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Cornwall pleas for reassurance it will not be 'worse off' following Brexit vote

Cornwall has issued an urgent plea for reassurance that it will not be worse off following the Brexit vote.

The county has received a "significant amounts" of funding from the EU for the past 15 years due to its "relatively weak economy".

But, after 56.5% of voters in the county chose to leave the Union, the council says it is now seeking urgent reassurance that money allocated to it will still be received.

The average funding Cornwall has received from the EU over the past 10 years
Credit: ITV West Country

Prior to the vote the Council said they were told by the Leave campaign that funding would still be available.

They also said they had been told Cornwall "would not be worse off" in terms of investment they received.

Now that we know the UK will be leaving the EU we will be taking urgent steps to ensure that the UK Government protects Cornwall’s position in any negotiations.

We will be insisting that Cornwall receives investment equal to that provided by the EU programme which has averaged £60M per year over the last ten years.

– John Pollard, the Leader of Cornwall Council


Controversial councillor apologises for comments

A Cornwall Councillor has apologised after using a controversial saying about women during a council meeting.

Councillor John Dyer said to the Strategic Planning Committee meeting "I'm very fond of the old saying that if a lady says no, she means perhaps, if a lady says perhaps she means yes, but if a lady says yes she's no lady."

Councillor Dyer says he was expressing his frustration at one third of a 400 page planning agenda being dropped from discussions at the last minute, and didn't mean to cause offence.

I obviously regret and will apologise for making the comment but it was in the heat of the moment. I thought it was a lighthearted way of moving things on and I didn't expect it to cause this level of furore, but it has so for that I apologise.

– Councillor John Dyer

In a statement Cornwall Council said it may hold an investigation.

Councillor Dyer has been temporarily suspended from the planning committee.


Council leader dubs comments as 'totally unacceptable'

The leader of Cornwall Council has dubbed Cllr Dyer's comments "totally unacceptable" and says he hopes he will apologise.

The comments from Councillor Dyer are totally unacceptable and are inconsistent with the standards expected of a Cornwall Councillor. I hope that Councillor Dyer will now apologise for his remarks.

I understand that an investigation into this matter could be carried out by the Council’s Monitoring Officer under the authority’s Code of Conduct procedure.

– John Pollard, Cornwall Council Leader

Councillor causes controversy with comments about women

A Cornwall Councillor has caused controversy after telling a meeting, 'if a lady says perhaps, she means yes'.

72-year-old John Dyer made the comments while expressing his frustration at agenda items being dropped at short noticed.

He told the strategic planning meeting: "I'm very fond of the old saying that if a lady says no she means perhaps, if a lady says perhaps she means yes, but if a lady says yes, she's no lady."

The meeting was streamed live on Cornwall Council's website.

Surf schools in Cornwall could face new 'tax'

Some surf schools say they'll be put out of business by the 'tax'. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

Surf schools in Cornwall could face a charge for each surf board they use if council plans go ahead.

A licence fee of £72 for each board - or the 'surf tax', as it's been called - could be introduced as a way of raising money to keep the county's beaches clean.

Some schools have warned it could put them out of business, however Cornwall Council argues that the scheme would be a fair one.

"Whether you're a small business and only take out 8 clients, or whether you've got ten, twelve instructors each taking out 8 clients, it's a fair licence scheme because it's 87p per board - and if businesses are using other beaches owned by other land owners, they'll already be paying a licence to use those beaches."

– Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council

Council overturns decision to deny war hero housing

Jamie Streets and his family had an agonising wait for a home. Credit: ITV News

A Falmouth war veteran and his family who were denied social housing have today been told been told that decision has been overturned.

Father-of-four Jamie Streets had to leave the army after 15 years' service, and was unable to work due to a brain tumour.

His family applied for a council house because they could no longer afford their private rent, but were turned down as they were classed as making themselves homeless.

However following pressure from forces charities and comments from the Prime Minister, Cornwall Council reviewed the background to the case, and have today overturned that decision.

Having considered this additional information the review has concluded that it would not have been reasonable to continue to occupy their privately rented tenancy and has, therefore, overturned the original decision of intentional homelessness.

– Cornwall Council

The family have now been told they'll be given a suitable temporary house until the right permanent home comes up.

They have told us they are very relieved.

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