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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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Iconic sculpture The Drummer is ‘going on holiday’ as regeneration of Hall for Cornwall gathers pace

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 17:13

Drummer Sculpture Resized

The Drummer, the bronze sculpture of a figure standing on a sphere beating a drum which currently takes centre stage on Lemon Quay in Truro, will be going on a two year holiday on Tuesday 25 September.

The iconic 15ft bronze sculpture, which contains Cornish tin and copper, was officially unveiled by Queen drummer Roger Taylor outside the Hall for Cornwall back in 2011.

The Drummer will now be moved and put on display in a temporary new home at The Eden Project where it will still be enjoyed by the public during two years of works to refurbish the Hall for Cornwall. 

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy, said:  “We have been talking to Tim Shaw, the artist who created The Drummer, and Kier, which is carrying out the Hall for Cornwall refurbishment, about what best to do with The Drummer to ensure it is kept safe during construction work.

“The decision was made to move it to the Eden Project in order to keep it safe and allow residents and visitors to continue to enjoy it over the next two years.  We look forward to welcoming it back to Truro when the refurbishment of the Hall for Cornwall is complete.”

Cllr Egerton added: “As a partner, Cornwall Council is working with the team at Hall for Cornwall to realise the exciting vision for its refurbishment which, once reopened, will act as a great economic boost for our growing city.

“Having a world class cultural building at the heart of Truro offers us a great chance to achieve our growth aspirations in a way that respects local distinctiveness and provides a fantastic resource for the whole of Cornwall.”

The Drummer will be carefully loaded onto a lorry and put into storage on Tuesday whilst its new temporary home at the Eden Project is made ready. The removal will be carried out with a mobile crane supplied by Macsalvors who were originally involved in erecting the sculpture in June 2011. 

The sculpture is fixed to a concrete base spanning the culvert with four bolts attached to a metal base plate which will be released to lift the sculpture onto a waiting lorry.

Tim Shaw, the artist who created The Drummer, said:  “Cornwall Council has given full assurance that The Drummer will be re-instated once the Hall for Cornwall refurbishments are complete. 

I look forward to its safe return and when it does, I hope the words: 'Cornwall - A place where the drum beats differently’ will be inscribed upon the brass plaque. This originally intended quote together with written explanation should  provide insight into why this sculpture was created and what The Drummer symbolises. Meantime, there is perhaps an opportunity for everybody to explore new thoughts and ideas as to how Lemon Quay could look in the future.

Good wishes to all involved in the exciting Hall for Cornwall refurbishment. Thank you Eden Project for temporarily housing The Drummer.

Cornwall Councillor for Truro Boscawen Bert Biscoe said: “The Drummer was commissioned by Truro for Truro.  It may not be universally liked but it is a very important part of Truro’s modern future looking brand.  It may need to be moved temporarily but it must, must, must be back in its original location before Hall for Cornwall opens its doors on reopening night.”

Tim Shaw, who was elected an Academician at The Royal Academy of Arts in 2013, already has a major work of art at the Eden Project in the form of The Rites of Dionysus, depicting the Greek god of the vines in the form of a raging bull and eleven life-sized figures representing his followers, known as the Maenads.

Eden Project Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said of the pending arrival of The Drummer: “We are delighted to be giving this wonderful sculpture a temporary home at Eden so people can continue to enjoy it while the work goes on at Lemon Quay.

“We already have some of Tim’s wonderful sculptures so having The Drummer here on holiday from Truro couldn’t be more appropriate.”


Story posted 21 September 2018 

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Festival to attract people to care profession

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 12:55

With an estimated 30,000 social care jobs needing to be filled in the South West by 2025, a free event is being held to attract more people into the profession.

An ageing population is already placing huge demands on over-stretched social care services, demands that are set to increase over the coming decades.

To find ways to meet this demand and attract more people into care roles, Cornwall Council has joined forces with social care providers and health organisations, including Royal Cornwall Hospital, under the banner of Proud to Care Cornwall.

