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Cornwall Council in partnership with Penryn Town Council and the Glasney Greenspace Regeneration Group are investing in the Glasney Playing Field throughout 2016. This is part of a multi phase project which will bring improvements to drainage, new sports equipment, repairs to the BMX track and broad-scale tree management and coppicing. 

The first phase of this project will involve tree work and coppicing across certain areas in both the Playing Field and along the footpath. Whilst this may appear severe at first, the areas will soon “fill in”. This is part of a proactive tree management programme and will benefit wildlife and help to bring more light into the area. 

The teams are very mindful of nesting birds and will ensure that every area is carefully checked before any works begin. If birds are found to be nesting, the team will move on to another section and return at a more suitable time later in the year. 

If you have any questions surrounding the tree works or the wider project please contact Cornwall Councils Environment Service on 0300 1234 202 environmentservice@cornwall.gov.ukdit.


Want to know more about Coppicing? This is a great website with info - http://www.coppice.co.uk/

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Yes you read the title right!

We are pleased to announce that work on regenerating the Glasney playing field and BMX track can now start. Having passed through the final stage, Cornwall Council has agreed to release section 106 funding to pay for drainage work, repairs including improvements to the BMX track, improving the entrance to the site and new goalposts as well as clearing some of the encroaching shrubbery from around the field and along the footpaths.

As a group we are over the moon and excited about this announcement. After campaigning for so many years and doing the best we can in the surrounding valley in the meantime, there have been times we wondered if this would ever happen. The kids were really disappointed when the goal posts went and the track, although still heavily in use, needs some TLC. The drainage work is vital if we are ever going to improve and increase the recreational potential for everyone. At the moment it is only accessible for a few months of the year and that is shame given it is the town’s largest remaining open space. The whole area holds so many great memories for the older generation in the town and we hope this is a new start for the generations to follow.

Over the last three years we have worked on a number of projects that has seen the field and surrounding valley cleaned up and encouraged a decrease in fly-tipping, organised and run events throughout the year including the town’s annual May Day celebrations in the valley and have even featured alongside Trebah Gardens and St Michaels Mount on the BBC’s Glorious gardens from above programme. During this time we have gathered considerable feedback and survey responses from local people about what improvements and additions they would like to see made on the field. We will continue work with the town Council and the Cornwall Council to ensure these responses go some way in shaping the field for the future.

We will keep you posted!

 
 
On Tuesday 24th March we attended a presentation by Tracey Edwards & Claire Hurley of Cornwall Rural Community Charity who talked about Neighbourhood Plans along with Helen Downing who spoke about Community Land Trusts. We were really pleased to see so many people from our community attend along with several Councillors.

For those of you that could not make it we hope you will find the following information useful. If anyone is interested in being involved in a community Neighbourhood Plan group then please get in touch. Penryn Town Council have indicated that they will be discussing a Neighbourhood Plan Working Party at their next meeting on April 7th. We are extremely keen to insure that any Neighbourhood plan is very much steered by the Penryn community!
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Please attend the Penryn Town Council meeting on April 7th and hear what they say about a Neighbourhood Plan for Penryn at 7pm in the Penryn Town Hall. This is a Council meeting and the public are welcome to observe and listen if anyone wishes to speak at the meeting they must inform Michelle Davey the Town Clerk by 5pm April 1st townclerk@penryntowncouncil.co.uk. AGENDA
 
 
At last nights public meeting Matthew Williams Principle Planning Officer at Cornwall Council said the Penryn Community should write to him and/or Matthew Brown Planning Delivery Group Leader in order to request that the College Valley be removed from the Allocations List. So we suggest EVERYONE does this!

We must stress that your reasons should be clear and relevant and in your own words.

Here are few suggestions that you may wish to consider forming your objections around -

1. Environmental Impact

2. Landscape Assessment

3. Heritage Value

4. Infrastructure

5. Affordable Housing Delivery or Lack of

6. Deliverability

8. Cornwall Council evidence quality

9. Suggestion for Other sites

10. Community Value

We suggest you post your letter with proof of sending from the Post office and perhaps enclose a stamped addressed envelope to encourage a response.

You may also post your letter in the Post box we have set-up in HOWL Coffee Shop, Higher Market Street Penryn. We will then collect these and hand deliver them on your behalf on February 27th.

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTER TO -
Matthew Williams MRTPI
Principal Planning Officer
Delivery Team
Planning Housing and Regeneration Service
Cornwall Council
Dolcoath Avenue,
Camborne.
TR14 8SX

AND/OR

Matthew Brown : 
Planning Delivery Group Leader

First Floor
Council Offices
Dolcoath Avenue
Camborne
TR14 8SX


THANK YOU!
 
