Falmouth and Penryn town council candidates announced

The candidates who will be in the running to become Falmouth and Penryn town councillors have been announced.

At present some candidates have put their names forward for two different wards, so must withdraw from one by next Wednesday.

However, as things stand at the moment, in Falmouth the people standing for the Arwenack ward are: Maureen Davies as a Liberal Democrat, Geoffrey Evans as a Conservative and Steven Gray.

Standing for the Boslowick ward are: Rowenna Brock as an Independent, Steve Eva as an Independent, Alan Jewell as a Conservative, Malcolm Leather as a Conservative, Patricia Minson as an Independent and Marie Ryan as a Conservative.

Candidates in the Penwerris ward are: John Body as an Independent, Rowenna Brock as an Independent, Grenville Chappel, Gerald Chin-Quee as an Independent, Louise Coley as a Labour, Simon Coley as a Labour and Tony Leamon as a Mebyon Kernow.

For the Smithick ward the candidates are: Candy Atherton as a Labour candidate, Alex Brinnen as an Independent, Tony Canton as an Independent, Oliver Cramp as a Liberal Democrat, Simon Fudge as an Independent, Diana Merrett as an Independent, Rolf Munding as an Independent, Christopher Smith as an Independent and Janey Davis as an Independent.

Standing in the Trescobeas ward are: Keven Ayres as an Independent, Allyson Biggins as a Totally Independent, Vicky Eva as an Independent, Brod Ross as a Labour, David Saunby as an Independent and Miriam Venner as a Labour.

In Penryn, standing for the east ward are: Vicky Bennett, David Garwood as Mebyon Kernow, Gill Grant as Independent, John Hodge, Martin Mullins as Independent and Victor Tullin.

Candidates in the west ward are: Nick Ferris, David Garwood as Mebyon Kernow, Keven Green, Beverly Hulme, Cait Hutchings, John Langan as Independent, Mary May, Shelley Peters, Glanville Rickard, Mark Snowdon as Independent and Ted Wilkes as an Independent.

The towns go to the polls on Thursday, May 2, the same day as the Cornwall Council elections.

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8:20pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

In the Smithick ward I personally would like to see Christopher Smith elected.
In the Smithick ward I personally would like to see Christopher Smith elected. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:14pm Sat 6 Apr 13

C Smith says...

Thank you Gillian, so would I! In addition to the usual leafleting I will be launching a website/facebook page and or Blog very shortly where all comments supportive or critical, ideas or questions will be most welcome. I also hope to stage in town surgeries for people to drop into and chat. If I am fortunate enough to be elected I will see my job as representing everyone in my Ward to the best of my ability regardless of whether or not they voted for me. I have many ideas I want to put forward based on many years interacting with the Town Council and other Town organisations. I hope what I can bring to the Council is bridge building, positive thought, new ideas and vision, not just sitting back waiting the proposals to be put before me by others for me either to knock down or support half heartedly. Falmouth is, officially, the mainland UK's Greatest Town, (Urbanism Awards) lets not just keep it that way but build on it!
Thank you Gillian, so would I! In addition to the usual leafleting I will be launching a website/facebook page and or Blog very shortly where all comments supportive or critical, ideas or questions will be most welcome. I also hope to stage in town surgeries for people to drop into and chat. If I am fortunate enough to be elected I will see my job as representing everyone in my Ward to the best of my ability regardless of whether or not they voted for me. I have many ideas I want to put forward based on many years interacting with the Town Council and other Town organisations. I hope what I can bring to the Council is bridge building, positive thought, new ideas and vision, not just sitting back waiting the proposals to be put before me by others for me either to knock down or support half heartedly. Falmouth is, officially, the mainland UK's Greatest Town, (Urbanism Awards) lets not just keep it that way but build on it! C Smith
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9:36pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

You are welcome, hopefully you will have a Blog, personally I no longer engage with Facebook.

From what I have read/heard about your ideas and involvement within Falmouth, I believe you would make an excellent councillor.
You are welcome, hopefully you will have a Blog, personally I no longer engage with Facebook. From what I have read/heard about your ideas and involvement within Falmouth, I believe you would make an excellent councillor. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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12:03am Sun 7 Apr 13

Wave says...

Hopefully a good amount of women candidates will be successful.
Wonder when we will see better numbers reflected in parliament. At the moment less than a 1/4 are women.
Hopefully a good amount of women candidates will be successful. Wonder when we will see better numbers reflected in parliament. At the moment less than a 1/4 are women. Wave
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6:45am Sun 7 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I only have relatives living within one ward in Falmouth but I am interested as to who will be elected in every ward, the successful candidates will of course all make up one town council that should work together for the benefit of the town. Personally I would like to see Steve Eva elected in Boslowick ward and Vicky Eva in Trescobeas ward.
In my view it was a low percentage of the current town Councillors that attended the St Nazaire memorial service, I believe it would be nice to see town Councillors in place that would have the time available to attend events such as that.
I additionally think that Candidates standing as Independent are an advantage to a town or parish council as personally I believe there is no room for any political agenda within a town or parish council.
I only have relatives living within one ward in Falmouth but I am interested as to who will be elected in every ward, the successful candidates will of course all make up one town council that should work together for the benefit of the town. Personally I would like to see Steve Eva elected in Boslowick ward and Vicky Eva in Trescobeas ward. In my view it was a low percentage of the current town Councillors that attended the St Nazaire memorial service, I believe it would be nice to see town Councillors in place that would have the time available to attend events such as that. I additionally think that Candidates standing as Independent are an advantage to a town or parish council as personally I believe there is no room for any political agenda within a town or parish council. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:54am Sun 7 Apr 13

C Smith says...

