Truro submits ‘river city’ funding bid
3rd February 2021
By Kirstie Newton
A bold vision for Truro as a “connected river city” has been presented to government as the Town Deal Board submitted its bid for up to £25 million of funding this week. A package of six ambitious projects, chosen for their potential to bring an economic boost, were submitted within an investment plan to the £3.6 billion Towns Fund on Friday.
Chairman of Truro Towns Fund board Carole Theobald said: “Submitting the Town Investment Plan is a major milestone in securing this funding for our city and represents months of work by our team and board of volunteers.
“We’re incredibly proud of our proposals which show we are thinking big - positioning Truro as a confident and connected river city with a prosperous future.”
Projects were chosen for their potential to transform the city whilst demonstrating affordability and deliverability. If funding is successful, they must be delivered by March 2026.
During community consultation,more than 450 pieces of feedback were received including letters of support from key businesses and portfolio. Popular ideas included reworking Lemon Quay, green transport, revitalising empty buildings and a new community
The six finalised projects selected for the Town Investment Plan are:
1 – Truro Harbour andLemon Quay
Reinvigorating our neglected waterfront and community spaces to create vibrant, attractive, weather-proof and green event areas reconnecting our people with our water and attracting new audiences from all over Cornwall.
2 – Truro Community Hub
A new community space based in the repurposed Wesley Hall, part of Truro Methodist Church where all residents can meet, learn new skills, access support, volunteer, gain work experience, meet employers, enjoy leisure and cultural activities and feel part of our evolving city.
3 – Green transport
Connecting the city centre with its residential and business communities. The project includes a key cycle link between Threemilestone and Truro and an iconic lifting bridge between Newham and Boscawen Park, promoting a less polluted, less congested city with reduced traffic noise and more people-centred streets.
4 – The Hive at Pydar
Investing in a new building, bringing together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment, and will become a hub for the creative industries, creating jobs and wealth.
5 –New life for city centre buildings
Repurposing Truro buildings, maximising space and enabling flexible usage to ensure our buildings are future proofed for modern day use.
6 –Boscawen sport and recreation hub
Creating a “go-to destination” in Boscawen Park providing residents and visitors of all ages with new leisure and recreational opportunities across a range of indoor and outdoor facilities.
Truro is one of four towns selected in Cornwall to bid for the fund, alongside Camborne, Penzance and St Ives. Over the next two to three months, government will score the Town Investment Plans against strict criteria. If successful, Truro will be offered up to £25 million.
The Towns Fund Board and team will then be expected to draw up detailed business cases for the projects, whilst driving additional community engagement throughout. The final stage is to agree final funds and reach a “Town Deal” which will release the investment to start projects.
The six projects will be explained in a special focus on the bid in next week’s Voice. Our paper played an activerole in the consultation process in November, featuring five potential projects and a questionnaire asking the people of Truro what improvements they would like to see if the bid is successful. Since then, some of those projects have been tweaked and adapted in line with public consultation, while The Hive at Pydar project is a new addition following the autumn survey.