Tuesday, 6 July 2021

My latest Cornwall Council report


This report covers the last three months (24th March – 30th June 2021). My normal monthly reports were not done in April and early May because of the local elections.

1.0 Cornwall Council elections

First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who supported me in the recent election. I was very pleased to be returned for the new larger division of St Dennis & St Enoder. The result was:

Dick Cole (MK) - 1,501
Nick Morris (Con) - 354
Julian Young (Lib Dem) - 73

The number of seats on the Council had been reduced from 123 to 87, and the Conservatives won 47 of the divisions, giving them an overall majority.

I am now the group leader of a larger Mebyon Kernow / Green Group, which comprises five MK councillors (one more than last time) and a newly-elected Green Party councillor.

2.0 Council meetings

Physical meetings have recommenced at Cornwall Council, but only voting members of the various committees are allowed to be present. Non-committee members wishing to take part have to do so via Teams video-conferencing. I have attended Full Council, the Customers Overview & Scrutiny Committee, and Constitution & Governance. I also attended a meeting of the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee – via Teams.

In addition, I have attended three physical meetings of St Dennis Parish Council and two physical meetings of St Enoder Parish Council.

I have also had a number of meetings via Teams or Zoom video-conferencing about a range of local issues. Some of these are referenced in this report.

3.0 China Clay Area Community Network

A meeting of our local Community Network (for Cornwall Councillors and parish councils) took place (via Teams) on 14th June, and I was elected Chairman for the next 12 months. The meeting also agreed that the priority for the Community Network must be the promotion of a Strategy for the China Clay Area, which I will be taking a lead on.

4.0 New project in Clay Country

Cornwall Council is piloting a Local Heritage List Project, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It will cover two areas; Redruth and Clay Country (plus some surrounding parishes). A Community Outreach Officer is being recruited to support the two communities to nominate historic structures or places not already designated, that they would like to see included in a local list and potentially considered for statutory protection (Listing or Scheduling).

Local people will be able to volunteer to help with the project, and I will bring forward more information when I have it.

5.0 Parliamentary Boundary Review

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) has just published its initial proposals for new boundaries for parliamentary constituencies. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will retain six constituencies and there will be no cross-Tamar constituencies but, disappointingly, the proposals would split the China Clay Area between two parliamentary constituencies.

The proposal places three of the four Clay Country divisions within a modified St Austell & Newquay Constituency – namely Penwithick & Boscoppa (comprising the whole of Treverbyn Parish, except Bugle), St Dennis & St Enoder (comprising two whole parishes), and St Stephen (comprising the whole of St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish, except Whitemoor). But the fourth division – Roche & Bugle (comprising the whole of Roche Parish plus Bugle from Treverbyn Parish and Whitemoor from St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish) – would be within a modified South East Cornwall Constituency.

Not only would Clay Country be split but, as pointed out above, two local parishes would also be divided between parliamentary seats.

I am working with councillors and others to make representations to the BCE about keeping the parishes of the China Clay Area together. It is my hope that Dennis Parish Council and St Enoder Parish Council will both support this initiative.

ST DENNIS PARISH ISSUES

6.0 Finding out more

It has been a privilege to serve the parish of St Enoder for the last 22 years. I am now honoured to have been returned on 6th May to serve the new division of St Dennis & St Enoder. Because I have not represented St Dennis Parish before, I have been doing my best to find out more about the issues facing local people. I have attended three meetings of St Dennis Parish Council and a briefing with the Parish Council Chairman and Clerk.

I am grateful that the Chairman and Clerk also took me out for a walk and to bring a number of issues to my attention. This included the condition of the play area on Hall Road and the footway between Manson Place and Trelavour Road. We also discussed issues relating to the parish cemetery.

A number of residents have also been in contact with me and, in the coming weeks, I will be arranging some surgeries at ClayTAWC so that people will be able to speak to me.

7.0 “CERC” Liaison Group

I attended the most recent meeting of the Liaison Group for the incinerator – again via Teams. The Chairman of the Parish Council was also present, but there were no members of the public there. If anyone has got an issue that they would like to see raised at future meetings, please get in contact with me.

