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Good evening, welcome to Spotlight. and on BBC One we now join the BBC's


Tonight, how term-time holiday fines will affect one


We would urge, yet again, to look at other countries and see


how they get a buoyant tourism sector, more affordable holidays


for hard-pressed families and having no negative impact on education.


We're in Fowey, speaking to holiday makers to see how they feel


Also tonight, the future of Drakes Island in Plymouth Sound.


After years of planning wrangles, permission has finally been given


Paying the price of dishonesty - why there's anger over new pay


And Really angry - we're on a park of natural beauty and we've


And the Caymen connection with Cornwall, could your family be


linked to the first settler on the Carribean Islands?


A law that needs changing - the message from the south-west


tourism industry tonight, following a ruling on fines


The Supreme Court's ruled against a father who took his


daughter out of school on an unauthorised holiday.


But in a region dependent on tourism all year round,


there's a call for the Government to take a different


approach to the issue, as Tamsin Melville reports.


Holiday season getting into full swing.


Families taking their breaks here have been reacting to today's


ruling on fines for taking children out of school without permission.


I think that's the wrong way to go, identity and encourages or inhibits


Before he started school we came down twice to


Cornwall in a year, and once he started school we could only


And it's the impact on tourism, particularly in the


so-called shoulder months, that's been an issue


Visit Cornwall claims the policy's cost the Cornish tourism economy


There is a call to replace fines with staggered school holidays.


This would be the triple win and I think that's where


the Government we would urge, yet again, to look


at other countries and see how they get a buoyant tourism


sector, more affordable holidays for hard-pressed families,


and having no negative impact on education.


I think that could be part of the answer, and schools


already have the freedom to set their own terms.


I don't think it will ever be the full answer.


I just think, fundamentally, it's not the job of the Government


to dictate to parents in this way and therefore we need to change


Staying in these cottages this week compared to last could cost you


up to double, and some say it's these price hikes that are the


And then click to this week and the next three weeks and


But those at the sharp end say it is simply a case of supply


We could definitely not survive as a business on the ten


weeks of the school holiday trade - no way.


I would be happy as a lark to charge the same price every week.


Happy, and if everyone was available to come every week, brilliant.


Obviously you would have winter and summer, but I don't


want to put the prices up - I just know that I have


to get my income for the year when I know people can come.


The Government says the ruling removes uncertainty


But while Cornwall Council says it won't affect its policy of head


teachers taking overall attendance into account, other


south-west councils say they are waiting


for further guidance from the Department for Education.


It's been at the centre of a planning battle for more


than 14 years years, but tonight the development


of Drake's Island in Plymouth Sound has moved a step forward.


Over the years plans have been submitted for a hotel on the island,


but they've been rejected because of concerns over


But today Plymouth City Council finally unanimously agreed


to the development of a ?10 million luxury hotel and spa


Scott Bingham has been talking to those behind the plans.


two people and it is a landmark, dominating the entrance to Plymouth


Sound. Today is a historic decision for the city. After 14 years the


City Council finally approved plans to transform Drakes Island into a


?10 million luxury hotel and resort. Fantastic news that the committee


have agreed the application. It has been months of hard work


behind-the-scenes in negotiation with the applicant, so we are all


delighted we can give a thumbs up to this planning application. A colony


of roosting birds which have held up the Project for the last few years


will be given a new home at nearby Mount Edgecumbe. Visitors will


arrive to find luxury rooms and suites with a bar and restaurant


area, spa, gym and swimming pool. Drakes Island is iconic, it is in an


important part of Plymouth Sound and it is long overdue. The regeneration


of the island is going to be a jewel implements's crown. Local


seem genuinely excited. On a day seem genuinely excited. On a day


like this? As long as they restored properly, pay testament to the


south-west. It stood vacant for far too long. A good thing the Plymouth.


And visitors. It's about time they started using waterfront


capabilities. I've never been there. And not many people have. But these


plans will allow public access to the island for the first time in


more than 30 years. And of course the only way to get there is by


boat. People are already starting to pay


the price for dishonesty on Dartmoor as honesty boxes are being replaced


by parking metres. The national park says


following a trial in Princetown, it now wants to install pay


and display after discovering the average donation


was just 15 pence per car. Honesty boxes have been a feature


here on Dartmoor for years. But soon, instead of


being asked to make a donation, you might have to pay


and display instead. How does it make you


feel, looking at this? Really angry. Really angry. We are


on a part of natural beauty and we've got this. The honesty boxes


could all be replaced. I don't like the idea of having a parking machine


will stop is probably going to have to have parking meter attendants


checking regularly to make sure people have paid. I like the charm


of the honesty box. It's a lot less of the honesty box. It's a lot less


impersonal than the pay and display machine. The honesty box, I don't


So they have to do something. If we So they have to do something. If we


want to preserve this magnificent asset we have. The Olsen the honesty


box here wet generated ?5,000 a year, but this went up to ?23,000


year when the parking meters went in. From our research, the average


voluntary donation is about 15p per car. It isn't sustainable in this


day and age of keeping car parks and visitors centres and so forth


maintained for the public. The proposed charges would be ?1 for up


to three hours or ?2 for the whole day. The national park is hoping


that is not too steep. Now a brief round-up of other


stories making the news A soldier serving in Plymouth


with 29 Commando Regiment has been sentenced to life in prison


for murdering his girlfriend. Jay Nava stabbed Natasha Wake


to death last October while their children slept upstairs


in their home in Bournemouth. North Devon jockey Lizzy Kelly


is celebrating a huge win at Aintree The 23-year-old beat


the favourite Cue Card, trained by Dorset trainer


Colin Tizzard in the Betway Bowl. It comes after her disappointing


fall at the second fence in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last


month. A male otter has been


caught on candid camera stealing fish from a pond


at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Staff set up secret night time


