WHAT WE STAND FOR:
- Devolution of amenities to local communities
- Keeping income-generating assets in public hands
- Supporting vulnerable people within communities
- Ensuring local facilities remain available
- Developing opportunities for local enterprises, including farming and fishing
The sense of community in Cornish towns and villages is inspiring.
But, as funding is cut, and Cornwall Council devolves the management of key services to town and parish councils, it’s increasingly important to ensure that communities work together to find solutions that benefit their residents.
We need a greater level of collaboration between Cornwall Council, town and parish councils, local business, community groups, unions, charities, faith groups and the volunteer sector, as well as much clearer signposting to the support and services available.
We recognise that many members of the Cornish community are at risk of isolation, including first-time parents, those needing residential support, and young adults who cannot afford to live independently.
We want to bring our communities together by developing inter-generational housing initiatives, to support the needs of all citizens of Cornwall.
Community centres have always been part of the fabric of small towns and villages, providing a vital social hub for the community. We want to develop the role of these spaces to be more inclusive for people of all ages and circumstances, and make them more responsive to the needs of the community.
Multi-use spaces can also be used to provide youth drop-in facilities, freecycling and freelending (of occasional use items), as well as being a place for community education programmes such as free classes in low-cost cooking and home budgeting.
Preserving Cornish heritage through the development of the Cornish language, the protection of historic sites, and the celebration of local festivals are at the heart of Cornish identity. We will encourage communities and schools to explore these events and traditions.
We support the exploration of our natural heritage through informal learning and play, and want to enable people of all ages in Cornwall to be inspired by nature.
The farming community is vital to the economy and identity of Cornwall, and young people must be encouraged to gain the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in farming.