Sex shop woman says ‘There’s a demand’

A FALMOUTH woman trying to open a sex shop in the town says there is a definite need for the service she wants to provide.

Former barmaid and mother-of-three Tracie Truscott, who lives in Tresawle Road, did briefly open her shop, or love boutique as she prefers to call it, in April but quickly closed down again when Carrick Council told her she needed a special licence.

But Falmouth-born Mrs Truscott, 26, said in the week she was open business was booming, with men, women, visiters from Newquay and even OAPs buying her love aids and ladies lingerie. She added that an accountant came in to offer his services as well.

“There’s something for everyone and I don’t see why people should be embarrassed ¬¬¬¬¬– we all do it,” she said.

Mrs Truscott, who is currently going through a divorce, said she first bought her stock from warehouses in London after borrowing £3,000, and opened up a stall in the market before moving her “Just For Fun” boutique to the Drill Hall.

Then, like a bolt from the blue, she received a visit from Carrick central services officer Joe Duff, who advised her to close.

Mrs Truscott has now applied for a council waiver, which if granted on July 26 will allow her to re-open her boutique.

But if refused, she will then have to apply for the £500 licence, which also means having to post her intentions on or around the Drill Hall for 21 days so objectors can register complaints with the chief of police.

Docks men seek town’s backing

By Stephen Ivall

WORKERS at Falmouth Docks are seeking public support to save what they see as a vital part of the town’s heritage and economy.

A public meeting has been called by the workforce in the hope of salvaging “a Docks workforce for the future”.

It could be a last-ditch attempt to save the Docks as it is known today, according to dock workers.

The move comes as 119 men are due to leave the yard in the latest round of redundancies while management have turned away business because of threatened industrial action.

All 119-the remainder of the 130 going are retiring – also plan to take their cases to industrial tribunal. Some are union officials who feel they have been deliberately targeted.

The atmosphere within the yard is at an all-time low and workmate has been set against workmate in the juggling to cut back jobs. The feeling between full time and casual workers is also poor.

Management boss Steve Jervis has been accused of failing to meet the workforce and discussing their views at a time when a new managing director is about to be appointed.

July 8 is the date set for the redundancies although behind-the-scenes activities are underway with the owners of the docks, Schroders Merchant Bank, to try and avert what has been labelled “a catastrophe for the Docks”.

By-pass blues for a lost rural haven

By Wayne Bishop

ANGRY Mabe residents say their peaceful village has turned into a racetrack ever since the new Penryn by-pass was opened.

Angela Parker, who lives on the main road in Antron Hill, said it has become a cross between the M25 and Spaghetti Junction as drivers cut through the village, both from Helston and Falmouth.

“The Mabe by-pass and the Falmouth/Penryn relief road are there so for goodness sake why isn’t everyone using them fully, instead of thinking that driving through the village is still a short cut,” she said.

Mrs Parker added that the main road may be slightly longer but it is quicker and more user-friendly.

“The village is already busy with local traffic and pedestrians, including young children and elderly residents. I have seen two serious accidents already involving cars. How long will it be until there is a fatality?”

Mother-of-three Amanda Watkins lives on the hill and has no pavement outside her house. She agrees with Mrs Parker and says the traffic has become terrible since the by-pass was opened.

“It’s supposed to be a 30mph speed limit but drivers come down here at a rate of knots. A car came up here the other day and clipped the front door to my car. There was no traffic coming the other way and he didn’t even bother to stop,” she said.

She added that early in the morning, when traffic is at its busiest as commuters rush to work, she sometimes cannot even get out of her front gate to take her children to school. Mrs Watkins said if traffic cannot be stopped from going through the village, sleeping policemen should be laid down to at least reduce their speed.