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Plea for more people's involvement

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

Andrew George, MP, right, with members  of St Ives Neighbourhood Plan's steering group.

Andrew George, MP, right, with members of St Ives Neighbourhood Plan's steering group.

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ONE of the leading volunteers on St Ives' Neighbourhood Plan team has appealed for more people and organisations to have a say on development in the town.

David Todd from the neighbourhood plan steering group first attended a packed meeting at St Ives Rugby Club two years ago over concerns about development plans.

A year later he went to a meeting about the neighbourhood plan and found himself elected chairman of its open spaces group.

He said: "I believe that the neighbourhood plan will help to restore some autonomy to St Ives and enable local people to have a say in the future development of their area.

"I hope it will give a much stronger voice to the local community. Along with many other people I was never in favour of a unitary authority, feeling it would be too distant to understand the needs and wishes of local people. This has proved to be the case.

"I have seen the area change considerably over the past 40 years. Of course, time cannot stand still but it would be much better if future development is determined by the wishes of the local community."

A neighbourhood plan would allow the people of St Ives, Carbis Bay, Halsetown and Lelant to set out guidelines for what could be developed.

Concerns about existing proposals have helped people focus on the need for a plan, said David.

He said: "I think the main highlights have been the four consultation events at Halsetown, Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives.

"It was very encouraging to see the turnout and to hear people's views.

"This feedback is very important to us. I also felt very buoyed by the strong words of support from Andrew George."

Three weeks ago the MP for St Ives told The Cornishman: "I strongly encourage all those involved in this project to be ambitious and bold and not to be either intimidated or constrained by those who may dismiss any bold and ambitious proposals within the plan because they have not been written by professional planners.

"It's time for people ... to act for the future of our towns."

David said: "I think the most important thing is to get as many individuals and organisations as possible involved. We certainly don't want it to be the exclusive domain of a few people. Anybody can attend any of the meetings and the stronger our support, the more legitimacy it will add to the neighbourhood plan."

To get involved in the neighbourhood plan, e-mail stives.n.plan@gmail.com or call 01736 797840.

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