Porthleven is awarded £75k for new skate park from Sports England

Christmas has come early for those behind the wheeled sports facility (skate park) with the award of £75k from Sports England. In a highly competitive process, with over 600 applicants, Porthleven Town Council today was officially told it had been successful.

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The £120k project is made possible with matched funding of £20k by Porthleven Town Council, a staggering £22,120 raised from within the community with Porthleven Surf Club, Cober Valley Rotary Club, Porthleven Food Festival and Helstonbury all raising over £1000, and now the £75k from Sports England. This leaves £5,800 to raise.

The lead bid writer, Zoe Davies said: the award of £75k allows us to finally realise our dream of a much needed modern skate park in Porthleven. When the Skate Park Funding Raising Committee was set up, we knew the £120k total was realistic because we had the whole community with us.

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The Mayor of Porthleven signs the funding acceptance form.

This statement was supported by the Mayor of Porthleven, Councillor Barbara Powell who commented that the young people deserve this new wheel sports facility. It has been made possible because everyone had worked together to make this happen. The Mayor had the pleasure of signing the official offer letter on behalf of Porthleven Town Council and the fund raising committee.

Mark Adair who is leading the charge on raising the remaining money said, we are confident that we will raise the remaining £5,800 in no time at all, the support we have had so far has been unbelievable, so we feel we can push on and raise the rest. The committee have been working on a number of ideas which we will start to put into action over the coming weeks, join our Facebook group “Porthleven Skate Park Project” to see how you can get involved. If you would like to make a donation you can via our website www.porthlevenskatepark.co.uk.

When I was informed of the successful bid by Sports England I could hardly believe it. The competition for funding was highly competitive and Sports England liaison officer said the Porthleven bid was a very strong one. For me, this bid is down to the hard work of Zoe Davies, Naomi Osmond, Dai Lawton and Mark Adair who have spent many hours making sure this bid was perfect.

Well done to everyone who has made this happen.

 

 

 

 

The new Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Porthleven 

Porthleven Town Council has elected its Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the 2016/17 civic year. The new Mayor of Porthleven is Barbara Powell (who was deputy for the last two years, and yours truly has the honour to be the Deputy Mayor of Porthleven.

The new Mayor said on her election to office: I feel very privileged to have been elected mayor of Porthleven. It all seems rather unreal but I will work hard for our little town. I want to include everyone in caring and improving where we live making it the thriving community that it is, a wonderful place to live.

Furthermore, Barbara said she will rely on Daniel William’s good sense and support and experience of being mayor.  Having Andrew Wallis as my deputy will be a great asset as he also brings being a County Councillor to the job. Thank you to the town Councillors who elected me, for their wide range of skills and good humour they bring to the monthly council meetings.

I am very grateful to Members of Porthleven Town Council for having faith in me and electing me to the office of Deputy Mayor of Porthleven. I very much look forward to supporting Barbara Powell, as Mayor of Porthleven in the coming year. I must pay tribute to Daniel Williams who has led Porthleven Town Council for the last two years. He has carried out this role brilliantly, and has raised the profile of Porthleven both near and far during his term of office.

 

Launch of Porthleven’s ‘pick up your dogs poo’ campaign starts with free dog chipping

Wednesday, saw the launch of Porthleven’s fight-back against those irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up their dogs mess. Everyone say’s it is not me, I always pick-up, however, dog poo that’s not picked up blights our open spaces and pavements. It is also a health hazard. 

The campaign has been made possible by a small working group being form that is made up of residents and Porthleven Town Council who worked with the children at Porthleven School to deliver a simple campaign message: you know what to do, please pick up my poo.

 

The campaign logo

 
At the official launch,  the working group arranged for the dog chipping team from Cornwall Council to give any unchipped dog, a free micro chip. As from April 6th, it is illegal for any dog to be unchipped. Owners of unchipped dogs could face a £500 fine if caught. 

During the course of the day, over 200 dogs were chipped. In fact, before the event officially started, people were queuing. The dog chipping team said it was one of their busiest days. 

  
     

Thanks must go to Cornwall Council’s dog chipping team who worked virtually non-stop throughout the day (they were supplied with one of Porthleven’s fantastic pasties). 

Huge thanks has to go to the working party of Dick, Barbara, Lesley and Philippa and all the others who helped start this campaign. Well done. Let’s hope people listen, and pick up their dogs mess! 

Just so you know, all public rubbish bins in Porthleven can be used to deposit dog mess. Not just the dedicated dog waste bins. 

Porthleven Town Council wants to hear your views on how the Bickford Smith Institute should be used.

Porthleven Town Council is seeking views from the community on the future use of the Bickford Smith Institute. Currently, the town council use the former institute cottage as their administration office and meeting place, with the main hall being used as the snooker club.

This is a public building and the town council therefore believe this building should be accessible and used by the whole community in a variety of uses.

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Furthermore, the building itself needs a lot of work to its structure. The building is getting old and has faced the full force of the elements for over 134 years. This has taken its toll on the building and the material state of the building needs to be addressed sooner than later.

