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Case studies

Parks and Open Spaces

Killacourt Open Space

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Cornwall Council transferred ownership of Killacourt Open Space to Newquay Town Council. This allows the Town Council to secure more funding for this loved and well used community space. It also ensures that future developments are community led.

Hayle Open Spaces

Hayle Town Council reclaimed responsibility for managing four open spaces:

  • King George V Memorial Walk
  • Plantation Walk
  • Millpond
  • the Recreation Ground

Before the handover, CORMAC carried out refurbishments to the parks and gardens, on behalf of Cornwall Council. This ensured they were in good condition and an asset the town council and community could take pride in. Works included:

  • repairing the children’s play area
  • resurfacing the tennis courts
  • repairing the surrounding fencing

This project placed decision making in local hands. Allowing Hayle to make best fit improvements.

Saltmill Park, Saltash

Saltmill Park is a significant green space for Saltash. The 17 acre site includes:

  • a meeting space and training centre
  • skate park
  • BMX track
  • art trail
  • nature zone
  • all weather pitch
  • pavilion

Cornwall Council granted a 30-year lease to Groundwork South to manage the facility. Over 40,000 adults and 47,000 young people have used the facilities. Groundwork now runs the sports facilities and skatepark and reinvests any generated surplus back into the site. The aspiration is to create a sustainable open space used by the community of Saltash.

Dracaena Park, Falmouth

In March 2017, Cornwall Council transferred the ownership of Dracaena Park to Falmouth Town Council. This also included the sports pitches surrounding the Dracaena Centre.

The ground lease for the Dracaena Centre within the park, was transferred to the independent charity run by a board of trustees.

The Dracaena Centre works in partnership with Falmouth Town Council and over 40 local clubs and providers. The centre delivers a range of:

  • sports
  • leisure
  • well-being
  • education and
  • youth services

Falmouth Town Council previously partnered with the Dracaena Centre to devolve youth services. This transfer will further enhance those partnership links.

Ahead of the transfer, Falmouth Town Council took over the grounds maintenance for the park in April 2016. Since then, both the playing surfaces and surrounding areas have improved. The devolution of the park will allow Falmouth Town Council to attract funding for future improvements.

Fowey Squires Field

Squires Field, the only green open space in Fowey, was transferred to Fowey Town Council in April 2016. The facility includes a

  • recreation field
  • community centre
  • pavilion

It also includes a building that was originally owned by Restormel Borough Council and used by the bowling club. The building was transferred to Cornwall Council in 2009. The site attracts increased interest in its use from several local community groups.

Helston Coronation Park

Cornwall Council transferred the management of Coronation Park in Helston to South Kerrier Alliance (SKA) in February 2017.

The devolution included the:

  • park
  • lake
  • events square and café - with an existing tenant
  • river Cober
  • the former cattle market car park

The new agreement for the events square included the public toilets and the landlord role for the boat and cycle hire franchise.

The agreement involved an investment plan which included part-funding from Cornwall Council, SKA and Helston Downsland Trust. This allowed investment in the site and safeguarded the future of the popular community area.

Boscawen Park, Truro

Boscawen Park in Truro was transferred to Truro City Council in April 2016. The park included a:

  • play area
  • cricket and football pitches
  • playing field
  • adult outdoor gym equipment
  • tennis courts
  • parking

The City Council managed the park under a long lease and wanted the community facilities managed and serviced locally. This would allow for more local accountability, control and direction. In partnership with the Friends of Boscawen Park, they helped to secure significant funds to overhaul the play area in 2015.

Truro City Council has a strong track record of working with Cornwall Council to deliver localism, devolution, and frontline services.

Newquay Wooden Waves Skatepark

The ownership of the Wooden Waves Skate Park in Newqay transferred to Newquay Town Council. It secured the future of Cornwall’s biggest outdoor skate park for Newquay’s local communities.

Newquay Town Council already maintains the skate park. The devolution of the park provided the Town Council with more control locally. It allowed them to manage the park as well as attract funding for future improvements. The town council has ambitious plans to develop the site into a first rate concrete skate park.  Purpose built for people with different levels of ability.

East End Playing Fields, Redruth

East End playing fields was transferred to Redruth Town Council in May 2016. This allowed the town council to manage the areas as well attract funding for future improvements.

