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4:29pm 3rd September 2014


The people who helped organise Falmouth's Tall Ships face being shut down.

The event is thought to have brought in more than 15 million pounds.

But the council wants to save 850 thousand by pulling funding to Visit Cornwall.

It is part of bigger proposals to save 200 million in the Duchy by 2019.

That could mean hundreds of job losses at Cornwall Council.

Officials insist they will try to avoid compulsory redundancies and some will end up working for new organisations.

They will be brought in to run things like parking patrols and services for schools.

Malcolm Bell, who runs Visit Cornwall, has said that the cuts will hit businesses across the Duchy.

Madeleine runs tea rooms in St Ives and is not happy: "We're given to understand the local authority is there to support us council tax and business rate payers, but actually slowly but surely, services are constantly being hived out to private companies and to me, I'm beginning to wander what Cornwall Council's function actually is.

"If a private company's prepared to employ people, pay them a decent wage and employ them properly it's got to be good for jobs. Having said that, I'm not convinced. I actually think it's going to be reliant on a handful of people getting a reasonably good salary and then the rest of it's going to be run on the good will of volunteers."

4:29pm 3rd September 2014

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