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NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's March Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/02/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's February Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Local school children plant trees to improve Truro Rd, St Austell

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 15:59

Communities in St Austell will have a greener Truro Road as local pupils from Pondhu Primary School, along with officers from Cornwall Council, have been planting trees today at the former Karensa site which stored equipment for social care services.

Cornwall Council decided that to protect the public the derelict building on Truro Road, which was also previously a Residential Care Home, should be demolished due to an increase in anti-social behaviour and criminal activity last winter.

To help restore the landscape, following the demolition which started in the summer, the Council arranged for seven new trees to be planted.

The Council along with local Cornwall Councillor Sandra Heyward worked with the onsite Contractor, Gilpin Demolition, and agreed that to raise awareness of the importance of trees local children should be invited to take part in the tree planting.

Gover Councillor Sandra Heyward came along with Sam Gilpin (MD of Gilpin Demolition) and David Green from Cornish based company Greens Grounds and Trees to help. The newly planted trees consist of four Crimson Kings, two Sycamores, and one Monteray Pine, which are in addition to the two existing Ash trees.

Cornwall Councillor Sandra Heyward said: “The tree planting with pupils from Pondhu Primary School has been a great opportunity to involve the local community – as well as improving the site and making Truro Road a greener place.”

Project manager at Gilpin, Barney Barnett added: “This is the part of the job I really enjoy. Going into the school was such a privilege, to be able to engage and educate whilst at the same time bringing it all to life in an interactive way truly is rewarding.”

The pupils from Year Five selected to take part in the tree planting were winners of an art completion led by Gilpin Demolition. Greens Grounds and Trees donated some Oak Saplings for the pupils to take back and plant at their school.

The additional trees planted will provide Cornwall Council with an attractive site that is also safer and will replace three trees that had to be removed as part of the demolition works. 

Posted 14 December 2017

Categories: Councils, Politics

Thanks to your votes, Jubilee Pool wins national award

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 10:51

The people of Cornwall were asked to vote, and thanks to you Jubilee Pool has won national recognition as the proud winner of the national Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2017 People’s Choice Awards.

The award recognises engineering excellence from across the UK, with 12 regional winners competing against each other for the national title.

Penzance’s Jubilee Pool, the largest surviving tidal saltwater lido in the UK, held off strong competition from a project in Shropshire to win the award. The pool was up against projects like the redevelopment of London Bridge and the East Midlands Airport Runway refurbishment.

Martin Nixon, from the Friends of Jubilee Pool, said: “This is incredible news. I would like to thank Cornwall Council and Cormac for their hard work in bringing the pool back from the brink of extinction and renovating it to a standard many of us could only dream about.

“My utmost thanks also go to the Coastal Communities Fund, the Regional Growth Fund and Penzance Town Council for recognising the importance of the pool and providing grant funding  to make sure it was brought back to life. I also would like to highlight the pivotal role played by my friends and colleagues in the community and the friends group, who never gave up hope and made sure the pool was never going to be forgotten.

“Most importantly, I would like to thank each and every person who voted for us. We were up against much bigger projects from more populated areas but this showed how passionate and proud we are in Cornwall, as well as how popular the pool is.”

Cornwall Council Leader and Chair of the Jubilee Pool steering group, Adam Paynter, said: “This is a fitting tribute to all the hard work that has gone into keeping this pool going throughout the years. In 2014, the pool was nearly destroyed. In 2017, it’s won a national award and is a real jewel in the crown for Cornwall. This award is testimony to all those involved from concept, design, delivery, to ongoing management, as well as to the people of Penzance and Cornwall and beyond, who supported it so well. Thank you.”

Nick James, Head of Cormac Contracting said: “Jubilee Pool has won this award though the support of the general public who have been asked by the Institution of Civil Engineers vote for their favourite civil engineering project in the UK. It reflects what the people who benefit from an improved built environment really think and it’s a great opportunity to say a big thank you to those who delivered the project. 

“As a Cornishman, it fills me with great pride that local engineering work, designed and delivered by a local company, on a local architectural gem, has been recognised across the country and won an award. The guys involved are absolutely thrilled and rightly so. They did a tremendous job.”

