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National Park Cornwall

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Park Cornwall

              One fifth of Cornwall is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and these, together with the open-heartedness of the natives, attract five and a half million visitors every year. Whilst the warmth of local people is not in doubt, the effect of inappropriate development in Cornwall’s landscape – tens of thousands of new houses built over the last twenty years with barely sufficient schools, hospitals, doctors, sewage and so on – can be seen everywhere. The Duchy...

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Who are We to Be?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Who are We to Be?

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln In May 2016, a ‘government inspector’ came to Cornwall to pass his view on our Local Plan; the document that is meant to guide the development of the Duchy over the next twenty years. The trouble is that this plan is neither derived from a long-term vision for Cornwall, nor from a carefully prepared strategy that will take us toward where we want to go. Instead, it is a collection of targets that reflect the desires of Westminster and enterprises such as...

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Ethical Governance

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in New | 0 comments

A 2’40” video on everything you need to know about ethical governance, sustainability and the relationship between them.

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A statement from Cornwall for Change

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in New | 0 comments

          Cornwall for Change (C4C) represents the interests of over 70 town and parish councils. We have been asked to make a statement about our current position. The current situation in Cornwall 47,500 extra houses expected (with a population increase of over 100,000), through the Local Plan A further 5000 houses, courtesy of the Planning Inspector, to accommodate for an expected increase in second homes £150m spent on an incinerator using out-of-date technology; with uncertain health consequences; and ignoring...

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Truly Affordable Housing

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in New | 0 comments

Truly Affordable Housing

            The government has a duty of care to citizens, but are they fulfilling this? They must provide a home for those “who lack their own housing or live in unsuitable housing and who cannot afford to meet their needs in the open market.” This is done by fixing a proportion of new builds to be sold off or rented as ‘affordable housing’. The plan is designed to help those with the lowest incomes to buy or rent safe, secure, decent shelters. They don’t have to be houses, yet large estates are...

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Commissions of Sin

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in New | 0 comments

Commissions of Sin

            There are occasions when a society, environment or business community is threatened by the action of others. I’d like to consider three cases where an official commission – a centrally funded body to protect human interests – has intervened, in order to understand something of the dynamics involved. Why for instance, when a government agency is established to remedy a commonly accepted problem that affects everyone, are there those who publicly turn against that same agency? Environmental...

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The Bank of Cornwall

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in New | 0 comments

The Bank of Cornwall

            You can be forgiven for thinking that, as far as the centre of Britain’s government is concerned, Cornwall is not a part of the political landscape. Heartfelt pleas to Westminster go unheard, as evinced by the receipt of just £474 in public infrastructure spending per capita in the South West compared with £5726 per capita in the South East (Institute for Public Policy Research, 2014). Yet a building programme for Cornwall of not less than 47,500 new houses is dictated by Westminster, which will...

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Wilderness

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in New | 0 comments

Wilderness

            Great areas of open land, uncivilized, unspoilt and as nature intended (even if man has had a hand in keeping it that way) are very rare in the UK. As an island, we’re fortunate in being surrounded by sea, but to truly experience this requires a vessel, or a good wetsuit and good access. Genuine examples of wilderness in which you might wish to spend time, are rare in the world. Some may say that these remaining regions simply offer an alternative proposition to colonizing the moon with houses, but I...

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5.11.14

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in New | 0 comments

This error is colossal, as well as strange. It will certainly make a difference whether the one swings his scythe in spring winds to make a green sward, or the other to drive the loom in fetid air to make red velvet; but as far as his pocket is concerned, it will have no effect. Neither does it concern him whether we consume the result by  walking on green velvet, or by wearing red, so long our consumption is wholly selfish. If it’s otherwise, both our mode of consumption and the kind of article we need will interest him. For instance, the...

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Where have all the flowers gone?

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Where have all the flowers gone?

              Aside from ‘industry’, at 22% of regional gross value added, the principle sources of wealth in Cornwall are agriculture and tourism. Little was known of either before the nineteenth century, but with the coming of the railways, markets opened up nationwide for vegetables, flowers, fish and china clay. Reliable statistics on the local economy are rare, but the estimated per capita production is below 70% of the European average, and therefore qualifies for financial support from the European...

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