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This Parish Plan has been supported by Defra funding, through the Local Area Agreement process.

The Parish of Tintagel Background to the Parish Plan The Parish Plan Process Summary of results and Action Plan About your Household Housing The Community Health and Social Services Recreation and Leisure Road Safety Tourism and Business Communication Environment Transport Crime & Disorder Green Issues Youth Survey Towards the Future The next steps Acknowledgements Already Achieved 1 4 5 6 7 8 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 25 26 27 28 30 30 31

Local Area Agreement Funding and support also provided by North Cornwall District Council and Tintagel Parish Council. Support from Cornwall Rural Community Council

If you wish to make any enquiries in connection with the Parish Plan you should contact:Mrs. S.J. Moth, Clerk to Tintagel Parish Council, Lincoln House, Treven, Tintagel PL34 0DT Tel. 01840 770022 Email:


The Parish of Tintagel
The coastal village of Tintagel has a unique atmosphere. Its attraction lies in its ability to cater for all tastes and interests and in its ability to change with the times. The famous headland with its mysterious ruins has for centuries been cited as the stronghold of the ancient Kings of Cornwall and the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The effect of the legends has shaped and sustained the village and provided the continuity of interest through the ages. Today the village has embraced quality, providing facilities and businesses of the highest standard in order to meet 21st century expectations for knowledge, experience and distinction. Once reliant on Arthur the village now presents its many other qualities, the cliff top walks, stunning coastal scenery, wonderfully varied wildlife, shops, restaurants and pubs are of the highest standard. Tintagel is a place worth visiting even if you had never heard of King Arthur; and it stands in comparison with other coastal jewels such as Padstow, Port Isaac and Boscastle. A little History of Tintagel Parish The origin of the name probably comes from "Dindagell" a Cornish word meaning "fort on the constriction" referring to the fort or castle on the headland. Tintagel was the name of the whole parish, the village being known as Trevena until the Victorian period and was one of a number of small hamlets, Trenale, Tregatta, Treknow, Trewarmett and Trelake being some others. ("Tre" is a Cornish word meaning settlement or farmstead). The parish was inhabited during the Iron Age with the remnants of an enclosure to be seen at Willapark. The Roman period didn't leave much of a legacy other than a couple of milestones as evidence of their occupation, one such is kept at St Materiana's, the hauntingly beautiful church perched on the cliff tops above the village. The Dark Ages saw the island occupied possibly by the likes of the Cornish King Mark and his kin. Perhaps it was from here that he sent Tristan to Ireland to bring back his betrothed, Isolde.


The Normans built a castle at Bossiney whilst in the Middle Ages Earl Richard eschewed that site in favour of the Island where he built his great castle folly, a homage to the Cornish kings. In late medieval times Bossiney became a borough, able to be represented at parliament; Sir Francis Drake once performed that duty. In the 1830s Bossiney returned 2 MPs there being only 10 voters and it became a catalyst for the 1832 Reform Bill that abolished these "Rotten Boroughs".

Farming has been the mainstay of the population's working life through the ages. But intermittently other activities flourished, albeit briefly. Slate was a valuable commodity, providing building stone and roofing for local buildings as well as being exported far and wide. The legacy of this industry scars the cliffs adding drama to what is already magnificent scenery. During the 18th and 19th century mining took hold in Cornwall encouraging prospecting throughout the length and breadth of the county. In Tintagel mines opened up under the castle seeking silver and lead. As you walk the street of Tintagel tread lightly as below lie the remnant of adits driven deep in search of manganese. From the harbour fishing boats plied their trade on the dangerous waters of the north Cornish coast. Vessels would beach at Tintagel Haven, loading and unloading goods for sale and export to ports along the Bristol Channel. It is known that smuggling was rife along this notorious coast, and many wrecks furnished local households with opportune goods washed up in the aftermath. But tourism is what has underpinned the local economy for a hundred years or more and has left its mark on the village. The great King Arthur's Castle Hotel was built overlooking Tintagel Island in 1898 in anticipation of a railway coming to the village. Edwardian style facades on buildings along Fore Street hide or replace earlier more vernacular dwellings typified by the famous National Trust owned Tintagel Post Office.


Regeneration It is this trade, declining in the late 20th century, which inspired the village to embrace regeneration, enabling a substantial investment of over £4 million to be spent on upgrading the village infrastructure during 2003 and 2004. To attract modern visitors the village needed to smarten itself up, throw off the "tatty" moniker once attributed to it in sections of the travel press. Today the village has certainly done this. The recently refurbished Tintagel Visitor Centre, located along Bossiney Road, provides the visitor with a menu of activities to undertake whilst in the parish and displays its rich history in a most accessible and enjoyable way. As you stroll down the newly laid granite pavements and look at the clear blue sky overhead, you have no fear of traffic and nor is your view interrupted by what was once a cat's cradle of overhead wires. Nor is your vista down the street and out to the church chequered by cars parked willy-nilly along the kerbsides. You can while away some time sitting on new seats in peaceful Trevena Square, once a busy bus station. Your trip to the castle no longer requires dodging the dusty castle traffic as there is a new footway provided. Once near the castle a trip to the English Heritage centre provides a fascinating experience with new audio visual interpretation. And you can now explore the beach and the famous Merlin's Cave, impossible before the scheme as the access steps had been destroyed by storms. On your return to the village the vibrancy of the street is enhanced by the modern restaurants and shops selling locally sourced food, arts, crafts and designer clothing. New businesses have developed on the back of the village's facelift adding to the ambience and quality the village is now proud to portray. Community But don't be fooled into thinking that this is just a tourist village. It has a dynamic and enthusiastic community at its heart. One that has had the foresight and tenacity to recognise the need and make the changes necessary for the village to contribute to this very special part of Cornwall. It is a community, led by the Parish Council and abetted by numerous local organisations, that will ensue that its heritage is maintained, understood and treasured by all who live in or visit the village now and in the future.


Background to the Parish Plan
Parish Plans were first introduced through the Countryside Agency’s Parish Plan grant scheme, part of the Vital Villages Initiative. The grant programme provides access to funding to help Parish Councils carry out community consultation, to gauge the views of residents on how the Parish should develop or change (if at all) over a 5 – 10 year period.

