Geothermal Energy Project, United Downs, May update

Update on the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project
We began site preparation work in mid-March and were initially hampered by bad weather and wet ground conditions. The work involves the removal of waste, levelling the surface, creating concrete pads, constructing drilling cellars, providing power, water and waste infrastructure, installing fencing, gates and lighting, and building temporary site offices. We now hope to finish groundworks by the middle of June and have the site office and visitor facility ready by the end of June.
During June we will also install ‘conductor casings’ at the location of each deep well. These are 30” diameter steel pipes installed to a depth of 10m to protect any near-surface loose material from the drilling operation. They will be installed by a small water well drilling rig.
The drilling rig we will be using is currently being used to drill and test a geothermal well in Finland and unfortunately this project has fallen further behind schedule. As a result, the rig won’t be released for mobilisation to Cornwall until the middle of July. We therefore now expect drilling to begin in early August and finish in February 2019.
The first four stations of our microseismic monitoring system have been installed and are now collecting data. A further three to five stations will follow soon.
Our education programme continues to pick up. We have visited five secondary schools so far and have visits planned to about a dozen primary schools before the end of the school year. We are also in contact with schools about visits and sessions in the Autumn term. Our second educational film, aimed at secondary schools and above, is almost complete.
Once we have the site finished and the office ready for use, we will be organising drop-in sessions for local residents and businesses to visit and find out more about what we are doing.
The project website provides information about geothermal energy in general, and the UDDGP project in particular, and will be kept up to date with news on the programme and site activities.
Peter Ledingham
UDDGP Project Manager
May 2018

Chacewater & Devoran Surgeries – Bank Holiday opening hours

Over the May Bank Holidays the Chacewater & Devoran Surgeries will operate the following opening hours:
Saturday 05 May Chacewater surgery only open from 08.30 – 11.30 for pre-booked appointments only

Sunday 06 May Both surgeries closed

Monday 07 May Both surgeries closed

Saturday 26 May Chacewater surgery only open from 08.30 – 11.30 for pre-booked appointments only

Sunday 27 May Both surgeries closed

Monday 28 May Both surgeries closed

In a medical emergency please dial 999
If you require any medical advice please telephone 111 (NHS 111) and you will speak to the National Out of Hours service

Vacancy for Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

As our current Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer will be retiring at the end of September we are inviting applications for his replacement.

This is a part-time, salaried role of 10.5 hours per week and the salary will be paid in accordance with the NALC agreed LC2 salary scales in the range from £4,950 to £6,950, depending on experience and qualifications.

Responsibilities will include acting as the Council’s Financial Officer, organising meetings, taking and producing minutes, liaising with outside bodies, researching and advising on procedures and other issues and actioning the Council’s decisions.

Full training will be given with a handover period if required.

For further details, including the job specification, anyone interested in this position should contact the current Parish Clerk at or call 01209 821829

The closing date for applications is 31st May, 2018.

Results of the questionnaire on parish projects

Back in February we included a questionnaire in the centre pages of the winter newsletter in which we gave details of eight possible future projects for the Parish Council to undertake and we asked residents to provide us with feedback to let us know which projects they wanted us to follow up. We had 52 replies which meant that over 2000 people chose not to reply and therefore forfeited the right to complain if their project wasn’t chosen.
The top four projects were:
1st St Day Old Church
2nd Vehicle activated road signs
3rd Town Clock & War Memorial lighting
4th External defibrillator
and we hope to have sufficient funds from the donations we were given to fund all of these projects over the coming year.
So, many thanks to the 52 who replied and gave their questionnaires in, and to everyone else …..