A NEW supermarket in Hayle could operate 24 hours a day when it is opened at the end of the year.
Retail giant Asda has yet to confirm its planned opening hours for the South Quay site but has applied for a 24-hour alcohol licence, leading to speculation that the store will have extended opening hours.
Cornwall councillor for Hayle South John Coombe has raised concerns about the potential issue, saying: "I would question if there are enough people in the town who would go to a 24-hour supermarket.
"I am concerned about the residents on Penpol Terrace being disturbed at night."
He said he was even more concerned that plans to open for 24 hours a day had not been made public.
"I would have liked Hayle Town Council to discuss this. I feel it ought to know about it and discuss it as a group.
"I don't think people have had a fair say. It's not been made very public."
It was confirmed in September that the supermarket to be built on the derelict quay would be an Asda.
The 50,000sq ft supermarket is expected to create up to 200 jobs in the town.
However, this year several applications have been submitted for changes to the design.
Mayor of Hayle Jayne Ninnes said she was concerned the company was moving too far away from the original planning application.
"From [the town council's] perspective, we voted in favour of a planning application that had reduced opening hours and an 80/20 split on food to non-food items. Slowly Asda has sought to move away from the conditions placed upon it.
"I would hope that Cornwall Council would look very carefully and see how different the application is from the original one."
Despite several attempts to contact Asda, the company has yet to confirm its plans for the site.
A DISGRUNTLED holidaymaker wrote to the West Briton this week to bemoan the state of Cornwall after an unsatisfactory break here.
R Peters from London hit out at "extortionate" parking charges, "litter-strewn" beaches and "the most expensive cups of tea, coffee, pasties and fish and chips in the country". Saying he would not be returning, he commented that Cornwall needed to improve its offer to tourists.
After sharing the letter online at the weekend, we have been inundated with comments from readers. Here is a selection.
■ rickoon said: "It is the same for visitors and locals alike don't forget, worse for locals in a lot of respects, they do not have the cash to pay such high prices and half the toilets are not even open in the closed season."
■ Restart said: "What a shame, he so shall be missed."
■ Lankidden said: "Having been a visiting emmet to Cornwall for nigh on sixty years, with parents, girlfriend, fiancée, wife, daughter, and now grand daughter, I have little choice but to agree with the previous correspondent. Car parking charges are obscene, fish & chips, pasties, and in particular, farmhouse ice cream, are grossly over priced, beaches and promenades are indeed litter bestrewn, while the price of accommodation is becoming frankly ridiculous. At one fairly ordinary beach front hotel, we used to be able to afford, a prime double room now costs pretty much £2000 per week per couple, without allowing for any kids, if they could be afforded. And yet we keep coming back, because, once off the tourist, kiss me quick, trail, there is nowhere else on earth quite like Cornwall. Fortunately, we have a touring caravan, and sub £5.00 per night farm sites can still be found, meaning that Cornwall can, just, still be enjoyed on our OAP's staycation budget."
■ Flyingsock said: "I think he's confused, is he after a refund? – Cornwall is a county in the UK just like all the others except that it's probably more beautiful, Cornwall is not an organisation whose duty it is to make his holiday run smoothly, nor a package holiday company, it's a place!
"As for "litter strewn beaches", he clearly doesn't get out enough, Cornwall's beaches are amongst the cleanest I've seen in the country and in any case litter is dropped by stupid people which isn't Cornwall's fault, unfortunately these people are everywhere.
"Some places are expensive to eat or drink but it's the same everywhere and he can't blame anyone but himself if he chose to eat in the most expensive places. Car parking can be dear but it's a lot cheaper than a lot of other places in the UK, again it's his responsibility to plan his holiday according to his budget.
"Cornwall isn't in the doldrums he is and we're glad he's not coming back!"
■ bigKernow stated: "R. Peters is obviously a grumpy type who would find the worst in any holiday. It is up to any the visitor to organise there holiday to accommodate their budget."
■ On Facebook Angie Joy Green said: "He's allowed his opinions and some points like the car parking are valid."
■ Lynneth McClarron said: "We love Cornwall, why should we change it to suit someone from London?"
■ Lisa Hickling wrote: "Just back from visiting my husband parents near St Ives. The people are as always wonderful. The beaches were not litter strewn any litter I found I picked up and disposed of sensibly. I feel sorry for the locals that had to put up with his whinging."
■ Karen Turner said: "Dear R.Peters of London, with all due respect if Cornwall was seriously as bad as you're saying then why aren't more people writing letters like yours to the local press? If anyone has any right to complain I think it should be the locals who have to put up with miserable people complaining about how expensive everything is and then the rubbish said miserable people leave in their wake after their time at the beach."