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19 March 2014

Valley manager talks about ski slope plans on Radio Cornwall

The Valley’s manager has appeared on BBC Radio Cornwall to discuss plans for a dry ski-slope at the Killiow Estate, near Truro.

As we’ve blogged before, plans have been put forward to build a dry ski slope just a few miles away from The Valley’s pet-friendly cottages.

The application was submitted to Cornwall Council a few weeks ago and was due to be discussed by the Council’s planning committee on Monday afternoon.

It has proved a divisive topic, with some people who live near the Killiow Estate opposed to the idea of a dry ski slope being built in park land.

Ahead of the vote on whether to agree the plans, which had already been recommended for refusal by planning officers, Valley manager David Reynolds spoke out on BBC Radio Cornwall.

He told lunch time talk show host Laurence Reed he was in favour of the plans.

“It’s absolutely a good idea,” he said. “It’ll help attract visitors to Cornwall, and offer a wider choice of activities and sports.

“It’s an amazingly good idea.”

David said he was surprised the plans had been recommended for refusal “given some of the more questionable projects which have been approved in the area,” such as wind turbines.

“Here you have a private company prepared to take a risk to invest significantly in a project which has serious potential to improve the attractiveness of the Truro area,” he said.

“There aren’t many leisure activities in the area and here at The Valley we find ourselves promoting businesses a little further from us than we’d like. It would be nice to be able to promote an attraction around the corner.

David’s contribution to the debate was hailed as refreshing by show host Laurence, and it seems likely his views  will be aired again in the near future, after Cornwall Council postponed its decision on whether to allow the plans or not.

The council’s planning committee members decided they wanted to see the site for themselves before making a decision, and will meet again following a site visit. 

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