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Hayle Town Mayor 2010/12

Councillor John Bennett


May 2012 Annual Report


The Clerk has separately produced some facts and figures about our activities during the year. It is my pleasant duty, however, to focus on some of the highlights – and I count myself fortunate to have presided over another year of positive outcomes for Hayle.

For every mayor who gets to take the credit, there is a team of staff and a council of 15 members who actually make it happen. Our staff is led by our experienced and competent Town Clerk, Eleanor Giggal and supported by Neill, David, Caroline and Rose. In addition to getting the job done well, they are a friendly and pleasant group and a pleasure to work with.

Our Council is respected for its professionalism and hard work and I thank the councillors for their support and commitment during the year.

A pleasant duty for a mayor is to appoint our People and Organisations of the Year. This year they were:

  • Female Citizen of the Year: Esme Jelbert - for services to the Passmore Edwards Institute. Sadly, she passed away at the end of February.
  • Male Citizen of the Year: Gil Tredinnick - for 50 years of service to the Hayle Surf Life Saving Club
  • Young Person of the Year: Bliss Ellis - for outstanding flute playing and support of local organisations
  • Organisation of the Year: Angarrack Christmas Lights Committee - for services to the community
  • Youth Organisation of the Year: 1st Hayle Cub Pack - for services to youth and the community

I met a mayor while shopping in a nearby town who commented “It’s all happening in Hayle these days”. This is undoubtedly true. After many years ‘in the wilderness’ some important things are coming to fruition in our town:

  • Work on the North Quay is now well under way with the target of producing 200 jobs at the Marine Renewables Business Park.
  • Planning permission has been granted for South Quay with the promise of repairing the quay walls, restoring sluicing and bringing the harbour and lots of land into the control of the local community.
  • After our last fire station closed at the end of the second world war we are finally seeing the likelihood of getting it back.
  • Our allotments are fully allotted and bearing fruit and we are in negotiations to extend them further.
  • And we are in the final three on the shortlist as a site for the Cornwall Records Office.

Some other activities in the town initiated by or supported by the council include:

  • Reactivation of the CCTV system – an initiative of our council supported other local councils.
  • Hayle in Bloom takes Gold again.
  • Our Twinning Association continues its decade-long partnership with Pordic in Brittany.
  • Our swimming pool opened despite huge cuts from Cornwall Council. It will open again this year and ‘Friends’ group has formed to look at sustainability.
  • We had a huge celebration on the King George V Memorial Walk in June last year where thousands of people turned out, thanks to Hayle in Bloom. The event will be repeated this year on June 3rd and will have a Diamond Jubilee theme.
  • We are the first Walkers are Welcome town in Cornwall.
  • Our hugely successful ‘Discover Hayle’ map has been reprinted having exhausted the first 30,000.
  • The Mayor’s Walk in association with St. Julia’s Hospice raised over £6,000 in September.
  • We are striving to get more trains stopping in Hayle: ideally with all trains that stop at St. Erth also stopping at Hayle to reduce difficulties for school children and others.
  • A pioneering initiative led to an agreement with Cornwall Council to transfer control of the town’s open spaces back to us. These areas include the Recreation Ground, King George V Memorial Walk, the Plantation and the Millpond. We hope that local control with mean a better focus on our priorities.
  • We are investigating taking ownership of the Frank Johns Centre adjacent to the town council offices. We believe that we will able to run the building for the benefit of the community without any impact on local taxes while avoiding difficulties of shared facilities if they were to be developed privately.
  • We have undertaken numerous consultations including vital areas such as the Hayle Town Framework which will control development for the next two decades.

Taking over control of town assets has meant that we had to make the largest increase in our precept ever. Although this equates to only a few pounds per year per local resident, we have always taken our fiscal responsibilities seriously. We offered two days where the Clerk and councillors were on hand to explain the tax rise. Six people took advantage of this and in general they wanted to be assured that we were taking the decision for the right reasons.

We are confident that the people of Hayle will find that local control will lead to improvements.

