Jeremy Rowe

Cornwall Councillor for the Parishes of Egloshayle, St Breock, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Mabyn & St Tudy Learn more

Lost: Localism at Cornwall Council

by Jeremy Rowe on 4 November, 2010

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Confusion reigned at today’s Communities Committee when the topic of Localism was raised. Previously this area of the Council’s work had been scrutinised by this committee but questions were raised today as to why it had been moved outside of our remit and who made the decision. Nobody seemed to know. An officer was dispatched to find someone who could answer the question, prompting the above tweet from Robert Rush, who was present for the item on Camelford Leisure Centre.

While this comment made me smile, it does seem that the administration at Cornwall Council has something of an issue with the whole concept of ‘localism’. The Cabinet Member has consistently avoided answering questions on the topic at Full Council, the Area Networks were emasculated early on in the life of the authority and now it seems that the Communities Committee, the obvious place for the Localism Service to be scrutinised, is to be prevented from doing its job in this area. The Leader made some vague comments about a “bottom up” approach but, to be honest, nobody was any the wiser as a result of his intervention.

It leaves me, and many others, deeply concerned about Cornwall Council’s future commitment to Localism.

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