What is Tintagel Parish Plan? Tintagel Parish Plan brings together information from the community consultation as well as agencies and local organisations in a realistic and feasible action plan. During the consultation process a range of views and ideas were raised, from small Parish improvements to larger-scale projects. The Parish Plan is essentially a tool for change and a statement of the local community’s feelings and requirements. It is a key way of communicating local requirements to Cornwall Council and other agencies in order to gain funding for local initiatives.

Reasons for Tintagel Parish undertaking a Plan  To provide a strategy for the Parish of Tintagel – Producing a Parish Plan means the community can focus on what needs to be achieved, how it can be achieved and when. Parish Plans also feed to Cornwall Council which will help voice the needs and concerns of the Parish.  To highlight issues – the Parish Plan is an opportunity to get issues within the parish recognised locally and by the relevant organisations and local authorities.  To influence policies – Having a Parish Plan can help influence policies and strategies.  To attract funding – most funders for community projects now require applicants to provide evidence of need. A Parish Plan is an excellent way to prove demand for a whole range of projects.  To involve the community – The Parish Plan process ensures that all residents have a chance to have their say.  To record what is good – The Parish Plan aims to record what is good, as well as what is not so good about the parish. The Plan is not just about change but also protecting what the Parish already has to offer.  To work together - Parish plans offer an ideal opportunity for individuals and groups within the Parish, to work together using the skills and resources available and looking at ways of solving common problems in the local area.  To kick-start action – through undertaking a Parish Plan, it is hoped that local people will become interested in local issues, that actions will be drawn up and that it will be a starting point to develop projects and improve the Parish for the community as a whole.


The Parish Plan Process
In October 2006, Tintagel Parish Council held a public meeting to gauge local interest to produce a Parish Plan. A Steering Group was formed comprising parish councillors and local residents. All volunteered their free time to help. Funding applications to Cornwall Rural Community Council, North Cornwall District Council and Tintagel Parish Council were successful. Following many group sessions by a small but dedicated Steering Group, a questionnaire was produced to capture the feelings and aspirations of the Parish community. The Draft Parish Plan was completed in June 2009 and copies were distributed to the funding bodies and partners for consultation and final amendments. The questionnaire was hand delivered to 1019 households in the Parish of Tintagel in October 2007.

By February 2008, 331 questionnaires were completed and returned, representing a response rate of 32%. Cornwall Rural Community Council considered this to be a reasonable response rate .

The information provided by the returned questionnaires was analysed and a comprehensive appraisal document was produced.

The Steering Group sent a newsletter in February 2009 to keep parishioners informed. It summarised the appraisal results and invited comments prior to the production of the Draft Parish Plan.

The Draft Parish Plan document was finalised and sent to printers in August 2009.

Tintagel Parish Plan document published and distributed to funding bodies in September 2009.

Tintagel Parish Plan document printed and distributed to all households in the Parish in September 2009.

Tintagel Parish Council accepted responsibility for implementing the Parish Plan recommendations in September 2009.


Of the 331 questionnaires returned, 313 answered that the Parish is their permanent residence and 138 of those had lived in the Parish for over 20 years. The reasons why people chose to live in the Parish were almost equally that they were either born in the parish, came here to work, came to live with or near relatives, or retired here. People came here to live for the clean air, the beautiful scenery and to be close to the sea. The majority of respondents are on the Electoral Roll. Generally respondents appear content to live in the Parish and with the level of services and facilities available. The main reasons given for living in the area were that it is simply a peaceful and beautiful environment in which to live. A wide range of issues was covered in the questionnaire with a separate set of questions provided with the questionnaire for children and teenagers to complete.
150 0 - 2 years 100
50 2 - 5 years

150 100 50 0 0 - 18 years 19 - 30 31 - 59 60 - 74 75 years years years years + Male Female

6 - 10 years
11 - 20 years

Over 20 years 0 No response

Please tell us how long your family has lived in the Parish

Please tell us how many males and females and their ages live in your household

Quotes from parishioners “Love the area – clean air, beautiful scenery and close to the sea” “I fell in love with Tintagel. Each time I came to visit I found it harder to go away – so I simply stopped going away” “Grew up and work here” “Scenery, serenity, sea and beaches”





Rented 200 Holiday Home

AIMS AND ACTIONS Provision of Affordable housing  Identify how many affordable homes are required in the Parish over the next 5 years.  Identify possible land areas that could be developed for new housing.  Work with the new Cornwall Council Community Network Manager to agree a plan of action. Investigate possibility of a Tintagel Parish housing register. PARTNERS Cornwall Council The majority (86%) of respondents to the questionnaire were owner-occupiers with 12% living in rented accommodation. 90% of respondents noted that there wasn’t anyone living with them looking for alternative accommodation in the parish. However, when asked if more housing development was needed in the parish 40% answered no and 39% answered yes, adding that affordable housing for young, local people was needed. It was also felt there were too many holiday homes and holiday lets. The lack of affordable housing poses a great threat to rural communities all over the country. Most youngsters cannot afford to buy a house, even at discounted amounts being suggested by affordable housing developers. Quotes from parishioners “I do worry that immigrants like me are forcing housing prices out of the reach of those on local salaries” “Affordable housing for the local young people” “Lots of houses in parish not being lived in – this seems a waste” “We don’t need any more houses – it’s a village – so leave it that way” “If so many houses were not holiday lets (owned by locals incidentally) there would be property for locals to buy”


Guest house

House comes with job 100 Part mortgage/part rent 50 Rented and Temporary accommodation 0 What is the best description of the dwelling you live in?



203 respondents felt that the needs of the Parish were met with the available Social Halls and Meeting Places, see below. However, 124 felt that the social hall facilities need improving, with 104 people passing on this question and 93 feeling that no improvements were necessary, see below. The improvements deemed necessary were renovation to the toilets and provision of a disabled toilet, improvements to the acoustics and a general facelift.
150 Yes 100 50 0 Pass No Don't know No response

Are the needs of the Parish met by Social Halls and Meeting Places?

Do the existing social hall facilities need improving?

