Dismay as Helston network manager moved in reshuffle

Falmouth Packet: Dismay as Helston network manager moved in reshuffle Dismay as Helston network manager moved in reshuffle

Helston and the Lizard Peninsula is losing its community network manager of the last three years Charlotte Chadwick.

Ms Chadwick, who has been responsible for the area since the post was created in 2010, has been moved to cover the Camborne, Redruth and Pool area.

It is part of a reshuffle that was forced when Cornwall Council voted not to increase council tax for this tax year.

As a result one community network manager post has been lost.

Replacing Ms Chadwick will be Maxine Hardy, who is currently working part time in the Hayle and St Ives network.

Last year Ms Chadwick was given the additional responsibility of the Falmouth and Penryn network. This will be taken over by Mark James.

Cornwall Councillors were told yesterday, Tuesday, on the first day of the new council since last week’s elections.

The news was met with dismay by at least one member, with Porthleven and Helston West councillor Andrew Wallis taking to his blog in disgust.

Mr Wallis, who has worked with Ms Chadwick on many community projects, including last year’s centenary celebrations at Coronation Lake, wrote: “It turns out that while councillors were on the campaign trail, the powers-to-be have decided to change the community networks around.

“What is worse is no consultation, or courtesy, has been given to the Cornwall Councillors and more importantly the town and parish council of the area as part of the decision. Has the council not learned anything from the last four years?”

He said that Ms Chadwick had brought “tens of thousands” of pounds in funding to the area, adding: “I understand people do move, but the area has lost someone embedded in the area and she has been replaced by someone who works part-time. I feel Helston and the Lizard will now get a lesser service.

“Worse, projects in the area might stop because the resources and staff are not there.”

It is not known who will be in control of the projects that Ms Chadwick has already begun for this year, but there is expected to be some degree of continuity and handover between the two network managers.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: “As part of the rationalisation of the localism team, brought about by the recent budget decision, changes have been made to the areas served by each community network manager as well as a change in management structure.

“Whilst this will cause some disruption in the short term it will potentially bring longer term benefits with the exchange of ideas and best practice from area to area.

“This is not the first time that community network managers have changed areas and we are very confident that the changes will go ahead smoothly.”

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12:25pm Thu 9 May 13

guest01 says...

Oh no, we'll have to go back to the dark old diseased days of Cornwall pre 2010.
When everyone was poor and who knew no joy until the golden moment of 2010, when the position of community network manager was formed.
Oh no, we'll have to go back to the dark old diseased days of Cornwall pre 2010. When everyone was poor and who knew no joy until the golden moment of 2010, when the position of community network manager was formed. guest01
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3:19pm Thu 9 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Charlotte Chadwick was a brilliant community network manager and acheived so much for the area she covered, she was a dedicated hard worker and I believe the public should have been consulted on this in the same way the public are allowed to vote democratically for their Councillors.
Charlotte Chadwick was a brilliant community network manager and acheived so much for the area she covered, she was a dedicated hard worker and I believe the public should have been consulted on this in the same way the public are allowed to vote democratically for their Councillors. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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6:22pm Thu 9 May 13

guest01 says...

All the public has to do is find out which councillors approved the decision and not vote for them next term.
All the public has to do is find out which councillors approved the decision and not vote for them next term. guest01
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6:50pm Thu 9 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Bit of a long wait, four years.
Bit of a long wait, four years. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:01pm Thu 9 May 13

helztonboy says...

madness!
Charlotte has done a huge amount for Helston and local communities.
the work she does with young people is outstanding.
madness! Charlotte has done a huge amount for Helston and local communities. the work she does with young people is outstanding. helztonboy
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7:07pm Thu 9 May 13

guest01 says...

Maybe there should be elections more frequently. Every year perhaps.
We need to get rid of the polling stations and make elections online only.
Most people have internet access.
If they dont they could use nearest library or council shop to vote online free.
It would also mean no election "day".
The poll could be over several weeks to allow people to get their vote done.
Also real time votes could be shown, indicating what candidates need more support. Tactical voting would be more interesting.
Maybe there should be elections more frequently. Every year perhaps. We need to get rid of the polling stations and make elections online only. Most people have internet access. If they dont they could use nearest library or council shop to vote online free. It would also mean no election "day". The poll could be over several weeks to allow people to get their vote done. Also real time votes could be shown, indicating what candidates need more support. Tactical voting would be more interesting. guest01
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7:39am Fri 10 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

