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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's December 2019 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 05/11/2019 - 11:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November 2019 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 03/09/2019 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's September 2019 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/08/2019 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August 2019 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Children and young people community of practice

NHS Cornwall Events - Fri, 12/07/2019 - 00:00
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be holding its first community of practice event supporting the changes to emotional wellbeing and mental health support for children and young people.
Categories: Health

Whose shoes workshop

NHS Cornwall Events - Wed, 05/06/2019 - 10:00
Would you like to help improve maternity services in Cornwall? Come along to our whose shoes workshop on Wednesday 5 June and share your experiences.
Categories: Health

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/06/2019 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's June 2019 Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Tell us how we can work together to tackle homelessness

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 16:29

The Council wants to hear from organisations that work with the homeless and from people who have experienced homelessness or been threatened with homelessness as it works to update its Homelessness Strategy.

The Council is holding a consultation to help us set out how we can continue to work with partners to help people who are, or who are threatened with becoming, homeless.

People sleeping rough need help to get off the streets and put a roof over their head, but even if you do have a roof over your head, you can still be ‘homeless’.

People who are sofa surfing, staying in a hostel or bed and breakfast or living in poor conditions that affect their health are all homeless and need help to find a permanent place to call home. 

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “We have a homelessness strategy in place but need to update it to reflect what is happening now.” 

“Tackling homelessness is a priority for Cornwall Council.  It is something that can affect anyone at any time.  Every day our residents are under increasing financial pressure as a result of high housing costs, low wages and significant welfare reform. Homelessness can also come about because of relationship breakdown, debt and through ill health.  More and more families and individuals are facing homelessness and we need to work together to help find solutions.”

Andrew Mitchell adds: “Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off and we need to make sure that the same principles of co-operation and working with partners are applied to the wider issue of homelessness.”

Having a coordinated, multi-agency strategy to tackle rough sleeping, the most visible form of homelessness, is paying off.  Official figures released in December 2018 show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high number of rough sleepers, 53 people were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year before that. This 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded in Cornwall since November 2016 bucks the national trend.

New initiatives to help rough sleepers are in the pipeline including the Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub, which will be open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer help to anyone who is at imminent risk of, or already, rough sleeping.  There are also plans for a local lettings agency to help single people and couples with no children, who are at risk of having to sleep rough, get into private rented accommodation.

Andrew Mitchell said: “I was there at the launch of the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy in 2017 and we have achieved a great deal over the last two years – including nearly halving the number of rough sleepers counted on our streets. But more needs to be done to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.

Since April 2018 Cornwall Council received 8,784 (up from 8,659 the previous year) approaches for help from households threatened with homelessness. Over 78% of those were given advice and help so that they could avoid becoming homeless. 

There were around 250 households in temporary accommodation in Cornwall at any one time with around a third of those in bed and breakfast or hotels because the Council does not have enough temporary accommodation of its own to offer them.

The Council is working to bridge that gap by committing to buy 250 homes for people in need of temporary accommodation.  The homes will be spread throughout Cornwall so that those who find themselves in need of a temporary home whilst they are helped to find a more permanent option, can still be near work, school and family.

The Council is also at the forefront of building new affordable homes for local people to buy and rent in Cornwall.  The Council is directly investing £200m to directly deliver 1,000 new homes built in the right locations with the right infrastructure around them.

Last year, 3,400 new homes were built in Cornwall, and over 900 of these were affordable housing. People wishing to rent or buy one of these affordable homes must have a connection to Cornwall and already be living here.

Andrew Mitchell adds: “We want anyone who is concerned about homelessness in Cornwall to give us their views on how we can work better together to really get to grips with this issue.”

The consultation runs until Wednesday 07 August 2019.  Further details are on the Council’s Homelessness Strategy Review web pages.

 

Story posted 23 May 2019 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Free family fun day to mark World No Tobacco Day

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 14:30

Celebrating with a free family fun day, the Fair Park in Bodmin will become smoke free to mark World No Tobacco Day (31 May).

The fun kicks off at 11am, finishes at 1pm and will feature a number of activities for everyone to enjoy, with a free bouncy castle and a treasure hunt.

Also at the event will be:

  • Healthy Lifestyle stand with fun games and activities
  • Smoking cessation advisor and information stand
  • Trading Standards illegal tobacco awareness stand
  • Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

For World No Tobacco Day this year there is a focus on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, as well as the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s Interim Deputy Director of Public Health said: “A smoke free play park helps people live active, healthy lifestyles. 

