You can view a short film about the project here https://youtu.be/Uk58qZibTAI
It’s great to see construction work starting on the exciting plans to extend the village’s community centre.
During the past few months Cornwall Council has been working with the Langarth Garden Village project team and other partners to support the plans to extend and upgrade the current community centre as part of a wider programme of community investment projects in the Threemilestone and Highertown area.
At the end of last year Cornwall Council agreed to provide £500,000 towards the costs of the scheme, enabling the much needed and long awaited extension to move forward. Planning permission was granted in January 2021.
Now work has begun on the first phase of the project.
One of the Council’s key priorities has been to ensure that local facilities and services in existing communities such as Threemilestone do not come under pressure as a result of the Langarth Garden Village scheme, and that Langarth supports improvements for existing residents as well as new ones”.
Improving the community centre will bring great benefits to Threemilestone, providing more space for community events and enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the building which lies at the heart of the village.
While Threemilestone already has a very successful community centre, which is used for a wide range of sporting, activity, club and other social events, the hall was built to support around 1,000 people in the 1970s. With a population of more than 4,000 today, and the village continuing to grow, it is no longer big enough to cater for all the organisations which want to use it. There are also currently no public toilets in the village, with the nearest ones in Chacewater, two-and-a-half miles away.
The plans include creating a new public external accessible toilet, new entrance lobby with area for sheltering and waiting, a baby change room, a changing room with shower facilities, new male and female toilets with accessibility, and a recycling store.
The works, which are being carried out by MIDAS, are due to be completed by early October 2021.
Further plans for the village include removing the central roundabout, providing more parking spaces to improve access to local businesses and health services and a new pedestrian and cycleway link to connect Threemilestone village directly to the new Langarth Garden Village. All of this will be complemented by new green spaces, landscaping and tree planting.