6th June 2018
By Graham Smith
One of the most influential figures in Cornish politics in recent decades has died after a short illness.
Pedyr Prior, a former St Ives town councillor, had been instrumental in developing the local neighbourhood plan – which seeks to promote the housing interests of local people, by restricting occupation of new build properties.
The plan has since become a template for many other local communities, where housing markets are distorted by second-home and holiday-homes, across the country. Mr Prior’s gentle but determined advocacy for the scheme was vital in navigating its path through the labyrinth of local government bureaucracy.
A former Cornish National Party activist, and later chairman of Mebyon Kernow in the 1980s, he later joined the Labour Party and was chairman of the Cornwall Labour Party for four years, until last month. He had also been an active member of the Cornwall Humanists. Despite the severity of his illness, he recently stood unsuccessfully as a Labour candidate in a recent town council by-election.
A Labour Party statement said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the loss last night of Pedyr Prior.
“Pedyr was a passionate powerful brilliant soul who was standing for election when he became unwell, standing up for St Ives to the last moment.
“Losing him to a short but difficult illness is a shock to us all. All our love and support goes to Mary and all of his family and friends.
“Pedyr has committed his life to others, to young people, to Cornwall and everyone in it. We will miss him very much.”