Press Coverage

Friday 25th August – Thursday 7th September 2017: Private Eye No. 1451.
Private Eye investigate the delta between the recently launched 100 page Seasearch report (14 years in the making in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society & Cornwall Wildlife Trust) on the Manacles MCZ, Vs Shire Oak Quarries 3 day survey findings. Private Eye 1451

Monday 7th August 2017: BBC One Spotlight SW Regional News. Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent reports on the findings of a major independent report published on the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). These findings seem to contradict data published by Shire Oak Quarries in 2015. BBC One Spotlight 7.8.2017

Friday 28th July – Thursday 10th August 207:  Private Eye No. 1449. Private Eye investigates the feud between Good Energy and Ecotricity over disclosed consultancy fees paid to Shire Oak Energy and its links to Mark Shorrock’s plans to blast rock from Dean Quarry. Private Eye 1449

Friday 5th May – Thursday 18th May 2017: Private Eye No. 1443. ‘Old Sparky’ dares to delve into the CV of Mark Shorrock who owns Dean Quarry on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall and is also the CEO of many Tidal Lagoon companies. He questions whether the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, or as he puts it “this would-be DeLorean of the Deep” will find its way into the Tory manifesto? Private Eye No. 1443

Friday 28th April – Thursday 4th May 2017: New Statesman. India Bourke investigates whether Tidal Lagoon energy can be both clean and green? CADS voice their opinions over CEO of Tidal Lagoon and his not so green quarry plans. New Statesman

Friday 21st April – Thursday 4th May 2017: Private Eye (edition 1442).
Private Eye discovers that Mark Shorrock CEO of Tidal Lagoon and owner of Dean Quarry in Cornwall failed to build Europe’s biggest windfarm, with more than 500 turbines in a Scottish designated national scenic area and a SSSI. Private Eye 1442.

Friday 24th March – Thursday 6th April 2017: Private Eye (edition 1440).
While CEO Mark Shorrock awaits final decision on his plan to hold back the tide at Swansea – trouble is brewing across the water in Cornwall. What was that again about “reverence for nature” at the heart of all that Shorrock does? Private Eye 1440.

Saturday 14th January 2017: Not A Lot of People Know That.
Tidal Lagoon Plc has produced this video, to explain its vision for the project in Swansea Bay (which is principally aimed at a Welsh audience and includes a couple of sentences in Welsh at the beginning). It’s CEO hopes to use rock from Dean Quarry in Cornwall for the lagoon breakwater. Paul Homewood investigates. NALOPKT 14.1.2017

Wednesday 5th October 2016: The West Briton (online version). Cornwall Against Dean Superquarry protestors rally ahead of fresh legal battles against Swnsea Bay lagoon project. Graeme Wilkinson reports. The West Briton 5.10.2016

Wednesday 5th October 2016: The Cornishman (online version). Cornwall Against Dean Superquarry protestors rally ahead of fresh legal battle against Swansea Bay lagoon project. Graeme Wilkinson reports. The Cornishman 5.10.2016

Tuesday 4th October 2016: The Helston Packet (online version). Cornwall Against Dean Superquarry (CADS) and the group’s solicitors Stephens Scown have issued a claim for a new review against Cornwall Council. Peter Johnston reports. The Helston Packet 4.10.2016

Wednesday 24th August 2016: The Helston Packet.
Influx of equipment prompts blasting fears at Dean Quarry. Emma Ferguson reports. Helston Packet 24.8.2016Wednesday 24th August 2016: The West Briton (online version).
Fears for future as deadline looms for Dean Quarry near St Keverne on Lizard for Swansea Lagoon. Graeme Wilkinson reports. West Briton 24.8.2016

Monday 20th June 2016: Ecologist. There are now some 50 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) in England & Wales. Amy Hall reports on how campaigners fighting the re-opening of a Cornish quarry in one of the zones are effectively testing what the designation really means and how much protection it guarantees. Ecologist 20.6.2016

Wednesday 27th April 2016: The Helston Packet (online version). Dean Quarry could permanently close if Cornwall Council chooses to act. Peter Johnstone reports. The Helston Packet 27.4.2016