They will host the Proud to Care Festival during half-term in Truro to showcase the opportunities available to work in care and celebrate all the good work that is currently being done.

The family-friendly festival will also feature face painting, a magician, circus acts, dancing, delicious food and lots more. It will take place between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday October 24, at Lemon Quay in Truro.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Across the South West, it is estimated an extra 30,000 new care jobs will be needed by 2025 in response to our ageing population. We are acting now so there are enough carers to meet the increasing demand.

“Alongside this, we also need to find different ways to deliver social care services such as making use of developments in technology, and ensure that people have all the information they need to plan for a healthy old age so they need less support.”

This event is made possible with the help of Pluss through their Big Lottery and ESF funded ‘Positive People’ programme who, together with Cornwall Council, are the main event sponsors.

Chief Executive of Pluss, Steve Hawkins said: “There has never been a better time to join the care sector with a range of rewarding roles with great career prospects available.

Our Positive People programme provides support to people across the region to build up their confidence and access activities in their communities. Some of our participants will have both experienced and provided care at some point in their lives so it is very important that we support more people into the care profession.”

More information on activities will be released as they are confirmed and you can find out more about the day by visiting the Proud to Care Cornwall Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Posted 21 September 2018

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Local funding and highway improvements on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 11:59

Residents of the Truro & Roseland area have the opportunity to find out about new funding available through the Coast to Coast Local Action Group and hear about improvements to local traffic management at the next Community Network Panel meeting on Tuesday 25th September at 7pm in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall, Truro. 

There will be an update on the EU funding available through the Coast To Coast local action group.  Funding is available to those in the local farming industry, small businesses and organisations, especially those in the cultural or tourism sector and forestry-related businesses along with community groups.

Attendees will also hear more about the £50,000 pot of funding allocated to the Panel this year for small scale local highway improvement and the projects that have been put forward by Parish Councils and Cornwall Councillors on behalf of their communities.

Chris Wells, Chair of the Truro & Roseland Community Network Panel says: “I hope more residents and businesses come and have their say about what is happening in the Truro & Roseland area and tap into this much needed EU funding available for those in the local area.

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that are important to the local area. They progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners; including town & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. 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. 

Truro & Roseland Community Network Panel includes the ten Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of Truro City Council and the Parishes in the community network: Chacewater , Cuby,  Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn , Ladock , Philleigh , Probus , RuanLanihorne , St Clement , St Erme ; St Just in Roseland , St Michael Caerhays , St Michael Penkivel , Tregony and Veryan.

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Each meeting agenda and more information about each panel is available here You can also keep up to date on matters in the area by following the Facebook page

Posted 21 September 2018

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Looe Music Festival

NHS Cornwall Events - Fri, 21/09/2018 - 00:00
We are excited to announce that for the very first time we have teamed up with the organisers of Looe Music Festival and will be based inside the festival’s main arena overlooking the seafront for three days from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September.
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Council takes action after Mundic block found in Callington properties

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 20/09/2018 - 10:38

Residents of 15 Callington properties are being re-housed and supported by Cornwall Housing after tests revealed a severe case of Mundic block in the properties that has made them unsafe to live in.

Housing officers were alerted to the issue following reports of ongoing damp by the tenants at two of the affected properties in Urban Terrace, Callington. Further surveys were swiftly undertaken which revealed problems in a further 13 houses. Ten of the homes are under the ownership of Cornwall Housing and five are privately owned.

Cornwall Housing determined the properties were no longer safe to live in due to structural instability and moved quickly to contact residents with face-to-face meetings held last week. For safety reasons, the homes will be demolished once all are vacated.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “My sympathies go out to those affected residents. While their safety is our utmost priority, I appreciate that losing your home and having to relocate is incredibly distressing and this must be heart-breaking.

“We will do our utmost to minimise the impact by finding them suitable permanent homes as close as possible to their current residence if they so wish, or an alternative area of their choice.

