Is Falmouth in desperate need of a facelift in time for Tall Ships Regatta?

The moonscape at one of the prime viewing spots for Tall Ships visitors

The moonscape at one of the prime viewing spots for Tall Ships visitors

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Potholes, half closed car parks, bird droppings, verdigris, disrepair, the countdown is on for the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Race in August, but what will the thousands of people who visit  to see the South West’s largest maritime event this year think of the town, asks In Port expert David Barnicoat.

In my childhood the town’s postmark read “Fascinating Falmouth, Gem of the Cornish Riviera.”
Nowadays, although many of us are still proud to be Falmothians the town is in decline from a cosmetic point of view.

The piazza on the Moor is tacky. Wooden seats are festooned with verdigris and bird droppings. The streets are covered in discarded chewing gum. Church Street car park is in a state of disrepair with no work going on and a quarter of the car park fenced off, out of use.

Lower Quay Street, leading down to Custom’s House and North quays, where the public can relax and enjoy the harbour views, requires re-surfacing. Worst of all is the appalling state of the lower car park at Pendennis Point which resembles a moonscape.

Pendennis Point is a focal point to observe our iconic harbour, a place for people to relax and enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful seascapes. Yet town and Cornwall councillors completely ignore this important landmark.

They need to re-surface the lower car park and place a few seats or tables around for visitors to soak up the ambience. I suspect a mandarin at County Hall is already thinking about implementing parking charges here.

Yes, we live in times of austerity but come on councillors – do something. Our harbour is the greatest asset this town has to offer. In August Falmouth should be a showcase for all Cornwall!

What do you think. Do you agree that the town needs a facelift before the huge event?

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10:48am Fri 31 Jan 14

titanium says...

I agree with all the comments made by David Barnicoat. I think The Moor in particular, looked far better before the "improvements".
I agree with all the comments made by David Barnicoat. I think The Moor in particular, looked far better before the "improvements". titanium
  • Score: 21

4:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Ansome says...

Totally agree, the "bridge" at the top of the high street looks terrible, gasworks car park, a prime site for our guests to view the tall ships needs sorting out, if not for car parking then some seats and tables. It's not just the council but landlords that need to do something about the state of the town, it just looks unloved in parts.
Totally agree, the "bridge" at the top of the high street looks terrible, gasworks car park, a prime site for our guests to view the tall ships needs sorting out, if not for car parking then some seats and tables. It's not just the council but landlords that need to do something about the state of the town, it just looks unloved in parts. Ansome
  • Score: 13

4:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

PeteBanfield says...

We're all happy to take peoples money when they come down.. about time the council realised this is a two way thing and invest in the cosmetic fabric of the town. You never know if people like what they see, they may even come back and spend some more! Maybe the Town Centre Manager and BID people could get their heads together and do something constructive for the town centre and wider area for a change!
We're all happy to take peoples money when they come down.. about time the council realised this is a two way thing and invest in the cosmetic fabric of the town. You never know if people like what they see, they may even come back and spend some more! Maybe the Town Centre Manager and BID people could get their heads together and do something constructive for the town centre and wider area for a change! PeteBanfield
  • Score: 13

7:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Boscawen says...

You're absolutely right - this is a simple case of penny-wise pound-foolish. We depend on tourists and Falmouth's 'brand' reputation is based on being classy.
You're absolutely right - this is a simple case of penny-wise pound-foolish. We depend on tourists and Falmouth's 'brand' reputation is based on being classy. Boscawen
  • Score: 7

8:12pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ElevenEleven says...

Boscawen wrote:
You're absolutely right - this is a simple case of penny-wise pound-foolish. We depend on tourists and Falmouth's 'brand' reputation is based on being classy.
Is it? oh dear, we have some work to do to match that expectation.

I think the Moor and Events Square ends of the town are generally reasonably well kept and tidy, it's the bit in the middle which needs work. Particularly Arwenack Street is dark, dingy and grubby.

Falmouth sits in a fantastic location with a great natural resource in the Harbour, but there doesn't seem to be any real vision, drive or investment happening, just tinkering at the edges.

I live in Falmouth but sadly I'd have to say Truro is a cleaner, better kept town.
[quote][p][bold]Boscawen[/bold] wrote: You're absolutely right - this is a simple case of penny-wise pound-foolish. We depend on tourists and Falmouth's 'brand' reputation is based on being classy.[/p][/quote]Is it? oh dear, we have some work to do to match that expectation. I think the Moor and Events Square ends of the town are generally reasonably well kept and tidy, it's the bit in the middle which needs work. Particularly Arwenack Street is dark, dingy and grubby. Falmouth sits in a fantastic location with a great natural resource in the Harbour, but there doesn't seem to be any real vision, drive or investment happening, just tinkering at the edges. I live in Falmouth but sadly I'd have to say Truro is a cleaner, better kept town. ElevenEleven
  • Score: 7

12:29am Sat 1 Feb 14

Cyber Pasty says...

Make use of our long term job seekers and get them tidying and maintaining the green areas, pick up rubbish, paint railings etc.
Make use of our long term job seekers and get them tidying and maintaining the green areas, pick up rubbish, paint railings etc. Cyber Pasty
  • Score: 5

4:07pm Sun 2 Feb 14

hiitscharlie says...