8.0 St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust

As the Cornwall Councillor covering St Dennis Parish, I have been invited to be a member of the Community Trust, which distributes the funds generated by the planning obligations imposed on the incinerator. I will be accepting the offer to join the Trust.

9.0 Planning matters in St Dennis Parish

At the present time, I am keeping an eye on a couple of “live” planning proposals and reading up on them. These include the proposal for 27 houses at Hendra Prazey (PA20/11311) and the proposal for a solar farm near Trerice, for which some pre-application consultations were undertaken during March and April by a firm called Statkraft UK.

During the election period, I attended the meeting of St Dennis Parish Council – via Zoom video-conferencing – at which Statkraft gave a presentation. We are now waiting to see what form the application will take and whether Statkraft UK will make any meaningful changes to their proposal following feedback from the local community.

10.0 Traffic matters in St Dennis Parish

Parish councillors have raised concerns with me about speeding at a number of locations within the village. I am presently collating the reports from speed readings previously taken by Cornwall Council, in advance of a more formal discussion with local councillors.

ST ENODER PARISH ISSUES

11.0 Planning maters

I continue to deal with a range of planning applications. Updates of note are as follows:

11.1 Fifty properties at St Columb Road (PA20/02929)

Residents will be aware that a proposal for 50 properties to the rear of the new development opposite the Doctors’ Surgery was refused by Cornwall Council and the developers appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. I was pleased to write a detailed representation to the appeal on behalf of the Parish Council, which also included 75 letters of objection (representing 108 local people), and I can report that the Planning Inspector has agreed with Cornwall Council, St Enoder Parish Council and local objectors.

The Inspector rejected the appeal, stating that “the proposed development would harm the character and appearance of the area and not be of an appropriate scale.”

11.2 Development opposite the Doctors’ Surgery (PA18/04292)

The development of ten units opposite the Doctors’ Surgery has been completed but the condition to put double yellow lines in front of the development had not been actioned. The condition stated:

"Prior to commencement of development, the applicant shall submit to the Highway Authority a request for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to mark out double yellow lines along Parka Road on the road side fronting the site subject of this permission. If following the statutory consultation process the TRO is deemed acceptable, then prior to occupation of development the associated works shall be implemented.
"Reason: To mark out double yellow lines along the road frontage of the development along Parka Road in order to reduce obstruction to the free flow of traffic and improve highway safety in accordance with Policy 27 of the Cornwall Local Plan."

I have raised this oversight with the developer and I hope it will soon be remedied.

11.3 Solar Farm between St Columb Road and Whitecross

In addition to the proposal for a solar farm in St Dennis Parish, Statkraft UK also undertook pre-application consultation for a solar farm on land at Tresithney, just to the north-west of St Columb Road. In April, on behalf of St Enoder Parish Council, I produced a document which summarised the views of local people and I forwarded to the applicants.

As with the proposal in St Dennis Parish, we are presently waiting to see what form the application will take and whether Statkraft UK will make any meaningful changes to their proposal following feedback from the local community.

12.0 Referendum for St Enoder Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Electors in the parish of St Enoder have recently received polling cards for the referendum for the Neighbourhood Plan for St Enoder Parish. It will take place on Thursday 15th July.

Over the last few years, the Neighbourhood Plan was produced by the Parish Council. It is a planning document and has to be in general conformity with other planning documents such as the National Planning Policy Framework (produced by central government) and the Cornwall Local Plan (produced by Cornwall Council).

The Neighbourhood Plan does not duplicate policies or re-state guidelines included within other documents. It does however ensure an extra level of policy detail at the local level.

The question in the referendum will be:
“Do you want Cornwall Council to use the neighbourhood plan for St Enoder to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

Further information about the Neighbourhood Plan will be circulated over the next few days leading up to the vote.