”The Social Hall needs disabled toilet and general maintenance” “Social Hall meets the needs of parish”

The majority of people felt the existing social halls and meeting places meet the needs of the Parish. Tintagel Social Hall is run by a Management Committee under the auspices of the Parish Council. Repairs and/or improvements are carried out within financial constraints and funding for any major works would need to be requested from Cornwall Council via the Parish Precept.

Quotes from parishioners “Old School Room needs urgent attention. Very central and could be of very great value as it was in the past” “Bigger better equipped Social Hall. We need a place for teenagers to meet” “More should be done about St. Materiana’s Church Hall. It’s in the middle of the village and is at the moment unusable”

9 Some respondents felt the Old School Rooms should be renovated and brought back into use. The building is ideally situated in the heart of Tintagel village close to parking and shopping facilities. It could provide the necessary meeting space for local clubs and activity groups of all ages. It is also large enough to provide a well equipped youth centre. THE OLD SCHOOL ROOM
“Needs urgent attention”

AIMS AND ACTIONS:Improve facilities at Tintagel Social Hall  Renovation of toilets/provision of Disabled facilities  Internal redecoration and replacement ceiling Renovation of the Old School Room  Explore possibilities of joint project between Tintagel Parish Council and Parochial Church Council  Develop plans for how the refurbished building could be designed and used  Liaise with local clubs and activity groups  Investigate grant funding  Obtain quotes for work required Renovation of Treknow Social Hall  Grant funding/renovation plans  Improved parking  Obtain quotes for work required Improved public conveniences  More efficient cleaning and longer opening hours of Public Conveniences at Trebarwith Strand and Trevena Square PARTNERS:Tintagel Parish Council Tintagel Social Hall Management Committee Tintagel Parochial Church Council Treknow Village Hall Committee Cornwall Council Cornwall Rural Community Council

Although Treknow Village Hall was not mentioned many times in responses to the questionnaire it does warrant a mention in the Parish Plan as it is felt the Hall is an important community meeting place. The Hall Committee would like to carry out major improvement works to the toilets and kitchen facilities if and when funds permit. TREKNOW VILLAGE HALL
“Treknow Village Hall needs funding”

79% of respondents felt the public toilets in the parish met their needs. Less than 0.5% felt they did not. 15% of respondents either passed or did not answer this question. Issues raised included that the public toilets in Trevena Square should be open for longer during the summer months and that along with the conveniences at Trebarwith Strand needed more regular cleaning.


250 200 150 100 50 0 Good Average Poor Never used No response Police Fire Service Traffic Warden Dog Warden

Do these public services meet the needs of your household?

What are the views of your household on the standard of the above services in our Parish?

LIBRARY SERVICES 37% of parishioners felt the mobile library met their needs. 47% of people passed on this question. 10% of people said that it did not meet their needs.

ADULT EDUCATION 48% of people did not answer the question about Adult Education. 29% of parishioners felt the Adult Education Service met their needs with only 16% saying it did not, due to lack of variety of classes and that classes had become “too formal” with exams.

PUBLIC SERVICES 65% of respondents said they had never had cause to use the Fire Service. 18% answered that the service provided was good. DOG WARDEN In the “Environment” section of this document, 66% of residents raised dog fouling as a problem. The Dog Warden Service is rated as poor due to very infrequent visits to the Parish.

SCHOOL 35% of respondents said that the school met their needs. However, 54% of respondents passed on this question.


The majority of people knew how to contact the District and County Councillors. A list of Parish Councillors is provided on the Tintagelweb website. Most people will be aware that as from 1.4.09 North Cornwall District Council ceased to exist and all duties previously carried out by the District Council now come under the auspices of the Cornwall Council. A good information booklet on Cornwall Council and its services was included with all Council Tax demands received in March 2009 and comprehensive information on all services is available at

AIMS AND ACTIONS Publicise/provide information on the services of new Cornwall Council  Ensure new contact details for all services Improved banking facilities  Additional hours for mobile bank  Other banks to provide mobile services  Re-introduction of permanent bank  Increase awareness of services available at Post Office Increased services of Community Traffic Warden  Liaise with Cornwall Council as to attendance of Traffic Warden Liaise with Adult Education Service  More variety of classes locally  Less formalised classes (i.e. no exams) Encourage and communicate book swap groups Liaise with new Local Area Network Managers PARTNERS:Cornwall Council TPC to make further contact with Banks and Post Office Adult Education Service Quotes from Parishioners:“Village does not need traffic warden” “Need to see the Police more” “First responders and ambulance very good” “Shoppers still parking on double yellow lines” “Residents have good parking facilities” “The Post Office is a must”

Many people felt that their banking needs were not met in Tintagel. Improvements required to hours of attendance of mobile bank. 50% of respondents felt the mobile bank did not meet the needs of their household and 46 people took the time to make a particular comment on the lack of a permanent bank in the village and that the hours of the one mobile bank which visited the village were inadequate.

Parishioners praised the excellent service provided by the First Responders and the Air Ambulance. The majority of people knew there was a regular quiz night for the First Responders and that participation in the Air Ambulance fund raising lottery could be carried out at the Post Office. The First Responders Group is actively seeking new volunteers.


Parishioners feel that the main hospitals i.e. Derriford and Treliske, are too far away to provide cover to the parish and ambulance cover was also acknowledged as a problem. There is concern about the lack of an NHS dentist in the parish with 35% of respondents having difficulty obtaining the services of an NHS Dentist.
300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Doctor Dentist NHS Direct Chiropodist District Nurse Home Help Social Services Serco Out of Ambulance Hours Doctor Hospital Never needed Yes No Pass No response Sometimes

Do you have problems obtaining help from these services?

