cornish tin update

NEWS UPDATE 20 May 2021

  • In relation to our planned exploration drilling program, we are pleased to say that our ongoing work on protecting the natural environment of the Great Wheal Vor area is going well, with further studies being completed to develop our initial work on various relevant matters including ecology, environment, noise, and protection of wildlife and natural habitats. Once this work and information has been completed, we will, as noted in our previous News Update, submit our General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) notification to Cornwall Council, as the Mineral Planning Authority. The arrangements for the communication of information about the GPDO to local residents, Parish Council and the Great Wheal Vor Community and Environment Group (GWVCEG) remain the same as set out in our News Update of 30 April 2021. However, we would like to let you know that, due to the detailed nature of the ongoing work, it is likely that this notification will now be made in the second half of June 2021.
  • We have decided on this timescale because we regard it as vitally important that our environmental and ecological methodologies are as detailed and comprehensive as possible. We are also keen to keep local residents informed as we go along. Hence this interim News Update, which sets out below some of the key points in relation to the planned exploration drilling program which may be of interest to residents.
  • Some residents have asked why we have not yet held an open public meeting to explain our proposals face to face with them. Unfortunately this has not yet been possible because of the Covid pandemic and Government restrictions. Therefore we have, so far, communicated as effectively as possible by answering personally all the various communications made to us, participating in various Parish Council zoom calls, and participating in the public participation zoom meeting in February kindly hosted by Breage Parish Council. There will also be the forthcoming public zoom session on the subject of the GPDO, as mentioned in the previous News Update of 30 April 2021. If further zoom meetings are needed (because, for example, we run out of time in the first GPDO zoom meeting), other meetings can be held. We would like to hold an open public meeting, but only when it is safe and responsible to do so. Without pre-judging the appropriate timing of this, we would envisage a public meeting in the Autumn, once the main holiday season is over, subject to any Government guidelines which may be in place.
  • The initial drilling program consists of 33 drill holes, all of which are diamond drilled. No pneumatic or percussive drilling is planned. These holes are all within the blacklined areas designated as the “2021 Exploration Area” as shown on the Plan

below. Details of the borehole locations have already been provided to the surface landowners on whose properties the drilling is planned. All drill holes will be properly sealed on completion of drilling and the drilling sites will be remediated within 28 days of the completion of drilling each hole. Approx 90% of the planned drill holes fall within the minerals safeguarding areas protected under the Cornwall Council Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document of December 2018: see Plan below.

  • There will be very low levels of noise from the drill rigs, (which are small and quiet), and no drilling will take place within 50 metres of residences. All drill sites without exception will be screened by straw bales or equivalent measures, which operate as further noise mitigation and present a more “agricultural” appearance. We are committed to achieving a consistently quieter noise limit than the applicable British Standards.
  • The drilling program will not affect Public Rights of Way, and operation of drill sites will be in strict compliance with Environmental legislation and Health and Safety legislation, to protect Public Safety.
  • There will be little impact on traffic conditions – when drill rigs move between sites, using access points agreed by Cornwall Council, this will be timed outside busy school run times, and personnel with high visibility clothing will be present to manage this safely.
  • We have been glad to accept all the recommendations of the initial Ecological Impact Assessment which we commissioned, including for example: relocating a number of drill holes and cancelling some drill holes, to further protect hedgerows, natural water features, wildlife (for example two drill holes have been relocated to be even further away from badger setts than the recommended limit), monitoring for the presence of any roosting bats, and many other ecological commitments. A second Ecological Impact Assessment is now underway, which takes account of these ecological and environmental protections.
  • Although the planned drilling program of 33 holes will not involve the loss of any trees, we are committed to support the local natural environment and would like to offer to the local community at our cost 33 young trees of species native to Cornwall and supportive of wildlife. Our suggestion would be that the trees could be sited and planted in consultation with the Parish Council to further enhance in a small way the amenity of the area.
  • As regards drilling operations, water is required during drilling, which is recycled, and consumption levels are not high. A water bowser or tank at the drill site will be filled with drinking water and this will be used for drilling operations. The water/mud used in drilling will be collected at the surface in tanks in a closed-circuit system. A small amount of waste (muds and drill cuttings) will be periodically removed from site to licenced waste disposal sites and the water recycled. Drilling therefore has no negative impact on the subsurface water quality. A monitoring program will be implemented during the drilling program including taking downhole water samples at the commencement of drilling each hole, and again after each hole has been completed, to provide data on the water composition before and after drilling. All our analysis and data as regards water quality will be available to the Environment Agency as the EA may wish.
  • It is important to bear in mind that Cornish Tin is currently a research company, in that it will take years of research before any decision can be made on whether it could be viable to proceed to the production of minerals. If this were to be the case, there would need to be a full planning application to Cornwall Council, with rigorous permitting requirements of the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council, and many other constraints and risk assessments. At that stage all interested parties would have ample opportunity of making their views known. From the point of view of environmental protection, should the Project proceed to production, its potentially high grades of tin (resulting in less waste) are among the factors which give this group of former producing mines an excellent chance of operating with a net zero carbon footprint, powered by sustainable energy. This is particularly the case as the area is also prospective for lithium and geothermal energy, as well as tin, copper and tungsten. These aims are in accordance with Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy.
  • Also, should the Project proceed to production in the future, we envisage it as an underground operation, accessed by a gently descending “decline” underground,

