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21.05.03
Pentewan residents win Rural Key funding

Pentewan Residents' Association (PRA) is celebrating, having been awarded £29,500 towards a study to look at the regeneration of Pentewan with the help of Restormel Regeneration Partnership Integrated Area Plan (IAP) team.

The Rural Key Fund have contributed £27,000, and Restormel Borough Council gave £2,500, with £500 coming from the PRA. Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) are the way in which Objective One can help communities. These plans integrate the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Objective One Programme 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 Regeneration Partnership's IAP team.

Diana Cross, Chairman of the PRA, is clearly delighted, "The project will enable the village to assess the consequences and costs of making environmental and economic improvements to the area. This is something we have been considering for a long time, and Betty Hale, Development Officer with Restormel Regeneration Partnership, has been absolutely crucial in helping us to crystallise our ideas and win funding, not only from the Rural Key Fund, but also Restormel Borough Council. We have also raised money ourselves towards the cost of the project. We are really excited about the future!"

Although the village has many assets, the project will address the need for social and economic regeneration of the village, focusing on the harbour and its immediate area, and considering ways in which the harbour and surrounding redundant buildings could be improved to include uses such as and business/workspace units, in the hope that this would act as a catalyst to reverse the declining economy of the village. In this, the village would be working in partnership with Pentewan Sands Ltd., the adjoining landowners.

Betty Hale, Development Officer with Restormel Regeneration Partnership said, "The Rural Key fund was approached because it gives community groups an easier and simplified access to Objective One funding. This Pentewan project is a great example of the work that RRP can undertake, working closely with groups to provide free advice and support in developing projects and sourcing funds. Restormel Borough Council and the Rural Key Fund Team have been totally supportive throughout the application process and we are thrilled that this initial step in the regeneration of Pentewan is underway and look forward to seeing the results."

For further information:

Katrina Waters
Administration Officer, RRP IAP team
Tel: 01726 623735
Email: Katrina@rrp.org.uk

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Editor's notes:

Restormel Regeneration Partnership

Restormel Regeneration Partnership was established in 2000, with the object of making Restormel '... a more prosperous and lively area ...' 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 Regeneration Partnership's IAP team.

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, Cornwall County Council and Health Action Zone.

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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
jason@dclark.co.uk

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