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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.


Cameron's claim causes uproar in Cornwall

There's been a furious reaction in Cornwall after David Cameron told us that the Council has plenty of cash which it could spend to avoid drastic cuts in services.

The Prime Minister told ITV News West Country last night that Cornwall Council had nearly £200m in reserves, which had doubled over the past four years. But the Labour group on the council has described his comments as 'ignorant'.

You can watch our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy's report on the row below:

Cornwall Council rethinks school crossing cuts

Cornwall Council has agreed to delay cutting a number of school crossing patrols.

The council was hoping to save £80,000, but it will carry out a risk assessment first before making a final decision.

It has also reached a deal with the RNLI to maintain the current level of lifeguard cover on 57 beaches, despite reducing its contribution to the charity from £1.4million to £950,000.

Many manned crossings could stay. Credit: PA

Cornwall Council outlines ways to cut £196 million

Cornwall Council has consulted with residents to come up with proposals to cut £196m Credit: ITV News

Cornwall Council's cabinet is due to meet next week to discuss its four year budget in which it has to save £196m.

It follows a consultation exercise with residents. The council says it has included a number of their suggestions in revising the proposals.

The changes include:

  • Increasing the Adult Social care budget by £3.8m to cover the previous year’s overspend thereby protecting services to the most vulnerable.
  • Reducing the savings required from a scheme providing business rate relief support for charities from £800,000 to £400,000. This will help minimise the impact on charities and clubs which work with the most vulnerable people in Cornwall.
  • Protecting the rural bus network
  • Reducing the funding to voluntary and community organisations by £400,000 to reflect the work which is taking place to reduce duplication and operating costs by sharing staff and buildings, develop a new way of commissioning services and the potential for funding from the Government’s £320m Transformation Challenge Fund.
  • Delaying the implementation of the School Crossing Patrols savings to enable a comprehensive risk assessment to be carried out.
  • Increasing savings from waste budget by £210,000 over the four years mainly from additional income from the energy to waste contract
  • Introducing a new contract with the RNLI, which will maintain the same level of lifeguard cover on the 57 beaches supported by the Council with a reduced contribution of £950,000.
  • Using reserves to bridge the gap until new models for delivering libraries and tourism are set up
Controversial moves to remove lollipop patrols from some routes have been put on hold following consultation Credit: PA

The Cabinet is due to discuss the budget on 5 November and the final decision will be made by full council on 25 November.

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