cameras after fish started to go missing from the Italian Garden pond


back in November. They say to finally see


him was a rare treat. After a gap of 30 years,


drilling for tin has got under At this stage it's just test


drilling, so the mining company can see if it would make sense to reopen


the long-defunct Redmoor mine It'd not the only attempt to restart


tin mining in the region, a Canadian firm is trying to reopen


South Crofty near Camborne. And mining for tungsten


is already under way Our business correspondent


Neil Gallacher has been to see the work now taking place


at Kelly Bray. It's the first time for a generation


that drilling for tin has The price of tin is at


near record levels. In Victorian times there


was a mine here, now an Anglo-Australian firm is spending


?1 million over six months to see This isn't commercial mining -


if they want to do that they'll need planning consent and tens


of millions of pounds more. But if the views of


the nearest homeowner are anything to go by, they might not


face a great deal of opposition. There's minimal traffic -


with modern mining techniques - minimal dust,


minimal noise disturbance. I think it will be


great for the area. It's going to bring all kinds


of people into the area and they do have a policy of employing locals,


which they've done on the If it brings work to


the county, I'm all for it. It'll bring work


for others, won't it? That's a bit of copper ore


coming through there. Test trilling doesn't usually


lead to an actual mine. But then tin prices have usually


been nowhere near this high. What happens next depends


on these samples. And a lot of samples


need a lot of storage. We estimate around 7000


metres' worth of drilling. So, yeah, I'm assuming we'll have


1200 worth of boxes that You're going to have


to assemble 1000 boxes? I'm sure I can do it, but I've got


some help from the team so I've spoken to a dozen


or so other people here today Some said they weren't worried


about it, others said they could see One or two made the


point that they had seen this idea come and go before


and they doubted that it would come Neil Gallacher, BBC


Spotlight, Kelly Bray. They're very hard to spot


and in danger of dying out altogether because of changes


in land management and But the Devon Willow Tit Project


is trying to do something to help We sent our environment


Correspondent Adrian Campbell These are willow tits


and they're very rare. So rare, in fact, they're


on what is called the red list of species which indicates


they are globally threatened. There's been a decline


in their numbers across the country, and in Devon a steep


decline since the 1980s. Devon Biodiversity


Records Centre has mapped areas where


they've been cited. Back in the 1980s there was evidence


of these tiny bird started But it was a very different


story last year, when a This is one way to try and track


the elusive willow tit. Emily Stallworthy,


from the Devon wildlife trust, has been working


with Devon Birds to try using a speaker which


mimics their call. We left our camera running for half


an hour on the feeder. There was plenty of


activity, including this nuthatch, but no willow


tits were cited at all. Toni and Kevin Littleford live


near the Meath Nature Reserve. They think they've seen


willowtits in their garden. They think human


activity and changes to the landscape are harming


the birds's natural habitat. It's an awful shame if we lose these


beautiful creatures, really. We've had studies


coming out in the last few years that show that 50%


of our wildlife is disappearing. And willow tits is once PCs


protected by European legislation - it's protected


by the Birds Directive. So without that sort


of legislation in place we need to think about how we are protecting


our birds and our other wildlife On this nature reserve,


managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, the willow tit


manages to hang on, and that is because the habitat


here really is ideal - there's plenty of grassland and wet


woodland to help the birds. But things across the rest of the


south-west are not so favourable. Adrian Campbell, BBC


Spotlight, Meath. Later in the programme -


stand-by for blast off. One of the slowest vehicles


on the road has been given And could you be the person


they're looking for - the search for a Cornishman


with links to the Carribbean. Two sisters who've campaigned


to raise awareness of the need for mental health support


for teenagers in Cornwall are to be Their brother Ben Cowburn


took his own life when he was just At the time there were no


specialist units in Following Ben's death,


his sisters Amber and Sophia were determined to change that


as Jane Chandler now reports. They've achieved a lot in seven


years, including running a charity The Cowburn sisters -


this is Ben's twin, Sophia - have came pained relentlessly ever


since he died to get specialist support for young adults with mental


health problems in Cornwall. We'd never been spoken


to about mental health. Certainly didn't have


an understanding of some of the terminology that was being thrown


at us regarding Ben. And actually we felt


that the education around mental health really needed to be


changed and challenged. The Invictus Trust was set


up by their parents and now the family's first big


objective has been achieved. Last week the Government


agreed to fund a specialist mental health


unit for children specialist mental health unit


for children and adolescents up The charity's also


raised over ?100,000 for So many people now want


to talk about mental health, want to run


their own events. And that's great, we've got so many


young people involved now. And to be recognised


nationally is incredible. And Ben was the most


incredible character. I think there's such


a stereotype of people who get depressed and that's one of


the reasons we go into the schools, me and my sisters, to talk


and to really try and get across to them, our brother


was a party animal, the life and soul of the


party, he was a fashion student, he was very popular,


he was just the greatest person. The sisters' work in


the community will receive national recognition


when they are given the prestigious Rotary Young Citizens Award this


weekend. He would be so excited


for us, and just proud of what we've managed to achieve -


because he was someone that stood up for what was right and


that's what we've done. It is the tenth anniversary and the


BBC News Channel will cover those awards live on Saturday.


Now one man from Plymouth is no stranger to slightly


We have featured his exploits on the programme before but he is taking


things to a new level. You haven't seen anything yet. Is it a bird? Is


it a plane? No. Some of you will remember back in


2013 the man broke the record for the fastest shopping trolley. Now he


is attempting another. It can reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph.


Its driver, by day he runs a karting Centre, in his spare time he is


adrenaline junkie. His vehicle of choice was not originally bitten to


the speed but with an ex-RAF jet powered engine in it, this is no


normal hearse. Matt says it is errors in and steady but can the


aptly named Dead Quick become the fastest hearse in the world? It's a


prototype and so far we've put 300 hours into it. We are probably


halfway through. We have to do lots of suspension and brakes changes.


Errored and Amex have not been done yet. There is a lot to do still. And


now it is all systems go. Surely though you have to be slightly mad


to want to do it. This is my art form. This is what I enjoy doing,


mixing them to create something mixing them to create something


ridiculous. I think if it is what you are destined to do, you have to


do it, mad or not. I'm sorry, but I will carry on. I don't know what is


coming next, whatever comes into my head. We will have to wait until the


summer to see if it makes the world record.


Now what do you think the Caribbean and Cornwall have in common?


Well, a representative from the Caribbean is in Cornwall


looking for descendants of the first inhabitant of their island.


It was a Cornishman who set foot on the Cayman Islands 363 years ago


and now the Islands representative in the UK is seeking direct


descendants of the man who was called Bodden or Bawden.


The islanders are hoping to promote business and cultural


Spotlights Cornwall reporter David George wishes we'd sent him


sent him to the Carribean, but instead we sent


The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory, south of Cuba


There are around 60,000 inhabitants and the


first one in 1654 was apparently a Cornishman named Issac Bodden,


whose grandfather had gone to the Caribbean as part


What we're here to do essentially is to start the dialogue


and start the research to see if we can actually


find the individual who


left Cornwall, who went to the Caribbean,


and finally settled in


We took the Cayman Islands' top man in the UK to


People are here on Easter break and stop they


are enjoying the natural beauty of the Sun, the sand and the sea.