13.0 Highway matters

13.1 Proposed new footway between Harvenna Heights estate and Indian Queens School

There was a Teams meeting on 10th June, where I went through the legal paperwork for the transfer of part of the field to the west of Indian Queens School, from Cornwall Council to St Enoder Parish Council. The document contained a number of clauses that, from the Parish Council’s perspective, needed to be amended and, as soon as this is done, the transfer will be completed.

This will mean that the Parish Council will be able to proceed with the works for the footway, between Harvenna Heights and the School, through the summer.

13.2 Proposed zebra crossings on Chapel Road and St Francis Road, Indian Queens

The consultation on the proposal for two proposed zebra crossings and associated measures on Chapel Road and St Francis Road took place in March. I have spoken to officers and I will be briefed on the consultation feedback in early July.

13.3 Proposed works on A3058 through Summercourt

There was a Teams meeting on 28th May for me to view the final design of the proposed works on the A3058 though Summercourt. The consultation will be slightly later than I had hoped – in July/August – but I am still pushing that we are in a position for the works to be completed in the Autumn of this year. The relevant officers have assured me that they are already talking to Cormac about fitting it into their work programme for later in 2021.

13.4 Summercourt School

The layout of improvement works outside the school is also being finalised for consultation and, in mid April, I met with the head of Summercourt School and representative of the Aspire Academy to discuss what will be proposed.

13.5 Sea View Terrace

Cornwall Council officers have also identified Sea View Terrace, on the road between Fraddon and Sea View Terrace, as a location to be reviewed as part of their “road safety” audit of around thirty locations across Cornwall. I will report further when I have more feedback from officers on their work.

13.6 Road through Fraddon and St Columb Road

There have been a number of accidents in Fraddon in recent months and I have used this actuality to call on officers to do a full review of road safety issues relating to the stretch of road from Penhale and through Fraddon and St Columb Road.

An initial meeting was held on 17th June and officers have agreed to commence such an assessment looking, in particular, at where there have been incidents in recent years. The project is presently being worked up and I will report more in the near future.

Linked to this, I am continuing to push for Cornwall Council and the businesses at Kingsley Village to address the parking problems at Penhale, where there have been a couple of recent accidents and numerous near-misses. I have already formally requested some double yellow lines in this area.

14.0 St Enoder Cemetery

I have also been pleased to help the Parish Clerk with the supervision of repair works being carried out within the closed cemetery situated adjacent to the Parish Church and churchyard.

The contractors are presently repairing the wall that was built to enclose the burial ground in the early 1880s. Various sections had collapsed, largely because of the impact of tree roots, and many of the moulded capping stones had also slipped from the tops of the walls.

I must admit that these works are very personal to me. Like many local people, lots of my relatives are interred in the space. But when we were initially planning the renovations, I noticed that the moulded capping stones were stamped “CHYTANE” and had therefore been produced by the Chytane China Clay and Brick Works Company, located to the south of Fraddon.

My very own great-great-grandfather, John Cole, worked as a brickmaker at Chytane and it is documented that, by 1884, he was the superintendent and agent for the works.

I am so pleased to know that my own family was involved with the construction of the old cemetery and that I am involved with the present works to improve its modern condition.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

My latest monthly report


Time period: 23rd February – 23rd March 2021

1.0 Council and other meetings

Over the last month, I have attended a number of virtual meetings and briefings via Microsoft Works and Zoom.

In terms of Cornwall Council, these have included Full Council; a briefing in advance of this coming week’s Full Council; Economic Growth and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee and an associated briefing; the Cornish National Minority Working Group and two meetings about the 2021 census and the publicity for the “write-in” option for Cornish nationality; monthly meeting of elected members within the China Clay Area; the first meeting of the core group for a new Race Equality Forum for Cornwall; and a members’ briefing session.

I have also had a number of meetings about the road safety schemes which are being brought forward in St Enoder Parish.

In addition, I have been at meetings of St Enoder Parish Council, South & East Cornwall Community-Led Local Development Local Action Group, and the lockdown support group for the China Clay Area.

