‘Do not destroy everything that makes Cornwall so special’

The news seems dominated by planning applications this week that give an insight into the long-term future of Falmouth and the surrounding countryside.

There is the application to build a Premier Inn in Falmouth town centre, plans to expand the university campus at Woodlane, and proposals for a massive solar farm at Halvasso.

Now each of these proposals may be different, but they all have one thing in common - developers claiming they represent ‘progress’.

Now I am not one for saying everything should stay exactly the same - there is no way you can build a sustainable future without change.

However, you do have to stand back sometimes, look at a project and work out exactly who it will benefit in the long term. That is the problem with all three of the applications currently under consideration.

The Premier Inn plans pay no attention to the effect of placing a branded budget hotel in the centre of a town known for its independent businesses.

The university plans, while needed for an improved offer for students, pays no attention to its impact on local residents.

Similarly, the Halvasso application, while providing much needed renewable energy, will destroy the views of local residents and wipe thousands off house prices in the area and damage tourism.

Yes, we need progress if we are to create a successful and properous future for Cornwall.

However, we must make sure we do not destroy everything that makes Cornwall so special in the process.

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2:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

tyrionb says...

Not sure why The Packet regurgitates the minority views as fact in its publication. You know you can take a stance away from the usual contributors to the letters page rather than agreeing sheep like with whoever is moaning this week. Premier Inn is a much needed wake up call for our out of date hoteliers in Falmouth, which needs to improve its offering to the market place. Most people complaining are the hoteliers. As Councilor Choak said at the first of several public meetings, you cannot refuse permission based upon fear of competition. The constant University bashing is also getting tiring. The University provides fantastic economic bonuses for the surrounding area yet The Packet constantly supports the minority views moaning about an occasional student house party or the fact that a residents parking space has been lost outside of their house. Time to provide balance in your reporting.
Not sure why The Packet regurgitates the minority views as fact in its publication. You know you can take a stance away from the usual contributors to the letters page rather than agreeing sheep like with whoever is moaning this week. Premier Inn is a much needed wake up call for our out of date hoteliers in Falmouth, which needs to improve its offering to the market place. Most people complaining are the hoteliers. As Councilor Choak said at the first of several public meetings, you cannot refuse permission based upon fear of competition. The constant University bashing is also getting tiring. The University provides fantastic economic bonuses for the surrounding area yet The Packet constantly supports the minority views moaning about an occasional student house party or the fact that a residents parking space has been lost outside of their house. Time to provide balance in your reporting. tyrionb

5:24pm Fri 30 Nov 12

ucsweb says...

Some people have little grasp of the facts.
Some people have little grasp of the facts. ucsweb

5:40am Sat 8 Dec 12

molesworth says...

It's the inappropriate location of a down market budget hotel (like a 'Bernie Inn' of hotels) which is upsetting people Tyrionb. On these pages there have been many suggestions of alternative and more appropriate locations but it appears to be all about making money for a couple of individuals. I am with you on the relentless and tiresome university bashing and as I've pointed out before' if students moved their cars every couple of days and didn't just leave them stationary (outside my house!) for weeks on end then I, and lots of other people wouldn't have a problem with the parking. Regarding party noises it's quite simple. Turn the music off at midnight on work nights. I like to hear people enjoying themselves but not all night when I've got to get up for work at 7 in the morning.
It's the inappropriate location of a down market budget hotel (like a 'Bernie Inn' of hotels) which is upsetting people Tyrionb. On these pages there have been many suggestions of alternative and more appropriate locations but it appears to be all about making money for a couple of individuals. I am with you on the relentless and tiresome university bashing and as I've pointed out before' if students moved their cars every couple of days and didn't just leave them stationary (outside my house!) for weeks on end then I, and lots of other people wouldn't have a problem with the parking. Regarding party noises it's quite simple. Turn the music off at midnight on work nights. I like to hear people enjoying themselves but not all night when I've got to get up for work at 7 in the morning. molesworth

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