Hes not a tycoon, hes just a naughty boy!

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Post by Konna-gwynnessa » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:13 pm

Despite his property business going into Receivership with debts to over 150 small businesses, many of them in Cornwall, Shameless Heaney carries on regardless.

Now he's been asked by Carrick Council to put his money where his mouth is.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/homepag ... ticle.html

If he comes up with the £150,000+ 'bond' he's being asked for by today as a condition of planning consent, my question is why can't he find the money to repay his debts to the small businesses he owes money to?

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Post by TeamKernow » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:28 pm


konna-gwynnessa said:
If he comes up with the £150,000+ 'bond' he's being asked for by today as a condition of planning consent, my question is why can't he find the money to repay his debts to the small businesses he owes money to?

It's a good question you're asking there,konn-gwynnessa.

Another good question would be: What on earth has the ability to conjure up a bond (by whatever nefarious means) got to do with best urban planning principles and practice?

HEREis the article your link leads to along with all the interesting comments (to date...):

[size=small]'Credit crunch concerns over plan for new office block
Wednesday, January 07, 2009, 12:40
25 readers have commented on this story.

CONCERNS have been raised over the viability of property and football tycoon Kevin Heaney's plan to build a massive office block in Truro.

A slump in the office rental market due to the effects of the credit crunch have led to concerns the developer will be unable to find tenants for the proposed 500 desks.

On top of this, Carrick District Council has proposed strict conditions to be met before the crunch planning committee meeting on Wednesday, (January 14).

In his report on the proposal for the site at the junction of Tabernacle Street and Fairmantle Street, planning officer Ian Lloyd recommends approval only if the conditions, including infrastructure contributions of more than £150,000, are agreed beforehand.

As previously reported, Mr Heaney, the multi-millionaire owner of Truro City Football Club and several development companies under the umbrella name Cornish Homes, wants to replace the existing office block with one 10 times its size and three storeys high, also covering the neighbouring 77-space temporary car park. The current plan is an improvement on a previous scheme which was rejected, with the decision upheld on appeal to a Government inspector.

It includes 53 basement car parking spaces, cycle parking, landscaping and 'minor' road alterations.

Carrick's conservation officer said the structure was 'unacceptable' due to its size, design and impact on the neighbouring designated conservation area, an objection echoed by several residents.

But Mr Lloyd dismissed such concerns, saying any relevant problems had been "satisfactorily" addressed by the new proposal and that objections over traffic congestion, noise and pollution were "unfounded". His report also highlights the plan as a positive addition to the 'transition' area between the city centre and more residential area to its south which will block unattractive views of the Marks & Spencer car park and provide a "welcome redevelopment" of "potentially significant benefits in economic and employment terms" in offices "of a type and quality and to a standard not presently available".

However the council's economic development officer said: "It appears the office market has been one of the casualties of the recent economic downturn, with rental levels downward and it may be some time before office rental growth...We are aware that a new office development at Calenick Street/City Road remains unlet to date."

At least 22 conditions, ranging from archaeological surveys to tree-planting schemes, have been recommended, many to be met before construction begins.

Mr Heaney must now sign a legally-binding agreement to pay £20,000 towards CCTV equipment, at least £132,500 towards highway improvements, further funding for waste management and other infrastructure and provide a 'green travel' plan. If this is not in place before Wednesday evening, councillors are recommended to give planning officers the go-ahead to refuse permission. Mr Heaney did not wish to comment before a decision.



Comments (25)
There have been calls for our MP to look into the circumstances of this proposal, and how it can be coming forward from a Group, where one of the Companies is already in Receivership.

It will be interesting to see what happens next in respect both of these calls, and the Planning Application itself.

Let's hope that Carrick Councillors have their wits about them !
Duncan, Idless
commented on 14-Jan-2009 11:33

Someone needs to tell Mr Lloyd that just because something 'is not presently available' in Truro, this isn't an indicator that it's either necessary or desirable.

In this instance, it's not available because we neither want it, nor have need of it !
Jules, Veryan
commented on 13-Jan-2009 15:51

"Tycoon" ?
Poppy, Probus
commented on 13-Jan-2009 15:41

Let's face it, the bubble's burst, and the price of a few business breakfasts is a lot of egg on the face of Truro's business community.
Tony, Truro
commented on 13-Jan-2009 13:52

I don't think so Ben. Things have moved on a lot since the days when Carrick Council were happy to put their name to the relocation of their offices as part of the proposals to develop theTreyew Road site.
Miles, Truro
commented on 13-Jan-2009 13:36

In response to Patrick
flog it to one Cornwall or get them in as a tenant.
Ben, Truro
commented on 13-Jan-2009 12:24

It's one thing to build an overpriced speculative housing development and when you can't sell it flog it off to the local Housing Association, but what do you do when you've got an empty office block in the city centre on your hands? My concern is that if this planning consent goes through, the value of the site increases tenfold overnight, and the developer can just sit on it until the market improves, and the whole cycle starts again.
Patrick, Truro
commented on 13-Jan-2009 11:39

The Cornish Homes website used to say 'We know you¿ll expect our standards to be every bit as exacting as yours' .If what Gazz says about the Boscawen Woods development is correct, the handful of people who paid upwards of £385,000 for flats in the Boscawen Woods development are now living cheek by jowl with Housing Association tenants. What do they feel about the 'exacting standards' of the 'exclusivity' and 'lifestyle values' they have bought into now?
Pete, Truro
commented on 13-Jan-2009 10:11

Surely it's immaterial exactly how much has been built. The key factor is that the Council is now being asked to consider a massive, unecessary development proposal, in a highly visible and key part of the City, at a time when the demand is quite simply not there for this type of accomodation.

