We have been working very hard on ensuring that our planned exploration drilling program will be carried out in compliance with all ecological and environmental requirements, and that in respect of each drill hole the local habitat, wildlife and natural environment will be protected. This work has been greatly helped by the comprehensive Ecological Impact Assessment which has been carried out for us by Plan For Ecology, and by various subsequent studies we have commissioned from them. Thanks also to all the local residents who kindly co-operated with us in the initial ecological walk-over survey, through which we have gained valuable information which will help us to keep the environment protected.
The ecology and environmental work is ongoing, and this data is continuing to inform the preparation of our proposed notification of a General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) to Cornwall Council as Mineral Planning Authority, which we are currently still working on, and aim to submit during May. The main purpose of this update is to let you know in advance the arrangements we have made to communicate with local residents about the GPDO, once it has been finalised and submitted.
In discussions with both the Breage Parish Council, Sithney Parish Council, and Dan Harris as Chairperson of the Great Wheal Vor Community and Environment Group, (GWVCEG) we have agreed the following.
Once the GPDO is submitted, there will then be a period of some days before it is visible on the Cornwall Council website, and therefore becomes in the public domain. However, to give local residents an opportunity to see the information without loss of time, we have asked Cornwall Council, who have agreed, that they will email to Breage Parish Council on the date of submission a copy of the document with all the relevant Appendices so that Breage Parish Council can upload this onto their website. We will also ensure that a full copy is emailed to Sithney Parish Council on the date of submission, for similar publication by Sithney Parish Council.
In addition, three hard copies of the submission, including all Appendices, will be delivered to Dan Harris on behalf of the GWVCEG on the day of submission, to circulate to any local residents who may prefer to read it as a copy document rather than on a computer.
Once the GPDO submission has been circulated as above, Breage Parish Council have kindly agreed to host a zoom meeting at which local residents and interested parties will be welcome to ask us questions about the GPDO. The date and time of this will
be confirmed by Breage Parish Council, and will be kindly organised by Breage Parish Council as for the public zoom meeting on 2 February 2021. It is envisaged that at least seven days prior notice of the zoom meeting will be given by Breage Parish Council.
We envisage that the zoom meeting will be for approx one hour, with, (except for a few minutes introduction) all the time available for public questions and answers. This is on the basis that interested parties will have had seven days to look at the GPDO information and not need a formal presentation from us at the start of the meeting. If we run out of time, and one hour is not sufficient, then Breage Parish Council have kindly said they will host a further meeting.
It is envisaged that Breage Parish Council and the GWVCEG may wish to co-ordinate questions beforehand, to avoid duplication, so all genuine questions can be asked and answered. As discussed and agreed with Breage Parish Council and Dan Harris on behalf of the GWVCEG, the purpose of the meeting is to explain and answer questions on the notification which has been submitted to Cornwall Council, and not to make changes to the already submitted documents, and it is also agreed that the subject of the meeting should solely be the GPDO, to give as much time as possible to discussion of the GPDO content.
If anyone has any queries about these arrangements, they are welcome to contact me or Jeff, and we look forward to seeing you at the zoom meeting.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING TO BE HELD ON ZOOM ON TUESDAY 4 MAY 2021 AT 6.30 P.M.
TO BREAGE PARISHIONERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
Your attendance is requested at the above Meeting. This meeting will be a virtual Zoom meeting commencing at 6.30 p.m. followed by a Zoom Ordinary Parish Council Meeting at 7.00 p.m.
This is your meeting and you are invited to attend and speak – please contact the Clerk with your e-mail address by 4.00 p.m. Friday 30 April 2021 if you wish to attend
A E Woodhams Chairman Breage Parish Council
AGENDA THIS IS AN OPEN MEETING AND CAN BE ATTENDED BY ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO MAY SPEAK IF THEY WISH TO DO SO. HOWEVER, SHOULD A VOTE BE TAKEN ON ANY MATTER RAISED; ONLY THOSE ON THE ELECTORAL REGISTER FOR BREAGE PARISH MAY VOTE.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON 7 MAY 2019
When we had our telephone conversation about the Fore Street Ashton scheme last month, I said that I would let you know when we were in contract, and planning to advertise the 7 affordable homes for rent on Cornwall Homechoice.
I am pleased to let you know that we exchanged contracts, and this week our Lettings Team are making arrangements to advertise these properties.
The shared ownership homes will be advertised through Help to Buy South www.helptobuyagent3.org.uk ( formerly South West Homes) and also as a coming soon on our own website.
It was with great sadness that the Chairman, Councillors and Parishioners of Breage Parish, Cornwall learned of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Throughout his life he was a truly remarkable man and much respected consort to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
He selflessly gave her support, stability and comfort as she led our country through times of enormous change.
Others have paid tribute to his devotion and his life of duty and public service and Breage Parish Council would like to echo these tributes.
He touched the lives of so many people of all generations and will be greatly missed by the Royal Family and a grateful nation.
Councillor Tony Woodhams Chairman on behalf of Breage Parish Council
An online book of condolence will be available on Buckingham Palace’s website: www.royal.uk
Because of the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, people are urged to please avoid gathering in public places and rather than laying flowers in a public area they may wish to display a floral tribute at home.
NEWS UPDATE 30 March 2021 • Our thanks to all who have contacted us with questions. We are continuing to communicate on an individual basis with local residents and other stakeholders and interested parties, in relation to our 2021 exploration drilling program. • All local residents on whose land the company plans to drill have now been sent, on a personal basis, plans showing indicative positions of the drill hole locations and access ways applicable to their land. • Once our General Permitted Development Order notification to Cornwall Council as Mineral Planning Authority is in the public domain, there will be a zoom meeting at which local residents and interested parties will be welcome to ask us questions about the GPDO. The date and time of this will be confirmed by Breage Parish Council, and will be kindly organised by Breage Parish Council as for the public zoom meeting on 2 February 2021. • A number of people have asked us to hold a face to face public meeting which interested parties can attend, but we have so far been prevented from doing this by Government restrictions as a result of the Covid pandemic. • Subject to Government guidelines and restrictions, we hope to be able to invite any local residents who are interested, to come and see us when drilling commences. The drill rigs are small in size, with low levels of noise, and will be screened by straw bales or similar noise mitigation measures, so we hope that any concerns which you may have had will then be allayed. • Of general interest: in connection with its research activities Cornish Tin Limited has been confirmed as a partner in the Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) NERC GW4+ Research project being led by the Camborne School of Mines. This will investigate the principal ore mineral parageneses across SW England and is highly relevant to The Great Wheal Vor Project. Jeff Harrison Planning and Communication email@example.com Sally Norcross-Webb Chief Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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 www.GWR.com/EastCornwall.
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 GWR.com/PassengerAssist.