12 June 2007. The Townscape/Streetscape improvements are under way at Foundry Square. The plan of the work is shown below and more details are given here.
3 June 2007. Fire Service Information Day.
Local Fire Fighters will be in attendance from 11 am to 7 pm at Phillack Church Hall, Hayle on Monday, 4th June to inform you of the implications of the cuts from County Hall on our fire service in the town and surrounding areas. In short, the proposed cuts will downgrade the service at Camborne and Falmouth Fire Stations which will mean: No guaranteed night cover in Cornwall - the only county in the British Isles with this limited service.
- A minimum of 5 minutes increase in response time to our community - on top of the 10 minutes it already takes
- 60% of businesses cease trading after a fire - not something we can afford in Hayle
In addition, the cuts mean:
- A cut of 35 full-time firefighters - 1 in 6 of full-time posts
- Camborne fire station not manned from 6 pm to 8 am requiring additional time in the event of a nightime fire. Fires at night are generally the most destructive.
Please come to talk to the firefighters and show solidarity with their attempts to send a strong message to County Hall.
02 June 2007. Cornwall County Council has presented a proposal for a Unitary Council for Cornwall that would remove the existing District and Borough Councils and have a single body with 82 elected representatives to deliver all of the existing services. Four of the District Councils are carrying out a poll of tax payers to see if they approve of this concept. There was a government-mandated 12-week consultation period and only three weeks remain. This is considered by most district and town councillors to be a ridiculously short period. Read more here.
31 May 2007. Sunset over Lelant by aerial photographer Peter Channon.
© 2007, Peter Channon, firstname.lastname@example.org
05 May 2007. The election results for the Hayle District and Town elections are in. Cleck here for details.
03 May 2007. The news remains extremely positive on the healthcare front. Mr. John Watkinson, the relatively new Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, gave a presentation to the Hayle Town Council last Thursday that was both frank and encouraging. Recognising that much remained to be done, Mr. Watkinson outlined what he had already achieved and what plans he had for the short and medium term. He extolled the virtues of St. Michael's and demonstrated his confidence in the hospital by having leg surgery there! The Council were united in support for the plans he espoused and offered their full support.
26 April 2007. The astonishingly harmful Draft Regional Spatial Strategy is now undergoing the Examination in Public (EIP) stage. Read more here.
21 April 2007. The Village Green application looks set to fail. Read the letter from the County Council's Legal Services here.
18 April 2007. ING has appointed architects LDA Design of Exeter to look at certain aspects of the project including how the new development will connect to the existing town and how people will travel around and between the elements of the project. There are also some interesting ideas on how best to use the space available. LDA Design has made presentations to the Hayle Town Council and to Harvey's Foundry Trust. They have kindly sent a copy of their presentation and you can view it here.
15 April 2007. The Hayle Area Plan now has a web site and newsletter intended to keep participants up-to-date with all the activities. Take a look at www.hayleareaplan.org.uk.
10 April 2007. Check out my Election Page for information on the Town and District elections.
04 April 2007. SWERDA has applied some European funds to an interesting idea: Cornwall Aerospace Defence Initiative (CADI). This is designed to assist companies, particularly in the Hayle, Camborne and Redruth areas, to gain contracts in the lucrative aviation and defense sectors. Hayle's Rigibore is a member. Although this project was started in 2005 there has recently been additional funding to assist companies to meet the quality and technical requirements of the aerospace sectors. Bringing high-tech jobs to the area helps to raise wages and standard of living for all.
18 March 2007. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum has published a Strategy and Action plan for the Economic Development of the area for 2007-2021. Read it here.
12 March 2007. A rare Russian visitor was spotted in Hayle this week. It is the White-Billed Diver (Gavia adamsii), an annual vagrant - usually to Shetland and northern Scotland. There have been only a few hundred sightings in Britain and these are mostly up North. This photograph was taken on Copperhouse Pool from Merchant Curnow's Quay.
07 March 2007. Lynette Forsdyke-Crofts has introduced an exciting new idea for Hayle - the Cafe Scientifique. The idea is that excellent speakers present scientific topics to a lay audience in a relaxed atmosphere and let the debate begin. The last one on genetics was excellent. The next one on Monday 12 March is entitled Putting the Microbes Back in Biology. Click here for the poster.
25 February 2007. Future Planning Policy - opinions needed... The Penwith Local Development Framework will be a new set of planning documents to guide development over the next 20 years. The first document to be produced is called the 'Core Strategy'. . . . Click here to find out more.
17 February 2007. The IDEA's latest update to the Councillor's Guide is now available. Click on 'become a councillor' on the right and then download it.
15 February 2007. Is tourism the life-blood of Cornwall? The Cornwall Destination Management Office has commissioned a 'Destination Audit'. Read it here and decide if this will solve West Cornwall's employment problem.
12 February 2007. High-resolution imagery from space now covers Hayle. It hasn't reached St. Ives or Penzance yet, but we have it. The Passmore Edwards Institute is centred below.
Check it out for yourself at www.wikimapia.org.
08 February 2007. The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust has issued its strategy in a document entitled "A Healthy Future for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly". This has some exciting information for those of us in West Cornwall including the complete restoration of services at St. Michael's and doctor-led A&E being confirmed at West Cornwall Hospital. Cautious optimism is, I believe, called for. Read the document here.
04 February 2007. The Hayle Residents Association has set up a new forum to fill the vacuum created when the venerable Hayle Eye closed. The new forum is at www.haylevoice.com.
01 February 2007. At the District Council meeting last night, Jim McKenna reported on recent meetings regarding health services in West Cornwall. St. Michael's Hospital now looks set to have all services restored AND to have investment in additional services. 7x24 A&E is to be restored/maintained at West Cornwall Hospital - although clarification on the exact nature of the service is being sought. All this is being funded by an additional £65 million from central governement. So basically all of the demands we made during our march in August have been met. While things are definitely looking better we are not standing down until we see action. "Trust but verify!"
24 January 2007. The Fire Brigades Union issues a press release in their fight to retain services.
17 January 2007. Jackie and Brian Pierce have pulled the plug on Hayle Eye claiming that it no longer fulfilled the purpose for which they created it. Read more and have your say on my forum.
12 January 2007. Cornwall County Council is threatening to end 24-hour manning of the fire station in Camborne - the station that serves Hayle. This will add 5-10 minutes to response times outside the day shift. It is time for an appliance in Hayle.
11 January 2007. A constituent asked if the rumour was true that all of the recycling materials collected from households were sent to a land fill. Read the detailed response from PDC's recycling manager here.
07 January 2007. After several years work, the Market and Coastal Towns Initiative for the Hayle Area has been published and the hard work of turning the plans into reality has started. There is a meeting to kick-off the project delivery groups on Tuesday, 16th January at 7:30 pm. It will be held in the Day Care Centre next to the Hayle Library. Please come along.
For more details click here.