The £2.9m project to repair and renovate the 1930’s Art Deco sea water pool after it was damaged by the winter storms in 2014 came as a result of a fantastic community campaign led by the Friends of Jubilee Pool who organised a petition which was eventually signed by almost 4,000 people calling for funding for the works. This led to a successful bid for just under £2m from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The scheme was led by Cornwall Council in partnership with architects Poynton Bradbury Winter Cole and CORMAC Solutions Ltd, who designed and carried out the works, with support from Nomenca and Mott MacDonald. 

The project was a major engineering feat, involving embedding 155 rock anchors into the granite below the pool, with extensive grouting carried out to the terraces and outer sea walls. 1363sqm of bespoke coloured recycled glass resin-bound paving was laid on the base and sides of the pool, with additional works to stabilise and repair the changing cubicles, sea water valves, ending with an extensive re-decoration scheme.

The renovated pool, described by the New York Times as "the best thing to see" in Penzance in their 52 Places to Go in 2017 list, which also placed Penzance at No 14, was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in July 2016 to widespread media acclaim. It has now been transferred from the control of the Council to the Friends of Jubilee Pool who are responsible for its ongoing success.

Story posted 13 December 2017

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Plans for a Shadow Accountable Care System

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 10:41

The NHS and local government in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are agreed that the way services are currently commissioned and provided won’t address the changing the needs of their local communities. Doing more of the same is financially unsustainable and will not guarantee that quality and safety of care will improve.

All agree that the approach needs to change. Our combined view is that we need to work together as an Accountable Care System (ACS) to enable more integrated care that serves the needs of the whole population.

An ACS does not change each organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities. Instead it describes a way of working together that allows for a one strategy, one budget and one plan approach which puts the person not the organisation first.

As well as being in agreement about the approach, all are signed up to making progress and testing out the practicalities by working in shadow form during 2018/2019.

The shadow ACS will operate within the existing statutory framework which means that the Councils, NHS England, the CCG and NHS provider trusts will remain the statutory accountable bodies in the system.

Work will be supported by an accord which describes the principles of collaboration agreed by all partners involved in the ACS.

Why now?

Like many other areas across the country, local health and care services are facing a number of challenges - people are living longer, an increasing number of people have multiple, long-term conditions, and when people do need care, they receive it a variety of different ways – in hospitals, from their GPs and primary care staff, in clinics, nursing homes and from home care agencies.

Recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports into local health and social care have made it clear that services are not sufficiently or consistently meeting people’s needs. It found that:

  • The quality and safety of care services is not consistently good enough
  • Patients described their experiences of receiving care as not always good - although they generally had a more positive experience of services provided by their GP surgery
  • People often had poor experiences of moving out of hospital and to a care home or back home with social care support – they described coming up against a lack of choice, poor information sharing between organisations and a lack of home care packages.
  • Patients who were discharged from hospital and needing ongoing support, found the arrangements to try to help them confusing, despite the efforts of frontline staff and care teams.
What is being planned and what is the timescale?

We recognise some people are concerned by this proposal but this is not about privatising the NHS. An accountable care system simply means that the overall health and care system works better together in the interests of patients and the wider community.

There is no single model for accountable care systems in England, with different local areas developing their own approaches. We want to work with individuals and organisations to develop a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly model which both co-ordinates care across the whole health and social care system and improves the health and wellbeing of the wider population.

It is proposed that the local shadow ACS will be made up of:

  • A small, Integrated Strategic Commissioning Function for health, care and wellbeing services
  • One or more Accountable Care Partnerships (ACP), where groups of providers work together as a single network, taking collective responsibility for the effectiveness of service provision, with the ability to design new ways of working and move the money round the system to deliver more joined up, better coordinated and more efficient care.

A guiding principle of the work to develop an Accountable Care System is to be open and transparent and to allow for debate and discussion about proposals as plans progress.

An important part of this work will be a series of three inquiry days in December and January to learn from other areas that are setting up Accountable Care systems and draw up recommendations on the way forward. These sessions will be open to the public and will be led by a panel of six Cornwall Councillors, chaired by Andy Virr.

The purpose of the inquiry days is to hear from representatives of local health and care organisations and from those areas developing an ACS, NHS England and patient groups such as Healthwatch.