Wave you are so right, I agonised yesterday about pulling my own candidature, as, when the list was published I saw that an excellent female candidate who has done great things locally outside politics has entered the running, but decided it would be stupid to abandon my own aspiration and then find she didn't get in either. Smithick is going to be a very tight race with 9 candidates chasing 3 seats. Gillian, agree with your 2nd post too, across the Board in Falmouth we have a number of go ahead proactive names entered but also some whose track record shows them to be reactionary and negative and their approach has to be counter balanced in the Chamber with a positive approach.

THIS COMMENT AND ALL OTHERS MADE BY ME ON THIS WEBSITE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN ARE PUBLISHED BY CHRISTOPHER SMITH OF 38 HIGH STREET FALMOUTH TR11 2RZ ELECTION TEL NO:07804 203 608
Wave you are so right, I agonised yesterday about pulling my own candidature, as, when the list was published I saw that an excellent female candidate who has done great things locally outside politics has entered the running, but decided it would be stupid to abandon my own aspiration and then find she didn't get in either. Smithick is going to be a very tight race with 9 candidates chasing 3 seats. Gillian, agree with your 2nd post too, across the Board in Falmouth we have a number of go ahead proactive names entered but also some whose track record shows them to be reactionary and negative and their approach has to be counter balanced in the Chamber with a positive approach. THIS COMMENT AND ALL OTHERS MADE BY ME ON THIS WEBSITE DURING THIS CAMPAIGN ARE PUBLISHED BY CHRISTOPHER SMITH OF 38 HIGH STREET FALMOUTH TR11 2RZ ELECTION TEL NO:07804 203 608 C Smith
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5:26pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Steve Eva and Vicky Eva submitted letters to the Packet which were subsequently printed, those letters clearly explained the reasons as to why they resigned from the town council at the time. These letters are still available for anyone to read in the in the Packet archives.

I am aware of why Steve Eva is standing for the Boslowick ward and it is not for the reason you suggest, and if you have a problem with which ward Steve Eva is standing for, then may I suggest you take the issue up with him by contacting him personally under your real name as opposed to posting on here under a pseudonym.
Steve Eva and Vicky Eva submitted letters to the Packet which were subsequently printed, those letters clearly explained the reasons as to why they resigned from the town council at the time. These letters are still available for anyone to read in the in the Packet archives. I am aware of why Steve Eva is standing for the Boslowick ward and it is not for the reason you suggest, and if you have a problem with which ward Steve Eva is standing for, then may I suggest you take the issue up with him by contacting him personally under your real name as opposed to posting on here under a pseudonym. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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5:39pm Sun 7 Apr 13

ElevenEleven says...

I do hope the independent candidates in the Boslowick ward will come forward and say something about themselves and their ideas in the same way Christopher Smith has... There isn't much choice there, so may have to abstain if they don't.
I do hope the independent candidates in the Boslowick ward will come forward and say something about themselves and their ideas in the same way Christopher Smith has... There isn't much choice there, so may have to abstain if they don't. ElevenEleven
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7:28pm Sun 7 Apr 13

steve eva says...

Eleven eleven I am standing in the Boslowick Division and am quite prepared to talk face to face with anyone who wants to contact me in person. I am easy to find in the phone book and have my address in the public domain so if you require a one to one chat I am available.
My reason for standing in the Boslowick Division is that I was a councillor there for Carrick Council and Town Council but as only one candidate could stand for Cornwall Council and I would not split the vote with Mike Varney I stood in a new Division which was Arwenack. As Mike was not standing I decided to stand at Boslowick for Cornwall Council this time.
My reason for standing for Council is that for the last 10 years I have fought for the town with a good track record, even though there have been several attempts to run me down with false allegations to the Standards Board, none of which were true and my innocence was proved, unlike others I could name.
Standing for Cornwall Council and doing the job right is a commitment of at least 30 hours a week. Sadly some Councillors do not commit to those hours and leave their Division under represented.
I have over the last 10 years attended every Remembrance Day and every St Nazaire day and I am the only Councillor apart from Cllr Evans to attend every laying of the first poppy.
In short I have taken being the elected person for all three Councils very seriously and humbled with pride that I was selected by the people to do so.
The reason I resigned from the Town Council is no secret. I would not sit next to a Councillor who released Confidential information to someone who stole money from that Council. Something that that Councillor was eventually suspended for, and rightly so.
If I am elected, I will give you my full commitment.
This will be my one and only comment.
Eleven eleven I am standing in the Boslowick Division and am quite prepared to talk face to face with anyone who wants to contact me in person. I am easy to find in the phone book and have my address in the public domain so if you require a one to one chat I am available. My reason for standing in the Boslowick Division is that I was a councillor there for Carrick Council and Town Council but as only one candidate could stand for Cornwall Council and I would not split the vote with Mike Varney I stood in a new Division which was Arwenack. As Mike was not standing I decided to stand at Boslowick for Cornwall Council this time. My reason for standing for Council is that for the last 10 years I have fought for the town with a good track record, even though there have been several attempts to run me down with false allegations to the Standards Board, none of which were true and my innocence was proved, unlike others I could name. Standing for Cornwall Council and doing the job right is a commitment of at least 30 hours a week. Sadly some Councillors do not commit to those hours and leave their Division under represented. I have over the last 10 years attended every Remembrance Day and every St Nazaire day and I am the only Councillor apart from Cllr Evans to attend every laying of the first poppy. In short I have taken being the elected person for all three Councils very seriously and humbled with pride that I was selected by the people to do so. The reason I resigned from the Town Council is no secret. I would not sit next to a Councillor who released Confidential information to someone who stole money from that Council. Something that that Councillor was eventually suspended for, and rightly so. If I am elected, I will give you my full commitment. This will be my one and only comment. steve eva
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7:37pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I doubt many candidates at all read this website, particularly given some of the deliberate 'bating' that goes on. I would imagine all candidates will provide information to people prior to election. Anyone that wants to abstain from voting is free to do so.
I fail to see the point in some candidates posting on here purely to put themselves in the firing line for unjustified insults as was the case for a good part of last year by some posters under pseudonyms directed at certain councillors. Anyone that was genuinely interested in what their local candidates polices/ideas are would not rely on reading them on the Packet website. If everyone expected their local candidates to post on here and the candidates obliged then the website would be full.
I doubt many candidates at all read this website, particularly given some of the deliberate 'bating' that goes on. I would imagine all candidates will provide information to people prior to election. Anyone that wants to abstain from voting is free to do so. I fail to see the point in some candidates posting on here purely to put themselves in the firing line for unjustified insults as was the case for a good part of last year by some posters under pseudonyms directed at certain councillors. Anyone that was genuinely interested in what their local candidates polices/ideas are would not rely on reading them on the Packet website. If everyone expected their local candidates to post on here and the candidates obliged then the website would be full. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:56pm Sun 7 Apr 13

