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Governing Body meeting

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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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's June Governing Body meeting.
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Extraordinary Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 13:14
Information on the Extraordinary Governing Body meeting on 22 May 2018.
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Highways on the agenda for Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 18/05/2018 - 12:06

Residents of the Cornwall Gateway Community Network area can find out more about highways matters at the Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel annual general meeting at 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 May at Millbrook Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Cornwall Gateway Community Network page. 

The meeting will include an update on the A38, and a representative from CORMAC will give an update on local highways maintenance.

There will also be an opportunity to hear about the new Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local and major transport schemes.  Community network panels are now able to review and prioritise local schemes and have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair for the next 12 months and consider its priorities for the coming year.

Derek Holley, Chair of Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel said: “I would encourage everyone to come along to the Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel meeting to learn more about the local issues in south-east Cornwall.  Highways play an important role in connecting our businesses and communities and much of this meeting will be devoted to highways matters.  You’ll also have a chance to meet your Cornwall, town and parish councillors and to hear their local updates and an update on local policing.”

Cornwall Gateway Network Panel meets quarterly.  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. 

Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 11 parishes in the community network: Antony, Botus Fleming, Landrake with St Erney, Landulph, Maker-with-Rame, Millbrook, Saltash, Sheviock, St Germans, St John and Torpoint.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.

Story posted 18 May 2018

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Hot topics at next week’s full Council – 22 May

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 13:21

Hot rocks, sprinklers and traffic routes are on the agenda for the next full Council meeting.

Matters up for discussion include ‘hot rocks’, providing a commercial rate loan to bring forward work on improved traffic flows around Nansledan and Newquay and installation of sprinklers in all Council new builds.

The meeting will be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

The agenda includes a proposal to provide a £1.4m grant to Eden-EGS Energy to help fund a new ‘hot rocks’ project near St Austell, which could unlock the potential for more deep geothermal power in Cornwall.

The project, proposed in Bodelva near St Austell, involves drilling a well to gain access to the hot rocks below with the aim of creating enough heat and electricity to potentially power the Eden Project and surrounding homes.

If supported by full Council, the £1.4m grant would be considered match funding, subject to Eden-EGS Energy achieving funding from other sources including the European Development Fund.

Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and Economy, Bob Egerton, said: “Cornwall is rich in natural resources and our Council priorities aim to become a world leader in renewable energy, creating more and better paid jobs for people in Cornwall.

“This Council has secured money from national Government which we are using to lever in a total of £35 million funding from private businesses, Europe and research institutions for geothermal energy. This mean Cornwall is the first in the UK to explore the potential to power our economy from deep geothermal energy, the hot rocks and springs lying deep under Cornwall.

“Exploratory work is already underway at United Downs, with the Bodelva site providing further opportunities, if supported. This has huge potential not just for Cornwall but for the national economy. Unlike other renewable sources where energy is dependent on the wind or the sun, deep geothermal offers a stable consistent and secure source of energy.

“This also builds on our devolution deal with Government – and our latest proposition, New Frontiers, which seeks co-investment from Government to piggy-back on our deep geothermal projects, and assess the potential to extract lithium resource that will be in high demand across the globe to power the electric vehicles of the future.”

Councillors will also consider a proposal to install sprinklers in all domestic new builds for sale or let by the Council at a cost of £1.8m. In future, this could also be extended to all homes commissioned by or purchased by the Council.

“This proposal to install sprinklers in all Council new builds could potentially save lives and reduce property damage, as well as reduce insurance costs and callouts by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service,” Cabinet portfolio holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said.

Along with hot rocks and sprinklers, loan funding of £7.1m from the Council’s capital reserves to the Duchy of Cornwall is being considered to bring forward construction of new roads which will deliver up to 3,880 homes and 58,000 sqm of employment space at Nansledan.

If approved, this loan will enable the Duchy of Cornwall to deliver phase 2a of the scheme earlier than planned. The Duchy has already funded and built the eastern arm and Rialton Link phases of the NSR contributing over £15m to the wider scheme. 

The loan would be provided at commercial rates with the Duchy of Cornwall paying back to the Council both the Capital and the interest on the loan.

Cabinet has already agreed funding of £8.7m to help pay for the high infrastructure costs associated with the rail and stream bridges in phase three.  This will support Newquay’s wider transport strategy by providing a more efficient transport network leading to better journey times for drivers and reducing congestion for local people through the villages of Trencreek and Quintrell Downs. The Council’s £8.7m investment would support the direct delivery of the NSR. It is not a grant to Nansledan’s developers or landowners.

“Without Council intervention the full Newquay Strategic Route is not likely to be delivered in the next ten years. This proposal provides a way forward to make the lives of local residents better by improving the road network more quickly, as well as bringing forward more homes, jobs and growth,” Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and Economy, Bob Egerton, said.

Changes to membership of committees will also be considered, along with the tabling of various committee annual reports.

