When I was first elected I always made clear that economic regeneration in Camborne Redruth and Hayle was my number one priority. This summer I have been working to maintain momentum on some of the key projects I helped get off the ground.
Firstly, on Hayle Harbour, I did a lot of work early on to help overcome some problems with English Heritage and to try to get the previous owner ING to work in closer partnership with the local community. Now that all the infrastructure has been put in place with a new bridge to North Quay and with the harbour walls repaired and the new ASDA built and trading successfully, we need to progress the other phases of the regeneration, completing the mixed development on the rest of South Quay and building the proposed flats and houses on North Quay. Progress has been complicated by numerous changes of ownership and a slowdown in house building but plans are now progressing for North Quay. Earlier this summer I met the current owners to discuss their plans and to encourage them to move forward now that all the other work has been completed.
Secondly, the Kresen Kernow Cornwall archive is now really taking shape on the site of the old brewery in Redruth. I pressed hard to get Redruth designated as the venue for the archive project and also to help broker the agreement between the owner of site and Cornwall Council. We have also managed to secure substantial lottery funding. However, we now need to ensure that we get the design of the proposed development on the remainder of the site right. There have been some concerns expressed by councillors about the nature of the development currently proposed so there is more to be done to try to get a final outcome that everyone will be comfortable with.
At Camborne, I needed to do a lot of work a few years ago to secure the funding needed to build out the east-west link road which has opened up the potential for new development around the old South Crofty mine site and the rest of the derelict land around Tuckingmill. There have been delays in bringing forward the development potential of this huge site because of difficulty in agreeing a joint plan between Cornwall Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the private company that owns the majority of the site. I had to get involved last year to try to encourage the HCA to work more constructively with the other landowners on the site to try to keep things moving and I think progress has now been made and various plans are starting to come forward for approval.
Finally, it's not just the regeneration of buildings and the urban environment that we need. We also need enterprise and industry that will create jobs. I am continuing to work with the new owners of South Crofty on their plans to build a new, modern mine targeting tin and lithium and I am also continuing to work on securing support to build a new Fibre Park that can be home to the growing computer software industry we have here in Camborne and Redruth.