seacom says...

Good luck Gill !
Good luck Gill ! seacom
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8:13pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Wave says...

You can write a personal letter and still use a false name in order to communicate. There is a weird obsession about identity in society.
Every personal detail in my view should be secret until pressed by the force of law to reveal it.
I have the view also on behalf of politicians, they should use made up names, or even better just serial numbers to avoid human personalisation.
Local and national government would run a lot better without the identities of people getting in the way.
The sooner it's all done by computers the better.
I'm waiting eagerly for the first robot Prime Minister.
You can write a personal letter and still use a false name in order to communicate. There is a weird obsession about identity in society. Every personal detail in my view should be secret until pressed by the force of law to reveal it. I have the view also on behalf of politicians, they should use made up names, or even better just serial numbers to avoid human personalisation. Local and national government would run a lot better without the identities of people getting in the way. The sooner it's all done by computers the better. I'm waiting eagerly for the first robot Prime Minister. Wave
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7:19am Mon 8 Apr 13

Tyrone Shulace says...

Anyone who brings false allegations to the standards board should be ashamed of themselves for wasting public money, they obviously havn't got the true interest of the local community at heart.

On the subject of ElevenEleven, perhaps Ms Merrett would care to post on here and say what constructive things she intends to do this time if elected.
Anyone who brings false allegations to the standards board should be ashamed of themselves for wasting public money, they obviously havn't got the true interest of the local community at heart. On the subject of ElevenEleven, perhaps Ms Merrett would care to post on here and say what constructive things she intends to do this time if elected. Tyrone Shulace
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7:50am Mon 8 Apr 13

Poldark says...

Well , I see the canvassing is alive and well on this forum.

Independents? you must be kidding, the first thing they want to do is put up their pay and then our taxes!!

If they weren't opposed at county you would be paying higher council tax bills this April!!

You want this bunch to run the town council also? well I hope you are prepared to dig deep because they will certainly put up your council tax.
However, there is one consolation, at least after four years voters have a pretty good idea of their worth, . irregardless of the back patting and 'hail fellow well met' attitude the voters will make the decision.

I think UKIP has a better chance than the Independents.

Save the congratulations until after June 2nd.
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Well , I see the canvassing is alive and well on this forum. Independents? you must be kidding, the first thing they want to do is put up their pay and then our taxes!! If they weren't opposed at county you would be paying higher council tax bills this April!! You want this bunch to run the town council also? well I hope you are prepared to dig deep because they will certainly put up your council tax. However, there is one consolation, at least after four years voters have a pretty good idea of their worth, . irregardless of the back patting and 'hail fellow well met' attitude the voters will make the decision. I think UKIP has a better chance than the Independents. Save the congratulations until after June 2nd. , Poldark
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10:17am Mon 8 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Maybe if the council tax had been increased Cornwall would not now be facing the cuts to services. As for Falmouth town council precept, had that been increased as has happened in most other towns, then they may realistically have been able to keep all the public toilets open.
Maybe if the council tax had been increased Cornwall would not now be facing the cuts to services. As for Falmouth town council precept, had that been increased as has happened in most other towns, then they may realistically have been able to keep all the public toilets open. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:38am Mon 8 Apr 13

C Smith says...

