Killacourt open after £900,000 project
An aerial view of the newly-enhanced Killacourt; below, Adam Stock, the site manager from APS Construction
14th April 2021
By Warren Wilkins
The newly-enhanced Killacourt opened to the public on Monday following a controversial £900,000 scheme to improve the green space.
Newquay Town Council’s Killacourt Enhancement Project includes new up-lit seating, landscape planting and levelling of all paths and groundworks throughout the site to make the area accessible to all.
There have also been improvements to the bandstand.
The original structure remains in place but new cladding and doors have been added, with an accessible ramp and performance area.
Oltco, based in Tower Road, has installed a recycled base around the performance area of the bandstand, to replace tarmac.
The town council has also worked alongside Inclusive Care Solutions to install and register a new Changing Places disabled toilet facility at the previous ice cream hut.
Twelve new enterprise units have been built along the curtilage of the Killacourt, plus a café behind the bandstand.
The outlets are designed to provide opportunities for small businesses that cannot afford the high rents of the town centre, to allow them a space to grow.
The intention is that the enterprise units and cafe will promote more visitors to the town centre.
But campaign group Save Newquay Killacourt was launched amid concerns that the units would be in direct competition with struggling shops. Other residents have been supportive of the improvements as they believe the scheme will enhance the area.
The Killacourt has been closed to the public since June while the scheme has been carried out. It was largely funded through a £500,000 grant from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The town council has also provided funds.
A town council spokesperson said: “A huge thanks must go to our contractors for undertaking the works despite the pandemic and to all the staff and members at Newquay Town Council for obtaining the funding and pushing forwards with the project.
“We would also like to welcome all the fantastic new businesses to the Killacourt.
“We can’t wait to watch them thrive and for locals and visitors to enjoy everything the Killacourt now has to offer.”
Claire Bailey, the owner of Nearly New(quay) Clothing Company, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for businesses starting out. A four-year lease on the high street is useless as you do not know if your business idea will work.
“The town council has given us this opportunity and it was very forward-thinking of them to try to resolve the situation on the high street.
“The aim is that I will be in a position to take out a proper lease at a later date.”
Emily Donald from Killa Walls said: “This is an exciting opportunity to sell street art from artists from around the Westcountry.”
Freya Bennett, who has opened Dreya Glass, said: “This is a great opportunity to add more to the town centre. I hope lots of people visit and support these local small businesses.”