Conservation to boost Camelford
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
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
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.
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:
North Cornwall District Council
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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