Members of the public are able to attend full Council meetings in person at New County Hall, or can watch the meeting via a live webcast.

Members of the public can also submit questions no later than midday two clear working days before the meeting. 

Story posted 17 May 2018

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Flying high as Cornwall gains the most blue flags again

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 17/05/2018 - 11:17

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Beach champions across Cornwall are celebrating brilliant news today (17 May 2018) as 13 prepare to hoist either, or both, a world-renowned Blue Flag or Seaside Award motif into the sky above their area.  For the fourth year running, Rock-based Sharp’s Brewery has helped ensure that Cornish beaches are the best in the world, continually stepping up to ensure the county has more iconic Blue Flags and Seaside Awards, flying over the coastline, than any other part of the UK.

Sharp’s sponsorship provides the funding for Cornwall Council to make the applications and work with the communities who deliver environmental initiatives, all of which make this fantastic achievement possible.

And in Newquay there is extra reason to celebrate as Great Western Beach has been awarded the world-renowned Blue Flag in a first for the popular destination.  The beach champions here have also created the country’s only beach system that allows them to welcome dogs to a certain area of the beach, whilst ensuring the new Blue Flag area is dog free to comply with the required global standards.

Surrounded by rugged wild beauty at its home in North Cornwall, multi award-winning Sharp’s Brewery is continually giving back to the coast that inspires its creativity providing vital funding for the 2018 Blue Flag and Seaside Award applications, in Cornwall and beyond. Over £32,000 towards the costs of these applications, and other vital Blue Flag related projects has been provided over four years as well as other related programmes such as BeachCare’s Beach Battalion squad.

The iconic Blue Flags, an international quality mark for beaches, reassure visitors and locals alike that Cornwall’s key areas are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits. Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental education and management.

Keep Britain Tidy, the organisation responsible for the awards in the UK, today (17 May 2018) announced that 13 beaches in Cornwall have been awarded either one, or both of the status marks. These include 13 Seaside Awards and seven Blue Flags, making Cornwall a great destination for beach goers and ocean adventurers to visit all year round. Some beaches have received both Blue Flag and Seaside awards to achieve this number.

Thanks to all the hard work of the local beach champions, Cornwall Council and the funding from Sharp’s Brewery, the iconic Blue Flags, and Seaside Award flags, will fly over Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Porthmeor in St Ives, Polzeath, Porthtowan, Widemouth Bay, Trevone Bay and now Great Western in Newquay.

Porth in Newquay, Summerleaze and Crooklets in Bude, Perranporth, Porthminster in St Ives, Sennen Cove and the Blue Flag winners have been awarded Seaside Awards again this year. 

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for environment and public protection, Sue James, welcomed the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.

 “Our success in being awarded so many Blue Flag and Seaside Awards confirm what we who live here already know – that Cornish beaches are among the best in the world. I want to thank all those people in communities across Cornwall, who have given their time and dedication to looking after our beautiful beaches. They should all be rightly proud of these awards.  Local bathing champions and beach “guardians” who raise awareness about marine litter and those who organise beach cleans all play a really valuable role in helping us to protect and maintain Cornwall’s reputation as a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit.  I also want to thank Sharps Brewery who once again played a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards applications.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “It is fantastic news for Cornwall’s holiday-makers, overseas visitors, residents and businesses that we have been able to award an amazing 20 flags to the county’s beaches this year. “The support from Sharp’s Brewery is invaluable in supporting both Cornwall’s beaches and volunteers, and the Blue Flag more widely – which improves the quality of England’s coastline and promotes our best beaches. “The success of Cornwall’s beaches in reaching the very high standards of both awards are a real testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.”

James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager at Sharp’s Brewery said: "With Sharp’s Brewery being based in Rock, North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. We are delighted to have supported our hard working beach champions and local volunteers, as well as Cornwall Council, and BeachCare (part of Keep Britain Tidy) over the last four years with our support now totalling in excess of £32,000.”

James continued: “The team at Sharp’s fully appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into gaining, and keeping, so many iconic Cornish Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Thanks and congratulations to all of these thirteen beaches and to all involved behind the scenes, from us all at Sharp’s Brewery.”

Sharp’s Brewery has also been supporting a brand new initiative in collaboration with Universal Record’s Mercury KX label through sales of its Atlantic Pale Ale. Empowering the ocean to fund its own survival through the creation of ‘Keynvor (meaning ‘ocean’ in Cornish), a recording artist. Keynvor's debut single 'Preservation' is a collaboration with upcoming artist Sebastian Plano. Every stream of Keynvor raises money to protect the Atlantic coastline, with royalties going to Cornwall based charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

Published on 17 May

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New Chief Executive of LEP and Service Director for Economic Development and Enterprise appointed

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 19:28

Following an extensive external recruitment process, Mr Glenn Caplin has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP and Service Director (Economic Development and Enterprise) for Cornwall Council.

