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New interactive website for StARR project

Residents and businesses can find out more about a major project that will reduce the risk of flooding in Par and St Blazey, by visiting a new website, 'Let's Talk Cornwall'.

As part of the St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) project, the Environment Agency, Cornwall Council and project partners are working together to reduce flood risk.  

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A public information event was held in June 2019, when nearly 200 local residents attended to find out about the latest plans to reduce flood risk to the area. Since then the designs have been developed further. The latest information is available now on the new ‘Let’s Talk Cornwall’ website.  People will be able to view some of the proposed scheme designs and use interactive tools to share ideas and comments. 

The StARR project consists of different schemes and natural flood management measures across the catchment to reduce the risk of flooding from:

  • all sources
  • surface water
  • river flooding and
  • tidal flooding

Plans include:

  • reconnecting river floodplains
  • tree planting
  • water storage features
  • highway improvements and
  • works to the existing infrastructure along the Par River and Treffry Canal

Funding for the StARR project is being provided from sources including the:

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Growth Funds
  • South West Water
  • Environment Agency
  • Cornwall Council

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “This is an exciting and easily accessible new website for people to learn about the project, and hopefully become really enthused. StARR is a national exemplar of multi-agency partnership with an ambition to help an issue that has caused problems for decades. It will serve as a national pilot demonstrating the ‘whole catchment’ approach to reducing flood risk.  It aligns perfectly with our aims to combat the climate emergency. 

“I hope this new site will promote engagement and encourage informed discussion. Take a look, and if you haven’t already, now is the time to join the conversation.”     

StARR project information will be available online at the ‘Let’s Talk Cornwall’ platform. 

You can also find the latest scheme announcements by following Twitter:

  • @EnvAgencySW or
  • @CornwallCouncil

Or by visiting the StARR project website.

The project is receiving £7.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  As part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will:

  • support innovation
  • support businesses
  • create jobs and
  • support local community regenerations

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding