United Downs Deep Geothermal Project – Update

The Mobilisation of the Drilling Rig

The transportation route for the mobilisation and demobilisation of equipment to and from the Deep Geothermal site at United Downs has been agreed with the Local Planning Authority as part of the planning consent for the site.  This route has been agreed on the basis of minimising impact and traffic disruption to the local community.

The transportation and erection of the drilling rig are being organised and implemented by the drilling contractor using a specialist transportation contractor.  The contractor has been working closely with the Highways Authority and with the Devon & Cornwall Police to agree on the route and the schedule for the transportation of loads.

The drilling rig comprises a total of almost 80 truckloads, a few of which are classified as ‘oversize’ and may need to be escorted.  The drilling rig is being moved from Finland and the majority of the loads will enter the UK at either Tibury or Southampton.  From these ports it will be transported by road to the United Downs site, travelling through Cornwall via the A30 as far as Redruth.  The majority of the vehicles will leave the A30 at Avers Roundabout and will follow the A3047 to the B3298 at Scorrier (a few of the smaller loads may leave the A30 at the Scorrier junction). From Scorrier all loads will follow the B3298 to the crossroads at the bottom of Vicarage Hill and will turn left passing through Crofthandy and onto the United Downs Industrial estate. All empty vehicles will return to the A30 via the same route.

Mobilisation is due to commence during October.  The first item to arrive will be a 250 ton crane that will be used to construct the drilling rig; this will leave the site after a few days, once the rig construction is complete.  The transportation of items on to the site will be spread over a period of 8 days. During this period the car park at the United Downs Raceway will be used as a temporary marshalling yard so that units can arrive on to the geothermal site in the correct order.  Once unloaded, the empty trucks will leave the site and will return to the A30 via the same route.

It is anticipated that the rig will take approximately 10 days to construct, commission and test prior to the commencement of drilling.  It will remain on site for approximately seven months until the drilling programme for the two deep wells has been completed.  The rig will then be demobilised and removed from the site.

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We have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our Flu Clinics due to complications with the vaccines this year.

The recommended vaccine for over 65’s is not available to us until mid/late November and we have just been advised by Public Health England that we are not allowed to offer these patients the alternative vaccine at the moment.

We are working hard to resolve this situation and will keep you updated with our proposed plans.

 We anticipate that our clinics will now be held towards the end of November and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New Surgery Update

The new surgery story continues ….. and this time it appears to be good news!!

Most of you reading this article will no doubt remember all of the positive talk a few years back about the prospects for a new doctors’ surgery in St Day and you will probably also remember that these plans appeared to have been scuppered when the Day Lewis pharmacy group gained permission from NHS England to open a pharmacy in the former Fish and Chip shop in Scorrier Street. In spite of the benefits which having a pharmacy in St Day would bring it would also have meant that the doctors would not have been able to dispense medicines from a new surgery, being too close to a pharmacy, and the loss of income from this would have meant that the surgery would not have been viable. It would very likely have also meant that the existing surgery would have had to close, leaving St Day with no surgery at all.

St Day Parish Council, with the support of the local surgeries and many residents, organised the opposition to the new pharmacy which culminated in a public meeting with all concerned. Fortunately. at the public meeting, the Day Lewis group was made fully aware of the opposition to its proposal and, under great pressure, withdrew its plan.

Since then a great deal of discussion has been going on in the background between St Day Parish Council, the Carn to Coast surgery and a local charity and we are now able to tell you that the WJ Mills (Cottages) Trust has agreed to buy the vacant plot of land at the top of the new Mineral Way development on Telegraph Hill and that the Trust is having plans drawn up to build a doctors’ surgery there. Negotiations are currently taking place with the Carn to Coast surgery to reach an agreement for them to rent the premises. There will then be much discussion between the trustees, the local planning authority and the partners of the Carn to Coast practice to agree a suitable design but it is very much hoped that a planning application can be submitted before the end of this year with a view to work commencing some time in 2019 on a new surgery, provided that planning permission is granted. The prospects are looking good, however we thought they were before the Day Lewis group intervened so we need to proceed with caution.

We are very grateful to the trustees of the WJ Mills (Cottages) Trust for rescuing this idea at a point when all seemed lost and, if successful, it will mean that the Trust, which already provides 42 properties for rent in St Day, is able to provide even further support for a wider cross section of the residents of this parish. We are also grateful to the Temple family who have held on to the plot of land and did not sell it for affordable housing because they wanted to see a new surgery built there for everyone in St Day.

Hopefully we will now be in a position to give you regular updates!