The latest news from County Hall (or its new name Lyns Kernow) is on a Stadium for Cornwall. This research has centred on where the best place it should be. I personally have been in two minds if this is viable due to need and cost. I am no expert on this, so I am always interesting in hearing and reading what so called experts say.
Stadium specialist Gardiner and Theobald has undertaken extensive analysis of possible locations across Cornwall based on four key factors: Social, Transport, Environment and Economic.
These experts have identified a site(s). They are Truro and Threemilestone. There is no getting away from the fact that this stadium has to be near the main carriageway of Cornwall, and that is the A30. I won’t argue that point, but I will argue the point of why Truro?
Yes, Truro is the de-facto capitol of Cornwall, but there is a lot of Cornwall to the east of Truro. Maybe it should be further to the east. Maybe a more central location would be better. It’s the same reason why I would rule out a stadium to the west. There have been many accusations that Cornwall or the powers-to-be are too Truro-centric. This plays into that charge. (picture is just for illustration)
I would be very interested to hear as to why other location(s) were discounted and why. I am also of the view that this stadium should be built and run by a private concern, and not the Council. Sure we could help out with some funding, but to run it would not be a good idea. Look how well the Dome started.
Another question is that who will be ‘based’ at this stadium? will it be Rugby, Football, or both? Will it have a running track around it? If a team is based will they be asked to pay for some of the build costs. These are all questions that need to be addressed (and I would hope they are) before a brick is laid.
I am told by a statement from Cornwall Council that a further study will take place and that will include a business plan which will identify the facilities and possible tenants. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.
But as I said at the beginning, I am not a stadium expert and will still keep an open mind when (IF!) I am consulted on this matter.
A little bit of good news from the Planning Dept at Cornwall Council. Namely a planning application to put two houses in what is nothing more than a back garden over at West View, Porthleven has been withdrawn.
I held one of my surgeries on this matter and it was standing room only. I talked about what was likely to be given weight for a refusal and listened to the local residents concerns. I got the confirmation today, that the applicant has withdrawn the application due to overwhelming objections from the neighbours, the Town Council and my two pennies worth. Cornwall Council agreed with these points, so the applicant had two real choices. Withdrawal or refusal. It took the former.
People are quick to criticize the Planning Dept, but they do listen, especially when the views and objections are backed up with good planning reasons, and not the, ‘we don’t like it’.