Poldark, thanks for responding and a couple of points. Anyone who looks on standing as a Cllr because they think it is no more than a paid job to cynically and selfishly line their pockets with must be mad and should definitely not be voted in! Cllrs get no pay at all at Parish level for long hours in the evenings and time away from family and at County they get an allowance of about 8% what they would otherwise earn in the private sector acting as de facto Directors of a complex organisation running a turnover of £1.3bn. They do it for the same reasons anyone in the vast voluntary sector in this country does it, to put something back in. Many Cllrs do do 20/30hr weeks taking away from their ability to earn cash elsewhere, I've seen this from the outside looking in, as I've not been a Cllr for many years now. Yes Cllrs make bad decisions some times, they are only human but only a few are money grubbing. 2nd point - canvassing. We're in a democracy in an election and it would be disastrous if people were only able to vote on blind guesswork as to what their Candidates believe in and propose. The last thing I would want to do be voted in without people knowing what I stand for. All the candidates must canvass using all teh public forums they can including this web site so that you know who best represents your views. Finally the zero budget, an unmitigated disaster and political posturing and vote buying of the worst kind. We have now had effectively a cut in Council Tax for 3 years running. We have had a leadership that has spent 3 years cutting costs to the bone and actually not doing a bad job of keeping the ship afloat pulling adult care back from the brink where it was failing and combining 6 rambling Councils into one without a disaster. But this year with central government funding to Cornwall about to fall off a cliff they said they had to have a modest increase, about the same as a bag of crisps a week on a small property. That has been denied, those leaders have gone, not knowing how they could meet their responsibilities without income, and we are now being told on the QT from the inside that we may have to cope with a 9% Council Tax increase next year to pay for the vote buying this year that will lead to a disastrous fall off in service provision from County Hall, kicking well over a hundred staff onto the unemployment scrapheap for us to pick up the tab for their unemployment benefit, meeting the costs of all the redundancy payments that will be made to those staff and then hiring expensive Agency staff who are not stakeholders in the Council but are their short term to maximise income for themselves and their Agency which will have to be put in place to stave off legal action from failing care homes, schools etc. A zero budget a good idea? I don't think so. And don't listen to talk that Cllrs can raid the reserves; these are tied up with PFI and property maintenance commitments.
Poldark, thanks for responding and a couple of points. Anyone who looks on standing as a Cllr because they think it is no more than a paid job to cynically and selfishly line their pockets with must be mad and should definitely not be voted in! Cllrs get no pay at all at Parish level for long hours in the evenings and time away from family and at County they get an allowance of about 8% what they would otherwise earn in the private sector acting as de facto Directors of a complex organisation running a turnover of £1.3bn. They do it for the same reasons anyone in the vast voluntary sector in this country does it, to put something back in. Many Cllrs do do 20/30hr weeks taking away from their ability to earn cash elsewhere, I've seen this from the outside looking in, as I've not been a Cllr for many years now. Yes Cllrs make bad decisions some times, they are only human but only a few are money grubbing. 2nd point - canvassing. We're in a democracy in an election and it would be disastrous if people were only able to vote on blind guesswork as to what their Candidates believe in and propose. The last thing I would want to do be voted in without people knowing what I stand for. All the candidates must canvass using all teh public forums they can including this web site so that you know who best represents your views. Finally the zero budget, an unmitigated disaster and political posturing and vote buying of the worst kind. We have now had effectively a cut in Council Tax for 3 years running. We have had a leadership that has spent 3 years cutting costs to the bone and actually not doing a bad job of keeping the ship afloat pulling adult care back from the brink where it was failing and combining 6 rambling Councils into one without a disaster. But this year with central government funding to Cornwall about to fall off a cliff they said they had to have a modest increase, about the same as a bag of crisps a week on a small property. That has been denied, those leaders have gone, not knowing how they could meet their responsibilities without income, and we are now being told on the QT from the inside that we may have to cope with a 9% Council Tax increase next year to pay for the vote buying this year that will lead to a disastrous fall off in service provision from County Hall, kicking well over a hundred staff onto the unemployment scrapheap for us to pick up the tab for their unemployment benefit, meeting the costs of all the redundancy payments that will be made to those staff and then hiring expensive Agency staff who are not stakeholders in the Council but are their short term to maximise income for themselves and their Agency which will have to be put in place to stave off legal action from failing care homes, schools etc. A zero budget a good idea? I don't think so. And don't listen to talk that Cllrs can raid the reserves; these are tied up with PFI and property maintenance commitments. C Smith
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6:53pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Poldark says...

As regards with the council tax staying frozen, public and private workers pay has been frozen for years now, do you really think they would vote for someone considering putting up the rates?
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I suggest when you are knocking on doors you might ask these householders their opinion on a rise on council tax, and while you are at it also their opinion on the green light given towards the stadium and would they mind paying towards it?

As for the decision to giving BT a contract that was always on the cards, just as it is over most of the country, now with jobs being given to private companies perhaps we can cut the number of Councillors that really will be a bonus!!
Just make sure if you are considering standing you tell your voters this is what you advocate if you should get their vote. I would love to see their faces!!
As regards with the council tax staying frozen, public and private workers pay has been frozen for years now, do you really think they would vote for someone considering putting up the rates? . I suggest when you are knocking on doors you might ask these householders their opinion on a rise on council tax, and while you are at it also their opinion on the green light given towards the stadium and would they mind paying towards it? As for the decision to giving BT a contract that was always on the cards, just as it is over most of the country, now with jobs being given to private companies perhaps we can cut the number of Councillors that really will be a bonus!! Just make sure if you are considering standing you tell your voters this is what you advocate if you should get their vote. I would love to see their faces!! Poldark
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7:16pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

