Truro plans take shape

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The first ideas about how to attract and invest over £10 million of ERDF Convergence funding for Truro has been laid on the table.

A workshop, led by Totally Truro Business Improvement District and Cornwall Development Company, was held with the steering group of business leaders and public sector representatives to brainstorm potential projects that will make up Truro’s Strategic Investment Framework (SIF).

Improvements to Newham Industrial Estate, connectivity and accessibility of Truro, congestion and the future of Lemon Quay were among the issues raised.

Ideas for projects included a cultural and innovation centre for Truro and improved sustainable transport links, such as a park and ride site on the east of the city.

The SIF funding is aimed at capital investment that will “unlock the economic potential” of the city.

Neil Scott, BID manager at Totally Truro, said: “This is the first opportunity we’ve had to really think about what we want for Truro going forward.

“Everyone has an opinion about how they want their city to be shaped in the future, so this is about identifying projects that could be developed under the SIF.”

A further workshop session will take place on November 19 when outline projects will be presented to the group.

Meanwhile, Totally Truro has secured its first corporate sponsor for Christmas events – local IFA Worldwide Financial Planning.

Christmas in Truro will kick off with the light switch on and the City of Lights Parade on Wednesday, November 18. Late night Christmas shopping will then take place from Wednesday, November 26, launched in partnership with Mallett’s reindeer parade.

This year’s Christmas shopping & leisure guide will soon be hitting the streets, available to pick up at Truro Tourist Information Centre.

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