Regeneration of Penryn's Glasney Valley takes a step forward
A group set up to spearhead the regeneration of a neglected part of Penryn met to discuss its priorities recently.
The Glasney Greenspace Regeneration Project held its second meeting at the start of February, taking a closer look at the Glasney Playing Field, BMX track and surrounding valley.
Attended by local residents and town councillors, the meeting discussed the results of the first wave of surveys conducted by the project - drainage, rubbish and fly-tipping were highlighted as priorities.
Recent wet weather has meant the field is nearly inaccessible with the current drainage system proving inadequate in clearing the waterlogged ground.
The group said they realise sourcing the funding to help rectify the drainage problem is difficult, but they aren’t put off.
Secretary Pip Carlton-Barnes said: “We realise that the drainage issue isn’t going to be straight forward.
There is talk of a spring underneath the field and clearly the current drainage system isn’t working, but there is still plenty more we can get on with while we work on this issue.”
A meeting with Cornwall Council public spaces officer Donald Martin was another step forward for the group in providing ideas and insight into what was to come. Another success was the recent day of action, featuring local youths, to tackle fly-tipping in the valley. Pip said: “It was a great day, a great turn out and the rain stayed away.
“We cleared the field and the path right up to the viaduct - It is a constant problem and you can see that most of this rubbish is not just litter, it’s fly-tipping.
“Looking up the banks you can see that, unless people are dragging it up the banks, it is clearly being thrown down from Saracen.
“This is something that the council really need to address.”
Among the haul collected by the group were dumbells, crash helmets, motorbike parts and a metal headboard.
The next public meeting for the Glasney Greenspace Regeneration Project will be on March 12 at 7pm in The Kings Arms, Penryn.