Changing places and changing lives
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."
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:
Groundwork's Director for
Telephone: 01752 217721
Fax: 01752 201680
Restormel Regeneration Partnership
Telephone: 01726 623735
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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