From Thursday 26 April Breage Parish Council will hold an additional Parish Council meeting  each month on the Thursday before the monthly Tuesday Parish Council Meeting. These meetings will be at 7.00 p.m. and will be used as open Public Meetings where Planning Applications received and land use matters will be on the agendas. This will hopefully reduce the length of the monthly meetings.


Friday 23 March 2018

Extra train capacity boost for South West underway

Adding to a fleet of new Intercity Express Trains due into service this Summer, GWR has today announced a scheme to modernise High Speed Trains (HSTs) to provide even more additional seats and services.

Work is already underway to convert former eight carriage HSTs (8+2) to four carriage (4+2) Class 43 Castle trains, to operate services between Exeter and Penzance, which will help double the frequency of services on the Cornish main line.

The work will see the sets made more accessible and modernised; decade old slam doors will be replaced with modern, automated, sliding doors; toilet retention tanks fitted and an improved passenger information system fitted.

GWR Commercial Development Director Matthew Golton said:

“These trains will replace smaller, less powerful trains on this part of the network; doubling the number of seats as part of our commitment to improving rolling stock across every part of our network.

“They will work alongside the new Intercity Express Trains due this summer; helping us to double the frequency of services to and from the South West and improve capacity on suburban commuter services.”

48 passenger carriages and 24 power cars are being updated, to make 11 sets, with four spare, as part of a wider national programme to modernise the High Speed Train.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport:

“This is a fantastic time for rail in Cornwall and the arrival of these trains marks another milestone in efforts to transform services on the Cornish mainline. Later this year, these new short form HSTs provide our local rail service – trains leaving Penzance for Plymouth every 30 minutes and stopping at stations along the way.

“As a Council, we have been working with our partners at GWR, Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to bring about changes in infrastructure and rolling stock, changes which will benefit residents, commuters, visitors, the economy and our environment.”

The completed first train set is currently being tested in the south west and is expected to provide an Exeter to Penzance shuttle later this week, more than doubling the number of seats per train. (139 generic in 2 car 150 v 316 in a coach A to D HST).

With all modifications complete, the trains will also be extended to serve the route from Penzance to Cardiff, and to bolster peak time services between Gloucester and Taunton.

The Class 43 Castle trains will be maintained at GWRs depot at Laira, Plymouth.





Breage Parish Council held its Extraordinary Meeting on Monday 11 December 2017 after receiving full information from Cornwall Council with regard to alternative systems available in regard to the toilet facilities at Praa Sands.

The toilets will be re-opened on 13 December 2017 and will remain open until 31 March 2018 or until such time as the preferred Propelair Management System is installed by Cornwall Council.

It is anticipated that a Community Interest Company will be formed between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 to take  on the management and responsibility of the toilets in the future.

Breage Parish Council remains committed to providing the funding to allow this operation and it will be administered by Mrs Carol Macleod, the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of Breage Parish Council.


A quick reminder about work scheduled over the Christmas period; and which services will be operating.

As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan we are undertaking our largest ever resignalling scheme outside London Paddington in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth Line. London Paddington will be closed for four days over the holiday period. We have a full plan in place to support customers with alternative journeys, which is on our website at

As well as the Elizabeth Line work, over Christmas we will be commissioning the new overhead electric line equipment between Didcot Parkway and Maidenhead. This will mean we can roll out the rest of our electric fleet of Class 387 trains and can run our Intercity Express Trains under electric power from Didcot to London.

We will also be able to move more of our Turbo trains to the West of England and South Wales. This will mean additional capacity from the return to work after Christmas. There is still more to do, and we will keep rolling out our trains through 2018, so that in January 2019 we can introduce more journey time savings from the new trains and improved track.

The timetable changes over Christmas were advised a bit later than usual as there were some requests for extra work. There are therefore a small number of customers who have tickets for trains where the timetable has now been revised.  We have contacted everyone we can by email or phone. There are some others where we have no contact details and we are therefore using station posters, social and traditional media to remind customers to check their travel plans again before they set out.

We wish you all the best for the season and do please let us know if you need any further information.

Best wishes

Mark Hopwood                                     Mark Langman

Managing Director                               Western Route Managing Director

Great Western Railway                      Network Rail


Just a quick update on things relating to the potential preparation of a NDP for Breage.

At its meeting in November the Parish Council received a report outlining the broad results of the preliminary public meetings held in Ashton, Breage, Carleen, Godolphin Cross and Praa Sands in late September/early October. In line with the commitment made at the meetings a copy of the report is  available for inspection below – so feel free to have a quick look!

