Work to regenerate Camborne town centre is continuing apace with progress being made on the eight projects selected for £23.7 million of Town Deal funding.
First Bus has decided to stay at its existing town depot, so empty sites throughout the town are actively being considered as alternative locations for the flagship buzz station development. These will be discussed at the next Town Deal board meeting on November 1 and hopes are running high that the transformational concept can be realised elsewhere in the town.
Business plans for building the Fibre Park, implementing Project A-Void Phase 2, renovating the recreation ground, creating a sport and community hub at Park Gerry, developing food and farming enterprise and contemporary crafts hubs and installing a cycling and walking network are all being advanced.
“A lot has been happening in the last few months since the Government announcement and we’re all very excited about the opportunities ahead,” said Val Dalley, chair of the Camborne Town Deal board.
“There are quite a few empty sites in the town which could be used to house the Buzz Station and we are actively exploring all options. It’s good news that First wants to retain its central Camborne base and we wish them ongoing success there.
“I’m delighted with the time and energy that board members are devoting to bringing about positive change for Camborne and look forward to further developments in the months ahead.”
The Town Deal board comprises a group of individuals from the private and public sectors who work alongside Cornwall Council officers to develop Camborne’s vision and plan.
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for the economy Stephen Rushworth said: “The Camborne Town Board had proposed a really creative redevelopment for the bus station in the centre of Camborne. This is, however, a site owned by a commercial organisation and for very clear operational reasons they cannot move at this time.
“The Council believes that Camborne will play a pivotal role in boosting Cornwall’s economy in the coming years – and we will continue to work closely with the town board to deliver a Town Deal that maximises the opportunity to boost the economic, social and environmental revitalisation of the town centre.”