with the entrance (“portal”) to this situated well away from residential areas, low to the ground, and sympathetically landscaped to blend into its natural environment. We envisage minimal surface infrastructure, and that it will not be necessary to construct a surface processing plant in the vicinity. We envisage that any future extraction activities would involve processing as much material as is viable underground, utilising developing green technology applications to do so, including to minimise dust, improve water quality, and reduce waste. After this primary processing underground, the material would then be conveyed by electric or hydrogen powered trucks for secondary processing, but this processing hub would not be near the residential areas of Carleen and its environs.

  • Cornwall is still one of the poorest regions in Europe, but with investment it could level up, and the minerals sector is already providing (and will continue to provide) much needed careers and jobs for the working people of Cornwall. This is very beneficial to our local communities. It is not just the direct jobs which are created by the mineral companies, but all the indirect jobs (generally in this sector the ratio is four indirect jobs for every one direct job created) including for example local services, supply and repair firms and individuals.
  • If anyone has any queries about the arrangements for further communications they are welcome to contact me or Jeff, and we look forward to seeing you at the next zoom meeting.

Sally Norcross-Webb Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Harrison

Planning and Communication

breage parish council co-option vacancies

Mrs Carol Macleod Clerk to the

Parish Council                                                                                                                   

Parish Rooms Breage HELSTON TR13 9PD                                         

Tel: 01326 574781 Mobile: 07767165077

Following the 6th May election Breage Parish Council has co-option vacancies for Parish Councillors

Those co-opted must receive a majority of votes of those councillors present and voting at the meeting at which the co-option takes place.

Parish Councillors are the essence of local democracy and have a vital role in speaking and acting on behalf of the communities they represent. They are unpaid volunteers from the local community who give up their time to try and make the Parish a better place to live and work and represent the views and concerns of those who elect them. They understand local concerns, debate issues within council meetings and use their best judgement to make decisions.

They have a range of powers and duties over local facilities and make decisions, which affect Parishioner’s everyday lives. A Parish Council is a separate legal, corporate entity. First created by the Local Government Act of 1894 in most rural areas, the current consolidated legislation is that of 1972. Councillors are not paid and have to abide by a local government code of conduct and declare a personal or prejudicial interest if they have an interest in any matter under discussion at a parish council meeting. Councillors are known locally and are often asked for advice or help; it is their responsibility to seek an answer or solution through the council. All Councillors must agree to abide by a Code of Conduct and to declare any interests which may conflict with their duties as Parish Council members.

Training is available and support will be found from colleagues and the Clerk to the Council.

All elected Councillors retire after a four year term, but casual vacancies may well arise in the intervening period. The next full elections will be in May 2021.

To become a Parish Councillor you will need to be 18 years old or over on the day of your nomination and a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union and meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

(a) is registered as a local government elector for the parish;

(b) has during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish;

(c) his/her principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish;

(d) had during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km thereof.

Certain people are disqualified from becoming Councillors. You cannot be a candidate if you:

  • work for the Parish or hold paid office under the council which has the vacancy; or
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order; or
  • have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, in the past five years; or
  • have been disqualified under any enactment relating to corrupt or illegal practices.

The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month, apart from January and September when it is the second Tuesday, and also on the Wednesday before each Ordinary Parish Council Meeting to discuss and vote on planning and land use matters. The meetings are held in the Parish Rooms, Breage, TR13 9PD.

Should you be interested in this vacancy you must be sure that you are eligible to stand and please let the Clerk know as soon as possible then formally make application in writing to the Clerk by 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday 26 May 2021 giving some personal details: former work; committees; family; interests; how long you have been in the Parish; why you wish to be a Councillor, etc. You are welcome to do this by e-mail. The Clerk will supply the address. You will then be asked to attend the Parish Council meeting in the Parish Rooms, Breage on Tuesday 1 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. when a vote will be taken.

Great western railway

For immediate release – Thursday 13 May 2021

Hitachi Rail and rail industry agree service recovery plan to get trains back

Hitachi Rail, train operators, and government have agreed, with oversight from the Office of Rail and Road, a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more 800 Series and 385 Series trains to the network.

The fleet of 800 series trains was removed from service as a precaution at the weekend when cracks were found on some trains.

Following extensive safety checks on their trains, Transpennine Express, Hull Trains and ScotRail have been able to operate services across all of their routes since last weekend.

After further rigorous safety checks involving ORR’s HM Railway Inspectorate, GWR and LNER will now begin reintroducing trains with a more regular service for passengers. Trains on some routes may be less frequent than usual and train availability could vary, for a number of reasons, so passengers should continue to check with the operators before they travel.

