St Austell’s MP, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed the publication of the results from the St Austell Retail Survey.
Stephen Gilbert has praised Councillor Malcolm Brown (LD, Bethel Ward) for successfully lobbying for the consultation to take place.
The full results of the survey have been published at:http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/planning-policy/st-austell-town-framework/?altTemplate=_Standard
Commenting, Stephen Gilbert said:
“It is absolutely right that future decisions on the retail development in and around St Austell should be taken in accordance with the feelings of local residents. This survey gives everyone involved a clear indication of the future that local people want to see for St Austell.
“I would like to thank Councillor Malcolm Brown for ensuring that this survey took place, it will ensure that better decisions are taken by Cornwall Council and provides definitive evidence about the will of the community.
“Last week, I announced my full support for the application at Trewhiddle Farm. I believe that it will create the jobs and infrastructure that is needed in our town, without risking the existing investment in the town centre. I also believe that the scheme can complement future proposals within the town centre such as at Old Vicarage Place.”
Cllr Malcolm Brown added:
“It was me who initially asked for this survey to take place. There are massive changes going on to shopping patterns and different ideas about how St Austell should adapt. I felt it really important for the public to have a say before Cornwall Council makes further decisions.”