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NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/12/2018 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's December Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/11/2018 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/09/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's September Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August Governing Body meeting.
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Borrowing books from Cornwall’s libraries has never been simpler

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 15:31

Borrowing books has never been easier – in fact, you don’t even need to leave your sofa these days.

More than 60,000 free books have been downloaded from Cornwall’s libraries in the past year, all thanks to BorrowBox.

The download service works across nearly all digital platforms, and is free to use if you are a member of Cornwall’s library service.

You can download audiobooks or ebooks, and they will be deleted automatically at the end of the loan period – so there is no danger of any late return charges.

Since its launch in 2014, more than 5,000 people have registered for the service, with numbers continuing to grow all of the time.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods, said:  “Our library service is continuing to evolve and to offer more and more for our local communities.

“Being able to borrow audiobooks or ebooks at the click of a button makes accessing our service easier than ever before.

“It is great so many people are already taking advantage of this technology, and I am sure we will only see the numbers continue to grow in the future.”

You can even use the technology to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge 2018, which is being run in conjunction with the Beano comic, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year. 

The annual event is designed to prevent children aged between 4 and 11 from experiencing a dip in their reading skills during the six-week break from school.

To take part, all children need to do is to visit their local library and sign up for the challenge – they will then be able to use BorrowBox to download books to read for the challenge.They can then collect their rewards from the library whenever they visit. For those who prefer print, our library shelves are filled with exciting books ready for this year’s Challenge.

You can register to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at all of our branch libraries and also at all of our mobile library stops. In addition, we have volunteers trained to run the Challenge at Devoran, Millbrook and St Dennis micro libraries, who are all looking forward to being involved this year.

Posted on 16 July

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Satellite launches set to return to British soil after 50 years following new partnership with Virgin Orbit in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 11:41

The first British satellite launch in 50 years could take place from Cornwall within the next three years following a new partnership with Virgin Orbit.

Virgin Orbit, a satellite launch company, has selected Spaceport Cornwall as an ideal location to operate and deliver one of the first launches of its LauncherOne system outside of its US home.

The last British rocket - Black Arrow - that sent a satellite into space was launched from Australia in 1971. The new partnership deal will make history by pioneering horizontal satellite launches from UK soil.

The news has been welcomed by UK Science Minister Sam Gyimah, who said: “The announcement of a strategic partnership between Virgin Orbit and Cornwall Spaceport is great news for the region and the UK’s ambitions for regular, reliable and responsible access to space. This partnership could see Virgin Orbit’s innovative horizontal launch technology helping the UK’s small satellite industry access space from the convenience of a Spaceport in Cornwall. We will work with both partners to support their ambitions, as we take the next steps in our national spaceflight programme as part of the government’s modern Industrial strategy.”

Virgin Orbit is seeking to provide launches from a Spaceport at Cornwall Airport Newquay by 2021, using a modified Boeing 747-400 aircraft called “Cosmic Girl”. Cosmic Girl will carry a LauncherOne rocket under its wing to a launch range over the Atlantic and release the rocket at around 35,000 feet for onward flight into space, carrying a satellite into Earth orbit.

As a horizontal air-launch platform, LauncherOne enables Virgin Orbit to conduct low cost missions quickly and efficiently by bypassing heavily trafficked established launch ranges. The partnership with Virgin Orbit will help position Cornwall as having the UK’s only horizontal launch facility.

Spaceport Cornwall will provide California-based Virgin Orbit with a strategic Western European location and make a major contribution to the Cornwall’s ambition to create a £1 billion space economy as part of its response the UK Industrial Strategy.

Britain is a world-leader in the production of small satellites, supporting more than £250 billion of GDP in the wider economy, but lacks any means to get them into space. The fast-growing global satellite launch market is predicted to be worth around £10 billion over the next decade. It is estimated that up to 2,600 microsatellites (under 50kg) will require launch over the next five years alone.

Virgin Orbit will today (16 July 2018) sign the partnering agreement with Cornwall Council at Farnborough International Airshow.  Work will now commence to develop a detailed plan for launch by 2021 as well as a Spaceport and Operator Licence application.

The signing of this agreement is the culmination of over a year’s work by a team led and funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in partnership with Cornwall Council.

Following Virgin Orbit’s commitment, Cornwall Council will consider resources to progress the project at a meeting of its Cabinet on a date to be confirmed.

Spaceport Cornwall could eventually create 480 jobs and contribute £25 million a year to the local economy. The LEP’s Space Action Plan predicts that the wider space sector could create thousands more jobs in Cornwall and by 2030 be worth £1 billion a year.

