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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 02/02/2021 - 12:30
Information on NHS Kernow's February 2021 Governing Body meeting.
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 01/12/2020 - 12:30
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Partnership Senate

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 15/10/2020 - 10:00
The next meeting will take place on Thursday 15 October 2020, 10am to 12 noon.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/10/2020 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's October 2020 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Cars parking on school keep clear markings, 22nd September

Causing blocks so traffic can’t pass

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 44 Weeth Road, Camborne
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Cornwall Council urges businesses to familiarise themselves with new Government Covid rules

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 6 hours 24 min ago

With the government due to launch the NHS COVID-19 app for residents in England and Wales this week, Cornwall Council is urging businesses to familiarise themselves with how the system will work.

Last week, the Government announced that certain venues, including venues run by local authorities will now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues by the 24th September in order to support the roll out of the app.

For the businesses and other venues involved, the process will mean registering when anyone enters any premises where they may congregate for more than 15 minutes in close proximity to others.

These venues need to keep a record of who is there, and when so that when someone tests positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace teams can trace people who have been in close contact with that person recently.

The app has been created to make that process easier and more reliable for those businesses, as well as for the general public who visit those places. There are two elements:

Right now, businesses and other venues across England and Wales are being urged by the government to ensure that they have NHS ‘QR’ code posters visible on entry, so that customers can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

There is a legal requirement for certain venues, including public venues run by local authorities, to display NHS QR posters, and to enforce the recently introduced ‘rule of six' in their venues by the 24 September.

You should create and display a QR code if you are a business, place of worship or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public; or an event which is taking place in a physical location. They include:

• hospitality
• leisure and tourism
• close contact services
• places of worship
• local authority venues, such as libraries and children’s centres

From Thursday 24 September, the public will be encouraged to download the new NHS COVID-19 app, that they then use when entering a premises, by showing their smartphone to the businesses’ QR code poster.

The phone app and the QR code poster do the rest. It will create a digital record that you visited that venue at that time, and that record will be logged on your phone for 21 days.

Those residents without a smartphone will be provided with other methods with which to register their attendance.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “We want to do all we can to make sure businesses and those businesses affected by the new rules aren’t caught out by the new legal requirements. We are encouraging businesses to follow government guidance and to download the free posters and display them in their premises ahead of the launch of the app. That way, customers can use them straight away, once the app is launched.

“The more data available, the more effective the track and trace process will be, and the more businesses taking part will encourage the public to download the app and to increase its effectiveness.”

If you are a business or you are holding an event at which the public are likely to congregate for more than 15 minutes in close proximity, you can download the free QR code poster here.

If you have more than one venue, you need to create a separate QR code for each location.

For more information about the NHS COVID-19 app, visit covid19.nhs.uk

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Lanner smallholder receives five-year ban after keeping animals in filthy conditions

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 21/09/2020 - 13:04

A smallholder from Lanner who kept pigs, poultry and a llama in filthy and dangerous conditions has been banned for five years from keeping farm animals, including llamas.

Gary Joseph Clark pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court to six offences relating to a failure to care for the animals under the Animal Health Act 2006.

The offences related to a failure to care for the pigs, poultry and a llama kept at Trevarth Farm allotments, Lanner, Cornwall. Over the course of three visits made by Cornwall Council’s Animal Health officers and an Animal Plant and Health Agency vet, the enclosure for the pigs was found to be continually waterlogged, with mud coming up to the animals’ bellies. The only water available for them to drink was dirty and muddy and they had access to hazardous objects such as nails and sharp edges.

A llama at the site had no shelter from the elements and there were sharp objects including nails and sharp projections found in its enclosure.

The poultry was not provided with clean dry litter and also did not have access to fresh water.

Despite the extensive advice he was given over the course of the visits, he made only minor improvements to the unacceptable conditions in which the animals were kept. All requests to remove the sharp objects and to provide dry lying areas and fresh water were ignored.

Despite Mr Clark’s guilty plea, the court’s bench took a very dim view of the conditions in which the animals were kept. He was given 28 days to comply with the ban instructions and fined £720 for the Animal Welfare Offences. He also had to pay a victim surcharge of £72.

Andy Burnside, Senior Trading Standards Officer from the Quality Standards and Animal Health team of Public Protection, said: “Officers found repeated non-compliance despite providing extensive advice over a period of time. In such cases, where there is a complete disregard for farm animal welfare, the council will always take formal action to protect animals and the good reputation of Cornish farmers and smallholders.”

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Cornwall welcomes students back to local universities

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 21/09/2020 - 12:58

With the academic getting underway, Cornwall Council has welcomed the return of students across Cornwall, including the Falmouth and Penryn area.

We have been working closely with all education providers in the county over the summer months on plans to ensure that students return safely, and that safe behaviours are being promoted and supported throughout local communities. Bringing students back safely also provides a boost to our local economies, which is welcomed by businesses after a difficult start to the year.

The universities have done the following to prepare for the safe arrival of students:

  • Developed a Cornwall Campuses Safe Community Charter, to encourage considerate, responsible behaviour, both on and off campus
  • Introduced measures on campus including strict social distancing measures, one-way systems through buildings, hand sanitiser points and an expectation that face coverings are worn in most buildings
  • Banned guests in university accommodation
  • Developed campaigns to raise awareness of the latest coronavirus information and guidance
  • Introduced a Rapid Response Team to manage any cases or suspected cases in the universities’ community

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s Director of Public Heath said: “We’d like to reassure the community that everyone has been planning this return for a number of months. Our public health team have been having regular meetings with the universities to set out how we can reduce risks through engagement with students, putting in measures to make the campuses COVID-19 safe, and introducing processes, should cases be detected in students or staff.”

“We all still need to remember to work together, be kind and respectful to each other. We need everyone in the community to continue to follow government guidelines about numbers of people meeting together, wearing face masks in public spaces, keeping left in town centres and good hand hygiene”.

Sally Hawken, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Public Health added “The universities have all been working incredibly hard to make sure that students can safely get back to education.

“It’s vitally important that we keep education going for our young people as it has multiple benefits such as improved mental health and providing the best possible employment prospects going forward. We have world class education in Cornwall and it’s fantastic every year to see students graduating and contributing to Cornwall, and the wider world”.

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Media statement for Pilgrim's Pride food factory

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 18:10

Public Health England (PHE) South West and Cornwall Council are aware of a small number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd. food factory, Pool, Cornwall. 

The cases were discovered as part of the enhanced contact tracing service put in place by Cornwall Council’s public health team.

Anyone identified as a close contact linked to the positive cases will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service. If you are contacted, you should only get tested if you go on to develop symptoms. Even if you test negative, you must still self-isolate for 14 days.   

There will be additional testing taking place on site over the weekend for Pilgrim's Pride employees only. These measures are preventative and will provide vital data to help stop the spread of the virus.

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s Director of Public Health, said:  

“We are working with the factory owners, PHE SW and our NHS partners to provide public health advice and help stop the spread of the virus. Employees who need to isolate have already been excluded from work and given support to isolate.

“The business is conscientious in its approach to Covid-19 controls. We have been discussing their ongoing measures to ensure it is safe for staff to attend work as normal. However, if anyone does develop symptoms, which include a new continuous cough, high temperature or loss or change to their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate straight away.” 

A spokesperson from Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd. said: 

“Safety is a condition within our business. Since March when Covid-19 restrictions were first introduced, we have been following government guidelines for food processing sites and we have updated them as and when amendments have been made. Furthermore, we have implemented additional measures where they bring benefit including the installation of thermal cameras. We audit compliance of all our Covid-19 controls daily to drive up standards.

“As leading food processing operations, all our sites follow strict hygiene controls including barrier controls and intense daily cleaning regimes.

“In addition, at Pool the Health and Safety Executive carried out an inspection earlier this week and fed back that they were satisfied with measures implemented on site to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We are working closely with PHE South West and Cornwall Council to arrange swab testing for a sample group in one particular area of production before deciding upon the need for any further screening. As soon as we receive test results, we will liaise with health partners to assess whether further actions are necessary.”

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Council to raise residents’ concerns over Government planning proposals

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 13:11

Have Your Say Government Planning Proposals

Residents are being asked to help the Council and have their say urgently before 1 October on new Government planning rules which will set a requirement of 4,000 new houses to be built across Cornwall every year. 

The proposals for new planning laws, designed to “build more homes, more quickly” in the UK would see an extra 12,500  new houses being built in Cornwall in the next ten years in addition to the current plans – the equivalent of a town roughly twice the size of Bodmin – without time to plan for new growth in the right places there are fears this will inevitably result in poor quality and unplanned speculative development coming forward.  

Affordable home provision could fall significantly under the new rules. This is because of proposed short-term changes that mean developers will not have to provide any affordable housing on sites of less than 40/50 homes.  This could mean a loss of 300 affordable homes a year for Cornwall’s residents. 

Cornwall Council wants to provide good quality homes that residents can afford, these proposals whilst building more homes risks them being poor quality and unaffordable.  

Rightly the government wants to help small and medium-sized builders in these difficult times. Like many Local Authorities in England we have thousands of homes with planning permission which have not been built.  Unlocking these sites by giving us new powers or funding to build the infrastructure that is needed, will help build these new homes that our residents need. 

