3. News

 

The news section is updated on a regular basis, the views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of the members of the committee.


Oyster fishermen to be spared £4,000 licence fee


Oyster fishermen in a part of Cornwall will not have to pay for new licences if European leaders sweep away the licensing exemption scheme.
Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, said she has secured assurances from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) that fishermen working on the Fal Estuary will be saved from paying the £4,000 per licence.
Fishermen of the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery have been gathering oysters from the Fal for more than 500 years.   The Fishery is the last remaining commercial fishing fleet under sail in Europe.
Marine Fisheries Licensing was introduced by the European Union in 1992, but an exemption was secured meaning Fal oyster fishermen did not need to buy Marine Fisheries Licenses.
European leaders are reviewing the exemptions may remove the exemption covering the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery.
If the move goes ahead the cost of buying a Marine Fisheries Licence could be as much as £4,000.
Mrs Newton said she was assured by Sir Bill Cailaghan, chairman of the MMO, that if they extended Marine Fisheries Licences to the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery fisher- men will not be charged for licences.
She said: “I am pleased that progress has been made in securing the ongoing viability of the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery. The Fishery, and the annual Fal Oyster Festival, is an asset to Cornwall, and I will continue to do all I can to ensure that the last fleet under sail in Europe continues to supply oysters for generations to come.”

The Western Morning News, 14 October 20ll



Speeding 

Current speed limit 30mph is too fast for narrow country lane with many gates right up to edge the carriageway and a number of obscured entrances.   The dissenters’ argument is not one of need. Their contention is that drivers generally ignore speed limit signs, the police do not have the resources to enforce.

Our contention is that drivers generally observe speed limit signs and consequently a 20 mph limit will be respected by the vast majority.   This is supported by the results of a radar speed check on Restronguet Point in July of this year.   It recorded, over a week, approximately 1000 vehicles in each direction. In summary, the findings were: 
• Northbound, 84.3 % of vehicles kept within the 30mph limit, 15.7 % did not and 0.4 % exceeded 40mph, 
• Southbound, 82.9 % kept within the speed limit, 17.1 % did not and 0.8 % exceeded 40mph. 

We will discuss the results with Councillor Jim Currie, whose recommendation it was to carry out the speed check, to plan the next steps.   We will also make the point that the detector was not sited well to monitor the fast downhill stretch of the road and secondly that drivers soon became aware of the speed check.    We believe that the beauty of our area depends very much on retaining the natural verges and walls of local stone.   It may be subjective but we think that some of our verges have recovered or have been improved recently.   In this respect It has been pleasing that building developers have, to some extent, been complying with our request to arrange for contractors to park on building sites and not on the narrow roads or on verges.   We note that under the Feock Parish Plan that the Parish Council also regards the retention of verges and walls to be important. In addition to the importance of appropriate stone walls, suitable entrance gates are important to our environment.   Our committee will soon consider whether we should ask the planners to take a more proactive approach to walls and gates in order to preserve the general amenity of the area. Currently it seems that the planners usually accept the choice of the developer.

Marble Head.

The Friends had intended to place a plaque at the Point containing an outline of some of its history. This proposal received support from Feock Parish Council and the Restronguet Creek Society. However alternative suggestions have since been received and more consideration needs to be given to what form the plaque should take.   The ferry between Marble Head and the Pandora pub worked well and fears of parking problems were not realised. 

The Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009. 

This legislation in essence gave Natural England the powers to create a footpath around England’s coastline.   This coastal path would have encircled our area giving the public right of way on a pathway through gardens adjacent to the sea.   This would have been a radical change affecting residential privacy.   Fortunately, in May 2010, the “All England Coastal Footpath” programme was suspended indefinitely (except for a few miles near Weyrnouth) for financial reasons. 



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