Truro Town Deal to present transformational projects for feedback

Truro Cathedral in the backgrouns with MAlpas rier in the forground. the iamge surrounded by a frame of tree branches and grassy banks

Truro Town Deal team to present a suite of transformational projects for community feedback

These sets of proposals represent the most ambitious aspects of our project portfolio, and we are keen to present them collectively so members of the community can see how they work together. 

An opportunity to have your say

Join us on Wednesday, November 22, from 10am to 7pm at the Truro Methodist Church, as we unveil the plans for a much-anticipated lifting bridge between Newham and Boscawen Park plus updates to Lemon Quay and Town Quay, and cycling routes across the city.

The projects

Lifting Bridge between Newham and Boscawen Park: The much-anticipated bridge is set to connect both sides of the river between Newham and Malpas, making a better connected, healthier and more sustainable community. 

Lemon Quay and Harbor Updates: These plans are poised to breathe new life into two of Truro’s most iconic areas, enhancing the beauty and functionality of our city. 

Pedestrian and Cycle Route Improvements: We’re creating a robust active travel network that’ll make Truro healthier and more connected, ensuring a sustainable and vibrant future. 

These projects are a collaboration between Cornwall Council and the Truro Town Deal Board who together are committed to a vision of a “Connected River City,” revitalising Truro and unlocking vital investments. 

They represent the heart of the project portfolio 

Alan Stanhope, Chair of Truro Town Deal, emphasizes, “These proposals represent the heart of our project portfolio. We’re excited to showcase how they come together to create a thriving, connected Truro.” 

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Economy, urges you to have your say, saying, “The Town Deal empowers communities to shape the future. We invite all residents and businesses to the exhibition to learn more.” 

Join us on Wednesday, November 22, at the Truro Methodist Church from 10am to 7pm to view the plans and provide your feedback.  

The questionnaire and plans will also be available to view online here from 22nd November. 

Truro Town Deal awards its first funding to Royal Cornwall Museum

Mineral collection inside Royal Cornwall Museum

The first funding from Truro Town Deal’s main programme has now been awarded to Royal Cornwall Museum

RCM will receive a £476,000 grant, which will transform the museum’s mineral gallery and will include a state-of-the-art digital lab, enabling people all over Cornwall and the world to interact with the collection.

The investment is the first significant funding award towards the transformation of the museum, and forms part of an ambitious three year investment programme aiming to secure its future and attract more visitors.

Jonathan Morton said: “The mineral gallery houses an internationally recognised collection that’s hugely important in representing Cornwall’s rich history as a global mining centre.

“The digital learning lab will enable us to offer workshops and presentations, streaming content about our mineral collection to people around the world. It will also drive footfall into the museum by providing an interactive offer to our visitors and educational programmes.

“This investment from Truro Town Deal into Royal Cornwall Museum is a crucial part of the overall vision of Truro as an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The revamped minerals exhibition space, situated on the ground floor of the museum, is expected to be completed by Summer 2024.

Chair of Truro Town Deal Board, Alan Stanhope, said: “This is an important milestone for Truro Town Deal – that funding is now with the project and can start to go to work.

“Royal Cornwall Museum was selected as part of our Town Investment Plan for the role it plays in attracting new visitors and enhancing the breadth of the cultural offer in Truro. I’m looking forward to seeing the digital lab in action and benefiting visitors both locally and across the world.”

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy, said: “I’m delighted that the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has received this much-needed funding from the Town Deal Fund, kick-starting the delivery of the Town Deal Fund projects in Truro. The main aim of the fund is to revitalise the economy of the towns and in Cornwall some of that investment goes towards refurbishing and developing our cultural assets. It will enable, organisations such as the Royal Cornwall Museum to enhance their offer for the local community as well as promote our rich and unique heritage to visitors, supporting a thriving cultural and heritage sector and the wider economy of the City.”

Truro Town Deal calls for new members to join our board of volunteers

Calling for new members to join our board of volunteers.


Are you looking for an opportunity to drive positive change for the community of Truro and help build the Truro of tomorrow?

The Truro Town Deal Board is looking for new members to join them at the exciting time of the City’s regeneration programme delivery which is made possible thanks to the Government’s Town Deal Fund.

In June 2021, Truro was awarded £23.6 million from the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund to bring a step-change in how we live, work and enjoy Truro. This money will help us to future proof Truro whilst celebrating its unique character. Seven projects, set to transform our city and local economy, are now entering their delivery phase. Read more about the seven projects funded by the Town Deal here.

