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Who is behind 'barmy' Falmouth boardwalk plan?

While the news that Falmouth could soon have its own boardwalk has been greeted by a mix of incredulity and surprise by the public, one thing that has not become clearer is how this expensive scheme progressed so far in secret.

No-one seems to want to talk about how money meant to offset the damaging effects of yet another supermarket was earmarked for such a grandiose plan. Who exactly is driving this forward?

Your pal the Skipper is torn on this subject. On one hand it seems that this could be a good idea for the town as a whole, a better connection to the waterside can only be a good thing.

Although exactly what the great and the good who own waterside homes will say about having a parade of gawkers passing by their windows for 16 hours a day, only time will tell.

The other point is exactly how a new route bypassing the main shops will help trade, counterintuitive does not even begin to describe this.

Now £500,000 (and let’s face it it will end up costing a lot more) is a lot of money, especially as we are told we cannot afford enough to pay for toilets, health care, police officers etc, but I guess there is always cash for a good old fashioned vanity project.

I have been called a cynic in the past, and this may be adding two and two and coming up with a Community Interest Company, but is it just coincidence that it is planned from the very asset that has just been handed over to a undemocratic group against the town council’s wishes?

When large sums of cash are spent like water, transparency is key, and this plan has not had the best of starts.

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3:55pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

Well I think the boardwalk is a much better idea than some of the ideas Helstons money is being spent on. A town manager who then required an assistant and now a proposal for three apprentices, a few hanging baskets, a few flags and a branding that is supposed to look like Lilly of the valley, yeah maybe if I stand on a Helston rooftop and can then get a glimpse of the sea I could call Helston a town on the coast. If I were you I would take the boardwalk in Falmouth and enjoy it, because in my opinion it will certainly attract more visitors to spend money in Falmouth than Helstons 'Celebration Star' will in Helston.
Well I think the boardwalk is a much better idea than some of the ideas Helstons money is being spent on. A town manager who then required an assistant and now a proposal for three apprentices, a few hanging baskets, a few flags and a branding that is supposed to look like Lilly of the valley, yeah maybe if I stand on a Helston rooftop and can then get a glimpse of the sea I could call Helston a town on the coast. If I were you I would take the boardwalk in Falmouth and enjoy it, because in my opinion it will certainly attract more visitors to spend money in Falmouth than Helstons 'Celebration Star' will in Helston. Gill Zella Martin
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5:10pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ucsweb says...

What the people of Falmouth have been talking about for years is a road. One that will allow delivery vehicles and other traffic to pass some or all of a very narrow main street. Possibly with stopping the traffic through the town.
I too would like to know who came up with this idea and who has been pushing it. I don't know anyone in Falmouth that thinks this is a good idea.
What the people of Falmouth have been talking about for years is a road. One that will allow delivery vehicles and other traffic to pass some or all of a very narrow main street. Possibly with stopping the traffic through the town. I too would like to know who came up with this idea and who has been pushing it. I don't know anyone in Falmouth that thinks this is a good idea. ucsweb
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6:43pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

How about we have Falmouth's board walk and put it over Coronation lake in Helston and Falmouth can have Helston's ideas.
How about we have Falmouth's board walk and put it over Coronation lake in Helston and Falmouth can have Helston's ideas. Gill Zella Martin
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7:14pm Thu 6 Dec 12

cornishblonde says...

How about spending the dosh on making our main street more attractive, like a surface that anyone under 15 or over 65 doesn't trip over for a start. It looks like you get to Church Corner and are about to enter another town altogether. That's because the European money ran out when they got to that point, and no one thought it important to carry on to the harbour.
How about spending the dosh on making our main street more attractive, like a surface that anyone under 15 or over 65 doesn't trip over for a start. It looks like you get to Church Corner and are about to enter another town altogether. That's because the European money ran out when they got to that point, and no one thought it important to carry on to the harbour. cornishblonde
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7:20am Fri 7 Dec 12

jane-w says...

Good idea cornishblonde. How much money has been spent in repairing the useless cobbles and also in compensation claims when people have fallen over them? They are not user friendly. We should be encouraging more businesses into Falmouth and making the main street better before spending money on this, however Gill I think I would prefer this to the Helston ideas - sorry. The trouble is its easy to spend other people's money. Lets be honest at low tide it will stink and we will have a lovely view of the rubbish that has been thrown into the sea and all tides a lovely view of the rundown buildings.
Good idea cornishblonde. How much money has been spent in repairing the useless cobbles and also in compensation claims when people have fallen over them? They are not user friendly. We should be encouraging more businesses into Falmouth and making the main street better before spending money on this, however Gill I think I would prefer this to the Helston ideas - sorry. The trouble is its easy to spend other people's money. Lets be honest at low tide it will stink and we will have a lovely view of the rubbish that has been thrown into the sea and all tides a lovely view of the rundown buildings. jane-w
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8:45am Fri 7 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Jane-w, I think many people would prefer anything other than the Helston ideas lol
I agree, each town should get its priorities right and if Falmouth needs money for the pavements then maybe that is what they should do, I know Helston's pavements are terrible in some places but it would appear to me that Helston are too busy apparently launching an obscure logo to worry about the state of the pavements.
Jane-w, I think many people would prefer anything other than the Helston ideas lol I agree, each town should get its priorities right and if Falmouth needs money for the pavements then maybe that is what they should do, I know Helston's pavements are terrible in some places but it would appear to me that Helston are too busy apparently launching an obscure logo to worry about the state of the pavements. Gill Zella Martin 09
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6:17pm Sat 8 Dec 12

esswords says...

April the first already?
April the first already? esswords
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5:27pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Marcella M says...

cornishblonde wrote:
How about spending the dosh on making our main street more attractive, like a surface that anyone under 15 or over 65 doesn't trip over for a start. It looks like you get to Church Corner and are about to enter another town altogether. That's because the European money ran out when they got to that point, and no one thought it important to carry on to the harbour.
I agree with you Cornishblonde There are many things in Falmouth need doing.The boardwalk is not one of them looking at the comments . Who has decided this? Surely we should know?
[quote][p][bold]cornishblonde[/bold] wrote: How about spending the dosh on making our main street more attractive, like a surface that anyone under 15 or over 65 doesn't trip over for a start. It looks like you get to Church Corner and are about to enter another town altogether. That's because the European money ran out when they got to that point, and no one thought it important to carry on to the harbour.[/p][/quote]I agree with you Cornishblonde There are many things in Falmouth need doing.The boardwalk is not one of them looking at the comments . Who has decided this? Surely we should know? Marcella M
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9:39am Mon 31 Dec 12

falforce says...

I know - put a rising bollard in the middle of the town - that'll get Falmouth back to it's best, and attract big business and investment.
I know - put a rising bollard in the middle of the town - that'll get Falmouth back to it's best, and attract big business and investment. falforce
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3:46pm Tue 1 Jan 13

seacom says...

Falmouth needs more coffee and charity shops close the main street now and all car parks,lets make sure no chain stores can survive in Falmouth .Happy New Year (need another coffee now)!
Falmouth needs more coffee and charity shops close the main street now and all car parks,lets make sure no chain stores can survive in Falmouth .Happy New Year (need another coffee now)! seacom
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