A Public Meeting on the Stadium
Yesterday afternoon and early evening I attended a site and public meeting along with 10 of my fellow Cornwall Councillors from the Strategic Planning Committee. The public meeting was the official chance for the public to have their say on the proposal for a sports stadium at Threemilestone.
|Artist Impression of the Stadium|
This planning application will be heard on the 17th November. The application will be for outline permission, and will need if passed, a further application for it to be built. Outline establishes the principle of planning taking place. The plan is for a 10,000 seat stadium and a 120 bed hotel on a site near the current park and ride site.
88 people attended this meeting and out of those who attended 24 spoke. The honours were even with 13 supporting this stadium and 11 against. Even those who did not speak you could tell the audience was fairly evenly split because of the clapping when someone spoke in favour or against the stadium.
The mix of the audience was interesting too. About 90% of those present were aged over 50. Only one person under the age of 30 spoke. This is not that usual as from the public meetings I have attended this age group is always dominant. If you look at the make-up of Cornwall Council is it dominated by this age group too.
So, a question is why are those under 50 or even under 30 not that interested in matter that could affect them? Maybe it is just public meetings that fail to inspire people to attend. This could be true as currently over one-thousand letters of support and less than a dozen against have been received so far. Furthermore, a petition has gathered at least 15,000 signatures of support.