You cannot keep freezing council tax without it having a knock on effect on public services, the cost of provision of services increases ever year.
No one has asked tax payers to contribute to the stadium, it has simply been given planning permission in order for it to have the chance to secure private funding which it cannot do without planning permission in place.
Having a joint venture between Cornwall Council and BT has no relevance to the amount of Cornwall Councillors we have, it is with reference to council paid staff jobs, some council staff will be transferred from being employed by the council to being employed by BT.
You cannot keep freezing council tax without it having a knock on effect on public services, the cost of provision of services increases ever year. No one has asked tax payers to contribute to the stadium, it has simply been given planning permission in order for it to have the chance to secure private funding which it cannot do without planning permission in place. Having a joint venture between Cornwall Council and BT has no relevance to the amount of Cornwall Councillors we have, it is with reference to council paid staff jobs, some council staff will be transferred from being employed by the council to being employed by BT. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:34pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally it is impossible to cut the number of Cornwall Councillors without a prior boundary review, I believe this is planned for 2015/2016 in time for the 2017 elections.
Incidentally it is impossible to cut the number of Cornwall Councillors without a prior boundary review, I believe this is planned for 2015/2016 in time for the 2017 elections. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:57pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Poldark says "save the congratulations until after June 2nd", I'll actually be congratulating people after May 2nd.
Poldark says "save the congratulations until after June 2nd", I'll actually be congratulating people after May 2nd. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:09am Wed 10 Apr 13

ampthillboy says...

Would be good to be rid of S.Eva and Varney and have some councillors who
listen to and care for the wishes of Falmouth people.
Would be good to be rid of S.Eva and Varney and have some councillors who listen to and care for the wishes of Falmouth people. ampthillboy
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11:04am Wed 10 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Falmouth cinema was delivered by Councillor Steve Eva and Councillor Varney as was the Nazaire memorial, jobs and a business were saved in the high street due to planning reasons, a pathway resulting in safety for children to walk to school was delivered. A business was prevented from causing a huge disturbance through an unwanted access on a housing estate, etc etc, I think it is fair to say that Falmouth residents are listened to by Cornwall Councillors, however, one can never please all of the people all of the time.
Falmouth cinema was delivered by Councillor Steve Eva and Councillor Varney as was the Nazaire memorial, jobs and a business were saved in the high street due to planning reasons, a pathway resulting in safety for children to walk to school was delivered. A business was prevented from causing a huge disturbance through an unwanted access on a housing estate, etc etc, I think it is fair to say that Falmouth residents are listened to by Cornwall Councillors, however, one can never please all of the people all of the time. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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12:00pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Poldark says...

ampthillboy wrote:
Would be good to be rid of S.Eva and Varney and have some councillors who
listen to and care for the wishes of Falmouth people.
GZM, Say's 'it's fair to say that Falmouth is listened to by County Councillors'
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We residents know better, having watched the gradual destruction of Falmouth which is now one big building plot, in fact I would say they have tied us up for years to come regarding the meddling with the local plans and frameworks, and the article 4 refusal for Falmouth.

The last straw is in giving the go ahead for the Stadium in the last days of this dying County council it may only be the first stage of the process, but make no mistake it will cost the rate payers in the end, or the over development of Three milestone and surrounding area, did they really think they were speaking for the majority?
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Falmouth residents will soon have the chance to quiz these candidates make sure you ask all the questions that matter to you.
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[quote][p][bold]ampthillboy[/bold] wrote: Would be good to be rid of S.Eva and Varney and have some councillors who listen to and care for the wishes of Falmouth people.[/p][/quote]GZM, Say's 'it's fair to say that Falmouth is listened to by County Councillors' . We residents know better, having watched the gradual destruction of Falmouth which is now one big building plot, in fact I would say they [the County councillors] have tied us up for years to come regarding the meddling with the local plans and frameworks, and the article 4 refusal for Falmouth. The last straw is in giving the go ahead for the Stadium in the last days of this dying County council it may only be the first stage of the process, but make no mistake it will cost the rate payers in the end, or the over development of Three milestone and surrounding area, did they really think they were speaking for the majority? . Falmouth residents will soon have the chance to quiz these candidates make sure you ask all the questions that matter to you. . Poldark
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12:38pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Poldark says...