Sunday 13th March 2016: BBC1 Sunday Politics.  A report into Cornwall Council’s Planning Department says trust between Councillors and Planning Officers has broken down. Jane Chandler interviews Silke Roskilly on her recent Judicial Review victory quashing planning permission to re-open Dean Quarry without an Environmental Impact Assessment. Go to 41min 50sec into programme to see the feature BBC1 Sunday Politics

Saturday 27th February 2016: The Falmouth Packet (Online version). Quarry company pulls out of Dean Quarry development bid. Emma Ferguon reports. TFP 27.2.2016

Friday 26th February 2016: BBC Radio Cornwall Drive-Time Programme.
The company behind the highly controversial planning bid to develop a Superquarry on The Lizard has withdrawn it’s application. Go to 9 mins 40 secs into the programme to hear an interview by Silke Roskilly who won the recent Judicial Review Roskilly v Cornwall Council. BBC Radio Cornwall 26.2.2016.

Friday 26th February 2016: BBC One Spotlight SW Regional News. Shire Oak Quarries Limited withdraws planning application to re-open Dean Quarry and says it intends to submit a revised application.

Friday 26th February 2016: The Plymouth Herald. Quarry campaigners celebrate a new victory. Keith Rossiter reports. PH 26.2.2016

Sunday 17th January 2016: The Sunday Telegraph (Online version). With the government announcement today of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ’s) in UK waters, Emily Gosden, Energy Editor, investigates how these new protections are set to test the Manacles MCZ by the re-opening and up-scaling of Dean Quarry. The Sunday Telegraph 17.1.2016

Sunday 17th January 2016: The Sunday Telegraph. With the government announcement today of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ’s) in UK waters, Emily Gosden, Energy Editor, investigates how these new protections are set to test the Manacles MCZ by the re-opening and up-scaling of Dean Quarry (page 10). The Sunday Telegraph 17.1.2016

Sunday 17th January 2016: The Sunday Telegraph (Online version). ‘Mad’ Swansea tidal lagoon scheme heading for the rocks. Christopher Booker investigates on Dean Quarry; Roskilly v Cornwall Council recent ‘trenchant’ Judicial Review victory and it’s connection with the increasingly controversial Tidal Lagoon project. The Sunday Telegraph 17.1.2016

Sunday 17th January 2016: The Sunday Telegraph. ‘Mad’ Swansea tidal lagoon scheme heading for the rocks. Christopher Booker investigates on Dean Quarry; Roskilly v Cornwall Council recent ‘trenchant’ Judicial Review victory and it’s connection with the increasingly controversial Tidal Lagoon project (page 26). The Sunday Telegraph 17.1.16

Thursday 14th January 2016: BBC Radio Cornwall Drive-Time Programme.
Go to 9 mins 40 secs into the programme to hear reporting by Hannah Stacey on the Dean Quarry story and an interview by Christopher Tofts, Partner at Stephen Scown who represented Silke Roskilly and won the recent Judicial Review Roskilly v Cornwall Council. According to Christopher: “The point that we pointed out to the judge was that Cornwall Council had not screened the application when they were supposed to, which was within 3 weeks of the application. Instead they did not do it until they were prompted which was almost 4 months after the application. Where people follow the regulations I would not expect that a similar result would occur”. BBC Radio Cornwall 14.1.2016

Thursday 14th January 2016: The Packet (Online version). Cornwall Council has said it will not appeal after loosing High Court Judgment over plans to develop Dean Quarry near St. Keverne. Peter Johnstone reports. The Packet 14.1.2016

Wednesday 13th January 2016: West Briton (Online version). No appeal for Cornwall Council over lost Dean Quarry Judicial Review case. Graeme Wilkinson reports. West Briton 13.1.2016

Wednesday 13th January 2016: West Briton. No appeal for Cornwall Council over lost Dean Quarry Judicial Review case. Graeme Wilkinson reports. West Briton 14.1.2016

Thursday January 7th 2016: Planning Resource (Online version). The High Court has quashed a planning permission issued by Cornwall Council for development in a dormant quarry located in an AONB following the secretary of state’s confirmation that it involved development which was likely to have a significant environmental effect under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011. Susie Sell reports. PlanningResource 7.1.2016

