Retired businessman and former Falmouth Town Centre Manager David Pollard has outlined his vision to regenerate the waterways of Penryn and Truro.
In his presentation of The Jigsaw Project at the Penryn Town Council meeting on Monday, Mr Pollard explained that by dredging a two-metre-deep channel in the centre of the Penryn River, the estuary and waterway could be opened up to river transport. This would enable more waterborne recreation and possibly provide a ferry transport link which are currently restricted due to the build-up of silt.
Penryn waterfront. Photo source Alice Shelock
Demonstrating photographs of Penryn harbour at low tide, Mr Pollard said: “Penryn has the most to gain from it… there is great potential, if you reawaken that wonderful asset, that is water, just outside your front door.”
Mr Pollard added: “Regenerating the waterfronts would be an asset for residents, businesses and tourists.” He also explained that a lightweight catamaran could carry up to 300 passengers and provide an environmentally friendly alternative to travelling by car.
Work will soon be underway to improve the poor condition of Glasney playing field in Penryn as up to £165,000 funding has been made available.
Glasney Greenspace Regeneration Project (GGSRP), a volunteer organisation, have been working with Cornwall Council and Penryn Town Council to secure Section 106 funding.
GGSRP representative, Pip Carlton-Barnes said on their website: “In its current state the water-logged playing field is barely accessible for the larger part of the year and in recent weeks we have seen the removal of the dangerous goal posts.
“To date we have managed to get the poor drainage investigated and then funded by section 106 money…We have cleared many loads of fly-tipped rubbish from the valley and uncovered beautiful old hand built follies from beneath 30 or so years’ worth of vegetation. We have even planted 5000 daffodil bulbs to bring 5000 rays of sunshine to everyone who passes through.”
The old BMX track at Glasney Field. Photo source Julia Conway
Cornwall Council’s Public Space Officer, Donald Martin told Hook: “What we are doing at the moment is working very closely with the Town Council and the GGSRP group and money has been earmarked for that site.
“There are a number of priorities; one is drainage, another is tree works and there are footpath improvements to be done. The BMX track is a priority as well to repair it and bring it up to standard.
“The next part of the process is looking at the extent of the tree works and working with engineers to come up with a suitable plan for the footpaths and the main playing field. We are also working with a contractor on how we bring the skate park up to standard. When we have all that we together we will go back to the Town Council with costings. Then we will agree a programme of works. We are pushing to get that through this year.”