Chamber has its eye on the road

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The St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce has been meeting with the Transport Secretary to discuss road, rail and air link issues for the area.

Members from the likes of the Eden Project, Cornwall College and Commercial Estates Group joined local councillors and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Steve Double, at the meeting with Patrick McLoughlin MP, which was held at the St Austell Business Park conference centre.

The main topic for the local business community was the urgent need for an improved A391 connection to the A30.

Chamber chairman, Dave Halton, said: “Patrick McLoughlin listened, offered advice and said the A30 link-up seems like it ticks all the boxes.

“Later, we had the commitment from David Cameron that the Department of Transport and the Local Growth Fund will be asked to prioritise a bid for funding to link the A391 to the A30, to help stimulate the growth of small and medium size businesses and employment in the St Austell area, if the Conservatives are in government.

“Unfortunately, there is no guarantee who will actually be in government after May 7, but as the main business organisation for our area, we welcome positive action and whoever becomes our local MP we will be continuing to push the need for the A391 road link forward and as fast as possible.”

This Wednesday (April 29) at St Austell Printing Company, the chamber will be hosting an Open Meeting for the wider business community and stakeholders with a presentation and a Q&A opportunity from Treliver Minerals, which is interested in excavating for tin in St Austell Bay.