Patrick McCall, Managing Director Virgin Group and Chairman of Virgin Orbit’s Board of Directors, said:  “Cornwall can deliver new launch capabilities for the UK quickly and efficiently by upgrading Cornwall Airport Newquay to support our horizontal air-launch platform. The Cornwall partnership allows us to grasp important market share, gain instant global launch market credibility and, with the technology already being tested in the US, further lower our risk.”

Cornwall Council leader, Adam Paynter, said: “This is a game-changing partnership that will inspire a generation and create a new industry in Cornwall. The challenge now is to make the most of this hard-won opportunity so that it can deliver on its enormous potential not just for Cornwall but for the UK as a whole. We look forward to welcoming Virgin Orbit to Cornwall and working with HM Government to realise the potential.”

Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, said: “Cornwall can play a key role supporting the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy ambitions and we have identified space as a major opportunity for growth.  The partnership with Virgin Orbit is a clear statement that Cornwall is the best UK location for horizontal launch and opens the door to a global satellite customer base.  We will work with Government to maximise UK investment and jobs and make the most of the unique environment at Spaceport Cornwall. With our clear uncongested airspace and access to launch sites over the sea, it will be a vital part of a global UK offer and we look forward to working with other UK vertical launch locations to promote trade and investment.”

The UK Government has a target of achieving commercial spaceflight from British soil from the end of the decade, as well as increasing the UK’s share of the global space economy from 6.5% now to 10% by 2030, which would be worth an estimated £40 billion per annum.

The UK’s space sector has estimated annual revenues of £13.7 billion and employs 38,500 people. It has been growing at 8% a year over the last decade, four times as fast as the rest of the UK economy.   

Cornwall Airport Newquay, which is owned by Cornwall Council, was first unveiled as one of the UK’s potential Spaceport locations in July 2014 because of its long runway, uncongested airspace and direct access to the Atlantic Ocean.

Cornwall is already home to Goonhilly Earth Station, famous as the world’s largest satellite earth receiving station. Goonhilly is being upgraded through an £8.4m LEP-funded contract with the European Space Agency, announced in February, to become part of the deep space network, and recently secured a £24 million investment from UK billionaire Peter Hargreaves.


Story posted 16 July 2018

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Devolution in action shows how place making in Cornwall is shaping the future

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 19:30

Putting power as close to the community as possible was a key theme during a visit by the Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP.

Par Running Track Presentation

Cornwall is the first and only non-metropolitan area to strike a devolution deal with Government, signed in 2015. On the third anniversary of the deal, Mr Brokenshire saw first-hand how powers and funding devolved from Government to Cornwall are helping improve the lives of local people. He met Cornish residents who have benefited from support to grow their businesses and make their homes cheaper to heat under devolution.

Ultra-localism is a central plank of Mr Brokenshire’s vision for communities. He visited Cornwall to see how Cornwall Council is using the powers devolved from Government – and also devolving power from the Council to local people, under an approach called ‘double devolution’. The Secretary of State met local voluntary groups, town and parish councillors at Par Running Track and St Austell to hear from them how local people are benefiting from the Council’s approach to putting community facilities and services back under local control. The Secretary of State also learnt about the 40 new buses, all equipped with wi-fi and contactless payment, which Cornwall Council has secured using its devolved bus franchising powers.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has a bold and ambitious plan called New Frontiers, which seeks further devolution from Government to help our economy and society flourish beyond Brexit.

Mr Brokenshire met members of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadershp Board to discuss its New Frontiers plan to position Cornwall post-Brexit as a growing economy in global industries such renewable energy, creative and digital technologies, space technology and lithium mining, while safeguarding traditional industries such as agriculture and fishing. New Frontiers would create 28,000 jobs and increase Cornwall’s contribution to the national economy by £2 billion.

Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:

“This Government announced a devolution deal for Cornwall three years ago – the first of its kind in England. It heralded the start of a new age of localism, giving people ownership of the places they live.

“I’m delighted to see this deal in action – from the state-of-the-art buses, to the Par Running Track. Through being locally controlled, these have become huge community assets and I congratulate everyone involved for making them such a success.

“Giving power and money back from Whitehall builds stronger communities and devolution will continue to play a large part of ensuring our country’s future success as we build a Britain fit for the future.”

Leader of Cornwall Council and Chair of the Leadership Board for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Adam Paynter said: “Cornwall is living proof that when power and control is devolved to communities, we can deliver better outcomes for people.

“Cornwall Council’s commitment to ‘double devolution’ means we are not just winning devolved powers from Government to Cornwall, but giving powers from the Council to local communities. We are putting hundreds of community assets and services back under local control, working with Cornwall’s fantastic voluntary groups, and town and parish councils.

