Falmouth Council anger at 'unelected' body vying to run town's attractions 'for profit' (From Falmouth Packet)
Falmouth Council anger at 'unelected' body vying to run town's attractions 'for profit'
6:50am Friday 21st September 2012 in Falmouth/Penryn
PLANS to create a ‘Community Interest Company’ (CIC) in Falmouth could lead to an unelected body running all of Falmouth’s main attractions for profit, town councillors have warned.
The claim was made during a heated debate at a meeting of the finance and general purposes committee on Monday evening.
The CIC has been created to bid for the right to run entertainment on the Prince of Wales Pier on behalf of Cornwall Council .
The authority had told New County Hall they were not happy with the CIC being set up and wanted to discuss the situation before deciding whether to bid to run the pier themselves.
However, they have been told no discussions would take place until the tendering process has been completed.
Councillor Diana Merrett said the CIC was being set up by members of Falmouth’s Town Forum.
She said: “It is all the same people on there. They are already working with Tim Light, and will be taking over the pier before looking at the Church Street car park and then onto the docks .”
Councillor Marie Ryan said: “I wrote to Eric Pickles about the CIC and was told that they can write to Cornwall Council and ask how much they are willing to give up and they can buy whatever they want if they have the money.”
Councillor Merrett added: “We have a Cornwall councillor who does not set a foot in this chamber to tell us what is going on, but he goes to the forum.
“They are unelected but get more information about what is going on than we do and that situation should be stopped.”
Councillor David Sterratt agreed, saying: “The forum has somehow mutated into a second council for this town.”