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Call to return council newspaper

1 July 08 15:41 GMT

A Cornwall councillor is urging people to send back their copy of a council newspaper in protest over its cost.

Mark Kaczmarek says the first county council newspaper, which the council estimates will cost £400,000 a year to produce, is a waste of money.

The council said the 24-page monthly paper will save money by reducing advertising in newspapers.

But the first edition of Your Cornwall contained no adverts because the council missed a Royal Mail deadline.

Council leader David Whalley said future editions of the newspaper, which will go to 250,000 households, will contain statutory notices, job advertising and general council service advertising.

He said: "This means that the newspaper will not cost council tax payers any extra money as it will be funded by the money the council normally spends on advertising these areas in other publications."

But Mr Kaczmarek says the council will still have to advertise in weekly and daily newspapers because of deadlines for job applications.

He said: "I would encourage as many people as possible to send their copy back to new county hall in protest."

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