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Truro today and tomorrow...
Truro Cathedral dominates the skyline
Truro Cathedral dominates the Truro skyline

Truro has changed considerably in the last ten years.

Some welcome the changes, others are not so sure. Have your say on the Truro of today.

Truro in the past
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Truro still has its ancient cobbled streets and early buildings, but at the same time changes have been ocurring in the city.

Truro has changed massively in the last decade.

One of the most noticeable additions is the Italian Style Piazza and shopping development which was opened recently. This houses the largest Marks and Spencer store in the region.

Piazza in Truro
Truro's recently opened Piazza

"This development on Lemon Quay has taken a total of ten years to put together," says Denis Angilley, Property Developer.

"I think it has been the catalyst to stop too much out of town development. It will now serve to broaden the retail base in the city, and assure the future economic growth and viability of the city centre."

As you walk around the Truro of 2003 there is an air of prosperity about the city. It is home to many big name stores, trendy coffee shops and smart art galleries.

M&S in Truro
Marks and Spencer recently opened in Truro

"We felt that Truro was a wonderful, vibrant city and had lots to offer," says Louise Jones of the Lemon Street Art Gallery.

"We waited three years for the premises. We wanted to be on Lemon Street, possibly the most beautiful street in Cornwall."

But not everyone is quite so delighted with the way Truro has been developed.

Mallets in Truro as it looks today

Robert Mallet's family have been trading in Truro for many generations.

"I've got nothing against big names coming in," explains Robert Mallet. "We are losing the small family specialist businesses which is what Truro was built up on over all the years. We are losing our identity and that saddens me."

People now travel to Truro to shop instead of taking the much longer journey to Plymouth which they might have done 10 years ago.

Business analysts say Truro will never compete on the same scale with Plymouth or Exeter, it is just too small. A lot of local local people will tell you that is just the way they like it.

Watch Spotlight on BBC One at 6.30pm from Tuesday 18th to see a three part series highlighting the South West's cities.

Your thoughts

What do you think is the most attractive/least attractive aspect of Truro today.

What are you hopes for the city for the future?

Click here to have your say

Dear All,
Yesterday you mentioned in a news item about the comparison of 3 West Country Cities which focused on Truro.  
I was born and raised just outside Truro and I have to say that I now hate the town. It has changed beyond all recognition and has become what is best described as a "yuppie town".
Parking is mission impossible and it is always far to busy. I totally agree with Robert Mallet who said the town has lost many of its local business sites and therefore most of its character which I feel is a great shame.
The impact of the changes in Truro have also been seen in the local area especially the road network. I'm convinced most of the planners don't drive and do not realise how difficult it is to get into the town. They have even gone the lengths of putting speed limits in the country lanes around the town which cannot be policed due to lack of resources. The signs themselves must have cost a fortune and are a complete waste of good money because only a complete lunatic could exceed those limits. It would be interesting to poll local people as I know a great number who now shop in Redruth, Camborne and Falmouth just to avoid the necessity of getting into Truro.  
I know my opinion is probably worthless but at least you have given me the opportunity to get it off my chest so many thanks.
Paul Dyer, Truro

I grew up in Cornwall in St.Austell and have many fond memories of days out shopping in Truro as a child. I always liked the funny little alleys in Truro and enjoyed finding little cafes and shops tucked away from view. I live in Gateshead now but Truro is still one of my favourite places in Cornwall!
Andrew Wadsworth, Gateshead

I live in Truro and I always have and always will. Keep it the way it is, the way us Cornish people like it.

Anon, Truro

Truro is a really good place to live. Although it's small theres always something to do. It's better for shopping then Plymouth as shops are easier to find. I've lived near Truro all my live and the shops have got better.

Me and all my family are in to surfing, there are loads of surf shops in Truro. And when I went to Plymouth I could only find two. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
Natalie, Porthtowan Nr Truro

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