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Rent talks continuing

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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ST IVES Sailing Club has moved to clarify comments on Cornwall Council's demands for increased rental fees for the club's boat pen.

For years the club has rented a caged space on the authority-owned Sloop car park. Last year they were told they must start to pay a rent more reflecting what the council could make out of putting parking spaces there.

During months of negotiations the club has maintained a dignified silence.

Last week The Cornishman reported it had launched a campaign via its website to rally support and pressure Cornwall Council to compromise. In a post on The Cornishman website following the story, Simon Ashmore said it had not sought to launch a full campaign as negotiations were still to be concluded.

He wrote: "We still hope for a compromise without escalation, but are quite prepared to fight our corner if required.

"A 600 per cent hike was their first suggestion based, we were told by them but without substantiation, on revenue they felt achievable from parking. Their latest proposal of £2,500 is, we agree, a fair commercial rent for a boat pen of this size, but not a discount."

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  • Campaign_Mgr  |  August 25 2014, 5:13PM

    It would be a great shame if anyone felt that sailing was unaffordable to them. Firstly this is exactly why we feel that the Council should see the bigger picture and not put us out of business. Secondly, many members get involved with the club and benefit from it without it costing them a penny. We try our hardest ensure that those who can afford to pay more can do so subtly, by holding fundraising events and taking sponsorship, whilst those who are not so well off can sail cheaply or even for free, by helping with the sale of club shirts - a benefit to both the club, our town and its businesses. The first 4 times anyone sails before joining are always free and for those who are disabled, or from any disadvantaged group we have a boat that the club has bought to get them on the water as well - always for free. It is exactly the image of sailing as an elitist sport only for the wealthy that we work so hard to change. If anyone would like to come and try sailing with us please come down to the pen and don't feel that money is a barrier.

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  • GodrevyBuoy  |  March 06 2014, 8:14PM

    This boat compound is a very small area located behind the Sloop Inn, St Ives. The club is over 40 years old. The members pay subs and boat fees to keep a dinghy in the pen. The subs also pay for a tractor and safety boat which is essential for when sailing in open seas. The club members carry out all of the repairs and general maintenance of the yard, wooden changing hut and boat shelter. It costs more to sail in St Ives than any other dinghy club in this area. This is due to the small number of members that must bear all of the costs. Don't forget that Cornwall Council are not paying for us to sail. The facilities are basic and there are no things like showers. In fact there isn't even a cold water tap ! £750 a year is a fair rent for this small space with no provided facilities. Please support our local club during this campaign. Thanks.

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  • josdave  |  March 06 2014, 10:30AM

    Be better if this inefficient council put more towards those of us, the majority, who can't afford to sail. Look after essential services first and do not fund private enterprises like the airport and Eden.

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