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Cornish Tin News Update (26.2.21)

  • The final version of the GPDO is nearly complete and is expected to be submitted in March.
  • The Archaeology report has been completed, as a result of which Cornish Tin has slightly moved the locations of 3 drillholes, to avoid the sites of former surface structures shown on old maps. Although the structures are no longer visible at surface, there is a possibility that some foundations may remain below ground.
  • Amicable discussions are continuing with Landowners and two thirds of the drill holes now have signed Land Access Agreements. 
  • During February the number of calls and emails to Cornish Tin have significantly reduced and we hope that the BPC Zoom meeting answered most people’s questions and reassured them that the drilling will have little impact on the local community.
  • Interestingly, global demand for tin and copper (both of which we hope to find) is sharply increasing, and driving prices upwards. At the time of writing, the tin price is at a 10 year high (currently US $ 29,485/tonne) with copper similarly strong at US $ 9,158/tonne. This is being driven by the need for a world future which is powered not by fossil fuels but by sustainable energy, (the TECHNOLOGY SUPERCYCLE). This means high demand for electric cars, battery technologies, wind turbines and other new technology in which tin and copper are essential. There is wide recognition that tin and copper are among the critical minerals needed for the world and the UK to get to a zero-carbon footprint.
  • The higher price for tin is also due to the disruptions of production in Myanmar with the military takeover of the democratic government. The same country was recently accused of ethnic cleansing of its people and is a key exporter of tin to Europe. The UK is wholly dependent on tin and copper imports, the tin mainly from China and Indonesia. These are metals we can mine in Cornwall to world class standards to help meet our own needs for the future. Should this project proceed to production, Cornish Tin is committed to GREEN MINING with the aim of a net zero carbon footprint in its extraction and processing operations.
  • Once the GPDO is in the public domain it is planned to provide zoom meetings to the Parish Council and local people to go through the document and answer any questions. The timing of this will be agreed with BPC and widely communicated.

Jeff Harrison

Planning and Communication Consultant

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Improvement Works Network Rail

A reminder of the rail improvement works being carried out by Network Rail from Monday 1st to Friday 5th March between Truro and Par. They will be carrying out track renewals as well as working on a bridge at Trewoon. This will ensure that the railway can continue to run reliably and safely.

The line between Truro and Par will be closed, and replacement buses will run between the two stations (stopping at St Austell) and timed to connect with train at each end.

Hourly train services will continue to run between Truro and Penzance, will services from the east will terminate at Par. For more information, please visit

Most trains will use Platforms 2 and 3 at Par which is not step-free accessible. If customers require step-free access, they should contact our Passenger Assist team at

Jane Jones

Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway

Toby Elliott

Head of Communications | Network Rail, Western

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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

You may have seen or heard that the time has come to complete the census for 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. 

This year’s census, taking place on 21 March 2021, is unusual as it is being completed while we come to terms with the coronavirus pandemic but very much like the census in 1921, (the first after World War 1 and the Spanish Flu epidemic) it will capture a snapshot of society during this unprecedented time.

It will provide us with new information that we will be able to use for years to come. This information will inform decisions on public services, including hospitals, schools, universities and job centres, to meet the needs of our changing society.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a postcard with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets, alleviating some of the hurdles of the pandemic.

Postcards will be arriving in the coming weeks, but we understand not everyone will be able to (or will want to), do their census online and paper questionnaires will be available for those who need them or prefer to use them.

We will also have a range of support services from online help, including help by email, social media, text message and on a web chat facility on our website. People can also complete their census over the phone, with the help of our trained staff, or by using the traditional paper form.

After Census Day (21 March 2021) we’ll deploy field staff to help those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper and direct them to the support services they need.

The head of the census, Pete Benton, said: “They’ll be tested twice a week for coronavirus. And of course, they won’t go out if they have a positive test.

“They will never need to enter people’s houses; it’s really no different from somebody delivering a parcel or a takeaway meal. Staff will be safe and socially distanced and following both national and local COVID-19 guidance.”

For any help please go to or call 0800 141 2021 from 1st March.

Don’t forget those who like to look up their family history. The Office of National Statistics will soon be releasing the personal information of those in the 1921 Census.

John Floyd

Census Engagement Manager

South West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Cornish Tin Limited – update

                                                                                    Cornish Tin News Update (5.2.21)

  • Cornish Tin was pleased to participate in the Breage Parish Council zoom meeting on Tuesday 2nd February. Nearly an hour was spent answering peoples’ questions and hopefully this has reassured many that the exploration drilling will have minimal impact on the local community.
  • Following the zoom meeting Cornish Tin has reviewed what was said and although it has additional logistical issues for Cornish Tin the following is to happen;

  1. The start date for drilling will be delayed from April/May to May/June so that it will allow more time for Cornish Tin to minimise any concerns in the local community.

2. This will mean the last month of drilling will be in October/November, at the end of the tourist season. This will benefit the local community because it  gives the opportunity to drill some holes which are close to camp and caravan sites at the end of the tourist season.