In summary, Hayle is continuing on an upward trajectory and long may it continue. I am proud of my period as mayor, wish my successor every success and I am confident that Hayle’s flame will continue to burn brightly.

  Click here for details of major planning applications and consultations considered during the 2011/2012 year.

2011 Christmas Message


Supermarkets seemed to dominate the news this year, with ING’s application finally edging ahead thanks to a raft of harbour regeneration benefits. These include the restoration of sluicing and the transfer of harbour operations and land to a Hayle-based charitable trust. With work on the North Quay progressing well, and the potential of the Marine Renewables Business Park to create 200 good jobs, let’s hope 2012 will see further renovation of our historic harbour.

Hayle’s shopping areas have become more vibrant with the new Julian Foye store in Copperhouse and the renovated Pratt’s Market at Foundry with its colourful variety of retail businesses.

Our fabulous King George V Memorial Walk has played its part this year. It is the key to Hayle in Bloom’s continued success (Gold again this year!) but was also the scene of thousands of happy people enjoying the Blooming Hayle event in June, when the Walk was closed to traffic. The Town Council is seeking a permanent closure of the Walk on Sundays to allow walkers, cyclists and everyone to enjoy a car-free day.

We were thrilled to finally open our allotments on Lethlean Lane in March – and we are looking to add to the 40 plots already there. Dotted with sheds, scarecrows and rabbit-proof fencing, the site is fantastic and the allotment has already won a Neighbourhood Award in the South West in Bloom competition. We have also acquired land to permit the extension of the cemetery, which could be needed in the next five to eight years (wrap up warm!).

Our swimming pool opened this year despite the support from Cornwall Council being slashed. It will open again in 2012 but we’ll have to search for additional funds for 2013.

The Mayor’s walk for St. Julia’s Hospice in September raised over £6,000 and the new extension was opened in October.

I would like to thank the many charities, organisations, churches and individuals in our town that work hard to make Hayle a great place to live. On behalf of the Town Council and our staff, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

The photograph from the Hayle Town Council 2011 Christmas card.

At the Annual Council meeting held at the Day Care Centre on the 12th of May, John Bennett and Jayne Ninnes were re-elected as mayor and deputy mayor for 2011/12. Their consorts are Donna Anton and Jon Ninnes. In accepting, the mayor said:

"I can look back on the past year with pride and satisfaction that the council and its staff have worked hard and effectively to represent and support the people of Hayle." After listing the many changes in Hayle over the last year, he ended: "And to those that say ‘nothing ever happens in Hayle’ – I say ‘you are not paying attention – Hayle is on fire!’"

You can read the full address here.


Annual Report of the Council, 21 April 2011


The Council has produced its annual report and I am delighted to present some of the highlights – because Hayle is buzzing with exciting things. It is a ‘happening’ place and we are rarely out of the newspapers
In my role as mayor I frequently meet the mayors of nearby towns. They often express admiration for the things that Hayle is achieving and ask how we do it!
Our secret ingredient is that we have a vibrant community, willing to get involved and to get things done. During the Hayle Area Plan process we had hundreds of people attending and contributing to meetings. And we were able to give grants to dozens of organisations to spur them on.
But first let me talk about the council itself.
In explaining what a town council does I could list the powers delegated to it by law. But a town council is concerned with much more than this – it is focussed on improving the quality of life of those it represents.
To achieve this we do use our legal powers, which are modest. But when we want to achieve goals which are beyond our powers, we act as advocates to inform, cajole and persuade.
To be effective a council needs two things: good councillors and high-quality professional staff. I believe we have a great council, with representation from a wide age group, working and retired, male and female, going back more than 4 generations in Hayle and newcomers – and with a variety of education and work experience. Having chaired the council over the last year I can honestly say that the debates have been robust yet polite, hard-fought yet fair and I am sure that every councillor has been swayed during debate by hearing the ideas of others. This is how a council should work and those of you that attend council meetings from time to time will, I am sure, agree. (Mary Coad, Robert Jones, Bob Mims).
It takes a lot of time and commitment to be a councillor and I would like to give my personal thanks to our councillors for their efforts on behalf of the community. Particular thanks are due to the chairs of the Resource and Amenities committees, Brian Capper and Graham Coad, for the additional work they take on in leading this important work. And welcome to our new councillors, Anne-Marie Rance and Nick Farrar. I look forward to the enthusiasm that new members bring.
For the resolutions of a council to have meaning, though, they must be acted upon. For this we rely on the Town Clerk and her staff. Our Town Clerk, Eleanor Giggal, is skilled, well-trained and experienced and works tirelessly for the town. She is supported by her cheerful and competent staff, Neill, David and Rose. Neill is a former senior planning officer and David is a former town clerk and their skills are often called on. And Rose keeps us clean and tidy with unfailing cheeriness. I would like to express my personal thanks to the Clerk and her team for the fantastic support they have given me over the last year. Later in May we will be joined by Caroline Willoughby who will become our new interface to the public during our office open hours.
Let me remind you of some of the great things that have happened this year:

