1. Regime Change

    Well we shall see just how much changes. Both candidates for the leadership were promising much more democratic input into Cornwall Councils decision making in the future. The decision to support Mr Currie was taken because because he was stating his reluctance to press on with the Joint Venture and...
  2. Democracy in Cornwall

    There are basically two historic reasons for the current situation which empowers the Cabinet to ride roughshod over any democratic opinion in Cornwall Council. The first was a referendum in 2000 where people in Cornwall were asked what sort of governance they preferred. The options were 1. to keep the...
  3. Value of Carnivals

    I think the proposal to charge voluntary and community groups for traffic control to enable their free to enter events is very wrong. Most of the carnivals I know are managing on a shoestring raising money throughout the year to fund a week of events. To add to their burden...
  4. Fears for the Future

    On Monday the Cabinet of 9 will decide the future of Council Services for Cornwall. Over the last year we have seen many services taken out of the Council to be delivered in future by a variety of different models. The Leisure Trust, Cornwall Housing Ltd and Cormac Solutions have...
  5. Young people and housing

    I have just been through an intense period of work, spending almost every day in Truro and today I was privileged to chair an Inquiry Day into Youth Homelessness. This has been an increasingly worrying issue being brought to me by councillors from all the major towns in Cornwall. The...
  6. Busy Week

    Yes but interesting and varied. In Truro I attended Communites Overview and Scrutiny and was gratified to be elected vice chair by the members of that committee. I was also involved with the World Heritage Site as a member of the Partnership Board.  Planning Committe was held in Liskeard this...
  7. Musings

    We have just spent the weekend pulling Himalayan Balsam and I’m tired and achey, however I am also really pleased with the brilliant start we have made to this seasons work. Sixteen of us worked a total of 68hours. People came and went over the course of the 4 sessions...