I think there is a need in the town for review of the siting of the polling stations, certainly for Helstons south district where the turnout was terrible. The new cattle market polling station was a great idea but my ward could not use this we where stuck with the town centre and it usual problems of parking.
Using tescos or maybe one of the sports clubs would of boosted turnout considerably.
I think there is a need in the town for review of the siting of the polling stations, certainly for Helstons south district where the turnout was terrible. The new cattle market polling station was a great idea but my ward could not use this we where stuck with the town centre and it usual problems of parking. Using tescos or maybe one of the sports clubs would of boosted turnout considerably. ronedgcumbe
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7:51am Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I think if someone really wants to vote then they they will. People can always have a postal vote if unable to attend a polling station. I would still vote even if I had to go out of the village/town to vote.
I think if someone really wants to vote then they they will. People can always have a postal vote if unable to attend a polling station. I would still vote even if I had to go out of the village/town to vote. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:53am Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I was not aware turn out in Helston South was dramatically lower in percentage than elsewhere.
I was not aware turn out in Helston South was dramatically lower in percentage than elsewhere. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:53am Fri 10 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
I was not aware turn out in Helston South was dramatically lower in percentage than elsewhere.
I think it was about ten percent difference in the two wards. Some of this must come from the location of polling stations. The town centre with all its problems is far from ideal. If you want people to vote make it easy for them.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: I was not aware turn out in Helston South was dramatically lower in percentage than elsewhere.[/p][/quote]I think it was about ten percent difference in the two wards. Some of this must come from the location of polling stations. The town centre with all its problems is far from ideal. If you want people to vote make it easy for them. ronedgcumbe
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9:06am Fri 10 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
I think if someone really wants to vote then they they will. People can always have a postal vote if unable to attend a polling station. I would still vote even if I had to go out of the village/town to vote.
As would I but we are clearly a minority.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: I think if someone really wants to vote then they they will. People can always have a postal vote if unable to attend a polling station. I would still vote even if I had to go out of the village/town to vote.[/p][/quote]As would I but we are clearly a minority. ronedgcumbe
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9:09am Fri 10 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
I think if someone really wants to vote then they they will. People can always have a postal vote if unable to attend a polling station. I would still vote even if I had to go out of the village/town to vote.
As would I but we are clearly a minority.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: I think if someone really wants to vote then they they will. People can always have a postal vote if unable to attend a polling station. I would still vote even if I had to go out of the village/town to vote.[/p][/quote]As would I but we are clearly a minority. ronedgcumbe
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9:10am Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Perhaps they should offer voters a freebie such as a chocolate bar or something of they go along and vote!!
Perhaps they should offer voters a freebie such as a chocolate bar or something of they go along and vote!! Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:10am Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Perhaps they should offer voters a freebie such as a chocolate bar or something of they go along and vote!!
Perhaps they should offer voters a freebie such as a chocolate bar or something of they go along and vote!! Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:26am Fri 10 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Perhaps they should offer voters a freebie such as a chocolate bar or something of they go along and vote!!
Great idea or maybe free parking on polling days to bring people into town.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they should offer voters a freebie such as a chocolate bar or something of they go along and vote!![/p][/quote]Great idea or maybe free parking on polling days to bring people into town. ronedgcumbe
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10:15am Fri 10 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

That's a good idea Ron.
That's a good idea Ron. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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6:44am Sat 11 May 13

helztonboy says...

I still think it is a shame we are losing Charlotte.
Our loss is Camborne's gain
I still think it is a shame we are losing Charlotte. Our loss is Camborne's gain helztonboy
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8:25am Sat 11 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It is claimed that this change is due to budget changes, it additionally states that the Falmouth and Penryn area will have a new community network manager, Falmouth Town Council stated previously that they no longer wanted the services of Charlotte Chadwick as a community network manager and that the council could save money by Falmouth not having her, so why are they now giving Falmouth a new community network manager? They could have saved money by not bothering with Falmouth and kept Charlotte Chadwick covering the area minus Falmouth that she was covering.
Falmouth Town Councillors categorically stated that they did not require her services, so why on earth pay for a community network manager for Falmouth now. What happened to the localism act.
It is claimed that this change is due to budget changes, it additionally states that the Falmouth and Penryn area will have a new community network manager, Falmouth Town Council stated previously that they no longer wanted the services of Charlotte Chadwick as a community network manager and that the council could save money by Falmouth not having her, so why are they now giving Falmouth a new community network manager? They could have saved money by not bothering with Falmouth and kept Charlotte Chadwick covering the area minus Falmouth that she was covering. Falmouth Town Councillors categorically stated that they did not require her services, so why on earth pay for a community network manager for Falmouth now. What happened to the localism act. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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6:25am Thu 16 May 13

Helston Observer says...

