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Hayle Town Mayor Annual Report
The annual report is our opportunity to summarise the work and achievements of the Town Council over the past year and discuss our work and achievements as a Council with members of the public.
We began the year with elections for the whole Council, the first for six years following the move to the unitary authority. Some long standing councillors stood down and we have been joined by some new councillors who gave us a good mix of experience and new ideas. We were lucky enough to have elections in both our wards in Hayle which is great for any council and for any community.
The previous Council resolved to put in place a training programme for all councillors and the Council received some excellent training on our role in planning, council process and procedure, code of conduct for councillors and Cornwall Council policy and strategy. This has produced some lively debate and, I believe, helped us comment and engage with consultations, such as that on affordable housing, with much greater knowledge and therefore impact.
This year we also professionalised the Council’s role as an employer by putting in place a new code of conduct in relation to staff, a new email protocol, a staffing review of terms and conditions and an update of existing policies. It is important that as we take on greater responsibility for the provision of services we ensure we have the correct support and structures in place to allow effective management of those services. Our staff has had to take on multiple extra duties and responsibilities as Mr Pickles cuts funding to Cornwall Council. As well as staying up to date with the complex ever changing legal framework surrounding the Council as a statutory body, the Town Clerk, Ellie, and her team manage the swimming pool, the community centre, the provision of support for town events and amenities across the town, such as toilets and allotments. On behalf of the Town Council I would like to record our thanks to the team for all that they do.
As for any council planning continues to be the issue that generates most engagement from the public. The introduction of new planning rules and transition to a neighbourhood plan, whilst also dealing with several large and complex planning issues, has provided lots of work for the Council this year. Councillors were invited to attend the cutting of the turf on South Quay earlier this year and the building is now well underway with the cry of ‘it’s closer to the road than I thought it would be’ having replaced ‘it’ll never happen in my lifetime’.
The Council has also been consulted on some large planning and pre-planning applications relating to housing and retail spaces. There has been some useful debate about consultation. Hayle Town Council is experienced in dealing with large strategic planning applications, having dealt with North Quay, South Quay and supermarkets in recent years. We value and indeed need the input and feedback of the public we represent; in all cases of large developments we have held a public meeting once there is a plan to consider. We did this for the harbour developments and supermarkets and will do so for the other large developments proposed as soon as there is a plan submitted for consideration. Hayle Town Council believes it can best serve its constituents by seeking clear feedback once a plan is submitted; we can consider the facts put in front of us and look at the detail of a proposed development. Receive a plan, hold a meeting, listen to people, discuss the facts and then vote in a fair and open process.
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Councillor Bennett has led the Council in beginning to formulate its Neighbourhood Plan this year. This is of real significance to the Council and will allow us to put in place in planning law policy which we feel is of importance to our town. I, together with Councillors Graham Coad, John Bennett, John Coombe and John Pollard, have spent a lot of time on the Hayle Area Framework which will inform the Neighbourhood Plan, as will previous town and district plans. We hope that this plan will be completed within 12 months. This is an ambitious target but it is achievable with the support we have engaged and will be well worth the effort as it will give the Council access to new sources of income through the community infrastructure levy. This income will allow us as a Council to pursue some of the aims of the town which will be identified through the neighbourhood planning process.
The Town Council funded the swimming pool for another year which proved an excellent decision as the weather sent demand for the pool soaring along with the temperatures. In response to my question as to how we could ensure equality of access to the pool, we designed a scheme which allowed all residents of TR27 to access the pool free of charge on Tuesdays. This proved very popular with residents, who fund the pool through the precept, and was a huge success in allowing access for many who had never used the pool. I am proud that as a Council we were able to be creative in our provision of a service to our residents and this is an excellent example of how town councils can at times run services better than the primary authority. Our pride in being able to deliver this successfully should not however be taken as justification for cutting the funding. The transfer of provision is a separate issue to the removal of funding. I know that free swimming Tuesdays created a lot of work in the office, but on the day I was helping out in the office giving out the free passes it felt worth it as I spoke with one family with four children who would all be using the pool for the first time, as wages didn’t stretch to cover pool usage after rent and food. As well as the hard work of the staff, this was made possible by all the volunteers who work so hard to get the pool open: this year I must record our special thanks to Mike Morris, Simon and Liz at the Rivier Café and other Friends of Hayle Pool for working tirelessly to ensure the pool was looking great.
