We are on the steady march to the 2015 General Election Polling Day on the 7th May. The pundits say it will be close, and we could have no overall winner. This election is one of the first that is not a battle between Blue and Red; as this election really does include the other parties who could act as the Kingmaker, and could really decide who will be our next Prime Minister. I mean who really thought the Con’s and Lib Dems would get into bed with each other before the last election in 2010!
In Cornwall, the six seats up for grabs are what you call marginal. As at the last General Election the winning margin was as little as 64 votes to just under 3000. So for Cornwall it really is all to play for. That brings me onto who is standing in Cornwall. Well, the Statement as to Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll has been released, and it is as follows:
And remember, use your vote, as in Cornwall it counts. If you haven’t yet registered to vote, you have till the 20th April to do so. Please vote.
Anyone who has travelled on the Helston to Penzance road would have seen the temporary lights just down from Sithney Common Hill, near Newham Farm. I have been asked – even though it is not within my Division – what is going on and I blogged about it previously: Sithney Common Hill Temporary Lights. However, with the Easter Holidays upon us, there are considerable traffic delays due to the lights. Furthermore, Flora Day is fast approaching and this road is well used, especially as the Porthleven Road is closed.
With this in mind, I have asked for an update on when the work will start and if at all possible, to see if the lights could be removed for Flora Day. Sadly, this cannot happen, as explained in the following email:
“The lane closure along the A394 at Sithney Common Hill was established as a result of a collapse of the section of highway retaining wall. Further cracking of the carriageway exists from the collapsed area down the hill to Newham Lane. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the road is unsupported, the traffic management cannot be removed until the wall has been strengthened.
Since the collapse CORMAC have carried out site investigation and designed the strengthening solution, which involves the construction of an embankment in front of the existing wall. Unfortunately we are unable to rebuild the wall along the existing line as the ground behind would need to be battered back to construct a new wall which would encroach into the opposite carriageway which would require the road to be closed, which is obviously not an option. Additionally there are fibre optic cables immediately behind the wall.
We are currently awaiting the outcome of negotiations between Cornwall Council and the landowner of the farm fields below the wall, to purchase and gain temporary easement of land to construct the proposed embankment. It is hoped that negotiations will be finalised soon enabling construction to commence by the end of April. The works will take approximately 4 months to complete and the traffic management will remain in place for the duration of the works.”
It is not good news, but at least you have an update on the situation.
The annual Porthleven Duck race – now in its third year – took place on the Bank Holiday weekend. This event is organised by the Porthleven Community Group – whose aim is to bring the community together to have fun. It is a worthy aim and one the group achieve. Every year the race rises money for a charity and this year was no different, as the group decided to raise money for the Porthleven Skate Park project.
This years event saw a record number of ducks take to the water. This saw the creation of a new race for adults. It was great to see so many proud adult happily displaying their home-made ducks. I really do not know if the children or adults where the loudest cheering and egging on their duck as they made their way down the river in Porthleven.
Huge thanks go to the community group for this event. Special thanks as ever go to Tim who ‘like a duck to water’ bravely entered the water to act as race official and lend help to some ducks that got caught in the banks, or who had trouble staying afloat….
As is now the tradition, the Mayor (this year the Deputy Mayor) gets their own duck made by the community group
The Mayoral Duck for the Deputy Major, Cllr Powell
Tim gets ready to launch the children’s ducks
My sons duck, HBM
Me and my duck, Pinkie
Some of the entries into the children’s duck race