Ron, why oh why do you have to use every opportunity to beef about the voting system? Just accept it, you were not elected, end of. This article is about the community network manager, who I have never personally met, but reading the local press, I believe she has done an enormous amount for Helston, so it seems to me Helston should have been consulted at least.

So Ron, please stop licking your wounds, accept that you were not elected, perhaps ask yourself why you were not elected in case you should wish to stand again in the future (and I personally think you should, and probably could be quite good, if only you could lose your arrogance) and stop, for God's sake, making every comment you make about the voting system which you blame for your failure. If you want to know why you were not elected, it has nothing to do with the voting system, and everything to do with what you see when you look in the mirror.
Ron, why oh why do you have to use every opportunity to beef about the voting system? Just accept it, you were not elected, end of. This article is about the community network manager, who I have never personally met, but reading the local press, I believe she has done an enormous amount for Helston, so it seems to me Helston should have been consulted at least. So Ron, please stop licking your wounds, accept that you were not elected, perhaps ask yourself why you were not elected in case you should wish to stand again in the future (and I personally think you should, and probably could be quite good, if only you could lose your arrogance) and stop, for God's sake, making every comment you make about the voting system which you blame for your failure. If you want to know why you were not elected, it has nothing to do with the voting system, and everything to do with what you see when you look in the mirror. Helston Observer
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10:37pm Thu 16 May 13

C Smith says...

Gillian, I was present when the old Falmouth Town Council voted without any debate at the end of a long evening's business to "save money" by suggesting to CC that the Community Area Network Manager's post be abolished. It was a motion born out of ignorance of what she had actually achieved in the short time since she had taken up the post, supported by those who were trying to compare her contribution via the 2.5 days a week she was allotted to Falmouth to the previous Manager who was full time and just possibly brought about by her tendency to speak her mind and hold her ground, a quality not always appreciated by those not used to having their opinions questioned. It was most certainly not unanimous and other Councillors joined the rest of us in Falmouth in appreciating the extraordinary contribution she started to make in the short time since her remit was doubled from one large Cornish town to two. These included commencing fund raising work for projects, organising the extraordinarily successful Citizenship for Life scheme with local schools, an idea largely of her own making, Chairing the School for Social Entrepreneurs, taking a major role in the Falmouth First CIC, assisting the Town Forum and much else. To my own knowledge she works long and anti social hours, once at 11pm and once at 1am at work for instance. The re-shuffle is greatly to be regretted in Falmouth and our loss is Camborne's gain.
Gillian, I was present when the old Falmouth Town Council voted without any debate at the end of a long evening's business to "save money" by suggesting to CC that the Community Area Network Manager's post be abolished. It was a motion born out of ignorance of what she had actually achieved in the short time since she had taken up the post, supported by those who were trying to compare her contribution via the 2.5 days a week she was allotted to Falmouth to the previous Manager who was full time and just possibly brought about by her tendency to speak her mind and hold her ground, a quality not always appreciated by those not used to having their opinions questioned. It was most certainly not unanimous and other Councillors joined the rest of us in Falmouth in appreciating the extraordinary contribution she started to make in the short time since her remit was doubled from one large Cornish town to two. These included commencing fund raising work for projects, organising the extraordinarily successful Citizenship for Life scheme with local schools, an idea largely of her own making, Chairing the School for Social Entrepreneurs, taking a major role in the Falmouth First CIC, assisting the Town Forum and much else. To my own knowledge she works long and anti social hours, once at 11pm and once at 1am at work for instance. The re-shuffle is greatly to be regretted in Falmouth and our loss is Camborne's gain. C Smith
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6:55am Fri 17 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

C Smith, thank you for your post, I am pleased to hear that those with a greater insight into what Falmouth would and has benefitted from, appreciated Charlotte Chadwick's hard work within the community.
Hopefully with the new Falmouth Town Council consisting of some new members and those existing past members that have worked for the greater good of Falmouth, things can only continue to improve, and the good work they do will surpass the negative comments that are emitted from the minority within the town council.
C Smith, thank you for your post, I am pleased to hear that those with a greater insight into what Falmouth would and has benefitted from, appreciated Charlotte Chadwick's hard work within the community. Hopefully with the new Falmouth Town Council consisting of some new members and those existing past members that have worked for the greater good of Falmouth, things can only continue to improve, and the good work they do will surpass the negative comments that are emitted from the minority within the town council. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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