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News Archive > General > Major plans to help spruce up Newquay

Major plans to help spruce up Newquay

By Warren Wilkins 22nd August 2018

Major plans to help spruce up Newquay

MAJOR plans are in full swing to help regenerate Newquay following concerns the resort is looking dilapidated.

Newquay Town Council’s Footpaths, Bridleways and Open Spaces (FBOS) Committee has rolled out proposals to make the town’s roundabouts more welcoming for visitors, cut back overgrown vegetation at the Tram Tracks, as well as repairing and replacing railings and benches.

A working group has been set up, led by the town council, which includes volunteer groups, to undertake a pilot project to make a feature out of the Mount Wise roundabout after concerns were raised Newquay’s roundabouts are in poor condition and are not a good first impression for visitors.

The scheme will incorporate a structure at the roundabout, such as a marine creature or a surfboard made out of recycled plastic, together with planted areas. The proposal to make the roundabouts of Newquay welcoming gateways could be rolled out across the parish if the Mount Wise roundabout enhancement proves to be successful, sustainable and affordable.

Another working group involving community groups led by the town council is being established to look at ideas for rejuvenating the Tram Tracks, which includes planting schemes, potential for edible planting, wild flower areas, art installations and adding colour to the area.

Other areas will also be refurbished including enhancing the Fly Cellars area and the arch at the Mount Wise car park.

The town council is additionally investigating purchasing polytunnels so the town can grow its own plants to help brighten the resort as well as introduce a Newquay specific volunteer scheme.

More than 100 benches are being refurbished or replaced as part of phase two of the town council’s bench scheme, which includes Crantock Street, Trenance and Mount Wise gardens, Great Western lookout area and St Columb Minor.

The authority is obtaining quotes for the phase three of the bench refurbishment and railings are due to replaced at the look-out hut at Towan Beach.

The improvements follow feedback from a town council survey undertaken about the appearance of Newquay.

Cllr Zoe Dixon, the chairman of the FBOS Committee, said: “As chair of footpaths and open spaces I am continually looking at ways in which we can improve the appearance of Newquay and I’m also keen to improve the town council’s community engagement and listen to the residents and provide them with feedback on what we are doing.

"Recently approximately 200 people undertook a town council survey about the appearance of Newquay and many more people have commented on social media about such issues.

“Some 69% of people surveyed felt that Newquay Town Council had made improvements to Newquay’s appearance in the last 12 months and there was much support and positive feedback on the work undertaken by the Open Spaces Team.

“A community engagement forum led by the town council has now been set up involving community groups, residents’ associations and volunteer organisations and had its first meeting in June. The next one is planned for September.

“Some members of the community engagement forum, including the town councillors, also attended the Voluntary Sector Forum shaping communities event in July held in partnership with Newquay Community Orchard specifically for Newquay.

"Two sub groups have now been set up, one focused on improving community communication and the second focused on ‘feel the love Newquay’ to put the pride back into Newquay.

“Residents stated Newquay could learn a lot from other towns in Cornwall that don’t seem to have the same issues.

“A visit to Falmouth Council is to take place next week with town councillors and officers to share best practice and see what lessons we can learn from each other and what common issues we share.

“Residents also said there is no co-ordination around volunteer work. We have now held meetings with partners to look at the feasibility of introducing a Newquay specific volunteer scheme, with the aim of trying to provide one platform for communicating volunteer projects and signposting volunteers.”

By Warren Wilkins 22nd August 2018

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