Church banner “torn down” by Council

'Spiteful & petty'

Supporters of a church’s plans to create a new multi-use centre were shocked to discover that council staff had ripped down a banner advertising the project.

by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

All Saints Church in Highertown, Truro, is planning ‘The 10 10 Lifehouse Project’ which will create a new home for a number of community groups including those which help the homeless.

The church had put up a banner in a bid to encourage fundraising for the project but supporters were shocked when it was pulled down unannounced by staff from Cormac working for Cornwall Council.

Artists impressions of the planned Truro Lifehouse Project

 

Artists impressions of the planned Truro Lifehouse Project

Stuart Roden, a member of the project group and Truro city councillor for Truro Trehaverne ward, said: “The 10-10 Lifehouse project at All Saints church Highertown is a brilliant project.

“The church had put a banner up to advertise the fundraising campaign for the project on the verge outside the church.

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Truro Councillor Stuart Roden

“Last Wednesday morning at 8.15am Cormac turned up and tore up the posts and moved the banner on the basis the the verge adjacent to the church is ‘Cornwall Council land’.

The banner was torn and damaged and the posts thrown into the church car park.
“There was no warning or attempt to discuss this with the church or even to ask them to move it onto church property.
“This seems very spiteful and petty. The project is to create a community facility which hosts the food bank and clothes bank.”
In response Cornwall Council said: “Unfortunately, two banners had to be removed, on safety grounds, from a roadside verge where they were considered to be a distraction to motorists at a popular pedestrian crossing point. The removed signs were then handed back over to a church representative. All reasonable care was taken to reduce any damage to the banners but one of the posts that was concreted into the ground had to be cut off at the base.
“In circumstances such as this, where we feel safety is an issue, we are obliged to take immediate action and it is not always practical to contact representatives in advance.  We would be happy to discuss the matter further with the church should there be an ongoing concern.”

The church website describes the Lifehouse project stating: “This project’s aim is to redevelop our community facilities so that they better support and encourage the good work of others, in the best possible way; and to create new opportunities for the church and other organisations to help the most vulnerable in our society. The new development will offer everything you expect from a well planned and built community facility, but in addition we have a particular concern for people who struggle most with life. The Truro Lifehouse will be a place for everyone.

“The 10 10 Project seeks to transform our community facilities so that they are fit to serve our rapidly growing community, and to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.”

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