Support Penryn traders urges Council
Carrick District Council has asked members of the public
to be patient while works to transform the public spaces in
Penryn take place. Project Officer Chris Matthews has urged
people to support the traders who are open as usual for business.
Penryn Public Realm works began towards the end of April.
The work includes replacing and renewing areas of granite
which have been lost, adding flower troughs, getting rid of
unnecessary signage and adding public seats and new, seagull-proof,
But the Cormac crews contracted to carry out the work are
having difficulties with temporary barriers being removed
and cars parked in the spaces. This is resulting in delays
to the work, which it was hoped would be complete in eight
weeks, although the contract is for 12 weeks.
Chris Matthews, Carrick District Council Project Conservation
Officer, said: "Penryn is very much open as usual
with traders continuing as normal and all car parks fully
open. We were hoping to remove temporary traffic lights and
barriers at evenings and weekends but the delays caused by
these vehicles obstructing the works mean this will now not
"We have worked hard to secure the support of traders
during this work and delays are not helpful. I would like
to ask everyone to keep visiting Penryn, use the car parks
which are all still open, and support the local businesses.
"Please bear with us while these works continue
and appreciate that the sooner they are complete, the sooner
the barriers and traffic lights will be taken away."
The Public Realm works are part of a larger Townscape Heritage
Initiative has received investment from Objective One European
Regional Development Fund (£670,000), Heritage Lottery
Fund (£400,000), South West Regional Development Agency
(£170,000) and Carrick District Council (£100,000),
with additional money for the public realm works coming from
Cornwall County Council (£50,000) and Penryn Town Council
(£10,000). The THI investment then attracts match funding
from individual businesses.
So far 23 projects have been completed, including a training
scheme in traditional building skills. By the time the Townscape
Heritage Initiative finishes in September, 30 buildings will
have been improved and, it is estimated, 41 extra full time
equivalent jobs will have been created.
For further information please contact Chris Matthews, Carrick
District Council Project Conservation Officer, on 01872 224570.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Townscape Heritage Initiative
through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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