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140227 | Letter: Heartlands? Horrorlands more like – a huge waste of Big Lottery money | This is Cornwall


Heartlands? Horrorlands more like – a huge waste of Big Lottery money

Thursday, February 27, 2014

West Briton

HEARTLANDS should have been called Horrorlands: the £37 million, 19-acre cultural site looks as if it was designed by the same group of laymen who later designed Chiverton, Avers and Trafalgar roundabouts.

This 'free' misaligned assortment of allurements including an adventure playground, World Heritage exhibition centre, art and craft studios, gardens and café attracted 285,000 visitors in its inaugural year, a magnificent 50,000 more than its initial target but how many of these wanted to return?

How many of the thousands of families visiting its outstanding playground bother to trek over to the café or shops? In fact, after being tricked into having to pay for the car park, how many can afford to pay the prices in these shops?

Heartlands is already a ghost town yet, as with any attraction partly EU funded, continues to win prestigious awards including best family attraction; café and tearoom of the year and sustainable tourism.

We now have Linden Homes building houses whose front doors open onto the A3047's kerb stones, how much of the Lottery grant did they receive?

It is an absolute disgrace that a £22 million Big Lottery grant and £15 million of other grants should have been allowed to be wasted like this when a well-thought-out playground, free car park and toilets could probably have been built for £5 million leaving the other £30 million to entice manufacturing jobs for local people.

Derek Elliott


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PA18/05585 | Application for Refurbishment and conversion of Loggans Mill building into 16 apartments, including internal and ex 9 hours 30 min agoBook page
1939 | Fire lit at Angarrack | May Day Celebrating at Hayle 9 hours 57 min agoBook page
1933 | LICENSED PREMISES TO LET. TIHE ANGARRACK INN. near Hayle. Rent and ingoing moderate. Suit a pensioner. Apply The Brewery, 10 hours 9 min agoBook page
1934 | Villagers' Initiative Spirit Of Self-Help at Angarrack Old Mill converted into Institute 10 hours 58 min agoBook page
1934 | Whist | It is interesting to note that this is the first time in history that whist drive has been held in Angarrack 11 hours 1 min agoBook page
1841 | Having been offered for sale at Angarrack Smelting House the Goth of a refiner put it at once into a ladle and melted 5 days 8 hours agoBook page
1894 September 6 | Two Men Killed At Hayle Dynamite Works 5 days 12 hours agoBook page
180801 | Hayle Mayor Slams Boundary Changes | Hayle Town Council 1 week 6 days agoBook page
1880 | There is a report current that the smelting-works at Angarrack will shortly cease operations, but all hope that it is a r 2 weeks 1 day agoBook page
1930 | A bazaar was held at Angarrack, Hayle, on Monday, in aid of the Wesleyan chapel renovation scheme 2 weeks 1 day agoBook page
1791 | About one mile East of the copper-works is the village of Angarrack | The Universal British Directory, Camborne 2 weeks 1 day agoBook page

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