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14.11.03
Conservation to boost Camelford Regeneration

Camelford is to benefit from a conservation package worth nearly £580,000 through an Objective One project designed to help regenerate the commercial heart of the North Cornwall town.

North Cornwall District Council has put together the Camelford Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme (HERS) with the aid of a £224,500 investment through Objective One from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

From December, the HERS project will use grants to fund repairs and enhancements to historic buildings within the primary commercial area of the Camelford Conservation Area. Some of the investment will also be used to help upgrade two of the town's ope ways and restore its riverside footpath.

Cllr Neil Burden, Chair of North Cornwall District Council's Regeneration Committee said: "The Camelford HERS project will provide financial help to encourage the conservation and enhancement of key historic buildings and street features in the commercial core of the town.

"In addition to preserving and improving existing business premises, the scheme will also enable empty buildings to be brought back into economic use and reoccupied."

He added: "Investing in the actual fabric of a town centre plays an important part in encouraging both visitors and businesses, helping to provide a boost for the prosperity of the whole area. The HERS project will become an important tool for helping to regenerate Camelford over the next few years. It will be the start of the renaissance of Camelford."

The grants available during the five-year Camelford HERS project will be available both to freeholders and those with full repairing leases in order to carry our repairs to the external skin and structure of their historic buildings.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "Every town has its own character and that character can play an important role in determining its prosperity.

"By investing in the historic fabric of old towns like Camelford, we are not only preserving part of Cornwall's historic environment but also helping to give the area a new lease of life in commercial terms and, thereby, bringing the benefits of Objective One investment to local people and businesses."

In addition to the investment provided through Objective One, other contributing partners to the project are English Heritage, the South West Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Camelford Town Council and North Cornwall District Council.

The scheme will be operated by North Cornwall District Council; for further enquiries contact project officer Tim Yeomans on 01208 265629 or Sarah Cawrse on 01208 265603.

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Editor's notes:

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF):

ERDF is one of our four funds that make up the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which is making £314 million of investment available for developing the local economy between 2000 and 2006.

ERDF exists to:

Help reduce the gap between development levels and living standards among the regions and the extent to which least-favoured regions are lagging behind.
Help redress the main regional imbalances in the European Community by participating in the development and structural adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind, and the social conversion of regions.

For further information contact:

Annie Moore
North Cornwall District Council
01208 893333

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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