Calstock Parish is situated in south east Cornwall (UK), close to the Devon border. With a population of approximately 6,000 and 2,600 households, it comprises of a number of villages, the larger being Gunnislake and Calstock.

Much of the Parish is within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is also part of  a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The fine landscape includes granite ridges, woodlands and rolling farm land. The River Tamar, with its attractive waterfront areas, forms the eastern border of the Parish. Within the Parish are many impressive remains of mine workings. The Parish has miles of footpaths and other public rights of way. Many of these form part of the East Cornwall Trails.

There is a train service to Plymouth with stations at both Gunnislake and Calstock. A scheduled bus service serves part of the Parish and connects with Callington and Tavistock. In summer there is local ferry service on the River Tamar from Calstock to Cotehele.

A brief history of the Parish can be found on the Calstock History website. Which also hosts details of the Parish Archive.

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  • Cornwall Council is consulting on proposals for introducing PSPOs to control dogs on beaches

    Special Bulletin

    Dogs on beaches


    Dear City, Town and Parish Council colleagues,

    We have to decide when dogs should be allowed on beaches and want to know if you agree with our proposals.

    Many people enjoy walking on Cornwall’s beautiful beaches but not everyone likes or enjoys dogs.

    Dogs are restricted on some beaches at certain times of the year; the legislation that controls and restricts dogs from public spaces has been changed by the Government and the Council has to decide how to apply the new rules on beaches in Cornwall.
    The existing legislation, called Dog Control Orders, has changed to Public Spaces Protection Orders which are known as PSPOs. In introducing the new PSPOs, that restrict dogs from beaches at specific times, we have an opportunity to review the existing restrictions.
    We are proposing to keep all the existing conditions, times, dates and durations of dogs on beaches restrictions with new PSPOs; meaning we propose that dogs would be allowed on designated beaches at the same times as they are allowed now.

    Guide dogs will not be affected by the changes and are allowed on beaches, even where dog bans are in place.
    We want to know if people agree with how we propose to introduce the new legislation and if they think the existing conditions, that control dogs on beaches, are still appropriate.
    Please let your communities know about the survey and encourage them to give us their views by completing the online questionnaire, available on our website:


    The survey runs until 12 January 2017
    More information about our dogs on beaches proposals, Dog Control Orders and PSPOs, is available on our website and in local libraries, information services and one stops shops, including:

       List of beaches and current restrictions
       Maps of the areas affected
       Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about PSPOs
       Leaflet about dog controls on beaches and PSPOs 

    Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) can restrict how and when dogs are allowed on beaches and other public places, and may restrict where dogs can be walked, on or off the lead.
    Beaches where dog bans apply are patrolled on a regular basis and if any of the conditions of the new PSPOs are breached, the Council’s dog wardens can issue a fine, called a Fixed Penalty Notice, of £100 and tell the dog owner to remove their dog from the beach immediately. If anyone is issued with a fine but doesn’t pay they may be prosecuted, and could be fined up to £1,000.
    Breaching the conditions of a PSPO can be, for example, if someone has a dog on a beach during the ban period, not having their dog on a lead, or not cleaning up if their dog fouls on the beach. 

    If you need more information please contact us by phone: 0300 1234 212
    or email: communityandenvironmentalprotection@cornwall.gov.uk

    Kind regards
    Cornwall Council Community Protection Team


    Get in touch

    Email: communities.devolution@cornwall.gov.uk
    Phone: 01872 323789

    Posted by Calstock Parish Council
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    Posted 29 Nov 2016, 00:55 by Calstock Parish Council
  • Use of Plymouth Sound and Tamar Estuaries - Survey

    Morning all


    Please can you pass this onto through your networks – and take the time to fill it in yourself!


    Below is a message from the Marine Biological Association who is doing some work with us to gather information on how people use Plymouth Sound and Tamar Estuaries. 

    Kaja Curry


    I would like to bring this online survey to your attention about recreational activities around Plymouth Sound and Estuaries on behalf of the Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum (TECF). Could you please circulate this survey link amongst your club members/contacts.


    The Marine Biological Association is currently undertaking research for TECF through Plymouth City Council, into how these waters are used for recreation. The results will help inform the management of these complex waters, so that the nature conservation interests are maintained and recreational activities can continue sustainably into the future.


    As part of the research we have devised this questionnaire to collect information about the sport and leisure activities visitors participate in when they visit the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries area.

    It should take no more than 10 minutes to fill in, and as a thank-you, there is the chance to win some prizes (include £50 of vouchers, an annual membership of the Marine Biological Association of the UK and a family ticket to the National Marine Aquarium  in Plymouth) through a draw. All data will be held by Plymouth City Council and used for TECF work only in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Data will not be passed onto third parties.


    You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TECF


    The survey will be available between 18th of November and 30th of December 2016. 


    Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.


    Yours sincerely,


    Alex Colbing


    The Marine Biological Association of the UK

    Citadel Hill



    +44 (0)1752 426543

    Join the Marine Biological Association - www.mba.ac.uk

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    Kaja Curry
    Natural Infrastructure Officer & TECF Coordinator
    Strategic Planning & Infrastructure
    Plymouth City Council
    Ballard House

    West Hoe Road
    PL1 3BJ



    Posted 25 Nov 2016, 01:54 by Calstock Parish Council
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