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Jamie Oliver's company refused permission to film in Newquay

By CGHollie  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

Jamie Oliver's company not allowed to film in Newquay

Jamie Oliver's company not allowed to film in Newquay

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A TV COMPANY owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has been refused permission to film a documentary in Newquay.

Newquay Safe group said it "politely declined" a request by production company Fresh One to film over the coming months.

The company said it wanted to portray how members of Newquay's younger population, who are in positions of responsibilty, cope with the influx of thousands of extra young people each year, but Newquay Safe group said it had to uphold the resort's reputation.

Founded in 2000 and wholly owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, previous campaigning documentaries by Fresh One Productions include Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Ministry of Food, School Dinners and Saving Jamie's Bacon.

The news comes shortly after production company RAW TV requested permission – but was also knocked back.

A spokesperson for Newquay Safe said: "The Newquay Safe partners represented at the meeting yesterday agreed that Newquay Safe does not wish to participate in the proposed programme.

"There are concerns that although through Newquay Safe huge strides have been made in addressing many of the issues that faced the town following the tragic events of 2009, the focus on the narrow under 26 demographic and the inevitable spotlight on some aspects of the night time economy, will set back the work that Newquay Safe has done and is doing to improve our town."

The Newquay Safe Group was formed in 2009 after the fatal cliff falls of teenagers Paddy Higgins and Andrew Curwell.

The Cornish Guardian has been unable to reach Fresh One Productions for a response.

Sarah Mann, junior producer at Fresh One, said in a letter to Newquay Safe, that the programme wanted to follow a mixture of different people involved in the town, ideally aged under 26, and who would fit into different categories including:

Medical staff at the street safe portable building

Younger police officers

Street Safe pastors and marshals

Young residents who might work in businesses in the town

Lifeguards.

She continued: "Ideally, we would follow different people over the school-leaver fortnight in July to learn about their different roles in the town and how they work together to manage the busy tourism season.

"As a favourite destination for many teenage holidaymakers every year, the idea would be to see the youth tourism strategy in Newquay from a young perspective.

"By focusing on young people with positions of responsibility within the town we would hopefully learn about the impact that so many visitors each year has on younger locals and learn about the way in which they adapt to such a growth in the town's population over the summer months."

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  • Chopper8  |  January 19 2013, 3:32PM

    So you can't make a documentary which might how a sleazy side of Newquay that some vested interest group would rather remain hidden but which we all no to be the real face of this resort? So much for freedom of speech. As for ''upholding the resort's reputation'' - is that the sound of a stable door being shut?

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  • Chopper8  |  January 19 2013, 3:28PM

    So you can't make a documentary which might how a sleazy side of Newquay that some vested interest group would rather remain hidden but which we all no to be the real face of this resort? So much for freedom of speech. As for ''upholding the resort's reputation'' - is that the sound of a stable door being shut?

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  • iseveryidused  |  January 19 2013, 9:43AM

    I think maybe, that they know there are significant issues, which they are trying to address. If they allow a television company to make a documentary which focuses on these issues, it will inevitably bring a further influx of more problems as it will advertise "this is where the party's at" From my perspective, it's a shame as I would have probably watched the program, but I reckon the group are correct in thinking nothing positive would arise from it.

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  • shagrats  |  January 18 2013, 10:02PM

    Isn't this a free country and as such shouldn't they be allowed to film what they want as long as the participants didn't mind. I can't understand why these people would even listen to the Newquay Safe Group. Whats it got to do with them ! Apart from telling the truth.. Or perhaps thats whats at stake here. The truth getting out that Newquay possibly isn't the victorian moraled family resort its depicted to be.

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