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A NEW supermarket in Hayle could operate 24 hours a day when it is opened at the end of the year.
Retail giant Asda has yet to confirm its planned opening hours for the South Quay site but has applied for a 24-hour alcohol licence, leading to speculation that the store will have extended opening hours.
Cornwall councillor for Hayle South John Coombe has raised concerns about the potential issue, saying: "I would question if there are enough people in the town who would go to a 24-hour supermarket.
"I am concerned about the residents on Penpol Terrace being disturbed at night."
He said he was even more concerned that plans to open for 24 hours a day had not been made public.
"I would have liked Hayle Town Council to discuss this. I feel it ought to know about it and discuss it as a group.
"I don't think people have had a fair say. It's not been made very public."
It was confirmed in September that the supermarket to be built on the derelict quay would be an Asda.
The 50,000sq ft supermarket is expected to create up to 200 jobs in the town.
However, this year several applications have been submitted for changes to the design.
Mayor of Hayle Jayne Ninnes said she was concerned the company was moving too far away from the original planning application.
"From [the town council's] perspective, we voted in favour of a planning application that had reduced opening hours and an 80/20 split on food to non-food items. Slowly Asda has sought to move away from the conditions placed upon it.
"I would hope that Cornwall Council would look very carefully and see how different the application is from the original one."
Despite several attempts to contact Asda, the company has yet to confirm its plans for the site.
A DISGRUNTLED holidaymaker wrote to the West Briton this week to bemoan the state of Cornwall after an unsatisfactory break here.
R Peters from London hit out at "extortionate" parking charges, "litter-strewn" beaches and "the most expensive cups of tea, coffee, pasties and fish and chips in the country". Saying he would not be returning, he commented that Cornwall needed to improve its offer to tourists.
After sharing the letter online at the weekend, we have been inundated with comments from readers. Here is a selection.
■ rickoon said: "It is the same for visitors and locals alike don't forget, worse for locals in a lot of respects, they do not have the cash to pay such high prices and half the toilets are not even open in the closed season."
■ Restart said: "What a shame, he so shall be missed."
■ Lankidden said: "Having been a visiting emmet to Cornwall for nigh on sixty years, with parents, girlfriend, fiancée, wife, daughter, and now grand daughter, I have little choice but to agree with the previous correspondent. Car parking charges are obscene, fish & chips, pasties, and in particular, farmhouse ice cream, are grossly over priced, beaches and promenades are indeed litter bestrewn, while the price of accommodation is becoming frankly ridiculous. At one fairly ordinary beach front hotel, we used to be able to afford, a prime double room now costs pretty much £2000 per week per couple, without allowing for any kids, if they could be afforded. And yet we keep coming back, because, once off the tourist, kiss me quick, trail, there is nowhere else on earth quite like Cornwall. Fortunately, we have a touring caravan, and sub £5.00 per night farm sites can still be found, meaning that Cornwall can, just, still be enjoyed on our OAP's staycation budget."
■ Flyingsock said: "I think he's confused, is he after a refund? – Cornwall is a county in the UK just like all the others except that it's probably more beautiful, Cornwall is not an organisation whose duty it is to make his holiday run smoothly, nor a package holiday company, it's a place!
"As for "litter strewn beaches", he clearly doesn't get out enough, Cornwall's beaches are amongst the cleanest I've seen in the country and in any case litter is dropped by stupid people which isn't Cornwall's fault, unfortunately these people are everywhere.
"Some places are expensive to eat or drink but it's the same everywhere and he can't blame anyone but himself if he chose to eat in the most expensive places. Car parking can be dear but it's a lot cheaper than a lot of other places in the UK, again it's his responsibility to plan his holiday according to his budget.
"Cornwall isn't in the doldrums he is and we're glad he's not coming back!"
■ bigKernow stated: "R. Peters is obviously a grumpy type who would find the worst in any holiday. It is up to any the visitor to organise there holiday to accommodate their budget."
■ On Facebook Angie Joy Green said: "He's allowed his opinions and some points like the car parking are valid."
■ Lynneth McClarron said: "We love Cornwall, why should we change it to suit someone from London?"
