Monthly Archives: December 2014

The lessons of the tour of Cornwall’s building sites

Before I go and lie down in a darkened room for the next two weeks to recover let’s pull together some of the lessons of this two-week tour of Cornwall’s towns. Pity about the Morris Minor though. What can we … Continue reading

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Penzance: affordable homes yes, unaffordable sprawl no

At last. The radiator is in danger of over-heating and the silencer is threatening to fall off after two weeks of ranting and raving. But we’ve finally made it to Penzance. Penzance is similar in some ways to St Ives, … Continue reading

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St Ives/Hayle: Ungrateful locals reject second homes AND developers

Crossing over the neck of West Penwith, the faithful Morris Minor rattles its way down into St Ives. St Ives itself has managed to avoid the worst of the Council’s building frenzy, even though its population has only grown by … Continue reading

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Helston: Dancing with the developers

Helston should really be in east Cornwall. Surrounded by countryside which has a high number of second homes and with one of Cornwall’s highest growth rates since the 1960s (second only to Bodmin) it resembles Liskeard or Launceston more than … Continue reading

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Camborne-Redruth: Regeneration, rejuvenation or just ramping up population?

As I wend my increasingly weary way westwards, Carn Brea looms into sight. Icon of Cornwall for those who hail from the west, Carn Brea stares over a landscape in the throes of ‘regeneration’, no doubt silently pondering WTF is … Continue reading

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Falmouth/Penryn: working towards cutting out democracy

In the old council before the 2013 elections, Falmouth was represented by a couple of councillors who looked extremely favourably on developers, rarely opposing their plans. In fact, so keen were they that they demanded more houses for Falmouth. And … Continue reading

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Truro: Council allows developers to take us forward to the 1930s

When I was last in Truro in the late 1960s (or was it the 1860s?) it was not unlike other Cornish towns. Slightly more pretentious perhaps, with that great big church thing in the middle of town and a new … Continue reading

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