Passengers are being advised to check the latest travel advice from their train operator. Eligible passengers are also being encouraged to claim refunds.

Service Recovery Plan

The service recovery plan follows joint work between Hitachi Rail, train operators and the regulator around the safe return to service of some trains. Since discovering the faults, Hitachi Rail engineers and independent experts have completed rigorous tests and research to gain a clearer understanding of the cracking issue.

Based on the work undertaken to understand the issue, and after extensive engagement, Hitachi Rail and train operators, working with the rail regulator, have put in place suitable criteria for the trains to meet before they can re-enter service.

The service recovery plan includes thorough inspections by specialist teams before trains leave the depot. Trains will only re-enter service if they meet agreed safety criteria. Working with Hitachi Rail, the rail regulator will continue to carry out rigorous oversight to ensure robust processes are being followed.

Over time, trains will be subject to a Forward Repair Plan, which will ensure the long-term continued safe running of the fleet.

Andrew Barr, Group CEO of Hitachi Rail, said:

“Today’s agreement sets out our joint plan for the phased reintroduction of our trains into service, which will continue to deliver the highest possible safety standards. Safety remains our number one priority, and we and our partners have worked round the clock to agree an approach that allows the return of trains to service where they have been deemed safe.

“With our service recovery plan now underway, the operators will begin reintroduction of trains as they are individually approved and deemed safe. We would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support as we work collectively to reintroduce more trains into service.”

Robert Nisbet, director of nations and regions at the Rail Delivery Group, said:

“The safety of passengers has been the absolute focus for each of the organisations involved in making decisions about these trains over recent days. After some incredibly hard and detailed work, Hitachi’s engineers have worked with train operators and the rail regulator to safely bring some trains back into service. Over the coming days we will be able to get passengers on the affected routes moving again, but for now passengers should continue to check before they travel.”

HM Chief Inspector of Railways at the Office of Rail and Road, Ian Prosser CBE said:

“We’ve engaged with Hitachi and the train companies to oversee their development of a safe and suitable plan.

 “We’re also continuing to provide the rigorous oversight needed to make sure the right checks are being carried out so that the trains are able to re-enter passenger service safely.”

Mark Hopwood, GWR Managing Director, said:

“Our customers have shown great patience over the past couple of days, and I am grateful for their understanding as we have worked with Hitachi to allow trains to return safely. This news will allow us to run some additional services today and reintroduce more consistent robust timetables for customers after the weekend.

 “The industry has come together to help support those travelling – with other operators allowing each other’s tickets to be used on their networks; adding in extra shuttle services to help move people; and in sharing rolling stock to provide it to those who need it most.”

David Horne, LNER Managing Director, said:

“I am pleased we have been able to work as an industry to agree a service recovery plan with Hitachi and industry partners that will allow trains to return safely to our route. We are continuing to work together to begin the return of Azuma trains into service from next week. Customers should continue to check before they travel with LNER and I apologise for the disruption caused.”



Hitachi investigations continue and they are working hard to put remedial plans in place.  For now however, it is clear that we will need to operate without the vast majority of our Intercity Express Trains tomorrow. 

Our advice therefore remains not to travel on our long distance routes.  Refunds can be claimed through our website, or tickets can be used for travel on services later this week or at the weekend. 

Local, branch and regional services are unaffected. 

We are working on options that will help us to operate a limited long distance timetable.  It will be much reduced, but we are looking at every option to see what can be done to keep customers moving.

This includes looking at trains that might be available and can be moved from other parts of the country, including Charter trains, using buses for some journeys, agreeing ticket acceptance on other train services and making the best use of our other fleets including extending the use of our Thames Valley electric fleet to Swindon.

Details of the revised timetable will be entered into journey planners by Network Rail and should be in place from midnight 9 May, we will also provide updates on our website  We have brought more staff into stations and onto our social media platforms to help with advice and we will do our best to keep everyone informed.

We are very grateful for the messages of support for our teams as they work to put new arrangements in place.  It will be challenging and it is likely to mean that those trains that are in service are busy.

As soon as we have more news from Hitachi on when the IETs will be back in service you will be updated.

Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
GWR | 4th Floor | Capital House | 25 Chapel Street | London | NW1 5DH

Cornish tin update

NEWS UPDATE 30 April 2021

  • 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.

Sally Norcross-Webb

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Harrison

Planning and Communication




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




Dear Mr Keeling

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 ( formerly South West Homes) and also as a coming soon on our own website.

Kind regards.

Lucie Sominka Development Manager 01872 267 34207739 950 284 Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter


Please see attached the latest copy of Citizens, the newsletter from Citizens Advice Cornwall, which includes important information on our services and how people can get help.

Also below is a link to our new video which explains the work we do and how people in Cornwall can help by volunteering or donating.

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hrh prince philip the duke of edinburgh

Message of condolence

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Message of Condolence

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:  

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.

Cornish tin news update 30 march 2021

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
Sally Norcross-Webb
Chief Executive Officer