Green projects in Launceston and Bude to benefit from funding boost

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Community projects in Launceston and Bude aimed at promoting a greener world are set to benefit through grants delivered by Cornwall Council. 

As announced in January, 14 projects around Cornwall have been given funding from a new Council scheme. 

The  Community Infrastructure Levy Fund is backing projects that support low-carbon infrastructure. 

In the Launceston and Bude areas, four such projects are set to benefit. 

Launceston Community Development Trust will receive £35,000 for the planting and landscaping of a community orchard, creating a connected hub with community buildings and providing the site with drainage to reduce flood risk.

The project also includes maintenance and protection of existing and newly planted trees and hedgerows.

Trust chair, Margaret Young, said: “We are getting closer and closer to being able to develop a local site and add to the open space in Launceston – creating our very own Community Orchard. The CIL funding awarded will go a long way to helping us make this a reality.”

Budehaven Community School will get £45,702 for a wildlife garden and a sustainable structure to provide accommodation for pupils at risk of exclusion.

Headteacher Dom Wilkes said: “With the help of Bude Coastal Communities Trust members Ian Saltern and Rob Uhlig, we wrote a CIL funding bid to provide an additional intervention space for pupils at risk of exclusion from school.

“From initial discussions, we conceived the idea of a log cabin on site, called ‘The Oasis’, which would allow our current skilled staff to work with individuals and small groups of children to build their social and emotional resilience and provide strategies to cope with the challenges our young people face.”

The space will be heated using a solar-powered air source heat pump, ensuring carbon neutrality.

In addition, The Blanchminster Trust has donated money to construct a sensory garden to surround The Oasis.

Dom said he was “delighted that we are able to now plan and build this facility” and thanked all those involved. 

Co Cars Ltd has been granted £58,000 to provide two electric cars, which can be hired by the hour, with EV charging, plus two public charging points in Bude.

Mark Hodgson, Managing Director of Co Cars, said: “I’m delighted we’re bringing our shared, zero emission electric Co Cars to Bude, along with fast charging points for use by the general public.

“Together, they will help lay the foundations for an on-demand, affordable transport network that will help connect residents to employment, education, healthcare and other essential amenities.

“Because they are zero emission and shared, they will also help tackle the town’s congestion and pollution problems, further bolstering its reputation for community-led, environmental action.”

The 2 Minute Foundation, which is a charity devoted to “cleaning up the planet two minutes at a time”, through encouraging people to do quick beach cleans, litter picks, street cleans and more, will benefit from £32,576 to convert an old beach office and toilets at Bude into an education centre with a community hub and office space.

CEO Martin Dorey said: “The building will become a centre for our eco community here in Bude and a base for our new Beach School, as well as provide hot desking for our 10 staff.

“We’ll also be aiming to showcase the best in new and retrofit technology so that everyone can see that doing their bit doesn’t have to be for other people.”

Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “This new scheme was designed to be all about projects that are based on a low-carbon way of thinking to give their communities a greener future.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how these organisations in Launceston and Bude put the money to good use to make a real difference.” 

Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “The projects we have chosen reflect the Council’s ambitions to tackle climate change and be carbon-neutral by 2030.

“We’re confident that all four of these will make a positive contribution to that aim and I look forward to seeing the impact they have. I’d like to thank the communities of Launceston and Bude for their hard work and innovation in tackling climate change.”

Since January 2019 the Council has been charging developers the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) as a way to reduce any potential adverse cumulative impacts resulting from new housing and other building projects. 

CIL payments are set aside to be spent on infrastructure projects to benefit communities and support development. Between 15 to 25 per cent of the levy goes to the town or parish council where the development has taken place. 

Last summer the Council invited organisations to bid for a slice of £500,000 to pay for infrastructure projects that encourage greener and healthier lifestyles. 

Now the process has been completed, the total support provided by the CIL Fund could rise to £622,939, depending on whether some projects secure match-funding from elsewhere. 

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