Friday, 21 June 2013

Worrying times for our Little Cornish Home.

When James and myself decided that we were tired of renting accommodation and effectively paying other people's mortgages for them we thought long and hard about buying our own place.

Being a first time buyer the process wasn't easy and it certainly wasn't cheap. But when we found our perfect little home, in a perfect location within our budget we were ecstatic.

There was nothing that could possible stop us now, with all our life savings put into the house, some rather hefty loans from both sets of parents and both of us selling our pride and joy classic cars we were the proud new owners of our very own home. From here on we thought that we had the security that we really wanted. We could paint the walls the colours we wanted, we could put shelves up without upsetting the landlord and we could build a home to eventually start a family in. Our lives were falling into place and although it's been hard work it has all been very much worth it.

The Journey has been far from easy we've had roofs off, leaks everywhere floors collapsing no bathroom for weeks and all this work completed mainly by just us two with a little help from an electrician, plasterer and plumber. We've put every last bit of time, energy and emotion into building our home.

We have worked solidly most evening and most weekends on the house for the past 9 months. It has put a strain on our relationship, a massive strain on our finances not to mention the sheer exhaustion of us both holding down full time jobs at the same time as doing up the house, but it is all worth it, building the house of our dreams and we love it.

Then we get the shattering news that Treliver minerals want to dig up the area to mine for tin. Now I know there are mixed views about Tin mining in Cornwall as it's a massive part of the Cornish heritage and it should be respected for shaping the county that we now live in. However iconic stone Cornish tin mines are a big difference to open cast tin mines right on your door step.
Is this really the future of the dream village we moved to?
Image courtesy of www.photo-zen.com
Attending the consultation event for the locals on Wednesday didn't really help us either, Treliver minerals were as good as politicians at keeping the truth from us and avoiding all questions by answering with an unrelated long winded answer completely avoiding the question asked. There were no maps of the proposed works, no planning application to view and therefore we left completely confused.

I want to thank Treliver Minerals for holding the consultation evening which they said they wanted to do to help the locals by explaining what 'might' be going on. But now we are left even more confused, we don't know the size of the project, we don't know how it will effect the environment, how it will effect the quality of life or even if the village will even have a life once they have finished. When they started talking compensation it became quite apparent to read between the lines that this was not a small project and would effect all of us.

We are now left with every feeling under the sun from anger, upset, confusion, fear and worry we've had several conversations and sleepless nights that our perfect little Cornish home in it's perfect village location might be ruined by the greed for profits from Treliver Minerals.

Until we know more about what will happen we feel quite empty and that the security of our future has potentially been ripped away from us. Until we know more there is not a lot to say but let's just say Ruthvoes might be a small village but we are a force to recon with.

If you want to keep up to date and help the villagers to save their village from the mine there is a Facebook group here that you can join and share information and discussions regarding the new mining plans.