Vacancy in Role of Councillor - Co-Option
27 July 2021


The Returning Officer of Cornwall Council has confirmed that there is vacancy following the recent election and the Council can now fill the vacancy by co-option.

The council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may apply.

• They are registered as a local government elector for the parish.

• They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land, or premises in the parish.

• Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish.

• They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km of it.

They must also be 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election.

Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a councillor need to be submitted to the Clerk of the council within 21 days of the date of this notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Bank Holidays).

The closing date for the written submission interest is 25th August 2021 and following that date the council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Signed: Robin Turner

Date: 27th July 2021

Altarnun Parish Clerk, 35 Chy Pons, St Austell PL25 5DH


Urban verge cutting
18 June 2021

Wildflowers are being left to flourish in towns and villages under Cornwall Council’s new approach to urban verge cutting.

The Council is responsible for maintaining over 75 hectares of urban verges across Cornwall within 30mph zones. Previously, these sites were mowed around eight times a year starting in spring.

After public consultation showed that residents wanted to see nature encouraged to flourish, Cornwall Council introduced a new policy that aims to help wildflowers and pollinators to thrive, without compromising road safety.

Verges will now be cut two or three times a year, instead of eight, and cuttings will take place after the flowers have finished blooming and seeds are set.

The Council will still be tidying path edges, cutting around benches and fixtures, ensuring visibility for safety reasons, and removing noxious weeds. Cutting at junctions and bends on the highway will also continue to ensure roads remain safe and visibility is not compromised.

Cornwall Councillor Adrian Parsons Report 2020 /21
05 June 2021

I sincerely thank all those within the Altarnun Parish that have helped and supported me over the last four years and now following the success at the election look forward to working with you all for another fours years trying to bring about and deliver improvements for all in the community.

The dynamics of Cornwall Council will now change with the Conservative group taking over control of the local authority which means the LDs, Independents, Labour and Green councillors will form the opposition. I’m sure we will endeavour to do our best to hold the Conservatives to account for the good of Cornwall and ensure they keep true to their pre election word that they won’t be increasing Council Tax!!

At a personal level it looks like I will remain on the East Cornwall and Strategic planning committees. Due to the increase in the size of the new division I have no desire to take on any more responsibility at this moment in time as I just need to firstly get a feel for the work load that will be attached.

Parish Dog Waste Bins - Please Note
20 May 2021

Cornwall Council have upgraded most of the waste bins in the Parish which means that bagged dog waste can now be deposited in ANY of the bins. It is hoped that it will make it easier for everyone to clear up after their charges.

2020/21 Annual Parish Council Report
20 May 2021

In what has been a unique and challenging year to say the least, I am chuffed as a mole to say that Altarnun Parish Council has managed to operate unhindered which reflects the marvellous commitment off the councillors to ensure our community has the stewardship that it deserves. I have particularly enjoyed the open and inclusive atmosphere which has encouraged participation from everyone who has attended our meetings, the outcomes of which I hope will prove to be for the benefit of all parishioners.

We were extremely fortunate to welcome two new councillors off great calibre this year, Carl Green and Lauren Coles whose contributions to date have been greatly appreciated and I hope that hey remain a part of the team for many years to come.

Our longstanding commitments to improve facilities within the parish saw the Riverside toilet block and the Mill Green phone box library come to fruition. Unfortunately, the opening of both was delayed by Covid but I am sure that these will prove to be significant community assets for years to come. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy scheme has started to deliver funds into our bank account which will allow us to consider similar schemes for the continuous improvement of the parish. Once again, the challenge will be to identify the right scheme in the right place to maximise the resource and deliver something that is worthwhile. We would very much welcome constructive suggestions for such schemes for consideration, bearing in mind there is only a five-year time scale in which to spend the money.

During my frequent travels around the parish I am well aware that the community pulls together constructively and generally feel able to flag up any concerns in the knowledge that their voice will be heard, and those concerns acted upon.

The chair and committee of Altarnun Village Hall are proposing a community event later this year to reenergise clubs, societies, and organisations in the parish after Covid. The parish council will be proud to be part of the initiative and will be very much open to working with local groups to nurture, help and support their aims and goals and seeing them being able to grow again and perhaps deliver a report to next year’s parish meeting, which offers a platform for these groups to publish their achievements and foster enthusiasm for the future.

In our role as consultee for local planning applications, we have generally been supportive of the schemes that have been tabled this year but were acutely analytical off the potential impact they may have on our rural environment and have commented accordingly. The greater percentage were supported but of course, sadly, not all were approved by the planning authority.

Following the local council elections I am delighted to congratulate Adrian Parsons on his re-election as a Ward Councillor. Adrian has done a wonderful job over the last four years and we look forward to more of the same. He not only supports our meetings by his attendance but does a lot of work on our behalf behind the scenes.

Also, huge thanks go to all our suppliers that have helped us over the last 12 months, especially Shaw Welding for the new cemetery gates, My Parish Council for our fantastic website, Cornwall Association of Local Councils for their invaluable guidance and administrative support, Anthony James for his work at Bolventor and most of all to Paul Smart for putting in so much time & effort to the upkeep of Altarnun, Five Lanes, Trewint and our impressive parish Cemetery.

At the end of 2021-22 I hope to be able to report more successful burrowing’s!

Cllr Craig Dowler  Chair - Altarnun Parish Council

Cornwall Book of Condolence and Donations in Memory of Prince Philip
09 April 2021

Books of Condolence

We have been advised that through the Cornwall Lieutenancy, Cornwall has opened a book of condolence . Messages of condolence can be emailed to; the national book of condolence is here


The Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes see

Census 2021
12 March 2021

Census 2021

Census Day takes place on 21 March and Cornwall Council is encouraging everyone who identifies as Cornish to say it on the 2021 census.

You can find out more about the call to action to identify as Cornish here.

The number of people identifying as Cornish will help influence how services are planned and funded in Cornwall, and will also help provide information about how the Cornish are performing as a group across the country.

People in Cornwall and beyond who want to identify as Cornish on the Census will be able to do so by ticking the box marked ‘other’ under the nationality, ethnicity and language questions and then writing or typing in ‘Cornish’.

People will receive a pack and a code from the ONS which will allow them to go on line and complete the census.

Anyone who needs help completing their census form or who has not received a census form by 21 March 2021 should visit or ring the Census Contact Centre on 0800 141 2021. Language support is available via the language helpline on 0800 587 2021.

Notice of Casual Vacancy to be filled by Co-Option
27 October 2020

Please apply to the clerk - contact details above

Notice of Casual Vacancy to be filled by Co-Option
27 August 2020

Please apply to the clerk.

Notice of Casual Vacancy to be filled by Co-Option
27 July 2020

Please apply to the clerk

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Parish Councillor
13 July 2020

For further information please contact the Clerk.

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Parish Councillor
17 June 2020

Catherine Richards has ceased to be a parish councillor, thus a casual vacancy exists on Altarnun Parish Council. The Retuning Officer of Cornwall Council official notice, of such, is posted in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972. Responses are invited.

Public Access Defibrilator Operating Instructions
04 June 2020

iPublic Access Defibrilator quick reference guide

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Parish Councillor 2019
29 August 2019

Casual Vacancy August 2019