Objective One boosts Cornish tourism for people with disabilities

Cornwall is already known as the UK’s premier traditional holiday destination. But now a project with Objective One cash is aiming to broaden the county’s appeal. The European funding is helping to establish a project designed to give people with severe disabilities a break that many of us would take for granted.

Almost a hundred thousand pounds in European funding is being given to a scheme to convert Tregoninney Farm near Truro into accommodation for 20 persons and pay for three additional staff. The money (£98,740) will make facilities suitable for wheelchair access with adaptations for people with visual and hearing disabilities. There is legislation that places a requirement on businesses to deal with access problems. However, the modifications being made here will create a holiday environment especially for people with severe disabilities.

Colin Northover has developed the project after years of running a top local veterinary practice and is often called upon to help out at the Royal Cornwall Show. His wife is bringing her expertise of teaching people with hearing problems.

Colin says: “This kind of facility is desperately needed to allow people with disabilities to appreciate the beauty of the Cornish landscape. This can be proven by the fact that Cornwall Tourist Board has had 350 enquiries for its disability Information Sheet during the past year.”

“Access problems at many hotels and guest-houses create problems for people who would like to visit Cornwall. Older properties are often just not suitable because of narrow doorways, steps, ledges and facilities being at the wrong height. Though many people with disabilities will try and make the most of holidays through help from friends or family travelling with them, even small inconveniences can make their stay stressful. By renovating and redesigning the farm, we hope to be able to make visitors holidays here as relaxing as possible.”

“There are currently only three other establishments in Cornwall approved to the standard we aim to provide, and none of these are within the Truro area. By providing Tregoninney Farm with these facilities, we can help develop a broader based tourism industry and stimulate tourism.”

Though the main aim of the project is to address access problems, there is also an environmental aspect as well. The farm is to convert to organic status, use low intensity farming to maintain the surrounding pastureland, create a reed bed and pond, and improve the woodland to allow access for horse riding.


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Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388