At the end of the inquiry days, the councillor panel will draw up recommendations specifically about the development of the integrated strategic commissioning function of the ACS. These will then be considered at an extraordinary meeting of the Health and Adult Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the end of January, with a report being presented to the Council’s Cabinet in February, followed by full Council. The recommendations will also be discussed by the Kernow CCG Governing Body.

More information on the ACS can be found on the Shaping Our Future website.

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman of Shaping Our Future’s Clinical Practitioner Cabinet, said: “Our plans to transform health and care detail the need for greater integration between health and care services. The results of our ongoing engagement with the public, clinicians, health campaigners, and people working across health and care, show support for a more joined-up delivery.

“There has always been a boundary between people who buy health and care services and those who provide them. Creating an Accountable Care System gives us an opportunity to bring commissioners and providers together and work together with the common aim of putting people before organisational priorities, which can only be for the benefit of everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“NHS Kernow will consider the plans through its Governing Body, alongside discussion with our member practices.”

Chief Executive Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Shaping Our Future Executive Lead, Kathy Byrne said: “We are increasingly working together across organisations to provide services. Collaboration between Royal Cornwall Hospitals, Cornwall Foundation Trust and local GPs will improve our urgent care system this winter. We know that we have a way to go before we can offer the outstanding care we all aspire to. Health and care leaders are united in the view that we need to go further and faster to bring our health and care system closer together with the person at the centre. By April 2018, we aim to be working like an Accountable Care Partnership that brings services together in a way that can make a real difference to people’s care and more reliably meets the changing needs of our community over the years to come.

“Alongside proposals for greater devolution of health and care powers to Cornwall, we are determined to take more control of our local resources, simplify decision making and become more accountable to the people we serve. Together, we share a commitment to create a health and care system fit for the 21st century and radically improve the independence and wellbeing of all those who live in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Delivering an accountable care partnership is about what it says on the tin - working in partnership to deliver better joined up services and making sure that people are at the centre of what we do. I understand there is some fear and concern, but we will be open about the way we work together. The shadow ACS will operate within the existing statutory framework - the Council, NHS England, the CCG and provider trusts will remain the statutory accountable bodies in the system.

“There are many different models for accountable care partnerships, which is why we are holding these inquiry days to find out more about the strengths and pitfalls of different approaches. There is no blueprint on how to do this.

“The inquiry sessions will be open to the public and there is no hidden agenda – this is fully transparent. The inquiry will make a recommendation to Cabinet and then full Council.”

Story posted 14 December 2017



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Plans for a Shadow Accountable Care System

NHS Cornwalll News - Thu, 14/12/2017 - 00:00
The NHS and local government in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are agreed that the way services are currently commissioned and provided won’t address the changing the needs of their local communities.
Categories: Health

Share your views on Cornwall’s future kerbside recycling and waste collection

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 16:04

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Cornwall Council is asking residents for their views on proposals to add food waste to weekly recycling collections and to collect any remaining waste that can’t be recycled on a fortnightly basis.

This system is used extensively by other councils in England and Wales and would help increase Cornwall’s recycling from its current rate of 37.5% which is below national average.

The current waste and recycling contract for Cornwall comes to an end in 2020, and the Council is looking at what Cornwall’s waste and recycling collections should be when the new contract begins in April 2020.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We recently took a look at the contents of black bin bags. On average, we know that most people’s waste is currently comprised of 22% materials that could be recycled, such as paper, cans and glass, 35% food waste and 43% other residual waste. If we change collections so people can recycle the 50% of content don’t currently recycle, we can make a big difference to the environment.

“Evidence from other local authorities shows that by making recycling collections more frequent, increasing the range of materials that are recycled and introducing food waste collections on a weekly basis, we can deliver our recycling targets.

“We want to engage with residents between now and the Cabinet decision in February to ensure that we understand how the proposed changes would affect local people and what we can do to help them recycle more.

“We hope you’ll take the time to take part in our survey to help us shape the service we provide in the future and tell us how we can help you recycle more for Cornwall.”

One of the Council’s key priorities is to reduce the amount of waste produced by residents and businesses in Cornwall and increase the levels of recycling.  Reducing waste stops valuable resources being incinerated, saves money and is better for wildlife. 

The proposals for the new waste and recycling contract mean that food waste would still be collected weekly and could be recycled by anaerobic digestion instead of going to landfill or for incineration as it currently does.  Weekly recycling collections would also make it more convenient for people to recycle.

