Should There be a St Piran’s Public Holiday?

With the Budget debate over it was time to move on to the debate on should there be a St Piran’s Day public holiday in place (extra would be nice) of one of the current May holidays. I have nothing in principle to moving this holiday, but I have some reservations to the process.
One of these is the lack of public consultation to firmly establish the support in Cornwall to moving this holiday. You could argue there is more support for a later public holiday in say, October. But again, this is more on guesswork than actual hard evidence. 

I firmly believe before any letter is sent to central government we gather the views of the public with a few options. However, this is not what Cornwall Council decided today. Granted it did say it would consult, but it also said it would send a letter to government giving our preference this is before any consultation has taken place. 

This is the problem I have. How can you send a preference if you do not know what the public want. I made the point if we just added a percentage to carparking without consulting there would be uproar. I know you cannot consult on everything, but when something like effecting someones holiday, then surely we should try and consult before we give the ‘official’ view.

Anyway, here is the recommendation which was  the carried by the majority:

1. The Chief Executive, following consultation with the Leader, be requested to write to central government stating (1) that, in principle, any change in the May Bank Holiday should lead to the creation of a public holiday in Cornwall on St Piran’s Day and (2) that the government should press ahead with full consultation on the issue of replacing the May Bank Holiday. 

2. The Chief Executive consider how to undertake most effectively a test of public opinion on the issue of creating a St Piran’s Day Public Holiday in Cornwall and report back to a future meeting on the options including the cost implications. 


  • mrsmac

    i'd love a holiday to celebrate St Piran, so i'd vote yes, but would it bring holidaymakers down? if they dont get the same holiday as the Cornish, and therefore wont be around to spend their much needed money.

    i'm not sure they listen to electorate anyway, most politicians do what they want and damn the great unwashed (or so it appears to me)

  • Gavin Lang

    I feel that a national October Bank Holiday, rather than a local Cornish one in March, would be more beneficial to Cornwall.

    A lot of people still have to work on Bank Holidays, especialy in shops and the tourist industry, and a bank holiday in October would extend the tourist season far more than St Pirans day in March ( Easter being just around the corner ).

    I would recommend Trafalgar Day, 21st October, with its strong Cornish connection as the new bank holiday.

  • Anonymous

    A St Piran's holiday would be of considerable economic benefit because the community would 'put their shoulder to the wheel' to celebrate the event, and valuable community input would mean high impact events to benefit local businesses, as well as strengthening community ties – while at a Cornwall-wide level, it would reinforce Cornish distinctiveness, increasingly a positive economic driver in Cornwall.

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