New footway for Perranwell

Visitors, businesses and residents of Perranwell will benefit from an Objective One grant of £20,861 recently secured with the help of Carrick’s Integrated Area Plan Team.

The Team have assisted Perranarworthal Parish Council’s regeneration group, Perranwell 2000 to secure European Regional Development Funding towards the cost of constructing a footpath to link the station with the village of Perranwell. The aim of the 260 metre footpath is to overcome the barrier that exists for walkers, rail passengers and users of the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast trail to access businesses in the village.

Currently, the only access between the village centre, railway station and trail is via a narrow winding road with no pavement.

Harry Nicholls of Perranwell 2000/Perranarworthal Parish Council said: “We are delighted to have secured funding to provide a safe pedestrian route, signed from the station and the trail which will encourage economic regeneration within the village.”

Five businesses in Perranwell, who have worked closely with the Parish Council on this project have identified opportunities to increase their sales, develop their businesses and potentially employ more staff as a direct result of additional visitors using the footpath to access the village.

The footpath will also contribute towards sustainable access by opening up a network of circular footpath routes for visitors linking businesses and attractions.

Construction work will start in August 2002 and is expected to be completed during October 2002 at a total cost of £58,561. Match funding is being provided by the Countryside Agency, Cornwall County Council and an in-kind donation of land from local farmer, Hugh Kneebone.

The project was developed with assistance from the Carrick Integrated Area Plan (IAP) Team and is the third successful Objective One project for the team.

The IAP is the local delivery mechanism for European Objective One funding in the Carrick district and is responsible for working closely with the private, public and voluntary sector to develop successful projects which will regenerate the local area. The team offers advice and guidance on whether projects are eligible for Objective One funding; assists with the preparation of business plans and guides applicants through the Objective One funding process.

There are four IAP officers, who work across the district. To find out who your local officer is or to discuss a possible project idea please contact Cath Horton, Programme Manager, on 01872 224428 or via e-mail at iap@carrick.gov.uk.

For further information about The Station Road Footway Project, telephone Harry Nicholls on 01872 864669.


Editors notes:

1. Objective One will provide capital funding (£20,861) for The Station Road Footway Project in Perranwell village. Match funding will be provided by The Countryside Agency (£25,000), Cornwall County Council (£7,700) and an in-kind donation of land by local farmer, Hugh Kneebone (£5,000). The total project cost is £58,561 and the footpath will be completed by the end of October 2002.

2. Carrick’s IAP Team is funded by Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council and Carrick District Council. The team are employed and managed by Rural Economic Partnership Ltd which is a subsidiary of Cornwall Enterprise, a local authority company controlled by Cornwall County Council.

The Carrick IAP Team comprises a Programme Manager, an Office Assistant and four IAP Development Officers who are each responsible for covering the following geographical areas and act as a first point of contact for project ideas:

North Coast Area - George Collinge (01209 891783)

Truro Area – Mel Richardson (01872 224604)

Falmouth Area – Sarah Kerkin (01872 224568)

Penryn & the Roseland Area – Vacancy (01326 376171)

The IAP Officers work from offices within the community whilst Cath Horton, the Programme Manager, and Helen Parsons, the Office Assistant, are based at Carrick House in Truro and can be contacted on 01872 224428, or via e-mail at iap@carrick.gov.uk. Further information can be found on-line by visiting the SPIDER website at http://spider.carrick.gov.uk.

For further information contact:
Cath Horton, Carrick IAP Programme Manager on 01872 224541


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