No properties will be made inaccessible as a result of the closure. Cornwall’s emergency services and households are today reviewing the effects of a significant earthquake which shook parts of Cornwall and Devon last night shortly after 1.00 am. The Devon and Cornwall Police call centre handled over 40 calls from worried residents who reported shaking floors and ceilings, and a loud noise described by a Callington person as like a nuclear bomb. Cornwall County Council has this morning been checking its premises and structures for damage, but none has been reported yet.
Schools are on half term, and there is time to ensure that premises are safe before next week’s return. which is a flexible structure designed to withstand wind movement and rare tremors like this. Another major County Council-owned building, the Tate Gallery in St. Ives, which has huge curved glass panels on its sea-facing frontage, was also thought to be safely outside the main earthquake zone. Tougher recycling targets, Pre Purchase Building Inspection more detailed policies to deal with commercial, industrial and sewage sludge waste and a revised area of search for an Energy from Waste plant are just some of the amendments in the latest draft of Cornwall Waste Local Plan which is being published on Thursday, June 14th.
Thursday’s publication marks the start of a six week consultation period, which ends on Thursday, July 26th and the County Council hopes as many people as possible will take the opportunity to respond. The Plan includes an re-examination of how waste is currently handled and addresses how waste should be managed in the future. considering what new approaches and techniques should be adopted in order to achieve a move away from the disposal of waste by landfill and how to increase the amount of recycling and composting.
It also considers what new facilities are needed, and where they should be sited. Despite efforts to reduce the amount of waste produced in Cornwall, the latest figures show that we are actually increasing the amount by an extra 3% a year said David Owens. The Waste Local Plan has a key role to play in helping change waste management practices in Cornwall and we are asking the public to play their part in helping to develop policies appropriate for the county. Everyone produces waste and it is essential the public is involved in making decisions on ensuring that it is handled, treated and disposed of in a manner which is both economical for the local authority and is sensitive to the protection of the environment.