Added to this, the proposal is coming forward from a group of companies, one of which is in the hands of a Receiver, leaving hundreds and hundreds of local people and businesses with no real prospect of ever getting paid for works or services already received.

There is a moral issue at the forefront here, and we should be asking our MP to intervene as a matter of priority.
Sandra, St Agnes
commented on 12-Jan-2009 19:00

"Ben, you should spend less time in the Onion?Bunters and more daylight hours in the streets of Truro; he has either directly or indirectly built a fair bit."

absolute twaddle. 17 houses does not make him a developer. he talks a good game but in actual fact has built very little. go on p.lemon name something else he's done in truro or anywhere else in cornwall. a damn site less than Midas homes did at the old hospital site.
Ben, Truro
commented on 11-Jan-2009 13:09

Boscawen Woods as since been sold to The Housing Association and has job dodgers no tax payers living there. Its going to be interesting this year to what if any new stores open in Truro and if the new houses and school get built at higher newham.
Gazz, Truro
commented on 10-Jan-2009 18:39

Leslie, I think that you are absolutely right. We hear stories of this sort of thing going on up and down the County. Sometimes the MP has usefully got involved to help sort everything out, but this doesn't seem to be happening yet in Truro, and I don't understand why not.
vyvian, Zelah
commented on 10-Jan-2009 11:23

Everyone must feel for all those who've been left wondering how this can be allowed to happen. Life in Cornwall clearly shows that it's tricky enough to make ends meet for the majority, and so even more difficult to stomach the apparent illogic of one company not being able to pay its bills, when another in the same group is applying for planning permission on a development of this scale. It's a very topsy-turvy world we live in.
karen, Polruan
commented on 09-Jan-2009 17:32

If he has all this money to waste why does'nt he pay all the people he owes money to from him being made bankrupt...I do not understand why questions are not being asked
Leslie, truro
commented on 09-Jan-2009 13:49

Lemon Street may be just around the corner, but are we really all green and cabbage-looking ?
Polly Quick, Tintagel
commented on 08-Jan-2009 17:13

Please, Carrick Planners, stop this Development once and for all, before it is too late.

The Marks and Spencer facade is already an out-of-scale eyesore in central Truro, and now the Planning Officer is quoted as justifying conditional approval, on the grounds that it will "block unattractive views of the Marks and Spencer's carpark" ! I ask you - since when was there any sense in covering up one blight with another.

Please Carrick, think again on this one, and consider taking steps for public consultation - these proposals are too far-reaching to be allowed to go through in haste, whilst we are all left to repent at leisure.

This is the very heart of our City, and the sensitivities are such that everyone simply cannot afford to get it wrong.
Libby Lane, Truro
commented on 08-Jan-2009 17:05

Yes,watcher,it's interesting how overdevelopers try to bend our brains and perceptions with language abuse:

Heaney calls the stripping out of mixed mature woodland and its replacement with concrete 'Boscawen Woods'.

Ampersand call their mad proposed concreting of Crinnis 'The Beach' and leave half-demolished structural detritus on it as a tool of psychological pressure to get people to think 'anything would be better than that'!

How gullible,naive and stupid do these hyperoverdevelopers think people are?
CarbonBoot, The Duchy Of Cornwall
commented on 08-Jan-2009 15:49

Time to put up or shut up. If he doesn't come up with the money, please will the West Briton stop referring to Mr Heaney as a 'tycoon' or 'multi millionaire'
Chris, Truro
commented on 08-Jan-2009 15:24

"what has Mr Heaney acutally built in Truro Carbonboot? not a lot from what i can tell".
Ben, you should spend less time in the Onion?Bunters and more daylight hours in the streets of Truro; he has either directly or indirectly built a fair bit.
CarbonBoot's analysis is not far wrong...
P. Lemon, Penryn, Kernow
commented on 08-Jan-2009 13:52

I agree with CarbonBoot. Boscawen Woods used to have lots of trees. Now its a housing development called Boscawen Woods.
watcher, Truro
commented on 08-Jan-2009 12:52

what has Mr Heaney acutally built in Truro Carbonboot? not a lot from what i can tell.
Ben, Truro
commented on 08-Jan-2009 10:43

Truro is being wrecked by the concrete and tarmac fetishists, Mr Heaney being one of those overdevelopers whose primary motive is personal profit.

The best, most moral and most sociable thing Mr Heaney could do is bulldoze a considerable number of the structures he has suffocated the ground and air spaces of Truro with.

