Councillor says authority got it wrong over Bodmin regeneration plans
AN ANGRY Cornwall councillor has blasted his own authority for providing misleading information about plans to regenerate Bodmin.
Steve Rogerson has criticised County Hall for what he claims is a "biased'' version of the forthcoming Bodmin town framework public consultations which will take place at the Shire House Suite on October 25-26.
Mr Rogerson said a Cornwall Council press release failed to make mention of an alternative transport plan for the town which would not mean a new link road through Priory Park.
Mr Rogerson said: "I agree with Ann Kerridge that this is an exciting and important time for Bodmin. However, because it's very important, I want it to be crystal clear to residents that there are two transport plans being consulted on.
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"One of these does not include a route through the Priory complex. Before people fall in love with the images of a pedestrianised Turf Street, they must be aware that this would involve accepting the road across the football fields.
"I am aware that a great many people do not want this and I feel very strongly that this fact was not sufficiently highlighted last week.
"I was elected by the residents and I will abide by their will. But I can only echo the words of (Bodmin Mayor) Ken Stubbs, that it is important that as many people as possible register their views.
"However it is equally important that we are honest about what those choices involve.''
More than 500 residents took part in a protest march earlier this year against the Priory link road, and more than 2,000 later signed a petition calling on Cornwall Council to scrap it.
A second round of consultation and events on the future of Bodmin will take place later this month.
The two-day public exhibition will highlight the latest proposals.
The plans look at where new housing and employment space should be built, as well as the supporting infrastructure, such as the highway network and education.
People attending will also be able to view some concept plans for the town centre, which have been developed by Better Bodmin, a local interest group established by town-based businesses.
Those unable to attend will still have an opportunity to give their views on the Bodmin Town Framework, as part of a six-week consultation which begins on Monday, October 21. Details will be available on the council's website www.cornwall.gov.uk from that date.