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19.06.07
Blisland Community Centre

Blisland Community Centre opened in March 2006 replacing a rusting shipping container that had been donated to the residents seven years earlier.

The £573,000 environmentally smart community centre, built by Rok, is now home to the village post office and shop, GP consulting room, an internet cafe and three small business units. The community-led project came about following an investment of £157,000 from Objective One, £230,000 from the South West of England Regional Development Agency and more than £50,000 raised by villagers themselves.

Arthur Ludgate, Blisland Community Amenity Centre Management Committee, said: "We tried to think of everything the community wanted. We consulted with all groups young and old and we employed architects who understood not only our needs but also the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act. By exceeding these requirements we have catered for the whole community."

There are three disabled parking spaces out of a total of nine; a drop off point in front of the shop and a lay-by on the ramped road from the car park for those who are mobile but need to rest. The post office has two low level counters; the café has flexible seating and the consultation suite has disabled and baby changing facilities.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "Community-led regeneration initiatives are an important part of supporting wealth creation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The residents of Blisland have worked for years to see this come to fruition."

Money for the project also came from Cornwall County, North Cornwall District and Blisland Parish Councils; the Countryside Agency; the Post Office and Tridos Bank.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media Relations Manager for the Objective One Partnership. Tel: 01872 223439 /07973 813647. Email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

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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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