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Health experts warn men to ‘Cover Up’ this bank holiday weekend

NHS Cornwalll News - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 00:00
It’s never too early or too late to reduce your risk of skin cancer. That’s the message from health experts this bank holiday weekend, as the sun is set to make another blistering appearance.
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Getting the right care during the May bank holiday

NHS Cornwalll News - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 00:00
It’s the bank holiday and here's all you need to know about what to do if you fall ill this weekend.
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Council welcomes news that Steve Double MP has secured a debate on Cornish national identity and the 2021 census

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 18:22

Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that Steve Double MP has secured a debate in Parliament on the case for recognition of Cornish national identity in the 2021 census.

The Adjournment Debate on Monday 11 June will look at Cornwall’s unique identity and the case for a tick box for people to identify as being ‘Cornish’ in the next national census.

Jesse Foot, Chairperson of the Cornish National Minority Working Group said:  “We have long been campaigning for people in Cornwall to be given the chance to identify themselves as Cornish in the 2021 Census so I welcome this opportunity for our voice to be heard in Parliament. We will continue to work with all our MP’s to make the case for Cornwall at every opportunity."

Following the decision by the UK Government to officially recognise the Cornish as a national minority, the Council has been pushing for the Cornish to be treated equally with the other Celtic nations.  

While the other Celtic nations could tick a box to identify themselves in the 2011 census, the Cornish could only write Cornish under the ‘other’ option.  Although 14% chose to self-identify themselves as Cornish in this way, so far the Cornish will not be allowed a tick box in the 2021 Census. 

The Council’s campaign received a welcome boost last year when the Council of Europe made a specific recommendation to the ONS stating it should "take the necessary measures to include the possibility to self-identify as Cornish, through a ‘tick-box’ in the next census."

Since then the Council has held a number of discussions with senior officials at the ONS - asking for the change to be made in the next Census so that the Cornish can tick a box to identify as Cornish.

The Council has been working to raise awareness of Cornish national minority status and has funded a project run by Golden Tree, for a touring ‘Cornish Embassy’ bus at events, including the popular recent Man Engine Resurrection Tour.

A second project to raise Cornish cultural awareness in schools is run by Azook who have been commissioned to review what resources are available to and required by teachers to support the promotion of Cornish culture in schools. 


Story posted 24 May 2018

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Kerbside waste and recycling collections 2020: councillors recommend wheelie bins, seagull proof sacks and recycling containers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 17:43

From 2020, households across Cornwall could be issued with a wheelie bin or seagull proof sack for general rubbish, alongside caddies specifically for food waste, under latest proposals for how household waste and recycling will be collected as part of the next contract.

At today's Cornwall Council Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting,  councillors recommended that households are issued with a 180 litre wheelie bin or seagull proof sack for waste (depending on what will work best for the household and the collection service) and two food waste caddies - one for inside the home and one for outside.

Last month members of the committee held an inquiry session to hear evidence on waste and recycling container options from other local authorities and a senior officer from the Council's waste team, explained Dominic Fairman, Vice Chair of the Council's Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

"Our resident surveys and anecdotal evidence tells us that waste and recycling collections are important to our residents - and the types of container we issue has a big impact on whether or not people recycle," he said.

"As most of us will also know, not using a bin or covering bin bags on collection day contributes to street litter as animals such as seagulls do break open bags to get to the contents. It's important our recommendations are based on evidence that supports helping people to recycle more and improve the environment."

With the waste collection and cleansing contract due out for tender later in the summer, today's recommendations will be put forward to Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection.

"This is one of the biggest waste collection contracts in the country and it's important that we get it right when going to the contractors," said Councillor James. "The contractors will need to know what we think will work in Cornwall, but equally we've got to listen to the industry."

It is estimated that around 71% of Cornwall's 250,000 domestic households could be issued with a wheelie bin, with the remaining 29% being able to use a seagull proof sack or communal waste bin. The cost of issuing households with new bins is estimated at around £4million.

The final decision on the new waste collection and cleansing contract which is due to start in April 2020, will be made by the Council's Cabinet in December 2018.  

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Festival of Ideas launches today in Truro

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 24/05/2018 - 13:22

A collaboration between Cornwall Council, Truro City Council, Kenwyn Parish Council, Truro Chamber of Commerce and Truro BID brings a host of events to the centre of Truro from today, Thursday 24 until Sunday 27 May. Events will showcase what our great little city has to offer residents and visitors and promote ideas about the future use of some key publicly-owned sites, ranging from green spaces to affordable homes. 

