By Peter Tremayne
The “public consultation” about temporary double-yellow lines painted on the road around Newquay airport will have to remain secret until Cornwall Council decides whether or not to make them permanent.
The double-yellow lines were painted as a last-minute panic measure in 2022 when County Hall finally realised it would have to enforce some sort of exclusion zone around Richard Branson’s rocket, before it took off strapped to the Virgin Orbit jumbo jet in January 2023.
Known as the “Spaceport Clearway” the double-yellow lines are part of an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO.) They were imposed in November 2022 following a four-month public consultation.
At the time of the ETRO application, the council said the results of its public consultation would be published by 18th November 2023. The council did not publish the results, triggering a question under Freedom of Information.
The reply, received last night, says: “The council has not yet made the decision to make this ETRO permanent.
"When a decision is made the results will be published in the normal manner (correspondence to all respondents and details on eGov).”
Cornwall Reports understands that a decision on whether or not the double-yellow lines should be made permanent is due in May.