Thursday January 7th 2016:  Western Morning News (Online version). Council planners accused of wasting taxpayers’ money following a judicial review found planning permission granted by Cornwall Council was unlawful. Keith Rossiter reports. WMN 7.1.2016

Tuesday 22nd December 2015: Planning Resource (Online version). A Cornwall council’s decision to approve an application to re-open a quarry without an environmental impact assessment has been deemed unlawful by a High Court judge, it has been revealed. Susie Sell reports. PlanningResource 22.12.2015

Tuesday 22nd December 2015: The Packet (Online version). Victory for campaigners in first Dean Quarry legal battle. Peter Johnstone reports. The Packet 22.12.2015

Monday 21st December 2015: Western Morning News. Court victory for villagers in ‘David & Golith’ quarry planning battle. Lyn Barton reports. WMN.21.12.15

Saturday 19th December 2015: BBC One Spotlight SW Regional News (Opening news item). Jane Chandler reports on High Court ruling that planning permission granted by Cornwall Council to Shire Oak Quarries Ltd in April 2015 was unlawful and now quashed. BBC One Spotlight 19.12.2015

Saturday 19th December 2015: BBC News Cornwall (Online version). Cornwall Council acted ‘unlawfully’ over Dean Quarry works. BBC News 19.12.2015

Friday 18th December 2015: South Wales Evening Post (Online version). Campaigners claim victory in quarry case involving Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Richard Youle reports. South Wales Evening Post 18.12.2015

Friday 18th December 2015: West Briton (Online version). Victory for campaigners as High Court blocks opening of Dean Quarry on the Lizard for Swansea Lagoon. Graeme Wilkinson reports. West Briton 18.12.2015

Thursday 19th November 2015: West Briton (Helston & The Lizard Edition). Action group CADS opposing the re-opening Dean Quarry are “very hopeful” after Judicial Review. Gayle MacDonald Reports.

Monday 16th November 2015: The Packet (Helston Edition). High Court to rule on Dean Quarry. Judge is expected to rule within weeks on whether planning permission at a quarry on the Lizard Peninsula was lawfully approved. Peter Johnstone reports. The Packet 16.11.2015

Monday 16th November 2015: The Packet (Online version). High Court to rule on Dean Quarry. Judge is expected to rule within weeks on whether planning permission at a quarry on the Lizard Peninsula was lawfully approved. Peter Johnstone reports.  The Packet 16.11.2015

Monday 16th November 2015: The West Briton (online version). Action group CADS opposing the re-opening Dean Quarry are “very hopeful” after Judicial Review. Gayle MacDonald Reports. West Briton 16.11.2015

Monday 9th November 2015: Tribune. Reverberations of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay CEO, Mark Shorrock sourcing rock from his own quarry in a Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & Marine Conservation Zone continue to spread. Lucy Glitters reports. Tribune 9.11.2015

Monday 2nd November 2015: BBC One Show. A snagged fishing net cut loose from a trawler is a potential death trap for the rich wildlife of the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone. Miranda Krestovnikoff from the BBC One Show joins Falmouth based Mark Millburn from Atlantic Scuba who have volunteered to cut the net free. BBC One Show 2.11.2015

Thursday 15th October 2015: The West Briton. Light pollution from the reopening of Dean Quarry could threaten the regions “heritage of starry skies” warns Bob Mizon, co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Associations Commission for Dark Skies. Gayle McDonald reports. West Briton 15.10.15

Wednesday 14th October 2015: The Packet (Helston Edition). The British Astronomical Association supports CADS due to concerns over light pollution on the Lizard Peninsula. Peter Johnstone reports. The Packet 14.10.15

Monday 21st September 2015: The Packet (Onine version). Campaigners against Dean Superquarry will take their fight to the high court next month after a date was set for a judicial review of planning permission. Peter Johnstone reports.  The Packet 21.9.2015

