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Behind closed doors meeting to take place at Heartlands in Pool to reveal new business plan

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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A MEETING is to take place behind closed doors on Friday between traders and management to reveal Heartlands’ new business model.

Cornwall Council, which is partnered with Heartlands, confirmed a meeting was organised for 3pm at the £37 million heritage site to provide an update on the new business plan, developed in December.

The meeting comes after Heartlands submitted a planning application to change the use of five premises from artists studios to attract more “creative” businesses.

A spokesman from Cornwall Council said: “The meeting on Friday is between the traders at Heartlands and the Heartlands Trust.

“It will not be a public meeting and will be focusing on providing an update to the traders on the new business plan and future aspirations of the site.

“The change of use application is an element of the new business plan for Heartlands.

“The change of use aims to give greater flexibility over the type of business which is allowed to occupy the units available for rent in Market Square at Heartlands.

Heartlands aims to see Market Square populated with a diverse mix of units which provide a year round presence.

“This is emphasised in the new business plan by more advantageous rental rates compared to other forms of use.”

Earlier this month the Heartlands Trust confirmed two members of staff had been made redundant.

Fears the heritage site was looking more like a “ghost town” than an insight to the area’s mining history were expressed by traders.

But at least two of the on-site businesses said they were “doing well”.

Jacky Blakeaway, from Magnetic Earth, a life coaching and hypnotherapy business, said Heartlands needed a little more time to get going but her businesses was “going well”.

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  • wringer  |  February 04 2014, 5:22PM

    a working mine would make a fabulous attraction by break but this place is neither fish nor foul. it has gardens that are a bit too small for wandering round, a play area that isn't that huge, shops but not many and an attraction that takes 30 minutes slow walk to get around. plus it wants to be a conference centre. you cannot be all things to all men.

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  • break  |  February 04 2014, 4:26PM

    Heartlands was never going to work,a high maintenance,industrial mine,created as an area where miners did their hard physical work,would never successfully be converted into some office place.Those that designed Heartlands,took the heart out of it,by trying to make it something its not,and in the process destroyed one of the most complete working mines that we had.But then,I'm not a snob who can waste money on stupid idea's,so what do I know.

  • wringer  |  February 04 2014, 3:50PM

    £37m on something that has no real identity and would struggle to be described as a tourist attraction. Cornwall council officers need to go and take a trip to @Bristol or ironbridge or the guiness museum in Dublin. you need to increase the time visitors spend here so that having looked around the museum for a couple of hours they then want to stop and shop. this place is neither fish nor fowl. I hope that the traders get some satisfaction it has huge potential but not when it is managed by cornwall council.

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