“I and Councillor Long intend to meet with the residents to assure them that Cornwall Council will act as swiftly as we can to help them get on with their lives.

“Given the challenging timescales we are working to, we are renting private  accommodation as a stop-gap until permanent housing can be found.”

As well as supporting the tenants affected to find a new home, Cornwall Housing is also providing support and advice to private homeowners on finding a new home in their preferred area, an offer of a free survey from the Council and discussions about possible acquisition and any related compensation for the loss of the property.

Council tenants will be found suitable permanent homes as close to their current residence or an alternative area of their choice. If tenants are temporarily housed in accommodation further away from important services like their regular school or their GP surgery, the Council will provide transport.

It is believed that this is an isolated case and while there are currently no concerns identified in other areas, Cornwall Housing will continue to monitor the situation.

Callington Councillor Andrew Long said: “The safety of our residents is the top priority here in this difficult case. Cornwall Housing officers acted swiftly to contact the residents and owners of the affected properties and while it’s upsetting, everything possible is being done to provide help and support. Callington Town Council - under the lead of the Portreeve and Mayor Mark Smith, and Clerk Helen Dowdall – have also said the Town Council is ready to offer any help that might be needed during this difficult time.”

Mundic block is where certain minerals were used to mix concrete in the period between the 1900’s and 1950’s which has since been known to absorb moisture and cause severe degradation to the material.

It is believed that an especially wet winter,  combined with poor local ground drainage and a batch of concrete blocks high in poor mineral content, have led to conditions accelerating the effects of Mundic in the Callington homes. 

There is further information about Mundic Block on Cornwall Council’s website /mundic  

Posted on 20 September

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Cabinet supports plan for new business space to help grow Cornwall’s economy

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 18:08

A plan to build on the success of the Pool Innovation Centre and support the growth of businesses in Cornwall has been given the support of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet.

The original Pool Innovation Centre has proved hugely successful in supporting start-up and existing businesses, by providing state-of-the-art office space with access to a host of services and facilities to help those businesses grow.

In 2017 alone, Pool Innovation Centre supported the creation of over 100 new jobs and contributed over £6million to the Cornish economy. However, it is effectively at full capacity with over 35 businesses on site and with limited scope for current tenants to move on. 

At today’s meeting (19 September) of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet, members voted to support a plan to create a new development, Pool Innovation Centre Two.

This would create up to 1,500 square metres of workspace targeted at growing businesses ready to graduate from the original Pool Innovation Centre, as well as at other businesses that are looking for new workspace in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area.

Today’s decision by Cabinet members supports the allocation of £2.6 million from the Council’s Economic Development Match Fund, which will in turn unlock a further £2.3 million of European Regional Development Funding, to meet the full project cost of £4.87 million. The plan now needs to go before a meeting of the Full Council where councillors will be asked to endorse the funding decision.

Once fully occupied, Pool Innovation Centre Two would be expected to support the creation of around 40 new jobs and contribute £1.5million to the economy annually.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member Andrew Mitchell said: “Since opening in 2010, Pool Innovation Centre has had a positive impact in helping new companies contribute to the Cornish economy.  By offering high-quality, supportive and joined-up business premises and support, it has nurtured businesses to grow, including the creation of around 370 new jobs.

“Businesses have told us they now need bigger premises to allow them to expand.  Developing Pool Innovation Centre Two will free up space in the original facility so new tenants have the opportunity to benefit from the support that it provides. 

“Once fully occupied the new scheme could help create a further 40 jobs and make a significant economic contribution towards a prosperous Cornwall and in particular to the local economy in the Camborne-Redruth catchment.”

Story posted 19 September 2018

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Cabinet agrees additional funding for flagship archive centre for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 17:46

A project to bring together the world’s largest collection of records, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall will be given extra funding by Cornwall Council.

