Nearly 70 projects in the pipeline for Maritime Carrick
A new report has revealed that nearly 70 separate development and regeneration projects are currently being developed around the Fal Estuary area.
Now, a unique meeting set up by Carrick District Council to debate the future of the Maritime Carrick area is helping to established a new forum for those involved to work together.
The concept of Maritime Carrick as a single theme bringing together diverse interests from along the Fal also looks set to become a valuable route for project promoters to work together to get the most from funding opportunities – including European money available through the Objective One programme.
The Maritime Carrick meeting, which took place at Devoran Village Hall on Friday 15th December, saw environmentalists and investors brought together to discuss a common approach to their individual and shared goals.
The value of developing a common vision for Maritime Carrick was put forward at the meeting by Carrick chief executive John Winskill and Local Economy portfolio holder Councillor Mrs Maggie Vale.
The concept is one outcome following months of consultation on Carrick’s Community Strategy and work by local consultant Rowena Swallow, of Cornish Project Delivery, to assess the opportunities for integrating different projects so that they support each other and produce the greatest benefits for everyone.
The initial results of the consultation were presented to the meeting.
Carrick’s economic development officer, Roger Radcliffe, said: “The consultation commissioned by the district council revealed tremendous enthusiasm for this approach and showed that nearly seventy projects were currently being considered, many being well advanced.”
The spread of projects reviewed ranged from large-scale proposals at Falmouth Docks, which are being independently developed by a public/private sector partnership, to community harbour improvements and environmental protection measures.
Mr Radcliffe added that virtually every aspect of the Fal and the communities bordering its shores was contained in the working document whose list was clearly set to lengthen following the success of the meeting.
He commented: “It was clear that there was a real willingness for environmentalists and investors to adopt a joint approach to protecting the unique environment of the Fal whilst maximising its potential for the economic, social and environmental well being of communities.
“Like the strands of a rope, each fibre gains strength from being associated with its neighbour, and together we can demonstrate the gains for the Fal.”
Following Friday’s meeting, the views of all those involved will be taken on board and the consultation process on the future of Maritime Carrick expanded in the New Year to involve even more of those living and working along the Fal.
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