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Information on NHS Kernow's February 2021 Governing Body meeting.
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George Welcomes Small Business Saturday

George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has commended small businesses and welcomed Small Business Saturday. This year, Small Business Saturday comes at the end of a hugely challenging period for small businesses, with many facing long periods of closure and reduced…

Window cleaner plants trees on every street he works

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 04/12/2020 - 16:36

A window cleaner with a passion for nature has planted trees on almost every street he’s worked over the last 30 years.  

Tree warden Richard Argall has planted around 1,000 trees in and around Truro and continues to look after many of them to this day.  

Speaking during National Tree Week, the 61-year-old wants to encourage others to get planting to brighten up their street, support local wildlife and help the environment. 

Richard, who is an ambassador for the Forest for Cornwall project, developed an interest in nature at a young age. 

“I’ve been growing things since I made the connection between a pea shooter and peas growing in my parents’ garden,” he said.  

“I always had house plants and when as I got older I started getting involved with allotments.  

“During a period of unemployment I was looking after two allotments and they both had fruit trees. I started pruning them and taking care of them. Then I started looking at the trees around the allotment and tidied them up. 

“When I moved to my present home and there was a small self-sown hawthorn growing in the garden. I didn’t want it where it was so I thought I’d replant it.  

“That was the first tree that I actually planted. Once you do something like that then you’re hooked. That was it. That was the spark.” 


In the early 1990s Richard started planting trees across the city with support of friends, and his customers. 

“From then on you realise there are other people involved,” he said. “A good friend of mine had been planting trees previous to this.  

“His friend sent him seeds and he grew them in his garden in rows and was giving them away so I started looking around where we could plant them in Truro. 

“I was completely hooked. I started trying to find places everywhere and anywhere.” 

Working closely with Truro City Parks department, Truro in Bloom and Cornwall Council’s tree officers Richard became involved in several projects across the city.  

Over the years he has planted all variety of trees in public spaces, schools, graveyards and private gardens. Now there are few streets where Richard hasn’t been involved in planting or looking after trees. 

“I’ve always been a self-employed window cleaner and I push around a trolley for work,” he said. 

“I came up with the ambition to plant a tree in every street I clean windows. I started to ask customers if they would like a tree in their garden.  

“You will see a tree on pretty much every street that I have worked on. There are some streets where there are no gardens but they are very far and few between. 

“I visit many of these trees every day. Some of them I walk past twice a day and I never get tired of looking at them. 

“One tree in an urban desert can bring it alive. A single tree in a public square or a grass verge becomes so important.” 

The Forest for Cornwall, conceived by Cornwall Council, is an ambitious tree planting project.  

Thousands of trees are being planted all across Cornwall in a bid to help tackle climate change. 

Richard, who is supporting the project, is urging other people to get involved and start planting in their area. 

“My advice is to start simple,” he said. “Look around at newly planted trees and see if there is anything you can do to help them. 

 “If you want to start planting trees there is a lot of help and support for you.” 

You can support the Forest for Cornwall by planting just one tree in your garden, or get together with your neighbours and local community to explore what you could do to together to grow the Forest for Cornwall.  

Find out more on the Forest for Cornwall website

Categories: Councils, Politics

Use or lose Cornwall’s leisure centres

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 04/12/2020 - 13:55

Communities across Cornwall are being urged to support their local leisure centres and help protect them from permanent closure. 

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) runs 14 Better leisure facilities across Cornwall on behalf of Cornwall Council.  

It is a charitable social enterprise and not-for-profit organisation that employs over 900 people across Cornwall. 

Following a month-long closure during Lockdown 2.0, all GLL leisure centres and swimming pools reopened on Wednesday. Now they need your support to ensure they remain financially viable.  

Cornwall Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cabinet member with oversight of the leisure agreement between the Council and GLL, said: “We live in a beautiful county that is predominantly surrounded by water. We desperately need these centres to ensure that children can learn how to swim and that families have access to facilities to help them stay healthy and active. 

“We must protect these essential community facilities.” 