Doctor – 85% of people did not have a problem accessing the services of the local doctors and feel that the Tintagel Medical Centre is excellent.
“ Tintagel Medical Centre is excellent”

13 Dentist – the provision of dentists in the area, in particular the lack of an NHS Dentist locally, was the issue that raised most concern in the comments of respondents, with 35% of respondents stating that they had trouble accessing dental services. Chiropodist – 68% of respondents either did not have trouble accessing the services of a chiropodist or did not need the service. 19% of respondents passed on this question. 25 people did state that they did have trouble accessing this service and comments were made that this service should be available for all at, possibly, Oadby House. District Nurse – 73% of respondents did not need or did not have a problem accessing this service with only 5 people saying that they had had a problem accessing this service. 2% passed or gave no response to this question. Home Help – 60% of parishioners answered that they did not need nor had no problem with this service with only 5 people saying that they had had a problem accessing this service. 37% of respondents passed or gave no response to this question. Serco Out of Hours Doctor – 31 people stated they had a problem accessing this service, however, 59% of respondents either never needed or did not have a problem with the service with 24% not responding or passing on this question. Ambulance – 76% of respondents did not have a problem or had never needed to use this service. 19% of people passed or gave no response to this question. 9 people answered that they had had a problem with the ambulance service in the area. Hospital – 70% of parishioners did not have a problem with the hospital service. 32 people had had a problem with the hospital service and 14% of people passed or gave no response to this question. Social Services – 66% of people did not have a problem with accessing the Social Services Department and 28% either passed or gave no response to this question. 8 people did have a problem accessing this service.

AIMS AND ACTIONS Provision of NHS Dental services  Contact local dental surgeries to present results and seek their help  Lobby Primary Care Trust Liaise with local Doctors  Present results to local GPs and seek their views on how improvements may be achieved Chiropodist  Lobby Primary Care Trust for improved services for all Serco  Improved out of hours telephone contact and doctor services Transport to main hospitals  See “Transport” section PARTNERS Local Dental surgeries Local Doctors surgeries Primary Care Trust Cornwall Council Serco LINk Cornwall Quotes from parishioners:“No NHS Dentist” “Could the chiropodist be available at maybe Oadby House for everyone – not just special cases” “Not sure what NHS Direct is” “First Responder service excellent” “Need buses that go direct to the main hospitals” “GP surgery very good”


There is a wide range of social activities within the parish that take place on a regular basis. The Tintagel Social Hall, Treknow Village Hall and WI Hall together with the Playing Fields contribute to the sense of community. They provide venues for community-wide activities such as Parish meetings and social events, delivery of services such as voting, private functions and a range of interest groups such as football, cricket, tennis, choir, gardening, art, yoga, bowls, etc. This is vital in a rural area, where leisure facilities such as the District Council Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool are 6 miles away and the nearest cinema is 15 miles away. Respondents also noted that they use the local pubs and restaurants for leisure including darts, pool, snooker, quiz nights etc. Many parishioners also made a point to note that they use the “great outdoors” i.e. public footpaths, coastal walks and beaches for their leisure time.
200 180 160 140 120 Memorial Playing Fields 100 80 60 40 20 0 Never Seldom Monthly Weekly No response More than once a week Camelford Sports Centre Tintagel Social Hall Treknow Social Hall

“The local footpaths – we are so lucky to live here” With regard to our local footpaths, it should be noted that although funding received from Cornwall Council by the Parish Council has been greatly reduced over the years, the Parish Council has strived very hard to continue maintaining them to a high standard. The privilege of being able to walk through the natural countryside and along the coast path is very precious to local people and attracts many visitors who contribute to our local economy.

How often do you and your family use the above recreation facilities?

15 The Memorial Playing Fields Association has worked hard over the past years to improve site facilities. 28% of respondents felt the existing public facilities need improving, however, 47% of respondents, some of whom say they are too old for sports, passed on this question. The majority of people who felt improvements are needed were referring to the children’s play area which has recently been greatly improved with more play/exercise equipment and a safe area for the younger ones. The changes have been very well received by all ages. Young families have a more exciting play area to enjoy. It is also used by the Play Ranger Scheme and other more mature activity groups are using the new structures for regular exercise routines. It has also been suggested that a picnic garden adjacent to the children’s play area would create a nice family facility. Parishioners were asked how often they/their family used the local recreation facilities. The majority of people who answered never to the various locations said they had no reason to go there or did not attend because of their age. 39% of respondents felt that the young people of the parish are not catered for, however, 44% passed on this question. It is felt that more facilities for teenagers are required including a skatepark (work has commenced since the questionnaire was produced), basketball nets etc. 7% of respondents suggested a youth club type facility is required. There appears to be an increasing demand for allotments for growing vegetables. Tintagel Parish Council is already aware of this and has started to make enquiries with local land owners. Any notable progress will be communicated via the Parish notice boards.

AIMS AND ACTIONS  To ensure existing recreation facilities are maintained and improved.  Impress on Cornwall Council the importance of funding for footpaths for locals and tourism.  To consider the proposal for a picnic garden adjacent to the children’s play area to create an attractive family area.  To ensure the children’s play area is well maintained.  Investigate short/medium term possibilities for enhancing sports facilities at the Memorial Playing Fields.  Investigate possible land available for allotments and communicate results  Investigate the viability of providing a youth club for local teenagers. PARTNERS SITA Tintagel Parish Council Rotary Club Cornwall Council/Youth Cornwall Tintagel Memorial Playing Fields Association Quotes from parishioners:“Refurbishment of the Social Hall in Tintagel. A replacement facility for the recently closed Country Club and an outdoor bowling club for locals” “Social venue for family activities. Cinema, swimming, social outings or venues for family use” “Perhaps a meeting place other than pubs which could double as a focal point for the arts as well as a Community Centre” “Communal areas with nice planted pots or trees” “A place and clubs for youngsters and old age pensioners”



As can be seen from the chart above, 68% of respondents felt there are dangerous spots on the roads/lanes within the Parish. The locations listed are too numerous to mention in this report. However, particular problems were noted as being at Penpethy/Sanding Road, Trewarmett, Fosters Lane, Bossiney junction and Bossiney Road. It is hoped that some of the issues raised with the road through Trewarmett may be alleviated by the provision of parking to the rear of the Trewarmett Inn. Works are also ongoing (March 2009) to repair the hedges in Penpethy. However, it is disappointing to note that after such an extended road closure, no widening of the road took place. Many respondents also commented on the stretches of road along the B3263 coming in from Camelford, i.e. Tregatta Corner, Treven and parking near the school.