C Smith wrote:
Poldark, thanks for responding and a couple of points. Anyone who looks on standing as a Cllr because they think it is no more than a paid job to cynically and selfishly line their pockets with must be mad and should definitely not be voted in! Cllrs get no pay at all at Parish level for long hours in the evenings and time away from family and at County they get an allowance of about 8% what they would otherwise earn in the private sector acting as de facto Directors of a complex organisation running a turnover of £1.3bn. They do it for the same reasons anyone in the vast voluntary sector in this country does it, to put something back in. Many Cllrs do do 20/30hr weeks taking away from their ability to earn cash elsewhere, I've seen this from the outside looking in, as I've not been a Cllr for many years now. Yes Cllrs make bad decisions some times, they are only human but only a few are money grubbing. 2nd point - canvassing. We're in a democracy in an election and it would be disastrous if people were only able to vote on blind guesswork as to what their Candidates believe in and propose. The last thing I would want to do be voted in without people knowing what I stand for. All the candidates must canvass using all teh public forums they can including this web site so that you know who best represents your views. Finally the zero budget, an unmitigated disaster and political posturing and vote buying of the worst kind. We have now had effectively a cut in Council Tax for 3 years running. We have had a leadership that has spent 3 years cutting costs to the bone and actually not doing a bad job of keeping the ship afloat pulling adult care back from the brink where it was failing and combining 6 rambling Councils into one without a disaster. But this year with central government funding to Cornwall about to fall off a cliff they said they had to have a modest increase, about the same as a bag of crisps a week on a small property. That has been denied, those leaders have gone, not knowing how they could meet their responsibilities without income, and we are now being told on the QT from the inside that we may have to cope with a 9% Council Tax increase next year to pay for the vote buying this year that will lead to a disastrous fall off in service provision from County Hall, kicking well over a hundred staff onto the unemployment scrapheap for us to pick up the tab for their unemployment benefit, meeting the costs of all the redundancy payments that will be made to those staff and then hiring expensive Agency staff who are not stakeholders in the Council but are their short term to maximise income for themselves and their Agency which will have to be put in place to stave off legal action from failing care homes, schools etc. A zero budget a good idea? I don't think so. And don't listen to talk that Cllrs can raid the reserves; these are tied up with PFI and property maintenance commitments.
Sorry Chris, but this is the wrong place to canvass , you are putting your point only to a very small minority on here and like minded Independents at that, there for you will not get any adverse reaction here.
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Another point you failed to make. is the fact that you have sat unelected on a town forum for many years along side other unelected people and chaired, by Cllr Varney, I have read and heard the feed back often alienated the elected town council.

So yes I do agree it is a time for you to seek election from the voters then you can truly say you represent the people.

Sorry to disagree but this is something I do know about, you can use the reserves they were put there in the good years and for times when they are needed , they are not tied up for PFI and property maintenance, as a businessman and a stakeholder you should be aware of this these are mere scaremongering tactics.

Also you said a zero budget is an unmitigated disaster please do yourself a favour and warn the public of these opinions most do not agree I previously said your turn will come when you have to explain on the doorstep why voters will have to pay more if they elect an Independent councillor with their belief in rate and pay rises.
[quote][p][bold]C Smith[/bold] wrote: Poldark, thanks for responding and a couple of points. Anyone who looks on standing as a Cllr because they think it is no more than a paid job to cynically and selfishly line their pockets with must be mad and should definitely not be voted in! Cllrs get no pay at all at Parish level for long hours in the evenings and time away from family and at County they get an allowance of about 8% what they would otherwise earn in the private sector acting as de facto Directors of a complex organisation running a turnover of £1.3bn. They do it for the same reasons anyone in the vast voluntary sector in this country does it, to put something back in. Many Cllrs do do 20/30hr weeks taking away from their ability to earn cash elsewhere, I've seen this from the outside looking in, as I've not been a Cllr for many years now. Yes Cllrs make bad decisions some times, they are only human but only a few are money grubbing. 2nd point - canvassing. We're in a democracy in an election and it would be disastrous if people were only able to vote on blind guesswork as to what their Candidates believe in and propose. The last thing I would want to do be voted in without people knowing what I stand for. All the candidates must canvass using all teh public forums they can including this web site so that you know who best represents your views. Finally the zero budget, an unmitigated disaster and political posturing and vote buying of the worst kind. We have now had effectively a cut in Council Tax for 3 years running. We have had a leadership that has spent 3 years cutting costs to the bone and actually not doing a bad job of keeping the ship afloat pulling adult care back from the brink where it was failing and combining 6 rambling Councils into one without a disaster. But this year with central government funding to Cornwall about to fall off a cliff they said they had to have a modest increase, about the same as a bag of crisps a week on a small property. That has been denied, those leaders have gone, not knowing how they could meet their responsibilities without income, and we are now being told on the QT from the inside that we may have to cope with a 9% Council Tax increase next year to pay for the vote buying this year that will lead to a disastrous fall off in service provision from County Hall, kicking well over a hundred staff onto the unemployment scrapheap for us to pick up the tab for their unemployment benefit, meeting the costs of all the redundancy payments that will be made to those staff and then hiring expensive Agency staff who are not stakeholders in the Council but are their short term to maximise income for themselves and their Agency which will have to be put in place to stave off legal action from failing care homes, schools etc. A zero budget a good idea? I don't think so. And don't listen to talk that Cllrs can raid the reserves; these are tied up with PFI and property maintenance commitments.[/p][/quote]Sorry Chris, but this is the wrong place to canvass , you are putting your point only to a very small minority on here and like minded Independents at that, there for you will not get any adverse reaction here. . Another point you failed to make. is the fact that you have sat unelected on a town forum for many years along side other unelected people and chaired, by Cllr Varney, I have read and heard the feed back often alienated the elected town council. So yes I do agree it is a time for you to seek election from the voters then you can truly say you represent the people. Sorry to disagree but this is something I do know about, you can use the reserves they were put there in the good years and for times when they are needed , they are not tied up for PFI and property maintenance, as a businessman and a stakeholder you should be aware of this these are mere scaremongering tactics. Also you said a zero budget is an unmitigated disaster please do yourself a favour and warn the public of these opinions most do not agree I previously said your turn will come when you have to explain on the doorstep why voters will have to pay more if they elect an Independent councillor with their belief in rate and pay rises. Poldark
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1:49pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If a candidate were to canvas trying to gain votes by saying that they thought a zero budget with no council tax increase was a good idea, (in my view, a bit like the current Falmouth town council and their zero precept idea,) then when it comes to next year, they would inevitably make themselves look contradictory by increasing the council tax tremendously to make up for a no increase this year, or alternatively if they kept the council tax with no increase again next year, then everyone would have to suffer even more cuts to public services.
The government which others and not myself voted in, have cut the funding so dramatically for Cornwall Council that the only real alternative now, aside of the JV, is to cut services or increase council tax.
I suggest that the only reason the zero budget was voted in was due to a political point scoring game at New County Hall between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives, hence the reason some Conservative councillors resigned from the Conservative party, because they had the good sense to admit they thought what was happening was wrong and not in the best interest for Cornwall. If the council elections had not been due this year I doubt if the zero budget would have even been proposed.

