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March 6 2015

The following appeared in this weeks West Briton newspaper






Stadium for Cornwall

There is currently no Stadium for Cornwall. This makes Cornwall almost unique as a county.

There are approximately 600 large and small sport fields and pitches in Cornwall. They are essential to the health and future of individual sports in Cornwall and important focal points for particular communities. They need to be fully supported.

However, a Stadium for Cornwall is something very different. It would operate at a completely different level to a sports facility. It would be a major centre for business, education, training, conferencing. It would benefit not just one sport or one local community, but boost the socio-economic prospects of one of Europe's poorest regions. It would be for Cornwall, as its name affirms, and empower Cornwall to further help itself.

Improving the socio-economic outlook for Cornwall


Improving the socio-economic outlook for Cornwall

The West Langarth Development is the last chance to deliver an entirely private sector-funded Stadium for Cornwall, one which serves and support the wider Cornish community, and improves the socio-economic outlook for people here.

The development is a mixed-use district centre on the western side of Truro, north of the A390. It would include a supermarket, 130 new homes (houses and apartments) non-food shops, food and drink outlets, a day nursery, car parking, public open space including woodland areas, two adult sports pitches and a community sports pavilion solely for the use of community groups.

And, if the West Langarth scheme goes ahead, it will guarantee delivery of the Stadium for Cornwall.

There are four partners involved in the West Langarth and Stadium for Cornwall proposals. Truro & Penwith College and The Cornish Pirates would operate the Stadium for Cornwall and be its anchor tenants. Truro and Penwith College has also pledged to invest £2 million of its own money into the Stadium project. The other partners are Inox Group and Henry Boot Developments.

They have signed a joint venture agreement to develop the West Langarth site if it receives planning permission and a joint agreement to make the Stadium for Cornwall a reality.

Truro and Penwith College

A chance for change

Detailed planning permission for the Stadium for Cornwall has already been granted.

Only West Langarth guarantees delivery of the Stadium for Cornwall and the huge community benefit that would come from it. None of the other schemes would do this.

There is only demand for one more supermarket on this side of the city.

It makes sense to approve the only scheme that would deliver all the social and economic benefits for Cornwall that would flow from it.

The Stadium partners have told the sports and clubs currently not involved that they would be welcome to become part of this larger vision and opportunity.

We have a chance to do something more and better for the whole of Cornwall. Let’s take it.

Jack Nowell

Community benefits

The Stadium will be available to community groups for not less than 60 days each year, but that is only the start of its community benefits. Truro and Penwith College would base its Business Centre at the Stadium, supporting businesses and employers across the county. It would also provide additional facilities for the College’s Hospitality and Catering provision, delivering apprentices for businesses in the hospitality industry, training the chefs of the future. The restaurant would also be open to the public.

The Stadium would also build on the College’s reputation for elite sport and its relationships with the RFU, English Cricket Board and All England Netball, proving a focal point for high performance centres across a range of sporting disciplines.

For the first time Cornwall would have a dedicated conferencing and hospitality facility, able to cater for up to 200 delegates at a time, potentially bringing millions of pounds of additional spend to the local economy and offering a platform for business and cultural events, showcasing the county’s skills and knowledge through trade shows and fairs, creating a venue for private parties, functions, cultural events, weddings and concerts.

The stadium would be owned by a Community Trust which would ensure the stadium was properly maintained and open for community use.

Cornwall Council has estimated that the annual economic impact of the Stadium on the immediate local economy would be around E3 million, with at least £800,000 per year being spent in the city centre, an estimate based on conservative attendance figures and taking no account  of other spend that might be generated from people attending events and conferences.

The West Langarth scheme that would fund the Stadium's construction is projected to create around 290 permanent jobs, injecting E4.3 million annually into the local economy. That’s a positive impact of more than £7 million.
Every year.

NetbalRFUThe restaurant would also be open to the public.Hospitality and Catering provision, delivering apprentices for businesses 200 delegates at a time,Jack Nowell

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Discussion started by Unofficial Pirates , 06/03/2015 13:58
Unofficial Pirates
06/03/2015 13:58
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Porthusek Pirate
06/03/2015 22:19
Definitely worth a bump!

Excellent piece and just what is needed in the Duchy I think.

07/03/2015 09:21
Great piece of work and the crucial part to me is getting people to realise there is a vast difference between a sports facility ie: -playing fields etc and the Stadium which is a hub not only for sport but a year round facility for business, sport,education, entertainment and conferences - the list can be endless. I only hope that the council will see this and back it on the day. Everyone keeps banging on about there not being a supermarket named in INOXs proposal but then neither have the other three, only ASDA has actually been named but not really linked so I'm certain whoever or whichever proposal gets the go ahead will get the supermarket that seems so crucial and INOX will be no different. C'mon council lets see you use your head and think of the future, this offer is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone in Cornwall to benefit from and it's almost certainly the only chance we will see as a public to have a fantastic facility such as this in Cornwall -- and it's for FREE -- a total no brainer.

07/03/2015 11:32
No brainer. Only an idiot or someone with a hidden agenda would say no.

