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04.01.06
Partnership award for A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens road scheme

A pioneering Highways Agency partnership has won a quality of life award for working with the local community of Goss Moor in Cornwall.

Harnessing the opportunities created by the new A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens road, the project has won the Cornwall Strategic Partnership's Quality Living Award.

Since 2001, the Rural Issues and Opportunities (RIO) project has consulted closely with the community to produce an action plan for the area and raised local appreciation of the historical and environmental significance of Goss Moor and its surroundings. It has also helped secure £1.2 million of EU investment for a habitat restoration project for the area.

Highways Agency project leader for the A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens road scheme, Andrew Alcorn, said: "We are delighted the RIO partnership has won this inaugural award from Cornwall Strategic Partnership. This shows the real benefits of organisations working together with the local community to deliver a project that has benefits for residents, the travelling public and the surrounding environment of Goss Moor.

"The scale of the opportunities provided by the £93 million road meant that no single organisation could meet the potential for improvements so the organisations joined forces to develop a positive vision for the future of the Goss Moor National Nature Reserve."

Local author and historian Ken Rickard, said: "Local communities will now be able to use the moor for their leisure activities and to explore nature. The County Council, English Nature and the Highways Agency have achieved this only by working together. I'm very pleased with the projects and the partnership has to be congratulated for the way it has utilised its resources to arrive at this stage. In my opinion this deserves an award of public recognition."

Local concern on the lack of access to the moor has led to proposals for a circular footpath and cycle route following the removal of the current A30 in 2007, five linked walks connecting local communities, and a Newquay to St Austell cycle route via Goss Moor. Work has already begun on some of these projects and investment has been secured.

For further information please contact Wailim Wong on 01752 635053 or 07748 654468.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Goss Moor and Environs Rural Issues and Opportunities (RIO) project through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria Ford, at Government Office South West on 01752 635015 before commencing development as there are now only limited funds available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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Editor's notes:

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England on behalf of the Secretary of State. It works closely with other transport operators and with local authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of England's roads and other forms of travel.
2. The award name is the 'Quality Living Environment District Level Partnership Award', organised by the Cornwall Strategic Partnership.
3. Established in 2001, RIO has been a continual process of consultation to develop the local community's aspirations for the future through village open days, public walks on the moor, press coverage, presentations at parish council meetings, information on local websites and posters.
4. Organisations involved in the RIO initiative include English Nature, the Environment Agency, Cornwall County Council, Restormel Borough Council, Objective One, local parish councils, Sustrans, Ride UK, bus and train companies, National Grid, Western Power, the Countryside Agency, Alfred McAlpine and china clay company Imerys.
5. Cornwall Strategic Partnership is a group of 30 representatives of the public, private and voluntary sectors working together to improve the quality of life in Cornwall. The CSP put together the Cornwall Community Strategy which is a countywide blueprint for delivering public services.

Media enquiries out of hours can be made to 0207 081 7443.

All other enquiries about the Highways Agency, its role and responsibilities, should be made through the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 504030.

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

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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