Neighbourhoods and communities
Communities look to local councils to ensure that the “nuts and bolts” of local life are fit for purpose. This means making sure there are always enough litter bins, properly emptied, on time; that dog mess can be a serious health and environmental problem; that car parking must be considerate and that speeding traffic can kill. We support appropriate measures to deal with anti-social behaviour.
Recognise that traditional neighbourhoods are under strain and that some communities lack cohesion. We would be prepared to take tough decisions to bring empty properties back into occupation, where necessary through Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
We would also find ways to give local communities the right to reclaim and use empty shops.
One of the underlying (literally) causes of unaffordable house prices in Cornwall is the failure of government to pursue the necessary land taxes.
There needs to be much greater involvement of communities in planning. We recognise that young people move away from areas because there are not enough jobs.
We would break out of County Hall’s “silo thinking” and seek to combine services, offering discounted business rates and energy costs for new start-ups.
We would encourage developments of small business units and introduce a sliding scale of business rates, exploring ways of offering favourable terms to local businesses in order to retain economic benefit within localities. This will be just one of the ways we would seek to promote the “pasty pound.”
We will encourage employment in rural areas, offering a coherent approach to communities which will fill empty shops, offer support to young families, and stimulate arts projects.
We recognise that in some cases, the third sector is an appropriate vehicle for progress. We applaud the Treverbyn Hall charity, at Stenalees, for its contribution to the local community.