Hopes rise that St Ives land sell-off won't happen
LAND adjacent to two public gardens could be transferred to St Ives community as part of a "wider devolution package" instead of being sold off by Cornwall Council.
The good news comes after Cornwall councillor Tim Andrewes carried out a consultation on the future of the plant nurseries at Trewyn Gardens in St Ives and Chy an Gweal in Carbis Bay and then took its results to County Hall.
Both areas of land had been earmarked for sale by cash-strapped Cornwall Council.
Many people in St Ives regard Trewyn Gardens as the town's hidden "green lung".
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Polytunnels and sheds were sited on both parcels of land until recently and used by Cornwall Council gardeners to grow shrubs, plants and grasses for the adjacent formal gardens.
They were declared redundant after nursery work was consolidated in one central site elsewhere.
The survey showed the overwhelming majority of people wanted to see the site at Trewyn become an open space, extending the existing gardens, creating an outdoor performance space, a child's play area or a community growing project.
Councillor Andrewes was keen to secure the land after reporting St Ives has significantly less play space than other Cornish towns – 68 per cent below the average – and still has a substantial waiting list for allotments.
Now he has reported that Cornwall Council has suggested it may be prepared to transfer the land to St Ives Town Council.
He said: "Cornwall Council has indicated that the transfer of these parcels of land to the town council could take place as part of a wider devolution package for St Ives. There is still a lot of negotiation to be done.
"This has been reported to the town council's devolution panel and there will be negotiations on this matter over the coming months."