 
It was a beautiful day to get down in the valley and get spring cleaning! We teamed up with the lovely EcoSoc team from Tremough and a few really great local people popped along and joined in too! We even had the most delicious home baked banana cake delivered by another very kind local lady. 

The daffodils are indeed starting to poke their faces out, the birds were in full voice and we even found some very intriguing fungi. At first Phil thought it was a bit of red plastic but on closer inspection discovered it was a Scarlet Elf Cup. Then someone else found even more further up the valley. They grow on decaying sticks and branches in damp spots on forest floors, and can be found in late winter and early spring. Keep a look out for them when you're next walking in the valley, they're really quite small. Please do remember however, do not ever pick or eat any type of fungus or mushroom unless you are a trained specialist and know exactly what you're doing. You could do yourself a lot of harm or worse! Simply enjoy looking at how very pretty they are.

We moved all along the valley, in the river and collected way too much glass and rubbish including BED SPRINGS! The stream is now tip top sparkling again and the path and follies are looking beautiful. Unfortunately the field is still very boggy and the bridges are also back to bog again too but we hope to get down there again soon and clear them again. 
Of course the prospect of increased flooding, more deep muddy areas and even more fly-tipping from a further 200+ plus houses hovered in the back of our minds. Finding interesting fungus and hearing so many birds while looking across to the ancient woodlands reminded us just how precious and fragile Glasney & College Valley are to the wildlife and people. This is such an old and magical part of our Town and such a wonderful place to meet, connect and work with so many great groups and individuals. People are always passing and asking what we are doing and someone always has a snippet of history and a memory to share. We must not loose it.

Finally a massive thank you to EcoSoc for organising such a great day and for remembering to order some sun! Looking forward to the next one and meeting even more great people!
 
 
We have had a number of people asking what they can do to support the #SaveCollegeValley campaign well here are two very important and valuable things -

1. Speak up and voice your objections! Here are three Councillors you can write to or email doing just that.

* Councillor Mary May - Not only a Penryn Town Councillor but also sits on the Cornwall Council Sub Area Planning Committee.
Write To Cllr May - 
Treluswell Vean
Lower Treluswell
Penryn
TR10 9AT

Email - mamay@cornwall.gov.uk

* Councillor Mark Snowden - Deputy Mayor and Chair of Penryn Planning Committee
Write to Cllr Snowden -
College House,
Polsethow
Penryn
TR10 8PA

Email - smark289@aol.com

* Matt Brown -  Planning Delivery Group Leader
First Floor
Council Offices
Dolcoath Avenue
Camborne
TR14 8SX

You can also attend the following important meetings and were possible speak up and voice your concerns! The public meeting on the 18th will be attended by Cornwall Councillors and so this will be the perfect opportunity to ask any questions!
You can also help by printing this poster and pinning it up in your window, car and/or shops!
Thank you all for your continued support to #SaveCollegeValley
 
 
Could you help us by printing this poster and putting it in your window please? This will help us and save us some much needed funds! Thank you.
 
 
Having read the article on the front page of the West Briton ​this morning that makes reference to our group without conference, we felt it only fair that we clarified our position on the College Valley development. We would also like to make it clear that the GGSRP are but one group actively campaigning against Cornwall Councils decision. There are many more groups and individuals involved and we are making this statement on behalf of our group.

1. As a community group that has worked voluntarily for a number of years in the lower public Glasney Valley we feel that ANY development within the College Valley that has been prioritised by Cornwall Council & endorsed by Penryn Town Council, (please see attached map of prioritised site presented by CC), will have a damaging and negative effect on the Glasney Valley and remaining College Woodlands. 

Damaging effects will include –

A) The breakdown of natural bio-diversity and ecology caused by manmade pollutions especially on fragile ancient woodland.

B) The threat to wildlife including several red and amber status animals and plant life.

C) Damage & loss of the remaining lower valley to Flooding and also the high risk of flooding to lower properties. A drainage report carried out on the lower Glasney Valley confirms that it is a floodplain and high risk for flooding.

D) The loss of one of the Towns oldest and most spectacular landscapes regardless of public rights of way it is still a visible and highly valued landscape and area within the Town.

E) Loss of one of the Towns oldest heritage foundations and again regardless of Public rights of way this area is still valued as part of the Towns heritage and should be respected and protected as such.

3. Loss of the communities sense of place and well-being caused by the negative effects on this site by ANY development by this we mean not just on the, ‘observed’, landscape but to the public areas below.

4. From the outset we have reiterated several times that at it this stage our primary concern is the afore mentioned prioritisation of College Valley for development. We believe that the evidence presented to Penryn Town Council is insufficient, has been interpreted wrongly, and inconsistently applied and on this basis, we believe that this is not the right site.

