Climate breakdown – school pupils may walk out!

Well someone seems to have heard the warnings!

The people wrestling with their consciences should be the policymakers who do nothing!

School leaders are having to wrestle with their consciences over pupils joining the nationwide climate strike to be held on Friday afternoon, caught between their duties as teachers and instincts as educators.

Thousands of the more than 8 million school pupils in the UK are expected to walk out of lessons to show their concern about the threat of escalating climate change.


Cornwall’s biodiversity under threat!

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon
Who said this? ‘ … population growth and the continuing pressure from new development and activities such as tourism and farming will result in a decline of biodiversity’. Cornwall Council’s own ‘Sustainability appraisal’ in 2013. They are wilfully ignoring their own advice.

First the insects go then we go – Its as simple as that!

How many times have we heard (ignorant) people arguing that development is more important than butterflies or bees?
What many people don’t seem to recognise is that we are all part of the global ecosystem – we depend on a wide range of insects.

If they go we go, it’s as simple as that!

As the latest research tells us, things are getting serious.

Insects make up the majority of creatures that live on land, and provide key benefits to many other species, including humans. They provide food for birds, bats and small mammals; they pollinate around 75% of the crops in the world; they replenish soils and keep pest numbers in check. Many other studies in recent years have shown that individual species of insects, such as bees, have suffered huge declines, particularly in developed economies.

But this new paper takes a broader look. Published in the journal Biological Conservation, it reviews 73 existing studies from around the world published over the past 13 years.

The researchers found that declines in almost all regions may lead to the extinction of 40% of insects over the next few decades. One-third of insect species are classed as Endangered. “The main factor is the loss of habitat, due to agricultural practices, urbanisation and deforestation,” lead author Dr Francisco Sánchez-Bayo, from the University of Sydney, told BBC News. “Second is the increasing use of fertilisers and pesticides in agriculture worldwide and contamination with chemical pollutants of all kinds. Thirdly, we have biological factors, such as invasive species and pathogens; and fourthly, we have climate change, particularly in tropical areas where it is known to have a big impact.”

Some of the highlights of study include the recent, rapid decline of flying insects in Germany, and the massive drop in numbers in tropical forests in Puerto Rico, linked to rising global temperatures. Other experts say the findings are “gravely sobering”. “It’s not just about bees, or even about pollination and feeding ourselves – the declines also include dung beetles that recycle waste and insects like dragonflies that start life in rivers and ponds,” said Matt Shardlow from UK campaigners Buglife. “It is becoming increasingly obvious our planet’s ecology is breaking and there is a need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these dreadful trends. Allowing the slow eradication of insect life to continue is not a rational option.”


How to push up rental yields!

According to the quote below, private landlords can get higher rents where there is competition between, in this case students and other potential tenants.

Presumably the same applies in Cornwall where there is competition for housing from residents and those using properties for holiday lets!

What is the priority then – holiday lets or housing people?

Buy-to-Let Rental Yield Map 2018/2019
Head of Brand & Communications, Mark Moloney, said: “Year after year, there’s a constant flux of students looking for somewhere to bed down for the night, so it’s no surprise that university cities offer landlords the highest buy-to-let yields. Demand is high, and landlords may use this as an opportunity to drum up competition between tenants and push rental yields higher.

600 jobs for 600 houses in Hayle – no better off!

Cornwall Council is about to spend money to redevelop Hayle harbour and build houses.

Redevelopment of the harbour to create new jobs is to be welcomed but not the building of more houses.

Demand for housing in Cornwall is driven by in-migration rather than local need, the number of new houses required to meet the former is limited.

And on balance creating 600 extra jobs for 600 extra households is not a gain in jobs!

The population of Hayle will not be able to benefit from more jobs!

A £15.8m plan to redevelop a Cornish harbour, which includes homes and other infrastructure, is to be discussed by Cornwall Council’s cabinet.
The council has been in negotiations with landowner for much of Hayle Harbour – Sennybridge Hayle Ltd – on the proposals, which include the acquisition of Riviere Fields, a parcel of land at the site, as well as the funding and delivery of on-site infrastructure. The programme is estimated to cost £15.76m, with a £5.65m grant to be agreed with Homes England to deliver on-site infrastructure to accelerate the development of a comprehensive regeneration scheme on land owned by Sennybridge Hayle. The site was in receipt of £23m worth of enabling works for development in 2013.

The report filed ahead of the council’s cabinet meeting on 13 February 2019 said: “Following acquisition the council will use the funding secured through the approval of this report to develop a reserved matters planning application for the Riviere Fields site. “The site will be considered for the delivery of 140 homes through the Housing Development Programme with the remainder of the land potentially developed for a market sale led housing scheme through a joint venture, a council selected private developer or by the council itself.A further report on the development approach will be brought to cabinet for approval.

“A council intervention to accelerate development will unlock a series of significant and wide ranging benefits for the residents of Hayle and Cornwall. These include the delivery of approximately 600 new homes and the creation of 600 new jobs within the Hayle economic area.”

Mabe houses – majority object but recommended for approval!

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon Of the public comments on plans to build 27 unwanted and unecessary houses at Mabe 99.4% are opposed. Yet Cornwall’s planners are still recommending it for approval. Clearly the idea of a ‘listening council’ has not yet percolated through to Truro.