MPs Column

Our Cornish lanes are a feast of variety, colour and smell at the moment, the flowers in the hedgerows are as impressive as ever. For me West Cornwall at its best. Cornish lanes and HGVs were the subject of a public meeting organised by Cllr Simon Elliott and Rev Nigel Marns in Ludgvan Churchtown last week. For years residents have accepted that heavy goods vehicles are a part of living close to Castle-an-Dinas Quarry. However, for many, enough is enough. I heard residents tell of their experience including homes vibrating to the core due to the excessive size and speed of some of the HGVs. Those present reported cars being damaged on a regular basis, of lorries routinely mounting pavements and the fact that traffic to and from the quarry is continuous. It was made very clear that Cornwall Council-owned HGVs were not the primary cause of the difficulties and that quarry managers have worked hard to reduce the impact on the local community. It is obvious that the road infrastructure is not up to the job and everyone present was keen to address the problem without causing a problem elsewhere. Many are aware of the piece of work being undertaken by Highways England and Cornwall Council to improve the safety of the A30 through the neighbouring village Crowlas. I’ve asked Highways England to take a wider look at the road network and local infrastructure to see what can be done to alleviate this problem as part of this study. 

Some positive news in relation to the temporary closure of Newlyn Post Office.

A mobile service starts June 19th and I’m advised that customers will be able to access the same range of services as in a normal PO. The service will operate from Barrons Square, next to the war memorial. It will run on a Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am – 12 noon and then 1 - 3pm. This is temporary and maintains a service for Newlyn. This situation will only be satisfactorily resolved when a new permanent home is found within an existing or new business.

We need to think differently in St Ives when it comes to rubbish. Ever since I was first elected I’ve been engaged in trying to resolve the rubbish situation in the town. Cornwall Council’s method to address what officers describe as ‘abuse of services’ by holiday let owners and restauranteurs is to remove or restrict access to bins. This results in bins piled high and a very unsatisfactory situation particularly at peak season. I had a facinating meeting in St Ives on Friday regarding the subject. It is clear that we need to work together, including Cornwall Council, to reduce the amount of rubbish created in the first place and then ensure that, wherever possible, recyclable waste is collected and recycled. This will be challenging due to the concentration of ‘Downalong’ but not impossible and I’d hazard a guess that it will probably reduce costs in the long-term. I have a meeting soon to develop the idea further and anyone interested in St Ives is welcome to join in.