St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel meeting to discuss giving local communities a greater voice

Residents of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network area are being invited to attend the October meeting of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include plans to give communities more say on local issues and an update on the St Austell Resilient Regeneration project.

The Network Panel meeting will take place on Monday 16 October 2017 between 7pm and 9pm at the Burrows Centre, Lamellyn Road, Par, PL24 2DD

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There will be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The briefing from Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Tasha Davis, Community Link Officer for the area, will include information on empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

Rachael Bice, Head of Environmental Growth and Partnerships at Cornwall Council, will be giving an update on progress with the St Austell Resilient Regeneration (StARR) flood alleviation and regeneration project. The scheme, led by Cornwall Council, aims to work across the Par and Sandy River catchments to reduce flood risk to communities living and working in the St Austell Bay area, particularly the people of Par and St Blazey.

There will also be round the table updates from Cornwall Councillors and Town and Parish Councils on matters of interest across the network, and opportunity to share experiences.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

St Blazey Cornwall Councillor Pauline Giles and Chair of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel said: “I really encourage people to come along to the Network Panel meeting. These panel meetings are an important opportunity for local people to find out more about what’s happening in their local community and to have their say. Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more.”

The St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area. They progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners; including town & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of the eight Parish Councils (Boconnoc, Broadoak, Lanlivery, Luxulyan, St Sampson, St Veep, St Winnow and Tywardreath and Par) and three Town Councils (Fowey, Lostwithiel, St Blaise) in the community network area.

More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webpage. 

Posted 6 October 2017