In the long-term the government's 'Planning for the future' White paper also outlines how Greenbelt areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty may get the designation of ‘protect’ areas. As many South East authorities will be over 70% Greenbelt, there is a potential risk that this will lead to even greater pressure on Cornwall and other South West authorities. This is not levelling up. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning Tim Dwelly said: “The message is simple. Under these new proposals the overall number of homes being built in Cornwall will rise dramatically. But the number of new affordable homes will fall dramatically. The current planning system gives residents the right to have a meaningful say on the quality and location of new homes - as well as their affordability. The Government proposals will remove this right. That's not on. 

“We are already building our fair share of homes in Cornwall in a careful, planned way. We set a requirement for affordable homes to be part of that mix. We believe we are striking the right balance. The new proposals take away our ability to require affordable homes on sites of under 50. Affordable housing numbers will fall by a third each year - what terrible timing, as unemployment rises across Cornwall because of Covid. Meanwhile, forcing through an extra 1,000 homes a year will lead to speculative development, a rise in land banking and poor-quality homes getting permission routinely."  

“We are concerned that residents do not know these things are proposed and we want to help them have their say before the proposals come in and it is too late." 

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for Homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “Access to affordable homes is the number one priority of residents in Cornwall and we believe under these proposals, the number of affordable homes will fall. We want to represent your views to Government – and we need your help to do it.” 

Cornwall Council is calling on Government to: 

  • review the new housing formula immediately; 

  • abandon the proposals to raise the affordable housing threshold;  

  • give us new powers or funding to build the infrastructure that is needed to unlock sites that already have planning permission, and  

  • focus on delivering net carbon zero new homes with strict standards being made mandatory so that new build housing market plays its full part in carbon reduction.   

Residents can get involved in three ways: 

  • Respond to our post on Facebook and Twitter– your views will help shape Cornwall Council’s response to Government 

  • Share your views on the Let’s Talk Cornwall website - your views will help shape our response to the Government consultation. 

  • Respond to the 'Planning for the future' Government consultation directly.  If you respond via email, please copy us in at  haveyoursay@cornwall.gov.uk 

 

Story posted 18 September 2020

 

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Volunteers and health professionals join forces to support care in the community during COVID-19

NHS Cornwalll News - Fri, 18/09/2020 - 00:00
Volunteers and health and care workers joined forces to make sure people facing the final weeks and days of their lives during the coronavirus lockdown could do so in their own homes with dignity, respect and comfort.
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Pavements obstruction ny overgrown hedges and vegetation, 17th September

Please inspect the new footpath around the bends at Treloweth Lane st Erth overgrown hedges and vegetation. A lot of money has been spent extending the pavement now have to walk on road as pavement overgrown with vegetation and hedges.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 10 Treloweth Lane
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Hundreds share experiences of government's Covid-19 testing service

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 17:24

Hundreds of residents have responded to a Cornwall Council appeal to share their experiences of the government’s Covid-19 testing service. 

The appeal went out after concerns were raised that people suffering from symptoms associated with Covid-19 were struggling to book a test or were being offered test slots at locations outside Cornwall – in some cases hundreds of miles away. 

The information will be anonymised and passed on to Cornwall’s MPs to use as evidence when making the case to government that urgent changes need to be made to the current system. 

Councillor Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, said: “I’m grateful to the many hundreds of residents who told us about their experiences with the government’s Covid-19 testing system. It’s clear from the sheer volume of responses that the system isn’t working, and I’m deeply concerned that people in Cornwall are suffering as a result. 

“This isn’t about asymptomatic people putting strain on the system. The responses we’ve had are from people who have Covid-19 symptoms and are trying to do the right thing by following government guidance. We must do all we can to support them and keep our residents safe. 

“Some of the stories we’ve heard are truly disturbing. From the carer self-isolating and unable to work because of a delay in receiving her test results, to the parents of a poorly child who were forced to travel almost a hundred miles for a test – only for the appointment to be cancelled when they were halfway there. 

“These examples are as shocking as they are heart-breaking – but sadly they’re not unique. If we are to beat this virus, we need a testing system that is fit for purpose. I worry that at this present moment we don’t have one. 

“I’ll be passing on our findings to our local MPs and asking for their support in the hope they can press decision-makers in government to make desperately needed changes to the testing system.  

“We can’t wait weeks. These changes need to happen now.” 

Cornwall Council Director of Public Health, Rachel Wigglesworth, said: “These examples offer a disturbing snapshot of the current testing system and its flaws. They clearly show that changes need to be made if we’re to combat the spread of coronavirus in Cornwall. 

“It’s particularly important as we head towards the flu season, when the healthcare system will undoubtedly be placed under further pressure. 

“We stand ready to help the government in any way we can and we will do our utmost to keep Covid-19 case numbers in Cornwall low, but issues with the testing system will need to be resolved if we are to succeed in doing that. 

“In the meantime, we’ll continue working to put additional arrangements in place to help boost local testing availability until the national capacity increases and will let residents know as soon as those measures are in place.”

 

Published September 17, 2020

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