Construction finally got underway on putting in permanent paving at Esplanade Green in Pentire this week.
Lib Dem Cornwall Councillors Joanna Kenny and Geoff Brown joined the Pentire Residents Association and representatives from Cornwall Council, Newquay Town Council and Cormac for a turf cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the project.
This important community green space is part of the South West Coastal Path National Trail, and links two popular beaches Fistral Beach and Crantock Beach. Once completed the new look green space will give both the local community and visitors better and safer pedestrian access. The Green which has spectacular views of the coast, will have improved, more hardwearing pedestrian paths alongside the existing roadside, and better routes to the beach steps. There will also be a larger viewing and terraced area at top of the beach steps and some new street furniture.
Cornwall Councillor Joanna Kenny said about the improvement works: “This is all down to the hard work of a small local team from the Pentire Residents Association – they have slogged away specifying what they want, fund raising and getting the local community support; and never ever getting disheartened as the months wore on into years. I really congratulate them for achieving something that is going to be a real benefit to us all over the coming years.”
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Councillor and Cabinet Member for Communities added: “I am delighted that this scheme which was originally the brain-child of local people is now coming to fruition. This is testimony to Cornwall Council's ability to listen and work with local people to deliver what is really wanted and a great tribute to the patience and perseverance of residents."