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New adventure play areas for Nansledan
Construction is underway on the first in a series of exciting new play areas for Nansledan, the Duchy of Cornwall’s extension to Newquay.
Six adventure play spaces are being planned across the community and the first, in the Kosti Veur quarter, is expected to be completed by Christmas.
Each play area is being named after the Cornish word for the type of play that will be encouraged at each site, in keeping with the use of Cornish place names across Nansledan, which itself means ‘broad valley’.
The first play space is called Skrambla (or Scramble), and will be followed by Slynk, which means slide; Leska, which means swing, Diskhuda, which means discover, Omberthi, which means balance and Lemmel, which is Cornish for jump.
The play areas are being designed and built by specialist adventure play company – Creating Adventurous Places (CAP.Co).
Skrambla comprises elevated wooden huts linked by crawl tunnels and walkways all sitting within a giant seaweed stick maze. There will be a clamber net, slide, log climb, rope bridge, rope swing, balance log and beams, wonky walkway, stepping stones and a toddler swing, set in a rolling grass-covered landscape.
There will be bench seating in front of Skrambla and it will be bordered on three sides by a Cornish hedge. A community allotment is also being created. This will be run by a new community allotment association that is being formed by Nansledan residents.
Ben Murphy, Estate Director at the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “CAP.Co were selected because of their reputation for designing fun and adventurous play equipment using natural materials, designed to fit into their local context. The designs for Skrambla have a nautical theme and when we shared the drawings with local children they gave them a unanimous thumbs up. We very much look forward to Skrambla being completed and enjoyed by children across the community by Christmas.
“Outdoor play and adventure is really important for health and wellbeing and we look forward to working with the community and CAP.Co to prepare the designs of the other play spaces in 2020.”
Steve Vass from CAP.Co said: “We are delighted to be working with the Duchy of Cornwall across this site and the wider Nansledan development. Our concept is to take the fundamental actions of play and couple them with the language, culture and landscape of this part of Cornwall to offer a different experience and aesthetic in each of the individual play spaces.
“This will create something of a play trail throughout the community, encouraging residents and visitors alike to move around and explore not just the area closest to them but Nansledan as a whole. The Skrambla allows kids a chance to clamber among a tangle of giant seaweed on the sandy ocean floor providing lots of opportunity for both physical and imaginative play, whilst the sea creatures and bright colours reflected in the rustic beach hut interiors, echo the local Nansledan seaside palette”.
Nansledan is being developed on Duchy-owned land to the east of Newquay and will eventually comprise around 4,000 homes mixed with retail, offices, workshops, green spaces and a range of community facilities. It is being built by a consortium of South West building companies which includes Wainhomes, CG Fry & Son and Morrish Builders.
Planned diversions for highway improvement works in Quintrell Road
You will all have noticed that the eagerly awaited traffic calming and pavement improvements are taking place on the main William Hoskins Road. The current road works are planned to run over a period of 20 weeks. However this could be less, weather permitting.
There are two main reasons for the roadworks. One is to ensure there is a suitable pavement area for pedestrians to walk between Nansledan towards the school and on to Quintrell Downs. The second is to create traffic calming measures along the main road to slow traffic outside the school and towards Nansledan.
These roadworks will cause disruption, there is no doubt about that. So if you are planning on using this route please plan accordingly. The current temporary path to and from the school will remain in place to ensure the best safe route for pedestrians between Nansledan and Quintrell Downs.
There will in the future be a safe crossing to the SANG. However we are unsure when this will be completed. So if you are using the SANG please take extra care when crossing the main road. The Highways Agency and Champions are in charge of the works and are doing their best to keep disruption to a minimum. Your patience is appreciated while this essential work takes place.
To view the schedule of works click on the links below.
PEDESTRIAN DIVERSION ROUTE
There is plenty of work being carried out at the moment around Nansledan creating new roads.
With safety in mind, signs have been placed to help everyone find their way around, both on foot and in vehicles.
Please click on the links below to view the maps.
Skol Nansledan welcomed it’s first intake of pupils on Monday 9th September. The Duchy of Cornwall, Midas and the Aspire Academy are delighted to have it open, and the feedback from Aspire about how everything is operating has been very positive.
The Duchy of Cornwall worked with Aspire to provide a Traffic Management Plan which was approved with Cornwall Highways. This included both a new route on Duchy of Cornwall land from Gypsy Corner up to the new school and also from Phase I of Nansledan. In addition, Cornwall Highways had agreed to a temporary speed restriction to 30mph which was in place at the time of the school opening. All works were completed to allow use of these additional footpaths within the fields allowing safe passage for the children and their parents. Unfortunately, the far end by Gypsy Corner was not open to the public as the contractor was unable to resolve the configuration of the gates around the allotments and was concerned about the security thereof. This has now been rectified and was opened on Wednesday 11th September.
The Duchy of Cornwall will continue to work with Cornwall Highways and local Councillors to look at further traffic calming solutions along the Quintrell Road. Indeed we have long shared concerns about traffic speeds into Newquay along William Hoskins Road, and made several suggestions about how best to address these through highway design. Further meetings are in the diary about how best to implement these design solutions.
Following the visit by HRH The Duke of Cornwall to Nansledan in March, we are very much looking forward to work starting on Skol Nansledan, the new primary school, shortly. The 14-classroom school will be built by South West regional contractor Midas and is due to open in September next year. It will be operated by the Aspire Academy Trust educational charity, which already supports some 24 primary schools across Cornwall.
We are delighted to have welcomed two new businesses to Nansledan: Newquay Holiday Lettings and Barber Lounge, located in units two and three of the Seahorse Building. They will soon be joined by the Little Cornish Pantry (who did all the catering for the Royal visit in March) in unit one, and a new bridal shop will occupy unit four. Both are currently finalising their fit-outs.
NEWQUAY STRATEGIC LINK
Last week Cornwall Council’s Cabinet voted to approve plans to invest £8.7 million to speed up delivery of the Newquay Strategic Link, the road that will connect Quintrell Road with the A392. The Duchy has already built much of the eastern end of the road. Another stretch, north of the A392 including the new roundabout by Hendra Holiday Park, was competed by Cornwall Council last year. The Council is also proposing to enter into a loan agreement with the Duchy to bring forward by several years the remaining stretches of the link that we are committed to deliver. In practice this means the Council will be responsible for the delivery of the rest of the road, including the rail and stream bridges in the bottom of the valley, and the Duchy will make a £7.1 million contribution to the cost. The link will allow for the closure of two level crossings at Chapel Farm and Trencreek, and reduce congestion on neighbouring roads. Cornwall Council aim to have the whole link completed by October 2020.
We are aware that some residents have had problems with package deliveries because many of Nansledan’s new roads are not yet on Google maps because they are so new. We are taking steps to address this by informing Google of the new street names as they are constructed, but it does take some times for our requests to filter through and be acted upon. If your street is missing from Google then you can report it yourself by clicking here. Click on the three short lines in the top left hand corner to see the drop-down menu. Click on ‘Add a missing place’ and you should be able to insert your street address. It helps if more people do this because it will hopefully speed up the rate at which Google updates its maps.