Plans to improve cycle and pedestrian provision in Bodmin have been given the thumbs up by almost 60% of people who attended a recent exhibition.

Under the proposals for the Dennison Road, Church Square, Turf Street and Crockwell Street area, road signs, traffic lights and markings would be removed, the highway narrowed and footways widened.

Local residents, councillors and businesses took the opportunity to comment on the plans which were unveiled as part of the wider ‘Bodmin Growth Deal’ during a two day exhibition in June.

Of the 433 people polled at the exhibition, 64% said they were in favour of improvements to cycle and pedestrian provision in the town. When asked about the proposals for the Dennison Road area, 59.6% of those who attended said they were in favour.

Since then Cornwall Council and CORMAC staff have met with disability awareness charities, as well as Bodmin Town Council and Better Bodmin to gain their views on the proposals. People also had the opportunity to comment on the plans during the four-week consultation which coincided with the start of the exhibition.

As well as the ‘shared space’, the Bodmin Growth Deal proposes a range of highway schemes including a new roundabout at the junction of Priory Road and Launceston Road and cycle links to hubs at the Camel Trail and Lanhydrock.

Councillor Steve Rogerson, Cornwall Council Local Member for Bodmin St Petroc: “Bodmin is at the heart of Cornwall and now it has the chance to benefit from being at the heart of cycling in Cornwall.

“The creation of the cycle routes will not only lead to benefits from tourism, they will also provide easier cycling journeys for residents to school and to work. The result should be less pollution and a safer, healthier, environment.”

“The Growth Deal is the first of many major opportunities to address transport and pollution issues, it is a genuine Bodmin Growth Deal,” said Councillor Lance Kennedy, Bodmin Town Mayor.

Work has now begun to adapt the proposals in light of comments made during the consultation and the project team is working with the charity, ISight Cornwall to ensure the plans take into consideration the needs of people who are blind or partially sighted.

A further public exhibition to unveil the final designs is due to take place shortly before construction work on the various schemes start in December 2015. Works are scheduled to be complete by Spring 2017.

Story posted: 5 August 2015