“Children learn their behaviour from adults, so it’s essential that tobacco use is not seen as part of everyday life. We want to discourage smoking around children in our play areas, helping to reduce the number of young people who smoke and reduce litter in the park.”

Adults attending the event will be able to pick up information about stopping smoking as well as advice on alcohol and nutrition at the health promotion stand. Trading Standards will be explaining the effects of illegal tobacco on local communities and businesses, and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand with information about home fire safety and the chance to book free home fire safety checks.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “Illegal tobacco, which is sold at pocket money prices and sold without any age checks, is one way in which young people can access tobacco. We are working with Public Health to create healthier environments where our children are protected from the harms of tobacco.

“If anyone holds any information concerning sales of illegal tobacco please email the details to report-it@cornwall.gov.uk or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111”

Research shows that children who live with smokers are at least twice as likely to become smokers themselves and that reducing child exposure to smoking decreases the uptake of smoking amongst young people in the long term. 

Children are also more likely than adults to begin smoking, with 65% of smokers having started before the age of 18. By reducing children’s exposure to smoking, parents can be a positive role model and help ensure children don’t regard smoking as normal.

Posted on 23 May 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council Leader visits flagship projects in Cawsand, Bude and Porthcurno

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 12:33

Bude Visit

Newly elected Council Leader Julian German has visited three very different projects across Cornwall to celebrate the great work of communities delivering improvements for residents supported by Cornwall Council. 

He visited Cawsand to meet with the Peninsula Trust and hear about the partnership working between a small Cornish community and Cornwall Council to rescue and transform buildings to provide much needed affordable housing for local people on the Rame Peninsula. 

The Peninsula Trust, a local community led organisation, came to Cornwall Council with a proposition to buy and renovate three Council owned coastguard cottages in Cawsand village and then let them to local families at an affordable rent.  The Trust, which already runs the Rame Centre community hub in Millbrook village is also working to rescue the Old Ship Inn at Cawsand, rebuilding it as a community-owned café and heritage centre with flats for affordable rent above.

Cllr Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “This is a practical demonstration of how we are serious about working with partners and the community to provide the right homes in the right place.”

Simon Ryan from the Peninsula Trust said:  “Cornwall Council is helping us take the lead in helping our community.  The demand for housing is huge and working with the Council we can start to make a difference.  We’re getting enquiries from all over the country asking how we are doing what we are doing and I tell them it’s down in no small part to the support we are getting from Cornwall Council.”

Debbie Patterson, Chair of the Peninsula Trust explained the plans for regenerating The Old Ship Inn:  “With funding from the community and brilliant support from Cornwall Council we’re going to build a community café and restaurant and eventually, a heritage centre and four flats for local people which will help bring this community back to life.”  

Julian said:  “It’s great to see first-hand that the Council is helping to support the community in Cawsand, who have done a tremendous amount of work to bring forward affordable housing for local people and improve the lives of residents with their plans for a community hub for their village.”

Julian then visited Summerleaze beach in Bude to see how the community there is working to tackle the climate emergency.

He joined representatives from A Greener Bude, an umbrella scheme created by the town’s most influential plastic warriors and environmental organisations, representatives from the Bude Cleaner Seas Project, Mors Bags Bude Baggers - a group who meet once a month to sew, cut out bags, swap material to make reusable fabric shopping bags and the Your Shore Beach Rangers.

He also met world record rower Kiko Matthews who became the fastest female to row the Atlantic solo and unsupported last year.  Kiko started Kik-Plastic  which aims to grow community awareness around plastic and the environment as she cycles 7,200km of the coast, stopping each day to help with a beach clean.

Avril Sainsbury from the Cleaner Seas Project in Bude said: “We’ve got a very strong community and lots of environment groups who work together under the banner of A Greener Bude.

“We are very big on beach cleaning in Bude and we were delighted to welcome Kiko Matthews and Cllr German today to show them what we do here. Even when the beach looks beautifully clean, a sift through the sand will show microplastics which are damaging to our waterways and oceans.”

Councillor Rob Nolan who was appointed as Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the Environment and Public Protection this week said: “It was great to meet the members of A Greener Bude and to hear about their tireless work in making their town more sustainable by tackling marine plastics, pollution and climate change to name but a few.

