well-chilled-out wrote:Well the beach has degenerated with a yuppy, mobile sandwich bar cause the estate's got no money 'cause the RNLI are shafting beach owners with increased charges which no-one can afford & do we need the RNLI anymore ? There's a debate so the carpark may as well become a dogging site as well for Gavin- just leave a few quid in the tin..
Angus Lamond on facebook wrote:While Cornwall's District Councils were intact, the RNLI incrementally manoeuvred itself towards a monopoly commercial (not charitable) contract with Cornwall Council (sidelining the specialist and long established SLSA who SHOULD be running Beach Safety in The Duchy via their network of SLSA clubs). Cornwall Council PAYS the RNLI under the terms of that commercial contract. The RNLI is busy cluttering Cornwall's beaches with suburbanising 'iconic' buildings (see doomed Fistral eyesore) and a surplus of noisy mechanical aids disturbing the beach scene and crushing the sea-life in the sand (as succinctly described by the Gwithian caller on the Laurence Reed Show today). The RNLI is red flag averse - putting business interests and cynical 'rescue' 'points' donation garnering publicity above public safety - just Google 'mass beach rescue rnli lifeguards cornwall' - testament to RNLI carelessness, insensitivity, foolishness and over-reliance on mechanical aids more than 'heroism'. Most beach rescues and medical assistance incidents take place on or in the water above the mean tidal foreshore. The Duchy of Cornwall claims ownership of Cornwall's foreshore up to the mean high water mark. The Duchy of Cornwall contributes NOTHING to beach safety provision on the Duchy's beaches. In fact, Cornwall Council PAYS a lot of money every year to The Duchy of Cornwall for public use of many of the beaches! So - Cornwall Council pays The Duchy for the public use of the Duchy owned foreshore AND additionally pays for the lifeguard service that patrols the Duchy owned foreshore! It's a shocking tale of yet another Duchy Of Cornwall abdication of its Public Authority duty, responsibility and provision (as in 'ripping off' the people of Cornwall - yet again 'n again 'n again!).
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