Newquay sees £1m investment in public open spaces

Residents and visitors to Newquay are benefitting from a significant investment totalling £1 million into various open space projects across the town.

Cornwall Council has been working with Newquay Town Council and community groups to invest ‘Section 106’ money brought in from various developments across the town into the community. This has resulted in over £1 million being spent on improvements to public open spaces over the past 5 years.

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A number of local projects have received significant investment, the largest being the Newquay Concrete Waves skatepark which received a contribution of £225,000 towards the £650,000 project.

Cllr Olly Monk said: “The project to redevelop the skatepark started about ten years ago but it was the Section 106 money that was the catalyst to getting things moving with it, with further funds then granted from Sport England.

“The benefit is being reaped across the community and people from all over the country enjoy the space. It caters for a wide range of local users, and people are visiting the park as a destination in its own right. So as well as there being an uplift in tourism it also tackles inactivity, getting people off their couch, ditching the skateboard video games to come and use the facility.”

Another project has seen two new benches installed on East Street in Newquay town centre. Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Louis Gardner speaks about the project: “The benches are an example of how a relatively small project can really make a huge difference to the town. The benches have been made from recycled materials and have been installed by Newquay Town Council staff.”

Cllr Geoff Brown has worked with local schools to use over £100,000 to upgrade the play equipment at Trenance Park, he said: “The park has been phenomenally well used and we’re really delighted that it’s been such a success.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “These projects and the many others who have benefitted from this money are a great example of how a wide range of different groups working together can achieve great things for the community.

“It’s so important that residents have a wide variety of open spaces and public facilities such as high quality play areas for young children, activities for older children and young people such as the skate park and then high quality walking areas that allow people to get about across the town easier and enjoy the many beautiful views that Cornwall has to offer.”

Other projects that have benefitted from this money include:

  • New children’s play equipment on Atlantic Road play area in the Pentire area
  • Funding for access, pathways and associated landscaping at Newquay Community Orchard
  • An upgrade of St Columb Minor play area including a plaque in memory of former Councillor Paul Summers
  • ‘Welcome to Historic Porth Beach’ Heritage boards
  • Funding towards the development of a new events space at Newquay Killacourt
  • Relocation of Trenance boating lake fountain

For more information on Section 106 monies and to find out where money has been spent in your community then you can visit the developer contributions page. 

Posted on 8 November