2011 update 3 Easter
You'll be delighted to hear that we now have over 800 members and supporters on our database and on Facebook. This progress in the space of four months is impressive. We are building a critical mass which cannot be ignored, particularly given that over 90% of our supporters live locally.
Warmest thanks to Sarah Cuignet our Membership Coordinator and all those who have helped in the distribution of posters and leaflets. Thanks also to all of you who talk about our campaign with family, friends and neighbours. Make no mistake: your interest and involvement have the power to influence what happens on Pendower Beach.
Just a reminder: the best way for new supporters to join us is via the website: www.friendsofpendower.co.uk or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those without internet access can text or phone 07582 413395 or write to: FPB, Barn Cottage, Ruan Lanihorne, Truro TR2 5NY.
LATEST NEWS ON THE PINK HOTEL DEVELOPMENT PLANS
Steve Watson our Planning Coordinator, Sue Pring and I met the developer's new architect Tony Howes yesterday (April 4th) to look at sketches of the latest development proposals. These don't include any photomontages or sketches of the elevations of the buildings. The latest scheme involves keeping the existing main hotel building and refurbishing it to provide the principal public rooms. Accommodation would be provided behind this in a three storey terraced block with underground car parking. This would be built on the existing footprint, extending across the present car park and including the areas between the back row of existing buildings. It would provide about 42 units which might be rooms or suites with kitchenettes. It is intended that the block will be screened by 'living walls' of planting.
Although the draft sketches show a substantially smaller development than the original chalet scheme, we still have misgivings about the size of the proposed new building, the inadequacy of parking and servicing arrangements and the lack of detail in the material so far supplied.
We will be consulting all of you and asking for your reaction when more detailed plans are made available. Meanwhile we've made it clear that we cannot give an adequate response until we have much more detailed information. We're also writing to the Planning Officer, Laura Fox, to make this point and to stress that the plans must include a full environmental and visual impact assessment.
MAKING OUR PRESENCE FELT
While a formal planning application for the development of the Pink Hotel site has yet to be lodged, we are working hard to publicise our activities. We have made ourselves known to our MP Sarah Newton, our Councillor Julian German, Philleigh Parish Council, Cornwall Council Planning Department and key organisations who share our concerns, notably the National Trust, Cornwall AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Partnership, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the Cornwall branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, the South West Coast Path Users Association and the Cornish Buildings Group.
The West Briton's newly appointed reporter on Roseland affairs is Kimberley Middleton. She's taking a keen interest in what is happening at Pendower. Her article in the West Briton on 24th draws attention to the importance of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The article also publicises the involvement of the Cornwall branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England. CPRE takes up the theme of a West Briton article on March 17th by Pete Maxted of the Cornwall AONB Partnership: the economic impact on tourism if the beauty of the countryside is jeopardised.
We need to take advantage of this emerging groundswell of interest and opinion. Making links with other organisations and encouraging public debate about the wider significance of building development in the countryside is crucial. I believe it will not only help us protect Pendower but also put the beauty of the Cornish landscape on the political and planning agenda.
If you haven't already browsed our website: www.friendsofpendower.co.uk you'll find it has a wealth of information about the beach and its surroundings. If you have an interest in wildlife you'll find the 'Species' section fascinating. We're very grateful to the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) for providing a summary list of sightings of notable species within a 2000 metre radius of the beach.
We welcome any news and information from our supporters which would give us material for the website. If you have any interesting items such as historical documents or photographs send them to our webmaster Peter Gane: email@example.com or contact him via the website.
The website contains the latest information on the Friends of Pendower Beach campaign and will update you on development plans and other news relevant to the Pink Hotel site. It also has space for your own comments which we're glad to receive.
Please note and tell others that you join Friends of Pendower Beach via the website. You can join as a supporter to receive regular updates and to comment on developments. For £5 a year you can join as a member which gives you voting rights on any decisions we make and gives us much needed financial support.
Your donations are important. Warmest thanks to all of you who have contributed. These funds will enable us to employ our Planning Consultant, who will conduct a formal appraisal of the planning application once it's lodged. This will enable us to make an objective decision on how to respond. Funds received so far will go a considerable way but we still need more to be sure of having enough to pay for this vital work.
For those who are not internet users, or prefer not to pay online, you can send a cheque payable to 'Friends of Pendower' to FPB Treasurer, Erleen, Treworga, Truro, TR2 5NN.
The National Trust organises a community beach clean on Pendower at 2pm on the first Monday of every month. The next one is on the bank holiday Monday May 2nd. It would be great to see as many of you as can make it. All kit is provided so you just need to turn up. Several of your committee will be there and there will be a treat for the child (under 12) who collects the most rubbish.
Details of the next beach cleans are published on our website and on the National Trust – South Cornwall Coast Facebook page.
Do you have photos of Pendower Beach? If so send them to our Communications Coordinator Brian Perman via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website. Brian is aiming to put together a calendar for sale in the autumn, to help us raise funds.
OVER TO YOU
The success of Friends of Pendower Beach depends on all of you: warmest thanks for your donations, offers of help, comments and expressions of support. Thanks also to our team of email buddies. We appreciate anything any of you can do to help.
Treasurer: Peter Gane
Planning Coordinator: Steve Watson
Planning backup: Sue Pring
Media and Communications Coordinator: Brian Perman
Meetings Secretary: Alison Golding
Membership Coordinator: Sarah Cuignet
Supporters database: Sue Fallick
The holidays are nearly here. Pendower Beach is as glorious as ever. We hope you have a chance to enjoy it and that the sun will shine. Happy Easter to all of you.
Friends of Pendower Beach