51% of respondents felt there were places in the parish where it is dangerous for pedestrians to walk, with 25% of respondents feeling that the roads in the parish were safe for pedestrians. There were numerous dangerous spots mentioned but the most noted are the lack of a pavement through Bossiney, safety on Bossiney Road, especially where the pavement ends opposite the Catholic Church and pedestrians have to cross to use the pavement on the other side of the road. Also frequently noted were safety in Fosters Lane, Trewarmett and the road from Trewarmett to Tintagel, most of which has no pavement.


Generally, car parking in the parish is well catered for at private properties, in the tourist areas and for parishioners with the Permit system for use of the car park at Trevena Square and the allocated spaces in the Visitor Centre Car Park. The most common issue mentioned was when local permit holders park in Fore Street , either on or off the double yellow lines, when they could be using the car park provided for them at Trevena Square.

45% of respondents felt there should be access restrictions for coaches and other large vehicles, particularly in the peak tourist season. However, 29% felt there should not be restrictions as they are aware that coaches, tourists and delivery vehicles are vital to the parish and its economy. 25% people either passed or gave no response to this question. A lot of respondents felt that the parking of coaches should be restricted to the Visitor Centre car park in order to avoid problems in Fore Street when delivery vehicles are present. 59% of respondents felt more signs are needed in the Parish to help prevent large vehicles getting stuck down narrow lanes, a problem caused by the more general use of satellite navigation. Only 14% of people felt such signs were not necessary with 26% passing or giving no response to this question. There were several locations suggested for such signs with it considered that signs were most needed at either end of Bowithick Hill, Black Hill, Trenale Lane, Treknow and Halgabron.

AIMS AND ACTIONS Improve safety for cars and pedestrians  Speed restrictions – liaise with Cornwall Council and local Police regarding speed restrictions and traffic calming measures  Work with Cornwall Council re: need for improved and additional pavements at Bossiney and other locations  Traffic calming measures near the primary school  Make local member aware of results of questionnaire and establish if there is any financial assistance or support available  Stop large vehicles causing congestion in narrow roads  Control of unauthorised parking at Trebarwith Strand Improve signage/access restriction  Provision of more “unsuitable for large vehicles” signs PARTNERS Cornwall Council/Highways Devon and Cornwall Police Tintagel Parish Council/Cornwall Councillor Quotes from parishioners:“We have adequate parking” “Cars persistently park on the main street of Tintagel in spite of plenty of car park spaces” “Considering the huge number of cars visiting at holiday times, I think the car parking is superb and plenty of space for everyone – well done” “I think the Tintagel car park permit is a fantastic idea” “Treknow desperately needs a car park” “Controlled parking at Trebarwith Strand is not controlled” “There are no road hazards if you drive with care”


TOURISM There were dozens of suggestions as to how and why the Parish could be made more attractive to visitors i.e. shops to open for a longer season, longer opening hours for attractions, and more quality services. However, there were also numerous suggestions as to why the Parish should not be made more attractive to visitors. Despite the latter comment, there is no doubt that many people and businesses in the Parish depend on tourism for their livelihood and initiatives to make the parish more attractive to visitors can only be achieved with the support and co-operation of the businesses themselves.

The Parish has much to offer – Tintagel Castle, The Old Post Office, coastal walks, beaches and much more. The mention of Tintagel today brings up a great deal of images with wild Cornish cliffs and rugged shores, and an atmosphere like no other place. The village and its surrounding countryside have something to appeal to everyone. Cornwall in general has long been seen as the home of cream teas and pasties and while these traditional icons are still cherished both by those who live here and visitors to the county, the food and drink industry has grown in recent years with award-winning producers throughout the area. The Visitor Centre has recently undergone major refurbishment; it promotes the local environment and supports the local economy, provides local information from walking routes and bus timetables to information on the local area, past and present. The Visitor Centre is an important asset to the village, for visitors and locals alike and its staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The Centre is open 7 days a week throughout the year.

19 LOCAL BUSINESSES Out of 331 responses, 305 people said they bought goods from local shops. The reasons local shops were not used were given as there is little choice, too expensive and poor quality. Again, these issues can only be resolved with the support of the businesses themselves. People felt that there were some businesses which were essential to the parish and its residents year-round and must be kept, in particular the Post Office, chemist, supermarkets, butchers and hardware shop. People would like to see a fishmonger, a petrol station, re-introduction of a bank, greengrocer and a bakery. There was overwhelming support for the Post Office, which is extremely important to the wellbeing of the village particularly to those with no form of transport. 95% of respondents to the questionnaire answered that the Post Office in the village met their needs. LISTED BUILDINGS A question was asked about any buildings or structures in the Parish of special interest to both residents and tourists that should have listed status. By far the most popular response was that the red telephone boxes in the Parish should be listed. It should perhaps be noted at this point that Tintagel Parish Council have applied for some of the boxes to be listed in the past, but the applications were rejected. More recently the Parish Council has taken over the red telephone kiosk at Bossiney from BT under its “adopt-a-kiosk” scheme. Unfortunately, however, the payphone had been removed from the box by BT.

AIMS AND ACTIONS Make parish more attractive to visitors  Encourage traders to work together with possible reformation of Traders Association  Provide businesses with copies of relevant section of appraisal document  Regular street cleaning and emptying of bins  Promotion of Tintagel as tourist destination  Develop new Parish events Reduce signs on pavements Listing of red telephone boxes PARTNERS Tintagel Parish Council in conjunction with local businesses Cornwall Council English Tourist Board Tintagel Visitor Centre English Heritage National Trust

Quotes from parishioners:“Shops to open for a longer season” “Reduce parking fees” “There is nothing to do in the evenings except the pubs” “Too busy now, problems with coaches and parking” “Quality in all aspects is essential”


The majority of people in the parish read the Parish Council notice boards to find out about Parish Council information and local activities and events. However, by far the most frequently viewed board was the one adjacent to the Medical Centre.


67% of respondents felt that a Parish Newsletter would improve communication. It was suggested that the newsletter should contain local news and information, future and past events, local telephone numbers, birthdays, sports results, human interest stories and parish council information. However, of those who would welcome a newsletter, 47% of those did not wish to volunteer to help or contribute to the newsletter! On a brighter note 52 said they would be willing to help, with the remainder passing on this question.

