Bert Biscoe, Independent, Truro Boscawen and portfolio holder for transport and waste:
"IN 1753 the Duke of Cornwall last convened a Stannary Parliament at Truro which re-enacted all its laws.
"Since then, Cornwall has suffered from being downgraded, misunderstood, not-quite-trusted and a long way away from the centre.
"Cornwall Council is Cornwall's major achievement of the 20th century.
"It is five years old, finding its feet, and doing well, despite the ravages of austerity. We are moving towards achieving what the unitary bid said – building, to make the real and lasting Cornish Assembly.
"Cornwall is an increasingly confident region.
This is because its new council is building relationships, making mistakes, setting long-standing problems right, rationalising, and standing up for Cornwall in an ever-more hectic world.
"A new positive relationship is emerging between Cornwall Council and parish councils, the voluntary sector, business and, Cornish citizens. It's easy to bemoan day-to-day hassles. But having an effective and accountable focus for governance is a major step forward."