We are calling for leaders or developing leaders with the skills, confidence and the authority to bring their voice to the table in order to help shape and deliver the Town Investment Plan for Truro and support the City’s regeneration.

Find out more about the current members of the board here

Role Purpose

Members of the Truro Town Deal Board are expected to:

  • Actively engage with all stakeholders, but particularly with the private sector (including the social enterprise and third sector) and further and higher education institutions to capture and engage their interest and facilitate their activity in Truro.
  • Champion and oversee the delivery of the Truro Town Investment Plan.
  • To actively participate in at least 4 Board meetings per annum, providing expert advice, guidance, insight and challenge to Board discussions.
  • Be prepared to Chair a relevant Board sub-committee or strategy implementation committee or similar, where necessary and appropriate.
  • Help ensure the Truro Town Deal Board actively reflects the businesses and people of Truro.


It is envisaged that the role will require a time commitment of approximately two days per month with greater commitment at key programme milestones.

The precise nature and timing of this commitment will be determined with the successful candidate.

It is expected, as a minimum, that candidates should be prepared to attend 4 Board meetings lasting a maximum of three hours held at varying locations around Truro or via online methods.

Board members will also be encouraged to participate in activities between Board meetings which could involve chairing a subgroup and/or representing the Truro Town Deal Board and consultation events.

For more information about the Truro Town Deal, visit:

How to apply

Please submit a covering letter outlining your motivation for applying and highlighting how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the requirements of the role of the board members, as set out in the role description (two sides of A4 maximum) and a copy of your CV by Friday 31st March by email: Read the Role Profile here.

For a confidential discussion on the role in more details, please email:

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A first tranche of funding has been released to Cornwall Council to enable Truro Town Deal projects to get underway

Truro to receive first share of Town Deal funding to deliver regeneration. 

Truro to receive first share of Town Deal funding to deliver regeneration 

A first tranche of funding has been released to Cornwall Council to enable Truro Town Deal projects to get underway.

Truro was allocated £23.6 million last year to deliver a package of seven transformational projects that together will enhance Truro as a “connected river city”.

Since then, business cases have been developed to enable the Government to sign off individual projects which will trigger the release of the funding.

Grant funding agreements will be issued to projects in the coming months, which will enable them to take positive steps towards achieving their goals of delivering improvements in the quality of life for local residents, supporting local businesses, and providing skills development opportunities.

Alan Stanhope, chair of Truro Town Deal board, said: “This is a huge milestone for Truro. We can start to draw down some significant investment and the real work can begin to put our projects into action.

 “This is a result of two years of exceptional work from a committed board of volunteers and a small team to develop our portfolio. Over the past six months, we’ve been working on very detailed business cases and it’s this behind-the-scenes effort that has enabled the Government to release the first part of our Town Deal funding. 

“We’re proud to be able to get finally started in delivering our vision for Truro as a connected river city.”

The £88.7 million Town Deal Funding allocated by the Government to Cornwall will be invested in over 30 projects and delivered across Truro, Camborne, Penzance and St Ives. As Lead Authority for the region, Cornwall Council has received the first instalment of £18.3 million for 2022 / 2023 for the four towns.

The seven Truro Town Deal projects submitted to Government are:

The Hive at Pydar

New Life for City Buildings

Boscawen Park Sports and Recreation Hub

Royal Cornwall Museum

Truro Harbour & Lemon Quay

Green Transport

Truro Community Hub

Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro, said: “This is the moment we have been waiting for. A lot of hard work by key local stakeholders has got us to where we are now with this project. This really is a game-changer for Truro which will allow us to start unlocking our city’s potential.

“Levelling Up is still at the heart of the Government’s agenda and decisions like these clearly demonstrate that. This pot of money will allow us to start investing in a variety of different projects in Truro that will benefit those who live, work and grow up here.”

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy, said: “With the first year of funding now in place, Truro – can now start to deliver on the projects that will make a difference to their communities.

“So much work has gone on behind the scenes to get to where we are today and confirmation that projects can now progress is testament to the commitment and vision of the Town Deal Boards.

“Cornwall Council will itself be delivering 11 ambitious projects across the four areas of Camborne, Truro, Penzance and St Ives using Town Deal funding to improve connectivity, public spaces, housing and offer grants to businesses. I have no doubt that these investments will revitalise the town – and city – centres, improving life for residents and creating sustainable communities now and into the future.”

