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New play equipment to be installed at devolved parks

New play equipment is to be provided at Polgover Way and Penarwyn Green in St Blazey after the parks were devolved to the local town council.

Polgover Way Public Open Space, Deeble Drive Play Area and Penawyn Road Public Open Space will now be maintained and managed by St Blaise Town Council.

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The transfer of these much-loved facilities will safeguard the play provision for the town and ensure that decisions regarding the future of these assets are led by the local community. 

Pauline Giles, Cornwall Councillor for St Blazey, said: “I am delighted that the residents of St Blazey will have these spaces for many more generations to enjoy. Myself, along with the local residents and Town Council have worked hard to ensure this provision is protected. I was particularly pleased to secure a financial contribution from Cornwall Council to ensure new equipment could be installed and I look forward to seeing it in place and being used as soon as possible.”

Polgover Way

June Anderson, Mayor of St Blaise, added: “St Blaise Town Council took the decision to take over these spaces to safeguard play areas for the children of the town. We will now install new equipment and manage them along with all our other assets.  This will be a great benefit for the town.”

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, Cornwall Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with cuts in funding from central Government. Rather than close parks and public spaces, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of various assets where there is a desire in an area to do so.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “There has never been a more important time for people to have access to local outdoor spaces for play and exercise to help our communities to stay fit and help ensure mental well-being. 

“This project is a fantastic step forward and is another example of how partners are working together to give local people more say and influence in the running of services that are important to the local community.

“The Town Council is to be congratulated for opting to take on the running of these sites for the benefit of their local residents.”

 

Story published on February 25, 2021