TOWN TWINNING OPPORTUNITY

TOWN TWINNING

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  1. Irene Gledhill
    Irene Gledhill says:

    Given that we are in the middle of a global pandemic with borders closed, air travel restricted and untold misery caused by our high death rate do the council not feel that their efforts would not be better directed towards helping our village community at this very difficult time.

    As usual decisions will be made when in person meetings are not allowed, Could this not wait until a more appropriate time perhaps after the May elections,
    The proposition of additional visitors when time allows would no doubt be welcomed however considering we can’t manage to maintain and retain basic amenities such as public toilets should we not consider our infrastructure first.
    Has a feasibility study been carried out, has our school been consulted? Who will be project manager on this? Will it depend on volunteers? Will our residents be given the opportunity to have any input via a public meeting or as this already been agreed?

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    • Clerk
      Clerk says:

      Dear Mrs Gledhill,

      thank you for your response.

      It is respectfully pointed out that this is a ‘Town Twinning Opportunity’. That is, the matter has been raised and that exploratory discussion would have to be entered into, if agreed.

      It is not intended to arrange cross cultural visits in the foreseeable future. We are all very much aware of the current restrictions, imposed by the pandemic. However, that does not preclude consideration of an opportunity that may have benefits for the community in the future.

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  2. Irene Gledhill
    Irene Gledhill says:

    Can I ask the following questions please.

    1, How much Public money/Council tax does it cost the Tax payer per year if we are twinned?

    2, What are the benefits to our Local community, being twinned with a town in Italy?

    3, Who would get to go to this place and in return who from this place gets to come here?

    4, Who proposed that we should be twinned with this town and not any other towns?

    5, what Objective discussion and voting system will be used to obtain the twinning consent from the Local populace?

    6, Have any of our Local council been paid to/or have used public funds to go to this town or will they be in the future . Would this be deemed to be on our behalf? If so who?

    7, how much would it cost the local tax payer per year to send our Local council member to the twinned town?

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    • Clerk
      Clerk says:

      , How much Public money/Council tax does it cost the Tax payer per year if we are twinned?

      A: The contribution of the Parish has not yet been determined. It has, however, been suggested that a contribution might be the use of the Tintagel Community Hub building, as a space for Parishioners to visit, relax and enjoy the events set up. It should be noted that the costs, in such circumstances, would be off-set through income generated from other users of the facility. Therefore, the costs incurred by Parishioners, through the ownership of the TCH should, in effect, be reduced.

      The proposed project could also, therefore, sit favourably with the ideas of the Parish Council for that building.

      2, What are the benefits to our Local community, being twinned with a town in Italy?

      A: The cultural exchange and the suggested provision of amenities, to be in part financed by the Italian Council, are perceived to provide a potential benefit for the Parishioners of Tintagel. It has been suggested that qualified teachers would provide people with an opportunity to learn Italian and demonstrations would enable them to experience the culture of Abruzzo. A relaxing space for Parishioners could be created in order to facilitate the same.

      It is hoped that sporting events between the two areas will be created, with each area being invited to compete in the other’s country. It is anticipated that, eventually, a number of events, involving other sports/ activities would be introduced and then extended to include other areas of the county, the benefit of which would be the increased attendance of visitors to Tintagel, the increased opportunities for the development of sports in the Tintagel area, and the extension of the economic base of the Parish.

      A further stated intention of the Italian representative is to provide business exchange opportunities for local businesses and facilitate combined retail events.

      It has also been suggested that Tintagel and Cornwall could be marketed across Italy, as a holiday destination.

      3, Who would get to go to this place and in return who from this place gets to come here?

      A: It is anticipated that cultural and sporting opportunities will arise and any Parishioner/ Residents from either of the areas would have an opportunity to visit the other.

      Holiday type visits could also be arranged, enabling Parishioners to enjoy a holiday without the worry of arranging flights/ accommodation etc. This may be particularly beneficial for elderly Parishioners/ Parishioners with disability, and those with young families.

      It is proposed that the twinning would provide reciprocal opportunities.

      4, Who proposed that we should be twinned with this town and not any other towns?

      A: An invitation was received by the Parish Council, from the Mayor of Abruzzo, through Mr Aurelio Vandelli. Mr Vandelli is a businessman who frequently visits Tintagel, in his personal capacity, and feels a particular affinity with the area.

      5, what Objective discussion and voting system will be used to obtain the twinning consent from the Local populace?

      A: As has been clearly stated earlier, this process is currently being considered, no decision has been reached in respect of the same. Once a proposal has been agreed then the public will be consulted.

      6, Have any of our Local council been paid to/or have used public funds to go to this town or will they be in the future. Would this be deemed to be on our behalf? If so who?

      A: No Members of the Parish Council have been paid to visit the area – nor will they be paid to do so. This proposal is not intended to confer advantages on individuals, it will not provide ‘paid for excursions’. Any visits, even on behalf of the Parish Council, will be financed by the individuals themselves.

      It is respectfully suggested that you take time to view the Parish Council’s monthly accounts, as any such benefit would have to, by law, be recorded.

      7, how much would it cost the local tax payer per year to send our Local council member to the twinned town?

      Answered at number 6 (ibid).

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