2.0 Planning matters

The Parish Council and I continue to deal with a range of planning applications. Updates of note are as follows:

2.1 Fifty properties at St Columb Road (PA20/02929)

Last month, I reported that Cornwall Council had refused planning permission for the construction of 50 new properties at St Columb Road, on land immediately to the rear of the development opposite the Doctors’ Surgery, and that the applicant had appealed the decision to the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate.

On behalf of the Parish Council, I have prepared a detailed representation for the appeal, which stretches to more than 5,000 words. It sets out a wide range of evidence as to why the development should not be allowed to proceed. The submission also included a large number of letters of objection from local residents.

2.2 Six extra gypsy / traveller pitches at Little Meadows, Toldish (PA20/03553)

In August, Cornwall Council refused planning permission for six additional gypsy / traveller pitches at Little Meadows, Toldish. There is already a planning consent for six units at the site, which have yet to be fully constructed.

As anticipated, the applicant has appealed the decision to the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate. When the timetable for the appeal is published, I will produce a detailed representation on behalf of the Parish Council and local objectors.

2.3 Solar Farm between St Columb Road and Whitecross

A firm called Statkraft UK is working up a proposal for a solar farm on land at Tresithney, just to the north-west of St Columb Road. Information about the proposal can be found on the on Statkraft’s website as below:

https://www.statkraft.co.uk/about-statkraft-uk/where-we-operate/Locations/white-cross-solar-energy-farm 

The website states that the proposal “is in the early stages of development,” but also notes that the company anticipates submitting an application in June of this years.

The website includes a map which shows the fields around Tresithney, where solar panels are proposed. Some of these fields abut the edge of St Columb Road and the northern half of Barton Lane towards Whitecross. It also shows an “area of search” through which they would need to lay electric cables towards the power station on the St Dennis road. The area of search includes the built-up areas of Indian Queens, St Columb Road and the northern part of Fraddon; and concerns have already been raised about the disturbance that such cable laying might cause.

The information is very limited at the present time and I have been in contact with a representative of the company to find out more. The website states that “from 29th March, a full online consultation space will be available, where you can view further project details including access maps, layout diagrams, photographs, videos and more.”

I am also monitoring feedback from the local community, so that this can inform what representations I make back to the applicants and Cornwall Council.

2.4 Indian Queens Industrial Estate

Last year, there was an application (PA19/05975) which sought a new access into an industrial unit at the Indian Queens Estate from Moorland Road for the provision of 15 parking spaces. It was strongly opposed by local residents. Planning officers recommended that it should be approved, so I referred it to a meeting of the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee on 2nd November. Members of the Planning Committee voted unanimously to reject the application.

The owners of Unit 2 had also created a largish area of hardstanding, which planners were told would be turned back to grass if their initial application for the parking area was successful. But by the time of the November meeting, they had already submitted a planning application (PA20/09460) for four houses in this area. This application was withdrawn by the applicants when they were told it would be refused by the local authority.

I am very disappointed that the owner has submitted another application (PA21/01683) for this area. This time, it is for four commercial units with a B8 use (ie. storage and distribution). It again includes a new access onto Moorland Road and I will, once again, do my utmost to represent the views of local residents.

4.0 Highway improvements

4.1 Proposed new footway between Harvenna Heights estate and Indian Queens School


The legal paperwork for the transfer of part of the field to the west of Indian Queens School, from Cornwall Council to St Enoder Parish Council, has been prepared by unitary authority and passed to the Parish Council’s solicitor.

As soon as the transfer is completed, the Parish Council will be able to begin the construction of the proposed new footway between the Harvenna Heights estate and Indian Queens School. At the end of February, the Parish Council’s handyman cleared some vegetation (in advance of the bird nesting season) so that the Parish Council will be in a position to proceed with the works quite soon.

4.2 Proposed zebra crossings on Chapel Road and St Francis Road, Indian Queens

There is a live consultation about the two proposed zebra crossings and associated measures on Chapel Road and St Francis Road. The full consultation can be viewed on Cornwall Council’s website at:
https://www.engagespace.co.uk/cornwall/

The consultation ends on 31st March.

