Growth: the word we hear constantly from MP’s and councillors alike. It has become the default word used when politicians endeavour to explain their reasoning for more development, more industry, more housing for more people. But this emphasis on ‘more’ in a world of finite resources should be replaced with ‘enough’.
The economist Kenneth E. Boulding (1910 – 1993) said:
“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist”
He should also have included Cornwall Council and its Local Plan.
Bernard Deacon described the so-called ‘Local’ Plan as ‘developer led’ and ‘fundamentally flawed’ as it is neither ‘Local’, nor is it a ‘Plan’. “It entirely ignores the cultural dimension of its housing and population-led growth policies. As a result it fails to ensure due care and protection for the Cornish as a national and regional minority group.”
Inward migration: More strain on infrastructure
Indeed. A ‘plan’ that is less about housing to accommodate the growth of the local Cornish population, but rather more about excessive housing targets that are designed to accommodate MORE inward migration to Cornwall that ensures MORE strain is heaped upon the Cornish infrastructure such as hospitals, doctors, A & E, dentists, care homes, roads, car parking – the list goes on. All of which means MORE people chasing the same work that the Cornish people require to survive in one of the poorest areas of the UK and the wider EU.
Cornwall Council is quick to defend its housing targets and places the blame on Westminster, saying that if the housing targets didn’t meet with Westminster’s approval, then Westminster would impose the targets. But remarkably, it’s also just as determined not to support Mebyon Kernow’s campaign for a Cornish Assembly and the autonomy such an Assembly would draw down from Westminster.
The Draft Case for Cornwall ?
“We don’t want the way we spend our money and deliver services to people in Cornwall to be dictated by the Government – we want to make our own decisions. Cornwall has a proud history of standing up and fighting for what it believes in and we are determined to take advantage of this moment and shape our own destiny.”
John Pollard, Leader of Cornwall Council 2014
Anyone reading that statement from Mr Pollard could be forgiven for thinking that this is now the time that Cornwall – like Wales and Scotland, claws back the means of self-government via a law-making Cornish Assembly.
. . .a form of administration that assures the assimilation of Cornwall will be on-going.
It isn’t and far from it – even during the continual reductions to Cornish services, enforced by cuts in funding by the government. Reading though the draft document will satisfy Westminster that the words ‘Cornish Assembly’ are steadfastly ignored; just like the fifty thousand signature declaration for a Cornish Assembly was ignored back in 2001.
Unlike Cornish identity, having won the recognition that is now enshrined within the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Cornwall itself will continue to be administered as an ‘English’ county and a form of administration that assures the assimilation of Cornwall will be on-going.
With absolutely no pressure coming from Cornwall Council, the status quo is being maintained. Any form of devolution – from what is essentially an English government – will be what that government deems is suitable for the people of Cornwall in the same way as it has done for decades – and will maintain Cornwall’s position as one of the poorest areas within the UK that is continually reliant upon EU funding.