This also would seem the right point in the annual report to remember that during this Council the flags flew half-mast for Councillor Richard Horwell who died last May and was a huge loss to the Council and the Town. Councillor Horwell was a great supporter of the swimming pool and spent many hours there working alongside “Team Coombe” ensuring it opened every year.
A new amenity put in place by Hayle Town Council and Cornwall Council is the new beach access. The construction was completed despite the worst weather for decades and whilst other areas and amenities around our coast were destroyed. This is quite an achievement and we will be officially opening the access path on the 30th April. We had brilliant support from Cornwall Council in achieving this and special thanks go to Mike Shillaber and Jo Howard for their hard work.
The other big issue dealt with by the Amenities Committee this year was the transfer of assets from Cornwall Council. This work has been led by Councillors Brian Capper and Graham Coad who have put in lots of hours, along with Ellie and the team, working to ensure we get a suitable solution to asset management in the town. We have to safeguard the assets such as the Millpond, the recreation ground and the Plantation. The final solution must ensure that town assets are repaired and
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maintained to a high standard in a way which is fair to Cornwall Council taxpayers and Hayle Town Council precept payers.
The Council had to raise the precept again this year by 19.79% to ensure we continue to provide essential services such as toilets, which would otherwise have closed. Whilst this was not an easy decision, we have seen that where other councils took a different path communities clearly expressed their dissatisfaction. The Council also took the decision to make a substantial grant to the Day Care Centre and the TIC to ensure that important local services are not lost.
The Council supported many local charities and groups through the small grants fund and through larger grants. Amongst others we contributed to the purchase of a new gig for the gig club; the Arveth was launched last month. We also contributed to the first 10k run event organised by Hayle Running Club. This event was a credit to the town and helped bring in many visitors. It was well organised and well attended and I spoke to many competitors who had booked their holiday based on the fact they could participate. It is through initiatives like this that the Town will ensure it delights visitors and locals alike. We all benefit when events like this succeed. Tourism based around sporting activity such as running, walking and cycling is a growing market and one which we are right to support. I feel that it is an area, through the neighbourhood plan, for which we can really develop a vision which supports growth in this provision.
The Council also supported the Model Boat Club, the Bowls Club, the Cubs, Hayle Surf Lifesaving Club, and Hayle Carnival, provided three defibrillators for the town, and distributed free dog poo bags to highlight the need for everyone to take care of the town. Hayle in Bloom again were supported by the Town Council and again they achieved excellence in competition and in the provision of events.
The Town also got a new Heritage Centre this year, based at Harvey’s Foundry, which had a very successful opening and which provides an excellent base from which to celebrate our heritage. And last but not least work has started on the new fire station which received approval during this Council. This has long been an aim of Hayle Town Council and we are thrilled that work is underway.
Hayle has moved forward greatly this year and I believe that Hayle Town Council has contributed greatly towards this.
Message from the Mayor
Hayle Town Mayor 2012/13
Councillor Jayne Ninnes
Acceptance Speech, 10 May 2012
|Councillors , honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen
I would like to thank my fellow councillors for their kind words and for voting for me as Mayor. I am really honoured to represent the town council and the people of Hayle. Though I am sure some of my fellow councillors were motivated by the fact I get my own parking space so they don’t have to watch me reverse near their cars.
I was born in a coastal industrial town which was no longer in its heyday. Traditional jobs in mining , ship building , fishing and heavy industry were disappearing leaving shrinking job opportunities and a beautiful coastline of sandy beaches with no ships. I was born not in Hayle but in the North East of England in South Shields near Sunderland .Elements of this will sound familiar and perhaps explain why I love Hayle so much.
I went to university in York and studied Economics and Economic History. From York I moved to London to get a job and began a management training scheme and eventually moved to the South West region with Sainsbury’s. Whilst at Sainsbury’s I met and married, Jonathan and moved to Hayle from Exeter. After several happy years of working in retail management I moved to Cornwall College where I work in Human Resources Management. Cornwall College is a fantastic organisation which is now in the top 10% of Colleges nationally whilst remaining a truly open access College. It is a great example of what can be achieved when we raise our aspirations.
