So, with the New Year almost upon us, what are the significant events which are likely to impact on Cornwall in the New Year?
Firstly, you can’t look beyond the General Election. Cornwall’s six seats are shared between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. The majorities that the incumbents hold these seats by are all minimal. The smallest majority is just 66 – Tory George Eustace’s majority in Camborne and Redruth, with the largest being fellow Conservative Sheryll Murray’s 3,220 in South-East Cornwall. Therefore everything is up for grabs – quite literally. With Cornwall being an entirely marginal area, it will be interesting to see what the parties decide to offer the people of Cornwall in exchange for their votes. This should now be a perfect opportunity for the Cornish community to unite in a call for a Cornish Assembly, and for the dire lack of investment in the Cornish infrastructure to be addressed – the Westminster political world cannot ignore this any longer. It is also a major opportunity for Mebyon Kernow to transfer their successes in Council elections to make a mark on the Westminster elections. The BBC has agreed to look at amending its rules which presently prevents local/regional parties from having access to Party Political Broadcasts in time for the election, which means that media representation for the Party For Cornwall could be increased.
The second major impending set of decisions which are hanging over the territory is The Stadium For Cornwall. That a region as proud of its identity and heritage as Cornwall still has no major sporting facility is nothing short of a disgrace that those in power at Cornwall Council should hang their heads in shame at. The plan for the stadium, which will initially have a capacity for 6,000 people, but able to increase to 10,000 would allow Cornish rugby (the main way for the territory to assert its ‘national’ identity) to reach for the stars of the Premiership, allow other Cornish clubs to regularly use the facilities due to the presence of a 3G playing surface, have exceptional community sporting facilities, top notch Conference facilities and be a further home for Truro College. The construction of the site would not involve any tax payers money, or funds from the council whatsoever – it would be entirely privately funded – so there cannot really be any further excuse for Cornwall Council to refuse or further delay the plans, are there? With huge support for the stadium both within Cornwall and throughout the UK (rugby supporters nationwide have signed the petition) surely it has to happen in 2015?
In order to give the stadium the best chance of success, please sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/cornwall-council-planning-department-support-the-enabling-planning-application-number-pa14-08092-for-an-outline-mixed-use-proposal-on-land-at-west-langarth-farm-threemilestone-truro