Cornwall news Affordable homes and tech jobs plan to 'level up' St Ives UK news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Cornwall - St Ives was allocated £19.9m from the Government's Town Deal Fund
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Much-needed affordable homes, year-round jobs, a greener transport system and a greater focus on the arts are among the projects chosen to improve a Cornish seaside town’s future. St Ives has put forward nine projects which it hopes will help to “level up the economy, bring opportunities for everyone who lives and works in the west Cornwall seaside resort and provide quality employment and real aspiration for all in an environmentally sustainable way”. The town, which has been blighted by second homes and an over-dependence on tourism for many years, was one of four in Cornwall to be allocated Town Deal funding - Penzance, Camborne and Truro being the others to have successful bids. St Ives was allocated £19.9m from the Government’s Town Fund Scheme to help undergo a transformation that will improve the lives of its residents for the better. The town’s successful bid was based on a Town Investment Plan (TIP) which identified a mix of large-scale transformation projects together with a number of smaller scale community projects aimed at delivering the vision and aims developed in consultation with the local community. Read more: St Ives the 'seaside theme park' where locals feel they exist to serve the rich tourists Over the past 12 months St Ives Town Deal Board, with input from residents and businesses, has come up with a list of nine projects it wants to see funded under the Town Fund Scheme. The nine projects - down from 12 after three have been deemed too expensive in the light of escalating running costs - being taken forward will look at improving the housing situation in St Ives, setting up a low-carbon transport scheme, boosting digital skills and jobs and promoting the town’s arts assets. Karen Fielding, community sector representative on the Town Deal Board, said: “This is such an important step forward that brings St Ives a step closer from unlocking the government’s Towns Fund investment. Our original bid was designed to deliver three key objectives of generating inclusive green growth and new enterprise, within a year-round economy, supporting the health, wellbeing and aspiration of all residents in life and work and creating opportunities for young people which allow them to flourish. Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here “Delivering these projects will enable us to deliver our vision to level up our economy, bring opportunities for everyone who lives and works here, and provide quality employment and real aspiration for all in an environmentally sustainable way.” With housing being a key issue in the town, three of the nine projects St Ives wants to focus on will look at creating affordable homes and improving the energy efficiency of social housing in the town. The Rugby Club/Affordable Housing project involves a major repositioning and refurbishment of the rugby club facilities which are sited on land owned by Cornwall Council. The project would create a modern clubhouse facility with two full-size sports pitches for use by the club and the local community while also freeing up land to create new affordable homes for key workers and extra care housing as well as improved sports facilities. The Old Vicarage in St Ives will be turned into affordable flats (Image: Flashpointpictures©2022) The Old Vicarage Flats are run and operated by the St Ives Community Land Trust.
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. Under the LiveWest retrofit scheme, some 200 of the worst performing social housing properties in the town would be retrofitted with higher efficiency features so they are cheaper and warmer for people to live in. The other projects to be funded through the Town Deal include a low carbon transport scheme in the town centre to help reduce congestion and cut carbon emissions. Meanwhile micro, small and medium sized businesses within the St Ives Town Deal area, including start-up and scale-up businesses will be supported so a digital sector can thrive in St Ives and help create all year-round well paid jobs that are not reliant on tourism. The Guildhall will receive extensive restoration and improvement work so it can become a thriving cultural venue together with a café and bar space. St Ives Theatre will be reconfigured and upgraded to provide an extended auditorium and new café/bar and reception area. Leach Pottery and Digital Trail is a project that will aim to create a community hub where local people and visitors can come together to train, develop their creativity, improve their wellbeing, support each other and bring clay to life. A new production studio and learning space on this world-class site will create new all year-round jobs, providing additional training, work facilities and apprenticeships.
St Ives Community Orchard will receive some funding under the Town Deal Scheme
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Finally St Ives Community Orchard - based at the St Ives Community Orchard and Wildlife Reserve, 30 acres of beautiful green space overlooking the town - will "provide a vibrant community asset, delivering environmental education, mental and health therapy, community events and nature based training to individuals, local groups and schools". Cllr Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “We fought hard to secure one of the biggest settlements in the country when the Town Deals were announced last year, and I am delighted to see that work now beginning to come to fruition. This is good news for St Ives and the surrounding area, and I look forward to seeing the plans approved and work started.” St Ives MP Derek Thomas added: “St Ives Town Deal is now at a critical stage. We have a clear set of projects to support the transformation of St Ives, based on green growth and a year-round economy. The government’s Towns Fund was set up to drive the sustainable economic regeneration of our towns – and the projects in this programme will grow our economy, create skilled jobs for residents and opportunities for young people, and support the town of St Ives to thrive for the future.” The government is expected to give funding confirmation this autumn, paving the way for a detailed programme of works and timescales to be developed by early April 2023. All the Town Deal funding must be spent by the end of March 2026.
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