St Piran’s Day :: 5th of March

It doesn’t take long for any Perranporth resident to learn about St Piran’s landing on Perranporth beach, on a mill stone, from Ireland.

The 5th of March has a feast of celebrations with great stories of the saint and other aspects of Cornish culture such as the flag.

“Legend tells us how Piran, who came from Ireland and was known there as Ciran’ (the Cornish language naturally mutates the first letter to a softer P’), was cast to sea tied to a millstone on the order of the Irish King who was suspicious of Piran’s miraculous powers.

The stormy seas calmed for the would-be martyr as he floated on the millstone to Perranporth beach.”

Perranporth beach at low and high tide

Some great photos of Perranporth beach at low and high tide by Michael Marten in the Guardian on Saturday.

Perranporth, Cornwall. 29 and 30 August 2007. Low water 12 noon, high water 8pm

Perranporth, Cornwall. 28 and 29 August 2007. High water 6pm, low water 11.20am

Development behind Silver Spray is progressing

Despite the parish council voting against the proposal for 31 houses on the land behind Silver Spray, Cornwall Council have voted 10-3 in favour of the development – with conditions.

Tescan Ltd has been granted outline planning permission for a mix of private and affordable homes, including an eco-style subterranean luxury house built into the side of the cliff, that campaigners claimed would be worth more than £2 million.

http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Experts-forced-abandon-plan-wildlife-park/story-15108977-detail/story.html

 

Perranporth Beach Clean

As reported in the local newspaper, the West Britton:

Following comments by many Perranporth residents and visitors that the beach was getting in a state, a number of locals used the “Please listen Perranporth Parish Council” Facebook group to short circuit officialdom and self organise a beach clean last Saturday.

With less than 48 hours notice a Facebook event was created and over a dozen people turned up, with their own gloves and bin bags. The participants included Councillor Dave Webster, the local vet, several dogs, children and adults who walking the length of the main beach at high and low tide marks, rapidly filled over a dozen large rubbish bags. One of the ‘finds’ was an enormous fishing net which was pulled, virtually hidden, from the sand.

We popped into the Watering Hole to ask if they were OK for us to put the collected rubbish in their big bins. To which we had a fantastic “Yes, no problem and let me get you guys a drink as a thank you”.

A fun and a fantastic example of the local community solving local problems. Hopefully by keeping the beach clean (the rubbish was mostly items brought in by the sea), it encourages visitors to enjoy the beach and keep it in a good state for others to enjoy.

Perranporth Low Carbon Limited ?

Wouldn’t it be great to set-up Perranporth Low Carbon Limited ?

Attending some eco-build talks at the Eden Project, one of the speakers is involved with Hook Norton Low Carbon Limited.

It is an Industrial Provident Society, set up by Low Carbon Hook Norton members to help the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money, with a range of community-based schemes and individual household projects based on interest-free loans.

http://www.hn-lc.org.uk/

From the talk, it seems they coordinated getting funding and then the residents and suppliers to slowly help everybody (residents, the school, local firms ….) benefit (lower fuel bills, jobs to implement the projects …..) and move to a lower carbon / more sustainable village.

In relation to this, it’d probably make sense to chat with http://sustaincornwall.co.uk/ and the linked Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust

Killer whales spotted off Cornish coast

Widely reported (Daily Mail, Telegraph, Western Morning News …..) has been the spotting by quite a few people, including those in the know, of some killer whales off the Cornish coast.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8937921/Killer-whales-spotted-off-Cornish-coast.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/12/06/killer-whales-spotted-yards-from-cornwall-coast-115875-23614451/

The sighting comes as experts reveal more predators like sperm and killer whales – also known as orcas – are flocking to British shores due to warmer sea temperatures.

Perranporth Low Carbon Limited ?

Wouldn’t it be great to set-up Perranporth Low Carbon Limited ?

Attending some eco-build talks at the Eden Project, one of the speakers is involved with Hook Norton Low Carbon Limited.

It is an Industrial Provident Society, set up by Low Carbon Hook Norton members to help the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money, with a range of community-based schemes and individual household projects based on interest-free loans.

http://www.hn-lc.org.uk/

From the talk, it seems they coordinated getting funding and then the residents and suppliers to slowly help everybody (residents, the school, local firms ….) benefit (lower fuel bills, jobs to implement the projects …..) and move to a lower carbon / more sustainable village.