How long do we have to talk about this with nothing being done?
Falmouth has turned its back on its best asset (the harbour)
Clean up the town, fix the pot holes, get a promenade or walkway along the front of the harbour from Prince of Wales pier to Custom house quay, dredge the harbour and let Premier Inn build a hotel. This will all encourage people to come and spend their money. We can then get quality shops back in the town and the big chains will invest.
It’s time for the council to be proactive and stop the bickering.
Everyone in the town will benefit by this especially the hotel owners who are adamant that we do not need a premier Inn. If all these changes where implemented then we would definitely require another hotel to cope with the extra visitors.
How great would it be to just get off the train, walk a hundred yards to a hotel that is within walking distance of the Gem of the Cornish Riviera? That would put pride back in our hearts wouldn't it?
How long do we have to talk about this with nothing being done? Falmouth has turned its back on its best asset (the harbour) Clean up the town, fix the pot holes, get a promenade or walkway along the front of the harbour from Prince of Wales pier to Custom house quay, dredge the harbour and let Premier Inn build a hotel. This will all encourage people to come and spend their money. We can then get quality shops back in the town and the big chains will invest. It’s time for the council to be proactive and stop the bickering. Everyone in the town will benefit by this especially the hotel owners who are adamant that we do not need a premier Inn. If all these changes where implemented then we would definitely require another hotel to cope with the extra visitors. How great would it be to just get off the train, walk a hundred yards to a hotel that is within walking distance of the Gem of the Cornish Riviera? That would put pride back in our hearts wouldn't it? hiitscharlie
  • Score: 8

10:04am Mon 3 Feb 14

CousinJack says...

What's wrong with charging for parking?

Falmouth has always being the roughest looking tourist destination in Cornwall, that is part of its charm. It is a working town as well as a holiday destination, unlike many other places unfortunately.

The students are a big problem for Falmouth and neither the college authorities or civil authorities seem to wish to stymie the anti-social behaviour and rise in crime
What's wrong with charging for parking? Falmouth has always being the roughest looking tourist destination in Cornwall, that is part of its charm. It is a working town as well as a holiday destination, unlike many other places unfortunately. The students are a big problem for Falmouth and neither the college authorities or civil authorities seem to wish to stymie the anti-social behaviour and rise in crime CousinJack
  • Score: -1

1:17pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Lilac112 says...

Agreed all round. I've known and loved Falmouth for over twenty years and I'd like to move here from the South-East. But there is a certain scruffiness about the place Regarding the students, remember that they contribute to the local economy even if indirectly. How about inviting student representatives to Council meetings and meetings of any other relevant bodies such as Chamber of Trade and Town Centre management?. When the Tall Ships come, not to mention the cruise liners, Falmouth is not only an ambassador for Cornwall but the whole of the UK. Everyone should get together and smarten up urgently.
Agreed all round. I've known and loved Falmouth for over twenty years and I'd like to move here from the South-East. But there is a certain scruffiness about the place Regarding the students, remember that they contribute to the local economy even if indirectly. How about inviting student representatives to Council meetings and meetings of any other relevant bodies such as Chamber of Trade and Town Centre management?. When the Tall Ships come, not to mention the cruise liners, Falmouth is not only an ambassador for Cornwall but the whole of the UK. Everyone should get together and smarten up urgently. Lilac112
  • Score: 5

8:58pm Mon 3 Feb 14

meerkats says...

Certain areas of Helston needed sprucing up , painting and cleaning etc and a group of volunteers formed and did a fantastic job , maybe Falmouth could do the same.
Certain areas of Helston needed sprucing up , painting and cleaning etc and a group of volunteers formed and did a fantastic job , maybe Falmouth could do the same. meerkats
  • Score: -2

8:06am Wed 5 Feb 14

Ian Rowe in exile says...

Falmouth needs a facelift....thats a fact. It also needs councillors with some sort of a vision for the town. Decisions seem to be based on what the hoteliers want or dont want. What about the local residents? They want a town which they and there children can be proud of because they live there 12 months of the year not just 2 weeks in August. Like Cousin Jack says, Falmouth is also a working town....it has a heart. Lets not break it.

Ian Rowe in exile
Falmouth needs a facelift....thats a fact. It also needs councillors with some sort of a vision for the town. Decisions seem to be based on what the hoteliers want or dont want. What about the local residents? They want a town which they and there children can be proud of because they live there 12 months of the year not just 2 weeks in August. Like Cousin Jack says, Falmouth is also a working town....it has a heart. Lets not break it. Ian Rowe in exile Ian Rowe in exile
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

lifeboatboy says...

The whole town looks past its sell by date.Why dont shopowners get a can of paint and some filler and make repairs to their own premises?I understand that one large local shop has been given a grant for doing up the exterior of their premises.Students do not do the town a lot of favours,everyone who can seems to be cashing in on student accomadation,leaving little or nothing for local families to rent.If the person who instigated this subject feels that strongly about it,get himself elected and stand up to the others who are against all these changes.Or will he be swayed by the protocol of local government and eventually capitulate to their rulings?
The whole town looks past its sell by date.Why dont shopowners get a can of paint and some filler and make repairs to their own premises?I understand that one large local shop has been given a grant for doing up the exterior of their premises.Students do not do the town a lot of favours,everyone who can seems to be cashing in on student accomadation,leaving little or nothing for local families to rent.If the person who instigated this subject feels that strongly about it,get himself elected and stand up to the others who are against all these changes.Or will he be swayed by the protocol of local government and eventually capitulate to their rulings? lifeboatboy
  • Score: 1

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