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Is this how Bodmin will look in future?

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

  • TOMORROW'S BODMIN? Artists' impressions showing Turf Street, left, as a pedestrian-only zone under the new plans, and, right, what Mount Folly could look like.

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NEW proposals to shape the future of Bodmin will be presented to residents later this month.

The latest version of Cornwall Council's Bodmin Town Framework still contains plans for a Priory Park link road, although amendments to it have been made.

The link road brought vehement opposition earlier this year when 500 protesters marched through the park and the local authority received a petition signed by more than 2,000 residents opposed to the new road.

A Cornwall Council spokesperson said: "The primary issue at the previous consultation was the link road. At this consultation they will have an opportunity to make comments on amendments to the original proposal for the link road, as well as on an alternative way of addressing traffic management issues."

A two-day public exhibition highlighting the latest proposals will take place in Bodmin Town Council's Shire House Suite on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, between 10am and 4pm.

As well as viewing Cornwall Council's proposals, residents will be able to view concept plans for the town centre, which have been developed by Better Bodmin, a local interest group established by businesses based in the town.

Phil Ugalde, chairman of Better Bodmin, said: "The proposals have been drawn from past and recent public consultations, professional consultations and the business community.

"We jointly commissioned local architects Arco2 to draw up exciting conceptual plans for retail, leisure, culture and public open spaces, which we believe will make Bodmin an attractive and prosperous place to live and work in over the coming years.

"Sustainability underpins future developments, as does quality of build.

"Green corridors are featured at every opportunity to build on Bodmin's existing tree-lined approaches. We look forward to welcoming people to look at the proposals, raise questions and put forward suggestions," said Mr Ugalde.

The overall plans look at where new housing and employment space should be built, as well as the supporting infrastructure, such as the highway network and education.

"This is a really exciting time for Bodmin and it is important we get proposals for the future right," said Councillor Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Council member for Bodmin St Mary's.

"There was a fantastic turnout for the consultation in the spring. This time it will last longer so that everyone gets a chance to see the proposals and respond. If you care about the future of Bodmin please come along."

Mayor of Bodmin Ken Stubbs also felt as many residents as possible should attend the exhibition.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the community of Bodmin to see what their town could look like into the future and to provide valuable feedback on the proposals. I would urge people to come to the exhibition with an open mind and consider all aspects of the framework," he said.

A six-week consultation begins on Monday, October 21. Details of the consultation will be available on www.cornwall.gov.uk from that date and at Bodmin Library.

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