It’s safe to say we’re in challenging times. Who’d have believed two years ago we were about to spend the next couple of years in and out of lockdowns, with schools, travel and businesses closed?
While we’re not out of the pandemic yet, we’re now entering the ‘new normal’: uncertainty remains, but Penzance continues to show resilience.
As the town bounces back, here’s some things to look forward to in Penzance this year:
Town Deal Fund
Last year, it was confirmed Penzance and Newlyn would be awarded £21.5m from the Town Deal Fund to support regeneration of the local area. This year, work begins on several projects, including a more sustainable transport network and bringing key buildings back into use in the community.
Sustainable Penzance is a community representative on the board, so we’ll be seeing the business cases as they come in and how they’ll help create a thriving town that puts people and planet first. You can get the latest updates via our blog.
Healthy Streets PZ
Healthy Streets PZ is already well underway. Work on making the Western Prom, followed by Alexander Road, more pedestrian-friendly starts in the next couple of months. Traffic flow and parking will also be improved in Alexander Road.
As part of Town Deal, several streetscape projects are in the pipeline as well as a cycle lane network connecting homes, schools and businesses. Work to encourage alternative modes of transport into the town is due to start and much more. Get the lowdown.
Our favourite festival of the year returns to Penzance’s streets this summer after a two-year hiatus. Golowan is no doubt one of Penzance’s most anticipated events, enjoyed by thousands and culminating in the biggest day of celebration – Mazey Day.
While the event took place on a much smaller scale in 2021, it’s hoped this year the festival will be back to hosting a full schedule of traditional events.
We’re excited to be working in partnership with the team again, reducing its impact through plastic-free and other environmental initiatives. We’ll need help, so look out for volunteer opportunities as we get closer to the time.
As Sustainable Penzance grows, we’re excited to host more workshops in 2022. We’ll continue to join people together through Plastic Free Penzance and we’ll also focus on bringing together organisations and individuals working on environment projects across the town, so we can be even stronger.
The Gardener’s House project is gathering pace, which will provide a green hub for the town amongst other fantastic community opportunities. And we will be looking for inspirational project leads to support our growth. Keep your eyes peeled and help us build towards a more sustainable future for Penzance.
Starting as we mean to carry on, our first event of the year is already open. The O C E A N | Exhibition for Change at the Mor Swimmy Wild Swim Hub is raising funds for plastic-free initiatives in town. It includes an Ocean Film Night on 21st January, screening one of our favourites ‘North of the Sun’. Book your spot.
Beach & street cleans start back up in February as we kickstart our contribution to Surfers Against Sewage’s Million Mile Clean. Our community cleans are more than just a plastic pick up, this year we will continue to collect evidence on the biggest polluters to support research and lobby industry and government through SAS campaigns.
Look out for us at other community events too – as we spread the message that we can create a better future for our town.
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