St Ives’ Town Council voted unanimously to express concern and ask the for chemical experiment scheduled for St Ives bay by Canadian firm Plantary using South West Water infrastructure to be halted.
Town Councillor Senara Wilson Hodges wrote on the ‘Keep our sea chemical free’ Facebook post
“WOW!! A Massive shout out to everyone who turned up for the St.Ives Town Council meeting where Planetary Technologies was on the agenda. The biggest turn out for a full council meeting in recent memory according to officials.
The Council was unanimous in expressing serious concern about the proposed Magnesium Hydroxide experiment. There was a lively discussion around the best response – a demand for delay and scrutiny or a flat out NO?
In the end the NO carried the day.
Whilst St.Ives Town Council doesn’t have any power to stop the experiment, it does have moral authority and Planetary Technologies needs to take note.”
South West Water will now come under pressure from the people of west Cornwall not to allow their infrastructure to be used in experiments that have had no environmental impact studies in an are of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife.
A protest is taking place on Sunday at Gwithian Sunday April 16th at 2.30pm for speeches, music and a paddle out. It is a chance to make sure that the voice of our community is always heard in matters affecting our precious bay. We will be at the main Gwithian Beach Car Park – near Sunset Surf on the townans above the lifeguard hut. Look for the big festival flag and you will find us. If you want – wear red / bring a placard / a picnic / banner
The Paddle Out will happen after the speeches at around 3.30pm. We will all go down to the beach led by the Samba Band and the surfers will paddle out forming a circle out back. This is for experienced water users only. Everyone else is welcome to gather on the beach, chat and enjoy. We reckon the paddle out will take 30 mins.