Eight projects are on track for final Government approval by September 2022 when the funding allocation for Camborne is confirmed.
They include regenerating the town centre to create a variety of multi-purpose work, entertainment and community spaces; establishing a world-class fibre park; transforming the appearance of the high street; opening up a network of cycleways; renovating the recreation ground; developing new sport and amenity facilities; facilitating food and farming enterprise and turning the town’s Donald Thomas Centre into a contemporary crafts hub.
A board comprising volunteers from both the public and private sectors was formed to consider and develop the bid. After months of deliberations and consultation with the public, a long list of possibilities was reduced to the final project shortlist and Camborne’s Town Investment Plan was submitted.
The Government announced £23.7m in Town Deal funding for Camborne in 2021 – the largest amount in Cornwall. Subject to final Government approval, work will get underway from October 2022 onwards.
Regenerating the town centre is the flagship Town Deal project. Property will be acquired and an updated library and resource centre, youth café, flexible performance spaces and co-working amenities created. Kerrier Way, next to Tesco, will be regenerated and Commercial Square and Trelowarren Street will both be upgraded and improved.
A forward-thinking Fibre Park will provide almost 7,000 square metres of digital connectivity at former Cornwall College and SWEB locations, creating well-paid jobs in the burgeoning tech industry.
Employment opportunities will also be on offer in the food and farming enterprise hub intended for the Duchy College Rosewarne site, whilst Life Cycle Camborne and re-vamped community and recreational spaces are designed to encourage healthy outdoor activity.
Work to dramatically improve the look and feel of the town will continue with Project A-Void Phase 2 which, through BID Camborne, funds grants for local businesses. The project also includes bringing abandoned or dilapidated premises back into use.
Finally, with the arts firmly in mind, a new contemporary crafts hub specialising in warm glass, ceramics and small metals is being established in a newly refurbished and re-purposed Donald Thomas Centre.