Truro Towns Fund awarded £750,000 for immediate regeneration projects

Threemilestone community center regeneration.
Threemilestone community center regeneration.
Artist's impression of Threemilestone Community Centre extension. Illustration by Poynton Bradbury Winter Cole architects.

Truro Towns Fund awarded £750,000 for Immediate Regeneration Projects

City centre cycle parks, “Light up Truro”, Community Centres and Event equipment to be supported by fund

Truro has been awarded an initial £750,000 from the government’s Towns Fund for an array of projects aimed at regeneration and boosting economic growth.

Bike parking across the city, event equipment, refurbished community centres and sports facilities are among the projects approved for the Accelerated Capital funding.

Inspired by the annual City of Lights community art project and lantern parade, a festive trail of light-up installations across Truro’s shop windows this winter season is another key project to be given a welcome cash boost.

It’s the first funding to be confirmed as Truro Town Deal board is busy shaping themes to form an investment plan to bid for at least another £25 million for regeneration projects.

Truro is one of 101 towns to be selected to bid for the £3.6 billion Towns Fund set up by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Carole Theobald, chair of Truro Town Deal board, said: “This first award of funding is incredibly welcome, and gives a flavour of the further projects we’ll be bringing to life in the coming weeks as part of our larger bid.

“We selected each of these successful projects for their ability to strengthen our communities, improve our city as a place to live and work, as well as drive footfall and visitor numbers.

“Several are set to be delivered by the end of this year, so it’s exciting that this funding will have an impact on Truro very soon.” 

Projects to be awarded funding under the Accelerated Capital fund include: 

“Light Up Truro” £132,000 (total project cost £140,000)

Bringing a festive trail of illuminated installations and displays to up to 100 of Truro’s shop windows to attract visitors and build on the success of City of Lights. The funding will go towards technology to be used throughout the year.

City centre infrastructure: £198,000

Cycle parking throughout the city centre, Boscawen and Hendra parks. Trial of movable bike ports to test different locations around the city, plus moveable cycle parking for use during events.

Upgrading existing seating, planters, bike storage and other street furniture and improved disabled access through the city.

Mobile Stage and Performance Equipment: £82,000

Purchase of a mobile stage, lighting and sound equipment to enable events to take place at locations around the city, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Boscawen Park Pavilion: £60,000 against total project value of £580,000.

Redevelopment of tennis courts, new pavilion building and café, accessible toilets, information point and bike hire.

Street Markets: £60,000

Funding for 12 gazebos, power and lighting plus storage and transportation units to create space for up to 24 market stalls within Truro city centre.

Threemilestone Community Centre: £107,000 (within total project value of £600,000)

Extending the community centre with a porch and extension to cater for increasing demand. Creating a physical link with the GP surgery and installation of bike hub facilities to encourage cycling.

St Clements Street Centre: £110,000 (within total project value of £120,00).

To return St Clement Street Centre into use as a community centre, including refurbishment and building management, so the building can meet the needs of the community, especially younger and older people.

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www.trurotownfund.com

First look at vibrant projects that could be unlocked by Truro Towns Fund bid

Truro Quays Harbour village potential project diagram.
Truro Quays Harbour village potential project diagram.
Artist's impression by Poynton Bradbury Winter Cole

First look at vibrant potential projects that could be unlocked by Truro Towns Fund bid

The first images of potential projects that could be unlocked by up to £25 million of Government investment have been unveiled by Truro Town Deal Board.

 

Upgraded indoor and outdoor sports facilities at Boscawen Park and a cycling network including a new bridge between Boscawen and Newham business district, first proposed by the Truro Loops project, are among the concepts being explored through the funding opportunity.

An artist’s impression has also been released of Truro Quays Harbour Village, which could involve restoration of buildings and introduction of a sill to retain water, allowing berthing for up to 50 boats.

Driven by feedback from local people and businesses, a series of working groups under the Truro Town Deal board are now developing projects around a number of themes. These will be presented in a Town Investment Plan, due to be submitted to the Government Towns Fund in January 2021.

A new website has been developed – www.trurotownfund.com – where local people and businesses can give their feedback on the vision and potential projects

Chair of Truro Town Deal Board Carole Theobald said: “We’re moving forward with project themes and starting to bring them to life with artist’s impressions. The best answers for local projects will come from local people, that’s why we’re listening to people living, working and visiting Truro – your feedback is important.