Report of initial round of public meetings November 2017

The initial questionnaires mostly went out in early November (many thanks to those of you who helped with the distribution of these – it was much appreciated). The ‘closing date’ for the receipt back of questionnaires is 24 November, after which these will need to be analysed and reported back on.

The speed with which the analysis will take place will depend largely on two factors – the number of questionnaires we get back and the complexity of the responses! With a fair wind the analysis could be completed for the next general Parish Council meeting on 5 December, but it might be that this is not completed until the first scheduled meeting of the New Year which is on 9 January 2018.

Either way, and if the survey shows sufficient interest/support for the preparation of a NDP for the Parish, it is likely to be January by the time we look to convene and form the proposed Steering Group to lead the the process forward.

Cllr Chris Ralph




PRE-PLANNING EVENT – housing development ASHTON




Where:          Breage Village Hall


When:                        30th November 2017 at 15:00 to 17:30

Proposal:       43 Homes on the land west of Rinsey Lane

Ashton meeting 30 November 2017 Click here for map

We are acting on behalf of our client, who is seeking to submit a planning application for development of the site for a housing development, including affordable housing.

We would like to invite you to an engagement event to seek your views on our proposals. We will have initial plans and supplementary information on display which you will have the opportunity to comment on and discuss with us.


Breage Parish Council’s position with regard to Praa Sands toilet facility

Breage Parish Council in partnership with Cornwall Council remains committed to ensuring that the toilet facility at Praa Sands remains open and operational.

It has unfortunately not been possible for Cornwall Council to discharge its agreed obligations with regard to the handover of the toilets to Breage Parish Council within previously agreed time scales.

The purpose of the agreements were to ensure that Breage Parish Council, as a relatively small local authority, would have both the financial and logistical resources to run the facility in a sustainable and environmentally safe manner for the foreseeable future.

It was therefore resolved by Breage Parish Council that the toilets would be returned to Cornwall Council on the 31st October 2017.

Breage Parish Council has never owned the toilets but was granted a lease at will, in effect a daily lease.

Cornwall Council exclusively has the authority to determine whether the toilets remain open or closed.

It has been agreed that Cornwall Council will progress two engineering options to refine the ongoing cost for the operation of the facility.

The first to explore the possibility of the lease of an area of land to allow a drainage field to be installed in an attempt to reduce water usage thereby reducing the emptying of the holding tank and reducing the on cost. This system is subject to approval and licensing by the Environment Agency. It also carries with it the land rental to the owner of the drainage field.

The second option is to install a new system (Propelair) that requires very little water and operates by an overpressure air system. This is a new system that is currently the subject of a feasibility study by Cornwall Council.

It has been agreed that Cornwall Council will evaluate both systems and a report will be delivered to Breage Parish Council at its regular meeting on the 5th Dec. 2017. The meeting will be held in Carleen Village Hall at 7.00 p.m., the largest hall in the Parish, because of the high numbers of Members of Public expected to attend.

Both systems acknowledge that Praa Sands does not benefit from mains sewerage but is served by septic tanks and soakaways, in this case septic tank provision, 6000-gallon capacity.

Cornwall Council agreed to meet the capital funding for the provision of whichever engineering solution is finally selected.

It has been further agreed that the business community of Praa Sands would be approached to explore alternative methods of funding the facility and its operation in the future. Cornwall Council will facilitate and progress this series of meetings.

After the meeting of the 5th December with Cornwall Council and subject to approval by Breage Parish Council an evaluation of the report and its implications will allow decisions to be made to identify a way forward.

It will be vital that whatever option is presented to Breage Parish Council by Cornwall Council that capital installation costs are in place, and also all necessary Environmental Agency licences and. Equally important is an accurate indication of the annual running cost.

Breage Parish is a relatively small Parish with circa 2500 electors, and care has to be taken not to place an unnecessary tax burden on the parishioners via the precept.

Some of the known costs have been identified and the Council will be in a better-informed position after 5th December 2017 meeting. It is vital that the accurate financial position is carefully considered, as whatever is decided will commit the Parish to payment and logistic support for the foreseeable future.

Breage Parish Council is pleased to be working with Cornwall Council in order to promote the localism agenda and maintain this vital facility for the benefit of the residents of Cornwall and its visitors.


The Praa Sands Toilets are Cornwall Council’s responsibility

and regrettably have now been closed

but the Council is working towards 

what it hopes will be a positive solution

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