Konsel an dre Heyl
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.