The work required is not going to be cheap, » Read more

Rachel Baker, Porthleven’s Royal British Legion Poppy Apeal Organiser

Last week, Porthleven Town Council awarded one of its town plaques to Rachel Baker. The reason for the award was to recognise the work by Rachel in rasing money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Rachel has been the local organiser for the Poppy Appeal since 2010. In that time, Porthleven has raised £35,750. A staggering amount for a population of under 4000. This year’s Poppy Appeal raised just over £2800.

It does not just stop there. As Rachel has done a lot of research on those mens names who are on the War Memorial from the Great War, Second World War, and Aden. From this research, Rachel has compiled a small book. It brings to life the story behind the names who are carved onto the War Memorial.

Well done Rachel, you throughly deserve the award of the town plaque.

Rachel being awarded the town plaque by the Mayor.

Rachel being awarded the town plaque by the Mayor.

Public Consultation for Origin Coffee new building in the Shipyard, Porthleven

Just over six-weeks ago, the media covered a pre-application plan for a new mixed-used building to house Origin’s business operation. The area this business is planned tobe located is in the Porthleven Shipyard. From the responses I have had, ranged from WTF, OMG to Wow, this is good.

Now the pre-application process is out-of-the-way, the Harbour and Dock Company want to proceed to the next stage of the planning process and submit a full planning application. However, before they do, the company will be holding a public consultation event to gather all views before a full planning application is submitted.

This event will take place on Friday October 9th between 16:00 – 18:00pm at The Brew House on the Harbour Head.

The plan is ambitious, and includes (taken from the pre-app document):

A drum at the pavement edge contains the café, training and office uses. It addresses the public space, the harbour and the views with its curved façade. The rear rectangular form is a simple large industrial volume with private access at the rear of the site away from public interaction.

The design is bold, but has a strong relationship with Porthleven: the materials are “of the place”; the massing and organisation relate well to the site, the built context and the public space; the building use/typology is symptomatic of Porthleven’s new/ emerging positive identity – a centre of food culture and high quality tourism. 

The existing bus stop is a standard stand-alone plastic and steel shelter of poor quality. The approximate location of the new shelter will remain unchanged but is now integrated into the new building. Its glass roof links the existing single storey Brew House building (once the harbour master’s office) with the drum of the new Origin building. The choice and quality of materials will match those of the new building.

This development presents an opportunity for a huge improvement of this focal public space. A newly paved shared surface with re-aligned kerb edges could be provided, giving greater space for and priority to, pedestrians. With views onto both sides of the harbour this is an important orientation point for visitors to Porthleven.

It connects pedestrian routes from the public car parks and to the green space further up the valley. Some information/signage might be appropriate as well as seating. A large baulk timber screen wall is also shown which conceals parked cars within the Shipyard and the trash screen from the public space and provides a new backdrop suggestive of the former uses and materials associated with the shipyard.

 

The pictures below will illustrate the plan and give you an idea how the building would like if it was approved (in the current form). I should point out a lot can and does change from a concept to planning permission being granted. Including taking onboard the public view.

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The answer to that question will be up to you, the residents of Porthleven. Therefore, I urge you to take the time to see the plans in full and ask any questions you may have.

Porthleven’s Mayor and Deputy Major re-elected

At the Porthleven Town Council AGM, the current Mayor, Councillor Daniel Williams and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Barbara Powell were unanimously re-elected for the following civic year.

I would like to offer my congratulations to both, who have for the past year been a great ambassadors for Porthleven in carrying our their duties.

The Mayor and Deputy Major of Porthleven for the civic year

The Mayor and Deputy Major of Porthleven for the civic year

 

 

Porthleven could have its own Youth Support Worker

Over the years Porthleven has grown from once a small fishing village to now a small town; thought the heart and soul of Porthleven still is has a village feeling. With a larger settlement, the need for services in Porthleven is similar to our neighbouring town, Helston, but it could also be argued it is different. Therefore, we can and should look at how services are delivered to the benefit of Porthleven and not having to compete with services with other areas. One area that I believe Porthleven could be better served is by having its own Youth Support Worker.

The idea of Porthleven having its own Youth Support Worker is in part of changes to how youth work is delivered both by Cornwall wide and nationally. Therefore, these changes should be seen as an opportunity for Porthleven. With this in mind, I put a proposal to Porthleven Town Council to fund out of the precept, a Youth Support Worker who would be dedicated to supporting young people in Porthleven. The costs of this post are much less than you would imagine, but I firmly believe this is money well spent.

The cost for a Youth Support Worker (Grade Y10) based on gross annual pay of £19,636 delivering 9 hours per week (three 3 hour sessions) based on 52.14 paid weeks comes to a total: £2026.12 actual pay: £1592.11 with a 1% pay award of £15.92 = £1608.03 plus superannuation of £257.28, superannuation deficit of £56.28 plus NI of £104.52. Add in some administration of around £500, you get grant total of £2500 for 52 weeks. This Youth Support Worker could really make a difference to Porthleven’s young people and could be the first steps to having more youth services in the town.

