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6,000 in call for Cornwall re-think

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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A "glorious revolution" has exploded in Cornwall where nearly 6,000 people have forced contentious plans for a public/private sector union back into the debating chamber.

In less than three weeks, a petition declaring outright opposition to Cornwall Council joining forces with a private firm to create an independent enterprise has roared through a crucial threshold.

Independent councillor Andrew Wallis said it was a measure of the unease Cornish people felt over the deal which would mean council core services run by the new firm.

He called on council leader Alec Robertson and Chief Executive Kevin Lavery to take note of the mood on the streets.

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"People often sit back and just get on with their lives," he said.

"But when something like this happens they realise that they have got to get up and man the barricades to fight against privatisation.

"It's the glorious revolution."

In August, an extraordinary meeting of the cabinet of Cornwall Council rubber stamped proposals to set up an independent joint venture with a private firm.

The new company would run a myriad of services for Cornwall Council and in theory they would be able to bid for work from other organisations.

Council chiefs say the £800 million contract could save the authority at least £2.5 million a year.

But opposition to the deal – and the way it was forced through despite most councillors voting against it – has been fierce.

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  • Phil_lip  |  October 02 2012, 2:49PM

    It appears I have to be careful what I post and link to as another story vanished after I responded to Big_ger with some vital information from a government website that records can be accessed from. So with that in mind all I would like to say is congratulations Corrnwall for moving on this, but we still have 2 months before the official ending of the petition so keep signing as at least 100,000 or so people must see the sense in this not happening and that really would hit it home democratically as something the people don't want.

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  • robertwebber1  |  October 02 2012, 2:27PM

    Don't stop signing if you have not yet. 5,000 signatures is not the end but the beginning its vital campaigners keep the pressure up until this policy is stopped. 3986 on the online version sounds like at least 6,000 total but I'am sure many more petitions have not been handed in to Cornwall Council or Cllr Wallis so get them in and keep collected in your neighbourhoods. http://tinyurl.com/9tfbvw6 P42ID210201213392"

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  • shagrats  |  October 02 2012, 2:27PM

    I find it funny that when you post a link to the website to sign the petition on it doesn't work on here. just type into google Cornwall Council petitions, go to the bottom of the page and you will see a link that says The Council's e-petition website is available at: http://tinyurl.com/9xomsa8 Click on that link and go to live petitions and that will take you to the list. Choose Strategic partnership for shared services and you should get there, Sign this now and post a link on your facebook to it. This is BS and Alec Robertson and Chief Executive Kevin Lavery need a change of scenery ASAP. This is the first step to enable that.

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  • Fistral20  |  October 02 2012, 1:35PM

    A brilliant example of people power standing up against the so called "democratic process" of local government. Robertson should resign immediately, as his Cabinet is trying to impose their own personal interests over the wishes of the rest of the Council and the electorate. Even if the 2.5m a year savings are achieved, and I've no idea how they calculated that figure, it would still take 320 years to realise the savings based on a contract of £800m - good economics or what? Another farce from Cornwall CC, who have now perfected the art of idiocy.

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  • Big_Ger  |  October 02 2012, 10:23AM

    Good stuff, about time too. Nice to see the people of Cornwall can be bothered to stand up and be counted when a matter is of import. It's also good to show the goons at county hall they are not omnipotent.

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  • jadedoldie  |  October 02 2012, 9:27AM

    Quite agree about the ads,Gurnards_Head, today I,m trying to read around Western Union's offering, Most annoying!

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  • DuporthBob  |  October 02 2012, 9:25AM

    @Gurnards_Head If you use Google Chrome internet browser, try using http://tinyurl.com/jlroe

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  October 02 2012, 9:13AM

    APOLOGIES FOR THE SPELLING AND GRAMMAR BUT A BLASTED ADVERT FOR DAVIS LLOYD LEISURE WAS OBSCURING THE COMMENT BOX PREVENTING ME CHECKING THE POST. HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THAT THE ADVERTS HERE ARE BECOMING EVER MORE INTRUSIVE?

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  October 02 2012, 9:10AM

    A peaceful revolution is long overdue, the unelected officers at Lys Kernow have brought democracy to its knees and their unwanted excessea compound as their grip on power increases. However ther is always a tipping point when the people affected are pushed too far, I wager that the people of Cornwall are now at that point so let battle commence.

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