Council Meetings & Events
Planning Meeting 9th December, 2015 @ 6.30pm (to be confirmed)
Council Meeting 9th December, 2015 @ 7.00pm
Fowey Parish Neighbourhood Plan On-Line Questionnaire
At the moment the Fowey Parish Neighbourhood Plan website www.foweysfuture.co.uk will only be found by using Internet Express as the Browser, not Google, but it can be accessed if you click here. You can also find it by clicking on the box on the right marked Neighbourhood Plan.
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Welcome to Fowey Town Council Website
Welcome to the Ancient Town and Port of Fowey which is situated on the south coast of Cornwall, at the mouth of the Fowey river about 20 miles west of Plymouth, and 5 miles east of St Austell.
With a population of around 1800, which swells during the summer months accommodating visitors, Fowey is a busy port exporting china clay all year round and welcoming cruise liners during the tourist season, as well as being a popular yachting harbour. In May the town is the backdrop for the Fowey Festival of Words and Music and in June you are invited to sample the excellent, locally grown mussels during the Fowey River Big Gig & BBQ (formerly the Mussel Fest). August heralds Fowey Royal Regatta which is always held in the third week of August and our Christmas Market weekend, held at the beginning of December, grows in popularity year on year.
In local government terms, Fowey is a civil parish with a town council and a Mayor. Besides the town, the parish includes the coastal area between the mouth of the River Fowey and St Austell Bay, including Gribben Head and the smaller settlements of Menabilly, Polkerris, Polmear and Newtown.
The parish of Fowey lies within the St Austell and Newquay constituency of the United Kingdom Parliament, and the South West England constituency of the European Parliament.
Fowey Town Council and Cornwall Councillor David Hughes were asked by residents of Fowey to try and sort out the damage to the surface of the Parade during last winter, caused by heavy agricultural traffic crossing over the Parade. Cllr. Hughes contacted a countryside ranger and enforcement proceedings by Cornwall Council began to investigate the rights to cross this land. Wire fencing was erected in March by Cornwall Council to safeguard the public using the Parade.
To explain the ownership of the Parade I include this passage from a booklet called “Fowey Its Public Property”.
The carriage way was created in the mid 19th century as private access from the main road to Point Neptune House. The house and Parade were bought by Hanson Estates and in 1949 leased to Fowey Borough Council for fifty years as a public walk. This lease was mutually extinguished by a Deed of Gift to the Borough of St Austell with Fowey for perpetual use as a footpath by the public. In 1974 ownership of the Parade was then subsequently transferred to Restormel Borough Council then Cornwall Council.
I have been in contact with the Countryside Team leader who has had site visits of the Parade and meetings with the Farmer. Fowey Town Council have not been involved in any of these meetings. Cornwall Council legal services researched the deeds to The Parade which state “the farmer has vehicle rights to cross the Parade”. Cornwall Council as landowners, has a “duty of care to their property”, and must not allow any possible risk to the public by allowing the farmer/tenant to damage the surface of the Parade.
The farmer and Cornwall Council have come to an agreement, (Fowey Town Council was not invited to take part in any of these discussions), a concrete pad will be designed and installed by Cormac and the farmer, who owns the hedges and fences, will replace the two gaps with gates. Cornwall Council will also put up warning signs to warn the public of the use of heavy machinery crossing between the fields.
The Parade will be improved but in the short term walkers may experience some inconvenience while remedial work is being carried out by Cormac to improve the surface of the pathway. The health and safety of the public using this route was the reason the Town Council was contacted originally and this remains our main priority.
Fowey Town Council hope that The Parade will be enjoyed by the many who use this delightful pathway.
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