People living and working in Bodmin are being invited to a public event next month which will show how the Council and CORMAC will build Cornwall’s first cycling town.

The drop in sessions will be held at the Shire House Suite in Bodmin on:

  • Friday 8 July between 9am and 6pm; and
  • Saturday 9 July between 9am and 4pm.

Hundreds took part in the consultation and attended an exhibition last year which revealed ambitious plans to regenerate the town centre and connect Bodmin with the Camel Trail and cycle hubs at Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods.

Since then the Council and CORMAC have been meeting with key representatives from the local community. This has helped shape a scheme which will transform the centre of Bodmin, improving it for businesses, residents, visitors and anyone connected to the town.

Councillor Lance Kennedy, the Mayor of Bodmin, said: “This scheme will produce a sustainable future for Bodmin, the roads will be safer, the air cleaner and opportunities for all of us better.”

Councillor Pat Rogerson, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Leonard, said: “At last, Bodmin’s strategic position within Cornwall is being recognised. Success during this complex build will depend upon a high level of co-operation and communication.”

Councillor Ann Kerridge, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Mary’s, said: “I want to see Bodmin thrive, our inadequate roads are an obstacle to this happening. I’m delighted that finally something is being done to change this. With everyone working together we can get through the upheaval and make Bodmin a great place both to live and visit.”

Councillor Steve Rogerson, Cornwall Council local member for Bodmin St Petroc, said: “This is a special opportunity for Bodmin. If we all concentrate on getting it right and work together to overcome any difficulties during the works, our town will benefit greatly.”

Phil Uglade, Chairman of Better Bodmin, said: “Better Bodmin has been pleased to play a part in the Bodmin Growth Deal proposal consultations, and strongly believes this major investment will be good for the long term economic growth of our town. In our view, when complete, the works will help recapture our country town streetscape, and sense of wellbeing as a town. We value our working connections with both Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council, and look forward to attracting further investments to enhance Bodmin for future generations.”

Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Transport, said: “Bodmin sets an example for all of us in Cornwall. It always has a strong sense of itself and despite many setbacks the town bounces back with energy and creativity, always looking forward.

“With Lanhydrock evolving as a major cycling hub, and the Camel Trail proving one of Cornwall’s most durable and popular leisure facilities, Bodmin’s embrace of the bicycle is a natural step – it is a bold, brave and enterprising project that will require some patience and difficulty whilst being put in place, but will pay long-term dividends for the town in terms of business, the environment and the wellbeing of all ages in the town. Time to giss on – Bodmin’s future beckons!”

During the event, plans showing the timings of traffic management and road works will be available to view and representatives from the Council and members of the construction team will be on hand to answer questions.

Find our more about the Bodmin Growth Deal scheme

Story posted 21 June 2016