The Council is currently talking to town and parish councils about the new waste and recycling proposals via a series of Localism Summits.

The Council is asking people to share their thoughts in an online survey by 03 January 2018 to help it understand the impact of the proposed changes on people in Cornwall.  People can also download and print a paper copy of the survey and return it to: Recycling and Waste Survey, Room 4S, County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet will meet in February to make the final decision on the new waste and recycling contract.


Story posted 13 December 2017

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Cornwall Council pushes for tick box to recognise Cornish identity in the 2021 Census

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 11:09

Cornwall Council will be meeting with representatives of the Office for National Statistics and other stakeholders in London tomorrow (13 December 2017) as part of the authority’s ongoing campaign for people in Cornwall to be given the chance to identify themselves as Cornish in the 2021 Census.

Following the decision by the UK Government to officially recognise the Cornish as a national minority in April 2014, the Council has been pushing for the Cornish to be treated equally with the other Celtic nations – Irish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish.  In particular the Council wants to see a Cornish ‘tick box’ included in the 2021 Census. 

The ONS is holding a population and public policy forum in Westminster tomorrow  (13 December) to outline its vision for the 2021 Census and its research to date focussed on race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.  Councillor Dick Cole, Leader of Mebyon Kernow - The Party of Cornwall, has been asked to represent the Council at the meeting and will be using this opportunity to reiterate that the Cornish are given parity with the Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Northern Irish as a recognised national minority, and granted a tick box in the 2021 Census. 

While the other Celtic nations could tick a box to identify themselves in the 2011 census, the Cornish could only write Cornish under the ‘other’ option.  Although 14% chose to self-identify themselves as Cornish in this way, so far the Cornish will not be allowed a tick box in the 2021 Census. 

The Council’s campaign received a welcome boost earlier this year when the Council of Europe made a specific recommendation to the ONS stating it should "ake the necessary measures to include the possibility to self-identify as Cornish, through a ‘tick-box’ in the next census."

Since then the Council has held a number of discussions with senior officials at the ONS - asking for the change to be made in the next Census so that the Cornish can tick a box to identify as Cornish.

"The Cornish were officially recognised as a national minority more than three years ago but so far there has been nothing tangible to accompany this declaration" said Councillor Cole. "It is time that the Government backed up their fine words with action and we will continue to make the case for Cornwall at every opportunity."

Story posted 12 December 2017 

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Free parking day in six towns this Saturday to support festive trading

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 11:01

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to shop locally this festive season as Cornwall Council continues to offer one day’s free parking in paid-for car parks across Cornwall during the festive season.

Residents will be able to park for free locally on one day selected by their City, Town or Parish Council to support trading in town centres. This Saturday 16 December shoppers can take advantage of free parking all day in Falmouth, Bude, Helston, Penzance, Wadebridge and Torpoint.

Free parking has already taken place this festive season in 61 car parks across Cornwall and in Truro the two Park and Ride sites were also free. With many car parks full the initiative has helped boost trade in Fowey, Bodmin, Callington, Mevagissey, Penryn, Port Isaac, Redruth, Truro, Looe, St Austell, St Ives, Hayle, Launceston, Camborne, Liskeard, Padstow, Newquay and Polzeath.

Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Geoff Brown said: “We’ve offered a day’s free parking in previous years – which is all about getting people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive period. We’ve already had some great feedback from business owners, traders and the public following the free parking days so far - and had around 12% more passengers on Truro’s Park and Ride compared to the same weekend last year. We have some fantastic shops and restaurants across Cornwall and I encourage people to enjoy them.”

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “Cornwall’s towns are great places to visit during the festive season and we’re proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas. Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants. You don’t get that experience shopping online.”

Cornwall Council wrote to the City, Town and Parish Councils to offer the initiative. Following requests from the City and Town and Parish Councils, 95 Cornwall Council run car parks which usually charge for parking will be free for one day.

Many Town and Parish Councils selected Saturday 2 December as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday. Other towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already had planned.

Last minute shoppers can take advantage of free parking in Saltash on 22 December. People can enjoy the coast without having to pay for parking at two car parks after Christmas as Widmouth Bay has selected 26 December and Cawsand has selected 1 January for their free parking day.

All Cornwall Council car parks are clearly branded and the Council will be displaying posters about the parking offer at the charging points on the day when parking is free.

