Falmouth prepares to show support for its local leisure centre

By Richard Whitehouse A community event in Falmouth this weekend will aim to show support for the town’s leisure centre and the campaign to keep it open. Ships &...

North Cornwall celebrates resumption of Okehampton rail link

By Peter Tremayne The restored rail connection between Okehampton and Exeter resumed service at the weekend, providing a regular train service from Cornwall which can avoid the often tortuous...

A brief window in time: 36 hours next week to question Cornwall Council about leisure centre closures

By Julia Penhaligon and Richard Whitehouse The agenda is due to be published on Tuesday (23rd November) for the next full meeting of Cornwall Council – which appears set...

Leisure centres petition passes 5,000 names, forcing a full council debate

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will be forced to debate the proposed closure of four leisure centres.  A petition has easily garnered the required 5,000 signatures - it currently...

Your leisure centre is not a community asset, Cornwall Council tells Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge are furious that Cornwall Council has declared their local swimming pool, gym and sports hall is not a “community asset.” Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: County Hall now has options, as GLL destroys its own monopoly

By Graham Smith The deadline closed this morning (Wednesday) for expressions of interest to take over the running of four under-threat leisure centres in Cornwall. Cornwall Reports understands that...

Leisure centre closures: petition to force full council debate nears half-way stage

By Graham Smith A petition designed to force a full council debate about the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres has attracted more than 2,300 names in only four days....

Petition launched to force a full council vote on the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s ruling Conservative group of councillors are facing more embarrassment because of a new petition calling for the proposed closure of four leisure...

EXCLUSIVE: “I would resign rather than accept the closure of my leisure centre” – Tories starting to lose their grip on County Hall as Launceston rebellion threatens their council majority

By Graham Smith The Conservatives’ threat to close four of Cornwall’s leisure centres, and the hydrotherapy pool at St Austell, is in turn posing a threat to their majority...

Leisure centres’ closures is “the death of democracy in Cornwall” – says former council leader

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The way in which Cornwall Council is dodging scrutiny of plans to close four leisure centres has been criticised by a former council...

Sits Vac: North Cornwall Liberal Democrats seek new Parliamentary candidate

By Julia Penhaligon Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall are looking for a new Parliamentary candidate, after their 2019 champion Danny Chambers abandoned hopes of winning the seat at the...

Not a good look: Cornwall Council struggles to answer public questions as battle intensifies over the future of leisure centres

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor has told leisure centre campaigners to “wait and see” after fielding 17 questions from members of the public at this morning’s...

Leisure centre campaigners force closure proposals onto the agenda of today’s council cabinet meeting

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council’s ruling 10-member cabinet today (Wednesday) faces a picket-line of hostile questions about its proposals to close four leisure centres. The closure plans were originally...

Historic sites added to “at risk” register

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Historic England has added the Harvey’s Foundry complex, Hayle, and the medieval pack horse bridge at Launceston to its list of “at risk” sites in Cornwall....

Town Council rejects County Hall’s leisure centre consultation as “deeply flawed” in blistering attack on “closure decisions already made”

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Wadebridge Town Council has refused to respond to Cornwall Council’s “public” consultation over County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres. The town...

“Hands off our leisure centre,” Saltash protestors tell council

Scores of people turned out to support the campaign to save Saltash leisure centre yesterday - one of four under threat of closure.  Cornwall Council is also considering the...

The curious case of Cornwall Council’s decision to give GLL an extra £6.73 million, three months after the company asked to close four leisure centres

An extract from page 45 of a 46-page Appendix, this document was approved by Cornwall Council's cabinet on 22nd September - the same day that County Hall confirmed the...

Stop the closure of Falmouth’s leisure centre, says local MP

By Julia Penhaligon Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory has called on Cornwall Council to delay, for at least a year, its threatened closure of the Falmouth Ships and...

“If you tolerate this, then your leisure centre will be next” campaigners tell councillors

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Leisure centre campaigners are planning to protest in Saltash on Saturday (30th October) to draw attention to Cornwall Council’s closure plans. County Hall...