3.The negatives to this delay are also potentially greater damage to some land owners fields and greater cost in keeping roads clear of mud. However, Cornish Tin respects that some local businesses rely on tourism and, although we believe that no drilling at any time will adversely impact on tourism in the area (it may in fact prove of interest to some visitors) we are keen to establish good working relationships with our neighbours if possible.

  • At the meeting it was proposed that for the first drill site, any interested local people will be invited to view and see drilling happening and ask questions. Cornish Tin will be happy to invite interested local people (Covid restrictions permitting) and we look forward to constructive discussions with local residents.
  • The archaeological survey will take place on February 8th
  • The formal GPDO application is planned to be submitted in February and once the Mineral Planning Authority have validated it and placed it in the public domain,  Cornish Tin will provide a copy to the Breage Parish Council who can then make it available to the wider community.
  • A public zoom meeting will be planned a week following this to go through a Cornish Tin presentation based on the GPDO application and answer any questions. Copies of the presentation will be available.

·       If a mine is built there will not be 100 trucks a day leaving the site. It would be unlikely that more than one truck of high value tin concentrate per day would leave the mine site. All trucks would be 100% hydrogen or electric powered as part of Cornish Tin’s planned Green Tech strategy.

  • I understand that some residents are asking if we are looking for lithium. The granite where we are drilling is a lithium granite but this is not our priority. We expect to find tin and some copper but there could be tungsten at depth. Many mines produce more than one metal and if economic amounts of lithium are found along with tin and copper we would extract and sell it.

Jeff Harrison

Planning and Communication Consultant to Cornish Tin Ltd.

cornish tin limited – exploration drilling plans carleen, wheal vor and poldown

Following Parishioners’ questions Cornish Tin Limited has issued the following statement:

Statement from Cornish Tin Limited concerning its Exploration Drilling Plans

Cornish Tin and its team of research geologists have been working for 5 years on getting to a position where they believe there is a good chance of finding tin and copper in the old mining area of Wheal Vor. We are looking to drill approximately 35 holes of an average depth of 200 metres in a triangular area marked by Carleen, Wheal Vor and Poldown. This will take about 6 months commencing in April/May 2021. There will be 2 rigs and each hole will take approximately 10 to 15 days to drill depending on its length and the ground conditions.

Jeff Harrison informed Cornwall Council Mineral Planning Officer and Breage Parish Council in October 2020 of Cornish Tin’s plans. They were asked to keep this confidential whilst Landowners were identified and contacted. It is a sensitive issue to inform a Landowner that they do not own the mineral rights below their land and that exploration can happen and they do not need to give their permission. We consider that we have behaved courteously and professionally throughout. We have certainly not pressurised people but simply explained to them the law on mineral rights. For the few that did not believe us we asked them to talk to their solicitors and they then quickly realised we had been always truthful and honest.

We have never threatened anyone with legal action.

Over 60% of the exploration drill holes now have signed Land Access Agreements and we will continue to work with the remaining Landowners with a view to completing all the agreements by the end of February 2021.

Our plan has always been to hold a public display presentation and answer any questions before drilling commences in April/May this year. Covid restrictions will make this challenging, but instead we would be glad to participate in a series of zoom meetings with local residents to explain our plans and progress to date, listen to any views and concerns, and hopefully put people’s minds at rest. Copies of our progress reports can be circulated afterwards to anyone interested in receiving them, and posted to anyone who does not have computer access. We are pleased that Breage Parish Council are kindly hosting a zoom meeting on Tuesday 2nd February starting at 7pm until 7.45pm, which all local residents are warmly invited to attend. If you would like to attend, please contact Breage Parish Council who can invite you: (contact tel: 01326 57781/07767165077 and email: ).

We are currently finalising the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) that needs to be approved by the Mineral Planning Authority, in respect of our Phase 1 exploration program. This is a lengthy document which sets out how we intend to do the work safely and minimise the impact on the local community and natural environment. The work has included a Noise Monitoring Survey to establish baseline noise levels, and an Ecological Survey to ensure drill holes are not sited near sensitive environmental areas.  An Archaeological Survey has also been commissioned to ensure old surface mining structures are not damaged. It is only when the GPDO work has been completed that Cornish Tin will have all the information available that can be presented to the community. This will include the conditions set by the Mineral Planning Authority. This presentation is expected to be in late February/early March and at least 6 weeks before any drilling commences.

Several people have written to say we should have informed people earlier. We would have hosted a public meeting, but, quite rightly, Covid restrictions have made this impossible. We could have made an announcement in the press at an early stage, but we decided to hold off from media contact to avoid local residents first hearing of our plans by reading it in the papers. We thought it more considerate, as a first step, to try to contact local residents on whose properties we wish to drill, on an individual basis. This we have done, by phone or email, with family members also involved as needed. Now that the Packet media group have been contacted by local residents, we were happy to respond with details of our plans when the Packet called us on Monday 25th January. The coverage seems to us very well balanced, and the comments posted online by Packet readers are interesting too.