Monday 21st September 2015: West Briton (Online version). The date for the Judicial Review, Silke Roskilly v Cornwall Council & Others is now set. It will take place on Friday 13th November 2015 at the High Court of Justice in Bristol. Graeme Wilkinson reports on this and local MP Derek Thomas’ public support for CADS. West Briton 21.9.2015

Thursday 3rd September 2015: The Guardian. Potty or visionary? Row rages before ruling on subsidies for Swansea tidal lagoon plan. Energy Editor Terry Macalister reports that giant electricity project could yet be sunk by costs (and blunders). Guardian 3.9.2015

Wednesday 2nd September 2015: The Guardian (Online version). Swansea Bay Tidal energy scheme strives to generate waves of optimism. Energy Editor Terry Macalister reports on former filmmaker Mark Shorrock’s hopes, fears & the odd blunder. A meeting meant to reassure Cornish householders over plans for his private company, Shire Oak, to reopen Dean Quarry to provide rock for the Swansea Bay breakwater, only seemed to reinforce opposition. The Guardian 2.9.2015

Friday 28th August 2015: Derek Thomas MP for our St Ives Constituency issues statement on Dean Quarry. Derek Thomas 28.8.2015

Wednesday 26th August 2015: The West Briton (Online version). Marine conservation groups and scientists from Exeter University collect data from the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone in response to Dean Quarry expansion plans. Graeme Wilkinson reports. West Briton 26.8.2015

Thursday 20th August 2015: The West Briton. Letters & Opinion. Gillian Lutman from St Keverne writes that Times in this quarry area have changed & discusses the economic implications that the latest proposals will have on the area. WEST BRITON LETTER 20.8.2015

Thursday 20th August 2015: The West Briton (Front Page). “Let Battle Begin”.
Gayle McDonald reports on the High Court Judge go ahead for a Judicial Review granted to Silke Roskilly against Cornwall Council Dean Quarry re-opening plans.
WEST BRITON 20.8.2015 (Clipping version). West Briton 20.8.2015 (Online version).

Wednesday 19th August 2015: The Packet (Helston Edition). Peter Johnstone reports on the High Court Judge ruling granting Silke Roskilly, Chairwoman of CADS to proceed with a Judicial Review of Cornwall Council’s planning decision to reopen Dean Quarry without an Environmental Impact Assessment. THE PACKET 19.8.2015

Tuesday 18th August 2015: Western Morning News (Online Version).
Dean Quarry owners face fresh hurdle as High Court Judge gives go ahead to Silke Roskilly for Judicial Review over planning decision. WMN 18.9.2015

Monday 18th August 2015: BBC One Spotlight News
High Court Judge decision grants go ahead of Judicial Review against Cornwall Council over Dean Quarry planning decision. BBC One Spotlight News

Monday 18th August 2015: BBC Radio Cornwall Drive Time Programme.
Silke Roskilly, Chair of CADS is interviewed following High Court Judge decision to grant go ahead of Judicial Review against Cornwall Council Dean Quarry planning decision. BBCRadioCornwall17.8.2015

Thursday 9th July 2015: West Briton (Helston & The Lizard Edition).
Cornwall Against Dean Superquarry disputes Shire Oak Quarries economic report. WESTBRITON 9.7

Sunday 5th July 2015: BBC1 Countryfile. Tom Heap reports on the plans to re-open Dean Quarry. Click HERE and follow Facebook page timeline to BBC Countryfile programme posted up on 5.7.2015

Wednesday 1st July 2015: The Packet (Helston Edition). Peter Johnstone reports on Cornwall Against Dean Superquarry’s decision to take Cornwall Council to Judicial Review over recently awarded planning permission to re-open Dean Quarry.  Packet 1.7

Friday 26th June 2015, Edition 1395: Private Eye. “Old Sparky” investigates Amber Rudd’s decision to give Tidal Lagoon the green light. “Nice job for lagoon-builders; not so good for saving money on energy bills”. No mention of Dean Quarry……yet. Private Eye 26.6.2015

Monday 15th June 2015: The Guardian. Terry Macalister, Energy Editor investigates the allegations that a £300m contract with a Chinese company to build the sea wall for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay may have been awarded improperly. The Guardian 15.6.2015