■ Lisa Hickling wrote: "Just back from visiting my husband parents near St Ives. The people are as always wonderful. The beaches were not litter strewn any litter I found I picked up and disposed of sensibly. I feel sorry for the locals that had to put up with his whinging."
■ Karen Turner said: "Dear R.Peters of London, with all due respect if Cornwall was seriously as bad as you're saying then why aren't more people writing letters like yours to the local press? If anyone has any right to complain I think it should be the locals who have to put up with miserable people complaining about how expensive everything is and then the rubbish said miserable people leave in their wake after their time at the beach."
BUDDING journalists in the South West have been given a boost with new courses planned after the industry training body highlighted Cornwall College's proud employment history.
Following their recent accreditation visit, representatives from the National Council for the Training of Journalists described how more than 500 journalists had been trained at the Camborne site over the past two decades.
"Cornwall College is proud of its record in seeing students moving into careers in journalism directly from the course," said a spokesman.
"This says much about the college's ability to select candidates with the ability to succeed in the profession. Current students impressed the panel with their enthusiasm for the course and for their dedication to pursuing a demanding programme of study in a short period."
The course boasts an amazing 85 per cent employment rate in the industry on completion and is now set to train a new generation of newshounds.
Course leader Mark Benattar said: "We have a long tradition stretching over two decades of training mainly post-graduate journalists for jobs locally and nationally.
"But with the advent of online, the industry is seeing more and more bright young things in charge. That, combined with the soaring cost of higher education, meant we felt the time was right to open our training up to a younger cohort."
And now the college's NCTJ training is set to be expanded with a new one-year diploma aimed at younger and less experienced students and an extended fast-track course still aimed at the post-graduate trainee.
The diploma offers the first part of the industry standard training and is often demanded of anyone entering the industry.
Mr Benattar added: "Former students from the course are working for organisations as diverse as the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and Oxfam. Of the last group all but one, who went on to another course, became journalists and four of them went to Devon and Cornwall Media at the West Briton, Cornishman and Cornwall Today.
"Our success is partly down to the course being the only one between here and Bournemouth that offers the accredited training the industry demands, delivered by lecturers with extensive industry experience. Not only do they get their basic training in shorthand, regulation, law and government, but in journalism they are expected to produce real-life stories for publication whether it be in a magazine, newspaper, website, blog, video or radio."
Jacqui Walls, editor of the West Briton and Cornishman, said: "We have employed some great students from Cornwall College. We have got a number of reporters out there now who have gone through the NCTJ qualification there and we have had reporters over the years who have gone on to great jobs on our other papers and beyond at the nationals.
"The great thing for us is that we have a local college which is providing the qualifications we need to take on new reporters."
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IT WAS a disappointing end to the season at the Mennaye Field for the Cornish Pirates as Rotherham Titans booked their place in the Greene King Championship play-offs in emphatic style, running in 33 unanswered second half points.
The Pirates had much the better of the first 40 minutes against the promotion chasing Titans scoring two tries and wasting several excellent opportunities for further scores as they lost possession close to the Rotherham line.
But it all changed in an equally one-sided second period as Rotherham hit back with an early try and then picked off the Pirates with four more to end a losing run in the Duchy, stretching back to October 2008.
Pirates Director of Rugby Ian Davies had challenged his squad to end the home season on a high after cup disappointment a week before against Pontypridd, but he was again left ruing a game of two halves and inconsistencies which have blighted the season.
He said: "In the first half we bombed four clear chances to score and I was sitting there thinking this is going to come back to bite us. Rotherham are a very tight unit, which we learnt to our cost at their place in January, and once they get a bit of belief and wind in their sails they are difficult to stop.
"Going in leading 20-7 at half-time may have looked good, but I knew that if they got an early score in the second half we would be under the pump and that is exactly what happened."
Davies agreed that the game had pretty much summed up his team's season. He said: "It was a rollercoaster with real ups and downs, errors, a flash of brilliance, followed by another error and another flash of brilliance.
"We now have to become more consistent. Our scrummage was really dominant and we got the reward from that, but interspersed with that we lost the ball too many times in contact or knocked on."
He added: "The looser the game got the more Rotherham liked it, their centre Jack Roberts is really underrated as a player and I'm surprised he hasn't been picked up by a Premiership club.
