The legality of the Yellow Lines on Commercial Rd, Porthleven

The recent changes and the introduction of Yellow Lines to Commercial Rd, Porthleven are leaving residents and visitors confused and annoyed. Therefore, I want to clarify the legality of those lines.

In simple terms, the Yellow Lines on Commercial Rd are not legal, and have no legal standing and no enforcement can take place by official Civil Enforcement Officers, the Police, or anyone else.

To make Yellow Line legal, a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has to be undertaken. This is subject to a full public consultation, and only after that, and the work has been deemed necessary, a TRO can be made law and enforceable.

Commercial Rd is a private road, but under Highways legislation, it has full public access both pedestrian and vehicular. Therefore, the owner of the said land cannot just do anything and any changes like adding Yellow Lines have to follow legislation.

Harbour and Dock have been advised by myself and Cornwall Council of the correct procedures; with the latter saying no such work should take place until the proper processes have been undertaken. In fact, Highways wrote to the Harbour and Dock asking for all work to stop until this matter had been resolved legally. The Harbour and Dock ignored this advice.

I have been speaking to Highways on this matter for several weeks and only last Friday, they still were not happy with the work that has been undertaken. If the Harbour and Dock had engaged with the statutory highways agency, they would have advised the best course of action which would have avoided the chaos that is now happening along this road. Pedestrian and vehicle safety could have been improved by doing this properly.

Of course, the Council can take legal action against the Harbour and Dock, but this would cost tax-payers a considerable amount of money.

Summing this up, a person can park their vehicle on this stretch of road and no enforcement will be undertaken. Of course all other Yellow Lines in Porthleven are legal – just to stop anyone thinking it invalidates all other lines. Enforcement officers has been informed too.

Tory deal to form new administration rejected by Indi’s at Cornwall Council

The horse trading to form a new administration at Cornwall Council is proving problematic. The Tory’s have a new group leader, after reasons only known to them, they decided not to stick with John Keeling and replaced him.  The other is the rejection by the Indi’s of the Tory offer of a forming an administration. In truth, it was not a joint-administration offer, because the deal was not an equal partnership and therefore was prone to failure.

The Tory’s deal offered the Independents four of the ten cabinet seats, they would ‘consider’ an Indi Chairman of the Council and Deputy, plus they would be ‘more than happy to work with the Independents to come to an agreement on the matter of Chairs and Deputy Chairs of Scrutiny Committees’. And finally, the Tory’s ‘will require any Independents who work with us to agree in principle to the Conservative Group’s Manifesto commitments for the 2017 local elections.’

It does not take a lot to work out the answer to the deal, but for those who cannot guess, it was a resounding no to this offer. You almost get the impression they wanted the deal to be rejected with the inclusion of signing up to the Tory manifesto. Or worse, they were delusional in thinking a group of people elected as Independents, would suddenly sign-up to a political party’s manifesto.

This leaves forming a new administration in unchartered waters, as the Indi’s will be putting forward their own candidate for Leader. But like the Tory’s, the Indi’s do not have a majority to win a leadership vote without support from others, namely MK, Labour and the Lib Dems. The latter could put forward their own Leader contender to make it a three-way battle to be the next Leader of Cornwall Council.

Interesting times…

The new Porthleven Town Council

Thursday evening, the newly elected Councillors of Porthleven Town Council met formally for the first time. I was very honoured to be elected Mayor of Porthleven and Bev Plunkett was elected to the office of Deputy Mayor. I would like to congratulate all those now in office who are very keen to do their very best for Porthleven.

Your Councillors are:

Bev Plunkett (Deputy Mayor), Daniel Williams, Mike Toy, Alan Jorgensen, Liz Lane, Naomi Osmond, Mark Adair and Tom Harrison.

My first role in office was to thank all who had served on Porthleven Town Council since the last election in 2013 and May 2017. The former Councillors are:

Sue Johns, Liz Lane, Brian Michael, Julia Schofield, Robyn Davies, Sally-Anne Nieuwoudt, Dick Powell and Trevor Toms. And the two former Mayors of Porthleven, Barbara Powell and Mark Berryman.

I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow Porthleven Town Councillors over the next few years.

 

Cornwall Council’s political groups eye each other up to form a new administration

The Election is over, once enemies on the campaign trail now have to find a way to form a new Cornwall Council administration. This is in itself is no easy task because no one party or group has an overall majority to form a administration. This either means another ‘partnership’ or one group attempting to form a minority administration.

Cue the start of the political horse-trading. Some say the convention is for the largest group to have a go at forming an administration, but there is nothing in the rule book to say this has to happen. However, for the latter to happen there needs to be the will, and from what I have seen and heard, there is none.

The Conservative’s are the largest group of 46 Councillors. They are going through the motions of attempting to form an administration. But they know they do not have the numbers to guarantee their choice of Leader. The magic number is 62. So they must convince one of the other groups to support or hope – and it is a big hope – that the other groups and individuals do not vote against their choice for Leader is they attempt a minority administration. However, for any formal agreement to be made, Cabinet seats will have to be offered. How many is always a mute point, but I do not think it will be on an even split of 5/5. More like 7/3 with an outside chance of 6/4.

