Geothermal Projects Update October 2021

Projects Update from Geothermal Engineering 

Is Anything Happening?
If you drive by the GEL site at United Downs, you will be forgiven for thinking nothing is happening. We assure you that a lot is happening, just not visible from the outside. After the huge success of the final stage of the testing phase where we had a week of steam proving we could bring the hot geothermal fluid to the surface and once it had cooled a little it was deposited back underground, a tender was then published for the geothermal binary power plant. The closing date for bids was extended as many businesses wishing to submit a tender were closed during August, so the closing date is now the end of October.

Back to School!
GEL are excited to be going back into schools again. Jane and Fin will be attending a careers fair at Mounts Bay Academy in November to talk to their students about all the different jobs that are incorporated into a geothermal power and heat project.

GEL is growing
We are please to announce that GEL has recruited a Power Plant Construction Project Manager. Tony lives in a hamlet just outside of Truro with his family. Tony will join the team at United Downs on 1st November and he will be doing exactly what his job description says, managing the whole power plant phase of the project. Keep an eye out for his biography on the Team page on the website.
Back in June GEL recruited Fin through the government’s Kick Start scheme as our office, website and social media administrator as well as Kieran on a 6 month contract working with Jan the Drilling Supervisor. By the end of October GEL will be recruiting another young person through the Kick Start scheme to work with Jane, assisting with Community Engagement. This vacancy is open to anyone between the ages of 18 – 24 who is claiming Universal Credit, if you know anyone who might be interested, they need to talk to their Job Coach for more information.

Geothermal is a new Cornish Industry
During October GEL submitted planning applications for 4 new prospective sites, they are in or close to Penhallow, Mawla, Manhay and Tolvaddon Energy Park. At the beginning of September GEL hosted four separate pre-planning public consultations in each of the four areas. Over the four days more than 200 people attended. The GEL team were very proud to talk about the project at United Downs from preparing the site through to proving the concept. It is anticipated that all 4 applications will be reviewed at a planning meeting in December with the outcome being given just before Christmas.

Social Media
A few weeks ago, GEL stopped using the United Downs Geothermal Facebook and Twitter accounts and switching to Geothermal Projects instead, so that all GEL projects can be incorporated. If you haven’t started following the new social media account, please switch today, so that you don’t miss news and updates about existing and new projects.

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HRH The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
1921 – 2021
On behalf of the Members of St Day Parish Council, it’s Officers and all of the residents of the Parish of St Day; I extend my sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, on the passing of her husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the members of The Royal Family.
HRH Prince Philip will be remembered as a devoted husband and selfless public servant, who served his Queen and Country throughout his life.
Cllr Chris Bell
Chairman of St Day Parish Council

Census Paper Questionnaires

We recognise that there have been long wait times at our freephone number.
If anyone wants a paper version of the census please ring our new number 0800 876 6276.
These can also be requested online which does not suit everyone. I am happy to order paper census questionnaires online for anyone.

John Floyd

Census Engagement Manager

South West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Office for National Statistics

Tel +44 (0)7452 939013 

Update from Police

This is a really good video interview involving one of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Cyber Protect Team. Amongst other things it touches on Romance, Covid and Delivery Frauds perpetrated on-line and provides guidance for reporting these sorts of matters.  It is well worth 20 mins of your time to watch.

Census 2021

Completing the Questionnaire

Information you will need
Census Day is Sunday 21 March – but you can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date – even if you’re filling it before then. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let us know. We’re aiming to make it easy for everyone to take part in Census 2021. But if you need help, we’ve got it covered. Here is the information you will need to complete the questionnaire.

Your accommodation

● Your full address (including postcode)
● What type of accommodation you have (house, flat, detached, etc )
● Basic details of your accommodation (number of bedrooms, type of heating, etc)
● Who owns your accommodation
● Where you lived one year ago (if different to now)
● Any other homes owned by members of your household

You and your household members (inc any overnight visitors on 21st March 2021)

● Full name, date of birth, country of birth, sex and main language(s) spoken
● Gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national identity, ethnicity and religion
● General state of health, including mental health
● Details of employment, self-employment or unemployment
○ Inc the name and address of employer(s)
○ Whether you travel to a workplace or work from home
○ If travelling to a workplace, which method of travel is used?
● Is anyone a student in full-time education?
● Details of how many vehicles are owned or used
● Confirmation of passports held and the issuing country
● Details of anyone providing care for the elderly or long-term sick
● Details of any qualifications held
● Has anyone previously served in the UK Armed Forces

Help is available

● Website, webchat and guidance documents via
● Free phone – 0800 141 2021 (England) / 0800 169 2021 (Wales)
● Free Language Helpline – 0800 587 2021 (to make an appointment)
● Census Support Centres – to find your nearest centre, call free on 0800 141 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society – A message from John Floyd

You may have seen or heard that the time has come to complete the census for 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

This year’s census, taking place on 21 March 2021, is unusual as it is being completed while we come to terms with the coronavirus pandemic but very much like the census in 1921, (the first after World War 1 and the Spanish Flu epidemic) it will capture a snapshot of society during this unprecedented time. It will provide us with new information that we will be able to use for years to come. This information will inform decisions on public services, including hospitals, schools, universities and job centres, to meet the needs of our changing society.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a postcard with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets, alleviating some of the hurdles of the pandemic.

Postcards will be arriving in the coming weeks, but we understand not everyone will be able to (or will want to), do their census online and paper questionnaires will be available for those who need them or prefer to use them.

We will also have a range of support services from online help, including help by email, social media, text message and on a web chat facility on our website. People can also complete their census over the phone, with the help of our trained staff, or by using the traditional paper form. After Census Day (21 March 2021) we’ll deploy field staff to help those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper and direct them to the support services they need.

The head of the census, Pete Benton, said: “They’ll be tested twice a week for coronavirus. And of course, they won’t go out if they have a positive test. “They will never need to enter people’s houses; it’s really no different from somebody delivering a parcel or a takeaway meal. Staff will be safe and socially distanced and following both national and local COVID-19 guidance.”

For any help please go to or call 0800 141 2021 from 1st March.

Don’t forget those who like to look up their family history. The Office of National Statistics will soon be releasing the personal information of those in the 1921 Census.

John Floyd
Census Engagement Manager
South West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly