This £3.7 million project was funded by the St Austell Civic Pride Partnership, which consists of Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Restormel Borough Council and Cornwall County Council. All proposals were with the recommendations of the St Austell Civic Pride Initiative and incorporate extensive use of high quality local granite.
The Trinity Street junction now provides a gateway into the town centre with a modern design with contemporary seating, planting and lighting.
Trevarthian Road is now an improved route into the town centre with granite paving.
Market and Church Street are now a more visible pedestriansed area with extra disabled parking spaces.
Biddick’s Court, as the main thoroughfare between the main town centre car park and the shops, has recieved a substantial facelift generating a pleasant public space, complemented with trees, seating and feature lighting. It is hoped that this will facilitate consideration for street cafés and markets. Access for deliveries and to private off-highway parking will remain.
High Cross Street/Cemetery Park
High Cross Street has received wider, granite paved footways with raised, table-top crossing points and provision of short term parking opposite the Post Office. A new footway has been created on the eastern side adjacent to Cemetery Park, allowing enhancement of the park entry points.
In Cemetery Park, replacement of at least some of the boundary wall with railings has been done. The use of decorative gating, careful thinning and tidying of the existing trees results in a more open and therefore safer aspect to the area. The park has also benefitted from a new network of paths, seating and lighting to complete its makeover. The wrought ironwork was designed and produced locally at Charlestown Forge. These pieces of work have included a Sundial for Cemetery Park and wrought iron railings, tree guards and pillars for Biddicks Court.
Future phases of Civic Pride will see other areas of the town benefiting from funding, including Fore Street, Chandos and Alma Place and Duke Street. All these works will enhance the town as a whole and now with the completion of White River Place will ensure the whole town has a new intregrated look and feel.