Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Truro City and the Cornish Pirates

I went away on holiday for a week, and have had real trouble restarting the blog. Hats off to those bloggers who keep going week in week out. Whilst away I had a letter from a Cornish Rugby supporter regarding the proposed stadium at Threemilestone ( see below under Planning Again). I did a lot of work trying to assist Truro City relocate to Pencoose Farm. A £6 million developement that would have had real benefits for young people in Truro, and a scheme that was deliverable within a reasonable timescale. Mr Heaney came along and spoke at the public meeting and to the Planning Committee. I was impressed by that. He could have paid somebody else to do it, or like most developers not bothered with public opinion at all. He seemed to have a genuine interest and a desire to improve the standard of football, and football facilities, in Truro.

But the new scheme, building a sports stadium for the Pirates and Truro City out at Threemilestone raises some doubts in my mind. I don't mean about Mr H and his team, they seem genuine. But it's a 10 year scheme costing £40 million and therefore dependant on a lot of things falling into place over a very long period. It's of no use to the young people in Truro now, and my involvement came about through my working to improve sports facilities for kids. Perhaps I lack vision, but I would have preffered a smaller scheme, something deliverable within the next two years. Thats not to say that I won't support the plan, but lets see, firstly if they can get the Pirates fully on board, and then what they actually come up with.

As to the level of support in Carrick, well it's strong but Carrick will be gone within the next two years and who knows how the new Unitary will look at this.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That definetly is a narrow view, considering the argue from both perspectives. Firstly the people of Cornwall's desperate need for a stadium, and for the future of sport in Cornwall. To critise this seems slightly illogical considering Cornwall must be one of the only counties in the country without a stadium. Furthering this are the pure facts. An illustration being the pirates who play just one league below some of the most talented rugby players on the planet.

From the planning perspective, from my knowledge in order to 'jump through the hoops' sustainability is key to every issue addressed within the plans whether its social,democratic,economic etc. To take a short term view perhaps isn't particularly justified.