5. We have never addressed the forthcoming planning presentation other than to fairly announce it as a meeting we feel the public should attend. We have not commented on any specific developments and this is because we are yet to attend the pre-planning presentation. However we can see that some points on the forthcoming planning proposal have been brought into the public domain by media coverage and the comments on social media platforms made by some Councilors and NOT by the GGSRP. To CLARIFY – at this stage we as a group have only addressed the decision by Cornwall Council to prioritise this site for development, which we feel is wrong based on the afore mentioned effects on the landscape and the community.

6. We are also concerned that based on the high cost of building on this site the potential to deliver 40% affordable housing would be severely in doubt. The cost implications of building on a site with this topography, managing water run-off and mitigating the flood risk to the lower valley, along with a range of other factors mean any developer would be able to reduce their commitment to the level of affordable housing they deliver.

7. We must also be clear that although we have yet to see the pre-planning presentation by the developer all the land you will see on the Cornwall Council map has been priortised. This is a fact, in the public domain and of real public concern.

8. At this stage much of the information in the media and being presented by some Councilors on the issue  surrounds the developers plans and intentions, none of which relates to the evidence in the public domain and that has been presented by Cornwall Council to support their decision to prioritise this site. GGSRP are therefore concerned that this site has been prioritsed based purely as an, ‘easy option’ and not a decision based on the available evidence.

We hope this clarifies our position and we would also appreciate that you could present a more balanced article in your future publications. We are not aware of any reporters from the West Briton who have attended any of the public meetings to date, or met with the various community groups and individuals opposed to this.

 
 
The Temperance Hall was packed tonight as the Penryn Community came together to ask Penryn Town Council to revoke their decision to endorse the prioritisation of College valley for development by Cornwall Council. 

After hearing nine powerful, heart felt and well informed arguments against the decision and one statement in favour by the developer, the Council, minus six absent members, voted to defer their decision and will now hold a public meeting. They will confirm the meeting date in due course. We are extremely happy with this outcome and very pleased that they have taken the time to hear the voices of their community. We also handed on the petition of 2,326 signatures along with the supporting comments.

We are now looking forward to the pre-planning presentation by Walker Developments on February 16th at the Temperance Hall, 7pm. We would urge everyone to attend again as this is the chance to get a clear understanding and full picture of the planned development.

There will be a meeting on the following evening of the 17th at The Space Penryn at 7.30pm when we will have the opportunity to discuss the response to the pre-planning presentation and how we, as a community, intend to move forward.

There will also be an informal meeting hosted at HOWL Coffee Shop this Thursday, (5th Feb), for people wishing to discuss the two vacancies currently open at Penryn Town Council. If you are interested in hearing more than pop along. All information on the vacancies can be found on the Council website <<HERE>>please take a look.

Meanwhile we are collecting the statements made this evening and will add them here for you to read if you missed them or because one or two were cut short.

GGSRP Statement


This statement is being read on behalf of the Glasney Greenspace Regeneration Project and in support of the 2,326 signatures on the petition we have presented to you. We would like to make it clear that we are NOT against housing but we are against the wrong housing in the wrong place. We have heard the term Affordable housing being used for many years as a poor attempt to justify the erection of ‘anywhere’ houses, that lead to the loss of uniqueness, diminished communities who’s sense of place are rooted in the heritage sites we are losing in favour of overdeveloped cash cows for developers. There are many lists of families looking for, ‘Affordable’, housing this we cannot argue but when housing is being sold at 80% of the current market value, where is the real evidence that these houses, built in their name, are now their homes?

We believe and have evidence to show that ANY development on the adjacent and above College Hill/Valley will have a substantial and ongoing negative effect on the lower valley corridor that is both valued and heavily used by the local and visiting community.

The valley IS a floodplain and IS a HIGH RISK for flooding from the above water course and the addition of surface area run off from any development, will effect the grass areas, woodland and lower housing estates.

‘Prevention is always better than cure. The local planning system is a tool that can help reduce buildings being built or developed within a flood plain’ [Quote State of the Environment 2010]

The same report we hold identifies toxic minerals within the soil. A development of ANY size coupled with the 40 houses already in development will destroy the lower valley beyond regeneration and cease to be an area accessible to all and no longer one of the Town’s greatest heritage assets.

There is also the long term and on-going issue of the inadequate sewerage system that runs through the valley. Particularly at times of heavy rain fall and flooding sewerage runs freely from a sewage drain in the valley with sewerage being expelled across a public footpath and into the river. Another sewerage drain linked to the same system does the same on Bohill.

A wildlife report on the entire valley corridor produced by the Wildlife Trust records a number of protected species along with two RED and 1 of AMBER status. And we must consider the fragility of our ancient woodland the biodiversity and ecosystem, though well established could not withstand the effects of manmade materials and pollutions a development of any size would create.