Sunday 14th June 2015: The Sunday Telegraph. Christopher Booker investigates the environmental impact of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay on Welsh sea life, our Cornish Marine Conservation Zone (being the proposed source of rock). Booker comments on the twists and turns of the project & the global track record of the projects largest investor, the China Harbour Engineering Company. The Sunday Telegraph 14.6.2015

Sunday 14th June 2015: The Sunday Telegraph. Letters to The Editor. All letters published today were on the subject of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, under the headline of “The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project simply won’t pay its way”. Letters to The Editor 14.6.2015

Thursday 11th June 2015: The Sun. Ben Jackson, Environment Editor investigates the relationship between Mark Shorrock, CEO of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay & Shire Oak Quarries Limited and his wife Juliet Davenport OBE, CEO of Good Energy Group PLC. The Sun article 14.6.2015. THE SUN 11.6.2015The Sun Comment Column 14.6.2015

Wednesday 10th June 2015: BBC1 Spotlight Programme. Adrian Campbell Environment Correspondent investigates The Secretary of States decision to overturn Cornwall Council’s planning consent to re-open Dean Quarry. BBC1 10.6.2015

Wednesday 10th June 2015: BBC Radio Cornwall. Laurence Reed talks to Silke Roskilly from Roskilly’s Organic Farm about the events unfolding on the Lizard 10.6.2015. following The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government decision to overturn Cornwall Council planning permission at Dean Quarry.
Forward to 1 hour 53 minutes into the programme to hear the interview.
BBC Radio Cornwall 10.6.2015

Wednesday 10th June 2015: The Packet (Helston & Falmouth/Penryn Editions). David Barnicoat reports on the fight by campaign group Cornwall Against Dean Superquarry to protect the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone from developers wanting to re-open the disused quarry and turn it into a modern port facility. Packet 10.6.2015

Tuesday 9th June 2015: The Guardian. As The Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd is poised to give planning permission on Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, Energy Editor Terry Macalister discusses Rudd being dragged into a row over plans to mine stone in Cornwall for the project & ship it through a Marine Conservation Zone. The Guardian 9.6.2015

Sunday 7th June 2015: Sunday Telegraph. Christopher Booker discusses some of the technical issues surrounding Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, ahead of Amber Rudd’s decision on the future of this project which is expected on or before Wednesday 10th June 2015. Sunday Telegraph 7.6.2015

Thursday 4th June 2015: The Guardian. Letter to The Editor from Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Art Museums & from Porthallow, Cornwall. ‘Green’ energy at the expense of the environment? The Guardian 4.6.2015

Tuesday 2nd June 2015: Western Morning News. Keith Rossiter investigates the impact of Dean Quarry development plans on the neighbouring Manacles Marine Conservation Zone. Campaigners call on the government to obey EU Habitat Directive protecting the feeding and breeding grounds of Harbour Porpoise and other rare and protected species. WMN 2.6.2015

Sunday 31st May 2015: The Guardian.World’s first tidal lagoon clean energy scheme prompts environmental row. The Swansea project’s plan to reopen a quarry in Cornwall angers the locals. Terry Macalister, Energy Editor investigates.

Thursday 28th May 2015. BBC News Wales. TV Version. Plans to extract rock to build £1bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have caused controversy – because of their potential impact on a marine conservation area in Cornwall. BBC Wales Environment Correspondent, lolo ap Dafydd investigates. Click HERE and follow Facebook page timeline to BBC News Wales programme posted up on 28.5.2015

Thursday 28th May 2015. BBC News Wales. Website Version. Cornwall marine life worry over Swansea Bay lagoon quarrying. Plans to extract rock to build £1bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have caused controversy – because of their potential impact on a marine conservation area in Cornwall. BBC Wales Environment Correspondent, lolo ap Dafydd investigates.

Tuesday 19th May 2015: Western Morning News: Does ‘green’ energy scheme justify destruction of nature? Reopening Cornish quarry would destroy habitats and harm community writes Gloria Knight. Quarry Issue

Thursday 14th May 2015: Scubaverse. Jeff Goodman, Conservation Editor of Scubaverse discusses the impacts on life under the sea if development of Dean Quarry is allowed to go ahead in this Marine Conservation Zone. Scubaverse May 2015.

