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Lady Godiva-style protest over Bodmin town planning

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 02, 2012

Protesters who are demanding a say in the regeneration of their town marched through Bodmin led by a scantilly clad 'Lady Godiva' on horseback

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At first glance it certainly looked like an authentic representation of Lady Godiva's legendary protest over taxes imposed by her husband on his tenants.

Shoppers stopped and stared as the young woman rode through the streets of Bodmin on horseback on Saturday.

However, her modesty was spared thanks to a pink leotard complete with appropriately-placed leaves and a long blonde wig.

Her identity was being kept secret by members of the Bodmin Pride of Place (BPoP) action group who organised the stunt.

The group is appealing to Cornwall Council to suspend further progress on the town's masterplan drawn-up to kick-start regeneration.

According to protestors more time is needed to give local residents the opportunity to add their own recommendations. Orlando Kimber, chairman of the group, said he believed up to half of the population of Bodmin were unaware of the master plan and a proper consultation process had not taken place.

He said: "We're here to provide a platform for the voices of the people of Bodmin.

"We all understand the need for change and welcome development of the town as long as it's thought through, meets the genuine needs of Bodmin and the values of those who live in Cornwall."

However Mark Kaczmarek, Cornwall Council cabinet member for planning and housing, insisted residents had been properly consulted over the plans. He said: "We have held many meetings and there has been an exhibition about the masterplan, in fact it's something that has been discussed for the past eight years now."

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