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About Bodmin

Over the past few years, Bodmin has enjoyed something of a renaissance with the refurbishment of the Shire Hall and conversion from courthouse to busy heritage and visitor centre and the townscaping of the Mount Folly area.  A major Townscape Heritage Initiative has resulted in many of the impressive Listed Buildings in the town having a 'facelift'.  A partnership between North Cornwall District Council and Bodmin Town Council has enabled the area around the Beacon to be developed into a Local Nature Reserve, providing a vital green space in the town.  The Town Council serves the town of Bodmin, which has a population of approximately 14,500.  Many of the services provided by the Council are also enjoyed by people living in the surrounding villages and the thousands of tourists who visit the town each year.  The Town is the major centre for housing and industrial development in mid/east Cornwall and has recently been designated as a Strategic Urban Centre.  Bodmin is the largest town in North Cornwall and is located near the geographical centre of Cornwall, being around 19 km from the north and south coasts and on the south-western fringe of Bodmin Moor: Bodmin is often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Moor'.  It is situated at an important strategic point with the two main routes into Cornwall, the A30 and A38, converging on the outskirts of the town, and is close to Newquay airport.

A number of internationally renowned businesses operate from the town's Industrial Estates representing a major investment in the town and this is set to expand with the prestigious RDA development of the Beacon Business Park on part of the site of the former St Lawrence's Hospital.

Bodmin plays an important role as a market town serving the surrounding rural villages.  Both the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have shown that such towns are vital to the rural renaissance.  A medium to long term vision for the town and its hinterland has been set out in Bodmin Futures 2020 Vision: Quality Partnership and a 21st Century Economy, the community strategic plan prepared by the Bodmin and Surrounding Area Forum as part of the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative.