Liam Broderick is one of Newquays' own. He was born in Fore Street to a local fishing family, three generations of whom have worked from the harbour over the last 60 years.
As a boy Liam grew up as a 'harbour rat', getting under everyone's feet in and around the fishing vessels. His experience of the outdoors, the harbour and fishing community stayed with him as he grew up and inspired him to take a degree in marine biology at Plymouth University. He still lives locally in Treloggan.
Liam now works for the Environmental Agency helping manage our local rivers and beaches. He is also a fitness instructor and Newquay’s 'King' of Zumba running classes at Newquay Tretherras.
A Record of Action
Liam strongly believes Newquay can do more to help tackle climate change.
Below are just a few things he feels strongly about.
#1 Climate Emergency - There is no bigger issue at the moment. Towns like Penzance and Falmouth are going plastic free - Liam believes Newquay Town Council should declare a climate emergency. We can and should be leading the way on tackling climate change.
#2 Well-being and happiness of local residents - Tourism is massively important to our town but it is really important that the needs of local people are met and that happiness becomes a measure of the Town's success. A focus on healthy eating and fitness with the provision of outdoor gyms would be an easy win.
#3 Better and greener public transport links - If we are to maintain Newquay as the jewel in the crown of Cornwall we need to improve the sustainability of our current transport links to allow easy access for tourists as well as improve connectivity for local residents.
A Promise of More
If elected to Cornwall Council Liam will use his campaigning ability and environmental expertise to help bring Cornwall's Climate Change Action Plan to fruition. He believes it is possible to achieve a carbon neutral Cornwall by 2030 if we all work together. Locally he will work to ensure:
#1 A permanent solution to keep the boating lake clean and free from weed - For years, the local council has struggled to keep the boating lake free from weed, but Liam thinks he has the answer.
"The problem with the lake is that the weed is being fed by nutrients washed from farming activity up stream. What is needed is to separate the stream from the lake, similar to what they have done at Perranporth and Helston. That way the excessive nutrients will be removed from the lake itself and the weed will die away naturally."
#2 A safe and protected environment for the Gannel Estuary – A bylaw introducing speed limits and a seasonal ban on motorised watersports to protect free swimmers, paddleboarders and wading birds would be a bonus for people and planet – we could also include pontoons, a new launching area and watersport hire support.
#3 A park and ride with an additional stops at Newquay Zoo and Skate Park. This would have the benefit of allowing easy access to the town for tourists whilst reducing air pollution and keeping unnecessary traffic out of the town. In addition to tourist parking at the park and ride we should also look at providing electric scooter/bike hire here as well as the railway station.
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