200 150 100 50 0 Would you like a Parish newsletter?

Yes No Pass No response

120 100 80 60 40 20 0 If you would like a Parish Newsletter, would you be willing to volunteer to contribute in some way (e.g. editing, photographer, writing articles of interest , etc?

Yes No Pass Possibly Sometimes

50% of respondents thought a centralised parish events calendar would be useful. 71% of respondents felt that an internet café was not needed. It should be noted however, that public internet access is available at Tintagel Visitor Centre in addition to it being a BT Openzone, where people may use their own laptops to access the internet service.

21 PARISH COUNCIL The Parish Council displays Agendas for all its meetings, which are normally held on the first Wednesday of every month, on the six Parish Notice Boards and the Draft Minutes from each meeting are displayed on from the week following the meeting. Councillors are unpaid volunteers whose contact details are available on the afore-mentioned website and from the Parish Clerk. Parish councillors can be contacted with any issues with which the Parish Council may be able to help. Representatives from the local Police and the local Cornwall Council member regularly attend Parish Council meetings and local issues are addressed. There is always time before the meeting is opened for members of the public to air their views on any Parish matters.

AIMS AND ACTIONS Improve Parish Notice Boards  Provision of larger boards to some areas  Improved prominence for important notices Publication of Parish Newsletter  Form willing band of parishioners to produce newsletter  Purchase of Microsoft Publisher Email mailing list for local and Parish Council information  Parish Council Clerk to take addresses for email list Centralised events calendar  Make people aware that this information is available on  Possible inclusion in newsletter PARTNERS Tintagel Parish Council with support from local businesses, parishioners, and local groups Tintagelweb website administrator

One suggestion was for an internet email mailing list. This could easily be achieved for Parish Council Agendas and Draft Minutes but would require input from the relevant organisations if any additional information was to be provided with the mailing.

Quotes from parishioners:“Parish newsletter delivered free to every household or via email” “It (communication) seems pretty good at the moment” “More co-operation and stop quarrelling with one another” “Parish Plan is a good start” “Try to encourage more people to take interest in village life” “Give more prominence to important notices on Parish boards”


250 200 150 100 50 0 Are the members of your household concerned about dog fouling in the Parish? Yes No Pass No response

66% of respondents to the questionnaire were concerned about the amount of dog fouling in the Parish. It was felt the dog warden did not visit the Parish often enough and dog owners were very irresponsible in not cleaning up after their dogs. It is clear that provision of further dog bins will not alleviate the problem, the necessity being education of those who do not clean up after their dogs. A chart showing the response regarding the quality of the dog warden service is shown in the “Community” section with other public services.

Why is dog fouling a hazard to the local community? Many people are unaware of the health hazards from dog faeces. Toxicara is caused by parasitic worm eggs, which can number a million in one dog faeces. Human infection happens as a result of soil or sand contaminated with faeces carrying the eggs. The parasite can survive for up to 2 years and can find its way onto human hands and subsequent ingestion. Once ingested the worm eggs hatch, release their larvae, which can then penetrate the gut lining and migrate to various parts of the body leading to toxocariasis. Effects are potential tissue damage or sometimes severe and permanent sight loss. Those most at risk are children between 18 months and 5 years, users of manually operated wheelchairs and active participants of sports such as football and rugby. Many infected soil samples are found in the vicinity of children’s play areas. Fresh faeces are not infectious and it is safe to clean up immediately after a dog defecates. Other diseases that may be contracted by contact with dog faeces include salmonella, campylobacter, leptospira canicola and E-coli 0157.


52% of people were concerned about litter in the Parish, whereas 31% felt litter was not a problem. Many people felt that more litter bins were needed in problem areas. There were also comments regarding the amount of litter which results from refuse being left out, sometimes for prolonged periods, in plastic bags and therefore susceptible to being ripped open by birds and vermin. This is a particular problem in the summer when holiday properties are vacated and rubbish, and recycling, is left out for the next collection, which can sometimes be several days later. A few respondents felt wheelie bins should be provided to all properties.

AIMS AND ACTIONS Tackle dog fouling problem  More attendance by the Dog Warden in the parish  Contact details displayed in public and on Notice Boards  On the spot fines  Improve public awareness and education  Possible provision of Parish Dog Warden  More dog bins to be provided  Name and shame in (possible) parish newsletter  Public awareness through leaflets, newsletter, school satchel post Reduce litter in the parish, on roads and footpaths  On the spot fines  Improve public awareness and education  Publicise contact details to report litter and waste problems  Provision of additional and larger litter bins  Regular and more frequent emptying of bins  Public awareness through leaflets, newsletter, school satchel post  Domestic/commercial refuse to be contained in bins and not left loose for birds/animals to get at  Wheelie bins to be provided to all properties in the parish. PARTNERS Cornwall Council Tintagel Parish Council Tintagel Primary School

COASTAL AND INLAND FOOTPATHS 68% of respondents felt the coastal and inland footpaths were well maintained. It should be noted that despite
ongoing annual reductions in the funding from Cornwall Council for the maintenance of footpaths, Tintagel Parish Council still continues to maintain the footpaths to as a high a standard as possible from its budget. Many comments were received about missing signs to inland paths and a lack of stiles.

Quotes from parishioners “Effective enforcement action against offenders” “Get general public to report and photograph offenders” “People should leave rubbish in bins thereby avoiding animals breaking open black bags” “They (footpaths) are great and the coastal scenery is wonderful”


300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Do members of your household have their own means of transport

Yes No No response Pass

76% of people who responded to the questionnaire have their own means of transport. It was felt that the public bus services need to provide better links to the large towns. 72% of respondents did not have mobility problems. Most people use their own transport to get around in North Cornwall or travel with family and friends.

The supermarket shopper bus is well used as is the Age Concern mini-bus by groups for social outings. Many people use the public bus services and felt that they were punctual and reliable. 60 respondents said the bus routes took them to where they wanted to go but 73 respondents said they did not. The majority of respondents passed on answering these two issues.
250 200 150 100 50 0 Does anyone in your household use public bus services in our area Yes No Pass No response

From the comments made it can be seen that people want direct routes to Wadebridge, Bodmin, Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Launceston and also to Bodmin Parkway Station to link up to the train timetable. Transport to the various hospitals in the county was also shown to be a problem both for those wishing to visit patients and those wanting to meet hospital appointments.

