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July 31 2015

Reaction To Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee STADIUM FOR CORNWALL Enabling Development Vote





Ian Connell Cornish Pirates Chairman On Yes Vote

“Cornish Pirates are absolutely delighted that we now have consent for S4C.

This is a major infrastructure project creating jobs, generating new revenues but importantly adopting the vision for the realisation of ambition.

This is a good day

From a Pirates perspective, the Board can now begin to view the future with clarity over where we will be playing and begin the process to build on our existing great supporter base and to attract new sponsorship incomes.

We can now plan to progressively build the playing squad to compete at the top end of the Championship, within a facility that can showcase the game as a great spectacle but for our players also to showcase their own individual skills in a perfect setting

From a Stadium perspective, we will be working with the other Stadium partners to progress the development of the plans that will bring real benefit to the community across the whole of Cornwall

Roll on August 2017"

Ian Connell
Cornish Pirates



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Discussion started by Unofficial Pirates , 31/07/2015 10:48
Unofficial Pirates
31/07/2015 10:48
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31/07/2015 18:28
Well done guys, reward for not giving up.

At wuss we are really pleased for you and will watch you start to frighten the day lights out of, Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Worcester.


31/07/2015 18:34
Not just those four teams but any of the teams who ended above us in the leagues.

31/07/2015 18:44
The real work can now begin.


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31/07/2015 23:15
Can we have Jamal, Dazza Bazza and Tom Kessell back now? And Wardy and Cookie, too? Oh and Jack Nowell?

Stricky (Waterloo Pirate)

Northern Pirate
31/07/2015 23:41
I cant believe this has gone through , the future is bright now . NP

01/08/2015 09:57
Not everyone is happy!


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01/08/2015 11:11
Here is a link to how our elected members voted on Thursday. I am going to email my thanks to those who had the courage to support the application in the face of some hostility from their colleagues on the SPC.
S4C Blog
These are the 11 SPC members email addresses for anyone else who would like to pass on their thanks.

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01/08/2015 11:19
Sancreed, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Poor old Rob Nolan has thrown his dolly out because right up until the last minute he probably thought he was going to win, he even tried to influence the vote from the position of Chairman!! Sorry Mr Nolan but for once the public (through the majority of the committee) have spoken and have been listened to.
I really don't care for your views anymore so maybe this is the time for you to either shut up and get off the SPC or get on with this wonderful opportunity and help make it work for the whole of Cornwall. The biggest mistake in my opinion was back earlier in the year when you and your cohorts passed two other projects for supermarkets thinking that the S4C was dead in the water. Talk about the biter being bit!!!

01/08/2015 13:49
After Thursday's YES vote support from Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

01/08/2015 19:06
Alan Paver happy that the stadium plans have now been approved.

Brummagem Bertie
01/08/2015 21:21
Another Worcester supporter here just wanting to say congratulations to everyone involved with this for not giving up.

It will be great to see Pirates moving into a new home, which will give them the chance to aim for the Premiership. On the way home last night I popped into the local offie and was delighted to be able to pick up a couple of bottles of Tribute, as that was what we drank at the Mennaye when we played you last season. Got home and toasted your good health and future success.

Whenever Warriors have played Pirates in Penzeance we have come down and stayed over, usually for 3-4 days. We have always made a point of using local shops and businesses rather than the big chains/multinationals, and have not been alone, by any means. I'm absolutely gobsmacked that this seems to be completely lost on some of your elected representatives and business leaders, especially as it is "out of season spend".

Really hoping for the chance to come down to Truro in the future, either for a friendly or, preferably, a Premiership match.

And I do think that this will mean that some of your ex-players may well look to "come home" towards the end of their careers, which will add experience and may help you keep hold of some of your better and younger players in the future.

Onwards and upwards.

Whatever you do, do it safely!

01/08/2015 21:50
Thank you BB. I'm sure I'm speaking for all Pirate supporters in looking into the future and the chance of playing Wuss again, only this time in the AP. Your comment on business leaders is echoed by all connected with the S4C - sometimes you can't believe the logic of some. Never mind that is now in the past, so it's onwards and upwards. Good luck for the new season ahead of you. See you soon -- in Truro!!

02/08/2015 12:36
Those who have stood in our way are now toast. End of.

Now the serious stuff begins...

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02/08/2015 14:04
At last - the real prospect for a quality Sports Centre for Cornwall. Teams like Cornish Pirates will no longer have to play as nomads - moving around the Duchy - Penzance, Truro, Camborne, Penzance - every few years. A team with a fixed home - a sports centre for all land based sports.

I'm Cornish by birth and it has always horrified me at the way that local politics has been like watching some petty primitive tribal activity.

Finally, FINALLY, we have found a group of Councillors who are prepared to put the needs of the Duchy ahead of their own.

02/08/2015 18:18
I have posted the email addresses of those councillors who supported the enabling application. Please consider contacting them to pass on your thanks. I'm sure it will be appreciated.

02/08/2015 19:09
I've emailed all of them - as you say P15, they deserve our thanks.
Hope they all get a free ticket to the first game in the stadium.

Black Bart
02/08/2015 20:00
Have written and already received responses from some, they certainly deserve a ticket, also worth writing to the nays and polite!y giving them a hard time.