4.3 Proposed works on A3058 through Summercourt

The design of the proposed improvements along the A3058 are nearing completion and I have been assured that the consultation on the proposals will commence in May.

The potential location for the permanent vehicle activated sign (VAS) in St Austell Street has been agreed, and following a series of accidents on Beacon Road, I am continuing to feed the views / perspectives of local residents to the design team.

4.4 Summercourt School

The first indicative layout of improvement works outside the school have been forwarded to me. The works will include the extension of the 30mph further to the east, new markings on the highway, and permanent vehicle activated signs which will be calibrated to show a 20mph limit immediately outside the School during the times that children arrive at and leave the school. I anticipate that the consultation will also take place in May.

I will update parish councillors further at the meeting.

5.0 “Towards a Strategy for the China Clay Area”

Following the production of this document, a meeting has been secured with the key officers from the Economic Growth and Development directorate. It is an opportunity to get senior staff from the unitary authority to take the needs of Clay Country parishes seriously.

6.0 Full Council

At the meeting on 23rd February, councillors agreed a 4.99% increase in council. This included the government’s suggested 3.0% uplift to go towards meeting the rising costs of adult social care. Such was the pressure on the council’s finances, especially with the added burden from the pandemic, that none of the opposition groups on the council felt able to move an alternative to that proposed by the Liberal Democrat / Independent administration.

7.0 2021 census

Over the last few weeks, I have been involved with promoting the 2021 census and, in particular, the right of people to describe their identity as Cornish.

8.0 Inquires

In addition, I have had queries on a host of subjects from local residents, and I have done my best to assist.

Please note:
I will not be doing a report for the next (April) meeting of the Parish Council, as that falls within the election period, when I will be standing for re-election to the unitary authority.

ANNUAL REPORT (2020-2021) FOR PARISH ASSEMBLY (23rd MARCH 2021)

This report includes a summary of my work as the Cornwall Councillor for St Enoder Division over the last twelve months. The topics covered are not exhaustive and I have also assisted a wide range of people with specific localised or personal issues.

1.0 Lockdown

My last physical meeting prior to the lockdown was the local VE Day Committee, which had to cancel the events planned for 8th and 10th May 2020, and one of the last events I was involved with was the visit of two classes from Indian Queens School to New County Hall on 11th March.

Lockdown commenced on 23rd March and from that point, like so many people, I have worked from home, with lots and lots of meetings held via Microsoft Teams or Zoom video-conferencing.

2.0 Covid-19 response / volunteer activities

It has been remarkable how many people have stepped forward to help support their families, friends and members of the wider community throughout this last difficult year

In late March, the Clerk of St Enoder Parish Council (Amanda Kendall) and I were registered as the local parish hub with Volunteer Cornwall. I worked with the St Columb Road Surgery to organise a team of volunteers to deliver prescriptions to people who were shielding or deemed vulnerable. This took place between April and July. More recently, I was pleased to help out a little with marshalling of people coming to get their vaccinations at the St Columb Surgery.

In addition, I have attended the Covid-19 Local Outbreak Engagement Board (for briefings about the response to the pandemic) and also the lockdown support group for the China Clay Area.

3.0 Planning matters

There has also been a large number of planning applications for our area, where I have done my best to represent the views of local people. A few examples are as follows:

3.1 Indian Queens Industrial Estate (PA19/05975)

The proposal to create a new access from Moorland Road into Unit 2 of the Indian Queens Industrial Estate for an area of additional car parking was strongly opposed by local residents. The original planning consent for the estate stated that vehicular access should be through the central Lodge Way road. I referred the application to the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee and it was rejected by councillors. The vote was unanimous.

3.2 St Columb Road (PA20/02929)

An application for fifty houses was submitted for the land to the rear of the development presently being built opposite the Doctors’ Surgery. Again, there was significant opposition to the scheme via formal objections plus comments on social media. The proposal was refused by planning officers under delegated powers, but the applicant has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol. On behalf of the Parish Council, I have prepared a detailed representation against the scheme.