Get your diggers out,Kevin, and do something REALLY useful - demolish the lot and plant lots of trees instead!
CarbonBoot, The Duchy Of Cornwall
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commented on 08-Jan-2009 10:18

'Never Say Never', that's what I'd say.
Callum, Truro
commented on 08-Jan-2009 08:36

While we are keen to encourage readers to comment on stories on our website and interact with our publications in this way, we cannot allow potentially libellous statements to be published.
We have received several submissions relating to this story which would, in law, constitute libel or defamation of character, for which we as publisher would be responsible in relation to any legal action taken.
This may not be obvious to readers who have made comments in good faith and in the belief that they are simply stating facts, but the reality is that libel law is complicated and I can assure all of our readers that statements contained within these submissions were either technically inaccurate or made implications or inferences which, despite not specifically stated, would also constitute breaches of libel laws. This is the case no matter how slight the inaccuracy may be.
I have attempted to respond directly to the comment writers, via e-mail, but these have failed to be delivered.
As such, if anyone would like a more direct and specific explanation as to our decisions - which are made after careful scrutiny on a case-by-case basis - I would be happy to hear from them via my e-mail at jreines@c-dm.co.uk or on (01872) 247560 and explain personally.
Jeff Reines, Community Editor, West Briton, Truro/Mid Cornwall
commented on 07-Jan-2009 17:15

Why has Libby Moore's comment been taken down? She was reporting matters of fact.
Len Doubtful, Truro
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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:54 pm

TrashingTruro.com

'Planners give green light to Heaney office block
Thursday, January 15, 2009, 10:03

[size=small]Property and football tycoon Kevin Heaney's plans for a massive office block in Truro have been approved.

Conditional planning permission was granted despite concerns the 500 office spaces at the corner of Tabernacle Street and Fairmantle Street will go empty and that the three-story building will blight the neighbouring conservation area.

Carrick District Council planners also confirmed Mr Heaney had signed an agreement to fork out more than £150,000 for road and CCTV improvements, which they had insisted must be in place before councillors consider the application.

Further agreements must be submitted within three weeks and building has to begin within three years or the permission could be revoked.

As previously reported in The West Briton, a report raised concerns the economic downturn could mean the offices will not be let. It cited a nearby office block which has remained empty.

And Carrick conservation officers and the independent Truro Conservation Area Advisory Committee had objected on the grounds the development would be detrimental to the adjacent conservation area.

But planning committee members voted in agreement with their officers' recommendation that the designers had done enough to improve a previously rejected plan to make the structure acceptable.

It has been cited as being of a quality and standard not available elsewhere in the city.'
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Post by Konna-gwynnessa » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:33 pm

Where is Shameless Heaney finding the cash to pay for his conditional planning consent? http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/homepag ... rtComments

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Post by Konna-gwynnessa » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:56 pm

The West Briton is censoring comments again on its site!

Apparently you can't call somebody a crook even if (as previously reported in the West Briton) they've asset stripped a company, shifted all the money into a personal trust and left a large number of small businesses owed a large amount of money.

Apparently it's not in any way crooked to ask for work which has been done for one of your businesses to be invoiced to another of your businesses, which you know can't pay up, but then hide behind the fact that the business is insolvent.

Apparently you can't be called 'a rogue' if you refuse to recompense all the people you owe money to on the grounds that the money is owed by the failed company, and not by its Director.

But apparently, once you're convicted you're fair game http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Fi ... ticle.html


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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:31 pm


...........Book Cook Crook?

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Post by Konna-gwynnessa » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:24 pm

He's not a tycoon... Interesting comments developing on the Shameless Heaney story on thisiscornwall:

I note your comments Mr Reines, but for example, the continuing use by the West Briton of the world 'tycoon' to describe Mr Heaney only perpetuates an impression which recent events have clearly called into question. My dictionary defines a 'tycoon' as 'a powerful and wealthy person'. Mr Heaney's methods of asserting both his power and his wealth around Truro over the years have often been somewhat questionable, as anyone with a long memory or the inclination to research Mr Heaney's activities through back issues of your own newspaper would know. People like him are only 'powerful' because the media keep telling us they are, and it's that which keeps them where they are. We only know how 'wealthy' he is because of things like the Sunday Times Rich List, which get picked up by newspapers like the West Briton. If people read these things in the press often enough, they just accept it as fact, and anybody who challenges it is put down. As for his being a successful businessman, any of the many unpaid creditors resulting from the failure of one of his many companies would surely be justified in questioning that description as well? So Mr Reines, next time you are writing about Mr Heaney think twice before reaching for the 'tycoon' cliche. This isn't just about the use of a word, it's about crediting people with the intelligence to see through, and giving them the right to question, Mr Heaney's motives and ways of going about his business.
watcher, Truro