Community engagement activity is continuing for some projects ahead of applications for planning permission, including Truro Community Hub and Boscawen Park Sports and Recreation Hub.

Rescheduled: Have Your Say – Boscawen Park Sports and Recreation Hub 

Have Your Say: Boscawen Park Sports and Recreation Hub 

Truro has a chance to give feedback on exciting plans to bring enhanced recreation facilities to Boscawen Park.

The Truro City Council and Truro Town Deal teams will be holding community engagement events for Boscawen Park Sports and Recreation Hub with a chance for all ages to give feedback.

Plans will be on display on:

Wednesday 26th October – 9.30 am to 3 pm in Boscawen Park (to the right of the playground by the tennis courts).

Friday 28th October – 9.20 am to 3 pm at Lemon Quay as part of Truro Farmers Market.  

Children’s activities will be on offer, enabling young people to have their say on the plans.

Plans for Boscawen Park include:

  • New two-storey building with hospitality area/cafe
  • Lettable studio space for fitness classes
  • Improved changing facilities
  • 3G sports pitch
  • Indoor play area and climbing wall
  • Extended outdoor natural play area
  • Hard surfaced area for bootcamp/outdoor fitness classes
  • Enhanced performance space for outdoor events

Roger Gazzard, Town Clerk for Truro City Council, said: “We’re keen to get feedback from people of all ages about our plans for this brilliant multi-use building as well as the wider master plan at Boscawen Park. We want to find out more about what facilities people would like to use and what is most important to them as we shape our plans.”

Feedback from these events will be used to support the next stage of the development, which involves applying for planning permission.

The project would be funded by both Truro City Council and Truro Town Deal.

Truro Town Deal board agrees business cases: Next step for transformational projects

Truro Town Deal board agrees business cases:

Next step for transformational projects in the city

Truro is a step closer to releasing funding from the Government’s Towns Fund for projects to transform the city’s economy.

Following an extraordinary meeting (Wednesday, April 27), which saw the review of business cases submitted by the organisations behind the projects, Truro Town Deal Board gave its unanimous approval on the seven projects put forward.

Each of the core projects presented in the City’s Town Investment Plan will go through to the next stage of their development and feasibility assessment prior to receiving sign off from Cornwall Council as the accountable body. Following this approval, the finalised Truro Town Deal programme will be submitted to Government during July.

However, since the submission of the Town Investment Plan, and as part of the drafting of the projects’ business cases, a potential overspend of £900,000 has been identified due to the steep rising prices of building materials. As a result, further work is required to refine the costing of the construction phase, meaning the funding allocations could be revised and projects adjusted before submission to Government.

Chair of Truro Town Deal Board, Alan Stanhope, said: “We’re delighted to have met this important milestone in delivering the Truro Town Deal programme and maximising this funding opportunity. It’s been a challenging time to work up the finer detail of the projects, against rising costs of construction materials and balancing the budget.

“We’re hopeful that the next stages will run smoothly, leading to a release of the funding during Autumn. That’s when the real work can start in delivering these transformational projects which we are looking to see all completed by 2026.”

Two changes to how the projects sit within the portfolio were agreed at the meeting. A sub-project to refurbish Old Bakery Studios, which previously sat within Truro Harbour & Lemon Quays, has been moved to New Life for City Buildings.

The lifting bridge connecting Lighterage Quay at Newham with Boscawen Park – considered a “flagship” aspect of the Town Investment Plan – has been moved to the Truro Harbour and Lemon Quays project.

The project portfolio for Truro Town Deal is:

  • Truro Harbour and Lemon Quay – to include lifting bridge
  • Boscawen Sport and Recreation Hub
  • Truro Community Hub
  • New Life for City Buildings – to include Old Bakery Studios
  • Green Transport
  • Royal Cornwall Museum
  • The Hive at Pydar

Next steps for Truro Town Deal

In August last year, the Town Deal Board signed a Heads of Terms agreement with the Government and Cornwall Council.

Since then, work has been going on behind the scenes to develop business cases for each of the projects put forward in the Town Investment Plan. These cover aspects such as detailed budgets, potential impact on the city’s economy and outline timeline for delivery.

 Now Truro Town Deal Board has approved business cases and funding allocations, the portfolio of projects moves to Cornwall Council as accountable body for further assessment prior sign off through Section 151 processes.

