HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to visit Porthleven on Wednesday 19th

In the last week or so, there has been a rumour that HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Porthleven. I can officially confirm today, that this rumour is indeed true, and Porthleven will have the honour of hosting the royal party on the morning of Wednesday 19th July.

This visit has been in the planning for many months will lots to organise. I want to thank the staff at Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenancy office and Clarence House for all they have done to make this visit possible. Also to Cornwall Council for swiftly granting the road closures. Thanks to the Police too for all they have done. 

During the visit, The Duke and Duchess will be introduced to many groups in Porthleven including the Porthleven Lights Committee, the RNLI, Porthleven Fishermen’s Association, Porthleven Community Group, the people behind the very successful Great Baulk Auction, the Gig Club, Porthleven CIC, the Porthleven Coastguards, the town council and its town warden. I know not every group in Porthleven can be introduced to the royal party, but everyone can come and see the visit take place.

Porthleven School’s Signing Choir will also be performing in front of the Duke and Duchess. Liaising with the head-teacher of Porthleven School, all the remaining school children will be able to come down and see the visit take place. The town council has bought every child a flag, both Cornish and the Union Flag.

For security reasons, I am not allowed to confirm the official time they will be arriving, but anyone who wants to see the royal couple will need to be near Commercial Rd and the Harbour Head/Fore Street by 9:30 am. There will be a road closure in place from 9am till 12 noon on Commercial Rd, Fore Street and Harbour Head part of the B3304

This is a great honour for Porthleven to receive this royal visit. I am sure the residents of Porthleven will give the Duke and Duchess a warm Porthleven welcome.

The legality of the Yellow Lines on Commercial Rd, Porthleven

The recent changes and the introduction of Yellow Lines to Commercial Rd, Porthleven are leaving residents and visitors confused and annoyed. Therefore, I want to clarify the legality of those lines.

In simple terms, the Yellow Lines on Commercial Rd are not legal, and have no legal standing and no enforcement can take place by official Civil Enforcement Officers, the Police, or anyone else.

To make Yellow Line legal, a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) has to be undertaken. This is subject to a full public consultation, and only after that, and the work has been deemed necessary, a TRO can be made law and enforceable.

Commercial Rd is a private road, but under Highways legislation, it has full public access both pedestrian and vehicular. Therefore, the owner of the said land cannot just do anything and any changes like adding Yellow Lines have to follow legislation.

Harbour and Dock have been advised by myself and Cornwall Council of the correct procedures; with the latter saying no such work should take place until the proper processes have been undertaken. In fact, Highways wrote to the Harbour and Dock asking for all work to stop until this matter had been resolved legally. The Harbour and Dock ignored this advice.

I have been speaking to Highways on this matter for several weeks and only last Friday, they still were not happy with the work that has been undertaken. If the Harbour and Dock had engaged with the statutory highways agency, they would have advised the best course of action which would have avoided the chaos that is now happening along this road. Pedestrian and vehicle safety could have been improved by doing this properly.

Of course, the Council can take legal action against the Harbour and Dock, but this would cost tax-payers a considerable amount of money.

Summing this up, a person can park their vehicle on this stretch of road and no enforcement will be undertaken. Of course all other Yellow Lines in Porthleven are legal – just to stop anyone thinking it invalidates all other lines. Enforcement officers has been informed too.