The response to our search for a new CEO and Service Director was extensive and there was a tremendous amount of interest in the role from across the private and public sectors for the role.

Glenn brings a wealth of experience to the role and has a deep understanding of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly business sector. He was most recently Director of Strategic Innovation Projects at Falmouth University where he led the university’s venture portfolio work.

Prior to that Glenn was Head of Economic Development, Skills and Culture at Cornwall Council where he set the direction of the Council’s Economic Development and Culture Strategy and its implementation.  He has also held a number of business and economic development roles in the Council and the Cornwall Development Company.

Chair of the LEP, Mark Duddridge said: “This role will have a strong focus on engaging and working with businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, setting the strategic direction for the economic growth of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“We are ambitious about making Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly competitive and attractive to business and inward investment, and exploiting the enormous opportunities we have around space, devolution, the launch of our financial loan scheme, the future role of LEPs and the transition from EU to UK funding. Glenn is a fantastic appointment to the role and we are delighted he is joining us.”

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and Economy, Bob Egerton, welcomed Glenn’s appointment: “It is fantastic to be appointing local talent and someone who has a deep knowledge of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, backed by a  strong track record of results in economic development and growth. Glenn’s knowledge of and his prior work around skills and economic growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be invaluable in bringing forward the Council’s and the LEP’s very extensive economic skill and innovation programme.”

Glenn Caplin said he was looking forward to commencing in the role. “I am delighted to be appointed to the role. I am passionate about the potential of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and am looking forward to the enormous opportunities this role provides to support the growth of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly business sector,” he said.

“We already have some amazing businesses in sectors ranging from digital to creative to renewable energy and aerospace. These form the basis of the LEPs 10 Opportunities and my ambition will be to develop and support these even further. I am also looking forward to working with sectors such as tourism and agri-food which also play a big part in the regional economy”.

Glenn will start in the role in July. 

Story posted 10 May 2018

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Our response to the Healthwatch survey on GP access

NHS Cornwalll News - Wed, 16/05/2018 - 00:00
Read our response to the Healthwatch survey on GP access in Cornwall here.
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Cornwall Council hands over Coronation Park to be managed by local community

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 15/05/2018 - 16:00

Exciting plans to preserve and improve Coronation Park, one of Cornwall’s most historic public parks, have been finalised between Cornwall Council and community group South Kerrier Alliance (SKA).Judah Cross Helston Backslide air

In a ground-breaking agreement, SKA will take on a 99-year lease of the park from Cornwall Council with the Council contributing £109,000 towards capital works improvements.

SKA will also be supported by funding from the Helston Downsland Charity and grant monies of £81,447 from West Cornwall Local Action Group through the LEADER programme. With additional money pledged directly by SKA, this will create a £300,000 investment fund for the Park.

The £300,000 will be spent on improving the boating lake, paths, play park and general repairs as well as making a significant contribution towards a new skate park. Additional funds will be needed to fully replace the Park’s skate equipment but the SKA team is confident that with help from the community a new skate park could be up and running before the end of 2018.

The handover is part of Cornwall Council’s commitment to localism and devolution. Devolving property and services currently held by Cornwall Council gives our local communities the opportunity to shape their areas, make the improvements that sometimes only local knowledge can provide and respond to the demand for local facilities, led by the communities they serve.

David Turnbull, Director of SKA said: “As a not-for-profit community group, the capital promised by Cornwall Council has provided essential match funding, allowing us to apply for additional grants.

We’ve also had wonderful assistance from the Helston Downsland Charity who have supported the project throughout its planning stages and committed £52,000 of funding.”

Councillor for Porthleven and Helston West, Andrew Wallis said: "Coronation Park is not only important to the people of Helston, but also the wider community who have long enjoyed it. It’s a beautiful space recognised as a real haven for families. The Park is the perfect place to relax, walk, row a boat, skateboard or simply eat ice-cream.“

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods said: “We’re delighted that this community group has finally secured the powers and investment to run the park. This news comes following a lengthy period of detailed talks and preparations between the Council and South Kerrier Alliance. The project is also a strong example of local devolution in practise – which means it’ll be run by the local community for the local community.”

SKA plan to manage the Park as a non-profit community project with income from the car park, café and cycle hire leases covering the day to day overheads.

“Our plan is to employ a Park Keeper and Apprentice based in the Park, working as part of our team in The Old Cattle Market to look after this beautiful place” said Sarah Vine, Business Manager for SKA. “However, we wouldn’t have been confident to take on such a project without the guarantee of capital funding to address the current issues”.

Speaking on behalf of Helston Downsland Charity, Tim Grattan-Kane said: “This project shows what can be achieved when Cornwall Council, the Downsland Charity and Community Groups work together. It’s a real boost for Helston and will ensure this much-loved amenity is maintained for future generations.”

Further details will be posted on the Coronation Park Helston Facebook page.

 Posted on 15 May

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