How much did your councillor cost last year? County Hall reveals full list of expenses

By Julia Penhaligon The total mileage claims paid to Cornwall councillors last year is a fraction of previous years, as Covid forced many to stay at home and take...

County Hall agrees to hold extraordinary one-day scrutiny committee meeting to consider leisure centre closures

By Graham Smith The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might be decided at a one-day extraordinary meeting of a scrutiny committee, probably to be held next month. The Customer...

EXCLUSIVE: If you don’t want to know the result of Cornwall Council’s “public consultation” over leisure centres, look away now

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) issue a tough message to leisure centre campaigners that it is rejecting the opinions it has heard during its “public consultation”...

Can Sophie pull it off? The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres might start to become a little more transparent by the end of next week

By Julia Penhaligon Important steps are about to be taken to determine the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres, with the prospect of a few clues emerging from County Hall...

EXCLUSIVE: This is what happens if you ask a silly question – how what was supposed to be a wide-ranging review of Cornwall’s sports and leisure facilities triggered the current crisis

By Julia Penhaligon The terms of reference for a consultants’ report about Cornwall’s sport and leisure facilities were substantially changed between February and July, Cornwall Reports can reveal. The...

Why I don’t use my local GLL swimming pool, by the councillor who gave the management contract to GLL

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The councillor who led the outsourcing of Cornwall’s leisure centres in 2017 has said their management is now so poor that he no...

Cornwall’s leisure centre management company is “a bad and exploitative employer,” says union, as workers vote 94% in favour of strike action over unpaid wages

By Julia Penhaligon The leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has condemned the company which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres as “a bad and exploitative employer.” Unite general secretary Sharon...

Now you see it, now you don’t: new puzzle over how the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is to be decided

By Graham Smith Confusion surrounds the date of a key Cornwall Council meeting which could determine the future of four leisure centres under threat of closure. A Customers and...

Technical problems force councillors to abandon scrutiny meeting before getting the chance to talk about leisure centres

By Graham Smith The Cornwall Council scrutiny committee which leisure centre campaigners had been hoping would set up an inquiry has been abandoned due to technical difficulties. Members of...

Leisure centre protestors tell council: “we want an inquiry now, not an inquest later”

By Graham Smith About 40 protestors, campaigning to save Cornwall's leisure centres, lobbied councillors as they arrived for this morning's (Tuesday's) meeting of a key scrutiny committee. Many of...

Leisure centre closures: council committee faces 17 questions in 15 minutes, all of them from Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon All 17 of the public questions to tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Cornwall Council scrutiny committee have been submitted by people disputing County Hall’s proposals to close the Wadebridge...

Cornwall’s leisure centre campaigners launch website to help protest against closures

By Graham Smith Leisure centre campaigners in Wadebridge have launched a website to help raise concern about Cornwall Council’s plan to close the town’s swimming pool. The Friends of...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council has spent months preparing its leisure centre closure hit list

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has disclosed that it has known for months that its outsourced leisure centre operator is seeking major revisions to the contract it signed only...

Campaign to save Cornwall’s leisure centres given new urgency by council’s attempt to dodge scrutiny and force a decision by 15th December

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council officials are trying to rush through a decision before Christmas about plans to close four leisure centres. The leisure centres under immediate threat are...

Covid-19: Government to give extra help to the “red wall” but ignores Cornwall, despite higher infection rate

By Anne North The government is about to announce a new package of measures to support local councils with high rates of Covid infection. Cornwall is not on the...

Tickets on sale now for Okehampton-Exeter daily train service, resuming next month after a 49 year wait

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Tickets have gone on sale today (Tuesday) for the first time in 49 years for regular daily train passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter.  Tickets are...

The leisure centres “watchdog” has no plans to bark – unless prompted

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has published the agenda for next week’s “watchdog” committee which is responsible for scrutinising County Hall’s proposals to close four leisure centres: Falmouth, Launceston,...

Hands off Cornwall’s leisure centres, says swimming star Ruby

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another swimming star has added her voice to calls to save Cornwall’s leisure centres. Ruby Griffiths, 15, from Looe, began her career with the Caradon swimming...

