I've asked the council to clarify this bit:
"The election for police commissioners next year gives us the opportunity to run referenda at the same time. We want to show Government what is important to Cornwall:Does this mean that these three policy initiatives are now in some doubt? That their progress is subject to a positive outcome in referenda? How much officer time (and taxpayers'money) is to be spent on these issues before the referenda? Or might it be that referenda on these issues in November 2012 might be simply convenient, politically, for council elections in 2013?
a. Should we remove the council tax discount on second homes?
b. Should we implement a grant for higher education?
c. Should we have control over the main roads into Cornwall so that we can dual and upgrade the A30 and A38?"
And are these the only policies on which the people of Cornwall are to be given a vote? What about the health service reforms? Should Cornwall have its own currency, or even apply to join the Eurozone? Suggestions, please, for other referenda questions...