‘Woodlands of the Southwest play a crucial role in the provision of the region’s ecosystem services, such as bio-diversity of structure. This is through their longevity, diversity of structure, species mix and the mosaic of other habitat types they contain....Ancient woodland and semi-natural woods are the most valuable for wildlife, as they include natural features and locally native and rare species’ [Quote: State of the Environment 2010]

These ancient woodlands are not only part of Penryn’s heritage and vital in sustaining these important species but they provide a natural health service, improve our air quality, overall well-being and quality of life.

A development ANYWHERE in College Valley will force the concentration of wildlife into the valley below this is not the natural structure and will destroy established ecosystems and ultimately the overall health of the valley. For this there is no solution and mitigation other than prevention.

The NPPF states ‘The planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment by: protecting and enhancing valued landscapes, geological conservation interests and soils; recognising the wider benefits of ecosystem services; minimising impacts on biodiversity’….and ‘In preparing plans to meet development needs, the aim should be to minimise pollution and other adverse effects on the local and natural environment. Plans should allocate land with the least environmental or amenity value’

Several groups and many individuals young and old frequently use the Glasney Valley not only for recreation but for health and well-being, cultural and educational activities. Nature workshops, community well-being groups, students, play groups, artists and of our course the Towns May Day celebrations are but a few activities the community rely on the Valley for. In this way the Valley, as is, facilitates the connectivity of our community and in many cases the inclusion of those people who would often find themselves on the periphery. Again a development in the above College Valley will diminish this valuable asset and resource the lower Glasney Valley provides for the community.

The landscape and ancient woodland are equal to or perhaps more valuable to the heritage of our Town as the man made timeline of architecture that makes up the majority conservation area of Penryn. It is what makes us as a Town and community unique, a place we are proud of and a place that has a legacy, something that has already been lost in many Cornish Towns.  Once part of the Glasney College estate this is extremely important to our cultural foundation that must not be overlooked or forgotten.

The NPPF states - ‘Significance can be harmed or lost through alteration or destruction of the heritage asset or development within its setting. As heritage assets are irreplaceable, any harm or loss should require clear and convincing justification.’


The importance and value of this site is echoed throughout the petition we have presented to you today.

As outlined by the Strategic Land Availability Assessment, Falmouth & Penryn are required to meet a target of 2,600 houses between 2010 & 2030. Of this target 480 have completed with 749 Commitments and 1,367 remaining sites to be found by 2030 we ask that you use those 15 years to investigate more appropriate sites. We therefore ask you our Council to revoke your decision to support the prioritisation of this most valuable site. Listen to what your community are saying and asking and act in accordance with their wishes and not those of developers.

 
 
Would you like to get involved and help us regenerate the Glasney Playing field and Valley? Are you reluctant because you think it will be long endless meetings, a mountain of form filling and countless hours of fundraising? Well let us bust that myth!
Yes it can be all those things but only if you want it to be. For any project to be a success the members need only bring energy a desire to succeed and a commitment to carry out the task you agree to do.

Six Great Things You Can Do To Help and Just 1 will make a difference......
  • Tell Everyone About The Project and where to go to find out about us! You don't realise just how powerful, 'Word of Mouth', is!
  • Share our online content with everyone. 
  • Engage with us online - see a tweet and tweet back, see a Facebook post comment on it and like it. Every time you do this you help us by telling the service provider our content is good and this makes them push the content out to others. A simple like can mean the difference between 1 set of eyeballs and 100 sets seeing our information and the chance to move the project on faster and bigger! Plus part of the process of applying for funding and permissions relies on the level of support we have for the project. Funders and companies will look at our online status as closely as they do with our manual filled surveys and statistics! So your engagement with us online will count toward this.
  • When we have events you can help hugely by taking some posters and/or flyers to post up and hand out. Saving us time to chase all the other bits like planning, insurances, permissions and logistics. PLUS - The more people that take posters to post further afield the more people we get to the event to help raise awareness, funding and support for the project.
  • Fancy throwing a party or fun event but want an excuse? Well we always need fundraising events that you will enjoy! 
  • Contact us with info and history about the area that we can use to help preserve the value of the valley for generations to come. Do you know how many people didn't know there used to be swings and a roundabout down there? In fact, do you know how many people still say.......where? When we mention the Glasney Playing Field and Valley? By providing info boards and literature about the valley and its  history we hope to change this and ensure it is never forgotten.


AND OF COURSE IF YOU WANT TO COME AND JOIN US ON A MORE INVOLVED LEVEL GET IN TOUCH! 
glasneygsrproject@gmail.com