No answers from Cornwall Council at its first leisure centre meeting, as Tories warm to a formal inquiry

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council staged the first of its “public consultation” meetings last night (Wednesday) to gauge reaction to the proposed closure of four leisure centres. About 30...

North Cornwall flood alert as rivers swell

The Environment Agency has warned people living close to tributaries of the upper River Tamar, between Bude and Launceston,  to beware of flooding this morning (Tuesday) after nearly two...

Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats launch campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres”

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to “Save Our Leisure Centres.” An online petition seeks to secure at least 5,000 signatures, which would force the...

Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit due to reopen on Friday

By Anne North Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit is due to reopen on Friday (1st October) after closing suddenly in July due to staff shortages. Cornwall’s health chiefs justified the...

Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Leisure centres at Falmouth, Saltash and Wadebridge will close on 31st March next year unless local communities in those areas can think of plans to save...

Promotion for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double in this week’s government reshuffle

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has been promoted in the latest government reshuffle.  He becomes an Assistant Whip, an unpaid post, and joins North...

Leisure centres should become community assets, says North Cornwall MP Scott Mann

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, whose constituency includes two of the four leisure centre which Cornwall Council is considering for closure, has added his voice to...

Covid-19: South West “R” number falls to 0.8-1.2, but Newquay remains a concern

By Anne North The official Covid “R” number for the South West has fallen to 0.8-1.2, leaving room for doubt about whether the virus is increasing or decreasing. Daily...

Closure of Launceston’s Minor Injury Unit “will increase pressure on local GPs”

By Richard Whitehouse and Anne North The sudden closure of Launceston’s minor injury units will increase pressure on local GPs, the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group heard yesterday (Tuesday.)...

Launceston Minor Injury Unit closes suddenly with no explanation

By Anne North The minor injury unit at Launceston has been closed until October.  No formal announcement appears to have been made nor any reason given, although similar sudden...

Call for more walk-in Covid vaccination centres in North and South East Cornwall is “a fair challenge”

By Anne North County Hall is to explore ways of increasing Covid vaccination opportunities in North and South East Cornwall, after hearing concerns that Stithians and Wadebridge are the...

Boundary Commission proposals expected to re-ignite “Devonwall” row

By Julia Penhaligon Arguments about a “Devonwall” Parliamentary constituency look set to be revived tonight (Monday) when a new review outlines plans to redraw boundaries. Previous plans to abolish...

Keep politics out of politics, says Cornwall Council deputy leader

By Julia Penhaligon An election leaflet distributed by Cornwall Council’s deputy leader Adam Paynter is raising eyebrows in some parts of North Cornwall, as the former Liberal Democrat councillor...

All in one place: the full list of the Cornwall Council candidates

By Julia Penhaligon A total of 374 candidates have entered the contest to elect a new Cornwall Council on 6th May. The tally of candidates by party, or description...

Email-gate: Cornwall’s Independent group leader urges backing for Adam Paynter, ahead of next week’s confidence vote in council leader

By Julia Penhaligon The “email-gate” scandal which has plunged Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats into crisis has taken a new twist today (Thursday) after the leader of County Hall’s Independent group...

Two Cornwall councillors quit Liberal Democrat group

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats appear to have suffered two defections, ahead of next week’s County Hall “vote of confidence” in council leader Julian German. Launceston’s Jade Farrington...

All of Cornwall’s leisure centres will reopen on Monday 12th April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane All 12 of Cornwall Council’s leisure centres are to reopen on 12th April, despite the continuing financial difficulties of the private management company GLL. Saltash, St...

Email-gate: I am a Liberal Democrat, but will stand for election as an Independent, says Adam Paynter

By Richard Whitehouse The Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council has spoken out in response to the Liberal Democrats suspending him from the party after he shared a confidential email...

Former MP Dan Rogerson to seek election to Cornwall Council in Launceston

By Julia Penhaligon Former North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson is to seek election to Cornwall Council. Mr Rogerson, who lives in Bodmin, is taking his considerable campaign experience to...

