Objective One at the heart of regeneration in Restormel

In the eighteen months since the employment of the first staff of the Objective One funded Integrated Area Plan (IAP) Team in Restormel, more than 160 enquirers have been helped and supported.

Thatís what the board of Restormel Regeneration Partnership, the teamís employing company, was told at a recent directorís meeting.

The mid-term report, which reflects on the teamís achievements to date and sets out their future plans, gave the directors, 12 in all representing the full range of private, public and voluntary organisations in the borough, a summary of the milestones reached and some of the challenges overcome.

The Integrated Area Plans integrate the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Objective One programme into a framework for use in a specific area. The Restormel IAP team, which covers three of the eleven IAPs in the county, helps communities develop projects for application to Objective One funding.

Among the other achievements to date are:

An action plan for areas of focus for project development has been completed
Six projects have been approved by GOSW
Two projects have been submitted to GOSW for approval
Seven projects are in final development
Thirty-eight projects are actively being progressed
Thirty-nine organisations have been signposted to alternative sources of help if we were unable to do so
One non-Objective One project (School for Social Entrepreneurs) is underway with five in the later stages of development and nineteen being actively progressed.
Sixty-three community groups have been supported

Ruth Vincent, who is Chair of the Directors, in addition to running her own successful business, commented, "We are very pleased with the teamís achievements. It represents the huge amount of expertise and dedication demonstrated by the staff."

Pat Crowson, Chief Executive of Restormel Borough Council, and Executive Officer of RRP, says: "The future holds a number of challenges for us Ė Restormel Regeneration Partnership as a whole is reviewing its ten year strategy which will need to take account of the changing role of the team, and the impact of the Objective One Review and the introduction of governmental legislation on how local authorities develop and implement community-based initiatives within their locale.


Editors notes:

Restormel Regeneration Partnership

Restormel Regeneration Partnership was established in 2000, with the object of making Restormel ĎÖa more prosperous and lively area..í by making maximum use of the opportunities for regeneration.

Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) are the way in which Objective One can help communities. These are the plans that integrate the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Objective One programme into a framework for use in a specific area. There are eleven plans throughout Cornwall, three of which (St Austell Bay, China Clay Area, and Newquay & its Rural Hinterland) are covered by Restormel.

The Objective One funded Integrated Area Plan team was established in February 2001 to deliver the three IAPs for Restormel. It can help with developing and supporting community based projects who wish to apply for Objective One funding.

The RRP team is funded by Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Imerys, Restormel Borough Council, and Health Action Zone.

For further information contact:
Ruth Vincent
Chair, Restormel Regeneration Partnership
Tel: 01637 871067, e-mail: ruth@nfet.co.uk

Clive Kessell
Vice Chair, Restormel Regeneration Partnership
Tel: 01726 818362, e-mail: clive.kessell@imerys.com


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