Stricky (Waterloo Pirate)

07/03/2015 20:21
Idiots and people with hidden agendas?- sounds like county councillors to me.
Where I now live in southern Spain the local council actually provide a free lunch for members of the local rambling club, reasoning that encouraging an active lifestyle is good for the community. Our open air pool is 3 euros all day, half price for pensioners. And our council tax? 80 euros per year. When I tell my Spanish friends that my council tax in St Agnes was £1,500 a year, they refuse to believe me. Makes you wonder where all your money goes, doesn't it?
But I digress. Ok so there is a world of difference between a lunch and a stadium, but the short-sighted attitude that I read about on these pages, and elsewhere, is partly the reason I no longer reside in Britain. Seriously.
I have a feeling it will all go horribly wrong next week. I truly hope I am wrong, nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see the stadium come to fruition, but I think the 'powers' lack the vision required.
PLEASE let me be proved wrong next week.

07/03/2015 20:53
Council tax.....80 euros a year.
One of the reasons why Spain is bust.

Newlyn End
07/03/2015 22:41
Feeling the same vibe as you Aggie.

I hope I'm also wrong but looking back what has this county grasped lately?

Penzance was robbed of an £80 million harbour development, the reason being to preserve a 200 year old harbour wall and a 20ft shingle beach. Believe it or not but the whole of Mounts Bay wouldn't have had any development on the sea shore not thet long ago, if the same vision was evident 2-300 yrs ago there would be a very different looking Pz and Newlyn.

No development = no future. Look at Newlyn harbour and Penzance town over the last 10 years, proof is in the pudding!!!!

08/03/2015 08:39
Spot on ,Newlyn End.

The fiasco over the harbour development showed the very worse about "local government". It was a dark day for Penzance.

A vocal minority once again robbed the town of a development which would have breathed life into the harbour area and beyond.

And we want more devolution for "local" people to make decisions about Cornwall? Don't make me laugh. The decision makers in Truro and Penzance couldn't decide what day of the week it is.


Enjoy southern Spain. I lived and worked there for 7 years in Andalucía. I left this country when Blair got his corrupt and grubby hands on power. Couldn't stand another minute with him ruining things. Beautiful area and lovely people......but their local government out there is laughable. Makes living and doing business out there very interesting!

08/03/2015 09:38
Going back further, we also missed the chance to have the university campus in Penzance because of petty parochialism.
I fear the worst on Thursday, I'm afraid that the people making the decisions simply won't have the guts or vision and another massive opportunity will be lost - really hope I'm wrong.

08/03/2015 10:21
I hope you are wrong as well, Stalwart!

What I get annoyed at is that it's not a lack of guts or vision that will stop the Stadium going ahead. It's spite, envy and an almost @#$%& attitude of wanting things to stay as they are. Petty, jealous and parochial little minds who are in charge.

Having said that I have a feeling that this time we will finally get the go ahead. Don't ask me why! Perhaps it's because I can't bring myself to contemplate what the future holds if they turn it down this time.

So let's keep our fingers crossed. I just have a sneaking feeling that this time they will see sense.

bolingey pirate
08/03/2015 11:16
I'm tending to agree with you, 1908!!
The events of the past two weeks have made many a staunch supporter becoming resigned to the stadium not taking place.
HOWEVER, following a recent bit of gossip from an independent Cornwall Councillor, now leads me to think that the application for Langarth might be a reality after all.
Only four more days now to wait to see who's prediction is right.

Humphry Davy
08/03/2015 13:27
Roll on Thursday it is becoming too tense as we reach such a crucial day in the history of the Pirates.

Also, let's hope for a successful outcome to reward those who have put so much work in to the stadium.

08/03/2015 13:44
Whatever happens on Thursday I think we all owe the S4C committee, Rob Saltmarsh, Dicky Evans and anyone connected with the project a huge round of thanks and hope that the council use their collective heads and approve the only project out of them all that makes any sense for the future of Cornwall.

08/03/2015 14:08
Why was @#$%& deemed a swear word in my previous post/

08/03/2015 14:10
Give me strength!

Let's try in bread shall we?

08/03/2015 14:13
Aha! Result.

I should have used my loaf better the first time.

08/03/2015 23:13
1908- I tend to do what the locals do, and just ignore the council when doing business. And we are friends with the mayor...
But I agree with the comments above. A massive few days in Cornwall this week. Possibly the biggest decision, for sport and the local community, for decades. Which way will it go?......

09/03/2015 07:55
Friends with the mayor.....very wise Aggie!
Which part of Southern Spain do you live in?

Talking of stadia. In the little village where we lived.....about the size of Mousehole...there was an all weather football ground with floodlights. Held about 3000. Had a couple of stands. Also there was an outdoor heated pool.....again with floodlights...which, unlike the Jubilee Pool, was used every day.
They both had little cafes that were well supported.
Also in the village was a full sized, well equipped gym which had a full sized basketball court. And just for good measure, there were 3 tennis courts tagged onto the side. That is not uncommon in many villages throughout Spain.

Debates and planning permission? Do we need it..yes. Will it benefit the community..yes. Then let's build it.

Let's hope for good news on Thursday.

09/03/2015 20:37
Andalusia, Jaen province, small town of Martos. Capital of olive oil production. The local council seem very keen on health and wellbeing, there are free concerts in the theatre regularly, plus the usual fiestas, fireworks, etc.
The contrast with Cornwall could not be more stark, sadly.

10/03/2015 09:56
I'm afraid too many of our "public servants' are too busy feathering their own nests, and following their own petty political agendas, to concentrate on doing anything constructive.

10/03/2015 10:40
Please read the latest blog on the S4C website to see how Truro chamber of commerce support the stadium and Morrison's are building a new store in Exeter.

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