What interests me is how these sites could work in concert with existing villages and St Austell to form a small "garden city" by the sea.
The only thing that is missing is a good non car method of transport between the villages. In fact even an electric car and electro-cycle network would do it.
The potential to get the whole thing working as one unit is great.
I gather they have embryonic plans for a cable car to link the rail station with the shopping centre. That's the stuff!
They are rightly concerned to ensure economic sustainability which is a huge challenge for the whole of Cornwall. What might be the economic drivers?
• Tourism (A definite)
• Education (Imperative)
• Wi-fi (A no brainer for so remote a location)
• Construction (Good but is is sustainable)
Now all the Eco-towns have these. What interests me is the question, "What is this towns USP?".
Is it the topography, the china clay pits. Or is it the clay itself. Is it the sea? It did look very beautiful today. Or is it some new technology that we have not yet heard about. My worry for green jobs is the remoteness of supplies and markets as well as the potential for competition from abroad.
What is heartening is the enthusiasm with which the whole team approaches the issues.
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