  • Our fantastic allotments are finally ready and 40 happy gardeners are now outwitting rabbits and bringing the soil to life
  • Our acclaimed town guide was updated and reprinted
  • The Discover Hayle map was distributed throughout the town. We are only the third town after Newquay and St. Austell and our neighbours are scrambling to catch up.
  • The Mayor’s Walk in association with St. Julia’s Hospice raised a record £5,200
  • More than 50 new blue plaques have been put up around the town
  • The Screen Machine came to Hayle and gave us a taste of what we hope will come
  • Daniel’s supermarket is being renovated into the new Julian Foye furniture store
  • Our much-loved newsletter, the Hayle Pump, is back and as good as ever
  • Work has commenced on the North Quay to unlock the potential for a Marine Renewables Park
  • The Wave Hub has been deployed and their office has opened in Foundry Square
  • We had Christmas lights to cheer the winter months in both Hayle and Angarrack
  • Four major companies are vying to build a supermarket
  • Bodriggy school is now an academy –the first in Cornwall
  • Hayle in Bloom won Gold and the Cup for the third year in a row in the South West in Bloom competition. Well done to Margaret Tanner and her team
  • The old Hawkins buildings were finally demolished and our public garden will come along soon
  • The Railway Walk is being cleaned up and will become a public footpath – thanks to all of the volunteers who helped and to the local companies that donated equipment and support
  • The Passmore Edwards Institute has been renovated and will be holding an exhibition to mark the Passmore Edwards Centenary
  • The Hayle Oral History Project has recorded and transcribed hundreds of hours of priceless memories and produced a hugely successful book: Churks, Clidgy and Doodle-dashers which had hundreds of people queuing to get a copy and necessitated an immediate reprint. Congratulations to the director Lucy Frears.
  • The Hayle Archive is going strong and has researched and produced the material for the Passmore Edwards Exhibition
  • Our library is secure and our Tourist Information Centre has been funded for another two years
  • Despite severe cuts to funding, our neighbourhood police team will remain at full strength
  • More importantly,… the Hayle Under 9’s Rugby Team won the County Festival this year scoring 26 tries while only ceding 1.

And what can be wrong with a town that has Mr. B’s ice cream?

And here are some of the things the council has done:

  • Maintained our precept (the town’s part of the council tax) at the level of inflation
  • Supported a working party to solve issues at the Millpond and continued its on-going battle with the Environment Agency over Copperhouse Pool
  • Maintained an informative web site
  • Given a 2-year lifeline to the swimming pool despite huge cuts from Cornwall Council
  • Kept our footpaths clear
  • Supported: Hayle in Bloom, Heyl Fest, the Twinning Association, Hayle Decorative Lights and Hayle Pump
  • Given grants totalling over £5,000 to local organisations
  • Undertaken numerous consultations to ensure the town’s views are heard by higher
  • authorities. If I read all of these out you would soon lose the will to live so, if you are interested, please ask the Clerk for a copy of the full Annual Report or download it from our web site.
  • Represented the town on 25 external bodies
  • And considered 144 planning applications. Out of 112 decided by Cornwall Council, they only disagreed with us on 6. Our best score yet indicating, perhaps, that they take our views seriously and that we, in turn, take care to ensure we comply with planning law.