03/08/2015 15:38
The vote enabling the stadium 11-8 may well have been supported by the councillors listed but there was a crucial vote prior to this to follow planning officers advice and reject the stadium. This was defeated but only by 10-9 i.e there were 10 councillors against. It is ONLY those 10 councillors we should really be thanking, not the one that switched sides for the enabling vote when it was obvious the enabling vote would go through anyway.

03/08/2015 22:36
Good job he, or she did change their stance, though - so they did the right thing in the end. That'll do for me.

06/08/2015 16:33
Nothing in today's Cornishman, which was pretty disappointing - except MP Derek Thomas, in his piece, says:

"Any building project has its fair share of obstacles and "hiccups"so, as promised, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is visiting West Cornwall to set up a working group to keep the project moving forward. This group will be made up of the key players, including sports organisations, the developers, Cornwall Council, Penwith and Truro College, Sport England and Cornish MPs. My understanding is that the stadium will be completed in 2017 ...."

Black Bart
06/08/2015 17:12
Tommy Tyrannosaurus had his rant in the Falmouth Packet letters column, only spoilt by the headline spelling "Farsical Decision". Of course his letter was as normal, farcical!

06/08/2015 17:14
The West Briton had a full front page spread and another two full pages inside.St Austell MP Steve Double made a comment that Indian Queens could still go ahead.

06/08/2015 17:41
Does he mean another stadium up there 1spy?

06/08/2015 18:08
Steve Double mentioned that he would like to see some sort of sports hub at Indian Queens which is a bit of a shift away from his earlier comments about it being a suitable alternative site for the stadium.

06/08/2015 18:09
That is what he was saying in the newspaper.Maybe he thought it was April 1st!

bolingey pirate
06/08/2015 18:09
My face-Ache page has just popped-up with an announcement that the Culture Secretary (John Whittingham) has today met with stadium partners and August 2017 will be the opening date for yhe stadium.
If this is bone-fide, it's two fingers for Nolan, Bray and the Indian Queens M.P.!!

06/08/2015 18:39
I emailed both the news and sports section of the Cornishman this morning expressing surprise that there is no article in today's paper.

The sport section replied in agreement saying they thought there was going to be and apologised, but said planning issues were left to the news dept.

The news section said it had been extensively covered online and anyway it was a Truro-centric issue!

However there will be an article in next week's Cornishman

06/08/2015 19:48
Update on todays meeting from the S4C website.
A Stadium for Cornwall meeting was held by the Secretary of State, John Whittingdale today.

In attendance at Redruth were Derek Thomas MP, Sport England, Cornwall Council, LEP, Truro City Football Club, Cornish Pirates, Truro & Penwith College and The Stadium 4 Cornwall.

This is the start of talks about the delivery of a Stadium for Cornwall now that planning permission is in place.

Humphry Davy
06/08/2015 19:55
Really positive news about today's meeting.

Things certainly looking good.

Roll on the start of the season.

06/08/2015 21:29
Truro City Football Club???

06/08/2015 22:51
Stalwart, they are supplying ball boys and programme sellers.

06/08/2015 23:26

07/08/2015 07:08
It all looks so positive now and a world away from 2 weeks ago. As for dear old duffer Tommy, so glad he didn't disappoint! Surprised Fifi hasn't had her say either. I'm having to pinch myself to believe that this has at last and finally got the go ahead.

07/08/2015 10:52

To help your thinking, this the reply I had from County Councillor Malcolm Brown four days ago.

"To be honest with you, I am enthusiastic about the stadium project but have been concerned that the enabling development was diverging too far from planning policy. Therefore initially I voted to refuse the application. However,a detailed proposal was then worked up after a short adjournment which placed conditions on the proposal which I considered reasonable and not excessively onerous. On that basis I was then able to vote for the development which pleased me. I hope that this will turn out to be a big step towards the fulfilment of the vision which you and others have."

Make of that what you will, I find his reply encouraging.

Candor Pirate
07/08/2015 18:37
I wonder why the official Stadium 4 Cornwall web page has not been updated with the result of the Planning Authority's decision. I realise that there are Twitter comments there which reflect the decision but one is apt to look to the official website for the latest information. Over the coming months, as the scheme develops, it would be valuable to have the latest position explained on the Stadium web pages.

07/08/2015 19:52
Its on the news page here and has been since the result.It also includes how each Councillor voted.
S4C News

Geoff DC
07/08/2015 21:36
Candor Pirate
I wonder why the official Stadium 4 Cornwall web page has not been updated with the result of the Planning Authority's decision.
I realise that there are Twitter comments there which reflect the decision but one is apt to look to the official website for the latest information.

Over the coming months, as the scheme develops, it would be valuable to have the latest position explained on the Stadium web pages.

Take it easy on them CP - they are an independent amateur pressure group not an official body

They do their best but they are not an official source

I am sure they will do their best to keep things current with their volunteer subscribers

07/08/2015 23:02
Dotcom we did our best as "AMATEURS" and it was a successful seven year campaign.

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Black Bart
08/08/2015 08:36
Bill, I think Dotcom is on your side!! Maybe could have said it a bit different.

Candor Pirate
08/08/2015 11:02
Fair enough. Thank you for your responses.

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