In reference to the comments below by 'watcher' of Truro. It should be made absolutely clear that The West Briton was the ONLY media organisation to publish the full details of the liquidation of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd and the creditors involved after I personally attended the liquidation meeting on behalf of our parent company, which was one of the creditors.
I also refute the claim that we do not "stand up to legal threats".
Our moderation of comments on our website is not based on any threat of legal action, but the fact that comments which have been submitted are in fact libelous or defamatory in law, a conclusion we come to after careful, specific consideration in each individual case.
While we are keen to encourage readers to comment on stories on our website and interact with our publications in this way, we cannot allow potentially libellous statements to be published.
We have received several submissions relating to this story which would, in law, constitute libel or defamation of character, for which we as publisher would be responsible in relation to any legal action taken.
This may not be obvious to readers who have made comments in good faith and in the belief that they are simply stating facts, but the reality is that libel law is complicated and I can assure all of our readers that statements contained within these submissions were either technically inaccurate or made implications or inferences which, despite not specifically stated, would also constitute breaches of libel laws. This is the case no matter how slight the inaccuracy may be.
I have attempted to respond directly to the comment writers, via e-mail, but these have failed to be delivered.
As such, if anyone would like a more direct and specific explanation as to our decisions - which are made after careful scrutiny on a case-by-case basis - I would be happy to hear from them via my e-mail at jreines@c-dm.co.uk or on (01872) 247560 and explain personally. Jeff Reines, Community Editor, Truro West Briton

I think the word watcher is looking for is 'hegemony'.

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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:22 pm

Tycoon Trauma Trail

'Angry creditors confront Heaney as firm collapses owing £500,000
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 14:31

[size=small]TODAY the West Briton can exclusively reveal the full fallout of the collapse of football tycoon Kevin Heaney's housing development company.Angry local businessmen confronted the owner of Truro City Football Club as his firm Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd went into liquidation owing £500,000 to businesses in Cornwall and throughout the country.

No media was allowed into the closed-door meeting for creditors at Exeter, but as The West Briton's parent company is owed money by the firm, we could not be prevented from attending.And while there is no suggestion Mr Heaney or any of his employees or companies have done anything illegal, today we can reveal:

● Cornish Homes (UK) went into voluntary liquidation owing £4.8 million

● the official report names no fewer than 165 individuals and businesses as creditors, including a woman claiming unfair dismissal, more than half of them Cornish

● £5.4 million from two subsidiary companies under Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd control was transferred out in 2005 and the companies themselves removed in March this year.

Mr Heaney was the sole shareholder and director of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd, one element of a tangled web of 14 companies of which he is a director.It was the manager and workhorse of his group of businesses, earning commissions by carrying out developments as contractor.It started trading in October 2002 and operated at a loss until 2004 when it made £9,948 on a turnover of £340,002.But in 2005 it again plunged into the red with a loss of £266,606.

A report to the liquidation meeting said Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd was supported by Mr Heaney injecting his own funds as well as loans from subsidiary companies, including Cornish Homes (Land) Ltd and Cornish Homes (Developments) Ltd.About £4 million of the overall debt was owed to Mr Heaney himself and one of the former subsidiaries.

But the meeting heard that in 2005, £3.9 million held by Cornish Homes (Land) Ltd and £1.4 million under Cornish Homes (Developments) Ltd was transferred into a private remuneration trust in Mr Heaney's name for "tax reasons". Establishing a remuneration trust is a common method of avoiding high tax rates.

It again made a loss in 2006 and, as a potential £6 million development deal fell through due to the sliding housing market, debts piled up.By the end of 2007 the international credit crunch had worsened and in January 2008 21 of 31 full-time staff were made redundant.

Work soon ground to a halt on two multi-million pound housing developments, Boscawen Woods at Truro and Zen, Liskeard.His company's report said Mr Heaney tried to sell the firm but a deal fell through and he attempted to raise money to save it but found lenders unwilling to risk their money.By now Mr Heaney had injected £2.3 million of his own funds, with a further £1.9 million loaned by the subsidiaries. These are now listed as unpaid debts and account for most of the £4.8 million owed.

But the meeting heard these two companies were in March transferred out of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd, meaning any assets they held were no longer available to the parent firm.It was decided the business was insolvent and it ceased trading on June 14.At the time of the liquidation meeting it held £12,985 in assets.Its trading premises at Newham, Truro, were owned by Cornish Properties, another company in the group. The liquidation report listed 31 Lemon Street, which is owned by Mr Heaney, as the last trading address.Liquidation consultant The Kelmanson Partnership was brought in and arranged last week's meeting for creditors.

This was where Mr Heaney, reportedly worth £145 million according to The Sunday Times Rich List, came face to with those the company owed money and was also grilled by three HM Revenue & Customs representatives.

Creditors want to know why such a wealthy man will not repay the £500,000.

One customs official said at the meeting: "I'm interested in the two subsidiaries. The shares were transferred to Mr Heaney personally for a nominal amount fairly recently.The subsidiaries were assets of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd and any assets within these companies were assets of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd.The directors report from 2005 says a remuneration trust was set up. A balance sheet of £3.9 million worth of land and developments was just given away as a pure gift to the remuneration trust. Why was it just given away?How did it benefit this company to give away its assets?That's money that could still be here as assets in Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd which these creditors could have benefited from."

