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Fowey Town Parish Council
Fowey Estuary looking out to sea (photo by kind permission of Paul Jenkins)

Welcome to the Fowey Town Council Website

Council Meetings & Events

Council, 20th April 2022 @ 7pm in Fowey Town Hall. Open to the public.

Planning, 20th April 2022 @ 5.45pm in Fowey Town Hall. Open to the public

Please be advised that Fowey Town Council is only a consultee in the planning process, the Planning Authority for Cornwall is Cornwall Council. It is Cornwall Council that ultimately makes decisions in the process, often using delegated powers to the officer dealing with the application. Anybody wishing to comment on a planning application should do so on the Cornwall Council planning portal and also via email or hard copy to the Town Clerk, Colcerrow Farm, Par, PL24 2RZ or at sallyvincent957@btinternet.com. Members of the public are welcome to attend FTC planning meetings and express their views during the part of the meeting that allows public participation. It is important to remember, however, that the FTC planning committee can only consider material planning reasons in reaching decisions. These material considerations can be found on the Cornwall Council planning portal.

Fowey Environmental Growth Plan

For more information about this initiative contact the Chairman of the Environment Committee, Cllr Lynn Simms, at lynnsimms2003@yahoo.com

Road Closure

From 1st May 2022 and until 30th September 2022 there will be a 24 hour road closure of Trafalgar Square, Town Quay, Market Street and Webb Street. Cornwall Council will be putting up signage to warn motorists not to enter. However, authorised vehicles will continue to have the right of access and these include emergency vehicles and people with permits who have an valid exemption from the Town Council to enter the Town Quay. This means that the roads must not be blocked for any reason that prevents this legal right of vehicular access.

Whilst the Town Council has obtained this closure to make the quay area more user-friendly, it should be noted that it is Cornwall Council and Devon & Cornwall Police and not Fowey Town Council who are responsible for ensuring compliance on the highway areas of Trafalgar Square, Webb Street and Market Street. Fowey Town Council will be monitoring the quay and it is sincerely hoped that everybody will be able to continue to safely use this unique space.


Town Quay Toilets

The Town Quay toilets are now open and are being constantly monitored to ensure they are compliant with the FTC risk assessment in respect of Covid-19 restrictions. If you need to use the facilities please ensure that you leave them clean, that you wash your hands and respect other people's space..

Public Footpaths

There have been considerable increases in the use of the Public Rights of Way Network and the South West Coast Path due to members of the public in the most part using these legitimately to exercise. Whilst currently this is permitted, the rules for social distancing still apply.  Many of the PRoW in Cornwall are very narrow and do not allow sufficient passing space to allow users to adhere to ‘social distancing’ and we have been made aware of specific issues connected with this. It is critically important that you observe social distancing whenever you are away from your home base and if a PRoW does not allow it then you should turn back if you meet somebody on the path.

Town Hall Bookings

If you wish to book the hall please email the Town Clerk on sallyvincent957@btinternet.com

Emergency Contact

Town Hall/Aquarium/Town Quay Toilets - Mr Russell Maclaren Tel: 01726 834493 or 07759246894

Permit Parking

The Town Council now has a limited number of permit parking spaces at Squires Field. Priority for allocation will be for businesses in the parish and people on the Fowey Electoral Register. The cost will be £1 per day, plus vat, payable annually in advance. The income generated will be used towards the day to day running costs of the whole of the Squires Field complex, which are significant. The devolution of assets from Cornwall Council, whilst welcome in many ways, is placing a significant burden on the council tax payers of Fowey and FTC  hopes that levying this small charge will go some way to offsetting this and at the same time support our local businesses and residents by offering guaranteed parking when, as we all know, it is at a premium throughout the town, particularly in the summer months.

Any qualifying person wishing to secure a space should contact the Town Clerk at sallyvincent957@btinternet.com to have their name added to the waiting list.

St Catherine's Parade

Any questions should be directed to countryside@cormacltd.co.uk

Fowey Town Masterplan

Fowey has been awarded £40,000.00 Town Vitality funding by Cornwall Council,  which is aimed at supporting Cornish towns in the revitalisation of their town centres and High Streets. Although the Town Council holds and accounts for the funds, the project must be led by a Town Team and for us this is Fowey Harbour Commissioners, Fowey Town Forum, Fowey Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall Councillor Andy Virr. The Team went out to tender earlier in the year to identify a company to develop designs for enhancing the town centre public spaces and the contract was awarded to David Orr Consultancy in April 2022. The consultation process is now live so please get involved, your feedback is vital. You can visit https://app.placechangers.co.uk/s/s/272 to comment and David Orr will be giving a short presentation on the process at the Annual Parish Meeting on 26th May in the Town Hall.

Town Hall available for hire

Celebrate your Wedding, Birthday or Special Event in the Town Hall. We now have a Licence to hold civil ceremonies in the Hall and this includes not only weddings but also naming ceremonies, renewal of vows.

About Fowey

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.  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.

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