I am an Information Professional who has spent 30 years working in education. The last 20 years were spent at Cornwall College St Austell supporting students and staff with research and IT. I am organised, enthusiastic, passionate, and tenacious. I am a lifelong dinghy sailor and a member of Porthpean Sailing Club where I served on committee in a variety of roles including Honorary Secretary.
I grew up on a London overflow Council Estate. My family was a family of Labour voters and my brother was the first of the wider family to go to university and I was the second. My father was evacuated to Cornwall, loved his time here & stayed in touch with his evacuee family holidaying every year until he was able to move back when I was an adult. Cornwall was always the place I wanted to live & work. I was finally successful in 2001 moving to St Austell & working at the college.
Despite those lifetime connections to Cornwall, it wasn’t until we were living here & I was supporting teenagers & adults at college, that I started to appreciate the barriers that exist. The seasonal nature of the low paid work. The inability of anyone on an average Cornish wage to buy a home. The high cost of water rates. The problems of youngsters not being able to find well paid regular work here so have to move upcountry. The lack of opportunities breeding a culture of low aspirations. The number of sofa surfers amongst our young. Few opportunities for affordable retraining for adults. Then came austerity. In the last 10 years, Government funding to local authorities has fallen by almost 50%. So I joined the Labour Party to work for change because this area deserves better. From the first meeting, I have been heavily involved. Running the social media, creating the website, supporting two excellent socialist candidates with their online General Elections campaigns so that Labour are now the alternative option to the Conservatives but I have never stood for election myself before.
So why am I standing now?
We need more Labour Councillors. We currently have 4 out of 123 but they have done amazing work over the last 4 years. Jayne Kirkham’s policy on procurement means that more Cornwall Council money will be spent in Cornwall and with businesses that pay a living wage supporting our local economy. Cornelius Olivier has just had the recommendations of his review into the private rental sector accepted by the Council - it will enforce high standards for the private rental sector in some towns, improve security for renters, & increase the number of council/social rented homes available. These are great achievements that will help Cornwall as we struggle post-Covid. The pandemic has hit Cornwall’s economy particularly hard with the discrepancy between salaries & rental & house prices, with the huge numbers of small family businesses & self-employed who have had little or no Government support. Think about what we could do with more Labour councillors!
The number of Councillors has been reduced to 87 making large electoral divisions. This division will be a challenge. It stretches around the coast from Portmellon to Carlyon Bay then inland to Tregrehan Mills. Each community will have different issues and it will need both a good communicator and one that is adept at using different communication methods to ensure that your voices are heard. I am both of those things & passionate at working to improve life opportunities for all.
Please support my campaign,
Kay F. Ecclestone
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My pledges to you
It is more difficult than ever for young people to get onto the property ladder due to low wages and ever rising prices.
I will campaign to ensure that new local developments provide a greater proportion of genuinely affordable housing, and Cornwall Council expands its own provision of affordable houses to rent or buy
The new Electoral Division covers a coastal & rural area with various communities (Portmellon, Mevagissey, Tregiskey, Pentewan, Trenarren, Porthpean, Duporth, Charlestown, Carlyon Bay, & Tregrehan Mills) all of whom may have different issues & concerns.
I will listen to all your varied voices, have regular contacts with you in person or digitally and represent your concerns with equal passion and dedication.
The pandemic has highlighted 10+ years of underfunding in our public services. It has thrown light on the working conditions in many of the roles that society relies on.
I will continue to fight to protect our NHS, mental health support and our care workers. I will work to improve the terms & conditions of our key workers, improve access to education and support any initiative that supports life chances.