As for Falmouth being "one big building plot" take a look around the county, Falmouth is far from one big building plot, in fact take a look at the whole country and the government directives. The poplulation is increasing over the whole country and the death rate does not outway the birth rate in many areas of Cornwall.
If a candidate were to canvas trying to gain votes by saying that they thought a zero budget with no council tax increase was a good idea, (in my view, a bit like the current Falmouth town council and their zero precept idea,) then when it comes to next year, they would inevitably make themselves look contradictory by increasing the council tax tremendously to make up for a no increase this year, or alternatively if they kept the council tax with no increase again next year, then everyone would have to suffer even more cuts to public services. The government which others and not myself voted in, have cut the funding so dramatically for Cornwall Council that the only real alternative now, aside of the JV, is to cut services or increase council tax. I suggest that the only reason the zero budget was voted in was due to a political point scoring game at New County Hall between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives, hence the reason some Conservative councillors resigned from the Conservative party, because they had the good sense to admit they thought what was happening was wrong and not in the best interest for Cornwall. If the council elections had not been due this year I doubt if the zero budget would have even been proposed. As for Falmouth being "one big building plot" take a look around the county, Falmouth is far from one big building plot, in fact take a look at the whole country and the government directives. The poplulation is increasing over the whole country and the death rate does not outway the birth rate in many areas of Cornwall. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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11:52am Thu 11 Apr 13

ucsweb says...

Well said Poldark. Falmouth and Penryn are indeed one big building plot. Just a walk around either town will show anyone that. The recent accidents at Bickland water etc. show that the roads are struggling with the increase in traffic now, I dread to think what it will be like in a few years.
As for the Threenilestone / Truro road that is so massively over developed that I no long drive it at all!
I don't care what happens in the rest of the country it is Falmouth, Penryn and Cornwall that is being destroyed and there seems to be no end to it.
The suggestion that if people don't like it they should move out of the area is stupid. We work here, our families are here, most of us were born here. Why should we ALWAYS be the ones to give way?
Well said Poldark. Falmouth and Penryn are indeed one big building plot. Just a walk around either town will show anyone that. The recent accidents at Bickland water etc. show that the roads are struggling with the increase in traffic now, I dread to think what it will be like in a few years. As for the Threenilestone / Truro road that is so massively over developed that I no long drive it at all! I don't care what happens in the rest of the country it is Falmouth, Penryn and Cornwall that is being destroyed and there seems to be no end to it. The suggestion that if people don't like it they should move out of the area is stupid. We work here, our families are here, most of us were born here. Why should we ALWAYS be the ones to give way? ucsweb
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3:28pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Poldark says...

Bang on the money Ucsweb, and the unfortunate fact is that most people won't be aware until it affects them.

The Bickland water road is a disgrace and the infrastructure for Falmouth is non-existent instead of the highways giving the councillors £8000 a year to improve their wards, and store up votes for the next election they should have used it to make the roads safe and re tarmac them
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126 councillors received this amount each year for 4 years, do the maths a good sum isn't it?

The Boslowick councillor never spent a penny in the ward give the fact that he isn't standing he gave it to the CICcompany for the Prince of Wales pier .
Maybe those banging on for an increase in rates might possibly take note, but don't hold your breath., a terrible waste of tax payers money.

The suggestion that you move away was an ignorant suggestion, Falmouth is your home town why should you up sticks
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Fight for Falmouth have your say and don't listen to the naysayers, demand to know what the people knocking on your doors will do, ask the questions.

Falmouth is still a great place to live if we manage it correctly.
Bang on the money Ucsweb, and the unfortunate fact is that most people won't be aware until it affects them. The Bickland water road is a disgrace and the infrastructure for Falmouth is non-existent instead of the highways giving the councillors £8000 a year to improve their wards, and store up votes for the next election they should have used it to make the roads safe and re tarmac them . 126 councillors received this amount each year for 4 years, do the maths a good sum isn't it? The Boslowick councillor never spent a penny in the ward give the fact that he isn't standing he gave it to the CICcompany for the Prince of Wales pier . Maybe those banging on for an increase in rates might possibly take note, but don't hold your breath., a terrible waste of tax payers money. The suggestion that you move away was an ignorant suggestion, Falmouth is your home town why should you up sticks . Fight for Falmouth have your say and don't listen to the naysayers, demand to know what the people knocking on your doors will do, ask the questions. Falmouth is still a great place to live if we manage it correctly. Poldark
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11:34am Sat 13 Apr 13

seacom says...

