the South East Cornwall Regeneration Programme, the Housing Development Programme action plan and finance update, and proposals to acquire the building Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Store currently leases on the Victoria Business Park at Roche.

Council leader Adam Paynter said:  “The agenda today really reflected our key priorities for Cornwall, focussing on building a sustainable economic future, while creating more homes and jobs for our residents.

“We are getting on with the business of improving our resident’s lives, while ensuring we remain responsible with our finances, and I welcome the opportunity we now have to move these excellent projects forwards.”

Posted March 27, 2019