Thursday, 28 January 2016

Economic Regeneration

Economic regeneration and job creation has always been one of my first priorities and over the last five years we have seen some positive steps forward.

The Kresen Kernow archive project, being built in Redruth, is well underway and you can now tour the smart, new walkways and public spaces. I campaigned hard to make Redruth the location of this project, which will not only safeguard the historic brewery site, but also create new jobs, kick-starting the wider regeneration of the town.

These are also exciting times for Hayle, where the development of South Quay will transform the landscape and local economy. The new Asda has been up and running since 2014, and once finished South Quay will play host to new restaurants and housing which will revive the harbour area.  Meanwhile, the new Marine Business Park has just been completed at the far end of North Quay and plans are finally starting to develop to build new housing and retail space on the remainder to compete the regeneration. 

I am now looking at a number of new projects throughout the constituency. The success of superfast broadband and facilities like the Pool Innovation Centre and Barncoose Gateway has attracted new businesses and start-ups to Cornwall and there is a demand for additional work space in the CPR area. One reason I lobbied so hard to secure funding for the creation of the East-West link road, was that it would unlock derelict mining land in Tuckingmill for development, and I want to see this land used so that new industries can move in and create skilled, well paid jobs for the area.  That is why the idea of a new Fibre Park linked to Cornwall College has so much potential to build on what's been started in the computer software industry.

Other sites on my list include Avers roundabout.  It has been a derelict eye sore for too long and it's time to get that end of Redruth sorted out.  Once the archive is complete and the new developments around Tolgus begin, Avers roundabout will become an important gateway site.