MP’s Blog

I was very sad to hear that an elderly lady waited nearly four hours for a paramedic and ambulance to arrive after falling and breaking her hip outside the stores in Ruan Minor. Whilst the local community did a great job taking care of her it is unreasonable to rely on people in this way and unacceptable that some form of emergency service was not dispatched considerably sooner. People who live in rural isolated communities should be confident that help will arrive when needed. In this incidence this has not been the case. I will find out what went wrong and how this can be avoided in the future.

It was a pleasure to join in the opening of Helston Bowling Club 2018 season and to celebrate the completion of the new roof. This busy club is getting busier and I was thrilled to hear of plans to start a fortnightly community bowling morning on May 5th open to everyone including those wanting a cuppa and a chat. Community organisations across West Cornwall are finding opportunities to reduce loneliness and isolation and I hope they will all join me on the 22nd – 24th June for the second Great Get Together and organise something to welcome new people. The Helston Community Bowling Morning will be taking place on the 23rd June – put the date in your diary! For more about the club and their Community Bowling Mornings call the Chairman Ian Wass Helston 240563.

From the outset I have supported the campaign to bring a stadium to the county. The Stadium for Cornwall will provide a venue capable of holding 6,000 people with thousands more once fully completed. People know that the stadium partners have approached Cornwall Council for £6m to make up the total figure needed to build the first phase. This would see the provision of a 4G pitch, a health and fitness centre, ticket office, changing rooms, a hospitality area to also be used by Truro and Penwith College for education, a conference centre and community sports facilities etc. The total bill for phase one is £14.3m with Truro and Penwith College, Cornish Pirates, Truro City FC, Greenwich Leisure Limited all contributing to this build cost. Not all of our councillors support public money being used to support this project. However, it is not unusual for Cornwall Council to support infrastructure projects which include the Eden Project, Heartlands, £4.5m for Tate St Ives and more recently St Columba and Torpoint Rugby Club and £3.19m for the redevelopment of Hall for Cornwall. On April 17th Cornwall Councillors will be asked to provide £3m for the stadium project and a request, supported with a robust business case, will be made to the Government for a further £3m which I am pursuing with passion! Sport and rugby in particular is a matter of Cornish pride. If this is not enough there is clear economic value to having a venue capable of housing several thousand and Cornwall deserves to have a stadium of our own. Why should we be left behind? And finally celebrating sport can only be a plus for the County’s health and wellbeing.