Newquay & its Rural Hinterland:
World class surfing is the first image that springs to mind
when Newquay is mentioned but there is much more to this area
than beautiful beaches and holidays. The full spectrum of life
across Cornwall is represented in this area from the 'metropolis'
of Newquay with its high dependence on the tourist trade, to
the sparsely populated area of St Wenn, and to the RAF base
at St Mawgan. The area covers 123.95 sq km, made up of six parishes,
and has a population of approximately 26,745, which represents
5.5% of Cornwall's population. The main employment activities
are tourism and land-based industries.
China Clay Area:
The geographical centre of Restormel, it is an area where
clay extraction has had major impact on land use, employment
and the environment. The area consists of eight parishes,
covering an area of 178.905 sq. km, with a population of 26,045
- just over 6% of the total population of Cornwall. Mining
is still the most significant type of employment in the area,
despite the rapid decline in the industry in recent years.
St Austell Bay:
This area covers the southernmost third of the borough, and
again consists of a wide range of parishes (ten in all) and
the unparished area of St Austell town. It stretches from
the port of Mevagissey, up to Lostwithiel - 151.765 sq km
in all, and has a population of 34,165, which equates to just
over 7% of the population of Cornwall. The main areas of employment
reflect that of the other two IAPs, mining extraction and
the associated industries, tourism, and public administration
(St Austell being the administrative centre for Restormel).