Kresen Kernow is being built on the site of the former Redruth Brewery. It will be a state-of-the-art archive space, protecting Cornish history for future generations. The project is due for completion in December 2018 and will open to the public in 2019.

The building of Kresen Kernow will unlock three hectares of derelict land for development at the gateway to Redruth. It will lever in a £40 million private sector investment which will deliver 150 new homes, stimulate £1.7 million additional spend in the local economy annually and create 300 jobs. 

A development to build 20 homes adjacent to Kresen Kernow is now under construction and a detailed planning application has been submitted for the wider brewery site.  

At today’s Cabinet meeting, members agreed that Cornwall Council should provide an extra £4.438m on top of the £16.63m already committed, to complete Kresen Kernow, funded from the Council’s Economic Development Match Fund reserve.

Cornwall Council’s deputy leader Julian German said:  “Choosing the Redruth Brewery as the site for Kresen Kernow demonstrated the Council’s commitment to protecting the historic building at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. This was one of the reasons the Council was able to secure £11.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 to go towards the project, the largest grant made to a local authority archive service.

“However, we knew that the site may have possible issues with flood risk, underground features, site conditions and the need to adapt a ruined historic building for a specialist purpose.

“For example, the condition of the existing chimney, gable walls and the area of the brewhouse were considerably worse than could have been foreseen when the building was being designed, as the team were unable to access them owing to the derelict and dangerous state of the buildings.

“At the outset, the Council was committed to funding the remaining cost for Kresen Kernow and we are now in a position that the project needs additional funding for it to be completed and made ready for opening in 2019.”

Of the three sites for the location of the new archive centre considered back in 2012, Redruth was selected because of its potential to deliver lasting social and economic benefits.  Redruth demonstrated that the adjacent development proposals, which could produce economic impacts beyond any of the developments in the other towns, were directly dependent upon the location of the archive centre on the site.  


Story posted 19 September 2018

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Cabinet agree to support community supported plans for regeneration of partially derelict Truro site

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 19/09/2018 - 17:30

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet today (19 September) agreed to further develop plans to regenerate a major site at the end of Pydar Street, a key area in the centre of Truro.

The site is a partially derelict and an under used area with a mix of car parks, office space, leisure and retail outlets and a number of vacant buildings and warehouses.

Cornwall Council is proposing to regenerate the area in line with the resident approved Truro and Kenwyn Neighbourhood Plan.

Cabinet has agreed that £3.1 million of funds are allocated to bring forward the regeneration project.  The money will be used to further develop the concept to turn the Pydar Street site into a community hub with green spaces, leisure facilities, new homes for local people, office and business space, a hotel and student accommodation and academic space.

Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cabinet Member for Customers, said: “For the best part of a year, we have been working with a group which includes Cornwall Council, Truro City Council, Kenwyn Parish Council, Truro BID and Truro Chamber of Commerce.  We’ve also been talking directly to the local community. 

“For example, a Festival of Ideas event held in May helped test the initial vision for Truro and the potential proposals for the regeneration of Pydar Street.  I’m excited at the prospect of everyone continuing to work together to deliver a joined up and shared vision for Truro as a whole.”

 The £3.1 million of funding agreed today will be used to put together a comprehensive feasibility appraisal, conceptual design and an outline business case, which will come back to Cabinet for approval.

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council member for Truro Boscawen said: “The possibility of Pydar Street is that it can bring neighbourhood living, with all its complexity and diversity, back into the heart of the town. At a critical moment for Truro, with the internet changing retailing, working practices changing to be more environmentally sensitive, and the economy locating itself into global networks, this is a chance to try something new and exciting – letting life evolve organically, putting the local back into locality.

“Cornwall Council has the opportunity to see what happens if it steps back, accounts value in social as well as financial terms, and explores the possibilities of ordinary people and families leading the way. By being bold Cornwall Council can find a new way to do things which is both challenging and familiar, and could help many other towns in Cornwall and beyond”.


Story posted 19 September 2018

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