AIMS AND ACTIONS Improved bus services  Communicate with Western Greyhound to explore possibility of buses for those working in other areas  Evening buses to serve cinema trips  Express buses to larger centres by liaising with bus companies to put on weekly/monthly transport to Plymouth, Exeter etc.  Direct bus routes to Bodmin Transport to hospitals  Explore voluntary organisations for taking people to appointments  Ensure well advertised  Explore the feasibility of Tintagel parishioners having similar time slots for appointments at hospitals making it possible to share transport PARTNERS:Cornwall Council Western Greyhound Transport Access People (TAP) Visitor Centre Tilleys/KTL Coaches Quotes from parishioners:“Journey takes too long to reach destination” “Both have cars, buses appear to be very limited” “It is more convenient to go by car” “Better timetable and more buses needed” “Need a direct bus to and from Camelford” “College buses to Truro should leave from the village”


300 200 100 0 Yes No

AIMS AND ACTIONS Increased police presence  Local contact number for police and PCSO should be available for everyone  Increased officers on the beat in the parish  Better community policing  Monthly surgery to voice concerns  More presence in the evenings as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour Neighbourhood Watch scheme  Encourage local participation*
*It is understood the local PCSO has already made some attempts to start up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme

Does the level of crime in your area cause you concern?


No response

Generally respondents were not concerned about crime in the area. However, there is a strong feeling for a more visible police presence in the area. 51% of respondents did not know how to contact the Community Police Officer; however 39% said they did know how to make contact. When asked if they were happy with the access to and response from the Police service, 47% people passed on answering the question. 25% were not happy and 23% were happy with the access to and response from the Police service. 53% of respondents would like to join a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The local PCSO has already held two meetings in the Parish and several local co-ordinators have been given the appropriate information for their areas. With regard to surveillance cameras, opinion was divided as to the need for them, with 143 not wishing to see cameras in the parish and 98 answering they would like to see them in the parish. 77 people passed on this question.
200 100 0

PARTNERS Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Camelford Police Station


Do you think the level of policing in the Parish is sufficient?

No response

Quotes from parishioners:“I am not too happy in the village at pub closing time and there are too many “strangers” “Joy riders through village” “Lack of police presence. Need webcam to record incidents.” “Under aged drinking, drugs and car speeding/racing” “Parking needs policing”


400 300 200 100 0 Do you consider Bowithick tip to be an important facility?

Yes No Pass No response

95% of respondents felt that the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Bowithick is an important facility for the area. Comments were made about the opening times of the tip and that the facility should be available 7 days a week. The HWRC is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the following times:Summer opening: 1st April – 30th September 9.00am – 6.00pm Winter opening: 1st October – 31st March 9.00am – 4.00pm This HWRC is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. 75% of respondents were happy with the current recycling services. The majority who stated they were not happy with the service stated that it was because they felt more items should be recycled, i.e. more plastics and garden waste. Many suggestions were received to how energy efficiency could be increased in the parish, the most popular being to reduce the street lighting in the village.

Further promotion of Bowithick Tip to ensure it remains open. Improved recycling services  Weekly collections  More items to be collected  Collection of compostable waste  Collection of cardboard for recycling from business premises Reduce plastic waste  Make Tintagel plastic bag free  Provision of “Tintagel” reusable shopping bag Increased energy efficiency  Consider “green fair” like the one recently held in St. Breward PARTNERS Cornwall Council Sita Local Businesses Tintagel Primary School Community Energy Plus Quotes from parishioners “The tip needs to be open 7 days a week” “Expand the types of items that can be collected and recycled” “Don’t like the plastic bag system” “Reduce street lighting after midnight” “Information about energy saving for parish people”


None Boscastle School Clubs Rainbows/Brownies Football Swimming Surf Club Tennis Methodist Church Sunday School/Youth Colub Camelford Cubs Tintagel Pre-School 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Please tell us what clubs you attend and if they are in the Parish of Tintagel

AIMS AND ACTIONS Continue to provide and improve existing facilities e.g. play area and skate park Possible formation of Youth Council to liaise with Parish Council Encourage local groups to include young people in events and activities PARNTERS Tintagel Memorial Playing Fields Association Tintagel Parish Council Local Groups

As part of the main questionnaire, a separate questionnaire was prepared and circulated for completion by members of households under the age of 18. 35 forms were completed and returned. The young people liked living in the parish because the beach is nearby, the lovely countryside, the walks and their friends live nearby. The reasons given for not liking the parish were that they didn’t like school, there was nothing to do and it was too busy in the summer. Again the play area was mentioned, but it is hoped that the recent works (March 2009) will resolve the issues raised. The Clubs attended are shown in the chart to the left. Quotes from parishioners under 18 years of age:“I like to live here because of the nature” “Lovely quiet area, there is enough things for me to do, nice school, near to the sea, nice people” “There’s nothing to do when there’s no surf” “If I had a friend next door it would be great but most of the houses are holiday lets” “I don’t like the dog mess on the paths”


There were many, many responses to the question “what is good about living in the parish”. Many people said they liked the community spirit, the beautiful scenery and quieter, rural way of life. Most issues raised along with the suggested changes and improvements have been covered through the many and varied sections of the Parish Plan. Six suggestions for future Parish initiatives were included in the questionnaire. The responses to those ideas are shown in the chart below.



Enhance children's play area Develop winter tourist attractions

150 Establish Tintagel as top Christmas attraction on the north coast 100 Build a skate park Build an outdoor bowling green 50 Enhance the external appearance of the Visitor Centre

0 Yes No

29 It is clear from the results obtained that existing recreational facilities in the Parish do not cater for and therefore do not attract people of all ages. The community as a whole would benefit from improved facilities that support a wider range of recreational activities. A Vision for the Future Ideally, the Parish would benefit from having a “Community Centre” type venue adjacent to the Memorial Playing fields. This could provide good quality changing room facilities for local sports teams, an indoor sports hall and a youth club. The complex could also support other suggestions such as a swimming pool, a gym with sauna and steam room, an outdoor bowling green, a cinema, a stage for theatrical events, a meeting place for local clubs, keep fit classes, a running track, craft workshops, and so on. The Parish Plan is about the future development of our Parish and the vision of what we would like it to be may not seem achievable today. By pooling our ideas and resources and working together as a community towards a common goal, what seems impossible might be achievable in the future.

