Successful marketplace event and updates from Annual Town Meeting

Penzance Town Council held its 39th annual town meeting at St John’s Hall recently, combining a new ‘marketplace’ style event together with the more traditional open forum for the public to have their say.

Local community groups and voluntary organisations, including Active Plus, Plastic Free Penzance, Penzance & District Tourism Association and Penwith 50+ Forum were among those invited to participate in the marketplace, which took place prior to the annual meeting, giving them a chance to interact with each other and members of the public.

Hester Hunt, Town Clerk, said: “Our first marketplace event proved a great success, where we had 14 groups and organisations from different sectors of the community participate and actively get involved.

“From our perspective, it offered a great opportunity for these groups and organisations to meet each other, our local councillors and members of the public, and discuss potential ways of working collaboratively in the future. Feedback we’ve had about the event so far has been very positive, so it’s definitely something we’ll look at running again next year.”

The Annual Town Meeting followed immediately afterwards, allowing the invited groups and organisations, plus members of the public, to raise issues, put their questions to the Councillors and hear updates on matters raised at last year’s meeting.

As one of his final civic duties, the current Mayor of Penzance, Cllr Dick Cliffe, reported on the repair and resurfacing works being undertaken at Penzance Promenade (to be completed late June 2019), the work being done to protect residents and reduce anti-social crime in the parish (by introducing a new Town Hub and Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker over the next few months), the planned regeneration and development of Penzance Harbour, Newlyn Harbour and the new heliport, and the upcoming Tour of Britain race, likely to start in Penzance, in 2020.

Reports were also submitted and received from Cornwall Councillors whose wards cover the parish, and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nicole Broadhurst, delivered a positive report on the Town Council’s current and future financial position.

Drawing the meeting to a close, special thanks were given to Cllr Cliffe, who reaches the end of his term of office as Town Mayor next month. Cllr John Lambourn thanked Cllr Cliffe for his great work over the last two years, and the significant contribution he has made to implementing and progressing several partnerships during his tenure.

Cllr Cliffe said: “It has been an honour to serve the people and communities of Penzance, Newlyn, Gulval, Mousehole and Paul as their Mayor. It‘s also been my immense pleasure to work with my fellow councillors and the administrative team at Penzance Town Council, and I thank them wholeheartedly for their support during my term of office.

“I believe our parish has a very bright future, and I look forward to seeing the work we’ve done and plans we’ve put in place develop and come to fruition over the next few years. I also look forward to supporting our new Mayor, whoever they may be, as they take up the Chain of office next month.”