Very much like Cayman, Cornwall has a lot


of natural beauty, similar to Cayman.


Time for some proper protocol - a gift of food for the


visiting dignitary it looks very much like a big version of what we


It looks very much like a big version of what we


call in Cayman a patty, with your pastry and some sort of meat or


This is either a breakfast or a lunch favourite for us back home.


Some of these go back to the 1530s where they were first ordered to be


This is Cornwall's County records archive.


Somewhere in here could be the details of Cayman's


Some of the parish registers for some of the Cornish


parishes do not survive much before 1700.


But if it has survived we will find it, I promise that.


The hope is to set up a joint research project.


Apparently some Cayman dialect words have links to Cornish ones like


We do have a saying in Cayman called "coming a reckly",


The one-man Cayman delegation will visit the Cornish


Pirates rugby team and a brewery, "dreckly".


David George, BBC Spotlight, Perranporth.


Well, Roy Bodden is the President of the University of


And I asked him how obvious the connections with Cornwall


are on the Cayman Islands themselves.


That's a good question because I don't think there has been


any kind of examination of the connection with Cornwall.


I know that many Caymanians trace their ancestor


back to different places in the UK, but I don't think any of them,


certainly that I can recall, previously delved to any great


extent into their ancestral connections.


What you hope will come out of this search


Cornwall to find members of the family that were the founding


family, if you like, of the Cayman Islands?


I sense, when I go to the archives, I see Caymanians


trying to trace their genealogical roots.


They want to find out who we really are.


As I understand it, the first Bodden was an old man called


Isaac Bodden who settled in a place in East End named


So, now, how do you get people of my colour being born?


Well, the simple explanation for that is that


when these people came they came with their slaves,


and the nature of slavery in the Cayman Islands -


the nature of slavery probably in the Caribbean -


was in many instances the slaves took the names of their masters.


So that's how come you have Boddens who were white, Boddens


who were black and all shades of the spectrum.


I'm hoping one day I can come and visit you and explore the link


between Cornwall and the Cayman Islands even more.


In the meantime, it's been a real pleasure to talk to you.


It is so interesting. And if you are hardly dating with us in the


south-west at the moment, who leads the Caribbean? It has been glorious


today. Same temperatures. There is quite a big difference.


27 degrees in the Cayman Islands to today. For us, not quite so much. We


have struggled with temperatures, 11 or 12, our best today was 15. It is


fine and dry we have had glorious sunshine. This is Dorset. Further


along the other side of the Somerset coast, glorious sunshine. Not


everyone has been warm, though. It will be quite cold overnight and


night. Fine and dry tomorrow with some sunshine and


winds. Unfortunately the sun has winds. Unfortunately the sun has


tree pollen is affecting some of our tree pollen is affecting some of our


hay fever sufferers. It will be high right across southern Britain to


borrow. The cloud will stay away and with the high pressure in charge we


should get plenty of sunshine. The sun is quite strong but the UV index


is very top. High pressure directly over the UK. It will move to the


east. Allowing warm as come from the south. Eventually this cold frontal


approach from the West and that will get to us at some point on Monday.


That was the satellite picture from earlier today and we have just had a


there. Not just along the coastline there. Not just along the coastline


is the sunshine, also inland. Plenty of water coming down our rivers


despite the dry weather. And also of course in the sunshine it has been


south-west of England. The winds south-west of England. The winds


will change direction as we head towards the weekend. We will see


higher temperatures. But with clear skies and light winds overnight, the


nights are long enough to allow the temperatures to dip down to six goal


of frost. Tomorrow another lovely of frost. Tomorrow another lovely


day. Plenty of sunshine, the UV index at four or five. Temperatures


possibly as high as 15 or 16 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly,


decent sun. Here are the times of decent sun. Here are the times of


high water. And the waves. Have a good evening.


We are enjoying the lovely weather, but we thought we would leave you


tonight with a tantalising glimpse of the Caribbean. Good night.


Stacey and Chris are preparing for marriage by spending


a few days living alone with their in-laws to be,


and asking them all kinds of questions.


Did you get a kiss on the first date? No.


What does their in-laws' marriage tell them about each other's


I expect you'll want to become a schoolmaster, sir.


That's what most of the gentlemen does that get sent down


for indecent behaviour. Evelyn Waugh's classic novel.


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