Bodmin – boom or bust?

At the end of October residents of Bodmin had an opportunity to look at plans for the regeneration obliteration of Bodmin.

FAR-REACHING proposals to regenerate Bodmin into a booming town have been unveiled to residents.

MULTIMILLION-pound plans to encourage the growth and prosperity of Bodmin have been hailed as a golden opportunity for the town to expand into a vibrant centre for trade and employment.

Bodmin mayor Ken Stubbs, said: “Although I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things that have been proposed, the majority of the ideas will certainly give Bodmin a real boost and we will have to see if the majority of residents support them.     “I want to see Bodmin expand, with more jobs created, which will bring more shops into the town. 

Cornwall councillor for Bodmin St Leonards, Pat Rogerson, said: “I think the development is fantastic for Bodmin. A lot of people want to see bigger stores and bigger facilitates but that won’t happen with the current population in the town, so it’s not going to happen overnight.

HUNDREDS of jobs will come to Bodmin with Cornwall Council expected to announce that a planned office complex on the former St Lawrence’s Hospital site will now be expanded to cater for 675 workers, 

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Comment   What do these comments tell us?   Well for a start there is a lot of misinformation.   References to Bodmin ‘booming’ and becoming a ‘vibrant town’.  Sounds great but what these terms really mean is that Bodmin will have a population explosion with 3,000 new dwellings and 10,000 more people.   Such an increase in population will not lead to prosperity.    Supporters of the plans seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that Bodmin had grown substantially over the last 50 years without creating a ‘boom town’.

Ah we missed the point – more people therefore more big shops!   Just what we all need.  So that’s the culmination of civilization as we know it – shopping!

Never mind that expanding the population by 70% is completely unsustainable.

Never mind that man-made climate change is a reality and it’s getting worse.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), atmospheric CO2 grew more rapidly last year than its average rise over the past decade.    Concentrations of methane and nitrous oxide also broke previous records.  Thanks to carbon dioxide and these other gases, the WMO says the warming effect on our climate has increased by almost a third since 1990.

Oh, and in case the news has not yet reached Bodmin, the retail sector is changing fast.  The concept of  physical stores on the ground is rapidly being undermined by technological change.

And does anyone really think that basing the towns economy on encouraging people to drive to Bodmin is really a good idea?

Obviously some people do.

And the new jobs?  Well some of those are jobs which are being moved from one location to another – they are not new.  And any new jobs? Sorry but those will be needed for the new residents.   Implying that these are needed for ‘our young people’ is to say the least disingenuous.

Lets have a reality check; don’t get overwhelmed by the hot air generated by talk of ‘regeneration’ ; and, think very carefully about what you really want for the future!


One comment on “Bodmin – boom or bust?

  1. From 1991 to 2011 the number of houses in Bodmin grew by 29% and the population by 17%, both rates far faster than Cornwall as a whole, which was in turn far faster than the UK as a whole. So at what point does Cllr Rogerson declare the population of Bodmin to be sufficient for all that optimal shopping experience? When it’s the size of Truro? Or Plymouth? Or perhaps Bristol?

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