A30 Designated Funds
We’re using part of the Designated Funds to support projects close to the A30 in Cornwall, investing £17 million to significantly improve the safety and integration of communities through a number of ambitious cycling projects around the local area. In addition to the £17 million, Cornwall County Council are contributing £2 million and will be responsible for the delivery of these projects.
A further £10 million is being invested to enhance the visual landscape, support the cultural heritage of Chacewater and Zelah, improve water quality and flood resilience and support the biodiversity of the surrounding area.
We’ve broken these up into 17 separate projects, all of which are currently in design. Some of these projects currently only have funding for design work, these have been highlighted with an asterisk. You can find further information on all the projects below.
We’ve been developing an environmental work programme along the A30 in Cornwall called ‘Keyn Glas’. The programme will protect and enhance the landscape, water, soil, air, biodiversity, and the historic environment. Our projects span four topic areas:
As part of our landscape projects, we’ve been creating some ‘green ribs’ which extend out from the A30 to connect core habitat areas and achieve continuous landscape corridors. This includes developing strategies to reinforce and connect existing habitat, reinstating historic field patterns, creating new habitat areas, improving the extent and quality of existing pollinator zones and transitioning woodland to adapt to climate change conditions.
We’ve recently completed some work to create three green ribs at the following locations:
- Ladock to Gwills
- Benny Mill to Boswiddle
- Benhaven to Lambourne Mill
This work included:
- tree works (woodland creation and management, wet woodland management, feature tree introduction, orchard creation and restoration, and veteran tree management)
- planting of species rich grassland and wet meadow
- pond and wet habitat restoration
- boundary works (creation and restoration of Cornish hedge, stock proof fencing and stock proof thorny hedge planting, and hedgerow enhancement)
Based on the success of these three pilot green ribs and depending on funding, we hope to deliver a further three green ribs early in the next Roads Period (2020 to 2025).
Tree planting at Goonwinnow
- Upper Tresillian River project: tackling flood risk at Ladock by using techniques that cover a wide area rather than building walls to block the water. For example, this might include creating depressions in fields to collect water before it reaches the river. This slows the water and means that it doesn’t all reach Ladock at the same, so the flood peaks at a lower level. These techniques also provide increased habitat for wildlife.
- Brighton Stream project: tackling flood risk at Ladock by using techniques that over a wide area rather than building walls to block the water. For example, this might include creating depressions in fields to collect water before it reaches the river. This slows the water and means that it doesn’t all reach Ladock at the same, so the flood peaks at a lower level. These techniques also provide increased habitat for wildlife.
- Bolingey Stream project*: tackling flood risk at Perranporth by using techniques that over a wide area rather than building walls to block the water. For example, this might include creating depressions in fields to collect water before it reaches the river. This slows the water and means that it doesn’t all reach Ladock at the same, so the flood peaks at a lower level. These techniques also provide increased habitat for wildlife.
- Arrallas Ponds: a project to tackle flooding and create local biodiversity benefits whilst enhancing the condition and setting of the historic landscape at the historic boating/fishing lake at Arrallas Ponds.
- Newlyn Downs Heathland Enhancement: enhancing the rare Dorset Heath habitat, including its key role as a breeding habitat for Nightjars and bats.
- Newlyn Downs Heathland Restoration: extending the heathland landscape type and habitat into fields adjacent to Newlyn Downs SSSI, which were previously heathland.
- Habitat Connections*: a wildlife and pedestrian crossing on the A39 to counter-balance the effects of severance from the Strategic Road Network on recreation and biodiversity and connect three isolated Dorset Heath habitat sites.
- Carnhot County Wildlife Site: improving the character, recreational value and ecological condition of the Carnhot County Wildlife Site, as well as providing educational opportunities and amenity for local communities.
- Adapting abandoned mine shafts for bats*: this project aims to enhance bat habitat within a 2km corridor either side of the Chiverton to Carland Cross section of the A30
- Zelah Streetscape Enhancement*: the proposals will prioritise pedestrian and cyclist movements, as well as work to conserve, enhance and interpret key elements of this historic settlement.
- Chyverton Park: conservation and enhancement works to a 58 hectare Grade II registered park and garden, directly adjacent to the historic alignment of the A30.
- Landscape of Ancestors: a project to conserve and enhance the condition of a group of barrows along the A30 ridgeline, west of Hendra Wood.
- Wheal Busy: proposed project comprises enhancements to the currently ‘at risk’ and rapidly deteriorating Grade II listed Wheal Busy Smithy building between Chacewater and Redruth adjacent to the A30.
- Chacewater Townscape Improvements*: restore the historic character of the village with a focus on enhancements for the public by reducing the impacts of traffic in the centre of the village.
These projects have been developed working in partnership with Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Cornwall Catchment Partnership, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Environment Agency and Natural England
*These projects currently only have funding for the design work.
Cycling, safety and integration (CSI)
We’ll be starting work on all the cycling projects in October 2019. Each one has a different predicted end date ranging from January 2020 to March 2021. You can find more detail on these projects below:
- St Agnes to Threemilestone (via Chiverton Cross): the proposal is reliable and safe crossing of the junction linking the B3277 from St Agnes with the A390.
- St Newlyn East to Carland Cross: the proposal is to connect the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 32 at St Newlyn East with a new traffic-free path on Newlyn Downs and further complement and strengthen the case for the Perranporth to Newquay project.
- Trispen to Idless: the proposed cycle link between Trispen and Idless will make use of a designated ‘quiet lane’ and traffic-free path through woods and connect with NCN Route 32.
- Perranporth to Newquay: the proposal is the reinstatement of a dismantled railway line as a multi-use trail for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.