A major Cornwall Council funded scheme to revitalise Penzance promenade is now underway.
Survey work to investigate the structural condition of the promenade, which has suffered a great deal of damage due to stormy weather in recent years, has already begun and once this work has been carried out the council will be asking groups, including Penzance Town Council, Penzance BID, environment and heritage groups and schools in the area for their opinion on how it should look.
An exhibition will be held in Penzance in the summer to present the ideas to the public, with the resurfacing work pencilled in to begin this autumn.
The improvements will be completed ahead of the Tour of Britain road cycling event in 2020, which sets off from Penzance for the first time as the field of world-class cyclists assemble on the promenade for the start.
Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade, Jim McKenna, said of the news: “I have been working to try to secure funding for a new surface for the prom since the day I was elected.
“The fantastic news that the 2020 Tour of Britain will start from Penzance means that we can now look forward, not just to the race and the boost that will give our town, but also long-awaited investment into the promenade, which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike.
“I would also like to place on record my thanks to those in Cornwall Council who supported Penzance in this, together with the town council, BID and Chamber of Commerce – a great example of partnership working.”
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: “Regenerating the promenade, which has taken a battering over recent years, will encourage more visitors to come to the area which will in turn contribute to the local economy.
“Our residents know best what works for their community and so it is tremendously important that they are involved and have an opportunity to share their ideas on how the area should look.”
The scheme to revitalise the promenade is the first phase of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency.
As well as improving the area at Penzance, Cornwall Council’s ambition is to provide a Mount’s Bay trail and wider Bay to Bay cycling and walking trail.
A designated cycle route adjacent to the promenade has also been mooted and in time, the plan is to expand the Mount’s Bay route towards the north coast via St Erth, Hayle and St Ives.