Adam Paynter, deputy leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The Council has provided significant funding to support leisure centres this year. Without extra support from the government there is a risk that some centres may have to close if they continue operating at a loss.  

“We are urging local communities to support their local centres to help prevent this from happening.” 

All GLL leisure centres were operating in a Covid-secure manner prior to lockdown 2.0. Those measures remain in place to keep staff and customers safe. 

James Curry, GLL’s Head of Service in Cornwall, said: “We’re working really hard to keep everyone safe and keeping fit and healthy has never been more important. We’re really pleased with the very positive feedback we’ve been getting and urge people to use their local leisure centres as much as possible. We have opened all our leisure facilities, including swimming pools, this week but long periods of closure have obviously had a severe impact on our finances. This really is a case of use what’s available or risk not having it there in the future.” 

Cornwall Council has provided a financial relief package for the county’s leisure centre providers. 

The vast majority of the funding, which was announced in September, was in the form of loans to the providers totalling up to £4.4m. It also included additional grants, loan holidays and contract payments totalling approximately £1.7m which was funded from Council reserves.  

GLL is offering half price membership throughout December, with no joining fee. For details, visit  

Book today 

GLL has implemented a safer, better, stronger approach under coronavirus regulations to keep its centres as safe and comfortable as possible.  

This means centres are operating at reduced capacity and all activities must be booked in advance through the Better UK app. 

Details on how to do this are available on or by visiting a centre and asking staff to help.  

Posted 04 December, 2020

Categories: Councils, Politics

Local shopping areas across Cornwall gear up for the high life

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 04/12/2020 - 09:51

A team of colourful stilt walkers will be out and about visiting 17 towns from St Ives to Bude between 3-17 December to remind visitors in an entertaining and visible way to respect social distancing and to follow the ‘Hands, Face and  Space’ guidance.  

Their appearances will coincide with some of the free parking days being offered in Cornwall Council-operated car parks in towns such as Bodmin, Falmouth, Liskeard and Looe, and also with late night shopping in Launceston. 

Cornwall’s high streets are expected to be particularly busy now that they have safely reopened following the second lockdown. With only a few shopping weeks left before Christmas, it is important that residents can feel reassured that their Covid-safety is top of mind at all times. While they are giving much-needed support to local independent businesses they can know that all possible measures are being taken to look after their wellbeing. 

The street performing team is being paid for under the Reopening High Streets Safely project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund*. 

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for the economy, Tim Dwelly, said: “We hope everyone will enjoy the light-hearted touch that the stilt walkers will bring in reminding people to follow the Hands, Face and Space guidance that will help keep us all safe. 

“We can all be immensely relieved that our town centres and high streets have been able to fully re-open in time to benefit from the busy few weeks before Christmas. 

“This is a particularly critical time for them. They really are dependent on our support to recover safely and sustainably and the recent news of the loss of some very big name, high street brands is a very real wake-up call. 

“It is hoped that people throughout Cornwall take full advantage of the free parking days and the extended shopping hours in the next few weeks.” 

Cornwall Council is working with local councils to make sure that local neighbourhood shopping areas and high streets remain open safely. This is being achieved with the help made available through the EUs Reopening of High Streets Safely Fund which is available until March 2021. 

This will be especially important during what is hoped will be a very busy pre-Christmas shopping period, and the three months of trading immediately prior to Easter next year.  

Following these five safety tips will help you enjoy and make the most of your high street visit: 

  1. Go with the flow – keep your distance and follow all local signage.
  2. Be safe – plan ahead, be considerate, responsible and patient.
  3. Say ‘hi’ (Dydh da)to any Covid advisors or local information officers you come across. They’re there to help and guide you.
  4. Help us help you stay safe - remember to wash your hands often, use free sanitiser stations, use contactless payment and follow other hygiene advice such as wearing a face covering when needed.  
  5. Visit with confidence. Cornwall’s high street businesses are working hard to help protect the safety of customers and staff. Look out for their Covid-19 risk assessment certificate.

Where and when will the street performers be?