“The powers Government devolved to Cornwall are enabling the Council and partners to make a real difference to people’s lives – levering in millions of pounds of extra investment to secure a new fleet of buses, make the homes of thousands of vulnerable households cheaper to heat, and support thousands of local businesses to start up and grow on.

“Our New Frontiers plan proposes even more ambitious plans for Cornwall. We believe that the more powers we have in Cornwall, the more we can, collectively, do for Cornwall – making it a better place to live, work and run a business.”

Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Mark Duddridge said:

“Cornwall’s devolution deal with Government is making a real difference to our region, supporting business growth and the development of our distinctive strengths in sectors such as renewable energy. Building on this strong track record, I hope Government will support our New Frontiers plan which includes piloting a Local Industrial Strategy to unleash the potential of our space and satellite, creative and digital, and other sector strengths to grow Cornwall and the national economy.”

During the visit Mr Brokenshire praised the achievements of the Par Running Track community group. In April 2018, Cornwall Council transferred the management of the running track, football pitches and changing facilities to Par Track Ltd – a Community Benefit Society including local residents and track users. Progress is also underway to further transfer the adjacent skate park for both sites to be run as a single entity.

He also commemorated the achievements of St Austell Town Council. Cornwall Council has worked closely with St Austell on a phased ‘total place’ devolution package for multiple town assets and services – driven by the belief that St Austell is their best long-term custodian and most able to shape services to meet local need.

Beginning in 2016 with the transfer of responsibility for allotments and public conveniences, the town has subsequently taken control of over 20 community sites and services – including 39 areas of public open spaces and play areas, and a major agency agreement that includes responsibility to undertake grounds maintenance and other works for sites such as open and closed churchyards and highways. The most recent phase has also seen transfer of the library, community buildings and two car parks.

During the visit the Secretary of State was briefed on Cornwall Councils’ focus on localism and double devolution, which is giving local communities more influence on say on how money is spent and used in their area, with over 300 initiatives in train from keeping libraries and parks open and running tracks like the one in Par in full use.

This included delivery of key projects under Cornwall’’s first devolution deal:

  • Improvements to Cornwall’s public transport system such as using bus franchising powers devolved from Whitehall to lever £17 million of private investment into the Cornish bus network, delivering contactless payment, smart ticketing, a new 41-strong bus fleet and new mainline railway stock.
  • How the Council secured £7.5 million private investment for the region’s Warm and Well programme, making the homes of 1,300 vulnerable households in Cornwall cheaper to heat every year.
  • Investment in new energy technologies such as deep geothermal energy that could provide - along with marine renewable energy - electricity for thousands of homes, which would see the region become a major energy producing area of the country.
  • The launch of a £40million Business Investment Fund with partners like the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, which will be used to accelerate the growth of local small and medium sized businesses in Cornwall, providing them with loan funding from £25k to £2m.

Story posted 13 July 2018 

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Have your say on Porthtowan traffic and parking

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:41

People in Porthtowan are being asked to share their views on the village’s traffic and parking arrangements at a public engagement session in the Boardroom of The Blue Bar from 3-7pm on Thursday 19 July.

CORMAC and Cornwall Council highways officers will be on hand to listen to the public’s ideas to improve the parking situation on Beach Road, West Beach Road and Sandy Road.  The range of ideas for improvements could include a 20mph speed limit in the village, moving the bus stop to a new location opposite the village hall, extending the existing restricted parking zone months to match those in the car park, short-term parking opportunities throughout the village or removing the height barrier from the main car park.

Any future schemes that may emerge as village priorities from the engagement session will be subject to funding availability and competition against other Cornwall Council priority schemes.

There is also an online questionnaire for those who are unable to attend the engagement session.  The questionnaire will be available until 14 September and the results will be published on the Cornwall Council and St Agnes Parish Council websites in mid-November.

Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath, said: “The public engagement session is the first step towards improving traffic management in the village.  Come and tell us what you think would be the best improvements to the village to make it better.  We’ll use your comments and feedback to shape a formal consultation on the best options for Porthtowan, and this will put us in a better position to seek funding for changes local people would like to see.”

Story posted 13 July 2018

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Stay barbeque safe this summer

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 16:28

Now that the warm, light evenings are with us and the summer holidays are fast approaching, barbecues are beginning to sizzle across Cornwall. But behind the bangers and burgers, summer fun has a serious side.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service, as part of the national fire safety campaign, is asking people to take extra care when using barbecues.  

Watch Manager Mark Grenfell said: “It’s natural to want to go outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather with family and friends - many of us can’t wait to get the barbecue lit.

“The biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light  barbecues. We’ve had a couple of occasions where people have poured petrol onto the charcoal in an effort to get it going and the reaction has, not surprisingly, been violent and highly dangerous. Prepare well in advance and light the charcoal early.