Email-gate: Adam Paynter is definitely still a Liberal Democrat, at least for now, says the Local Government Association

By Julia Penhaligon Launceston councillor Adam Paynter is back in the Liberal Democrats, only three weeks after resigning all party positions and joining the Independent group at County Hall....

EXCLUSIVE: In, out, shaken all about – is Cornwall’s Adam Paynter on his way back to the Liberal Democrats?

By Julia Penhaligon The Independent group of councillors at Cornwall Council has been thrown into more confusion this morning (Thursday) by news that Launceston’s Adam Paynter could be on...

Elections 2021: North Cornwall Liberal Democrats offering social media platform to Independent candidate Adam Paynter

By Julia Penhaligon The former Liberal Democrat leader of Devon County Council has given his backing to Launceston councillor Adam Paynter, who is planning to contest the 6th May...

Elections 2021: Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats squabble over who can use the party’s logo

By Julia Penhaligon A tug-of-war has broken out over the potential use of the Liberal Democrats’ official name and logo, as party officials continue to ponder whether they will...

Tough questions ahead for County Hall, as leisure centres remain closed until the middle of the election campaign

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is likely to be questioned again tomorrow (Tuesday) when councillors consider the latest update from the Cornwall Council cabinet member...

You didn’t get it from me!! The exclusive, inside story of the Cornwall Liberal Democrats’ “email-gate,” and how it caused the downfall of their national treasure

By Graham Smith “You didn’t get it from me!”  These words, prefacing the deliberate leak of a confidential email, are the main cause of a major crisis for Cornwall’s...

A story of bullying and breach of trust: why the Liberal Democrats had to get rid of Adam Paynter

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon All political eyes in Cornwall have suddenly turned to a small branch of the Liberal Democrats in North Cornwall, asking if local activists...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats told they need a new group leader as the national party dumps Adam Paynter

By Graham Smith The Liberal Democrats appear poised to jettison their leader in Cornwall, Launceston councillor Adam Payntor, just weeks before the local council elections. For more than a...

Budget boost for Okehampton rail link could benefit North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) budget support for improved rail services between Exeter and Okehampton. Regular services were withdrawn in 1972 but...

Constable jailed for having sex with crime victim in Launceston police station

By Peter Tremayne A Devon and Cornwall police officer has been jailed for 10 months for having sex with a crime victim in Launceston police station’s disabled toilet. PC...

Major expansion plans at Launceston College

By Richard Whitehouse A secondary school has revealed new plans for an extension which will increase capacity and add new facilities. Launceston College has launched consultation on the plans...

Reopening Cornwall’s branch railway lines: plenty of ideas, but no money for infrastructure

By Daniel Clark A £500 million government fund to study the prospect of reopening old railways lines in Cornwall has now been open for more than a year –...

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Adam Paynter elected leader of Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats, despite party’s disciplinary wrangle

By Graham Smith Launceston councillor Adam Paynter has been elected unopposed as leader of the Liberal Democrat group at County Hall, despite an internal party wrangle about disciplinary proceedings...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

All change, again, at Launceston’s White Hart hotel

By Peter Tremayne Launceston’s historic White Hart hotel has new owners, for the second time in two years. Built in the early 17th century, it is Launceston’s only hotel. ...

Launceston’s new primary school set to open next year

By Richard Whitehouse A new primary school is set to open in Launceston in September 2021 and wants to hear from local people.  A six-week public consultation starts on...

Police officer to appear in court accused of misconduct, following incident at Launceston

By Peter Tremayne A police constable is due to appear before magistrates on Wednesday (28th October) accused of misconduct in public office. The allegation concerns an incident at Launceston...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s rate of infection doubles in three days; 70 new cases since Friday; five clusters

By Anne North Thirty-seven new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Cornwall in the past 24 hours, more than double the number of positive test results in a single...

Covid-19: St Germans and Mellion come off the “cluster” list but another 17 new cases in Cornwall in 24 hours

By Anne North The St Germans and Mellion area has come off the Public Health “watch list” of Covid-19 clusters, after the number of cases there fell below three....

