We are delighted to be hosting our first Question Time style show – “Question on Cornish Stuff” – at The Old Bakery Studios, Truro next Wednesday (27th).
We will be joined by Cornwall’s leading politicians and public figures to debate the issues that matter to the people of Cornwall – and you get to set the questions and topics for the panel to answer, and comments will be allowed from the floor.
All we ask is that they are topics of Cornish interest, or on wider subjects and how they affect Cornwall. So, in a nutshell …. er… Questions on Cornish stuff.
So what will you ask about? Affordable Housing? Brexit? The Langarth deal?
Panelists will not have prior knowledge of the actual questions.
The whole thing will be filmed ‘as live’ and then broadcast ASAP on CornishStuff.com .
There is still time for you to get your FREE tickets. Just go to www.buytickets.at/oldbakerystudios where you can submit your questions. You will also be able to submit questions on the night . We ask a couple of questions about which political angle you are coming from, just to ensure a balanced audience.
Further details can be found at the Old Bakery’s ticket page or Facebook Event Page.
On the first panel, after his video proved popular with our readers, (!) will be Kevin Bennetts, the ‘firebrand’ housing campaigner, businessman and Newlyn Harbour Commissioner.
Kevin Bennetts, grew up on the family farm and went fishing at 18. In 1986 he started the fuel business Consols Oils which has become a significant local supplier, employing 16 staff.
Council cabinet member Cllr Sue James will be representing the current administration at County Hall. Sue is Lib Dem Councillor for St Just & Pendeen and is the Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection. Her area of responsibility includes the new Waste Strategy for Cornwall – she will deciding whether we have weekly or fortnightly collections.
Sue is also in charge of Street cleaning; Waterways, beaches and flood resilience; cemeteries, Historic Environment; Allotments and County Farms; Maritime Services; Fire and Rescue services amongst other things. The role also includes a seat on the Local Nature Partnership (LNP) Board.
What would you ask Sue?
Phil Seeva is the new leader of the Conservative Group at Cornwall council having taken over after May’s council elections, when the Conservatives took the largest amount of seats but couldn’t agree to form an administration with the Independents.
Cornwall Councillor for Menheniot, Phil, 47, is a public relations consultant and lives at Liskeard, where he is a former town Mayor.
Merv Davey, has used his position of Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh to be an outspoken defender and supporter of Cornish Culture, Language and Heritage – often using the respected position to criticise the politicians. A world renowned pipe player, he is the go-to expert on Cornish music. Merv completed his PhD on folk tradition and identity at the Institute of Cornish Studies in September 2011.
Cllr John Pollard is the ex Leader of Cornwall Council (2013 – 2017) and saw through the Devolution Deal and the Local Plan. He is still Cornwall councillor for Hayle North. A well liked and respected figure at County Hall, John was brought up in Hayle where his parents owned a sweet shop in Copperhouse.
Generations of children will remember Mr Pollard at Humphry Davy School, where he taught for 25 years, retiring in 2004 as Deputy Head teacher. He has also been a Hayle town councillor for 30 years.
Hosted by cornish Stuff Editor Milo Perrin
Join us on the 27th and put YOUR questions to the panel!