Come and tell us your vision for Penzance Promenade

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on plans for a major Cornwall Council funded resurfacing scheme to revitalise Penzance promenade.

We’re holding a drop in event on Saturday 25 May from 10am – 2pm on the Promenade (opposite the Queens Hotel). 

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If it’s wet, we’ll be inside the Queens Hotel on Western Promenade Road.

The resurfacing scheme will revitalise Penzance promenade so that residents and visitors can enjoy Cornwall’s only Victorian promenade for years to come.

Improvements to the promenade are due to be completed and ready ahead of the Tour of Britain road cycling event in 2020 when the eyes of the sporting world will be on Penzance as the field of world class cyclists assemble on the promenade for the start of the race.

Survey work to look at the structural condition of the promenade, which has been the victim of storm damage over recent years, is ongoing.  We’re asking residents as well as groups, including local Cornwall Council members, Penzance Town Council, Penzance BID, local environment and heritage groups and schools in the area for their opinion on how the Promenade should look.

The feedback from these events will be displayed at a public exhibition in Penzance later in the summer with the re-surfacing scheme and other works anticipated to begin this autumn.

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade Jim McKenna says: “I encourage as many people as possible to come along and have their say.  The fantastic news that the 2020 Tour of Britain will start from Penzance means that we can now look forward, not just to the race and the boost that will give our town, but also long-awaited investment into the Promenade, which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Our residents know best what works for their community and so it is tremendously important that they are involved and have an opportunity to share their ideas on how the area should look. Regenerating the promenade, which has taken a battering over recent years, will encourage more visitors to come to the area which will in turn contribute to the local economy. ”

Meiloci Landscape Architects are undertaking the design for the re-surfacing of the Promenade. They have organised the hands- on creative workshops with schools and colleges, and the community consultation event on the 25 of May to enable the local community to help co-design this iconic public space for Penzance.

Students at the Penzance campus of Truro and Penwith College have already taken in part in an event to give their thoughts on the resurfacing scheme.  They were enthusiastic about being involved saying

“A great opportunity to be part of a local project.”

“Great to be part of something that will affect my daily life”

“A nice way to be involved with the community”

The Penzance promenade re-surfacing scheme is a key part of Cornwall Council’s ambition to provide a Mount’s Bay trail and wider Bay to Bay cycling and walking trail.  A designated cycle route adjacent to the Promenade will be developed and in time, the plan is to see the Mount’s Bay route continue to the north coast via St Erth, Hayle and St Ives, connecting communities, attracting visitors and creating economic and cultural opportunities for West Cornwall.

The Penzance promenade scheme is the first phase of investment in the Promenade ahead of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency.

 

Story posted 21 May 2019