Some of the important planning applications have included:

  • Construction of 22 affordable homes on Trevassack Hill by Rosemullion Homes
  • The Julian Foye application at Copperhouse
  • Erection of a bridge to North Quay from Hayle Terrace
  • Morrisons Supermarket on the Jewsons site
  • ING foodstore and buildings on South Quay
  • ASDA store and new rugby club
  • Sainsbury Supermarket at Marsh Lane

Of course, some of the most important issues facing the town are related to planning - and the harbour and supermarket applications are some of the largest ever to be made in Cornwall. The council is compelled to grapple with the complexities of modern planning law in order to steer applications in a way that is best for the town - and we try hard to do this well, through training and study. We are ever conscious that decisions made now could affect the town for a century or more.
[And so far our difficult decisions have been proved correct. Following the deferral of the supermarket applications, ING appointed new architects and a new heritage consultant, Stephen Levrant. Stephen agreed that the previous applications for South Quay had been inappropriate for a World Heritage Site and I have high hopes that the next application will address many of our concerns.]
In summary, I can look back on the past year with pride and satisfaction that the council and its staff have worked hard and effectively to represent and support the people of Hayle. I thank the members of the public who have taken the time to come to council meetings and engage with councillors – your views are important to us – keep it up.
To those that say ‘nothing ever happens in Hayle’ – I say ‘you are not paying attention – Hayle is on fire!’


Mayor Appoints Chaplain


Richard Selby-BoothroydI am delighted to announce that Rev. Richard Selby-Boothroyd has agreed to be my personal chaplain for 2010/11. Richard and I have worked on a number of committees together and I have always enjoyed his insight and sense of humour.

I am very keen that I represent the views of all Hayle's residents and I have asked Richard to help me to ensure that council-sponsored functions are inclusive and multi-denominational. Working with Canon Martyn Trembath, we have already had a successful Civic Parade and Service with a strongly inclusive theme.

I look forward to working with Richard over the year and I congratulate him on his recent ordination.


Mayors Help MP Select his Official Christmas Card

  (L to R) John Bennett (Hayle), Ian Thomas (Redruth), John Beare (Camborne) and George Eustice, MP with some of the entries.

Mayor's Address at the Civic Service (3/10/2010)

  Distinguished guests, friends and neighbours:
The civic parade and service is a celebration of the people and organisations that make Hayle the best place on earth to live.
Winnie Basset told the Hayle Oral History Project: “‘I’ve never had a holiday in my life. I’m nearly eighty-eight. Never wanted a holiday ’cause I’ve had everything I’ve ever wanted from life in Hayle - now what I want to pay to go on holiday for?”
One of the privileges of being Mayor is the opportunity to thank and recognise the people who make Hayle such a great place to live. We have the teachers, church, scout and cadet leaders and youth organisations who improve our children’s lives, help them to understand and join in the traditions that define us and prepare them for the future. Hayle also has many organisations that support charities and those that enrich us with learning, fellowship and fun.
It is always risky to name names because there are so many who should be recognised – but I will name three anyway, just as examples of the varied ways volunteers make our lives better. I have also put in today’s programme the names of our people and organisations of the year who have been acknowledged for their contributions to the town.
First, there is Denis Hollow who, among many things, has given six decades of his life to managing the Passmore Edwards Institute – which has been an important meeting place for town’s people since 1896. Denis’s daughter, Esme Jelbert, is carrying on the tradition.
Second, there’s Dick Horwell, who lights up the town, keeps the carnival going, weeds the Hayle in Bloom route, paints the swimming pool and has been a ‘doer’ in the town for as long as most people can remember.
But it is not just locally born people who contribute to Hayle. Margaret Tanner, chair of Hayle in Bloom, has worked tirelessly to make our town look beautiful and has helped Hayle to win a Gold award and the SWTA cup for the three years she has been in the chair. She also works hard on Churches Together. And you can tell from her accent that she comes from way past Camborne.
Denis, Dick and Margaret are but three examples – there are hundreds more.
When I outlined my plans for today, I was enthusiastically supported by the Reverend Canon Martyn Trembath and by my Chaplain, the Reverend Richard Selby-Boothroyd. Thank you Martyn, and your hard-working team, and Richard, for your help.
Initially I asked Martyn and Richard if we could have a change from the usual hymn sandwich type of service. As you can see, we still have a hymn sandwich today, but I do hope you liked the filling. I certainly did (well done to the choirs and to Bliss and her accompanist, Sarah). And thank you to all who took part in the parade and service today.
Finally, Meister Eckhart, the 13th century theologian said: “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.”
It is my honour to thank you all for your contributions to our town. Keep up the good work!