Mr Heaney said he believed HMRC had attended for the purposes of an unrelated investigation into his taxes, but added: "I have nothing to hide. It's all in my accounts and you can contact the accountants who set up the trust.I took advice on my tax affairs from (London barrister) Paul Baxendale-Walker and the trust is the avenue that was taken on their advice. They advised for tax planning this was the way to go forward.Anything that's been done is in line with the law of this country. The law is the law and if I'm entitled to make a trust, I can make a trust."

Mr Heaney said the final straw came when the company's bank, Natwest, "suddenly" refused to loan it any money, combined with the deepening housing market slump.He said: "I took the view that in June I didn't want to see any more invoices raised. I was still thinking I could secure funding from other banks but as you know they were all in trouble.I have assets of my own which I would use to fund the group.This is how management companies work. If you deal with a large firm you have a number of subsidiary companies because banks like it that way to protect their own assets.I am now sitting on property which is unsold because people can't get mortgages. What can I do about it?I did not expect the bank to turn around and suddenly say, 'Your assets are worth 40% less than they were.'All developers can't sell and have ceased construction because people can't buy homes.I wish I was still sitting on a load of cash. I have never been in this position in my life before.It hurts me not to be able to run the development company in this current climate. It hurts me because I have never shut a company down.At the end of the day it would be more hurtful to carry on and I'm not prepared to do that."

In a statement his solicitors said the 2005 transactions were not related to Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd, but John Kelmanson, who is handling the liquidation investigation, said as Cornish Homes (Land) Ltd was a subsidiary at the time, they were "fair game" for the meeting.

Mr Kelmanson said after the meeting: "It was a long and heated meeting where concerns were expressed by creditors which will form part of my investigation into the affairs of the company, which has gone into voluntary liquidation and will not trade under that name again.

"Connections to his other companies within the group have become apparent today which it may be necessary to include in the investigative function." '[/size]


...........Book Cook Crook?

[size=small]PS Perhaps Carrick should have insisted that all debts outstanding to Cornish businesses and tradesmen be settled in full in addition to payment of the 'bond' as conditions of the planning consent...Would Carrick themselves be 'cornishhomes' liquidation creditors at all,at all,at all...? Would Carrick also be playing fast and loose with public assets at all,at all, at all...?[/size]



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Post by Karma » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:44 pm

Ah, to be sure, that'd be The Life of Ryan he'd be livin' Konna, not The Life of Brian ....

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TrashingTruro.com - Comments To Date 15.01.2009

[size=small]" It's really difficult to understand why the Committee thought this Application worthy of Conditional Approval, when both their own conservation officers and advisors, and the Council economic development department had questioned it.
Can someone enlighten us, please.
N.S.Moake, Truro
commented on 15-Jan-2009 17:09

That's right Wilma, but Shaggy's judgement is also open to question as well.
Dee Voors, Penmount
commented on 15-Jan-2009 16:41

Since this is a Conditional Permission only, what are the "further agreements", which "must be submitted within three weeks", without which the Permission "could be revoked" ?
D. C. Vere, Truthwall
commented on 15-Jan-2009 15:52

I note your comments Mr Reines, but for example, the continuing use by the West Briton of the world 'tycoon' to describe Mr Heaney only perpetuates an impression which recent events have clearly called into question. My dictionary defines a 'tycoon' as 'a powerful and wealthy person'. Mr Heaney's methods of asserting both his power and his wealth around Truro over the years have been somewhat questioned, as anyone with a long memory or the inclination to research Mr Heaney's activities through back issues of your own newspaper would know. People like him are only 'powerful' because the media keep telling us they are, and it's that which keeps them where they are. We only know how 'wealthy' he is because of things like the Sunday Times Rich List, which get picked up by newspapers like the West Briton. If people read these things in the press often enough, they just accept it as fact, and anybody who challenges it is put down. As for his being a successful businessman, any of the many unpaid creditors resulting from the failure of one of his many companies would surely be justified in questioning that description as well? So Mr Reines, next time you are writing about Mr Heaney think twice before reaching for the 'tycoon' cliche. This isn't just about the use of a word, it's about crediting people with the intelligence to see through, and giving them the right to question, Mr Heaney's motives and ways of going about his business.
watcher, Truro
commented on 15-Jan-2009 15:14