Redruth Town Council has ambitions to keep the existing small play area and develop the site into a:

  • skate park
  • cycle track and
  • multi-use games area

This would result in community access to a multidimensional facility, linking with nearby Gweal-an-Top Adventure Play Area.

18 Belle Vue Road, Saltash

18 Belle Vue Road, Saltash is a medium-sized brick town house in Saltash town centre. Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company (CIC) arranged a two year lease with Cornwall Council with the intention to buy at the end of the lease period. The building serves as a headquarters for the CIC, which operates many projects across Saltash.

St Day, Clock Tower

Cornwall Council transferred ownership of the St Day Clock Tower and War Memorial Building to St Day Parish Council in 2014. There was tremendous public support for the project. The Parish Council raised over £100k for renovations. This secured the historic and well-loved building for residents and future generations. St Day Parish Council, in partnership with The Day-Light Group, held a grand finale event in May 2016 to celebrate the completion of the works.

Penzance Jubilee Pool

The Friends of Jubilee Pool Community Benefit Society received ownership of Jubilee Pool. The pool has been an iconic feature of the Penzance seafront for 80 years.

The Friends of Jubilee Pool manage the pool via Jubilee Pool Penzance Ltd, a new Community Benefit Society. Jubilee Pool Penzance Ltd operates the pool on the community’s behalf.  It ensures it is an affordable amenity for everyone. The Community Benefit Society Board consists of the:

  • Cornwall Councillor Divisional Member
  • a Town Councillor
  • representatives from the Friends of the Jubilee Pool and community leaders

The Friends of Jubilee Pool are working with Cornwall Council and local stakeholders on the next stage of the devolution process.

Calstock Car Parks

Cornwall Council transferred four car parks and a small amenity area to Calstock Parish Council:

  • Chapel Street, Gunnislake
  • School Lane
  • Harrowbarrow
  • Calstock Station and Quay car parks

They were transferred to the parish council under a 99 year lease. This was agreed under Cornwall Council’s ‘localism and devolution’ scheme, for the benefit of local residents. This secures their future use for the local parish communities.

St Just Car Park

St Just Parochial Church Council received ownership of the St Just in Roseland car park in February 2017. It serves visitors to the Church as well as local visitors who use it as a start point for some fantastic local walks. All money collected in the honesty box pays for its upkeep and used locally.

Portwrinkle Local Service Devolution Package

Sheviock Parish Council was an early adopter of devolution. Tourism is a significant source for their economy, and the parish aspired to enhance the standards of their service delivery. The parish council agreed to run the public convenience, manage the car park and the public realm spaces surrounding it. They also agreed to issue boat permits to users of the small harbour. In delivering the work this way, the service offered can be tailored according to the weather and growth pattern of vegetation. As an isolated village, it saves time and resource for unitary staff having to:

  • visit
  • inspect
  • clean facilities
  • cut vegetation

Income generated by the small car park goes towards the local delivery of services, designed to suit the community it serves.

Since its devolution – new facilities at the harbour opened on 30 May 2016. Improvements to the historic Portwrinkle Harbour enable more people to use and enjoy boats and kayaks. This was thanks to a £5,850 grant from the Coastal Revival Fund. Sheviock Parish Council bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Coastal Revival Fund.  With the support of Torpoint and Rame Peninsula Coastal Community Team and Cornwall Council’s Senior Maritime Officer Captain Andy Brigden.

St Austell 'Total Place' Package

The ownership of a number of local community sites transferred to St Austell Town Council, in a ground breaking 'total place' devolution package, in December 2016. The transfer, which is one of the largest devolution packages in the country, included 39 different areas of public open space. It also included transferring responsibility for:

  • grass cutting and planting on highway verges
  • roundabouts
  • closed churchyards

An Agency Agreement, between Cornwall Council and St Austell Town Council, gave the Town Council the necessary permission to undertake services.  Such as grounds maintenance and other works to public sites.

This is the first step in a phased package which will include transferring many other services and assets to the Town Council. The next phase will include:

  • St Austell’s library
  • a car park
  • other buildings

The main public open space sites already transferred include:

  • Poltair Park
  • Truro Road Park
  • The Meadows
  • Linear Park
  • Woodland Road Park

As well as some allotments and public conveniences.