Jeremy Rowe

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

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The Emergency Budget

by Jeremy Rowe on 4 December, 2010

Yesterday, rescheduled at short notice, Cornwall Council held a long meeting to discuss the Conservative-led administration’s “emergency” budget. (I posted our group’s four amendments here a few days ago, and it won’t surprise you to learn that the Council’s ruling coalition were able to summon enough votes to ensure that none of them were passed. […]

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Cornwall Council’s Emergency Budget Meeting

by Jeremy Rowe on 29 November, 2010

Cornwall Council meets tomorrow to discuss and decide on the Tory-led administration’s ‘Emergency’ Budget proposals. Given the climate of cuts coming from the Coalition government some changes to the Council’s budgetary arrangements will be unavoidable but tomorrow’s proposals are deeply flawed in many respects, not least the concept of ‘front-loading’ whereby the administration plans to […]

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Those councillors and members of the public who attended the recent Communities Committee budget scrutiny meeting all appear to have left the room with the same impression of the short term future of Camelford Leisure Centre. The facility had been threatened with closure due to the removal of Cornwall Council funding but – at the […]

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Lost: Localism at Cornwall Council

by Jeremy Rowe on 4 November, 2010

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 […]

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A day of scrutiny

by Jeremy Rowe on 4 November, 2010

Cornwall Council’s ‘Scrutiny’ committees have been meeting this week to examine the Tory-led administration’s emergency budget proposals. Today was the turn of the committee I sit on, the Communities OSC. Our remit, among other things, is to scrutinise the Cabinet’s plans for Fire & Rescue, Housing, Libraries, Leisure Services, Historic Collections and Culture. The meeting […]

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Camelford Leisure Centre – a stay of execution

by Jeremy Rowe on 4 November, 2010

As Cllr Alex Folkes has already reported today, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for leisure services pulled a late rabbit out of the hat to grant Camelford Leisure Centre a temporary reprieve at this morning’s meeting of the Communities Scrutiny Committee. You may recall that, as part of the Council’s programme of cuts, the […]

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Cornwall Council – Cabinet Budget Meeting Webcast

by Jeremy Rowe on 26 October, 2010

Tomorrow (Wednesday 27th October) Cornwall Council’s Cabinet will be discussing the ’emergency budget’ proposals. Technical issues permitting, this should be the first Cabinet meeting to be webcast. If you would like to watch click on this link at around 10.00am or log on to the Cornwall Council homepage and follow the directions from there. If […]

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Cornwall’s Library Service

by Jeremy Rowe on 22 October, 2010

The BBC’s Graham Smith reports on his blog about the leaked Cornwall Council budget proposals which are due to be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on 27th October (a meeting which will hopefully be webcast this time). Among the measures under consideration is a ‘rationalisation’ plan for Cornwall’s Library Service. This has the potential to […]

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Does ‘Localism’ have a future in Cornwall?

by Jeremy Rowe on 19 October, 2010

At the September meeting of Cornwall Council I asked a question of Lance Kennedy, the Conservative Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities. I wanted to know why the only mention of Localism (a major part of his remit) which had consistently appeared in his reports to Council was with regard to the ‘Newquay Safe’ […]

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“We don’t conduct our discussions in public”

by Jeremy Rowe on 13 October, 2010

Jim Currie’s interviews are rare, but always memorable. Last night he appeared on the BBC’s Spotlight programme to discuss the Council’s programme of ‘Budget Roadshows’, which – on the face of it – asks members of the public to help Cornwall Council identify £10m of service cuts. We are told (although not in any detail) […]

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