Thursday 14th May 2015: BBC1 Spotlight Programme: BBC South West Environment Correspondent, Adrian Campbell visits the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone(MCZ) to see first hand why this area is unique. As evidence emerges from dive surveys, the legal challenge to stop developers plans looks set to make this a UK test case for industralisation within a MCZ. Click on link & scroll to 9min 11sec for feature within this programme. BBC1 Spotlight 14.5.2015

May 2015 Edition: BBC Wildlife Magazine. Article written by Jo Anselmi from Porthkerris Dive Centre who is currently working with the Marine Conservation Society and Exeter University on a wildlife survey of the Manacles MCZ. Unlike the work done for Shire Oak Quarries environmental impact assessment, she explains this survey will be carried out by divers. BBC Wildlife May 2015

Monday 4th May 2015: THE TIMES Ben Webster, Oceans Correspondent discusses the rarity of the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone & fears of locals under threat by Shire Oak Quarries Ltd and its sister Company Tidal Lagoon Power. Green Energy Plans Threatens Marine Zone.

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Thursday 30th April 2015: West Briton. Article reported on the meeting of all parliamentary candidates in the run up to the election. ALL candidates agreed on only one local issue – Candidates Oppose Quarry Plans.

Sunday 19th April 2015 : The Sunday Telegraph article by Christopher Booker. The following article referenced Dean Quarry, in addition to concerns and searching questions raised by Giles Scott (Head of National Infrastructure Consents at the Planning Inspectorate) who is seeking a reply no later than 28 April 2015.

booker1904Thursday 26th March 2015 – The Times. A letter to the editor by Paul Racey – Regius Professor of natural history (emeritus), University of Aberdeen and honorary visiting professor, University of Exeter in Cornwall. Professor Racey expresses concerns about the proposed development plans for Dean Quarry and it’s impact on the local communities & marine environment. LETTER TO THE TIMES 26.4

Thursday 16 April 2015Daily Mail article by Christopher Booker. £1bn lagoon that could be Britain’s pottiest ever green scheme. Commenting on a £1 billion scheme to build a colossal U-shaped stone breakwater, six miles long, enclosing the whole of Swansea Bay in South Wales, containing 16 giant submerged turbines, whose blades would be seven metres across and contains references to the extraction of rock from Dean Quarry. Daily Mail (Tuesday 16 April 2015).

March 2015 :  The Today Program, Radio BBC4 had an interview with Mr Shorrock on Tidal Lagoon Swansea and his green credentials.  However there was NO mention of Dean Quarry. Please help by phoning BBC Complaints to complain about biased reporting on 0370 100222

Thursday 26th February 2015 : West Briton newspaper
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Thursday 26 February 2015 – Western Morning News by WMNLynBarton. Superquarry will industrialise the rural corner of Cornwall says villages battling planThe Western Morning News (Thursday 26 February 2015)

Monday, 23 February, 2015 – Prospective Conservative MP, Derek Thomas took Fisheries Minister, George Eustice MP, to Dean Quarry to see the potential impact of the proposed breakwater on the recently designated Marine Conservation Zone. George Eustice and Derek Thomas met local resident and businessman, Toby Roskilly, who provided a brief summary of the super quarry proposal and took them to the site of the proposed breakwater. Follow this link for more information and press coverage on the visit from George Eustice MP

Tuesday 17 February 2015 – South Wales Evening Post by SWE Pinno. Residents Fears Over Rock Extraction for Swansea Tidal Lagoon Project. The story hits the Welsh press – South Wales Online (Tuesday 17 February 2015)

Sunday 15 February 2015The Sunday Telegraph by Emily Gosden, Energy Editor.  Cornish villagers fear devastation over quarry for green energy scheme as developers plan to quarry millions of tonnes of rocks in Cornwall order to construct tidal energy lagoon in Swansea Bay. The story hits the national press – Sunday Telegraph Article (Sunday 15 February 2015)

Wednesday 11 February 2015 – Letter to the Falmouth Packet – Could government’s economic plan support Dean Quarry opposition?