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03.06.05
£6 Million Grant for Cornwall's Central Mining District

A joint partnership between Cornwall County Council's environment and heritage service and Kerrier District Council has secured funding approval to complete £5.5 million of conservation and regeneration improvements in Cornwall's central mining district, Camborne, Redruth, Gwennap and St. Day.

Investors including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Objective One and the South West Regional Development Agency, gave the go-ahead following an initial funding of £500,000 in 2004 to carry out a twelve month project development. This involved examining the feasibility of creating a new heritage trail network, conserving a number of important mining heritage sites and carrying out enhancement works in key mining villages.

The Project will now be able to start the huge task of implementing the works developed through the last 12 months including:

• Conserving 11 mining heritage sites in Carrick and Kerrier preserving 10 Grade II listed and 3 Schedule Monument structures and making safe numerous dangerous shafts;

• Creating a 30 km heritage trail network of multi use bridleways, predominantly off road to provide an overall 60km integrated network linking mine sites, mining heritage attractions, settlements, public transport and visitor facilities building on the works already completed to create the Coast to Coast Trail and Great Flat Lode Trails;

• Enhancement works in 13 villages adjoining the Mineral Tramways trail network creating new links to bring locals and visitors from the trails in to the villages to benefit local businesses and;

• Major marketing, education and interpretation programmes to maximise the economic benefits of the project and increase awareness of the area's heritage.

Officers from Kerrier District Council and the County Council's projects team will work to consolidate these historic sites and consult with communities to ensure that the village enhancements match local regeneration priorities.

Simon Murray, acting principal project officer said: "The project team have worked very hard over the last twelve months to prepare detailed project information for the Stage 2 grant funding bid submissions and all of this hard work has paid off with the approval of the £5.5 million which can now be used to directly benefit the central mining district of Cornwall. The project has so far received tremendous support from the local community and both District and County Councils. I now hope that continued liaison with the local community will ensure that the project is successfully delivered on the ground."

Adam Paynter, the County Council's executive member for environment and heritage, said: "This is fantastic news for Cornwall. It's another feather in the cap for Cornwall where a lot of work is being done to preserve and enhance our important history."

Mark Kaczmarek, Kerrier's portfolio holder for regeneration and chairman of the Mineral Tramways Partnership Steering Group said: "I am delighted that all the hard work we have put into the project has resulted in the extra funding being granted. This is going to have a real positive impact on the regeneration of the Mining Villages by linking them to the very popular Coast to Coast multi-use trail network by upgrading some of the existing footpaths and bridleway and creating many kilometres of new trails."

Carleen Kelemen, director of the Objective One Partnership said: "The Programme has invested more than £1.5 million in this project. Cornwall's mining landscape is of international importance and the central mining district is a key part of the proposed World Heritage Site. Investing in the conservation of this key aspect of the distinctiveness of Cornwall provides new and exciting opportunities for both residents and visitors to visit and explore the countryside. This will provide the building blocks for heritage-led tourism, bringing benefits to local businesses and people."

Funding partners include: The Objective One Programme, South West Regional Development Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall County Council, Kerrier and Carrick District Councils, and Parish Councils in the project area.

For further information please contact Monica Kelly at Cornwall County Council on 01872 322257 or mkelly@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has investedin Cornwall's Central Mining District through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

Portreath Incline - forming part of the Portreath Branchline Trail this local heritage feature will once again be open to walkers, cyclists and riders as a bridleway.

Tolgus Calciner ' accessible from Redruth Town Centre along the Tolgus Trail the former arsenic works is one of the best remaining examples in the County.

Magors Engine House ' adjacent to the Coast to Coast Trail these distinctive local land marks will be accessible for the public to enjoy.

Marshall's ' this District owned site will be accessible for education and recreation.

Trail Creation works

The overriding aim of the Project is to create an accessible heritage experience, following as closely as possible the original mineral tramways and railways within the Project area, to connect important sites of Cornish mining, and mining villages with a network of multi use trails, although it has been necessary through Stage 1 of the Project to revise the route of some sections of the trail which were presented in the original funding applications.