Hosted by Truro Placeshaping Project and supported by Lavigne Lonsdale and PBWC Architects, the #LOVETRURO Festival of Ideas is a four-day event incorporating Truro’s culture, arts, food, music and entertainment through a series of activities and events, designed to engage with the local community, celebrate the city and prompt discussion surrounding its future development.

RISE, a documentary by film maker Brett Harvey celebrating the history of the Pydar area of town, together with a display of proposed plans and ideas for the future use of sites around Truro, will be available to view in the Boscawen Foyer of Hall for Cornwall from Thursday to Sunday morning (when it moves to Lemon Quay), with opportunities for visitors to comment both at the display and online. 

On Friday 25 May, Truro plays host to a moving feast night, with food and drink provided by The Cornish Catering Company, Penrose Kitchen, Da Bara Bakery and Old Bakery Studios. Beginning with canapes at the Royal Cornwall Museum from 6pm, there will be three further courses at other historic venues around the city, complete with cultural and historical storytelling to enable the discussion of Truro as a cultural destination.

Saturday 26 May is Discover Truro Day, with a series of free family-focussed events taking place across the city, including a town trail, quiz, storytelling and the chance to win goody bags.

The festival culminates with a free event on Sunday 27 May at Lemon Quay event, starting from 12pm featuring live music, food and entertainment curated by The Old Bakery Studios. Throughout the afternoon, acoustic slots will showcase young local talent, while the evening line-up includes Stone Roots, Sam Richardson & Band, Milo Gore, The Velvet Hands and DJ Stanley Duke.

The day-long event begins at noon and is planned to co-ordinate with a group cycle ride to celebrate the newly completed route from Threemilestone led by Sustrans. Starting in Threemilestone at 11.30am and culminating at Lemon Quay, Sustrans will also be offering free bike checks and pedal powered smoothies, plus free Truro active travel maps and plenty of advice for cycling and walking around Truro and the rest of the county.

For more information and to confirm your place on the ride please contact:  Numbers are limited so book to avoid disappointment and note that under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Rachael Gaunt, part of the Placeshaping Team, said: “The main objective of the Truro Placeshaping Project is to develop Truro as a vibrant and resilient centre for residents, businesses and visitors alike. For the first time ever, the future use of key parcels of publicly -owned land within Truro is up for public discussion and by working with stakeholders and the various communities that make up Truro, we can help shape and enhance it as a prosperous, people-focussed place.”

“Collaborating with so many local businesses, attractions and venues in Truro means the festival really does cater for everyone. We’d like people across Truro, whether they live or work here, to have the chance to see the plans, have their say, put forward their ideas and get involved, and hopefully the festival will encourage them to do that.”

To view the ideas boards for the Truro Placeshaping Project call into the Boscawen Street Foyer of the Hall for Cornwall, from today Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 May (10am-6pm) or come along to the free event on Lemon Quay on Sunday 27 May.

For more information online about #LOVETRURO Fesitval of Ideas and Truro Placeshaping Project, visit or find the Facebook page @truroplaceshapingproject.

Posted 24 May 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council warning issued after Bude landowner prosecuted for non-compliance of planning enforcement notice

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 16:55

Cornwall Council has issued a warning to people who ignore enforcement notices following the successful prosecution of Bude landowner David Lang for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.


The Council issued a notice in July 2016 requiring Mr Lang to stop the unauthorised residential use of land, including the removal of two caravans and associated items on land at Wilderland Herb Farm, Morwenstow, Bude.

The case was heard at Bodmin Magistrates Court on the 21 May 2018. Mr Lang was found guilty of non-compliance with the enforcement notice.  The magistrates imposed on Mr Lang a two-year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £2000 towards the Council’s costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The Council’s Enforcement Group Leader Jon Drew said “Some people still don’t realise that failing to comply with an Enforcement Notice is a criminal offence. The Council’s Planning Enforcement Team are committed to prosecuting people who do not comply with a notice. 

“In this case the landowner has gained a criminal record, has to pay £2000 costs and still has to comply with the Enforcement Notice.”

Story posted 23 May 2018

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Sprinklers to be installed in all new homes provided by Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 13:09

Cornwall Councillors have signalled their desire to lead by example in keeping residents safe from house fires by agreeing to install sprinklers in all homes the Council builds and commissions in the future.

At today's full Council meeting, Councillors voted to approve a motion brought by Councillor Neil Burden, Cornwall Councillor for Stokeclimsland.

