Weeds growing in Falmouth due sparks call for 'army' to descend on Westminster

Weeds growing in Falmouth due sparks call for 'army' to descend on Westminster

Weeds growing in Falmouth due sparks call for 'army' to descend on Westminster

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A lack of weed spraying in Falmouth has led to one couple proposing a “Trelawny’s Army” of protestors descend on Westminster and demand more money for Cornwall.

David and Sarah Culling, of Dunstanville Terrace, attended Falmouth Town Council’s monthly surgery on Friday to complain about the overgrown hedgerows, verges and pavements which they claim are giving Falmouth the appearance of “a one-horse town.”

They were told that Cornwall Council no longer provided the funding for weed spraying and the town council has no money in its budget for this year after achieving its aspirations of taking over public toilets and the Municipal Buildings.

Councillor Rowenna Brock said: “We do not have all the answers because we do not have the money. Unfortunately we do have to make some very difficult decisions at times and one thing we just do not have the money to do is to weed spray Falmouth. That is incredibly frustrating.”

It was then that Mr Culling suggested councillors from town and parish councils across the county should go “mob handed” to London, like Trelawny’s Army, and demand less public money is shipped overseas and instead is handed to local councils so they can carry out their obligations.

“The country is on the verge of bankruptcy,” he said. “We have to stand up and say it cannot go on like this. Now is the time you as councillors could bring that issue to central government and central government will listen because they are vulnerable right now - they have just had their backsides firmly kicked.

“Let’s take about a dozen coaches and block off Westminster for a day or half a day. This glad handing the rest of the planet has to slow down if not stop.”

The suggestion is to present the coalition government, and David Cameron and the Conservative Party in particular, with the possibility of the unpaid town and parish councillors threatening that if no more central government funding is forthcoming for 2015/16, the Town Halls of Cornwall, will be closed for business on April 5, 2015 until such time as extra funding is made available to them.

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7:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

How much will the coaches cost? and other expenses? Who ends up paying, the tax payer. The Helston Cllr tried that for the school but the government dont listen. Thats what your well paid local MPs are for, to represent you in parliament.
How much will the coaches cost? and other expenses? Who ends up paying, the tax payer. The Helston Cllr tried that for the school but the government dont listen. Thats what your well paid local MPs are for, to represent you in parliament. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 19

7:03am Tue 10 Jun 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Helston fly on the wall wrote:
How much will the coaches cost? and other expenses? Who ends up paying, the tax payer. The Helston Cllr tried that for the school but the government dont listen. Thats what your well paid local MPs are for, to represent you in parliament.
Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th.
[quote][p][bold]Helston fly on the wall[/bold] wrote: How much will the coaches cost? and other expenses? Who ends up paying, the tax payer. The Helston Cllr tried that for the school but the government dont listen. Thats what your well paid local MPs are for, to represent you in parliament.[/p][/quote]Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 7

7:05am Tue 10 Jun 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th.
Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: -2

7:13am Tue 10 Jun 14

Helston John says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th.
Flora day,,,,

The next general election is set for May the 7th 2015!
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th.[/p][/quote]Flora day,,,, The next general election is set for May the 7th 2015! Helston John
  • Score: 8

7:28am Tue 10 Jun 14

Helston John says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th.
There are still plenty of rich people in the county that will vote Conservative. Voting UKIP recently was just a protest vote by many, in order to give the government a wake up call.
Taking coaches to London would probably be a futile, expensive exercise.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: Or we could wait and see the outcome on may 8th.[/p][/quote]There are still plenty of rich people in the county that will vote Conservative. Voting UKIP recently was just a protest vote by many, in order to give the government a wake up call. Taking coaches to London would probably be a futile, expensive exercise. Helston John
  • Score: 15

2:09pm Tue 10 Jun 14

ElevenEleven says...

Helston fly on the wall wrote:
How much will the coaches cost? and other expenses? Who ends up paying, the tax payer. The Helston Cllr tried that for the school but the government dont listen. Thats what your well paid local MPs are for, to represent you in parliament.
That might be what the local MP is supposed to be for, but I am struggling to think of anything Sarah Newton has actually done for Falmouth in the last four years?

Unfortunately she seems to be one of those MPs that 'tows the party line' and doesn't want to rock the boat too much.
[quote][p][bold]Helston fly on the wall[/bold] wrote: How much will the coaches cost? and other expenses? Who ends up paying, the tax payer. The Helston Cllr tried that for the school but the government dont listen. Thats what your well paid local MPs are for, to represent you in parliament.[/p][/quote]That might be what the local MP is supposed to be for, but I am struggling to think of anything Sarah Newton has actually done for Falmouth in the last four years? Unfortunately she seems to be one of those MPs that 'tows the party line' and doesn't want to rock the boat too much. ElevenEleven
  • Score: 15

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