In reference to the comments below by 'watcher' of Truro. It should be made absolutely clear that The West Briton was the ONLY media organisation to publish the full details of the liquidation of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd and the creditors involved after I personally attended the liquidation meeting on behalf of our parent company, which was one of the creditors.
I also refute the claim that we do not "stand up to legal threats".
Our moderation of comments on our website is not based on any threat of legal action, but the fact that comments which have been submitted are in fact libelous or defamatory in law, a conclusion we come to after careful, specific consideration in each individual case.
While we are keen to encourage readers to comment on stories on our website and interact with our publications in this way, we cannot allow potentially libellous statements to be published.
We have received several submissions relating to this story which would, in law, constitute libel or defamation of character, for which we as publisher would be responsible in relation to any legal action taken.
This may not be obvious to readers who have made comments in good faith and in the belief that they are simply stating facts, but the reality is that libel law is complicated and I can assure all of our readers that statements contained within these submissions were either technically inaccurate or made implications or inferences which, despite not specifically stated, would also constitute breaches of libel laws. This is the case no matter how slight the inaccuracy may be.
I have attempted to respond directly to the comment writers, via e-mail, but these have failed to be delivered.
As such, if anyone would like a more direct and specific explanation as to our decisions - which are made after careful scrutiny on a case-by-case basis - I would be happy to hear from them via my e-mail at jreines@c-dm.co.uk or on (01872) 247560 and explain personally.
Jeff Reines, Community Editor, Truro West Briton commented on 15-Jan-2009 14:22

If Scooby Doo has taught us anything it's not to trust property developers.
Wilma, Truro
commented on 15-Jan-2009 14:11

It's a pity the media didn't react as quickly to Heaney's shennanigans as they are doing to protecting his interests through censoring comments on this site.

Shame on you West Briton for not standing up to the legal threats, by letting the views of the small business people of Cornwall who lost money to Heaney be heard. All of this has been in the public domain and can't be airbrushed out. watcher, Truro
commented on 15-Jan-2009 13:40

Rouges - HAHA
Dooby Duck, Cornwall
commented on 15-Jan-2009 13:19

An office block when many business's are going under? This block of office's will be empty for along time like the ones on City road the corner next to L2.
benny,Truro
commented on 15-Jan-2009 12:49

I'm pleased that Carrick conservation officers and the independent Truro Conservation Area Advisory Committee had objected on the grounds the development would be detrimental to the adjacent conservation area Let's not forget the prime motive for a developer doing anything is because it's in his or her own best interest and therefore the public's local authority and their representatives have a duty to make sure that there is a balance between developers self interest and the community's broader interest. Our councils these days seem only to work to central government agendas and are reticent in objecting to developers' plans as they feel any objection will get overturned on appeal by the developer. I'm glad there are still groups around that give high priority to the interests of the public's broader needs.
Ian Williams,Redruth
commented on 15-Jan-2009 12:28

A signed agreement, eh?
Connie Merchant,Truro
commented on 15-Jan-2009 11:55

yeahhhhhh
welll done xx jessica h,
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Post by Konna-gwynnessa » Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:44 pm

Posted on http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/homepag ... mmenttoday:

Mr Heaney’s solicitor, Chris Lingard, said: "My client is pleased that Carrick District Council has approved plans for the development of the Fairmantle Street site.
"He looks forward to delivering for the City of Truro a building of which it can rightly be proud."
Can't Mr Heaney speak for himself any more, or are we all just beneath his contempt?Don't insult our intelligence by claiming he is doing this 'for the City of Truro', when its about Mr Heaney's ego and profit. Garry, Truro

Well said, Garry. Shameless AND dishonest.

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Post by Karma » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:12 am

Since Carrick District Council is indeed a Creditor in the Cornish Homes liquidation fiasco, and since the Company handling the liquidation have vowed to make thorough, inclusive efforts to investigate Heaney and all his Companies/Trusts/miscellaneous financial interests - presumably in this country and abroad, so far as they can - how is it that CDC have seen fit to deal with him personally in the meantime over this Application, in the face of his track-record ?

The local authority surely has a duty to all of us to be acting in the interests of the greater good ?

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Post by TeamKernow » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:13 pm

So, Carrick District Council have a direct financial interest in re-floating Heaney's boat and are now joint speculators with Heaney in Truro's land and environmental assets and built environment ?

Hand in glove gets no snugger than this!

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Post by TeamKernow » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:16 pm

TrashingTruro.com - Comments update 15-19.01.2009

[size=small]"OMG! I'm sure he used to be my dad's electrician round Southgate.
Trish, London
commented on 19-Jan-2009 15:58

That's right Denzil, I remember him trying to get the whole 'Celtic Tiger' thing going a couple of years ago, but it didn't catch on for some reason. Mind you, I always thought that someone coming down from London and calling his company Cornish Homes was a bit previous anyway.
Phil, Truro
commented on 19-Jan-2009 15:56

One commentator says that "the problem is that Heaney isn't a true Cornish patriot ...." He isn't Cornish at all ! Irish, he says himself, via North London and elsewhere. He makes great issue of his interests in 'his' football Club, in Truro, and the County, but at the end of the day, Cornwall is a business proposition for him, like any other, and was ripe for the picking when he arrived, only a few years ago. More fool us. Denzil, Truro
commented on 19-Jan-2009 15:43

I notice from the cv of Tim Shaw, the sculptor behind the proposed new public art for Lemon Quay that his previous work includes a portrait bust of Seamus Heaney. (http://www.timshawsculptor.com/cv.htm)
Any relation? Sherlock Homes (OK), Truro
commented on 19-Jan-2009 12:34

The biggest problem is that Heaney isn't a true Cornish patriot and doesn't have Kernow's true interest at heart.

