Objective One investment success for Boscastle gives green
light to regeneration plans
A regeneration package for Boscastle worth almost £1.5m
has been given the go ahead with the announcement of a successful
Objective One bid.
A total of £707,088 of Objective One investment will
come from the European Regional Development Fund and this
will be match-funded by the main agencies involved to deliver
a package of projects worth £1,473,100.
The initiative has been led by the Boscastle Regeneration
Steering Group, which was set up by North Cornwall District
Council in the immediate aftermath of the floods to co-ordinate
the work of the main agencies and local groups and help plan
the regeneration of the village.
North Cornwall District Council is the lead partner and
the accountable body for the project. The council will be
providing match-funding along with its partner organisations,
Cornwall County Council, Forrabury & Minster Parish Council
and the National Trust.
Over the next couple of years, thanks to this investment,
Boscastle will benefit from enhanced features, services and
facilities which will make the village more attractive and
help support the local economy.
The car park and its surroundings will be landscaped to
include a picnic area and will incorporate better facilities
for visitors and locals such as public toilets, a bus shelter
and tourist information point.
Future visitors will be encouraged to explore more of Boscastle
with a new village trail, and the lighting, pavements and
road surfaces will be improved to make them more in keeping
with the village's historic setting.
The council's visitor centre which was destroyed by
the floods will be re-located into an existing building in
the harbour area. The Objective One investment will enable
the council to improve this popular facility to include an
archive area, a new display about the floods and public toilets.
In the harbour area itself, river walls and banks will be
restored, seating provided and traditional materials will
be used for surfacing, cladding and paving. At the top of
the village, the National Trust and Parish Council will be
working together to provide a new children's play area
with play equipment and seating.
Carleen Kelemen, director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "This project will help to rebuild and improve
an historic Cornish village where the residents survived a
terrible natural disaster. The combination of restoration,
improvement and new build will help to ensure the future for
Boscastle by attracting many more visitors, supporting the
residents and creating jobs."
Cllr Janey Comber is the district council ward member for
Boscastle, a trustee of the Flood Appeal Fund and a member
of the Regeneration Steering Group: "This regeneration
scheme is not simply about reinstating what was lost in the
flood. It is about improving facilities and enhancing the
village to boost the local economy and make Boscastle even
more attractive for everyone. This is a marvellous way of
illustrating how Objective One money can help regenerate an
area – especially one that has been as traumatised as
Boscastle. All the agencies involved will be working closely
together to ensure that the work on these various regeneration
projects is co-ordinated with works on any flood alleviation
schemes and other infrastructure improvements in the village."
Arthur Bannister, chairman of Forrabury and Minster Parish
Council said: "Everyone will be pleased to hear that
Objective One money has been made available to fund the requirements
of the Regeneration Project. This means that all of the proposals
set out in the Business Plan can be undertaken thus providing
a safer and more pleasant environment for those who live in
Boscastle. People can now look forward to the gradual return
of a way of life they enjoyed before."
Ron Muffett, chairman of the Boscastle Chamber of Trade
and Commerce said: "Boscastle Chamber of Trade and
Commerce is delighted that the bid for Objective One funding
has been successful. The success has obviously been achieved
through the determination and hard work of individuals and
co-ordination of all the agencies involved. Hopefully this
co-ordination will continue throughout the years ahead so
that the traumas of post-flood Boscastle can be laid to rest
and our history in the making will be the prosperity of our
In preparing the investment bid, the Regeneration Steering
Group organised extensive consultations with local residents
and all the agencies involved to come up with a package that
has widespread support. The consultations included a household
survey and public exhibitions in the village.
The village has already benefited from around £94,000
worth of investment to support additional tourism marketing
and promotion during 2005.
For further information please contact Annie Moore of North
Cornwall District Council on 01208 893318 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Boscastle Regeneration
Project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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