The Parish Council worked closely with the Reawla Working Group which included members of Cornwall Council, community groups, the Cornwall Councillor for the area and Parish Council representatives to work on a scheme to improve the community cohesion of the Reawla area.
The Reawla Total Places report produced by Cornwall Council states ‘Following initial research around the Gwinear and Gwithian Parish and discussions with partner organisations, it was agreed that a project focus should be Wall/Reawla as this neighbourhood offered the greatest challenge in terms of rural location and deprivation. Wall and Reawla are ranked as an area of multiple deprivation and have had two dispersal orders implemented (due to young people behaving badly).
It transpired that there were key components that would make a real difference to community cohesion and address the issue of antisocial behaviour. These include lack of useable community facilities, introducing an identifiable village centre and improving the safety and opportunities within the village’s green space (park).
The Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Plan has a specific objective “enhancing village centres through improvements to the streetscape and traffic management centre” which offers further project alignment to the communities’ aspirations.
The Reawla Streetscape project has now been completed and is managed by Cornwall Council and Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council.
The Streetscape project included:-
- Resurfacing to main roads
- Raised table top to main junction in village
- Pinchpoints to slow traffic down
- Extended footpath including creating uncontrolled pedestrian crossings
- Improved visibility & safety through the use of parking zones
- Tree planting scheme
- Two promenade bus shelters
- Two classic black seats
- New classic black railings
- New classic black waste bin
- Additional lighting between main road and play park
Two other initiatives have been identified in Wall/Reawla that would transform the community to alleviate problems, predominately antisocial behaviour. Each of the opportunities aligns closely to community aspirations documented in the Parish Plan together with local and regional consultations.
This initiative is ongoing and the Parish Council is committed to improve community facilities within the area.
The recommendations for this project are of course subject to the engagement of the community (as opposed to the normal consultation process) and securing funding from Council budgets, grants and partners’.
Reawla Park is currently owned by Cornwall Council although the Parish Council is working with them to devolve the service locally.
The Parish Council will continue to highlight the 3 projects above until they are secured for the area.