“As the new portfolio holder for the environment and public protection I am looking forward to working with residents to identify how we can fight climate change together including identifying what we need to do to become carbon neutral by 2030.” 

Julian German was then joined by the cabinet portfolio holder for economy and planning Bob Egerton in a visit to the Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno to hear how an innovative project to encourage more people to appreciate Cornwall’s culture and heritage started there. 

Museum Director Julia Twomlow explained how they are engaging the local community and visitors through the Augmented Telegrapher project, which is the ‘pilot’ for the wAVE project.  The wAVE project will eventually see five museums across Cornwall and Scilly using virtual and augmented reality technology to bring Cornish heritage alive.  The new technology will include virtual reality headsets, high definition projection techniques and computer generated imagery to create new, immersive visitor experiences, related to the museums own community stories.

Julia Twomlow, director of the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno, said: “It is really warming that Cllr German visited us so early in his term of office which shows his commitment to culture and heritage in Cornwall.”

“Because the Telegraph Museum’s history is in technology, together with Falmouth University we are ideally placed to explore new ways of interpreting our story and collections to make the visitor experience even more dynamic and interactive.”

The technology will be developed by Falmouth University in partnership with Cornwall Museums Partnership and will be launched in phases at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno; Castle Heritage Centre, Bude; St Agnes Museum; Isles of Scilly Museum and the Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol in Looe from later this year up until the end of 2020.

Julian German said: “We’re committed to telling the story of Cornwall’s history, culture, arts and our heritage.  Our culture makes us distinct and unique and it is not just good for our society, it is great for our economy.”

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy and planning adds:  “Our creative sector is a huge cultural and economic asset that is growing at twice the rate of the UK economy. We have a rich and diverse creative economy rooted in our distinctive sense of place.”

Julian says: “On my first full day as Council Leader it has been wonderful to go out and meet residents, volunteers and organisations from across Cornwall working on projects that are transforming their communities.”

“This morning we heard about plans to transform one of the oldest buildings in Cawsand into a cafe, heritage centre and flats for local residents thanks to community investment from individuals.

“Then we visited Summerleaze Beach in Bude where we met a wide range of residents who found that getting involved in environmental action has been a great way in becoming part of the community. A Greener Bude is really helping to make sure that resources are being used wisely and that groups aren’t duplicating activities and are pulling together to gain the maximum benefit.”

“Then this afternoon we visited Porthcurno Telegraph Museum which is pioneering the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality technology under the Coastal Communities wAVE project to enhance the visitor experience in museums in Cornwall.”

“As a Council, we want every community, from Porthcurno to Bude to Cawsand, see real improvements in the places where they live.  We will step up our efforts to help local people find solutions to issues that affect them and I look forward to learning more about these projects and meeting more inspiring individuals across the Duchy in the coming months.”

 

Story posted 23 May 2019 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Health and Safety Manager convicted over sale of fake car service records

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 11:30

A health and safety manager has been found guilty of producing fake car service histories after a successful prosecution led by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team.

Paul Skidmore, 32, of Church Road, Pencoys, Fourlanes near Redruth ran an on-line stationery business alongside his main employment as a Health and Safety Manager for a local clothing company.

However, Truro Magistrates Court heard that in the summer of 2017 Skidmore started to produce fake car servicing history records in response to requests from customers on Ebay.

In July 2018 Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards became aware of Skidmore’s illegal sales after test purchases were made by the Ford Motor Company and by the Vauxhall/Peugeot Group.

An entry warrant was executed at Skidmore’s home address and records were recovered that showed he had sold over 1,500 fake service histories and made over £9,000 in just ten months.

Skidmore, who had no previous convictions, told the court that he was genuinely sorry for what he had done and that by July 2018 he had almost been expecting a knock at the door after being warned by Ebay that he was selling trade mark infringing items.

Nevertheless, Magistrates said that the offences were so serious that a custodial sentence could well have been imposed.

However, instead, Skidmore was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service, to pay a fine of £500, a victim surcharge of £85 and to meet the Council’s full investigation and prosecutions costs of £8613.08

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, explained the mischief involved.

He said: “Ordinarily, Cornwall Council would condemn the sale of counterfeit goods as a threat to genuine businesses and the people they employ. 

