Back in May 2012, it was Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall, who supported a stadium one hundred per cent. At that last Full Council, MK Leader Cllr Dick Cole proposed that the ruling Cabinet “consider whether it would be appropriate for the Council to take the lead in delivering a stadium for Cornwall, which promotes community use and economic benefit for the people of Cornwall” and that a “detailed report setting out the business case with full financial information brought back to full Council.”
Although all MK councillors voted in favour of that proposal, the recommendations made by MK were lost 55 votes to 46.
Did MK’s continued support for the stadium garner similar support for MK among the pro-stadium public?
Fast-forward three years later.
A 12 hour debate at Cornwall Council resulted in the deferral of a community stadium for Cornwall. Rob Saltmarsh, MD of Exeter-based developer Inox Group, said: “We don’t see that there is a future now for the stadium for Cornwall as we can’t win the supermarket contract war due to the decision taken today”
The decision has been met with bitter disappointment by thousands of pro-stadium supporters who have in turn vented their anger at Cornwall’s councillors.
Can councillors be held responsible for the outcome?
It was clear that comments made during the council’s webcast and on Twitter that people noted council officers were, as usual, advising councillors on decisions they either could or could not make and/or deferrals advised.
It has also been suggested that the S106 agreements left too many questions to be answered.
For many years it has also been suggested that Cornwall council is ‘officer led’ with advice based on a different agenda. Likely that’s true – and it’s Westminster’s agenda.
Will the pro-stadium supporters vote for MK in May, or will they continue to align themselves with the status quo?
Mebyon Kernow has long warned that Cornwall continues to be disadvantaged by policies made in London. A law-making Cornish Assembly is the only way Cornwall can make the decisions based upon what’s best for Cornwall. Those who steadfastly refuse to support MK by their continued support of the Westminster parties are ensuring the status quo is maintained; as those decisions best made by the people of Cornwall are made in London 300 miles away.
Will the pro-stadium supporters vote for MK in May, or will they continue to align themselves with the status quo? Leaving themselves open to more ‘stadium like’ scenarios?
A law-making Cornish Assembly is the only way Cornwall can make the decisions based upon what’s best for Cornwall. Those who steadfastly refuse to support MK and continue in their support of the Westminster parties will ensure the status quo is maintained; decisions best made by the people of Cornwall will be made in London.
“The historic Nation of Cornwall has its own distinct identity, language and heritage. As one of the four nations inhabiting the British mainland, Cornwall has the same right to self-determination as England, Scotland and Wales. Mebyon Kernow is leading the campaign for the creation of a National Assembly for Cornwall, with the necessary powers to unlock Cornwall’s true potential.”