“If you’ve planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don’t take the barbecue indoors or into a tent.  In recent years, some people have sadly succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning, so please be careful.”

Top tips to ensure a safe, enjoyable barbecue:

  • Never leave a lit barbecue unattended
  • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues  
  • Never use a barbecue indoors
  • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area
  • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it
  • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more
  • Empty ashes onto soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins.   If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you’re in charge of the barbecue
  • Always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said:  “Everyone loves a barbecue. They can be a great social event and are the perfect way to cook whilst enjoying the summer sunshine.

“However, there are dangers, and people do need to take care.  By following these simple tips, people can make sure they make the most of the weather without putting themselves or others in danger.”

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Local reports help shape Safer Penzance patrols, with disruptive individuals moved on and warnings issued

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/07/2018 - 15:43

Resident concerns about issues such as street drinking and anti-social behaviour are being tackled by Cornwall Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team and local police undertaking a series of patrols in Penzance during June which have seen disruptive individuals moved on or issued with warnings.

Part of the Safer Penzance initiative, the patrols focus on hotspots reported to the police by the local community. During the patrols, officers have used their enforcement powers on a small number of individuals causing disruption, including six people who were asked to leave the town centre and told not to return for up to 48 hours.

The town centre's Public Space Protection Order has also meant police officers have been able to require people to stop drinking and surrender their alcohol. Fourteen anti-social behaviour warnings were issued in June.

While the patrols have seen police and anti-social behaviour officers step in when needed, the patrols also provide immediate support for vulnerable people who may be struggling with substance abuse issues

Addaction workers are providing daily outreach sessions to vulnerable adults on the street, talking to the local residents and businesses and safely disposing of any drugs litter found. The outreach work helps keen both those who use outreach services, and the local community, safe.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council's cabinet member for environment and public protection reiterated that anti-social behaviour or criminal activity would not be tolerated.

"As the recent Golowan festival showed, Penzance is a welcoming and friendly town with a lot to be proud of. While there are issues with anti-social behaviour at times, it definitely is not the 'no go' area it has been portrayed as recently," she said.

"Highly visible joint patrols are sending a clear message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and providing reassurance for local people. However, some of the issues we are dealing with are long term and entrenched and will take a continued joined-up approach and bi-partisan support, to tackle. We can only solve these issues if we work together with the community.

“Local intelligence reported to police is providing useful information for the patrols to follow up, and reinforces how important it is for people to report concerns or issues so we can tackle them.  

Police host drop in sessions

Devon & Cornwall Police are running a series of drop in sessions at St John’s Hall in Penzance where residents and businesses can talk to officers for advice and support if they are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We would encourage anyone with concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in the town to call in at one of our drop-in sessions. It is really important that we have a true picture of what is happening in the area and we rely on the public to tell us what is going on,” said Penzance police inspector, Nicholas Clarke.

Police drop in sessions at St John's Hall are taking place on:

  • Thursday 12 July between 10am and 12noon
  • Tuesday 17 July between 5pm and 7pm
How to report concerns

Residents can report anti-social behaviour to the police online by emailing or by calling 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email


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Chinese delegation visits Cornwall to learn about sustainable tourism

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 12/07/2018 - 17:53

Sustainable tourism was the focus of a high-level Chinese delegation who recently visited Cornwall.

The delegation from the Hechi province in China came to Cornwall on 11 July 2018 to meet with Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, Visit Cornwall, Cornwall 365 and representatives from the Eden Project.

Led by Mayor Tang Yunshu, the delegation came to Cornwall to learn from Cornwall’s approach to sustainable tourism. Hechi, which has a population of 3.5 million, attracts more than 20 million tourists a year due to its beautiful landscape and favourable climate.

Hechi authorities are looking to ensure that tourism is “all for one” – the Chinese policy term for sustainable tourism that benefits local communities – and were keen to learn from Cornwall’s experience.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Bob Egerton, met with and welcomed the Hechi delegation.

“Cooperation of this kind is important in terms of building links between our two regions. It’s an opportunity to exchanging best practice, open doors for business opportunities and for welcoming more Chinese tourists to Cornwall.

“We may be opposite sides of the world, but Cornwall and Hechi actually have a lot in common. We are favourite tourist destinations within each of our countries and share the common challenge of welcoming a significant number of visitors each year while at the same time protecting the natural beauty that brings tourists in the first place,” he said.

The meeting took place at the Eden project, which was an opportunity for the Hechi delegation to see first-hand a large scale Cornish tourist attraction which has sustainability at the centre of its operating model. The delegation also took a guided tour around the county, as part of a fact-finding mission across Europe.

Posted 12 July 2018

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