Newquay's MP, Stephen Gilbert, has today welcomed the Liberal Democrat Communities & Local Government Minister, Stephen Williams, to Newquay to see for himself the impact of derelict hotels on the town.
The Minister met with Stephen Gilbert MP, Cllr Joanna Kenny (Pentire Ward), Cllr Geoff Brown (Portfolio Holder for Homes and Communities; and Newquay Central Ward) and Cllr Edwina Hannaford (Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Planning) at the site of the former Fistral Bay Hotel in Pentire; before holding a private meeting about the issue at Newquay's Town Council offices.
Stephen Gilbert has campaigned for Government action on derelict hotel sites and tabled a Parliamentary Motion on the issue earlier this year calling for a tax on developers that sit on sites without regenerating them, and introduce powers for the council to reclaim the costs of making sites safe from the owner.
Stephen Gilbert said:
"I was delighted to welcome the Minister to Newquay so he could see this issue for himself. I've discussed it many times with him in Westminster, but by bringing him to Newquay he was able to hear from others in the community and visit this particular eyesore of a site.
"As the local MP, I'm determined to tackle this issue. These derelict sites are a blight on the town and pose a real risk of danger. I'm pleased to have had the Minister's support to date and look forward to continuing to raise this issue with Government."