Town, date of free parking and car park

Town / Parish

Date of free parking

Car parks


Saturday 16 December

Church Street, Grove Place, The Dell, The Moor, Town Quarry, Well Lane


Saturday 16 December

Crooklets, Post Office, Summerleaze, The Crescent, The Wharf


Saturday 16 December

Castle Green, Cattlemarket, Trengrouse Way, Trengrouse Way Extension, Tyacke Road


Saturday 16 December

Causeway Head, Clarence Street, Greenmarket, Harbour, Long Rock, Penalverne, St Anthonys, St Erbyns, Wherrytown


Saturday 16 December

Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane



Saturday 16 December

Anthony Road, Tamar Street


Friday 22 December

Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road


Tuesday 26 December

Widemouth Bay


Monday 1 January 2018


Please note:

  • St Austell Town Council is providing free parking in their own Priory Car Park, St Austell, after 4pm on 12 and 19 December.
  • Camborne Town Council are providing free parking on 16 December and 23 December.
  • Liskeard Town Council are providing free parking on 16 December and 23 December.

On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.

Posted 12 December 2017

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council wants your views on how it funds Citizens Advice Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 09:04

Cornwall Council is carrying out a survey to ask for views on how it helps fund Citizens Advice Cornwall (CAC) now and in the future.

The survey is being carried out to gauge how and when residents use CAC and the impact their service has had on them.

Cornwall Council is challenged with finding another £75 million in savings by April 2021.  This is in addition to the £300 million in savings that it has already achieved since 2009.

It was originally proposed that the Council’s grant to CAC be stopped altogether to help achieve some of these savings however, the current budget proposes that the level of funding from Cornwall Council to CAC is set at £153,000 for the next three years.

Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter said:  “We are proposing to reinstate a grant to CAC as we recognise that austerity and things like the roll out of Universal Credit have a big impact on our communities.  To help us make decisions about funding, we are asking residents to let us know how and when they have used the services of CAC in the past two years.  We want to know how useful residents have found the advice, information and general advocacy service that CAC provides to communities in Cornwall.”

He adds: “The Council is facing the unenviable challenge of having to decide which services to deliver and how to deliver them with less budget.  The only way to do this effectively is to do things differently and make changes in how we work and how we contribute to other organisations and get the best value for money.  We are continuing to talk to CAC about the way forward. A final decision on the Council’s budget will be made by members in February 2018.”

The Citizens Advice Cornwall survey runs until 15 January 2018.

Story posted 12 December 2017

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Andrew Turner posted a link to Hayle development discussion group 2's wall: Application number: PA17/04181 Proposal: Application for the approval of Reserved Matters pursuant to hybrid permission PA12/10064 for 27 residential units (comprising 10 apartments and 17 houses), 435 sqm of Class A3 floorspace for restaurant use, including access, parking and associated landscaping. Location: Hayle Harbour South Quay Hayle Cornwall TR27 4BL Applicant: Mr Simon Clarke Hayle Quays Limited This application will be reported to the Strategic Planning Committee for it to decide. The...
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Dangerous Parking, 12th December

Parked ( ...or Abandoned ... its been there for almost 3 weeks without moving), about 10 feet from the junction of Roseland Park with Tehidy road, is an old damaged Grey car which is causing traffic exiting Roseland Park, to stop on the wrong side of the road prior to going onto Tehidy Road. Whilst exiting cars are stopped there to check the traffic flow, any vehicles wanting to enter Roseland Park are forced to stop and queue up on Tehidy road. When more than one vehicle wants to exit, and more than one wants to enter, a battle of wills ensues as to who will move. Its an accident waiting to happen ( and it appears to be illegally parked adjacent to a junction according to the Highway Code). The vehicle needs moving, ...even if only about 10ft backwards. There is a possibility, seeing as there is damage to the front of the car, that it is from A&E Garage located about 20 yards further up Tehidy road.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 56 Tehidy Road, Camborne
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Camelford Community Network Panel meeting to discuss Cornwall Council budget and greater voice for local people

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:37

There’s a chance for local people to ask questions about proposals for Cornwall Council’s budget and find out about plans to give communities more say on local issues at the Camelford Community Network Panel meeting on Tuesday 12 December at 7.00pm in Camelford Hall.

