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Locals urged to have their say on big upgrade to Penzance prom

Locals urged to have their say on big upgrade to Penzance prom

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 25th May 2019. (Updated at 9:29am 25th May 2019)

People in Penzance are being asked to have their say on plans for a major upgrade to the promenade.

The iconic seafront stretch is set to undergo big improvements before the Tour of Britain cycling event kicks off in 2020.

Structural investigation work is now beginning - and officials are asking the local community for their thoughts.

Survey work has begun to look at the structural condition of the promenade which has been the victim of storm damage over recent years.

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say at a drop in event on Saturday 25 May from 10am - 2pm on the Promenade (opposite the Queens Hotel).

If it's wet, it will be held inside the Queens Hotel on Western Promenade Road.

"I encourage as many people as possible to come along and have their say. The fantastic news that the 2020 Tour of Britain will start from Penzance means that we can now look forward, not just to the race and the boost that will give our town, but also long-awaited investment into the Promenade, which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike."

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade Jim McKenna

The Council says the resurfacing scheme will revitalise Penzance promenade so that residents and visitors can enjoy Cornwall's only Victorian promenade for years to come.

Improvements to the promenade are due to be completed and ready ahead of the Tour of Britain road cycling event in 2020 when the eyes of the sporting world will be on Penzance as the field of world class cyclists assemble on the promenade for the start of the race.

The feedback from these events will be displayed at a public exhibition in Penzance later in the summer with the re-surfacing scheme and other works anticipated to begin this autumn.

"Our residents know best what works for their community and so it is tremendously important that they are involved and have an opportunity to share their ideas on how the area should look.

"Regenerating the promenade, which has taken a battering over recent years, will encourage more visitors to come to the area which will in turn contribute to the local economy."

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown

The Penzance promenade re-surfacing scheme is a key part of Cornwall Council's ambition to provide a Mount's Bay trail and wider Bay to Bay cycling and walking trail.

A designated cycle route adjacent to the Promenade will be developed and in time, the plan is to see the Mount's Bay route continue to the north coast via St Erth, Hayle and St Ives, connecting communities, attracting visitors and creating economic and cultural opportunities for West Cornwall.

The Penzance promenade scheme is the first phase of investment in the Promenade ahead of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency.

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