StARR - St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration

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StARR Project Overview

The St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) project aims to reduce flood risk to communities living and working in the St Austell Bay area, particularly in Par and St. Blazey. The proposed scheme will bring additional benefits to the area by encouraging investment and making Par and St. Blazey a better place to work, live and play.

The StARR project partners are:

Our new 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website

We were planning an event in Par and St Blazey in May to show you the latest information about the project. The COVID-19 pandemic means that we can't meet you safely face to face at the moment. We have developed this site to present the information and to help you to have your say.

What have we been up to?

Since the public information event in June 2019 we have:

  • appointed two staff to help manage overall delivery and our European funding compliance
  • secured £7.8m of European funding for StARR, bringing the total to £34m
  • been developing outline designs for our Urban Infrastructure sites and detailed design for our works alongside the Par River (main river works)
  • held a workshop for community leaders to help shape the use of open space around some of our sites and possible landscaping of the proposed ponds and rain gardens
  • submitted sites for planning permission based on outline design and detailed designs
  • launched a project newsletter and posted newsflashes to help keep you informed of key project development
  • partnered with the University of Exeter and Westcountry Rivers Trust to develop habitat plans near Lower Molinnis and to engage with landowners across the Par River catchment, and
  • commissioned the first part of a long-term Adaptation Plan (post 25 year StARR lifespan) to help the community develop and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

Flooding and climate change

Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency in January 2019. Climate change is causing more intense storms, rising sea levels and extreme flooding. Cornwall is particularly susceptible to flood risk and coastal erosion. You can read more on Cornwall Council's climate change website. The StARR project aims to reduce the flood risk in Par and St Blazey in the short term. A longer term plan will be developed with your help, allowing your community to find new ways to adapt to flooding.

European Regional Development Fund
The project is receiving £7.8 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

The St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) project aims to reduce flood risk to communities living and working in the St Austell Bay area, particularly in Par and St. Blazey. The proposed scheme will bring additional benefits to the area by encouraging investment and making Par and St. Blazey a better place to work, live and play.

The StARR project partners are:

Our new 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website

We were planning an event in Par and St Blazey in May to show you the latest information about the project. The COVID-19 pandemic means that we can't meet you safely face to face at the moment. We have developed this site to present the information and to help you to have your say.

What have we been up to?

Since the public information event in June 2019 we have:

  • appointed two staff to help manage overall delivery and our European funding compliance
  • secured £7.8m of European funding for StARR, bringing the total to £34m
  • been developing outline designs for our Urban Infrastructure sites and detailed design for our works alongside the Par River (main river works)
  • held a workshop for community leaders to help shape the use of open space around some of our sites and possible landscaping of the proposed ponds and rain gardens
  • submitted sites for planning permission based on outline design and detailed designs
  • launched a project newsletter and posted newsflashes to help keep you informed of key project development
  • partnered with the University of Exeter and Westcountry Rivers Trust to develop habitat plans near Lower Molinnis and to engage with landowners across the Par River catchment, and
  • commissioned the first part of a long-term Adaptation Plan (post 25 year StARR lifespan) to help the community develop and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

Flooding and climate change

Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency in January 2019. Climate change is causing more intense storms, rising sea levels and extreme flooding. Cornwall is particularly susceptible to flood risk and coastal erosion. You can read more on Cornwall Council's climate change website. The StARR project aims to reduce the flood risk in Par and St Blazey in the short term. A longer term plan will be developed with your help, allowing your community to find new ways to adapt to flooding.

European Regional Development Fund
The project is receiving £7.8 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

  • Your local flood support

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    07 Aug 2020

    To report concerns about local road flooding problems or drainage or to find out how to get help, please use the links below:


    Local drainage issues

    Report a highway problem to Cornwall Council

    To report urgent problems where there are large areas of standing water or the road is impassable and is causing a safety hazard or water from the highway is flooding adjacent property, please telephone 0300 1234 222 (24 hour service) giving details of the location. In extreme weather conditions with heavy rainfall, work will be prioritised according to severity and availability of resource.


    Blocked or overflowing sewers

    Report blocked or overflowing sewers to South West Water

    Telephone: 0344 346 2020


    Blocked or damaged watercourses

    Report blocked/damaged watercourses to the Report an environmental incident to the Environment Agency

    Incident hotline
    Telephone: 0800 80 70 60
    24-hour service
    Click on the link above to find out about call charges



    Cornwall Community Flood Forum

    Visit the website of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum


    Specialist insurance help for homeowners

    For information about the specialist insurance scheme for homeowners at risk of flooding, visit the website of FloodRe


    Other

    Contact the StARR team by email: starr@cornwall.gov.uk and we'll see if we can help.

  • Ponts Mill - repair of historic Par River bank

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    07 Aug 2020
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    Construction work at Ponts Mill, a popular walking area within the Luxulyan Valley World Heritage Site, was brought forward and work started on site at the beginning of August. The historic river bank was due to be repaired later in the year as part of the StARR project, but leaks over the summer prompted swifter action to reduce flood risk.

    You can read more about this in the July 2020 StARR Project newsletter.

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