“Not all potential projects we share for consultation will make the final Town Investment Plan, however. We’ll be combing your feedback whilst weighing up which interventions are most eligible for the funding and will deliver most economic impact for Truro.”

One project ready to receive feedback is a revamped Boscawen Park, including:

  • A business sports and activity hub, to include an indoor children’s play area, climbing wall, fitness suite.
  • A botanical house and horticultural showcase, based on a partnership between Truro City Council and local businesses.
  • Improved changing facilities
  • Hospitality area including a bar and café
  • Extended play area with more natural play
  • Hard surfaced area for bootcamp/outdoor fitness classes.
  • Water jets and Splash play area
  • Waterfront park space at the South end of the park, looking down Truro River
  • Enhanced performance space for outdoor events
  • All weather pitch

Nigel King, business owner and Truro Town Deal board member, is leading the Boscawen Park working group. He said: “Boscawen Park is already a hugely popular, attractive part of our city. These ideas aim to bring more people, offer better sports and recreational facilities for all weather and all year round – it’s for the people of Truro but we think visitors will enjoy it too.

“Harbour Village is a potential game changer. We’re celebrating the historic harbour whilst creating viable business opportunities and jobs. These two projects work well together to create a real destination not just for Truro but Cornwall as a whole, attracting national and international visitors.

“These plans are not set in stone, but are blueprints for how we can start to transform our city.”

A number of other projects are on the table for discussion, but not all will make the final investment plan. Current themes include:

Sustainable transport: Bringing connectivity to Truro from Boscawen Park to Lemon Quay and the city centre through cycle routes. Set to combine work under the Truro Loops project, including a bridge to link Boscawen Park to Newham.

IT connectivity: Bringing 5G to Truro, including the railway station and Newham, including demonstrator applications of 5G and a potential for an experiential app. Exploring options for a 5G bubble at Newham.

Repurposing empty space: Use space that’s currently empty or derelict by combining or repurposing retail and residential buildings in the city centre.

Lemon Quay: Upgrading the piazza to improve connection with the river plus improved planting, seating, lighting and shop signage, offering a community and enhanced event space including under-cover area.

Business Enterprise and Skills: Working with businesses in Truro city centre and Newham to identify projects, such as installation of a 5G bubble and marine hub with improved slipway and boatyard. Partnering with education providers such as Truro & Penwith College to develop projects that upskill our local workforce and residents.

Culture and Heritage: Ideas being developed by partners such as Hall for Cornwall, Truro Cathedral and Royal Cornwall Museum include a shared rehearsal and exhibits space, as well as a 5G app depicting Truro’s past and present.

Image by Mei Loci
Truro Quays Harbour village potential project diagram.
Artist's impression by Poynton Bradbury Winter Cole

Towns Fund bid on the agenda as Secretary of State for Communities visits Truro

ROBERT JENRICK MP and the Truro Town Fund board.
ROBERT JENRICK MP and the Truro Town Fund board.

Towns Fund bid on the agenda as Secretary of State for Communities visits Truro

The Secretary of State for Communities, Robert Jenrick MP has visited Truro to discuss the city’s progress with the Towns Fund funding bid.

Truro has been chosen as one of 101 towns across the UK to bid for up to £25 million.

Communities, businesses and local leaders were then asked to work together to draw up ‘Town Deal’ plans to help transform the economic growth prospects of each area, with an emphasis on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

Earlier this year it was confirmed that Truro will receive between £500,000 and £1 million of this funding ahead of schedule to spend on projects such as improvements to parks, high streets and local transport.

MP for Truro and Falmouth Cherilyn Mackrory said:“It was great to welcome the Secretary of State for Communities to Truro today so he could see first hand the planning that is going on across the Truro community to realise the ambitions for this transformative funding for our city.”

“I am pleased that the Secretary of State can see for himself the awesome positive vision we have for Truro, and I hope he goes away with a firm picture of the impressive change for our city that we are trying to achieve.”

Carole Theobald, Chair of the Truro Towns Board said: “Meeting with the Secretary of State was our first opportunity to discuss our vision of the types of interventions that will drive growth and productivity.”

“We have a brilliant mix of ideas that celebrate Truro as a thriving destination with rich heritage, yet also set to build a robust economic future.”

“Over the coming weeks, we will be seeking a wide range of views and involving the public and businesses about the projects. Those views will go into the plan we put to Government in January 2021 to secure this valuable funding.”