What we need is kernowek developer to take over the site and develop it as homes for low paid tourist industru workers of Kernow birth.

Only then will we see that kernow is being run in a sustainable and holistic manner, by being independant and a nation in our own right, and using EU grants to support the Cornish race in the way they are meant to.
Kernow Bys Vyken, Truro
commented on 19-Jan-2009 10:57

What are these further Agreements ? Hopefully someone has actually thought them through.
Craig, Porthtowan
commented on 18-Jan-2009 12:15

This is nonsense.
Parking ? Infrastructure ? Green Space ? Scale in relation to the Conservation area ? Traffic flow ? Congestion ? Common Sense ?
April, Truro commented on 18-Jan-2009 12:12

I can't believe that Carrick Council Have seen fit to do this.

One of the things I expect of my elected councillors is that thay take decisions in the interests of the greater good. Whatever way round you look at this, it's truly questionable, and I for one think that they should be called to account, on everyone's behalf.
Jon S, Carharrack
commented on 18-Jan-2009 09:50

Who are the architects ?? Sarah, Malpas
commented on 17-Jan-2009 13:08

What're these other agreements that he's got to comply with ? It's only conditional at the moment.
Tegan, St Just
commented on 17-Jan-2009 12:53

Heaney's solicitors, Follett Stock, are also sponsors of his football club. Bit of an own goal there i'd have said !
Chaz, Newquay
commented on 17-Jan-2009 12:44

It's difficult to hold a high opinion of someone who thinks it's alright not to pay his bills, large or small, to many hundreds of people caught up in the liquidation of his company, with all the resultant grief this causes, but who then can find the means to further another venture within a matter of weeks.

Whilst this might, technically, be within the law, it certainly crosses a number of moral boundaries as far as I'm concerned.
D. Ross, Chyvelah
commented on 17-Jan-2009 12:39

Your report a few weeks ago about the liquidation of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd, indicated that the company handling the liquidation would be investigating Heaney and his other financial dealings too, as part of that process.

As Carrick District Council was a creditor, they are aware of this of course, and it's therefore baffling to me that on the one hand an investigation is proceeding, and on the other, it's still OK to accept 'a promise' of finance from the man whose company is being liquidated and investigated.
Dot Moore, truro
commented on 17-Jan-2009 12:30

Of the Planning Proposal :
"It has been cited as being of a quality and standard not available elsewhere in the city."

By whom ? With what qualification ? Better than Boscawen Street ? Better than Falmouth Road ? Better than Lemon Street ? Better than Newham ? Better than Malpas Road ? Better than Lemon Quay ? I could go on !!

Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd., now in liquidation, could not it seems, afford its own far more basic, shared office accomodation in the industrial estate on the city outskirts, let alone a central site, hence its closure and redundancies there over a year ago. This is a company owned by the allegedly richest man in Cornwall, so what hope the rest ?

What a Carry-On-Carrick ! Come on, get real !
C Barrowby, Truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 18:56

Green light to Heaney ? That'd be Go! then.
Theo Bailey, Launceston
commented on 16-Jan-2009 18:40

This Application got right under the wire, with no real attempt to consult properly at all.

Obviously the people in the Conservation area opposite and nearby objected heavily, so why did no-one take any notice of them, apart from the Conservation Officers and Society, who after all, are best qualified to judge on this issue anyway ?

Other people who would have complained - those who work in the area, or who visit to shop there for example, just weren't asked their opinion, because of the 'transient' nature of the area.

But that just isn't right or fair - this is our County City, and this monster will be built in its heartland; and then will fester, largely unlet, like so many other properties, old and new, in the centre of the place. What madness ! One of Mr Heaney's previous office developments has remained unlet for months, if not years, just around the corner in Charles Street - so why build another only yards away ? This was supported by the economic development department's observations about likely demand (or not) in the area.

I agree that I'd like my MP to look into this too. There should be a proper enquiry, and sooner than later. In my opinion the Marks and Spencer Development got through for the same sort of reason (under the radar), and we have all seen how questionable the scale of it is since then.

We need this looked at again, with proper consultation this time, before it's too late.
Charmian, Illogan Highway
commented on 16-Jan-2009 18:03

Just who is going to use this for heavens' sake ?

The only possible sub-text that I can see would be the re-location of the One Authority, but surely not ??!! That would leave a listed building to go derelict on Treyew Road, would create traffic chaos, and above all, would be totally hypocritical - a true misuse of public funds. Isn't it about time that we had an explanation ?
Leni, Marazion
commented on 16-Jan-2009 16:41

The new authority has created enough trouble with this new logo fiasco, so can't they try to do something right early on, and reverse this daft decision by Carrick ?
Chrissy, St Day
commented on 16-Jan-2009 16:33

I live in redruth but work in truro.
What makes them similar is only one thing ! Basically good places, with fine buildings, messed around by planners and councillors who shift paper and finance around, but who just don't use their eyes !

