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City Pledges Light Relief

By Sharon Sullivan 27th June 2020

City Pledges Light Relief
Truro town crier Lionel Knight was sad to see several traditional Truro Christmas events fall foul of the covid-19 pandemic – but Lionel, pictured with wife Carol, promptly stumped up a whopping £11,000 to help make up for it by contributing to a sensational set of Christmas lights

By MATT DIXON - mattdixon@trurovoice.co.uk

In a week in which Christmas favourite the City of Lights was cancelled, Truro’s leaders have issued a rallying cry to residents and visitors.

A multi-agency team is preparing to launch a “Space to Shop” campaign, extending the pedestrianisation time frame and hatching plans for alternative events.

Taren Lee Corin, events coordinator for Truro City Council, said: “This year we have had to really think about the Christmas offer in Truro and with the road closures in place it will give us the ability to be as flexible as possible.

“We are finalising the details and can’t wait to announce them later on this month.“ Besides the City of Lights, the Father Christmas parade, Winter Gift Fayre and Boscawen Street  markets have also been scrapped this year. Following on from last week’s city council meeting in which the cancellations were announced, members agreed to fund an extension of the temporary road closures which include Boscawen Street, King Street, High Cross, St Nicholas Street and Lower Lemon Street.

Bert Biscoe, the city’s mayor, said: “If you love Truro, then make it your business to do your business in Truro, and we’ll do our best to keep you safe, and to try and sustain your jobs and enterprises. “Truro City Council, like all other concerns, has suffered financially during lockdown. It considers however that providing a safe environment in which people can feel comfortable to distance and queue during the autumn and in the Christmas period is a priority.

The partnership team comprising Truro City Council, Truro Business Improvement District and Visit Truro is confident it will encourage visitors and workers to return to the high street with Space to Shop.

By extending the scheme until early January, the partnership will be continuing to demonstrate their commitment to keeping the Government social distancing measures in

place, during one of the most critical times in the pandemic. Councillor Biscoe added: “We need to continue to positively manage the twin crises of covid and economic recovery.

All this relies on everybody cooperating and being alert. The provision will be kept under regular review as we welcome people back to work in the town centre, and back todo their business. See you there!”

Truro BID will make a small financial contribution towards the cost of manning the road closures each week, as well as funding the road closures on Saturdays and Wednesdays in the run up to Christmas. The city council has agreed to set aside a maximum of £25,000 to cover the cost and will be applying to Cornwall Council for a grant to cover the costs.

The Truro Partnership team have been working together on many projects including the plans for Christmas, which will be marketed through the Visit Truro website and other social media channels.

Alun Jones, Truro BID Manager, said: “We hope that extending the temporary Covid related road closures will give both residents and visitor’s reassurance to come and enjoy Truro’s shops, eateries and attractions both now and in the coming months. “In addition to our weekly contribution, the road closures on late night shopping Wednesdays and Saturdays in

the run up to Christmas will be funded by Truro BID to give people space to shop, eat and

drink this festive season.” Mr Jones explained: “We encourage all businesses to continue

to keep welcoming all customers and show that in Truro we are still creating the best  environment that we can for people to shop.”

Road closures in the city centre will remain in place from 11am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday.

Businesses wishing to discuss the temporary measures for Truro should contact Truro BID office or they can email Mr Jones at this address Alun.jones@trurobid.co.uk

For more information customers can contact Visit Truro via social media (facebook, Instagram or twitter) @Visittruro, or by calling 01872274555.

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By Sharon Sullivan 27th June 2020

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