Camelford News – October

Camelford News – October

3 November 2021

Crowdy Reservoir

Clease Road and Car Park

Member of public suggested a box junction by Clease Road Car park/Clease Road.

Cornwall Council will be giving Clease Road car park to CTC; legal transfer and relevant changes to the car parking orders will take a few months to change – will probably will not complete until April/May 2022.

Survey sent out to 250 houses and to hall users in order to inform new Clease car parking order. Parish wide consultation will take place in the new year. Council debating how and if the car park should be managed or whether it should be left as ‘first come first served’. CTC giving consideration to permits/charging/enforcement and variations thereof. There will be ongoing maintenance costs and tree management.  Current resurfacing and relining works will cost £47,000 but being paid for by Cornwall Council this time. These will take place towards the end of November.

EV chargers will be installed 2nd week of November.  Will be fully operational following the resurfacing.

Broadwood Bridge damage

Member of public responsible for painting the bridge red would like to rectify the situation. CTC has written to individual setting out reparation of Broadwood Bridge. CTC would like it returned to original state (stained wood not paint).  Poetry boards will need to be removed, dipped and re-varnished.

Police Report

PC Lee Skinner reported low percentage of crime.  Mainly incidents are within family homes.  Wider picture, crime numbers remain very low in relation to other areas. Cllr Bond – would like policing on a Friday night to deal with parking on yellow lines outside takeaways by Market Place. PC Skinner more than happy to do so.

Update OCM

Works now not starting on 11 October due to workforce issues.  Expect an update by the end of the week from Freestyle. .

OCM Regeneration Project Phase 2


Possible delay to NDP December/January due to 2 unexpected by-elections in North Cornwall and clash with resurfacing works

Youth Club/Youth Worker

The Camelford and District Youth Club (now defunct) have funds to hire a room for the Youth Worker to run youth club over the Winter.  CTC has agreed to fund DBS checks on 2 volunteers for safeguarding purposes.  Will run twice monthly at the Old Bank.

Resignation of a Councillor

Cllr Rob Chandler resigned from office, notice of the vacancy has been posted.  If you are interested in standing please contact the Clerk in the first instance. or 01840 212880.

County Councillor Report

Cllr Jordan spoke regarding staff changes at CC – 10% reduction in numbers.  Tregoodwell; Developers to install ramp for a resident?  Mayor to contact developer.  Highways monies for community network – Camelford Area £22932 – he will be contacting the cabinet member involved in allocating £11k per member; not fair considering the number of roads here. Christmas boxes – will contribute

Camelford Network Panel

Police gave update on crime and talked about operation snap – send your dash cam footage to the Police.  Very useful in getting convictions.  Nigel Blacker (CC Officer Highways) spoke regarding the 20s plenty campaign– all parishes getting behind the project.  Bypass news; very quiet at the moment – pushing as hard as he can. Updates from the other Parishes were received. Some starting on their NDPs.


Camelford Town Council (CTC) was grateful to have received copies of emails from Bude & Stratton Town Council, and Bodmin Town Council via CALC, outlining their responses to the proposed new planning reforms.  CTC wishes to support the calls for policy changes at government level and for Cornwall Council, as the Housing Authority, to take action.  CTC resolved on 19 October 2021, to lobby government to:

  1. Scrutinise the principles of Affordable Housing with a view to creating links to local earnings.
  2. New homes must be prioritised for local need and occupancy.
  3. Second homes:
    1. To allow a multiplier of council tax which is passed to local communities
    1. Scrutiny of the principle of registering houses as businesses
  4. Additions to our housing stock should be delivered to high sustainable living standards and offered with secure and humane tenancy agreements.


CTC do not get a regular update from CC regarding the bypass; it only hears when there is news or information is required.  CTC/Agan Reskammel was contacted by CC to have a conversation with businesses in town to get a feel from them regarding benefits or detriments resulting from a successful bypass case.  All other bypass components are robust except the commercial case.  Businesses were mainly supportive and indeed thought their business would flourish by having a bypass.  Response from CC positive and there is an element of confidence that the department of Transport will give the go ahead for the project.  CC is anticipating a decision in the Autumn Statement (November latest).  Original timetable remains the same – completion by end of 2024.


Music @ the Bandstand events

Launched in July, these events were organised to increase footfall, create an evening culture in Camelford and help local businesses.  It had a brilliant response to the call out to bands to play for free (with a bucket for donations) and the bandstand was booked for a total of 10 bands from July to October.  A consistent crowd enjoyed music from classical music, Cornish folk, shanty, cover bands to rock. The feedback has been excellent but will be going out to consultation to consider whether to continue next year.


Armistice – CTC short service by the bandstand. Remembrance Sunday service at Lanteglos, but no parade. Restricted numbers in the Church to 100.

Winter festival

This year’s enhanced event will see the Town Band lead the Lantern Parade from the Coop/Clease Road from 6pm. Camelford Primary School will lead the parade.  Acrobatic elves will entertain along the High Street.  Band – Jump out Duo will be busking, with the main band.  The Christmas Lights will be switched on by members of Boscastle Buoys at 7pm, with a Grand Firework Display starting at 7.30pm (Celebration Pyrotechnics). Boscastle Buoys will then sing at the Bandstand from around 7.30pm.  There is a bouncy snow globe for u12s until 9pm. It has visiting food stalls including Cornish Crepes, The Gastropod, Maggie’s Barista and Tapas on Tour. There will be a Christmas Fayre in the Library from 5pm, Father Christmas will arrive at 5.45pm in a fantastic Christmas pony and trap from Pencarrow Livery and will be seated in his usual place at his Grotto at the Masons Arms. Late night opening and hog roast and mulled wine provided by the Masons Arms. The Mayor’s Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch will be at the Camelford Hall from 12.30pm.  Peggy will be cooking a wonderful Christmas Lunch as in previous years. More Harmony and Camelford Primary Choir will be singing.  Table decorations supplied by Val Bluett.


Christmas eve service at Lanteglos 8pm. Carol service at Camelford Hall on the 19th.  North Cornwall Hunt will hold its meet in Camelford this year. CTC neither support nor oppose this event.  Potential issue with safety; CTC will put barriers across the spaces between library and Darlington as usual.

Reusable Plastic cups

CTC instructed Pickle to design 1200 branded cups for use at town events and festivals in 2022. They will be available from various establishments in town for a small fee.

Please see for further information on events.  You can advertise your events for free on this page and you can also have paid advertising for your business – please contact the Town Hall – or 01840 212880

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