Fri 4th          St Ives/Camborne

Sat 5th         Falmouth/Penryn/Redruth

Tues 8th      St Austell

Wed 9th      Wadebridge/Padstow

Thurs 10th  Newquay

Fri 11th        Launceston

Sat 12th       Liskeard/Looe/Bodmin

Wed 16th    Saltash/Callington

Thurs 17th   Bude

For more localised information check out local town websites.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Manhole cover., 3rd December

The manhole cover makes a clunck every time a car passess over it. One side of it needs repairing.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 22 Basset Road, Camborne
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Categories: FixMyStreet

Join us for the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2020

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:30

Want to find out who some of the most sustainable businesses in Cornwall are? Want to hear from Chris Packham? Then why not join us for the online Cornwall Sustainability Awards ceremony!  

The awards ceremony will be held virtually via Zoom from 1-3pm on Friday 4th December. You can book a place for the awards online

The judging panel are representatives from Cornwall Council, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.  

One of the judges Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We asked for nominations this year rather than applications as we realised that companies might not have had as much time to apply due to catching up on business after Covid lockdown restrictions. We’ve received lots of brilliant nominations and I’ve really enjoyed being one of the judges involved. It’s made me realise how many fantastic green businesses we have in Cornwall working on environmental growth and carbon neutrality. 

“We are delighted to have Cornwall Sustainability Awards back after a short pause in 2019. The categories this year reflect Cornwall’s response to the climate emergency and the changing world we’ve all been in living with the Covid pandemic. We know there are lots of amazing businesses out there doing great work and this is a chance for them to shine and lead future environmental growth. Many of our previous winners have gone on to win national and international awards and become leaders in their field”. 

Businesses were nominated in the following categories: 

  • Green Innovation in a time of Coronavirus 

  • Circular Economy 

  • Environmental Growth 

  • Carbon Neutral 

An overall winner is chosen from the winners from all the categories. 

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards are sponsored by Tevi (Cornish for ‘grow’) which is a unique and exciting EU-funded venture to create both economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Their sponsorship has enabled us to book Chris Packham as our keynote speaker. 

Tevi Project Manager Dr Dan Bloomfield said: “Everyone at Tevi is very excited about CSA this year.  In what has been a really tough year for everyone, there is still much to celebrate.  We’ve been helping dozens and dozens of enterprises to invest in new products, new services, new ways of doing things that help make the economy of Cornwall more circular, and which helps the environment grow.  We are really looking forward to showing our support to all, and for sharing our plans for the future.” 

Tickets are free this year so we’re encouraging everyone to book a ticket online and join us at this year’s awards.

People can join in on social media using the hashtag #CSA2020. 

Nominees 2020 list (in alphabetical order): 

  • Admaps 
  • Arc Marine Ltd 
  • Arco2 Architecture 
  • Beach Guardian CIC 
  • Bennamann 
  • BF Adventure 
  • Boost Innovations Ltd 
  • Cabilla Coaching Ltd 
  • Chocolarder 
  • Cornish Lithium 
  • Cornwall Uncovered  
  • Ekopod 
  • Fal Food Box Co Ltd 
  • Fishy Filaments 
  • Fourth Element Ltd 
  • Fowey Harbour Commissioners 
  • Happy Habitats 
  • Incredible Bulk Ltd 
  • Jeremy Hastings Ltd 
  • Kestle Barton 
  • Kudhva 
  • Leap Associates 
  • Mevagissey Garages Ltd 
  • Nancarrow 
  • NSN Electrical 
  • NUDE Canteen 
  • Odyssey Innovation Ltd 
  • Oltco Ltd 
  • Packshare 
  • PK Porthcurno  
  • Plastic Oceanic 
  • Readymoney Beach Shop 
  • Sustain Cornwall Ltd 
  • The Cornish Spirits Drink Company 
  • The Grow Box 
  • The Hive 
  • The Refill Machine Company 
  • Tugdock Ltd 
  • Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) 
  • Ward Williams Associates 
  • Woodland Valley Farm 
  • Yallah Coffee Ltd 


Story posted 03 December 2020

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