The sand extraction site is subject to mineral permissions which could result in continued extraction until 2042. There has already been considerable environmental degradation of the area due to removal of sand since 1948 and continuous extraction would have a major impact on the landscape and result in severe loss of habitat. There is now new hope, however, that there could be an early cessation of operations. Most recently its Environmental Programmes team have been carefully negotiating a way forward with the mineral operators, Hanson Aggregates and the landowners. click here for details : Valuations VIC
We are aware of the sensitivity of the Gwithian site, particularly the protected high dunes area which we agreed to exclude from our working plans back in 1999. This was a major concession on our part and effectively preserved this zone from any further extraction. As responsible operators, we have been co-operating fully in negotiations to surrender our rights to quarry the remainder of the site. The County Council has been the key player in the management of the Towans dune system since 1981. Mr Williams, a landowner on the Towans, said All my dealings with Cornwall County Council’s well qualified staff have been extremely helpful over the many years since I received SSSI status.
I think of all of the Council’s staff involved with the Towans as friends offering good advice. We are very proud of the work that our environmental officers carry out on the Towans and surrounding area and, equally. we value the partnership for its success in bringing together the expertise and enthusiasm of all those people who live. A conference held at County Hall last Friday tackled one of Cornwall’s major talking points how to help people to get on the ‘housing ladder’ in a low wage economy.
It was attended by over 100 delegates, who heard from experts involved in planning and housing and were given examples of good practice in Cornwall and elsewhere in the South West. The Community Workshops were an important part of the extensive programme of events being led by the County Council’s consultants Social Research Associates and designed to keep the public informed and involved in the process of developing the new road proposals.