New Covid-19 cluster in Launceston

By Anne North Cornwall has acquired another “cluster” of Covid-19 cases, this time in Launceston. A cluster is defined as two or more cases outside of a family setting,...

“Save Our Pool!” – Wadebridge fears its leisure centre is at the top of County Hall’s “hit list”

By Graham Smith About 30 protestors staged a peaceful, socially-distanced demonstration in Wadebridge on Friday evening to highlight the loss of their local leisure centre. The swimming pool, gym,...

Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will all remain closed until further notice after another “outsourcing” contract goes bad

By Graham Smith Leisure centres at Falmouth, Launceston, St Ives, Saltash and Wadebridge will not reopen on 25th July, after Cornwall Council surrendered to its private operators GLL over...

“We’re in the money!” Penzance in line for a multi-million pound windfall, while North and East Cornwall can only wait for crumbs

By Peter Tremayne Towns in Cornwall have been given details of the financial help they can expect for “regeneration.”  Penzance is the big winner – with almost everywhere north...

Budget cash for Camelford by-pass

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Today’s budget has included funding for a Camelford by-pass. The government has accepted the business case for a single-carriageway to the west of town. The £42.5...

Coughs and sneezes don’t just spread diseases – they underline the 5,000-mile connection between Cornwall’s dairy farmers and China

By Julia Penhaligon Some call it the “butterfly effect.”  A small change in initial conditions can have much larger consequences in a later state.  It is why students of...

Look closely at the humble Cornish hedgerow and you will find a publicly-funded piece of installation art

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work is about to start on the construction of a large “Cornish hedge” on Bodmin Moor, part of a major piece of artwork to celebrate the...

New council homes at Launceston, Padstow and Probus for social rent and shared ownership

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council’s cabinet has agreed to acquire 177 homes which will be made available for local people. The cabinet agreed yesterday (Wednesday)  to take on the...

Christmas Eve fire destroys barn near Launceston

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews from across North Cornwall were called to deal with a large barn fire near Launceston on Christmas Eve.    Emergency services advised residents in and...

Residents near A30 at Temple say the job is still not finished

By Richard Whitehouse People living and working next to Cornwall’s main road have accused Cornwall Council of failing to deliver on promises made when the road was improved. More...

Cornwall’s Anti-Brexit campaign pins its election hopes on tactical voting

By Anne North Cornwall’s anti-Brexit campaigners are being urged to vote tactically on Thursday, with organisers of the Cornwall For Europe organisation believing that three local constituencies are in...

Walking back to happiness, as new bridges restore access to Cornwall coastal path

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in...

Labour selects Bodmin’s Joy Bassett as its Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall

By Anne North Labour took a step towards completing its compliment of Parliamentary candidates in Cornwall last night (Tuesday) when the party selected Bodmin’s Joy Bassett as its choice...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson visits North Cornwall

By Anne North Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson took time out from a family holiday yesterday (Saturday) to visit party activists in Launceston. She told reporters she was confident...

YouGov poll cheers Liberal Democrats in St Ives and North Cornwall

By Anne North A YouGov poll conducted across 20 constituencies where the Liberal Democrats came second in 2017 suggests that St Ives MP Derek Thomas and North Cornwall MP...

I’ve never met a straight woman who didn’t fancy me, says Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer

By Anne North Plymouth Moor View’s Conservative MP has this morning (Sunday) discovered that if you have to explain a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.  Johnny Mercer found himself...

Why you should keep your eyes on the road when you drive on the A30 at Launceston

By Daniel Clark A layby on the A30 near Launceston is a “dogging hotspot” according to a Devon and Cornwall police Freedom of Information answer. There were 17 instances...

Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer gets his foot on the first rung of the ministerial ladder

By Graham Smith Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer has been appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. Mr Mercer...

Increase in local motorists caught speeding at more than 100 mph

By Peter Tremayne The number of motorists caught speeding at more than 100 mph in Devon and Cornwall increased 14% last year. Research by the road safety campaign Brake...

Is the man who fell to Earth in Davidstow Britain’s first Libyan boat refugee?

