At the March meeting of Porthleven Town Council, the Mayor and the Council awarded Porthleven’s Harbour Master, Phil Ward a town plaque; the town council’s highest honour.
It is very rare this honour is given for a single act, but the Mayor and the Town Council felt Phil Ward deserved to be awarded this plaque for his quick thinking actions and conduct during the recent storms that smashed into Porthleven.
Without Phil’s quick decision to remove the boats from the harbour after the Baulks gave way from the relentless pressure of the sea, the devastation to the fishing boats and pleasure craft would have been far worse.
Furthermore, Phil has been praised by the Town Council for the work carried out after the storms in sorting out the destruction left by this terrible period of weather. I would like to pay tribute to the men who work for Phil, who like the Harbour Master acted quickly to save so many boats.
Since December, Porthleven has been battered and smashed by 15 storms. Overall, and compared to other places, Porthleven Harbour and sea-defences along the coast have held up – just. However, it will be several months until the full impact will be understood as the more unseen damage will become apparent as things settle down.
Over the weekend, a large hole appeared at the bottom of the sea-defences below the road leading around the institute (clock tower). I reported this on Monday, and I am very pleased to see repair work has started by Cormac.
Yet today, the town clerk has reported to Cornwall Council and me on further damage near Blue-Buoy Steps. This like the other hole will be investigated and where possible repaired.
If anyone comes across any damage to the sea-defences whilst out and about, could they safely take a picture and report this damage to me. That way I can get the area assessed, and get the repairs carried out by the relevant landowner.
Last night, at the monthly meeting of Porthleven Town Council, the Council unanimously supported a request from the Porthleven Fishermen’s Association for financial help.
The ‘standard’ grant is for £50, but for this occasion, the Council decided to give £1,000 to the association to enable them to get back on their feet.
I have also agreed to give at least £500 out of my Community Fund. Both these amounts of money will not cover the huge cost the association has incurred, but will go some way to help. Plus, these grants can be used for matched-funding to other pots of money.
Futhermore, there are various fund raising events in Porthleven this weekend. Two are at the Atlantic this Saturday, with a coffee morning and then auction with more fundraising in the evening.
It is fantastic that Cornwall’s Skinners Brewery will be donating 5p for every pint of Porthleven Beer sold in February and this money will all money going to the association. Not going to encourage people to drink more, but if you see Porthleven Beer, please drink it instead of your normal tipple.
I am also getting inquiries from regular visitors and holidays makers to Porthleven who also want to donate. This is heartening as it is not only the residents who love and feel a sense of community, but also those who visit want to help too.
If anyone wishes to make a donation, please send it to the Atlantic Inn, Porthleven.
The public toilets along Harbour Road have now reopened. These toilets are now under the stewardship of Porthleven Town Council who will be responsible for opening/closing, cleaning and maintenance. A full refurbishment of these toilets will be carried out later this year.
Of course in an ideal world, Cornwall Council should be running these toilets and others like them. However, it is not an ideal world, and rather than see these toilets closed and the building sold off, the town council took them over. Credit should go to the town council for this action.
The public meeting for the planning application for 60 dwellings at Shrubberies Hill took place last night.
The meeting was very well attended by around 100 Porthleven residents. Out of those residents 25 spoke about the application after a short presentation from the planning officer.
From those 25, 16 spoke against the application and nine spoke in favour. Both sides put their cases well and with passion. It was good to see both sides respect the others viewpoint without resulting to any heckling. The Chairman of the planning committee also made the point at the end of the meeting on how well people had conducted themselves.
The questions raised from the meeting will be addressed in the final report. The date for the decision for this application will be held on the 27th August at 2pm in the Guildhall, Penzance. This is a public meeting so all can attend.
Tomorrow, or today – if you are reading this on the 31st – is the public meeting on the proposed mixed use application along Shrubberies Hill.
This meeting will be held at the Public Hall and will start at 6pm. The meeting will be run by Cornwall Council. Porthleven Town Council have also been invited to attend. I expect a packed house for this meeting which will allow those present the ability to give their views on the application. This will help Porthleven Town Council’s planning committee and Cornwall Council’s West Planning Committee reach a decision on the application.
