£1.34 million boost for the historic heart of Penryn

Some of Penryn’s most historic buildings are set for a major facelift thanks to a £1.34 million package of funding, half of which has come from the Objective One programme for Cornwall and Scilly.

The Penryn Townscape Heritage Initiative will restore key historic buildings, convert vacant properties to bring them back into economic use, improve streets and commercial areas and generally revitalise the historic heart of the town. Key buildings that will be targeted include the Town Hall, the Anchor Warehouse, The King’s Arms Hotel, and Merchant House on Commercial Road.

Liberal Democrat Portfolio Holder for Planning and Environment, Councillor Maurice Vella, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to restore and enhance the appearance of the historic heart of Penryn, one of the finest and historically most important small towns in Cornwall."

The scheme is being financed with £670,000 from Objective One under the European Regional Development Fund; £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund; £170,000 from the South West Regional Development Agency and £100,000 from Carrick District Council.

English Heritage will have a role in monitoring the conservation standards of the work. The majority of the money will be allocated to building repair grants, which should attract further private investment estimated to be in the region of £940,000, most of which would be unlikely to go ahead without grant support.

This scheme is being seen as a particularly important strategic project for Penryn which will complement the nearby Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) main campus and help to bring new life to the town.

Objective One programme director Bill Bawden said: “With work due to start on the CUC’s £40 million campus building at Tremough this summer ready for the first intake of new students arriving in September 2003, this project couldn’t be better timed.”

Sue Wearing of the South West Regional Development Agency said: “We’re supporting this project because we know that by improving the physical environment of Penryn we can increase the number of visitors to the town, encourage investment and create new jobs while safeguarding existing ones.”

Liberal Democrat Portfolio Holder for Objective One and Regeneration Councillor Maggie Vale, said “This really demonstrates how working in partnership can contribute towards the regeneration of an important area.”

Securing the funding package followed two years of hard work by conservation staff at Carrick with the help of Cornwall Enterprise, the economic development company of Cornwall County Council.

The scheme will start immediately, with Project Officer Tim Kellett being based right in the heart of the area, taking up an office in the Old Town Hall for three days a week. The scheme will be targeting identified priority buildings for specific conservation works.

Tim will be in contact with owners over the next month or two. He can be contacted on 01326 378872 and the best time to ring is between 9am and 10am Wednesday to Friday, before he goes out on site visits.


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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