Local campaigner Steven Daniell has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the vacancy on the Town Council representing Newquay Treviglas – which covers Porth and St Columb Minor.
Having worked for many years in the travel industry, Steven has recently set up his own on-line travel business. As a qualified chef, he also works in the delicatessen of a local Newquay supermarket. Steven says “I am pleased at the way my new enterprise is taking off but I am lucky that in these uncertain economic terms, my qualifications and experience give me the fallback of regular employment to ensure the bills are paid while I develop my own business”
Steven is pleased at the opportunity to put himself forward for the vacancy on the Town Council for the Newquay Treviglas ward. There are several different issues that he believes the Town Council should address.
Steven says “first and foremost, I believe we should be more active in campaigning for the future of Newquay Hospital and its essential role in our Community; we know that the funding limitations is forcing change but I believe that Newquay Hospital is ideally situation to be one of the proposed Urgent Care Centres – and we should be saying so loud and clear”.
Another area where he wants to contribute is the contentious topic of the Town Council budget. Steven says “With government cuts making it inevitable that overall Council Tax will rise, it’s no time for the Town Council to be over charging residents. The Town Council tax bill has more than doubled in the last three years and that’s got to mean that budgets have been set generously. And in my experience, over generous budgets lead to waste and extravagance. I’ve listened to what my Lib Dem colleagues are saying about rebates not being paid out to residents, that’s particularly unfair to the residents of Porth and St Columb Minor who have not seen much of an increased service coming from these huge rises”.
Other aspirations include campaigning for the return of a proper bus service - Steven thinks Minor and Porth are particularly badly served – and trying to solve the perennial problem of roads, traffic and parking in the Porth Bean Road area. Steven said “When you add in the recent planning applications for garden grabbing and cliff development, there’s an awful lot of work to do – but that’s what makes it interesting.”