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Diggers due in town redevelopment
St Austell
The 75m scheme is part-funded by the government
Work is to start in October on new shops, bars and cafes in a 75m revamp of St Austell town centre.

The Regional Development Agency (RDA) signed legal agreements with David McLean Developments on Friday.

The government-funded RDA is investing 31.5m in the project, with the rest coming from David McLean.

It means major diggings will soon start on the redevelopment which also includes a new cinema in Aylmer Square, underground car park and 70 apartments.

Robert McGuffie, the RDA's Cornwall regeneration manager, said: "This deal is what St Austell has been waiting for and we're delighted that contracts have been signed."

Richard Dean, managing director of David McLean Developments, said: "This agreement is a milestone in the regeneration of St Austell."

Demolition work has already started in St Austell on an old Tesco building.

The scheme, which is expected to employ 600-700 people, will take two years to complete.

The deal follows years of frustration for locals and businesses

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