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Government announces a Towns Fund Deal for Truro

Words: Laura Edgar
Truro / Paul Nash, Shutterstock_685873087

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a £23.6 million deal for Truro, Cornwall, that is intended to boost the local economy, create jobs and improve skills in the area.

The deal is also designed to transform Truro into a ‘connected river city’ and support its vision of becoming a modern economic, cultural and green capital by 2030.

Mark Duddridge, chair at Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), commented: “The award of £23.6 million for Truro, as the country begins to emerge from the restrictions of lockdown is a fantastic boost for Cornwall and the city. The environmentally sensitive development of the town will create welcome employment and will bring a new vibrancy to many areas of Truro.”

New spaces will be created for business, green event areas, promenades and ferry terminals. One project, the New Life for City Buildings, aims to transform and regenerate unused historic buildings in the city centre by improving access to them to celebrate Truro's heritage and culture offer. This includes launching a scheme to enable the wider repurposing of Truro buildings so spaces are future-proofed for modern use.

According to the government, green and sustainable travel is central to the plans, and key locations and attractions will be connected by accessible walking and cycling routes. The funding will also help to convert some of Truro’s unused buildings into much-needed homes.

Truro's deal is the 53rd deal to be agreed from the Towns Fund. Johnson said the deal “will help to unleash [Truro’s] tremendous potential”.

“Through a range of innovative projects including greener transport links and the restoration and renewal of spaces in the city centre, we will be able to rejuvenate the local economy, support businesses, boost connectivity and create new jobs.”

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick added: “By revitalising the waterfront, breathing new life into unused historic buildings and investing in new cultural and tourist attractions, it will make a huge difference to the local economy and create much-needed jobs and homes.

The deal comes after Cornwall Council submitted a proposal to the fund.

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