Yes the mystery of the HIGHWAY budget of course last year it was promised to the creation of the footpath from Goldenbank to behind Swanpool.But funds from elsewhere must have been found as now the CIC Prince of Wales is to benefit.Not to say it might be a good project just some of those involved could well gain from its operation.
Yes the mystery of the HIGHWAY budget of course last year it was promised to the creation of the footpath from Goldenbank to behind Swanpool.But funds from elsewhere must have been found as now the CIC Prince of Wales is to benefit.Not to say it might be a good project just some of those involved could well gain from its operation. seacom
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1:30pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Bearing in mind the CIC is a non profit making organisation and as such any money made has to re invested into the company, I am interested seacom as to who and in which way you think anyone involved would gain ?
Bearing in mind the CIC is a non profit making organisation and as such any money made has to re invested into the company, I am interested seacom as to who and in which way you think anyone involved would gain ? Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:15pm Sun 14 Apr 13

seacom says...

Being a pier maybe a ferry company might gain in some way, or perhaps if architectural plans were required?For names maybe ask your local relatives.
Being a pier maybe a ferry company might gain in some way, or perhaps if architectural plans were required?For names maybe ask your local relatives. seacom
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9:20pm Sun 14 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

My relatives take no interest in anything considered political.

Having looked into my crystal ball, I believe you are expressing undue concerns, I think the running of the Pier by the CIC will benefit all, including the general public.
My relatives take no interest in anything considered political. Having looked into my crystal ball, I believe you are expressing undue concerns, I think the running of the Pier by the CIC will benefit all, including the general public. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:06pm Mon 15 Apr 13

D. Sterratt says...

Gill Zella Martin, you need to get your facts right, It was my motion to Falmouth Council that instigated the St Nazaire monument, certainly not Council Varney's suggestion. if you don't believe me look at the the Falmouth Packet archives or the Falmouth Town Council minutes.
You might also like to know that before the cinema was suggested in the Old Drill Hall the Town Council was given a presentation by a night club owner who wan't to put a club in here. This idea was supported by Councillor Eva
Gill Zella Martin, you need to get your facts right, It was my motion to Falmouth Council that instigated the St Nazaire monument, certainly not Council Varney's suggestion. if you don't believe me look at the the Falmouth Packet archives or the Falmouth Town Council minutes. You might also like to know that before the cinema was suggested in the Old Drill Hall the Town Council was given a presentation by a night club owner who wan't to put a club in here. This idea was supported by Councillor Eva D. Sterratt
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10:38pm Mon 15 Apr 13

seacom says...

Dear Gill regret to inform you your crystal ball defective seek out a new one as we need to know election results.Sorry to here other family members have no interest in politics .
Dear Gill regret to inform you your crystal ball defective seek out a new one as we need to know election results.Sorry to here other family members have no interest in politics . seacom
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7:13am Tue 16 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

D Sterratt, the main point of that post was simply to say that Cornwall Councillors do listen to people and do things within the community, however, it is obvious that you cannot please all of the people all of the time.

You never answered my previous question a while back, what exactly did you mean by at least you do not have to get your wife to write to defend you. Or something with similar wording. I really couldn't understand what you meant. Your post is still in the Packet archives if you wish to remind yourself.

Incidentally it does say on Councillor Steve Eva's election leaflet that he secured the provision of the cinema. It is all very well a town council instigating things but in my view they do actually need to secure and deliver what they instigate. Perhaps the continuation of the provision of public toilets by the town council would have been a useful thing to 'instigate' and deliver, as is happening in other towns by town councils, who have increased their precept slightly in order to provide public toilets. Admittedly maybe some voters would not like the idea of an increased precept just before an election but after all what is more important.
D Sterratt, the main point of that post was simply to say that Cornwall Councillors do listen to people and do things within the community, however, it is obvious that you cannot please all of the people all of the time. You never answered my previous question a while back, what exactly did you mean by at least you do not have to get your wife to write to defend you. Or something with similar wording. I really couldn't understand what you meant. Your post is still in the Packet archives if you wish to remind yourself. Incidentally it does say on Councillor Steve Eva's election leaflet that he secured the provision of the cinema. It is all very well a town council instigating things but in my view they do actually need to secure and deliver what they instigate. Perhaps the continuation of the provision of public toilets by the town council would have been a useful thing to 'instigate' and deliver, as is happening in other towns by town councils, who have increased their precept slightly in order to provide public toilets. Admittedly maybe some voters would not like the idea of an increased precept just before an election but after all what is more important. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:23am Tue 16 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

seacom, my crystal ball says the election results will be not quite be what everyone is hoping for.

As we are all probably hoping for different things I have to be right in one way or the other lol
seacom, my crystal ball says the election results will be not quite be what everyone is hoping for. As we are all probably hoping for different things I have to be right in one way or the other lol Gillian Zella Martin 09
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11:47pm Wed 17 Apr 13

seacom says...

Still need a new ball then, come to Falmouth i know agood supplier!
Still need a new ball then, come to Falmouth i know agood supplier! seacom
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6:17am Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

seacom wrote:
Still need a new ball then, come to Falmouth i know agood supplier!
Actually there is nothing wrong with my crystal ball, it told me when he arrived that the Helston town centre manager would leave after a relatively short while, then it told me that the next one would leave after a while.
[quote][p][bold]seacom[/bold] wrote: Still need a new ball then, come to Falmouth i know agood supplier![/p][/quote]Actually there is nothing wrong with my crystal ball, it told me when he arrived that the Helston town centre manager would leave after a relatively short while, then it told me that the next one would leave after a while. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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