Proposals for Bodmin's future to be seen by public
MAJOR proposals for the economic and housing growth of Bodmin over the next 20 years will be revealed to the public tomorrow when a two-day exhibition begins at the Shire House Suite.
Two options have been put forward to improve traffic flow in the town centre, and Cornwall Council admits if the controversial Priory Link Road is chosen, it could mean Bodmin Football Club would have to relocate its clubhouse.
The local authority has said many people in the town would like to see the shopping centre pedestrianised, and have now come up with two transport options.
One is to remove the roundabout at Church Square and replace it with a left-in left-out junction from Turf Street, with a right turn for buses only, which will create a through route between Priory Road and Dennison Road.
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Turf Street would remain open to traffic and it is expected that this busy road would experience an increase in traffic in the future.
A Cornwall Council planning officer said: "It would still be possible to pedestrianise Fore Street during core shopping hours, but Turf Street would remain a barrier to pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross between Priory Park and the town centre. Due to the give-way nature of the proposed Church Square junction, it is expected air quality would worsen on Turf Street due to the increase in traffic volumes associated with the growth. Priory Park would not be impacted upon within this option."
The second option is the Priory Link Road, which has already attracted opposition.
The road will be formed via a new roundabout on Priory Road, with the road alignment running along the edge of Priory Park and exiting onto St Nicholas Street.
The planning officer said: "This option would allow the closure of Turf Street to non-essential traffic during core shopping hours. Like option one, it would be possible to pedestrianise Fore Street to improve the town centre and allow the Camel Trail into the heart of Bodmin.
"However, the movement for pedestrians and cyclists between Priory Park and the town centre would be improved considerably as traffic on Turf Street ceased and a public realm space is facilitated.
"Access to Priory car park and St Petroc's School would be improved via the Priory Link Road as access off Turf Street is closed.
"However, as highlighted previously, we recognise this option would impact upon the park, in particular on the football club training pitch. Furthermore (the link road) would mean the football club's club house and associated park would have to be relocated; although if the principle of this option was seen more favourably through this consultation, further discussions on the precise alignment would be undertaken, and potentially lessen impact upon the football club.''
The exhibition runs from 10am to 4pm on Friday and Saturday.