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The Green Lane Park

imageJust after midday on 26 July, the Chairman of St Erth Parish Council, Councillor Ted Taylor, welcomed invited guests to the Green Lane Park and introduced the guest of honour, Councillor John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council, who had been invited to perform the formal opening ceremony.
Councillor Pollard said he “was very pleased to be back in St Erth – the village in which my mother had lived for many years.”
In his address, John said that he’d almost forgotten what the site used to look like but knew it had been overgrown with brambles and bushes and had started to become a dumping ground for all sorts of rubbish.
He continued that “the transformation from a neglected and underused site to what we have here today has been a fantastic achievement – and I’m pleased to hear that it’s already being well-used by the local community and visitors to St Erth.”
“The Parish Council always believed in the potential of this site but also realised that it couldn’t undertake the project on its own and needed support.
So, to start the ball rolling, the Parish Council applied for grant funding from the Hayle Area Plan Partnership – which agreed £5k in recognition of the wider social benefits which could be brought about.”
John added “I was Chairman of the Partnership at that time which is why I’ve always had a personal interest with this particular initiative and the award of the Partnership grant reassured the Big Lottery that the project did indeed have local support.”
“Following a lengthy application process, the Big Lottery awarded £10k – the maximum grant for this type of project but what is not always immediately obvious, however, is all of the work to prepare the grant application itself and this needed a real team effort which involved:
St Erth Residents Association – which provided the local context and supporting evidence;
Cornwall Council’s Localism Service – which provided statistical data and guidance;
Cornwall Council’s Planning Service – which provided planning advice – especially because of the Grade 1 Listed Church opposite;
Environment Agency – which provided advice and later gave consent;
Penwith Community Development Trust – which undertook all of the consultation with young people;
local Police – which wrote a fantastic letter of support;
St Erth School – which encouraged its pupils to get involved; and
the Star Inn – which provided the venue for the young people to choose the design of their Shelter.”
John added that he had mentioned how the site used to look before work started and wanted to make a special mention about Chris Bray, the owner of Cherry Trees Garden Services, who donated the costs of their labour to clear the site and prepare it for redevelopment.
In conclusion, John said that “this project proves that when we work together – in this case, the public, private and voluntary sectors – we can achieve great results we can be proud of – and perhaps more than we could by simply working alone.”