"Rotherham have got a lot of gas and as the game broke up you saw the Pirates falling off tackles and you saw Rotherham with something to play for, going for that top four place."
Two early Kieran Hallett penalties gave the Pirates a lead as the Rotherham scrum struggled.
He missed a third long range place kick, but just before the half hour mark the home side stole a scrum against the head and Laurie McGlone and Tom Kessell set up centre Tom Riley for a try under the posts. Hallett converted.
Rotherham replied with a try off their first attack with a converted breakout try finished by Sean Scanlon, but in injury time a defensive Titans scrum again faltered and conceded a penalty try.
Rotherham hit back straight after the interval with try from hooker Tom Cruse after a well worked period of patient phase play with Socino again on target with the extras.
On the hour another counter attack brought a converted touchdown for Mike Keating and the visitors were ahead by one.
Dan White, Jack Roberts and Keating with his second completed the comeback in devastating fashion with three more tries in the final quarter before a late scuffle saw Shane Cahill and Josh Thomas-Brown sin-binned for fighting.
Davies added: "The scoreline didn't really flatter Rotherham. They scored 33 points in the second half and took their chances really well. You can't fault that.
"At the end of the day though we didn't help ourselves by being very loose and some of our handling was schoolboy stuff."
THE Cornish Pirates travel to Goldington Road on Saturday as they face Bedford Blues in their penultimate Greene King Championship game of the season (3pm).
Both teams have been Championship play-off finalists in recent seasons, with Bedford losing last year to Newcastle Falcons, but both teams have had much quieter campaigns this time around.
The Pirates are guaranteed a sixth place, finish regardless of the results in their final two games, while Bedford had a wretched start to the season losing seven out of their first ten games.
The Blues, beaten five times at home in the league, secured their Championship status for next season by grabbing a losing bonus point in a narrow 17-15 defeat at London Scottish last Sunday.
But with only one win in their last eight the Pirates might fancy their chances on a ground where they haven not won since March 2011.
Director of Rugby Ian Davies said: "We have got to lift ourselves again for the final two games and a lot of the boys have got bumps and bruises.
"Chris Morgan came off against Rotherham and it will probably be a different side going to Bedford which is a really tough place to go.
"That said they are not having a great season so it will be two sides with very little to play for other than just going out and playing rugby.
"After that it is Leeds who will be all guns blazing as they push for promotion so there is no respite for us in these last two games."
The Pirates were forced into a late change ahead of Sunday's home defeat to Rotherham as flanker Joel Conlon withdrew from the side due to illness.
His place was taken by Jake Parker, with Alex Cheesman drafted onto the bench but the club will hope that the England Under-20 star is fit again to face the Blues.
Bedford have injury problems of their own, with second row duo Mike Howard and Harry Wells along with former Jersey fly-half Mike Le Bourgeois all missing at London Scottish.
Blues skipper James Pritchard said: "It's been frustrating but we want to finish on a high.
"We've got two home games to finish with and two very winnable games so we'll be going all out to get the victories."
Cornish Pirates (from): Fatialofa, Goss, Hendrickson, Holland, James, Jones, Kessell, Moyle, Riley, Sinclair, Andrew, Barry, Cahill, Carpenter, Channon, Graulich, Prescott, Stevens, Davies, Cheesman, Dancer, Morgan, Parker, Bodilly, Bolwell, Hallett, Duncan, McGlone, Carrick-Smith, Atkinson, Elloway, Carrick-Smith, Conlon.
Following last Sunday's game at the Mennaye Field against Rotherham, the Cornish Pirates presented several end of season awards to members of the playing squad.
Flanker Chris Morgan received the Travelling Supporters' Cup and Edwin Bryant Trophy, Prop Jack Andrew was presented with the Roger Pascoe Cup and hooker Rob Elloway was the nominated recipient of the President's Cup.
Further awards will be presented at an Awards Dinner to be held in the Travis Perkins Marquee on Saturday May 3.
Further details, to be confirmed, will appear on the Cornish Pirates website www.cornish-pirates.com
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BRENDAN VINCENT CURTIN, 50, of The Lizard, entered a guilty plea at Truro Magistrates' Court to a charge of drink-driving at Helston on January 26.
He was fined £110 and banned from driving for 36 months.