Lib Dem Councillors welcome progress on Newquay playparks


Newquay Lib Dem Cornwall Councillors are celebrating clearing all the authorisation hurdles for the next tranche of projects funded by S106 Developers Contributions.

The first tranche of authorised projects included the completed Trenance Playpark, the Pentire Esplanade Project due to complete this month and a guarantee to fund £225,000 of the costs of the proposed new Skatepark.

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 Councillors, Geoff Brown, Paul Summers, Joanna Kenny and Dave Sleeman

Projects now authorised include the provision of three state of the art playparks at Atlantic Road Pentire, Treloggan Doorstep Green and at the St Columb Minor Rec.     Funding has now been authorised for the playparks at £100,000 each and draft programmes outlined for each which could see the majority of the works completed by Easter.     This will follow a comprehensive consultation with local residents and most importantly the young people who will be making use of the parks.

Cllr Dave Sleeman said “I’ve been working on this for 4 years and the Treloggan residents have been waiting longer than that.     Our main problem has always been with the precise siting of our playpark.       I know exactly where it should go and I am pleased to say that working with Cornwall Council officers, it seems we have a real chance of resolving any land ownership issues”     

Cllr Paul Summers said “I am absolutely over the moon that we have agreed to upgrade St Columb Minor Rec play area with a £100,000 investment! Yabba Dabba do! We will crack on immediately consulting with schools, nurseries, play groups, residents, families and anyone interested to hear what they want. Please get in touch with me with your ideas. Zip wires? Tunnels? Fitness trail? Whatever! This is great news for St Columb Minor and was one of the main reasons I stood for election! I am really pleased!     And we’ve just heard Town Council have got £10,000 for a Young People’s Shelter at the Rec from the Tesco’s ‘bag for life’ initiative which is great timing, we can get both projects to work together and save money in the process "

Cllr Joanna Kenny  said “This is way beyond the extra Toddlers Swing which I first envisaged for the site – though I want that as well.   And I never thought that to get the long needed improvements I would be looking at the first transfer of a car park to the Town Council to pay for the maintenance of the whole Atlantic Road Green area.   The whole thing has been a long learning experience.    I was a bit startled when I first started to talk about this with local young people that they immediately suggested a zip wire.    But now I’ve seen the one at Trenance, I must have one.    Not that I have had a go yet – it’s too popular with all ages but I will.”

Cllr Geoff Brown said” this is a great use of S106 funding.    Pretty well all the monies collected have come from developments in Pentire and Central but Joanna and I have always agreed that we share the bounty out across Newquay.   I know from the Trenance Playpark just how worthwhile and popular these will be.    Mind you I am pleased there is also some money to carry out some much needed work at the Harbour as well which we also hope to start very soon.

Cllr Dave Sleeman added “We’ve even been able to identify a little money for Trenance Gardens.  Not a lot, but I’m delighted that  local people voted our Trenance Gardens scheme as the top project from the Tesco bag funding so we do have an extra £12,000 now to work on the fountain and help bring the gardens up to the same superb standard as the Rose Garden


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