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They've got designs on Newquay's future

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 08, 2012

  • Lady Long with the winning children from the competition.BOTB20120202A-003_C.jpg

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A DERELICT nightclub in Newquay should be turned into a toy shop with a café and book shop, according to one creative youngster.

Olivia Elford, from Newquay Tretherras Academy, dreamt up the idea for the Barracuda on Cliff Road as part of a Year 7 geography project.

And she went on to win an associated competition, judged by Cornish Guardian columnist Lady Helen Long.

Pupils in 11 classes at the school were asked to put their thinking caps on and develop a plan to improve a certain part of the town.

Fifteen were then picked as finalists, with a winner and four runners-up chosen by Lady Long. The runners-up this year were Philippa Mak, Storm Boden, Simon Turner and Jasmine Mann.

Their ideas included a shopping mall on the Manor Road car park, an ice rink at the old bus station site and improved lighting around Trenance boating lake.

Julie Arthur, the school's head of geography, said: "Their ideas were very insightful. More so this year than last year, the students have come up with some realistic ideas and have looked at it with very adult and responsible eyes."

She said the classes had taken part in a field trip around the town, when they were asked to look at how Newquay was changing.

They then had to identify an aspect or area that they passionately felt needed to be improved.

Mrs Arthur added: "They have looked at the needs of the community and have come up with ideas that I think the council and local businesses could take on board and would make a huge difference to the town."

Turn to Lady Long's column on page 6 for her views on the competition.

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