3.3 Little Meadows, Toldish (PA20/03553)

In 2017, a planning application (PA17/03198) for six traveller pitches was refused by Cornwall Council, but it was then granted on appeal by a government planning inspector in 2018. A fresh application to increase the size of the site to 12 pitches was refused by planning officers under delegated powers, but I have just found out that the applicant has also appealed to the Planning Inspectorate based in Bristol.

3.4 Derelict pig farm at Higher Fraddon (PA20/08679 & PA20/09375)

I have been involved with discussions around the potential redevelopment of the derelict pig farm site, which initially focused around two applications; one for conversion of farm building into five dwellings and another for 16 holiday units, which raised strong objections and I did not support..

3.5 Ouistreham, Indian Queens (PA20/00184)

An outline application was submitted for a bungalow in the back garden of Ouistreham, opposite Queens Garage. Concerns were raised about the cramped nature of the development and I referred it to a meeting of the Central Sub-Area Planning Committee. The application was refused by eight votes to four.

3.6 Solar farm

A consultation on a proposal for a solar farm between St Columb Road and Whitecross has just been launched. More information will be made available on the promoter’s website on 29th March. The website can be found at:

https://www.statkraft.co.uk/about-statkraft-uk/where-we-operate/Locations/white-cross-solar-energy-farm/

4.0 Planning White Paper

During 2020, the UK Government has just published a White Paper setting out proposals to completely change the planning system, which would undermine the ability of local communities to object to inappropriate developments. The changes would have massively increased the rate of development across Cornwall.

I was one of two councillors on the unitary authority, who tabled a motion opposing the changes, which was backed by the majority of councillors.

5.0 Highway improvements

Throughout the last 12 months, I have been promoting a range of improvements in our local area. The pandemic has caused delays, but we have made some significant progress in recent weeks.

5.1 New footway from Harvenna Heights estate


The legal documentation to transfer part of the field between Harvenna Heights estate and Indian Queens School, from Cornwall Council to St Enoder Parish Council, has been drafted. It is presently with solicitors. The transfer will be accompanied by a financial sum for the construction of a new pathway across the field. It is hoped that these works will be undertaken this summer.

5.2 Chapel Road and St Francis Road, Indian Queens

I have been lobbying extremely hard to get Cornwall Council to deliver improvements suggested within the Travel Plan, associated with the new classrooms that were constructed a few years ago. Following a feasibility study, it has been agreed that there should be zebra crossings on Chapel Road and St Francis Road (at either end of the Drang). The consultation on the proposal is presently live on the Cornwall Council website, and will close on 31st March. It can be found at:
https://www.engagespace.co.uk/cornwall/

5.3 A3058

I have been liaising with officers at Cornwall Council on a regular basis about improvements in Summercourt, as part of a wider scheme of enhancements along the A3058. The scheme will include the extension of the 30mph speed limit on Beacon Road and a permanent vehicle activated sign at the northern entrance into the village, plus pedestrian crossings linked to the traffic lights on the crossroads. There will also be an additional vehicle activated sign to face traffic entering Summercourt along St Austell Street. The consultation on the scheme is expected to take place in May, with the works to be carried out in the autumn.

5.4 Summercourt School

There continues to be a commitment to deliver improvements outside Summercourt School. The first indicative layout of improvement works outside the school have been forwarded to me, and I will be seeking views as the Council finalise the design for consultation, which will hopefully consulted on in May, as well.

6.0 Traffic matters

There have been a number of accidents in the built-up parts of the Parish in locations including the bottom of Fraddon Hill, Ridgewell Terrace, Fraddon,

Seaview Terrace on the road to St Stephen and on Beacon Road, Summercourt. I have made a range of representations and I can report that Seaview Terrace has been included on a list of about thirty locations, which are to be investigated through a “Local Safety Scheme.” I have also been involved with council officers investigating parking problems along New Road at Fraddon, near the Kingsley Village complex.

7.0 St Enoder Parish Council

Over the last twelve months, I have been pleased to work with the Parish Council on a range of projects.