As a result sprinklers will be installed across all future Housing Development Programme (HDP) schemes at a cost of around £1.8million. As announced last month, the HDP will see the Council invest up to £170 million in directly building 1,000 new homes on sites across Cornwall. The developments will be a mix of homes for private market rental with 35% for affordable rent or shared ownership, 15% sold on the private market and 50% available for private market rental.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes Andrew Mitchell welcomed the move. "Sprinklers save lives. Our fire service has long advocated for the use of sprinklers as the evidence shows that they can prevent fire from spreading - not only making sure routes are clear for occupants to escape to safety, but also limiting property damage.

"While it is not mandatory to install sprinklers in new homes, this is our opportunity to lead by example. We are investing in building good quality homes for our residents and it is only right that we do all we can to ensure our future housing schemes exceed safety standards. 

"While the Council only provides a minority of all the new homes built in Cornwall, I hope that through our example we can promote wider adoption of this approach both by Registered Provider partners and by developers more generally."

Cornwall Council member for Stokeclimsland Neil Burden who first proposed the motion said: “This is but a small investment that will promote best practice and will make a difference for years to come and maybe when a family’s home and belongings have been saved when the sprinklers are triggered, some reflection on the positive action of this Council will be remembered.”


Story posted 22 May 2018

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Wyevale up for sale

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 10:40
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Council announces fast-tracked £30m blitz on potholes and road maintenance

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 21:16

Potholes and road maintenance across Cornwall will get a fast-tracked £30 million improvement blitz over three years, Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter announced today.
Pothole being filled

Ten million pounds of Highways capital funding will be brought forward to stem the rising maintenance backlog and respond to resident concerns about the state of Cornwall’s roads, bringing the total budget for 2018/19 up to £36.2m, with further work to be undertaken to allocate a further £20m in years two and three.

Councillor Paynter said: “Compared to many other local authority networks, our roads are in good condition, but if we don’t take more proactive action, we will face real issues.

“Some increases in capital funding from central government and one-off capital injections via funds such as the pothole grant have helped, but a prolonged wet and cold winter and two significant snow events have made our roads even more susceptible to damage.

“We need to take urgent action to eliminate the conditions which promote the formation of potholes, or we will face the same problems every year and will no longer be in the top 25% for condition of our A, B and U road networks,” he warned.

“So far in 2018 16,547 potholes have been recorded. If this trend continues for the remainder of the year, this will soar to a projected 45,000 potholes.Cabinet Member for Transport Geoff Brown said in 2016 a total of 27,660 potholes were recorded and 28,953 in 2017.

"Bringing forward this funding will enable us to halt the gradual decline in our rural network and over time we will see an improvement in the resilience of Cornish roads".

The £30m over three years will be invested in a targeted programme of works to:

  • target areas of deterioration where potholes have already formed and those areas where condition data indicates that they will occur
  • deal with longstanding maintenance issues which have the potential to adversely affect highway condition
  • support schemes which make a demonstrable and noticeable difference to the local community.

“This funding means we’ll be able to blitz a large number of potholes, as well as fix ditches, boltholes and culverts where there have been longstanding problems. It will also mean road surfaces will be strengthened to withstand the action of rain, frost and snow,” Cllr Brown said.

This investment is on top of the 53 schemes treated with the £5m challenge fund award secured from the Department for Transport last August.

Cornwall Council is responsible for a highway network of 7,350Km (approx. 4500 miles), valued in excess of £8 billion and one of the most valuable asset under the Council’s control.

The Council’s highway network currently faces an accumulated maintenance backlog in excess of £284m. In the 2017 Resident Survey, only 28.5% of respondents were satisfied with road maintenance.

Pothole repairs

Story posted 22 May 2018

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Council Leader calls for Cornwall to be ambitious for the future

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 16:50

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter has delivered a rallying call for Cornwall to be ambitious for itself and its people and claim its place on the national and international stage. 

Delivering his first State of Cornwall in the National Context speech at today’s Cornwall Council meeting, Councillor Paynter said: “In a world such as this it would be easy to shrink away from responsibility, looking passively at the events of the wider world. But I believe that now, more than ever, is the time for leadership; the time for putting Cornwall firmly on the map in the consciousness not only of people in these islands but beyond; the time to create a vision for our people that provides opportunity for one and all.”

He talked about the fight to secure new powers for the residents of Cornwall through New Frontiers, the proposal agreed by all partners on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board for changing the region’s economy to bring an additional £2bn and create 20,000 new jobs by 2030, and the Council’s ‘Fairer Funding’ campaign, which has over 88,000 people saw on social media.

Cllr Paynter said: “Working closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership on which I sit, Cornwall is now attracting national and international interest in its world class areas such as creative and digital industries, and is ambitious in emerging areas such as space technologies with its Spaceport bid. This Council has also levered in European funding to support low carbon projects including the UK’s first deep geothermal project, enabling energy to be generated from hot rocks.

