Penzance has been named the winner of the Academy of Urbanism’s ‘Great Town’ award, beating off competition from Brighton & Hove and Dundee to take the title.
Penzance was able to impress the Academy with its“community engagement” and “story of resilience” along with its impressive list of recent initiatives:
Penzance was the first community in the UK to be awarded Plastic Free Community status.
Penzance has carried out a successful campaign against anti-social behaviour and continues to do so.
Penzance has worked to restore the Jubilee Pool which will soon be heated by geothermal energy.
Penzance is refurbishing its historic promenade ahead of hosting the start of next year’s Tour of Britain cycling event.
Penzance is now the terminus for Britain’s newest fleet of high speed trains, and is constructing a new heliport to connect with the Isles of Scilly.
Penzance has begun a £3.7 million project to improve coastal resilience across Mount’s Bay while safeguarding environmentally important marshlands at Marazion.
Penzance has also submitted a bid to Government for the Future High Street Fund.
The Urbanism Awards are the Academy’s main platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments.
James Hardy from Cornwall Council’s Localism Team said: “The nomination and selection of Penzance for the Great Town Award is independent recognition from national regeneration professionals of the progress being made in Penzance, and of the exciting opportunities for its future being developed.”