Ultimately it will be the members of Cornwall Council’s West committee who will make the final decision on this application.
I would urge anyone interested in this application to give up an hour or two of their time and attend.
See you there.
There has been a long-term aim of the Porthleven Lights Committee to up-light the Bickford-Smith Institute in Porthleven. This aim is well on the way to becoming a reality due to the co-operation between the Lights Committee, The Porthleven CIC and of course the Town Council who are custodians of the building.
Last Saturday, Roger and Graham from the Lights Committee and myself and Damelza from the CIC spent a few hours investigating various lighting positions that will give the best lighting effect.
The plan is to do the up-lighting in three phases. The first is the west face of clock tower, the second the side of the tower, and the third the rear of the building. This will result in the desired effect.
The pictures below were taken at various angles, light settings and at different times.
I hope you’ll agree that even at this early stage of getting the lighting angles right, the results are impressive.
Due to the high number of planning consultation responses and the greater public interest, I have asked Cornwall Council’s planning department in conjunction with the West Planning Committee to organise a public meeting. This will enable the residents of Porthleven to give their views not only to Cornwall Council’s planning committee, but also to the town council.
This meeting will take place on the 31st July at the Public Hall. The meeting will start at 6pm, and will go on till 9pm. All are welcome to attend. If you want to speak at this meeting, all you need to do is register to speak when you turn up at the event. The meeting will be chaired by the Chairman of the West Planning Committee. All the points raised will have the answers in the final report which will go to the planning committee.
It will be the West Planning Committee who will make the final decision if these plans are approved or not. So it is important to turn up and give those views.
Porthleven Town Council has been working on a plan to update the skate park in Porthleven. This well used site – owned and maintained by the town council – is getting near the end of its life. So something has to be done sooner than later. The plan is not to just refurbish the site, but to do a completely new park including a proper skating surface.
The project has been set a budget of £65,000, which will do everything required to make this a great skate park. I am really pleased to say at last nights monthly meeting of the town council, the council agreed to contribute up to £20,000 toward the project. The remaining monies will be (hopefully) from grant funders. I and other members of the town council are now in the process of applying to these funders now the town council has agreed on its contribution. I hope to have most if not all of the funding in place within six months.
There are also plans for some other fundraising activities to take place, and a final consultation on the layout of the park. Below is a picture of the type of equipment the new park could expect to see for the projects budget. If you are interested in helping with the project, drop me or the town clerk an email.
As of this week, the planning application for the land along Shrubberies Hill has been submitted to Cornwall Council. These are not ‘live’ as yet, as they need to verified before they can be accepted. All this means is checking all the right paperwork has been submitted. I would imagine this work will be completed early next week.
Once the verification has taken place, the plans start their journey through the planning system. These plans will be subject to consultation not just with the public, but also the various non and statutory agencies and organisations.
The Porthleven Town Council will also have chance to comment on the plans, and the public can make representations to the town council in addition to Cornwall Council. After the town council has had its say, the final decision will be made by Cornwall Council. This final decision will be carried out by the West Planning Committee.
The overview of these plans are:
The site layout
The location of the various dwelling type
This site in question is a mixed-use site of Local Needs and open market. The total number of dwellingson the site is 60 (52% local needs 48% open market). This is made up of:
- 29 x open market
- 4 x discounted sale
- 9 x shared ownership
- 18 x rental
These plans have and no doubt will continue to divide opinion in Porthleven. There are both pro and anti views to these plans. However, no matter which view you have, I would urge if not beg all and everyone in Porthleven to take the time and make comment on the plans. A simple email or if you prefer letter giving you views can be sent to both Cornwall Council and the town council. After all, this is your chance to have your say. Surely it is worth five minutes of your time to do this?
The proposed site
If anyone has any question please feel free to contact me, and I will be only too happy to help. But at the end of the day, please make your views known to the two councils. It really is one of the biggest decisions the people of Porthleven will have to make.