It was necessary to review the Council’s commitment at this time because the Government are saying that, although Ministers are expressing general support for the scheme, the Council has been advised to increase its contribution. It is hoped this will place the bid in a stronger position to be successful.
A late item about the link road from St Austell to the A30 was added to the agenda of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday last week. They agreed unanimously to increase the contribution that Cornwall Council was prepared to make towards the A30 Link Road – up to 7% of the value of the contract that will eventually be awarded to build the road, up to a limit of £7 million.
This will now be put into the Council’s budget and will be considered again in November but it can be regarded as a firm commitment by the Council.
On 16 March 2017 Cornwall Council’s Cabinet approved the preferred Roche Option route recommendation. Following this an Outline Business Case was submitted to the Department of Transport (DfT) by 31 March 2017. The business case showed the need for the link road, its benefits and how much it will cost along with the funding application.
The total cost of the scheme is currently estimated at £85 million. A route on which the council has conducted considerable consultation has been agreed.
St Austell councillors spoke strongly in support, including Cllrs Malcolm Brown, John Wood, Dick Cole and James Mustoe.
The application for the rest of the funding to come from the government road building strategy must now be made.
Malcolm Brown, Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Bethel said “Achieving a high quality road from St Austell to the A30 is now rightly a top priority for Cornwall Council. It will lead to significant environmental improvements for people living in Bugle, Stenalees and Roche. It will help existing businesses and make it much more likely that new industry can be attracted to St Austell. The pressures on Cornwall Council’s budget are massive and so it is great that we are able to commit £7 million towards this road, half as much again as the £4.5 million that was previously proposed”.