“However, in this case the fake service histories could only have been used to facilitate car sales, either to increase the price of the car because of an apparent service history, or to mask high mileages travelled or poor servicing and maintenance.

“Such offending puts unsuspecting purchasers at great risk and I welcome this successful prosecution and hope that it serves as a warning to anyone else tempted to do the same.”

 Posted May 23, 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics

Second swarm of bees in a week in Cornwall - Pirate FM

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 07:48
Second swarm of bees in a week in Cornwall  Pirate FM

A woman discovered the creatures swamping a recycling bin at Pengegon in Camborne. bees 4 Another swarm of bees has been spotted out-of-place in ...

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Introducing: Content Marketing Cornwall - Business Cornwall Magazine

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 16:31
Introducing: Content Marketing Cornwall  Business Cornwall Magazine

Founded in 2013 by former BBC journalist Lisa Woodruff, Business Cornwall finds out more about *Content* Marketing Cornwall, based in Hayle. Business ...

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EU election candidates and polling stations in Cornwall - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 15:57
EU election candidates and polling stations in Cornwall  Cornwall Live

Village halls, schools, council offices, scout halls and pub are among the hundreds of polling stations open on Thursday, May 23, for the European ...

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Restaurant fined for selling food which could have caused allergic reaction

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 10:27

A Looe restaurant has been fined for selling potentially life-threatening food after serving a curry with yogurt to a Trading Standards Officer who asked for it to be milk-free. 

Nazrul Islam appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 16 2019. He pleaded guilty to charges under Section 14 of the Food Safety Act 1990 on behalf of himself and Looe Tandoori Restaurant Ltd.

In September 2018, a Trading Standards Enforcement officer ordered a lamb tikka rogan josh which he requested to be milk-free. The sample was sent to the Public Analyst who detected traces of milk in an amount significant enough to cause an allergic reaction. The lamb meat had in fact been marinated in yogurt. 

The court heard that the Trading Standards Enforcement Officer was served by a new member of staff, who got confused and served the dish. This member of staff had received no training in relation to allergens prior to starting work, an issue Mr Islam says he has now rectified.

This test purchase followed an earlier test purchase in October 2017 which was also found to contain traces of milk even though it was requested to be milk free. Following this sample, the business was given advice and issued with a written warning.  Mr Islam and the company failed to follow this advice and had not put in place any procedures to prevent unsafe food from being served to those with allergies.

The Presiding Magistrate stated that these were "very serious offences" which "could have had a catastrophic outcome in the extreme".

Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Cornwall Council takes issues relating to allergens very seriously and we carry out sampling to ensure that those with allergies are served with safe food.

“We work with businesses to ensure they comply with the law and will offer any support we can. However, our top priority remains public safety and given the potentially fatal consequences of not providing the correct information, we will take formal action where needed.”

Mr Islam was given a fine of £1,170 with a victim surcharge of £117. Looe Tandoori Restaurant Ltd was given a fine of £6,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £5,012.40 and a victim surcharge of £600.

If businesses need support they can contact Cornwall Business Regulatory Support on 0300 1234 212 or find out more on www.businessregulatorysupport.co.uk

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Cornish school appeals for toys, books and clothes after huge house fire - Pirate FM

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 10:17
Cornish school appeals for toys, books and clothes after huge house fire  Pirate FM

A *fresh* appeal is being made to help the families devastated by a huge house fire in a Cornish village. Firefighters from St Just to St Dennis were scrambled to ...

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Big changes ahead for NHS hospital services - Med-Tech Innovation

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 08:48
Big changes ahead for NHS hospital services  Med-Tech Innovation

Oli Hudson, of Wilmington Healthcare, explores the NHS's bid to split urgent and planned care into separate sites and redesign specialist services.

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Live Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall traffic and travel on Wednesday, May 22 - Devon Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Wed, 22/05/2019 - 06:17
Live Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall traffic and travel on Wednesday, May 22  Devon Live

Keeping an eye on the M5, A30, and A38 - and bringing you the news from Penzance and Truro, to Plymouth, Exeter, Bideford and beyond.

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Opening of Cornwall's newest Premier Inn delayed again - Cornwall Live

Hayle and Angarrack news | Google - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 16:41
Opening of Cornwall's newest Premier Inn delayed again  Cornwall Live

The hotel is expected to bring £1.5m to the local economy every year.

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