St Austell Town Council

St Austell Town Council was formed following the decision to move from a District and County Council to a Unitary Council.

St Austell Town Council elects 20 Councillors every 4 years in five wards. The five Wards are Bay, Bethel, Gover, Mount Charles and Poltair.

St Austell, currently the largest town in Cornwall, has had a long and varied past.

The town, which is situated in St Austell Bay, is most famous for its China Clay heritage. China Clay, which was discovered in the area by William Cookworthy in the 18th Century, overtook traditional tin and copper mining, which were on the decline thanks to a fall in prices, as the main industry in the area. Many tin and copper mines were closed or were converted into Clay mines during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The huge success and high profitability of China Clay led to a boom in St Austell’s population and wealth.

The town is still the main centre for the Clay Industry in the county, managed by Imerys, with sales of £195 million posted in 2006. The Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park, two miles north of the town, tells the story of the men, women and children who lived, worked and played in and around the local china clay works in the era of the development and expansion of clay as the premier industry in the St Austell area. A small but interesting and popular museum opened in the Market House in 2011.

David Pooley – Clerk
Telephone: 01726 223327

Sara Gwilliams – Deputy Clerk
Telephone: 01726 223374

Kim Gay – Mayor’s Secretary/Administration Assistant
Telephone: 01726 223621

General Enquiries:
Telephone: 01726 223374

Address: Room 231, St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road,
St Austell, Cornwall PL25 5DR