Scheme approved for A391 link road
THE GREEN light has been given for an £18 million technology park and link road in the Clay Country.
Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee last week approved a planning application for the new A391 link road between Scredda and Penwithick, along with a state-of-the-art business park at Carluddon.
Committee members were unanimous in their support for the scheme which will connect St Austell to the A30, alleviate congestion and make the notoriously dangerous road safer.
A new road linking St Austell to the A30 was proposed more than ten years ago but attempts by the former county council to take the project forward were thwarted due to a lack of government funding.
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Thursday's decision signals that work can now commence on a plan to divert a mile-long section of the A391 past the Sky Tip to Carluddon and will include bus stops and cycle and pedestrian links.
The committee also welcomed the investment and job creation offered by a 2.8-hectare business park at Carluddon, close to the new road.
It will focus on environmental technology and manufacturing.
Cornwall councillor Christopher Rowe, for Penwithick ward, and Peter Wyper, chairman of Treverbyn Parish Council, supported the business park and proposed road improvements.
Mr Wyper said: "This road will be a significant contribution to road safety and the residents by the existing road will no longer be subject to the heavy traffic passing within a few feet of their houses. It will also make it a lot safer to walk and cycle between Penwithick and St Austell."
However, the parish council's support was not without concerns, including fears, he said, that the old road would become a rat run.
He called for assurances that traffic management measures will be taken to ease the pressure from the new road on Bugle and Lockengate.
His words were echoed by Cornwall councillor Jackie Bull, for Bugle.
She said the new road was "both welcomed and disappointing" because it would do little to alleviate the traffic problems for those areas, which in 2001 had been earmarked for a safer route to the A30.
Councillor Rowe hailed the scheme "the jewel in the crown for St Austell and Penwithick".
"This is as important to St Austell as the A30 is to Temple," added Cornwall councillor Fred Greenslade, member for St Dennis.