Town councillors at their monthly meeting discussed the proposal and where minded to support such a post – which is fantastic news. Before we get carried away with the good news there is still a lot more work that needs to be done before this post is operational. Work will now be undertaken to look at the role of the Youth Support Worker and their remit. Furthermore, I am also grateful to Cornwall Council who are willing to help set up this position. I am hopeful once all this points have been address is for the position to be in place early in 2015. It is good to see Porthleven Town Council (and Helston Town Council) who are willing to deliver services at a community based level.

Lastly, people may raise the question of what about a new youth centre, and in an ideal world it would be great to have one in Porthleven. The reality of funding such a building is expensive and with limited funding option. However, there are other building available two being the Children’s Centre and the other is the town council meeting room, both would be free to use and could be used to help deliver youth related services in the area. Having a building is one thing, but sometimes you have to go to where the young people hang-out which is often outside. So a balance needs to be struck.

Porthleven’s ‘top park’ to get new play equipment

It is great news that a devolution project between Cornwall Council and Porthleven Town Council can now be announcement after the town council approved the deal last night. The deal between the two authorities, is for the playing field known officially as Horseshoe Playing Field, but also known locally as ‘top park’, along with the adjoining field and Shrubberies Hill car park will be transferred to Porthleven Town Council on a 99 year lease for one peppercorn (if demanded) per year.

As part of the devolution project I have been working on for sometime, I have negotiated with Cornwall Council a one-off grant of £25,000 to help replace the equipment. As anyone who has visited the park will see the current children’s play equipment it is in need of replacement.  This is really good news, as the town council gets to administer and safeguard the future of the area, but has a large grant to help replace the play equipment.

However, the £25,000 from Cornwall Council is not enough to build a new play park. So on top of this, and as part of the planning consent for the development of Shrubberies Hill, £10,000 of section 106 money will be added to the £25,000 from Cornwall Council. However, this is still a little short of the total amount needed for a new play park.  So as part of the recommendations I put to the town council (at the September meeting) to accept the transfer of assets, the town council has committed a further £5,000 to make this new park deliverable.

The proposed new play equipment at Horseshoe

The proposed new play equipment at Horseshoe

This play park will be build in a new area and has two elements, one for the younger children which will be fenced off, and another for older children. The ‘sand’ area is an idea, but it was deemed better to infill this, and place the benches and tables nearer the park. Included in the deal is new fencing.

The play equipment for older children

The play equipment for older children

 

I believe this is a great deal between Porthleven Town Council and Cornwall Council in how a devolution project can and should work. This is the second devolution project between Porthleven Town Council and Cornwall Council. The first one being the land between the Cricket Club and the Amenity Area. It sometimes takes time, and there is a lot of hard work for both parties, but it just proves something positive can be done if everyone is working for a common cause.

Well done Porthleven Town Council for being a proactive council. Well done Cornwall Council for helping a local community have more control over the assets in their area.

HRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester visit Porthleven

Porthleven welcomed the HRH Duke and Duchess of Gloucester to came to see for themselves the storm damage and lately the repair work carried out in theaftermath of those violent storms. It was also the chance for the Duke and Duchess to meet those who had played a hand in keeping people safe, and had been part of the clean up post the storms.

The royals were met by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Porthleven who with The Lord Lieutenant, expertly guided them to the various meeting points.

The Duke and Duchess also met many of the community groups, clubs and organisations in Porthleven. They were also entertained by the Porthleven Town Band. The royals also browsed a few of the local shops as part of the visit. It was a real community event in which the both the Duke and Duchess spent a great deal of time chatting to people and stayed longer in Porthleven than was originally planned. All in all, this was good for Porthleven.

The last port of call was a small cream tea reception in the Bickford- Smith Institute. During this reception both the Duke and Duchess spend time talking to the assembled guests. They were also treated to a Cornish cream tea. The was provided by one of the local restaurants Amelie’s – who also provided refreshments during the clean up. It was great to see both the Duke and Duchess chat to all the guests.

You really could not asked for better weather. With a clear blue sky and the harbour twinkling in the sunlight at high water. You really could not set a better scene which showed Porthleven off in all its glory.

Lastly, the Mayor of Porthleven presented the Duke with a town plaque and the Duchess was given flowers from one of the children from Porthleven primary school.

Of course no event is without pictures and here are a few taken from the day.

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The Duke and Lord Lieutenant escorted by the Mayor

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The Mayor and Deputy Mayor escort the Duke and Duchess through Porthleven

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The Duke is introduced to local fishermen and their families

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The Duke is introduced to the staff who work for Harbour and Dock

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The Duke treated to a Cornish cream tea by Sam, owner of Amilie’s

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Porthleven’s Coastguard Search and Rescue Team chat to the Duke

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The Duchess meets local fishermen and their families

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The Mayor presents the town plaque to the Duke

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