Cornwall Council will then submit the finalised Truro Town Deal Programme and associated projects during July to meet the Government’s deadline. Once approved by Government, funds could be released early Autumn 2022.

Truro is one of 101 towns, and four in Cornwall, selected to bid for the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund which aims to drive economic regeneration.

The Moresk Centre opens its doors thanks to Truro Town Deal

From left to right: Mayor Truro, Steven Webb, Truro town clerk Roger Gazzard, Moresk Centre trustees Joff Phipps and Ita Renshaw.

The Moresk Centre opens its doors thanks to Truro Town Deal

One of the projects to benefit from Truro Town Deal’s Accelerator Fund has opened its doors to the public with an open day.

The Moresk Centre welcomed members of the community on Thursday 21 October to see its refurbished rooms and facilities.

The building, previously used as a day centre for older people, has received just over £100,000 from the Government’s Towns Fund Accelerator Fund.

The investment was put towards new heating, roofing insulation, electrical installation, decoration, carpeting, furniture and updated kitchen facilities.

It also includes new audio-visual equipment and smart TV screens within meeting rooms, making the centre fit for purpose for meetings and events.

The refurbishment was arranged by Truro City Council and the Moresk Centre will be managed by the Truro Churches Trust, a not for profit charity established initially by Churches Together in Truro.

Trustee Ita Renshaw said: “This funding has enabled us to offer a space that has appeal for a wide variety of community groups. We had a vision for a space that could bring people together, small and large groups alike, and this funding has enabled that to happen.”

Mayor of Truro Steven Webb attended the open day and said: “It’s an amazing transformation to a light, airy space that so many people in the community can now make space of. The new AV equipment brings it up to date.

“We have so many incredible grass-roots organisations in Truro, I hope they consider using the Moresk Centre to support their work.”

The Moresk Centre has three rooms available to book, seating 10, 15 and 70 respectively. For more information, go to:

Truro Town Deal’s Accelerator Funds making an impact in the city

Pic courtesy of Truro BID
Pic courtesy of Truro BID

Truro Town Deal’s Accelerator Funds making an impact in the city 

Truro Town Deal is making a positive impact on the city through a number of improvement projects delivered through the Accelerator Fund.

Announced last September, the Government’s Towns Fund awarded up to £750,000 for projects that aim to regenerate and boost economic growth.

The board went on to secure £23.6 million in April this year for projects to be delivered up until 2026.

But Accelerator projects being delivered by Truro City Council and Truro Business Improvement District are already making their mark – from event equipment to seating and planting, bike stands, notice boards plus a revamped community centre for all to enjoy.

Carole Theobald, Chair of Truro Town Deal Board, said: “What’s brilliant about these first funded projects is that they are driving footfall, supporting the community and making our city centre a better place for everyone to enjoy.

“Some are highly visible, such as Christmas illuminations, market equipment and staging, whilst others are simply about improving our facilities, such as hand dryers and seating – each are playing their part in regenerating Truro.”

Projects funded by the Town Deal Accelerator Fund are:

The Moresk Centre

A former day centre on St Clements Street has been refurbished and has reopened as the Moresk Centre, creating a community space available to all.

The refurbishment was led by Truro City Council and the centre will now be managed by the Truro Churches Trust, with four different rooms available to book.

An open day is being held on Thursday 21 October, from 10am to 4pm, where people can meet the new team running the Moresk Centre and view the facilities.

Mobile Stage

High profile events in Truro City Centre including the Tour of Britain, Black Voices Cornwall and upcoming Truro Food Festival have all benefited from the purchase of a mobile stage through the Accelerator Fund.

City Centre Improvements and infrastructure

Improved seating has been brought to the city centre by Truro City Council – including some of the combined planters and seats in use as part of Boscawen Street’s pedestrianisation trial.

New benches were installed around the town centre during the first two weeks of September and notice boards and cycle hoops are due to be installed in the near future

New hand driers have been installed in public toilets, as well as a new electrical box on Lemon Quay to provide power for public events

Roger Gazzard, Town Clerk at Truro City Council, said: “The city council met with stakeholders to discuss and identify areas in the town where funds from the regeneration project would be most beneficial. The town centre has benefited from a variety of new equipment, and it has been positive to see visitors and residents using the new seating to enjoy the town; especially on warm sunny days.

