Duchy leads on sea­side re­gen­er­a­tion

Western Morning News - - Front Page - BY KEITH ROSSITER

Corn­wall has a lot to teach the rest of the coun­try about re­gen­er­at­ing sea­side towns and help­ing them thrive, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior mem­ber of the House of Lords.

The good work be­ing done in Corn­wall’s sea­side com­mu­ni­ties – in­clud­ing the Ju­bilee Pool projects – was high­lighted dur­ing a visit by five mem­bers of the House of Lords Re­gen­er­at­ing Sea­side Towns Com­mit­tee.

Corn­wall has a lot to teach the rest of the coun­try about re­gen­er­at­ing sea­side towns and help­ing them thrive, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior mem­ber of the House of Lords.

The good work be­ing done in Corn­wall’s sea­side com­mu­ni­ties was high­lighted dur­ing a visit by five mem­bers of the House of Lords Re­gen­er­at­ing Sea­side Towns Com­mit­tee.

The visit was part of their in­quiry into the com­plex chal­lenges faced by coastal com­mu­ni­ties.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Lord Bassam of Brighton said: “We’ve seen some pow­er­ful in­sights into what works in terms of re­gen­er­at­ing sea­side towns and vil­lages. Corn­wall has a lot to teach the rest of the coun­try.”

The cross-party group of peers vis­ited Newquay to see the Nansledan hous­ing de­vel­op­ment and to hear how the Newquay Safe Project, which tack­les un­der-age drink­ing and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour, has helped to trans­form the town.

They also vis­ited St Ives to hear about neigh­bour­hood plan­ning, and Tate St Ives to see how art and cul­ture can be a driver for change.

On a visit to Ju­bilee Pool in Pen­zance, the peers saw how a suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity ben­e­fit so­ci­ety has worked with part­ners in­clud­ing Corn­wall Coun­cil and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, to turn around the for­tunes of the iconic land­mark which was al­most de­stroyed in the win­ter storms of 2014.

Martin Nixon, one of the di­rec­tors of Ju­bilee Pool Pen­zance Ltd, said: “I hope the se­lect com­mit­tee will take away with them the im­por­tance of the power of com- mu­nity in­volve­ment.

“By es­tab­lish­ing a com­mu­nity ben­e­fit so­ci­ety we have proven that the power of the peo­ple can re­ally work.

“Through them we have man­aged to put to­gether a busi­ness case which will safe­guard this won­der­ful fa­cil­ity for the long term.”

Dur­ing their fact-find­ing visit, peers met se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Corn­wall Coun­cil as well as lo­cal lead­ers in busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism, and cul­ture.

“They also heard about the chal­lenges of pro­vid­ing ser­vices in coastal com­mu­ni­ties from fire, po­lice, waste col­lec­tion, beach clean­ing and park­ing ser­vices.

Cllr Bob Eger­ton, Cabi­net port­fo­lio holder for plan­ning and econ­omy at Corn­wall Coun­cil, said: “There are some great ini­tia­tives to cel­e­brate in Corn­wall which show the suc­cess that can be achieved when the coun­cil and com­mu­ni­ties work to­gether to help our sea­side towns and vil­lages be vi­brant and suc­cess­ful.

“The suc­cess of Ju­bilee Pool in Pen­zance and how Newquay is trans­form­ing its im­age are good ex­am­ples of where the lo­cal com­mu­nity, ma­jor agen­cies and na­tional govern­ment have all worked to­gether to over­come ad­ver­si­ties and also seize op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There are many chal­lenges that our sea­side towns and vil­lages face such as sea­sonal and low-paid work, the num­ber of sec­ond homes and global is­sues like se­vere weather and cli­mate change.

“But there are also op­por­tu­ni­ties from arts and cul­ture to high-tech marine in­dus­tries, from a growth in ‘foodie’ des­ti­na­tions to greater in­ter­est in ac­tive leisure.”

‘Corn­wall has a lot to teach the rest of the coun­try’

LORD BASSAM OF BRIGHTON

Ju­bilee Pool in Pen­zance, af­ter a Lord said oth­ers could learn from Corn­wall in terms of sea­side town re­gen­er­a­tion

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