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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).

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