NEWQUAY’S tatty and confusing signs will soon be replaced with vibrant new ones, aimed at guiding visitors to the resort’s hidden gems, top shops and beauty spots.
Led by the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID), the project will also see the signage adorned with nuggets of information celebrating the town’s history.
Group leaders are now calling on members of the public to attend one of four consultation sessions to share ideas and memories of their favourite places that should be included.
The goal, according to BID, is to “develop a town-wide network of creatively designed signposts that tell Newquay’s unique story”, with the initial research phase of the project undertaken by Falmouth-based design company 20/20.
The company has made recommendations based on the existing mix of signage across the town which, they say, is currently confusing and poorly maintained. Pictures of what they discovered will be on display for residents to view at the consultation meetings.
Emilie Calhaem, BID Manager, said: “We strongly encourage as many people as possible to come and help us tell Newquay’s stories through this signage project. These consultations are not about deciding the colours of different signs or which style of fingerpost is better than another. They are an opportunity for residents to share their memories of favourite places; to make sure key areas of Newquay are highlighted for inclusion; and to chart the town’s history through visual interpretation.”
She said the new signage needed to have a “clear visual identity, in-line with the new cool, coastal Newquay brand created by the BID”.
The project also aimed to ensure attractions outside the town centre, such as Pentire Headland, Trenance Gardens and the Barrowfields, were included and had signage to “properly connect them to the town”.
Ms Calhaem added: “We need to ensure that the town’s signage is working hard to drive visitors to key trading sites, meaning they find all of the towns wonderful attractions and that their experience of navigating around Newquay is a positive one. We want visitors to learn something about the town as they walk around it and discover new places.”
The consultations will take place at:
Hotel Victoria Sunlounge – Monday, January 20, 10am to 2pm
Heron Tennis Centre – Tuesday, January 21, 2pm to 7pm
Pauline’s Creamery, Bank Street - Wednesday January 22, 10am to 4pm
Greyblackwhite art gallery, Fore Street - Thursday January 23, 10am to 4pm
Local campaigner Jon Goodman will also be at the events promoting his project to fund vital repairs to the Huer’s Hut, one of Newquay’s unique heritage sites.