We have been pleased to chat with anyone in the community who has contacted us, and of course we expected people to talk to each other, as has been the case. I personally have spoken to over 30 local people about the exploration drilling in the past 4 months. Covid-19 has probably prevented the normal way this news travels. There are still at least 3 months before drilling commences and plenty of time to talk and explain what we plan to do.

I have been involved in 2 previous 6-month exploration drilling programs near Kelly Bray, Callington. Initially people had concerns and worries but these soon disappeared as they saw how small and quiet the drilling rigs were. We did not have a single complaint in 12 months of drilling and many holes were just over 50 metres from properties. I am confident that most if not all of the people living where we plan to drill will not be affected in any way and of course we will always be compliant with the conditions set by the Mineral Planning Authority.

There is minimum damage to the site where the drilling takes place. Mud mats are used to minimise rutting in fields, the hole diameter is approximately 125mms at surface, the water used for drilling is kept in containers and recirculated and disposed of at a duly licenced disposal site when the drilling is completed. The site is restored, each hole is properly plugged, with soil replaced, and within a few months there is usually no evidence of drilling ever taking place.

I have had a few emails concerned about mining restarting in the area. At present, Cornish Tin is a research company, testing its theories about possible mineralisation underground by some limited and carefully plotted drilling. We may find nothing, or not enough to justify pursuing the research. Even if the results are good, it will take many years, much technical work and millions of pounds to get to the production stage. Very importantly, no mining could start without the grant of a full Planning Application. There will be ample opportunity for local people to get involved in those discussions along that journey.

Also very importantly, we do not, of course, intend to build a mine in the local community. If we did find an economically viable deposit it would be accessed by an underground sloping decline and this would likely be at a gradient of 1 in 10. So, for a deposit at 300 metres below the surface the mine portal and infrastructure could be over 3 kms from the deposit and sited and landscaped sympathetically within the environment, away from your residential community. The utilisation of best available GREEN TECH methods would minimise surface infrastructure and activity.

Of course, an important attraction for mining to return would be the significant number of well paid jobs it would provide and the knock-on benefits to the local businesses and UK economy. People often worry about house prices but with the new mining jobs in the area house prices are likely to increase.

The world is facing a great challenge to move to a zero-carbon economy and Cornwall is very keen to play its part. For this green economy of the future there are several critical metals required for electric car batteries, solar panels, wind turbines, electric circuits etc. These include tin, copper, lithium and tungsten which are all available in Cornwall. Some would say let’s continue to buy them from abroad where they still have CO2 emitting coal power stations, have poor environmental controls, poor labour laws, horrendous living and working conditions and low life expectancy and of course high shipping costs, transporting the product halfway across the world. The UK is currently completely dependent on imported tin, mainly from China and Indonesia.

We have the opportunity in Cornwall to start new modern mines using the latest GREEN MINING technologies aiming for zero carbon production and to supply the future needs of UK industry. We would no longer be reliant on other countries for these critical metals which may become in short supply and not be available for our industries.

We look forward to being able to provide further answers to residents’ questions at next Tuesday’s Parish Council meeting.

Jeff Harrison

Planning and Communication, Cornish Tin Limited

29 January 2021


Jeff Harrison

Planning and Communication, Cornish Tin Limited

Mobile: 07403 568 770

Sally Norcross-Webb

Chief Executive Officer, Cornish Tin Limited

Mobile: 07976 829 584

GWR – IMPRovement works

We wanted to give you advance notice of improvement works being carried out by Network Rail in the coming months that will affect GWR services in your area.

  • On Sunday 7 and 14 February, track renewals will take place through Platforms 1 and 3 at Exeter St Davids. Buses will replace trains between Exeter St Davids and Exeter Central while this work takes place. Trains will continue to run between Exeter Central and Exmouth. To find out more, visit
  • Track and bridge renewals will take place between Par and Truro between Monday 1 and Friday 5 March. A reduced train service will continue to run between Plymouth-Par and Truro-Penzance. To find out more, visit
  • On Sunday 7 March, Network Rail will be improving the overhead line equipment in the London Paddington area meaning no trains will be able to run between London Paddington and Ealing Broadway. Long-distance services from the south west will terminate at Reading. To find out more, visit
  • Further track and bridge renewals will take place in the East Cornwall area in the second half of March. Buses will replace trains between Plymouth/Liskeard and Par on the weekends of 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28 March. A reduced service will also run between Plymouth and Penzance on weekdays between Monday 15 and Friday 26 March. To find out more, visit
  • Track renewals will take place on the Tarka line from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 April. Work will be split into two phases with buses replacing trains across the whole branch line from 10 to 13 April, and between Crediton and Barnstaple from 14 to 18 April. To find out more, visit (webpage to be updated soon).

2021 is already seeing important investment in the South West’s railways, with a £3m project currently in progress on the St Ives branch line. This further investment will help to improve resilience and reduce the likelihood of delays.

Jane Jones

Head of Public Affairs | Great Western Railway

Toby Elliott

Head of Communications | Network Rail, Western

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