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CORNWALL - Environment


The simple fact is that the environment sells Cornwall as a tourist location. Almost surrounded by sea, unspoiled moorland, unique flora all contribute to a natural wonderland where time all but stands still. This is not to say that throughout history Cornwall has been protected from urbanisation and industry. Mining is Cornwall is almost as old as the county itself and despite the fact that many mines only closed as late as the 1950s the 'residue' forms an attraction in its own right. Here at Sphinx, we can see the remains of 30 mines from a single window and you can take our word for it, this is far from unpleasant. But there is a sentimentality attached to old buildings. Were our view to be of 30 active industrial units made from blocks and 'crinkly tin' then out take on it would be very much different.


This is the dilemma facing tourism globally. We find a place we like, a place with beauty, charm and personality; we make the decision to promote it, build roads to it, put in the odd airport, supplement with a shed load of hotels, fast food joints and 24 hour drinking dens and then wonder why people no longer wish to come back. Locations such as Cornwall desperately need changes to its infrastructure to support the local population (as well as tourism), but uncontrolled change can 'kill the goose that laid the golden egg'. As such we are campaigning for the introduction of a co-ordination officer within Cornwall Council to help check that change for the good in one direction is not change for the worse in others.

To this end, we are looking at working with organisations with a vested interest in the environment (for example the Royal Geographical Society) to produce a compelling case.

Infrastructure is the big spend area of tourism and almost completely in the hands of local and central government. At best Sphinx can only voice opinions and lobby for productive and sympathetic change (where it is essential). It is our view that the opinions of the local population should count as much in the planning stage as that of politicians, planners, engineers and companies with commercial interests is seeing major contracts being put out to tender.


"Bypass tender won by offshore corporation". 'You missed a bit!