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Application for land at Nance Woods & Illogan Woods under The Commons Act 2006, Mistaken registration under the 1965 Act, Schedule 2 (7)


At the February meeting of Portreath Parish Council members considered the application for 14.572 hectares of land at Nance Woods and Illogan Woods under The Commons Act 2006, Mistaken registration under the 1965 Act, Schedule 2 (7), Land wrongly registered as common land.

Martin Wright, Common Land and Village Greens Registration Officer from Cornwall Council was invited to the meeting and addressed councillors and public present. Mr Wright gave a comprehensive overview of the common’s laws, the application itself, the implications of having the common status removed from the land and information on how to make representation to Cornwall Council. Mr Wright explained that the decision for this application would be made by Cornwall Council, unless a person with a legal interest in the land came forward, and in the case of this happening the decision would be transfer to the Planning Inspectorate. Mr Wright gave examples of those who have legal interest in the land. Mr Wright explained the protections that would remain on the land should be removed from the commons register, highlighting that the woodland is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and that the majority of the woodland was a Tree Protection Order Area.

Parishioners were given the opportunity to ask questions. Mr Wright confirmed the area of the application, stating that it did not encompass the whole woods and that the public footpaths were not in the application area and would not be affected in any way. Mr Wright confirmed that the law stated that unless Cornwall Council had an interest in the application, they would remain the decision-making body. Mr Wright explained the process for gaining planning consent on common land and that should the application be successful that any application for development would have to be considered by the planning authority and the parish council. Furthermore, due to the other protections of the land and the topography of the land that development was highly unlikely. Mr Wright stated that the remaining common land known as Illogan Wood and Nance Woods had a number of owners and should they also wish to make similar applications would have until the end of 2020 to do so. The Applicant also addressed the meeting confirming that the application was being made on the grounds of health and safety and that there was no plan for development of the site. The applicant explained that it was their wish to safeguard the SSSI and that of their farm land and the Iron Age Round that sits within the farm land. The Applicant confirmed that access to the round could still be arranged as before with themselves as is often done for educational visits.

Mr Wright explained again how to make representations on the case and explained that they would need to provide evidence that the land was not mistakenly registered and that signatures on a petition would not prove this. The final date for representation to be received is 2nd March 2020.

For full details on this application please see the link below to with the full notice of application:

Details of Schedule 2(7) of the Commons Act 2006 can be found using the following link:

Explanatory Notes to Section 22 and the whole of Schedule 2:

If you require any further information please contact Martin Wright, Common Land and Village Greens Registration Officer, Cornwall Council. Environment Service, Cornwall Council, Telephone: 01872 224773, 4A Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro TR1 1XU


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Cornwall Community Governance Review Public Consultation

Have your say….

On the Cornwall Community Governance Review public consultation which is open now until the 24th March. There are a numbers of consultation information events happening over the next few weeks if you are interested in finding out more.

There is also more information available on the Cornwall Council website and an opportunity to share your views on the recommendations.

Here is a link to the draft recommendations. You will see that there are several small changes are recommended for the parish of Portreath. These include a recommendation to increase the number of councillors from seven to nine and a recommendation to alter the parish boundary at Porthowan. (details on page 26)


Environment Agency Flood Alleviation Scheme

 For an overview of the proposal click on the below link:

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Update: fibre broadband rollout update for bridge

Please see below update from Julian Cowans, Cornwall Development Company regarding the fiber broadband rollout for Bridge

'In terms of the build to Bridge, as some of you will be aware we had managed to bring the build forward rather than wait until the main work of the DEFRA funded contract extension happens next year. Openreach tell me that the build is progressing well and they expect to have completed this by Xmas. There is one small access problem we need to try and resolve, but this affects just one property.

Once the build and testing has been completed there will be a commissioning phase which usually takes 2-4 weeks, and is outside of the control of the local build team. My best estimate is therefore that the area will be ready to order in January, barring any unforeseen circumstances, although the team are working to try and complete asap.

 For information the scheme is wider than just the business park and covers a total of 100 addresses, mainly within the following postcodes:

TR16 4HY, TR16 4QE, TR16 4QG, TR16 4QL, TR16 4QP, TR16 4QQ, TR16 4QW

Please note that the boundaries of postcode areas do not neatly align with the way the network deployment needs to happen. So once an area has been enabled, it is not necessarily true that all the premises in the postcode will experience an improvement in broadband speeds.

If anyone has any follow up queries please contact me on or 07834 891660.'





What a wonderful email to open first thing on a Monday morning:

‘My wife and I live in Liskeard and get around Devon and Cornwall as much as possible in our free time. We have visited Portreath on our bikes several times in the past 5 years.

We were there again this weekend and were impressed how much tidier and attractive the village appeared. The most impressive facility compared to other Cornish towns was the town toilets!! In the past few years toilets in most places have decreased, deteriorated and become chargeable. The attractive and innovative outside decoration of yours is commendable, as was the cleanliness and free usage. ‘


We will shortly be moving to our autumn and winter opening arrangements, where two toilets will be open from dawn until dusk and one available 24 hours a day. Please see individual doors for opening. Once again Councillors wish to extend their thanks to the Portreath Association Ltd and Portreath Improvements Committee for their donation towards the winter running cost of the toilets, making it possible to maintain a service all year.



Great news for locals and visitors to the Parish



Great news for locals and visitors to the parish!


O2 have announced:


With high levels of ‘staycation’ holidays expected to be taken in the UK this summer, O2 has upgraded almost 400 tourist hotspots and transport hubs across the country with enhanced 4G coverage including St James’s Palace, Madame Tussauds and LEGOLAND Windsor. O2 has also connected 100 popular destinations to 4G for the first time, including Cornwall’s hugely popular Portreath beach, and the remote Luskentyre beach in the Outer Hebrides