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By West Briton  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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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.

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"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."

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