Cornwall Councillors approve ‘The Cornwall We Want’ future vision for Cornwall

The Cornwall We Want’ future vision for Cornwall created by Cornwall residents and supported by Lib Dems and Independents on Cornwall Council has been approved at today’s full council meeting. 

The Cornwall We Want’ is a shared vision, developed by Cornwall’s residents and partner organisations, recognising that we can achieve more for our residents by working together.  

The project heard from over 4,150 residents who shared their hopes for Cornwall’s future through live streamed events, sharing their stories on an online platform, responding to a survey, writing to Cornwall Council, and taking part in a series of roundtables to hear the voices of groups who feel least included in society.  

‘The Cornwall We Want’ has been endorsed by Cornwall Youth Parliament MPs, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Senate, Cornwall Association of Local Councils, and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership. 

The plan sets out a cleaner, greener Cornwall with more space for nature. Key goals include making the whole of Cornwall plastic-free and net carbon neutral; ensuring no community in Cornwall has poor quality surface water in its streams and rivers; growing nature with double the amount of Cornwall’s land and four times as much of our inshore waters in active management for environmental gain; and doubling the amount of journeys made using green and active travel.  

It also commits to close the gap in health, education and employment for the least advantaged in Cornwall to create a fairer, more inclusive Cornwall, ending street homelessness, creating safer roads for every community with zero road traffic deaths, and an end to in-work poverty, with every job in Cornwall paid a real living wage. 

The Tory group on Cornwall Council voted not to support this plan because they are out of touch with Cornish residents and only seek to serve the privileged and second home owners. They have no vision to support the vulnerable or to supply decent homes and real living wages. Surprisingly the Tory group are out of touch with businesses as well as the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership unanimously supported the plan. 

Edwina Hannaford, Liberal Democrat portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods said, 

“I’m delighted that The Cornwall We Want plans have been passed by Cornwall Councillors. I believe people in Cornwall care enough to be able to make the changes needed for Cornwall to become greener, fairer and more prosperous. If we all make some changes to how we live - like we have through the Coronavirus pandemic – we can make a difference. 

“However, it’s staggering that the Tory group voted against a vision for Cornwall’s future that would leave more nature for our children and a Cornwall where we harness the enthusiasm of our communities to rally around and provide support where it is most needed.”  

Malcolm Brown, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group said:  

“As Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group I am pleased and relieved that Cornwall Council has approved this visionary document which I feel gives hope for Cornwall as we emerge from the Covid crisis. Councillors with a wide range of political backgrounds welcomed the plan and said they were willing to work together to take it forward. That's grown up politics. 

“However, the Conservative Group opposed the plan and offered nothing constructive instead. They were playing politics cynically. They want their Government to dictate to us from London. They lack confidence in the ability of the people of Cornwall to determine our own future more than we are able to at present. Liberal Democrats and others will do all we can to frustrate them". 

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