Cornishman, 7 Oct 2010


Cornishman, 30 September 2010


Hayle Times , 1 October 2010


Hollywood Comes to Hayle

  Thanks to the extremely hard work of Cllr. Bob Amos and the trustees of the Hayle Social Enterprise Trust, Hayle was able to welcome its first digital cinema in the guise of the Screen Machine. The event ran from the 26th to the 30th of August and featured four current films including Toy Story 3 in 3D. 97% of seats were sold, mostly to Hayle residents and movie goers were wildly enthusiastic about having a digital cinema in Hayle. The next step is to create a Pioneerium in Hayle to provide a permanent cinema and meeting place. More details at www.haylepioneerium.co.uk.
Deputy Mayor Jayne Ninnes was at the Grand Opening accompanied by trustees of the Hayle Social Enterprise Trust, Roger Weeks (Buzz Lightyear) and Cllr. Harry Blakeley (Woody).  

Rick Stein Opens Newlyn Fish Festival


I had the pleasure of meeting Rick Stein when he opened the 2010 Newlyn Fish Festival. Rick is the owner of restaurants in Padstow and Falmouth and specialises in fish cookery.

He is also familiar to many through his television appearances.

Rick has long been a supporter of the fishing industry in Cornwall.



Hayle Town Mayor 2010/11

Councillor John Bennett


I am honoured to have been chosen to chair Hayle Town Council and to serve as mayor of Hayle in the coming year.

United States Congressman Tip O’Neill is noted for his observation that “All politics is local.” And, of course, town and parish politics is as local as it gets. Although our powers are few, and our budget tiny, we still strive to make an important difference to the people of Hayle. And making a difference is what, I believe, draws most people to politics. Robert Louis Stevenson wryly noted that: “Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.” But perhaps experience in life is the best preparation.

On our town council we have people with experience in many walks of life: engineering, teaching, boat-building, the police, personnel management and entrepreneurship. Some can trace their Cornish ancestry back hundreds of years, while others have arrived more recently. Our debates, while sometimes spirited, are courteous and lead to well-reasoned conclusions. I have greatly enjoyed my time as a town councillor and it will now be a pleasure to chair these meetings.

The role of the mayor is to act as a representative of the council and I look forward to that.

My own interests lie in supporting the growth of quality jobs in Hayle and I shall continue to make that a priority. John F Kennedy said that “A rising tide lifts all boats” and having good local jobs will go a long way to increasing the standard of living in the town. We already have some success stories: Nixon Design-a brand and web development company; TigerX Studios- state-of-the-art computer animation experts; Infoteam on the Guildford Road Estate that provides maintenance for Sony Playstations for the whole of Europe; and we still have a foundry in Hayle – Terrill Brothers. And we hope the Wave Hub project and the harbour development will lead to many more.

It is always difficult to balance development and protection of the environment - and reasonable people can disagree on the relative priorities of the two. I know that our council will continue to debate these matters and try to help solve issues such as sand removal, improved service to Hayle station, traffic congestion and the restoration of sluicing.

This year I am confident that the council will be awarded Quality Status, thanks to the great efforts of our Town Clerk - and confirming the high standards set by the council and its staff.

Finally, I would like to thank fellow councillors for their support.