During June’s election I listened carefully to the issues raised with me on the door. It became clear that different issues occupied the minds of residents depending on where they lived. Obviously there was a consensus on the NHS, education and broadband and mobile phone connectivity – issues that I focus attention on in order to get the best outcome for us all. However, I found that people in each area had specific priorities and since the election I have sought to respond to these concerns.
In Helston and the Lizard there’s a sense that the area has been forgotten by decision-makers. The public transport network and roads are under par, the area lacks investment and people feel they are left to fight their own battles. In response I am taking soundings from business owners and community figures about what key things they believe could turn things around. In Porthleven I found people who felt that their proud heritage and community spirit was beginning to be undermined. All they ask is that some sort of harmony can be found between the iconic fishing port and the ever-increasing development opportunities.
The people of Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives rightly maintain that issues including congestion, air quality, the high costs of living or running a business are not being addressed adequately or quickly enough. And of course we want our community beds back at Edward Hain Hospital!
In Penzance anti-social behaviour was a concern during the election and remains a problem still. There is a clamp-down on this behaviour and elected councillors and I will continue to apply pressure so that we avoid a repeat of many of the incidents that occurred. Related to this is a desire to have a vibrant town and rejuvenated seafront.
Then across to West Penwith and the isolation and loneliness that many face, especially our older population.
On Friday I am hosting an event at the Pendeen Centre to bring together all the groups that are helping people in this situation. Together we can use the resources we have to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy new activities and new social groups. The event takes place from 10am – 1pm.