“We need to grow our strengths in global industries like renewable energy, creative and digital technologies, and build on our mining heritage to exploit our lithium resources to develop batteries for electric vehicles.”

He called upon fellow Councillors to help make Cornwall Council the best it can possibly be as it works with partners, under its double devolution programme, to give local control over more community facilities. 

“Devolution at all levels is as much a philosophy as it is a programme.  I want power and services to reside at the level that best serves our residents; whether this is control of a library or powers devolved from Whitehall,” he said.

He highlighted the success of the devolution programme in the way local services are provided.  For example,

  • six more libraries have been devolved, whilst at the same time Cornwall achieved the best take up regionally of the summer reading challenge by school children
  • funding for 750 not-for-profit groups to support their communities
  • giving local communities more control on where development happens across Cornwall
  • devolving a combined budget of £1m per year to community networks to spend on small road schemes
  • securing £17m worth of investment into Cornwall’s buses with 700,000 extra journeys on the network, working with partners to launch contactless ticketing and improved signalling on Cornwall’s main rail line.

Cllr Paynter said delivering good quality services and listening to residents would remain core priorities. 

“The ability to travel; clean, open spaces; affordable housing; access to good schools; control of important community assets. These things matter. We’ve been told by our residents that these services matter, so we’ve worked hard to deliver. But there remains more to do. If we are to deliver our priorities we must continue to push for more powers, continue to shape our services based on residents’ needs and work through consensus and partnership.”


Posted 22 May 2018

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£1.4m grant from Cornwall Council kick-starts second “hot rocks” project in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 16:22

Cornwall Council today committed to exploring the future potential of hot rocks beneath Cornwall, by approving a £1.4m grant to Eden-EGS Energy to unlock a new deep geothermal project at the Eden Project, near St Austell.

Council Leader Adam Paynter welcomed the decision by members today to approve the £1.4m grant, saying this could be a significant moment for Cornwall’s ambition to become a world leader in renewable energy, secure Cornwall’s energy supply, potentially reduce energy bills for residents in the future and create more high quality jobs in engineering, research and technology for the next generation of school leavers.

The project, proposed by EGS Energy in partnership with Eden in Bodelva near St Austell, involves drilling a well to gain access to the hot rocks below, creating enough heat and electricity to potentially power the Eden Project and surrounding homes.  

Cornwall Council has today agreed to provide the £1.4m grant as match funding, subject to the Eden Project achieving funding from other sources.

The project is the second deep geothermal exploration project to receive match funding from the Council since 2016. Eden-EGS Energy will join Geothermal Engineering Limited (GEL), which secured funding of £10.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund in 2017 to drill two deep geothermal wells from its site within the United Downs Industrial Estate and build a 1MW pilot power plant to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of supplying electricity initially and potentially heat. Drilling at United Downs will begin later this year.

The project at United Downs was made possible after a grant of £2.4m by Cornwall Council unlocked a further £5m from private investors to match the European funding. 

Council Leader Adam Paynter said; “Cornwall is the first in the UK to explore the potential to power our economy from deep geothermal energy, the hot rocks and springs lying deep under Cornwall.

“This Council has secured money from national Government which we are using to lever in a total of £35 million funding from private businesses, Europe and research institutions for deep geothermal power.

“As a result companies in Cornwall are beginning drilling at United Downs and today [Cornwall Council] took a decision which will unlock a second site located within Eden.

“This has huge potential not just for Cornwall but for the national economy. Unlike other renewable sources where energy is dependent on the wind or the sun, deep geothermal offers a stable consistent and secure source of energy.

“All of this was made possible through our first devolution deal with Government. We want to build on this through our latest proposal, New Frontiers. We are seeking co-investment from Government in our deep geothermal projects in order to assess the potential to extract valuable minerals such as lithium that will be in high demand across the globe to power the electric vehicles of the future.”

Cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy, Bob Egerton said; “We know that granite in some areas of Cornwall has the highest heat flow in the UK – and the natural geothermal springs are rich in Lithium deposits.

“If we can find a way to exploit geothermal power successfully, these hot rocks have the potential to provide Cornwall with a rich source of strategic minerals and renewable energy, as well as significant benefits to the local economy from jobs, research and investment.

“By supporting one-off exploration projects like Eden and United Downs, This exploration for geothermal power at the Eden Project is a first step towards testing the technology we need to help us to exploit geothermal power more widely across Cornwall.”

