Borough of Restormel

 • 197373,080[1]
 • 200195,547[2]
 • Origin
 • Created1 April 1974
 • Abolished1 April 2009
 • Succeeded byCornwall Council unitary authority
ONS code15UA
GovernmentBorough council
 • HQSt Austell
 • MottoRo an mor hag an tyr
Restormel Borough Council crest.png

 • TypeCivil parishes

Restormel (Cornish: Rostorrmel)[3] was a borough of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, one of the six administrative divisions that made up the county. Its council was based in St Austell Coordinates: 50°20′17″N 4°47′31″W / 50.338°N 4.792°W / 50.338; -4.792; its other towns included Newquay.

The borough was named after Restormel Castle. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the borough of St. Austell with Fowey, Newquay urban district and St Austell Rural District. The name Restormel comes from Cornish, meaning the king's tower hill.[4]

The motto of the borough, in Cornish, is Ro an mor hag an tyr, meaning "From the sea and from the land". It recognises the borough's connection with the sea (fishing and tourism) and the land (china clay and agriculture). St Austell, the largest settlement in Cornwall, does not have a Parish/Town Council.

The district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England on 1 April 2009.


Restormel is twinned by oath, which can be viewed in the council offices in St Austell, with Kreis Dithmarschen. This used to be part of the borough council; however, in recent years it has become a separate organisation.

Council investments

In March 2009, Restormel Borough Council was accused by spending watchdog the Audit Commission of "negligence" for putting money into Icelandic banks days before they went bust in October 2008.[5]


  1. ^ Local government in England and Wales: A Guide to the New System. London: HMSO. 1974. p. 38. ISBN 0-11-750847-0.
  2. ^ "Census 2001: Restormel". Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  3. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  4. ^ Drew, Samuel (1824). The History of Cornwall: From the earliest Records and Traditions, to the Present Time. W. Penaluna. p. 396.
  5. ^ BBC News - March 2009 - Council 'ignored Iceland risks'