by Shirley Northey
A well-known derelict site at the gateway to Redruth is set to be transformed thanks to £1.7million from the European Regional Development Fund.
The Redruth Brewery site has been an eyesore since a devastating fire destroyed many of its historic buildings in 2011.
It’s targeted by arsonists all the time. A couple of years there was a big fire there.
As we reported at the time, bored and frustrated firemen made a public call for the site to be pulled down
This is now set to happen – thanks to both private and public investment which aims to unlock the site for future development.
Work will now start on the flood alleviation scheme to get the site ready for redevelopment.
The project will house Kresen Kernow, the new archive centre for Cornwall.
Kresen Kernow will provide a much awaited home for the stories of Cornwall and will help to reinforce Redruth’s ambition to become a cultural destination.
Crucially public money has been joined with private investment from the owners of the site.
Horace Yao Chairman of Sino Land Limited, owner of the site said: ‘This funding, along with our contribution of £600,000, will enable the master plan for the whole site to move forward so that Redruth Brewery can, once again, become a thriving part of the community.’
“Work is due to start as the site is cleared and modern buildings are demolished, currently heritage building professionals are looking at the remains of the historic brewhouse to see what can be kept and incorporated into the new developments as the site is transformed into a space the whole community will be able to use.
Welcoming confirmation of the ERDF grant, Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard, said: ‘I am pleased to see European money being used to unlock areas of regeneration for future growth. The funding will enable an area of historical importance to continue to thrive into the 21st Century with community, culture and job creation at the heart of the regeneration of the site.’
· The ERDF investment will be used to fund flood alleviation work, open up the leat and create new public pathways and spaces to improve access across the site.
· The £1.7m grant is part of a wider package of funding, including £700,000 from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership from their investment fund supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. There are also contributions from the Environment Agency, the Homes and Communities Agency and the site owner.
The Redruth Brewery Flood Alleviation works is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
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