Friday, 5 June 2015

Case for Cornwall (devolution of powers): Is there a risk that it will satisfy nobody?

In contrast to the sedate meeting last week in Penzance with 20 members of the public present, the (webcast) meeting in Truro this week had about 100 residents present. Many of them were very angry.

They felt that the Case did not address their concerns about too much new housing being built in Cornwall. They considered that the Council's work at the recent public enquiry on its proposed Local Plan for 47,500 more houses was substandard. And the inspector has adjourned the enquiry and will write to the Council requiring it to do more work on the Plan.

Others questioned whether the Council had the resource and expertise to manage new powers.

And concern was expressed about the proposal to abolish the cap (currently 2 per cent a year) for rises in council tax.

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