By Graham Smith The young man who fell from underneath a lorry near Davidstow earlier this month has told immigration officials he is a refugee from Libya. Although his...

“Illegal immigrant” arrested after falling from underneath lorry at Davidstow

By Peter Tremayne Border Force officials are preparing to question a man who fell from underneath a lorry as it drove through Davidstow, north Cornwall, last week.  The incident...

Launceston set for growth?

13th February 2017
By Julia Penhaligon

Cornwall Reports is currently examining the Cornwall Council Site Allocations Document, to be considered by the Planning Policy Advisory Committee next week.

The document identifies the following towns/areas as strategically important for growth: Penzance & Newlyn,  Hayle,  Camborne-Pool-Illogan-Redruth,  Helston, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, St Austell, Eco-communities (china clay areas)  Bodmin, Launceston and Saltash.

Here is a map, and the planning officer’s executive summary:

A Cornwall Site Allocations Document is being prepared that sets out strategic sites to deliver Cornwall’s economic and housing growth within some of Cornwall’s largest settlements. The Cornwall Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD), forms part of a suite of documents that sit under the banner of the Cornwall Local Plan; demonstrating how the growth targets within the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document will be delivered within these settlements.

The development of the area based sections of the Allocations DPD has been progressed in close consultation with the relevant local Cornwall Council members and the Town and Parish Councils.

The document recently went through a period of public consultation, ending on the 16 November 2016.

 

Approximately 1300 representations were received and the main issues that were raised, together with officer responses, are set out in Appendix 2 (see ‘Supporting Information’ at the end of this report for the link to the document).

As a result of this consultation, together with the continued engagement with other bodies, various changes to the area based sections were made. Appendix 1 sets out the proposed publication version of the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD, with changes to the area based section highlighted using track changes.

This report is seeking endorsement of this publication version of the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD; which would result in undertaking a further period of public consultation. Subject to no significant changes being required as a result of this consultation, the Service Director of Planning & Sustainable Development, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning, would then submit the Cornwall Site Allocations DPD to the Secretary for State, which would then lead to an Examination in Public.


Charities get record boost from Countryman's Fair

From Show Secretary Jenny Smith

The Cornwall & Devon Countryman’s Fair has given a record amount of money to charity. The event was held last August at Werrington Park, Launceston.

At the Presentations Reception held on Friday 20 January at The Arundell Arms, local organisations received their donations from Chairman, Charles Huntington- Whiteley. Among those present were PCs Steve Stoppard and Danielle Hill who accepted a cheque on behalf of the Launceston Police Cadets; and Sonia Clements and Rachael Allen who received a cheque for the Launceston Voluntary First Aid Service.

The main charity chosen for 2016 was the West Country Rivers Trust whose Chief Executive, Dr Laurence Couldrick, outlined the Trust’s work in the Tamar Valley and expressed his delight at the substantial help which the trust had received.

Another major beneficiary of the Fair was Werrington Cricket Club whose members work so hard stewarding on the day. In total, more than £26,000 was given away.

Bouquets were presented to Mrs Sarah Williams of Werrington Park and to Mrs Anne May-Somerville who with Mrs Debbie Hext had provided a superb lunch in the VIP tent for the show’s judges and patrons.

Show Secretary, Jenny Smith, said: ‘We are most grateful to all those who contributed to the success of the Fair. I would especially like to thank our President, Mike Williams for his wisdom and experience, and Alison Hawes, who has just retired from being Regional Director of the Countryside Alliance, whose help for many years has been invaluable. Rob Tetley had a record turn-out of trade stalls this year, assisted by Sally Harvey who advised on our new Farmers Market for local food and drink producers.

Committee chairman Charles Huntington-Whiteley had a busy evening!  All photos by Peter Glaser

 

I must also mention William May Somerville and Dave Chapman who worked hard to prepare the pond for fishing demonstrations, George Hext for marketing the fair and Paul Jenkins for taking on our facebook page which took off.

It was a glorious day which everyone enjoyed enormously. We have been able to give a lot of money to local charities, the past two events have been particularly successful. I am so proud to have been part of this team effort. I had the best tutor in Roger Pook.’