Close on the heals of the Bishop of Truro's tacky PR escapade with a bulldozer on the
'Royal' Cornwall Showground in the north of the Duchy of Cornwall described HERE,a member of the British Royal family is now threatening to come,on June 6th 2008, all the way from England to the fourth country of mainland Britain, The Duchy of Cornwall, to compound establishment folly further by giving a replacement pavilion building, the 'Pavilion Centre',on the Royal Cornwall Showground her ill-researched and ill-founded stentorian stamp of approval.
As can be seen from the planning document extracts attached as images to this story, this building has been constructed on the back of a fundamentally flawed and, indeed, fraudulent planning application which claims that the Royal Cornwall Showground site has never experienced flooding! (Anyone who doubts CN's reporting of historical fact in this matter can find additional local press confirmation HERE.) Had the document been truthfully completed a full environmental impact assessment of landscape impact and flood risk potential would most likely have been required, particularly in view of the 20,000 metres of flood inducing tarmac hardstanding plastered upon the site in 2005 without planning permission - a complication to be avoided, it seems.
This despite the fact that the 'Royal' in question ,HRH The Princess Royal Princess Anne, was herself forced to don wellies and abandon the site in the middle of the 3 day Royal Cornwall Show in 1993, the year after the natural drainage and environment of the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge in the north of the Duchy of Cornwall was wrecked by the events described HERE and was forced to shut down half way through its three days to protect livestock and the public from injury arising from the quagmire of mud, slithering bulls, trapped vehicles and mud morassed exhibition marquees, trade stands, catering tents and livestock shelters.
Needless to say, such is the vicariously derived arrogance of the administrators of the Royal Cornwall Show that nothing has ever been done to acknowledge, accept responsibility for and put right the longlasting harm done to downstream residents by the consequences of their land mismanagement and dereliction.
Of course, in this current world of spin and mirrors where lip service is paid to the fundamental and profound changes in behaviour and lifestyle choices that will be necessary to adapt to the imperatives forced upon us by the extreme climate change future to which we have made a major contribution, such contradictory behaviour evidenced in the background and presentation of this replacement Pavilion building is par for the course in a world where we appear to be determinedly and suicidally unable to wean ourselves quickly enough from the fossil fuel addiction that has been allowed to insinuate itself into the weft and weave of every minute of our daily lives.
This replacemnt Pavilion building on the Royal Cornwall Showground is yet another case in point.It is being touted as a 'green' building festooned with recyclable this and recyclable that, low energy this and low energy that. However, in parallel with such greenwash PR spin this fraudulently procured Pavilion building is also being promoted as the basis of extreme fossil fuel consumption dependent events. This transparent hypocrisy of course is again unsurprising when the Royal Cornwall Showground has been the main driver,throughout the last forty years, of extreme skyline urbanisation and overdevelopment of the high ground between an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) and an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to the south and west of the small
country town of Wadebridge and visible for up to twenty miles on a clear day . ALL planning appeals by developers that have been heard by the Planning Inspectorate in the previous pavilion building on the Royal Cornwall Showground have been found in favour of their respective developers, even when all the democratically elected councils and appointed regulatory bodies have been firmly opposed to the applications being determined.ATTACHED are pictures of the ugly high profile buildings that have mushroomed on the showground and next to it in the years since the showground ceased to be held at different venues across Cornwall and installed itself on this fixed and previously open field uncluttered farmland location in the 1960s.This high ground overdevelopment influence has again been manifested within the last year with planning permission being given to a massively disproportianate hotel to join the Filling Station,Tesco Supermarket and
grossly domineering industrial units that have all been allowed to congregate on the high ground of St Breock and intrude upon the daytime and night-time skyline and landscape through huge buildings and harsh widely intrusive night lighting.
Of course the now verifiably corrupt Charity that runs the Royal Cornwall Show, The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, is not too keen on democracy in action in any case. A curiously anachronistic and feudal method of maintaining the influence of the titled land owning aristocracy within the council and trustees of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association is this:
Each year a landowner,titled aristocrat or some other dignitary of profile is appointed President - 2008 Lady Banham (who???). At the end of their Presidency they then automatically join the long list of ex-president Vice Presidents who continue to be involved as trustees and members of the Council thereby maintaining their grip on the style and management of this archaic and feudal organisation.
HERE is the List of Trustees.
Scrutinise the list - Try this game - 'Spot The Toff!'
For those who may have missed it, a copy of Old Muckspreader's piece in Private Eye about the destruction of the landform of the upper reaches of Holy Valley in the parish of St Breock in the year before the flood of 1993 is also attached to this story HERE.
Those who may have missed it and would like to test their knowledge of the Corrupt Charity known as the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association can have a go at
'The Biggest and Best (And Muckiest Yet!) Farmyard Quiz' - HERE
Those who may be interested in how it may be seen that, by maintaining such sycophantic relations with Royalty and titled landowners and not opening itself up to wider involvement of the people of Cornwall in its affairs, the Royal Cornwall Show administrators do Cornwall and her people a dis-service and are actually aiding and abetting, preventing and inhibiting Cornwall's evolution towards the kind of levels of autonomy and self goverance within the UK now being attained by the two other Celtic countries of the British mainland, Scotland and Wales, might like to study the writings of historian John Angarrack in his new book 'Scat t’Larrups?' obtainable HERE and also
follow Mr Angarrack's recently launched and evolving website at www.duchyofcornwall.eu .It opens the Pandora's box of the historical and continuing abuse and exploitation of Cornwall and her people and resources by external agencies and individuals in the neighbouring country of England.