Agenda and dates of speakers

 

There will be five sessions over six weeks – see dates below

Where: St Marys Church Penzance

Time: 7pm to 9pm 

These are closed panel sessions. They are not open to the public

The aim is to provide a safe, relaxed space for panel members to discuss and deliberate among themselves. Presentations by expert speakers will be published the website for anyone to comment on – but please read our conversation guidelines. Please click the UPDATES button below in order to ensure you get a copy of these.

The challenge set for the panel:

“High housing costs, low paid insecure work, eviction and homelessness are all issues that blight local communities in Cornwall, including Penzance. How can we as a community come together to address these issues?”

Session 1: Thursday 17th October 7pm to 9pm

7pm – 8pm: Introductions and Welcome

  • project team and panel members introduce each other
  • Explanation of how this will work
  • Agree conversation guidelines
  • Background Information brief
  • Any questions

8.00pm – 8.30pm: Sid Reed from Breadline Project

20 minute presentation followed by Q and A

Session 2 Thursday 31 October 7pm to 9pm 

7.00pm to 7.35pm: 3 x 10 minute presentations 

  • Dave Clift, Area Organiser for USDAW Union
  • Sheila Hutchins, Citizens Advice
  • Lynne Coakley Dyer,  Penzance Street Food Project

As part of the presentations, speakers will set out a key policy recommendation that they would like to see the citizens panel endorse, giving their reasons why.

7.35pm to 7.40pm: short break 

7.40 to 8.00pm: Question and Answer

Q and A, discussion with speakers on their presentations, after which speakers are free to leave.

8.00pm to 8.10pm: Tea break

8.10pm to 8.40pm: Review speaker presentations

General reflection and discussion on what has been said. Set out some key points

Session 3: Thursday 7th November 7pm – to 9pm

7.00pm to 7.35pm: 3 x 10 minute presentations 

  • personal testimony by someone who has struggled with housing issues (name with-held)
  • Cllr Cornelius Olivier presentation
  • Penzance Town councillor Dick Cliffe, ex Mayor and ex chair of Penzance Chamber of Commerce. He will be speaking in a personal capacity.

As part of the presentations, speakers will set out a key policy recommendation that they would like to see the citizens panel endorse, giving their reasons why.

7.35pm to 7.40pm: short break

7.40 to 8.00pm: Question and Answer

Q and A, discussion with speakers on their presentations, after which speakers are free to leave.

8.00pm to 8.10pm: Tea break

8.10pm to 8.40pm: Review speaker presentations

Session 4: Thursday 14th November 7pm to 9pm

7.00pm to 7.35pm: 3 x 10 minute presentations 

  • presentation by Allister Young, CEO of Coastline Housing
  • Cornwall Landlords Association (Ruth Clarke), presentation on housing and homelessness issues from a Landlords viewpoint
  • presentation by Cllr Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Housing

As part of the presentations, speakers will set out a key policy recommendation that they would like to see the citizens panel endorse, giving their reasons why.

7.35pm to 7.40pm: short break

7.40 to 8.00pm: Question and Answer

Q and A, discussion with speakers on their presentations, after which speakers are free to leave.

8.00pm to 8.10pm: Tea break

8.10pm to 8.40pm: Review speaker presentations

Session 5: Thursday 21st November 7pm to 9pm

Decision time – no more presentations

Panel members will review all the policy recommendations by each of the 9 speakers. The aim is to come to a consensual understanding. They will either endorse or reject the recommendations, giving their reasons why. They are also free to come up with their own recommendations. Where there is disagreement and no clear common ground, we will resort to prioritising and voting.

The recommendations endorsed by the citizens panel, along with any recommendations of their own,  will form the core of the report. This will be submitted to Penzance Town Council, Cornwall Council, the sitting MP and local constituency parties in the St Ives parliamentary constituency.