Jordan Rowse, Cornwall Councillor for Par and St Blazey Gate said: "This is fantastic news and really shows the ambition of this Council.  Geothermal energy is not a new resource – it’s something that has been used in one way or another for years and years. However, for something that has been around for so long, it is still ever relevant today, and I don’t doubt that it will become a more vital resource going forward.

Geothermal energy is beneath our feet. In the rocks many, many miles below us there is an untapped pool; a resource that could change energy in Cornwall as we know it.  Geothermal power is innovative; it’s cost-effective and sustainable, it’s environmentally friendly and if it’s there will prove to be reliable. The potential this has for our economy, the inward investment this could attract, and the prospect of Cornish Lithium is something that excites me. I am delighted that this Council has supported, almost unanimously, this project which will seriously look in to the potential of geothermal power. 

This is something Eden have been working on for a number of years now and this is very much a long time coming. Eden is in my division and I absolutely support their brave and innovative efforts to find, extract and produce geothermal power.  This really will allow Cornwall to become a leader in environmental growth and renewable energy."

Story posted 22 May 2018

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Council agrees to support final phase of Newquay Strategic Route

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 15:03

Cornwall Council today (22 May 2018) agreed to fund a loan of £7.1m from the Council’s capital reserves to the Duchy of Cornwall to bring forward construction of new roads  which will unlock up to 3,880 homes and 58,000 sqm of employment space at Nansledan.

The loan will enable the Duchy of Cornwall to deliver phase 2a, the Western Arm, of the Newquay Strategy Route (NRS) earlier than planned and support the delivery of phases 2 and 3 of the scheme which is valued at £24.4m.

The Duchy has already funded and built the eastern arm and Rialton Link phases of the NSR contributing over £15m to the wider scheme. 

The loan will be provided at commercial rates with the Duchy of Cornwall paying back to the Council both the Capital and the interest on the loan.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy Bob Egerton said: “Today’s decision recognises that we can now move forward with the delivery of the Newquay Strategy Route. Without Council intervention the full access road that serves Nansleden would not be likely to be delivered in the next ten years.

Now that Cornwall Council has agreed the loan we can improve the lives of local residents sooner by improving the road network more quickly, as well as bringing forward more homes, jobs and growth to 2030 and beyond. This includes the Chapel Gover site which has planning conditions, restricting the development of 800 new homes, until the full Newquay Strategic Route is delivered.”

Cornwall Councillor for Colan and St Mawgan John Fitter added:  "The commitment by Cornwall Council to provide the balance of funding to enable the Newquay Strategic Route to be completed is excellent news for the residents of Trencreek, Trevenson Road and of course the long suffering residents who live in and around the Quintrell Downs roundabout. When completed, this Strategic route will enable traffic approaching Newquay from the west and wishing to travel to Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Aero Hub to reach their destination while avoiding Quintrell Downs and the impact that vehicles are having on the air quality of the residents who live there.  At the same time the completion of the route will allow a consultation process to begin to consider the closing to vehicles of the Rail Track Trencreek Crossing and Chapel Crossing, the closing of  which will bring major benefits to the quality of life to the residents who live in area "

Following today’s decision it is hoped that construction of the new roads can start in spring 2019 and be completed by January 2021.


Story posted 22 May 2018

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Caradon Community Network Panel to discuss highways and a greater voice for local communities

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 14:05

People in the Caradon Community Network area can hear about highways and plans to give local communities a greater voice at the Caradon Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 31 May. 

The meeting takes place at 6.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Callington Town Council Offices.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on

There will be a briefing on the new Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local transport schemes.  Community network panels are now able to review and prioritise local schemes and have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

The panel will also discuss other proposals to give local communities a greater voice by strengthening and empowering community network panels.

In addition, there will be updates on neighbourhood planning, as well as local matters from Cornwall, town and parish councillors.

Cornwall Councillor Andrew Long, Chair of Caradon Community Network Panel, said: “The new Community Network Highways Scheme is the first of a range of proposals designed to give our local communities more say about the things that affect them.  Everyone is welcome to come to the Caradon Community Network Panel meeting to learn about the other proposals for community networks and the local issues in our community network area.”

The Caradon Community Network Panel meets every two months to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues. 

Caradon Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the following parishes: Callington, Calstock, Linkinhorne, Pillaton, South Hill, St Dominick, St Ive, St Mellion and Stoke Climsland.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Story posted 22 May 2018

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Private parking sign fixed to Speed limit sign., 22nd May

Private parking sign cable tied to speed limit sign adjacent to public highway again. 3rd time in 2 years. Llawnroc PPC.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park North Quay, Hayle
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