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter will be on hand to brief the panel on proposals for Cornwall Council’s 2018-19 budget and answer questions.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, and Sarah Sims, Camelford Community Network Community Link Officer, will explain plans to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through community network panels.  The presentation will include information on empowering panels by giving them more say on important local issues.

Ian Penhaligon, Operations Manager – East Area, and Ashley Mann, Operations Officer, of the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust will also brief the panel on recent changes to the ambulance service and response times in rural areas.

Dominic Fairman, Chair of Camelford Community Network Panel, said: “This is your opportunity to learn about Cornwall Council’s budget proposals and put your questions to the Leader of the Council, so come along and have your say.  We’ll also be talking about plans to give our local communities a greater voice in the issues that affect them, and there will also be a chance talk to the South West Ambulance Service and raise any concerns you may have around coverage and rural response times.  It should be an interesting evening and I encourage everyone to join us.”

Camelford Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues. 

Camelford Community Network Panel includes the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the following parishes: Advent, Camelford, Davidstow, Forrabury and Minster, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Otterham, St Breward, St Clether, St Juliot, St Teath, Tintagel, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trevalga and Warbstow.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Story posted 4 December 2017

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Don’t give someone an unwanted gift this Christmas: keep food poisoning off the menu

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:40

With two thirds of UK households expected to have roast turkey for their Christmas dinner, the popular Christmas day meal can be a hidden source of serious food infections unless precautions are taken.

From buying turkey, right through to storing leftovers, there are a number of food hygiene tips that you can follow to protect your loved ones over the festive period.

When Christmas food shopping, take sufficient bags with you so that you can separate out raw and ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross-contamination.

Check the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it – it could take as much as 4 days.

Don’t wash raw turkey, it just splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops.

To work out the cooking time for your bird, check the instructions on the packaging. Check that the meat is steaming hot throughout; there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and meat juices run clear.

Whether you cooked your turkey from frozen (once defrosted) or fresh, your turkey leftovers can be used to make a new meal (such as a turkey curry). You can freeze pretty much everything and freeze right up to the Use By date, because freezing acts a bit like a pause button. If you've got leftovers, you should cool them, then cover them and ensure that they go in the fridge or freezer within a couple of hours (Never put hot food into a fridge or freezer) – Make sure you only reheat it once.  

“Every year, there are an estimated 1 million cases of food poisoning in the UK,“ said Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection.  “For many of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey. However, cooking for a crowd can be a lot of pressure, from having to think about various defrosting and cooking times, to ensuring that all the food is stored safely.

“Raw and undercooked turkey can cause food poisoning and have serious consequences especially for children, people already in ill-health and older people.  The easiest way to protect your family this Christmas is to ensure you store and cook food safely.” 

If the thought of cooking your Christmas dinner is too much, or you’re fed up with eating leftovers, you might be thinking of eating out. 

The Council supports food businesses across Cornwall to help them ensure they handle food safely and hygienically so that consumers don't come to harm.

Following an inspection we award a food hygiene rating. If you’re eating out, you can check out the Food Hygiene Rating for the restaurant or food catering business you are planning to visit.  

You can find the rating online at the Food Standards Agency website or look for a green sticker at the venue.

Stuart Benson, Assistant Head of Service in Neighbourhoods and Public Protection at Cornwall Council, said: “Whether you’re eating at home or eating out, poor food hygiene can quickly turn one of the best times of the year into a nightmare. Being aware of how to prepare food, or knowing to check the food safety of the place you’re eating from is a simple safeguard.

“Our food safety officers will be working right up until Christmas doing inspections of food businesses, but at home it’s up to you to think about food hygiene. A few simple precautions could be the difference between the best or worst Christmas ever.”

For more information on food safety, visit our food safety webpage.

To help people cook their festive food with confidence this Christmas the Food Standards Agency have put together a ‘Let’s talk turkey’ guide, which offers tips around chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination, while also explaining some of the science behind the advice.

For more information visit the Food Standards Agency: Let's Talk Turkey: your guide to Christmas food safety

Posted 12 December 2017  

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Misleading signage, Gwithian., 11th December

Incorrect and misleading sign at Gwithian beach access point. Sign states no dogs allowed towards Godrevy. The PSPO bans dogs on that section between 1 May – 30 September from 8am – 7pm. Therefore this sign is incorrect at anytime of the year and needs to be removed.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Gwithian Towans, Gwithian
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Who will you spend Christmas with? A Paramedic, a Firefighter, a Street Pastor or even a Police Officer?

