St Columb Major to undergo Regeneration Study
Funding has been approved to help regenerate St Columb Major.
£55,000 has been granted for a study to help create
a long-term plan for the town centre. The St Columb Major
regeneration study will examine ways of improving and protecting
the natural and built environment. The study will include
an historic buildings assessment and recommendations for improving
The study is due to begin this month and will be led by Restormel
Borough Council. Half of the £55,000 cost of the study
will come from the Objective One ERDF (European Regional Development
Fund) and the rest from Restormel Borough Council, Cornwall
County Council and St Columb Major Town Council. It is expected
to take 9 months to complete the study.
Councillor Shirley Polmounter, Restormel Borough Council's
cabinet member for Community Affairs, says: "I am
very pleased that we can work with the community to enable
this historic town to be restored. It is a positive sign that
regeneration is being taken seriously in smaller areas of
the Borough, in addition to the two main towns."
Objective One has also invested in regeneration schemes in
towns across Cornwall including Falmouth, Penryn, Looe, Tintagel
and St Just. Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One
Partnership, explained: "These regeneration schemes
protect this region's historic character and, by improving
buildings and public areas, they also give a new lease of
life in commercial terms. The improvements already carried
out in other towns in Cornwall have been shown to have encouraged
people to aspire to higher standards for the appearance of
their businesses and buildings."
Councillor Pat Harvey, ward member for St Columb Major says:
"I am extremely happy that the funding for the regeneration
study has been approved. I look forward to seeing the town
The St Columb Major Regeneration Study will involve commissioning
an historic characterisation assessment and appraisal in addition
to an economic and environmental analysis, which are due to
begin in May, and at the end of June respectively. Following
this, a Community and Stakeholder Planning Enquiry will be
organised to create the Town Centre Regeneration Study. The
work undertaken through this project will provide an audit
of the available commercial properties in the town, identify
measures to improve access to public spaces, commercial services
and community facilities, and involve community and statutory
bodies in developing an appropriate and feasible programme
of action, with clearly defined priority areas.
A steering group will be set up to oversee the work of the
regeneration research and a community planning enquiry. This
will involve representatives from the St Columb Major Town,
Restormel Borough and Cornwall County Councils and the Town
Forum. Business proprietors from St Columb Major will also
be invited to join the group. The community planning enquiry
will invite residents, community members and town employers
to agree a town strategy for regeneration with the local authority
stakeholders. This event will run for 5 days in October.
For further information please contact Jacqui Pearce of Restormel
Borough Council on 01726 223618 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the St Columb Major regeneration
study through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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