Leave Truro alone chaps before it's too late.
Kyle, redruth
commented on 16-Jan-2009 16:30

What was the vote result at the Planning Committee ? It beggars belief that a proposal like this should go through.
Kamini, Portreath
commented on 16-Jan-2009 16:05

What does our MP think of all this? Dan Thomas, truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 15:58

I thought from your previous coverage that this 'bond' arrangement had to be made as a real investment to the local authority, before Permission could even be considered. It now seems that all that was required was a signature.

I imagine that all those creditors of Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd whose unpaid accounts are not worth the paper they're written on, are wondering how or why a promise seems to have been good enough to obtain a Conditional Planning consent after all. Can someone please explain, and be accountable for the decision?
Charity, Blackwater
commented on 16-Jan-2009 15:55

I saw a property developer once, Wilma, who looked as if he was building houses, but really he was trying to change the world - and then I realised it was an episode of Scooby Doo !
Henry, St. Austell
commented on 16-Jan-2009 15:33

Blimey, Kev, I'd change my PR man if I were you !
Alan, Truro Report
commented on 16-Jan-2009 15:06

thing you lot don,t like right is that kev,s from North London and he,s made money anybody could of seen their was loads off money to be made out off howses and what have you down there but nobody's done it no what i mean it took Kev to go down there wiv some proper wearling and dearling to sort you out nobody else did, you didn,t even have a football team now look at it Wmbley an that, it's his money let him do what he wants wiv it good on ya mate, North London,s proud of you, mate, yeah loadsamoney!! build it big.
spurs fan, Southgate
commented on 16-Jan-2009 14:12

What kernowman overlooks is that Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd's problems started way before the credit crunch really bit. Mr Heaney started laying people off last January, and closed his Newham office in June, as was reported in the West Briton. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Fo ... ticle.html.

If times are as hard as he says, when most prudent developers are mothballing sites, how come he is so keen to develop a site he has owned for some years, unless this is just about trying to bump up the value of the site to sell it on? Archie, Truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 13:29

Truro is a fine City, the progress of which has largely defied ruinous Planning decisions over the years. This is because its development has taken place at a pace, and largely in keeping with the needs and wishes of the local population, whether resident, or business.

Until now. The advent of so-called development initiatives has brought here a flurry of insensitive outside development proposals, which quite simply make a mockery of us, or what is needed, particularly in the current climate. It is all about personal profit, and private wealth, and nothing whatsoever to do with Truro, Cornwall, or the interests of the people who truly live and work here.

Please, let us see this mistaken decision for what it really is - a complete nonsense, and a disaster for our City.
C. Conboye, Warleggan
commented on 16-Jan-2009 13:27

What kernowman overlooks is that Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd's problems started way before the credit crunch really bit. Mr Heaney started laying people off last January, and closed his Newham office in June, as was reported in the West Briton. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/news/Fo ... ticle.html.

If times are as hard as he says, when most prudent developers are mothballing sites, how come he is so keen to develop a site he has owned for some years, unless this is just about trying to bump up the value of the site to sell it on? Archie, Truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 13:23

I suspect Mr Heany does have a supporter in London, I wonder if the H in Jessica H might stand for Heaney perchance??
bertiebassett, truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 12:38

The planning application was made in the name of Kevin Heaney. Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd is in liquidation and is therefore legally prevented from trading. This is Heaney's development.

As for it creating employment in the area, what local contractors are going to work for Kevin Heaney knowing what happened to the many businesses who did work for Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd and didn't get paid? If and when this gets built it won't be by local firms giving jobs to local people but by firms from upcountry.

You say it will create employment - how many of the local firms owed money by Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd have had to lay people off, and how many jobs have therefore been lost? What about all the layoffs in Cornish Homes (UK) Ltd itself, staff who were put out of work and an office building that was closed at Newham.
Garry, Truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 12:34

It's going to create employment in the area, so stop complaining, I know he's had problems in the past, but then, hasn't every building company recently?
kernowman, Kernow
commented on 16-Jan-2009 12:03

Mr Heaney¿s solicitor, Chris Lingard, said: "My client is pleased that Carrick District Council has approved plans for the development of the Fairmantle Street site.
"He looks forward to delivering for the City of Truro a building of which it can rightly be proud."

Can't Mr Heaney speak for himself any more, or are we all just beneath his contempt?Don't insult our intelligence by claiming he is doing this 'for the City of Truro', when its about Mr Heaney's ego and profit.
Garry, Truro
commented on 16-Jan-2009 11:32


With the new council just 10 weeks away and a lot of run down offices in Truro (Carrick's DC's development site?) Mr Heaney's prestige office block will not be short of takers....
Ms Nowittall, st awful
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Post by Rosko » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:27 pm


[email]konna-gwynnessa [/email]Where is Shameless Heaney finding the cash to pay for his conditional planning consent?


From his two Russian birds.

CDC Should be sacked en masse for even talking to the bloke, who's ruined many of their own coffer-fillers.

He should've been run out of town years ago, along with his ego, his roubles and his meaningless promises and empty rhetoric. :-x

Who was he running away from when he landed in Truro in the first place? Probably another dodgy east end plumber, but with arab cash... :-O

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