The Lib Dems seem to have taken the quick route to opposition. Though this is not official, but their appetite to seek an alliance with another group to form an administration is almost non-existent. It is still early days, but I cannot see a deal being struck with the Lib Dems looking to form/be part of an administration. They are more than likely to seek to take as many chairs and vice chairs of committees by working with other groups.

This leaves the Independents who form a strange group/alliance with each other. It is easy to tag Indi’s as closet Tory’s but whilst some are Thatcher loving fanatics, most are not. In fact for some working with the Tory’s in any form of administration is beyond-the-pale.

For the last four-years I have heard how bad the Conservatives have been and how they have not helped Cornwall, but then suddenly you hear, we must work for the people; for the greater good; the Tory’s are not that bad etc. This sudden epiphany is not for noble reasons, but for power and a Special Responsibility Allowances – more money for taking on other roles. If working with the Tory’s is a way to the silver, then all sorts of excuses will be found to justify it.

I guess this means the Tory’s and some Indi’s will find a way of forming an administration that will dance to the tune of the current six blue MP’s. If a deal were to happen being the Indi’s and Tory’s, I expect the current number of 30 Indi’s to be in a couple of groups or standing alone.

Thank you for the support

A few days have passed since the Election results have been called. Like any campaign it takes a few days for you to recover, and then, you have to get on with the job.

I want to say thank you to all supported me in both the Cornwall Council and Porthleven Town Council Election. It is always humbling to receive such support.

for those who are trying to contact me, I have a new Council email address (which everyone has). It is now: andrew.wallis@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

I am without a phone for a few days, but will update as soon as I do.

In any campaign, there are winners and losers. Credit to those candidates who stood against me and campaigned hard. I always respect those who stand for election.

Thoughts and thanks must go to those who have held office and lose at an election. There are many reasons why someone loses, as many have given years of public service. You might not always agree with them, but they should be respected for standing and trying to do their best.

Loe Bar Beach Footpath Closure – update

A few weeks ago I informed readers of this blog that the official footpath that goes across Loe Bar will be closed to allow the EA to expand the culvert that discharges water from the river Cober into the sea via the bar To remind yourselves, click HERE.

Users of this area where concerned to whether this area can still be accessed during the work. I have now got confirmation that whilst the official footpath with be closed, people can still access and cross the Bar whilst the work is carried out. 

So fear not, Loe Bar will be accessible. 

Helston College’s new school building unveiled 

Yesterday, was the first time the public were able to see the proposed new school building for Helston College. This journey of getting a new building been a bumpy road, with many setbacks. However, this building will actually happen with the building work starting this September and opening in January 2019.

I am over the moon this is finally happening as one of priorites as Lead Member for Children’s Service has been to get getting proper funding our schools. And I was pleased our bid to the Government for a replacement building for Helston College was accepted. 

Massive credit must go to the college’s head teacher, the governors and all staff who have worked tirelessly to make this new build a reality. 

During the build, students will continue to use the existing buildings. Once the new building is open, then the old site will be demolished and replaced with sport facilities. The Sports Centre will remain in its current place. 

Many will wonder why there is not a whole school build option. This could not be achieved as the Education Funding Agency would not fund the extra millions. 

Planning will now be sought now the design and layout has been finalised.

New timings for the banning of ‘Dogs on Beaches’ set to come into force

If readers remember, in my role as Cornwall Councillor, I asked for Porthleven West Sands dog banning order to be reviewed in-light of legislation changes in the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 and Anti-Social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014.

Listening to all sides I put forward an alternative ban period for Porthleven West to Cornwall Council. This was also supported by Porthleven Town Council. These changes have now been legally accepted by the signing of the Cornwall Council Public Space Protection (Dogs on Beaches) Order 2017.

The new Order for Porthleven West will come into force on the 1st May and be as follows:

  • Dogs on beaches will be banned between the hours of 9.00am and 7.00pm;
  • From 1 May to 30 September of each year.

New signage will be installed in the next week or so. This is a change from the 7am to 7pm ban from April till October. There are no changes for access to the beach for dogs East of Blue Buoy Steps.

Timings and periods on all other beaches can be found HERE

There are exemptions as this Order does not apply to any person who:

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under Section 29 or the National Assistance Act 1948; or
  • Is deaf, in respect of a dog trained by Hearing Dog for Deaf People and upon which he relies for assistance; or
  • Has a disability which requires being in charge of an Assistance Dog registered with Assistance Dogs UK and upon which he relies for assistance.

 

Loe Bar Footpath set to be closed from 1st May

The Environment Agency have requested to close the footpath crossing Loe Bar to carryout works on their equipment. From my understanding, this is to enhance the culvert that discharges water from the river Cober and Loe Pool and is part of the new flood prevention scheme for Helston.

This footpath as shown on the map below will be The Location of the footpath is: Footpath 6, Porthleven and Footpath 4, Gunwalloe. The path will be closed from the 1st May 2017 to 30th September 2017 (24 hours weekends included)

I am seeking clarification on how much is closed and whether the public can access this area.

I am an official candidate in the Porthleven and Helston West Cornwall Council Election

Today, the ‘statement as to persons nominated’ to stand for the Cornwall Council Elections has been issued. I am one of four candidates who will be seeking election, or in my case re-election to the Porthleven and Helston West seat.

In the next few weeks, I will be out and about delivering my leaflets and knocking on doors. I really hope residents will know of the work I have carried out over the last few years and vote for me on May 4th.

The official nominations are:

 

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