Earlier phases of the Project have created the Coast to Coast, Great Flat Lode, and Tresavean Trails. The new 30.5km multi use bridleway network consists of 4 new trails:

Redruth and Chasewater Railway Trail ' The Parish Council, having led the way with the opening of the Tresavean Trail, and this pioneering work will be continued with the creation of the Redruth & Chasewater Trail which connects with the existing Coast to Coast Trail at Twelveheads, and follows a route through Wheal Maid, to the south of Carharrack, to the north of Lanner and on to connect with the Great Flat Lode Trail and the centre of Redruth.

Portreath Branchline Trail ' running up the disused incline railway, using the original Portreath Branch Line to Alexander Road and Spa Lane on the outskirts of Illogan, onto Park Bottom, Tuckingmill finally connecting with the existing Great Flat Lode Trail at Brea village.

Tolgus Trail ' although not following the route of an original mineral tramway, this trail connects the centre of Redruth with the important Tolgus Calciner heritage site and the Coast to Coast trail at Cambrose.

Tehidy Trail ' running from the top of the disused Incline in Portreath to the Tehidy East Lodge car park on Cot Road, and west through the Park to Coombe.

Mining Heritage Conservation works

Eleven mining heritage sites are to be conserved as part of the Project, and include 10 Grade II Listed structures, 3 Scheduled Monuments, and most include national and county biodiversity (BAP) priority habitats. Once these sites have been made safe they will be open to the public with information displayed at each site to explain the previous use of the site and its importance to Cornish mining.

The following sites are included within the Project:

Higher Condurrow ' here the remains of the Grade II Listed Woolf's Pumping Engine House, attached boiler house and chimney will be conserved and the adjacent shaft made safe.

Marshall's Shaft ' the two engine houses on this site owned by Kerrier District Council are both Grade II Listed. The Project will ensure that these structures and the site's two shafts are made safe to enable future safe public access.

Betty Adit - The remains of this Tailings Works site were until September 2004 completely obscured by dense scrub vegetation, and now cleared the Project will conserve the remains of the many tin streaming structures found on the site, including buddles and settling tanks.

Grenville New Stamps ' this is a very important heritage site and has been designated a Scheduled Monument by English Heritage. The Project will conserve all remaining structures and install interpretation to inform visitors of the site's importance.

Thomas's Shaft ' here the remains of Thomas's Pumping Engine House will be conserved and the adjacent shaft made safe, with new access created for those with impaired mobility.

Tolgus Calciner – This 1933 Brunton Arsenic Calciner is both Scheduled and Grade II listed being the only one of its kind left in Cornwall, and the remains of the arsenic labyrinth is also Grade II Listed.

Penhallick Leats - This site contains a rare mine leat and iron aqueduct, the former dating from the 17th century and the latter from the 20th century which will be conserved through the Project. Roger's Shaft located on the site will also be treated.

Unity Wood - Mining operations at this site date back to the medieval period ceasing in the 20th century and Magor's Pumping Engine, and Winding Engine Houses with their attached chimneys are Grade II Listed structures of great heritage importance and visual prominence in the mining landscape.

Wheal Fortune - is an extremely important mine site containing many remains of walls, dressing floors and shafts dating back to the 18th century, however the landowner remains unknown. The Project hopes to carry out conservation and safety works at this site at no cost to the landowner who at this stage remains unknown, and ask that anyone with an interest in the site contact the Project team.

Cusvey - contains two Grade II Listed engine houses dating from the early 19th century, a stack and two shafts, with the engine houses and amongst the oldest surviving in Cornwall. The Project hopes to carry out conservation and safety works at this site at no cost to the landowner who at this stage remains unknown, and ask that anyone with an interest in the site contact the Project team.

Ale and Cakes - Clifford Engine House and attached chimney are Grade II Listed and originally formed part of the United Mine Complex.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Monica Kelly, Communications Officer, Environment and Heritage Service, Cornwall County Council on 01872 322257 or mkelly@cornwall.gov.uk
Simon Murray, Cornwall County Council, on 01872 323607 or scmurray@cornwall.gov.uk

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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