7.1 Indian Queens Cemetery

Along with other parish councillors, I was involved with the work in the extension to the cemetery, which included the construction of the new roadway and an associated path.

7.2 Mobile vehicle activated sign

The Parish Council has purchased a mobile vehicle activated sign and I am pleased to be one of the councillors who has helped to move it to a range of locations around the Parish. Recent restrictions have meant that we have not moved it as often as we would have liked, but that will change going forward.

7.3 Grant funding for a toilet in Indian Queens Recreation Ground

The Parish Council has been working up a project to provide a public toilet for users of the Indian Queens Recreation Ground. I was able to secure a grant of £10,000 for the project from the National Lottery’s Award for All funding programme. The works will be carried out later this year.

8.0 Strategy for the China Clay Area

I was also very pleased to take a lead in the production of a “Towards a Strategy for the China Clay Area” document, which we are using to lobby Cornwall Council for greater investment in the five parishes of Clay Country.

9.0 Community Governance Review

I have been spending a considerable amount of time on the work of the Electoral Review Panel and, in particular, on the review of parish boundaries and arrangements for parish councils. This involved transferring land adjacent to Mitchell from St Enoder Parish to St Newlyn East Parish.

 
10.0 Grants

As a Cornwall Councillor, I have a community chest from which I am able to give grants to local groups. In 2020-2021, I made funds available to St Enoder Parish Council for materials to deal with the response to the pandemic, St Enoder Youth Club, Indian Queens Under-5s, the Wesley Pre-School and for supplies to the new Community Larder for Indian Queens and District.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

BE CORNISH ON THE CENSUS


Sunday 21st March is census day, though people are already receiving information about how to fill in the online form.

This represents an opportunity for Cornish people to formally record their national identity.

The Government has again refused a Cornish tick-box, but the Office of National Statistics has allocated a census code to “Cornish” and individuals will be able to evidence their Cornishness through write-in options.

The ONS has also promised that – for the first time – they will produce a full analytical report on the population who identify as Cornish, covering topics which will include health, housing, work and education.

Question 14 will ask: “What is your national identity?” Tick-boxes offered are “British,” “English,” “Welsh,” “Scottish,” “Northern Irish” and “Other.” This means that if you wish to record your nationality as Cornish, you can tick the “Other” box and write in “Cornish” in the space provided.

Question 15 will ask: “What is your ethnic group?” Five sections will describe a range of broad ethnic backgrounds. For example, under “White,” the options are a collective “English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or British,” “Irish,” “Gypsy or Irish Traveller,” “Roma,” and “Other.” Other ethnic groups include “mixed or multiple,” “Black” or "Asian." To record yourself as Cornish, you will need to pick the section which you think best represents your broad ethnic background, tick the “Other” box and write in “Cornish” in the space provided.

Question 10 will ask where individuals were born, while Question 18 will ask: “What is your main language?” In both these cases, you can also use "Elsewhere" /“Other” boxes to record yourself as Cornish-born or as a Cornish speaker, if that is appropriate.

This census represents an opening to ensure that our Cornishness is recorded. Please speak with your family, friends and neighbours to ensure that they take full advantage of the various write-in options.

UPDATE ON GUIDANCE FOR THE 2021 CENSUS – A CORRECTION

The 2021 census offers an opportunity for individuals to describe themselves as Cornish, but we need to correct one element of the advice that we have published.
Campaigners were given to understand, from the ONS, that the online census would contain a range of prompts and, for the national identity question, the supporting text would give “Cornish” as one of the examples of an “Other” nationality.

Yesterday, we found out that this was not true and that there had been a “misunderstanding.” The reference to Cornish as a possible “Other” national identity will appear in guidance, hidden elsewhere on the census website. It will not promote the write-in / type-in option to people as they fill out the forms.

Feeling pretty let down by the Office of National Statistics at the moment and I can assure one and all that formal complaint representations will soon be prepared.

But at this time – irrespective of the ONS – we must continue to do everything that we can to encourage as many people as possible to record their Cornishness on the census.