Heritage and housing projects set for £10 million funding boost

Heritage projects including the Royal Cornwall Museum and housing developments in St Austell, Bodmin, Liskeard and Truro are set to benefit from an extra £10 million of Government funding.

The money was secured as part of the recent devolution deal negotiations between Whitehall and Cornwall Council but is guaranteed even if the deal does not get ratified.

The £10 million is split with £3 million going to heritage projects, and £7m going to housing initiatives.  The heritage projects to benefit are:

  • Lawrence House Museum, Launceston: £480,000
  • Acquisition of Fair Meadow Car Park, Buttermarket, Redruth: £1,050,000
  • Castle an Dinas hillfort, St Columb Major: £35,000
  • Geevor Mine, Pendeen: £530,000
  • Bodmin Old Library: £60,000
  • Redruth Old Library: £430,000
  • Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro: £415,000

The housing projects are:

  • Bodmin/Truro Road, St Austell: £750,000
  • St Lawrence Phase 2, Bodmin: £5,650,000
  • Maudlin Farm, Liskeard: £300,000
  • 2 and 4 Newquay Road, Truro: £300,000

The council’s Cabinet committee will be asked to officially accept the grant when it meets next Wednesday in the Trelawny Room at County Hall in Truro.

Cllr Linda Taylor, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “I am delighted to see this coming before Cabinet for approval, it is great news for Cornwall and will bring real benefits for our residents.

“This is a direct result of the negotiations we held with the Government over the proposed Devolution Deal and is a real example of what you can achieve when you have good dialogue and a strong relationship with Westminster.

“I have to thank our officers for their hard work, not just through the negotiations, but also in their incredibly quick work in identifying projects which could be delivered at pace.

“This will help us to provide some of the housing that Cornwall so badly needs and will also protect our unique history for everyone to enjoy.”

Next Wednesday’s meeting will take place at 10am, and is open to members of the public. You can also follow proceedings via a live blog on our website, or via our webcast service.

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