NEWQUAY Town Council has been accused of ‘land grabbing’ and ‘money grabbing’ following its proposals to adjust the parish boundary.

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Councils stage boundary fight

By Warren Wilkins 17th July 2019

Councils stage boundary fight

NEWQUAY Town Council has been accused of ‘land grabbing’ and ‘money grabbing’ following its proposals to adjust the parish boundary.

Cllr Pat Lambshead, who represents Colan Parish Council, has criticised the authority for incorporating new areas, including the Goldings at Lane, which will contain 900 properties, and the 800 houses planned to be built on land at Chapel Gover situated adjacent to the Nansledan development.

He believes the town council only wants the areas included within its parish boundary for the council tax the authority would reap, which could be as much as £408,000 extra going into its coffers annually.

Colan, which is where the areas currently lie within, would lose out on thousands of pounds in council tax to help cover the cost of providing services to its residents if the proposals are given the go-ahead.

A town council working party consisting of Joanna Kenny, Kevin Towill and Stephen Hick drew up the plans as part of a community review of the parish boundaries, which will be determined by Cornwall Council. Colan Parish Council, which will also submit its boundary submission, wants the parish boundary to remain the same but is willing to make concessions.

Newquay Town Council proposes to cede land east of the Nansledan estate, which currently sits in the Newquay parish, as part of the boundary review as the authority states it will provide an undeveloped buffer to protect Quintrell Downs from future expansion in Newquay, but Cllr Lambshead believes the only reason why the town council is willing to let the land go is because no properties will be built there to generate council tax. Cllr Kenny states the legal key test is where people believe they live and she argues the people who live in The Goldings and surrounding areas consider they live in Newquay.

Cllr Lambshead, who is a former Newquay Mayor, said: “Colan Parish Council has complained about it. We were asked in the first instance and stated we are perfectly happy with our boundaries. They have been like this for many years and now Newquay Town Council wants to do not only a land grab but also a council tax grab.

“At this present time those people living in The Goldings and other properties that would now be included within the Newquay boundary amount to around 1,000 properties. One thousand times £240 in council tax terms recoups £240,000, which is the extra the town council would receive in addition to what it is already getting.

“At the moment if Newquay Town Council take over that extra area you are not just talking about The Goldings but also the proposed Chapel Gover scheme and the 450 houses Cornwall Council proposes to build for local families at Trevithick Manor Farm. There are several schemes that have got planning permission.

“A boundary review is not supposed to be financially driven but this is precisely what it is. Newquay Town Council wants to make money and grab, grab, grab.

“The town council is offering Colan Parish Council land east of the Nansledan estate where there are not many properties. They are giving us something of no value as the land is a buffer between Quintrell Downs and Newquay.

“As a previous Newquay Mayor, who was born and brought up in Newquay, and now as a committee member of Colan Parish Council, all I want is fair play for both areas. Going for a land grand and a financial grab is not fair play.”

Newquay Town Council gave the go-ahead for its boundary draft submission to Cornwall Council at a recent meeting.

Cllr Kenny said: “It’s nothing so dramatic as a stand-off. Newquay’s parish boundary has not been reviewed for decades – and even then the boundary between our parish and Colan was downright peculiar and now bears no relationship to our expanded and expanding town.   

“The current review gives an opportunity to correct many anomalies. Residents may be surprised to know that Morrisons, the town’s only superstore, technically is not in Newquay but in Colan.

“The process is that Newquay will put forward its case with supporting evidence to Cornwall Council for a change in the boundary based on the expansion of the town, both actual and known from granted planning permissions; and Colan, who we have kept fully informed of our proposals, will no doubt put its case forward as to why that expansion is not part of the Newquay urban area but part of rural Colan.

The Cornwall Council committee looking at the submissions will make a recommendation for Cornwall Council to make the final decision.    

“Legally the key test is where the inhabitants of any area would consider they live;  and you only have to look at how these new estates are being marketed as part of Newquay to decide that.   

“We’ve been told that consideration of the level of council tax is not relevant but I would like to see a continuation of the way the two parishes have always shared the developers’ contributions to sponsor projects that are of benefit to both parishes.

“Our proposed changes are not all one way – we believe that the land to the east of the Nansledan estate currently in Newquay sits far better in Colan, giving their parish a wide undeveloped buffer to protect Quintrell Downs from future expansion in Newquay.

“And we’ve volunteered that our proposed new boundary should move the new school at Nansledan from Newquay into Colan, giving that parish their first ever school. I assume that Colan will not object to that.”

Town councillor Andrew Pringle voiced his concern Colan Parish Council could lose out on council tax income if the parish boundary is adjusted.

Cllr Pringle said: “If we are stealing money from one of our neighbours how do we as a larger town council support that community in the future?

“It seems to me like we are trying to line our pockets and stripping money out of that community that needs it to provide services.”

Newquay Deputy Mayor Louis Gardner, who is also a member of Colan Parish Council, revealed he is staying away from attending meetings at Colan until the matter is resolved after receiving “flak”.

Cllr Gardner said: “This is an emotive issue for both Colan Parish Council and Newquay Town Council.

“As a representative of both councils I will not be taking sides on this issue and will be abstaining from all votes in order to remain impartial.

“It has become untenable for me to attend Colan Parish Council so I have taken a five-month leave of absence.

“What is being asked of the people of The Goldings is to pay a considerably larger precept. Throughout this whole process the views of the residents that this affects is what is important.”

By Warren Wilkins 17th July 2019

seb 12th September 2019 14:57
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