As well as football my parents gave me an interest in politics and my community .My parents were teachers and involved in their community. They ran the local youth club at their church and I spent many school holidays as a child hiking from one youth hostel to another in the lake district .They would often take groups of children from difficult backgrounds away for the weekend and I learnt from them the importance of sharing what we have with those who don’t have it. Their love of working in the community rubbed off, their love of hiking didn’t.
Whilst representing the Mayor at Camborne’s Civic Parade last year I heard a presentation on their food bank and thought it would be good if Hayle had a food bank too. With the help of my fellow Labour Councillor Anne Marie and Margaret Tanner we spoke to the local churches and found other volunteers who were also hoping to set up a food bank. We now open on a Saturday Morning in Hayle Methodist Church from 10-12. Donations can be made through CO-OP or through local churches .
The town council are also trying to help our community by keeping the swimming pool open a challenge since losing funding from Cornwall Council. For many years volunteers from the town council and the town have supported the pool a community project which I fully support and would encourage others to join.
There was always lively debate in our house as my parents had different views. I remember one incident where there was a protest on a prison roof being televised. My mum was very taken with the leader of the protest and liked to see him marching along the roof top giving orders to his fellow protestors. My Dad had a more succinct point of view and said the protestor should be shot as that would knock some sense into him. These conversations would go on often in our house on different topics. So I grew up believing in the redistribution of wealth and the liberal use of water cannons as central tenants of political policy. Some would say perfect training for new Labour of which I am a member and proud to be a Labour councilor.
For me though what came out of this was a strong commitment to the labour party and the belief that jobs are the most important thing a system of government can provide. . My main focus will always be on what can we do to bring employment to our town especially high quality jobs such as we hope the new renewable energies park development on North Quay will bring. For me the vote on North Quay was easy even at the cost of a concrete bridge but the decisions on South Quay less so. Many of you will know that I have been one of the more skeptical councillors about South Quay - What we must all do now as a council and as a community and I will help do as Mayor is to ensure that we hold ING and Cornwall council to the agreements made. Overall I believe the development will be good for the Town , we have paid a price for it with houses on the Towans and a supermarket on South Quay , however if we get all that is promised in return , the crater in South Quay repaired , the reintroduction of sluicing and many more jobs in the town then Hayle is going places. If all is delivered I believe it is on balance an excellent plan for Hayle’s future.
|The first job I had to do as Mayor was possibly the hardest role I will have to do all year as I had to choose the recipients of the Mayors awards. It was very difficult to choose from the excellent people put forward but after much deliberation it gives me great pleasure to announce
Female Citizen of the Year 2012 is
Margret Tanner - I am sure many of you will know of the excellent work that Margaret does for the Hayle in Bloom , Churches together , Cancer Research UK in Hayle of which she is the treasurer , Hayle Food Bank , St Josephs and much more. I would like to share with you one comment from one of her nominations which I feel really explains why Margret deserves this award “She is a remarkable lady who is constantly out and about working for the people of Hayle . It easy to appreciate her impact if you think what Hayle would be like without her as she has an innate ability to bring out the best in people she sees the potential in everyone and tries to make everyone feel good about themselves. Ladies and Gentlemen the award goes to Margret Tanner.
Male Citizen of the year 2012 is
Malcolm Bryant - Citizens of Hayle and especially Angarrack will be very familiar with Malcolm’s achievements in helping to provide Angarrack with excellent Christmas lights , a community hall , and his work on the jubilee committee. One of his nominations describes Malcolm or Ernie “as a true legend of the village , a doer who gets involved totally in village life.” The award goes to Malcolm Bryant.
Young Person of the year 2012
Mayors organisation of the year
There are many excellent organisations in Hayle and this year’s award goes to one of the very best , the Hayle Dare Care Volunteers presented to Lesley Channel. As stated by one of their nominations “the volunteers support by helping in the kitchen , acting as carers on the mini bus, entertainers throughout the day engaging clients in art , games and entertainment. They also fundraise for the centre. Without these volunteers the very existence of the centre would be in doubt” I am thrilled to name Hayle Day Care Centre volunteers as organization of the year.
And last but not least the
Mayors Youth organisation of the year is
Hayle Youth Club. The Youth Club is an excellent organisation where the young people of the town have a wide variety of activities including their own radio station. One nomination describes how the young people take responsibility for their club and run it for the benefit of all .TO collect the award and tell us a bit more about the club is Craig Walker and representatives of the users of the youth club.
Thank you very much to all who nominated and all who won.