AIMS AND ACTIONS   Build on the successful improvements to the children’s play area by providing a picnic area for families. To work with Cornwall Council and consider how the Visitor Centre and its surroundings could be made more attractive and how the project could be implemented and funded. To continue support to the skate park project which is now in progress To investigate how an outdoor bowling club could be provided and how this may form part of a wider “Community Centre” project. To liaise with the Christmas Lighting Committee to develop Tintagel’s Christmas plans. To review longer term proposals for a “Community Centre” complex.

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There were numerous other suggestions for future parish initiatives. However, it must be appreciated that these issues can only be considered if there is sufficient support from the parishioners, local businesses and the various Partners mentioned throughout this document.

PARTNERS Tintagel Memorial Playing Fields Association Cornwall Council Tintagel Parish Council Tintagel Bowling Club Quotes from parishioners “Beautiful place to live” “At present we are still a village” “One of the nicest places to live in Cornwall” “Stunning coast line and countryside” “Build a stronger community” “First time buyer’s properties”

The Parish Plan is a starting point to implement the aims and actions contained within the Plan. The Plan will be monitored, reviewed and updated and further engagement with the community will be required.


The overall aim of the Parish Plan is to help facilitate a future where the quality of life is preserved and enhanced for all the residents of the Parish. The Parish Plan provides an action plan for the whole community – individuals, schools, local organisations, Parish Council and local representatives. It does not guarantee that all the issues raised will be dealt with immediately, as some of the projects lie outside local control and may require lobbying for change, and some of the issues are long term projects. It also sets out the community’s vision for the parish. The Plan is a tool to make change happen, provide information and evidence to win funding, and influence policy and decision makers. The Parish Council will monitor the Parish Plan for updates on action taken forward on a regular basis through items on the monthly Parish Council Agenda. However, things will only happen if people make them happen, and do not rely solely on the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is grateful to the many parishioners who have contributed their time, opinions and ideas to this plan. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to distribute and collect the questionnaires; to the local postmen for help with distribution of the Newsletter in February 2009 and to Tintagel Parish Council, NCDC and DEFRA for the funding that made the plan possible. “The Parish of Tintagel” – reproduced by kind permission of Charlie David from an article previously written for Tintagel Parish Council. PARTNERS:Cornwall Rural Community Council Tintagel Social Hall Management Committee Treknow Village Hall Committee Cornwall Primary Care Trust, Local Doctors and Dentists Rotary Club Western Greyhound, Tilleys and KTL Coaches Devon and Cornwall Police Tintagel Primary School English Heritage Cornwall Council Tintagel Parochial Church Council Adult Education Service SITA Tintagel Visitor Centre/English Tourist Board Transport Access People (TAP) Tintagelweb website administrator Local Businesses National Trust


 The Steering Group have already written to four major banks regarding services to the village. Both NatWest and Barclays advised that there are no plans at this time to provide any further banking facilities or a mobile bank in Tintagel and the surrounding area. Barclays Bank advised about the services which are available from the Post Office:1. Cash withdrawals with debit or cash card with pin number – minimum £5, maximum £300. 2. Cash withdrawals of one cheque a day up to limit of cheque guarantee card. 3. Cash can be paid into current/savings accounts using pre-printed paying in slip. 4. Cheques can be paid in using pre-printed paying-in slips and enclosed in a special envelope. Any cash or cheque credits will take an extra two days to reach the account. Foreign currency can be purchased using debit card, in each case customers will be charged a cash handing fee of 1.5%. The Post Office are also agents for Alliance and Leicester, Bank of Ireland, Cahoot, Clydesdale Bank, Halifax, Lloyds/TSB, Nationwide, Northern Bank, Smile and the Co-operative Bank, all without any fees. Bureau de Change Facilities are also available. Free cash points have been provided in the village since the questionnaire was produced. Treknow Village Hall – during March 2009 the older part of the hall had work carried out to repair the interior walls and ceiling. The Football Club now holds a monthly bingo session in the Social Hall. New benches provided by Parish Council at Trenale and Atlantic Road. The most popular requested additional leisure facility was a skate park or youth club for the younger members of the parish, which was requested by 14 respondents in the Youth Survey. In March 2009 SITA awarded a grant of £25,000 to the Skate park fund which along with the £5,000 already obtained from Tintagel Parish Council, the Rotary Club and other sources will enable work to start on the project in early summer 2009.  The children’s play area at the memorial playing fields was also the subject of a lot of comments made. In March 2009 a grant of £23,000 was awarded by North Cornwall District Council for improvements to the play area and additional new equipment with work due to commence in March 2009 which has now been completed. Letter to Western Greyhound A post-box has been fixed to the front of the Social Hall for comments or non-urgent post to the Parish Council.

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Did you say in your questionnaire responses that you would be willing to help with some of the ideas in this Plan?

 One key idea that we would like to implement in the very near future is a Parish Newsletter subject to sufficient volunteers. If you feel you could help, in however small a way, e.g. a one-off contribution, regular contributions, editing, journalism, articles, photos, advertising etc. please let us know.

 If you own or are involved with a local business and feel you could support the newsletter e.g. by advertising your business, or otherwise, please let us know.

 We would also like to take this opportunity to provide an up-to-date list of community clubs, groups and organisations. If you are a member of a local group, it would be appreciated if you could give us up-to-date contact details for your organisation.

If you can help with any of the above, please complete the form opposite and return it to Mrs. S.J. Moth, Clerk to Tintagel Parish Council, Lincoln House, Treven, Tintagel PL34 0DT or email


I have some free time and would like to help implement the Parish Plan:-

Name: Address:

How I can help

Telephone: Email:

Name of Club:

Contact Details: