Marcella Morgan standing in Trescobeas for Falmouth Town Council
I moved to Falmouth from Birmingham in 1980. I have 4 children and 2 grandsons all born here. I enjoy cooking especially for friends and family. I live on Longfield and have done for over 30 years. I love where I live, there is a good mix of young and elderly, there is a strong community spirit and we all help each other out.
I have had different jobs that had to fit in with my children - at Budock Hospital with the mentally handicapped, at Tesco's, as a personal carer and and at Boslowick Garage, all work where I met a lot of people. Now that my kids are grown up I'm studying towards an Open University Degree in Social Science, because what interests me is people, and I love talking to them as anyone who knows me can tell you!!
I believe in free lifelong learning for all, such as Open University that Labour introduced in the 1960's, as well as proper training and apprenticeships for our young, and universal access to the universities for all, not just those who can afford it.
I see lots of homes have been built or made available to the students in Falmouth over the last 10 years or so. Well, we need housing for all our young people, either at affordable rents or truly affordable to buy. If housing can be built and found for the students then so can it for everyone, and before more people are priced out. I support the Labour Group's push for the Article 4 Directive that will limit the number of HMO's (Houses in Multiple Occupation) within Falmouth. Shame it wasn't done earlier, like in other university towns, but it will help to prevent more family homes being lost.
The student bus service has been great for Falmouth, but there are no buses in Longfield and many other parts of Falmouth before 9am or after 6pm. That's no use to working people or people without cars to get to Treliske, if they close Falmouth Hospital.
Many of us have used Falmouth Hospital for minor injuries, x-rays and also for the elderly who are cared for there. Where will these people go if it closes? Many homes have already closed down. Social Care has had so much funding taken away this will just result in more bed-blocking in Treliske because care packages cannot be put in place. When I was a carer we were allowed 30 minutes to 1 hour for spend with vulnerable and sick clients. Now they have 10 minute calls, barely enough time to say hello. Even back then, I used to spend a lot of my own unpaid time with clients. I know that many poorly paid carers are still doing the same now, and our elderly deserve more care. We need Falmouth Hospital to stay open and we must all fight for it.
I love this town and feel lucky to live here. Lets make it an even better place for us all to live.