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 13:32

This festive season, as many of us drink more than intended, a new campaign is urging people to think about how and who they want to spend their Christmas with.

The Safer Cornwall partnership festive safe drinking campaign asks people out enjoying festivities over the coming weeks to drink sensibly while enjoying Cornwall and Christmas, not to risk spending time somewhere they would rather not be – whether in a police cell or a hospital.

Drinking too much can impact on our already stretched services such as the NHS and Police force. Those services will be more than happy to help if you really need it, but they don’t really want to spend time with you because you’ve had too much to drink.

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Wellbeing and Public Health said: “Drinking more than normal can bring on a false sense of confidence. This can lead to bad choices or decisions, such as drink driving or getting into arguments and fights. In a few cases, this can lead to people ending up in hospital, losing their drivers licence, getting fined, being arrested, or having accidents which put themselves or other people in danger.

“The Council and its partners hope everyone enjoys the festive season. People should rightly be able to have fun, but we also want people to be safe. This campaign reminds people to drink sensibly, and to plan how they’ll get home safely.”

Jez Bayes, Alcohol strategy lead for Cornwall Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team said: “We don’t want to be the Christmas Grinch and say that you shouldn’t drink at all, because we know that for most of us that’s not going to happen! What we’re asking is that people go out and have fun in a way that doesn’t impact on others, or potentially affect their own future.”

Top tips to enjoy Cornwall and drink sensibly this festive season:

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water
  • It’s safest to stick drinks you’re familiar with, so that you know how you will react
  • Keep an eye on your drink when out, and don’t get to the point where you wouldn’t notice if someone spiked you
  • Plan how you will get home – book a taxi in advance, organise a lift, or have a designated driver in your group
  • Don’t attempt to reason with people who have drunk too much
  • Say thanks to anyone out there to keep you safe: door staff, street pastors, police, paramedics or firefighters.

Story posted 11 December.

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We want to hear from you if you’re living with a long term health condition

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 11/12/2017 - 11:09

Are you living with heart disease, cancer, diabetes or a respiratory condition, or do you work with people who do? The Wellbeing and Public Health team at Cornwall Council are working with partners across the health, social care and voluntary sector to better understand how to support people to self-manage their health conditions. 

On average, people living with a health condition spend just 3 hours per year with their health care team; the rest of the time they are managing day to day life with that condition or their own – or self-managing. Over three-quarters of respondents (77%) from a national survey of over 2,500 people with long-term conditions thought that more of their ongoing health problems could and should be managed independently at home. In Cornwall, 68% of people in Cornwall feel supported to manage their long term condition, better than the national average. 

“Self-management includes all the actions taken by people to recognise, treat and manage health and wellbeing independently of or in partnership with the healthcare system” said Rachel Wigglesworth, Consultant in Public Health. “We want to better understand what options people in Cornwall are using at the moment, and what they find most useful.” 

Dr Alison Flanagan, GP and Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re asking about a number of different types of support that people might use to self-manage. For example, do you use apps or devices to monitor your condition or would you like to? Have you taken steps to lead a healthier lifestyle? Do you go to a self-help group for people with the same condition? As more and more of us are living with long term conditions, it is vital that people feel as supported and confident as possible.”  

Ann Bennett lives near Falmouth. She lives with a serious condition called Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (a progressive lung condition) and also cares for her husband who has COPD. She said "Living with a long term condition is part of your life's journey and only you are living with it. Supported by health professionals, it’s important to be actively involved in taking responsibility for managing and maintaining your own health.

“Signposting to support groups and exercise sessions should be readily available so that patients can take responsibility. Being proactive, we accessed groups such as Breathe Falmouth and British Lung Foundation resources (which are readily available), having researched these for ourselves. By doing this and using social media support of Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Fibrosis UK on Facebook, we have great social, psychological and physical benefits from them. I’d urge anyone eligible to take part and have your say."

Take part to help us understand and improve services by completing the online survey. Printed copies are available on request. The survey will be open until 12 noon on 12 January 2018

Story posted 11 December 2017.

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