Street Market Equipment

The Accelerator Fund purchased market gazebos and equipment, enabling market organisers to offer affordable pitch prices. These are in use for one-day markets such as Antiques and Collectables, taking place alongside Truro Farmers Market, further enhancing the market offer on Lemon Quay.

The equipment has also enabled Truro BID to offer free of charge community stalls at local events, such as Children’s Day during the summer holidays – driving footfall into the city centre. 

Christmas illuminations

The Accelerator Fund supported the installation of an illuminated Cathedral on Trafalagar roundabout, welcoming people to the city, as well as 100 reindeer models for shop displays.

Alun Jones, BID manager, said: “We received great feedback over Christmas 2020 about the new illuminated Cathedral on Trafalgar roundabout. This year we have further plans in place to install additional festive lights in secondary areas around the city centre.

We’re also offering retailers and businesses a loan of our eye-catching illuminated reindeer for window displays, for Christmas lights switch-on on 19 November.

“We’re delighted to see the various Accelerator Fund projects being delivered, complementing our high street and brilliant businesses.”

Truro is one of 101 towns, and four in Cornwall, selected to bid for the Government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund.

Following the submission of a Town Investment Plan detailing six ambitious regeneration projects, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Truro’s award of £23.6 million in April.


Pydar regeneration receives outline planning consent by Cornwall Council

Pydar redevelopment
Pydar redevelopment

Pydar regeneration receives outline planning consent by Cornwall Council 

Plans to regenerate the Pydar area of Truro were approved by the Strategic Planning Committee on Thursday 23rd September. 

This is excellent news for Truro as the regeneration plans to create jobs, new low-carbon homes, more green spaces and support economic growth in the area. 

The development will provide 320 homes, of which 35% will be affordable homes as a mix of affordable rent and shared ownership / discounted market sale. 

There will also be 3.5 acres of public spaces created with more than 100 trees being planted and garden areas created that will be accessible by riverside public footpaths. 

As part of our Town Investment Plan we proposed the Hive at Pydar which aims to bring together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment. It will become a hub for the creatives industries, creating jobs and wealth, while ensuring top talent stays in Cornwall. 

As part of the £23.6 million the Truro Town Deal was awarded from the Towns fund, £1 million is reserved to help fund the Hive at Pydar as part of the Pydar redevelopment project. 

Council leader, Linda Taylor, said: “We have said that we want Cornwall to be a place where our residents can start well, live well and age well and these plans tick all of those boxes. We have set out our plans for vibrant, safe, communities and a thriving and sustainable Cornwall and the vision for Pydar personifies that. I welcome the committee’s decision today and look forward to seeing the scheme progress.”

Stephen Rushworth, Portfolio Holder for the Economy, said: “Our high streets and cities are facing big challenges and that’s why we need to invest in projects that support our city centre, create jobs and provide homes for people of all ages. We have worked with residents, businesses, the City Council and other stakeholders to make sure the proposals maximise the benefits for the city.” 

Olly Monk, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning, said: “This will be an exciting neighbourhood that will revitalise a run-down part of the city and provide much-needed affordable homes, as well as improve access to nature and provide more opportunities. It’s not just about homes – it’s about building communities and that’s what will happen here.” 

An Update from our Board – August 2021

ROBERT JENRICK MP and the Truro Town Fund board.
ROBERT JENRICK MP and the Truro Town Fund board.
Members of Truro Town Board meet with Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP at Worth's Quay, Truro in September 2020. Pic courtesy of Cherilyn Mackrory MP.

An update from our board: August 2021

It’s been a busy few months behind the scenes since Truro’s deal of £23.6 million was announced by the Prime Minister in early April.

The Board has been working closely with Cornwall Council, which is the Government’s appointed accountable body, to work out how we can put our plans into motion. We are also keeping in contact with the Town Deal Boards for Camborne, St Ives and Penzance so we can share learnings and maximise this investment opportunity.

Since the announcement, we have formally accepted the Government’s offer and earlier this month, signed off a Heads of Terms agreement.

We are now working up business cases, a more detailed budget and timeline of how projects will be delivered. We have until August 2022 to achieve this, but we hope to deliver this sooner.

There will be further opportunities over the next 12 months and beyond for people in the community to engage with our projects and offer feedback to shape our plans.

Thank you to everyone for their support so far. This investment really is for the connected river city of Truro and we’re excited about the impact it will make on our city.

Alan Stanhope

Vice Chair, Truro Town Deal