Our next coffee morning will be held on Saturday 7th November at usual time of 10am to 12 noon and will include a raffle with over twenty prizes, tombola table, sales of cakes etc. and teas and coffee including hot pasties from 11am. There will also be a table top sale including a brand new halogen cooker. We are one baker short therefore contributions of any kind will be appreciated as will any donations. All are welcome.
As you may or may not be aware acting on legal advice St.Dennis Parish Council have decided not to sign the latest edition of the agreement with Cornwall Council for the management of the £10,000 pa funding for Air and Soil monitoring approved by Cornwall Council’s cabinet in 2013. It should be made clear that the agreement was written in such a manner that was not in accord with the terms of reference for the parish council to operate. This raises questions about the competence or aims of Cornwall Council legal officers who drew up the agreement. Anyway it is doubtful if the £10,000pa awarded was enough to cover the cost of regular air quality monitoring and collation of data, in no way would it also cover the cost of any form of soil quality monitoring. Although it is appreciated that the funding was suggested in good faith it is apparent that officers failed to conduct any form of feasibility as to what the figure agreed could achieve. Here again competence or aims of employed officers is in question.
Because of the parish council’s decision we now have a situation where no air quality and, because of lack of funds, no soil quality monitoring is being carried out. It is imperative that base line monitoring is conducted prior to the incinerator ever working, and this is now a situation which we will be pursuing as a priority.
Cornwall Council has a statutory duty to have an Air Quality Plan (Directive 2008/50/EC) for the whole county, for some unknown reason St.Dennis is not included in that plan even though it is already adversely effected by an un-researched cocktail of emissions from china clay production, a local oil firied power generating station, an abnormal amount of HGV traffic passing through the village, numerous local national grid power line and pylons, and air pollution from over 23,000 traffic movements a day on the adjacent A30 trunk road. If and when the incinerator ever operates it’s known polluting emissions and HGV emission from 316 vehicle movements a day involved will add to that cocktail of pollutants. This whole situation amounts to a miserable failure by Cornwall Council to practice it’s duty of care, and to adhere to the directive, in fact one could say it is a distinct case of discrimination. I will be seeking assurances from the leader of the council as to what action the authority is proposing to take to address these failures.
I suggest that campaigners write to or e-mail the council leader Cllr John Pollard to complain about both of these controversial issues being unacceptable and do not accord with the authority’s duty of care. Also ask what action the authority will be taking to address them. The leaders address is Cllr John Pollard, Cornwall Council, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY, his e-mail is email@example.com
Also an opportune time to complain will be next Monday on Radio Cornwall’s lunch time phone in programme (01872 22 22 22). when Cllr John Pollard will be available to talk and answer questions on various issues.This will be an ideal chance to voice concerns.
Changing the subject it would be appreciated if some campaigners would do research for companies who carry out air and soil monitoring including collating data on a contract basis.