Dolphins ahoy !

Mike & Ash, who are staying at Silver Spray at the moment have twice looked out the window, to see dolphins playing in the waves.

It seems this was in the morning when there are less people in the sea.

They managed to take some pictures 🙂

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Parish Council meeting regarding the proposed housing development off Tregundy Lane

The council meeting was well attended with 30 to 50 people there. They seemed to mostly be against the proposed development. (Nobody from the public spoke up for the development.)

The key concerns presented by the public seemed to be:

  1. Not all of the required animal surveys had been undertaken so an environmental impact assessment could not as yet be properly carried out.
    • Insufficient bat surveys
    • The current surveys excluded required protected mammal surveys.
  2. Their had been agro chemical spraying of the proposed development site, where the individual(s) doing the spraying warned those surrounding residents he knew (several were in the audience) to close windows and doors, to stay indoors, to not go onto the land for at least 2 weeks. This was presented as a deliberate move by the owner of the land to cull the current bio diversity.

The key issues raised by the councillors seemed to be:

  1. The highways report was not conclusive with regards to access being sufficient, so this needs further investigation. This related not only to the immediate site access up from Tregundy Lane, but also those roads that lead up to the proposed road into the development (Tregundy Lane up from Tywarnhayle Road, Cliff Road and Droskyn Way).
  2. They were concerned by the public point that not all wildlife surveys had been completed as apparently required.
  3. There is a fundamental need for affordable housing in Perranporth. With 200 to 250 people on the local affordable housing register, the village MUST allow expansion which includes affordable housing. Of the 3 developments the village has on the way, this is the first to come to the table, but it is not the development preferred by the parish council (they are currently biased to the Lisky Hill site). To keep the village young, affordable housing needs to be within reach of the current youth. There seemed to be discussion that the proposal affordable housing was going to be £67,000 for 1 bedroom units and £134,000 for 3 bedroom units.

So the council voted to neither approve or disapprove of the development, but say they wanted further investigation and information on the access and wildlife surveys.

Two other points of note were that the developer was not going to be who everybody thought it was going to be. I had heard, more than once, that Norwegian Properties were to be the developer, so it’s presumably not them?

Secondly that the land is currently owned by Ian Moore.

Proposed housing development off Tregundy Lane

Came across this article about the proposed development off Tregundy Lane, which would be behind Silver Spray on Droskyn Point.

http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/homepagetest/worms-topple-bid-39-homes/article-3670297-detail/article.html

Will worms topple bid for 39 homes?
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 09:00

PLANS to build 39 homes on farmland in Perranporth have sparked complaints from conservationists and residents, who are calling for it to be declared a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

A colony of about 77 slow worms has been found on the five-acre site off Tregundy Lane along with
numerous birds and other protected species.

And 226 residents living near the proposed development are submitting a petition calling for the application to be rejected and the proposed estate, which includes 26 affordable homes,
moved to a different location.

Giving its initial response to the outline planning submission by Tescan Ltd, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s deputy conservation manager, Cheryl Marriot, said the site was likely to qualify as a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat.

In a letter to Cornwall Council’s planners stating the trust was likely to object to the application, she said:

“…it is likely this site will suffer an overall negative impact post-development due to the loss of BAP habitats and the impact upon slow worms”.

Father of four Robert Pearson, who has lived on Droksyn Way for 12 years, said the development sits next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where there are 90 species of butterflies and moths.

He said: “People want affordable houses but these are likely to be too expensive. There is massive opposition to the scheme which borders the heritage coast.

“I have contacted several wildlife groups. We want the area to remain unspoilt. It hasn’t been touched for more than 20 years and is a beautiful site which we want to protect and get declared an SSSI.”

He has written to Minister for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste Joan Ruddock asking for her support.

To offset the environmental impact, independent ecological consultants, commissioned by Tescan Ltd, said the slow worms could be relocated, which would take up to 90 visits to an alternative location.

A wildlife reserve would also be maintained at the site and bird and bat boxes placed on the new homes.

Up to 187m of new Cornish hedgerows would also be created.

Councillor Ken Yoe said the plans were still at the early stage and it was important to balance the needs of those wanting affordable homes and the environmental impact.

He said concerns had also been raised regarding the access along Cliff Hill.

There are about 130 people in the resort, he added, on the register for local affordable housing.