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24.06.03
Changing places and changing lives in Restormel

Restormel Borough Council and the national regeneration organisation, Groundwork, launched their exciting new partnership to improve the environment and lives of local people this week in the heart of Restormel, at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum.

With the support of Restormel Borough Council, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and local organisations, including the Restormel Regeneration Partnership's Objective One Integrated Area Plan (IAP) Team, Groundwork will be working closely with communities, businesses, statutory and not-for-profit organisations across the borough. The aim is to bring about lasting improvements to the environment of Restormel and encourage local people and organisations to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

One of the first projects to start will be the Youthworks project in St Blazey where Groundwork, in partnership with the Youth Service, will be working with young people to provide them with the skills and opportunities to reduce crime and improve their social, physical and economic environments.

Elsewhere, Groundwork will be working to help bring about environmental improvements to public parks, footpaths and cycleways, residential neighbourhoods, commercial centres, schools and community centres.

James Shepherd, Groundwork's Director for Cornwall, said: "We are really pleased to be able to play a part in the regeneration of Restormel. There are a lot of people and organisations working really hard to bring about lasting improvements to the borough and we are looking forward to supporting them."

Christine Bainbridge, Programme Manager with the Objective One funded IAP team, added, "Groundwork were established in Merseyside in 1981 and there are now over 50 trusts throughout the country - that is a lot of expertise and experience that can be drawn on for the good of the borough. Combined with the local knowledge and skills of the other partners it makes a powerful force for economic, environmental and social regeneration."

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Editor's notes:

Groundwork is a federation of independent Trusts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, each working in partnership to improve the quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the success of local businesses. In the South West Groundwork is already working in Plymouth, Torbay, the South Hams and Caradon.

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, one of the partners working with Groundwork and Restormel Borough Council.

For further information contact:

James Shepherd
Groundwork's Director for Cornwall
Telephone: 01752 217721
Fax: 01752 201680
Email: james.shepherd@groundwork.org.uk
www.groundwork.org.uk/swest

Katrina Waters
Restormel Regeneration Partnership
Telephone: 01726 623735
Email: katrina@rrp.org.uk

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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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