Residents of the St Austell & Mevagissey Community Network area are being invited to learn about the Mevagissey Neighbourhood Plan at the Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 10 March. Mevagissey Parish Councillor Garth Shephard, will be outlining the policies in the draft Neighbourhood plan before it’s submitted to Cornwall Council for approval. This plan, resulting from local people coming together, includes suggesting where new houses, business and shops should go and what they should look like.

David Pooley from St Austell Town Council will also be coming to talk about the services being devolved from Cornwall Council to St Austell Town Council. This involves the Town Council running local services including the library, and some car parks and open spaces in St Austell.

Cornwall Councillor Jackie Bull, Chair of March’s Community Network Panel, said: “I encourage local people to come and find out about the important subjects happening in St Austell and Mevagissey, and meet Parish, Town and Cornwall Councillors on the panel. It’s vital that local people feel welcome to come to this public meeting. People can put their questions to the panel by emailing up to 24 hours before the meeting or asking questions during the meeting.”

The St Austell and Mevagissey Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and its partners such as the police and health services.

Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel includes all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the eight Town or Parish parishes in the community network: Carlyon, Mevagissey, Pentewan, St Austell Bay, St Austell Town, St Ewe, St Goran, St Mewan.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 10 March from 7pm to 9pm at the Council Chamber, St Austell One Stop Shop, Penwinnick Road. The agenda and more information about the panel can be found on the website.