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Spot planets and star clusters at a free stargazing event celebrating Bodmin Moor International Dark Sky Landscape

There’s an opportunity to spot planets and star clusters at an event celebrating the incredibly dark night sky of Bodmin Moor.  The stargazing event will be led by Caradon Observatory and takes place on Saturday 2 December at Jamaica Inn.                

The event is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor, which was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in July after a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory. 

From 5.00pm there will be a free stargazing session, which is open to everyone.  At 7.00pm there will be a dinner – carvery and dessert for £15.00 per person. Please call Jamaica Inn on 01566 86250 to book dinner.  The dinner will be followed by another free stargazing session from 8.30pm onwards.

The first free stargazing session will start at 5.00pm with an array of telescopes, including a 12 inch telescope on loan from First Light Optics in Exeter.  At this point the sun will have set and the moon will have risen in the east, while to the southwest Mercury and Saturn will be about to set.  By 6.00pm Neptune will be due south with Uranus riding higher to the southeast. 

The dinner event starts at 7.00pm and will include an introduction to Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape designation and a talk on Neptune and the Cornishman John Couch Adams, who predicted the planet’s existence in the 1800s based on irregularities in the motion of Uranus.  John Couch Adams initially worked out the calculations in his head before committing them to paper, where they took up some 20 sheets.  There will also be an opportunity to see Neptune and its moon Triton illustrated on the Magic Planet, an interactive globe that depicts the topography of planets.

Outside observing will continue after the dinner event at 8.30pm with further opportunities to see the ice giants of the solar system.  Weather permitting, there should also be a chance to see the beautiful double star, Albireo, at the head of Cygnus, the swan constellation.  The contrasting colours of the two stars should be clearly visible through the telescope.  There will also be opportunities to see the craters and mare of the moon throughout the night.  People should wrap up warm and keep their fingers crossed for clear skies. 

Mike Willmott, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Association and Caradon Observatory’s Director with Responsibility for Theoretical Astronomy and Education, said: “Everyone is welcome to join us for this opportunity to view the stars and planets from one of the darkest areas of night sky in the country.  The main focus of the evening will be on the discovery of Neptune, and the work of Cornishman John Couch Adams. In 1845, he used mathematics to predict the position of a new planet which would explain the observed irregularities in the position of Uranus. 

“If it’s a clear night, there’ll be the chance to look through telescopes, or to look at the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest spiral galaxy and the most distant object you can view with the naked eye. If it’s cloudy, you’ll still be able to enjoy talks about the wonders of our universe and to put your questions to the astronomers.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Supported by the Cornwall Local Plan, Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape status helps to protect its exceptionally dark and clear skies from light pollution, providing excellent viewing conditions for amateur stargazers, astronomers and astrophysicists.  One of Cornwall Council’s priorities is to work towards a green and prosperous Cornwall, where we both protect the environment and create jobs.  Our support for projects like this is a clear indicator of our commitment. 

“Bodmin Moor is the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to become an International Dark Sky Landscape, and its dark night sky is just as much of an asset as its beautiful and rugged scenery.  Other areas with Dark Sky designations have seen a growing trend in dark sky tourism that we hope will be replicated here, particularly during the darker autumn and winter months.”

To book a place at the dinner event, ring Jamaica Inn on 01566 86250.  There’s no need to book in advance for the free stargazing sessions, and people are welcome to drop in for the first session, which runs from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, or the second session from 8.30pm.

Story posted 22 November 2017

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Cornwall Council secures Government funding for proposed new St Austell to A30 link road

Cornwall Council - Latest News - 1 hour 19 min ago

The completion of a new road link between St Austell and the A30 has become a step nearer today with the announcement that the Government is prepared to contribute £79m towards the cost of the scheme. The new 3.9 mile link will join the recently completed improvement at Carluddon with the old A30 at Victoria providing better connections for many communities in Cornwall and supporting improvements in employment, housing and regeneration.

The announcement follows Cornwall Council’s submission to the Department for Transport of a funding bid for £85million and outline business case. This showed the need for the link road and its benefits, including easing congestion and improving journey times between St Austell and the A30. Cornwall Council will be making a £6m contribution to the scheme.

The news of the Government funding was enthusiastically welcomed by Cornwall Council's Portfolio-holder for Transport, Councillor Geoff Brown, who said: “The recent completion of the improvements at Temple has further increased the importance of having a good road connection from St Austell to the A30.  I am thrilled that the Council is to be given the funding to deliver this scheme that will significantly enhance economic growth in the mid Cornwall corridor between Newquay and St Austell. I look forward to continuing to work with local communities and businesses on the detailed proposals for the route.”

The scheme also provides a welcome boost to the economy of mid-Cornwall and has received strong support from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Chair Mark Duddridge said: "This is another critical piece in the infrastructure jigsaw that will hugely improve connectivity in mid-Cornwall. It will increase access to existing and new employment sites like the Carluddon Technology Park and key destinations including the Aerohub Enterprise Zone and Cornwall Airport Newquay."

Poor access to the A30 has long been seen by the St Austell Bay Economic Forum as one of the key factors holding back investment and job creation in the St Austell area. In lobbying for the new link the Forum, set up to carry out activities which benefit the community and encourage economic growth, have been able to draw upon widespread support from businesses in the area. Over 80% of all the local businesses surveyed said they are dependent on having access to the A30 and 90% who gave feedback are in support of the scheme.

In responding to today's announcement, the Chair of the Forum, James Staughton said: “This is fantastic news. The new road link to the A30, improved access to Cornwall Airport and improvements to rail services, will provide a big boost to business, inward investment and jobs growth in the area. The message is loud and clear St Austell is becoming well connected and open for business.”

The end could now be in sight for the local communities blighted by increasing levels of through traffic. The local Cornwall Councillor for Roche John Wood said: “One of the key considerations in selecting the route proposed to Government was the need to take through traffic out of the local villages of Bugle, Stenalees and Roche. Over 70% of people who responded supported the new link and I am thrilled that the funding is going to be made available to improve the lives of local people.”

Part of the proposed route will run through the Mid Cornwall China Clay area and Cornwall Council has been working closely with IMERYS to find the most suitable route. John Hodkin, Imerys' Business Development and Services Manager said: “This is an important scheme for mid-Cornwall. We have been pleased to work with the Council to identify a feasible route which will not only provide the missing link to the A30, but also help create new opportunities in the area in the future.”

Now the funding has been announced and before a planning application is submitted, Cornwall Council will be undertaking further community engagement with local residents and businesses next spring. This will be on the final detail of the proposed route, which runs from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction. The community engagement will also include details on the additional measures to improve the environment for local people including traffic calming through Bugle, Stenalees and Roche.

Subject to planning approval being granted for the scheme, construction of the new road could start by the end of 2019, with the scheme opening in spring 2022.

Posted 22 November 

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Tough budget decisions need your involvement

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 16:49

By Julian German, Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council

Last week we put out our draft budget for consultation and comment.

There was a robust and wide ranging discussion amongst Cabinet Members. I expect it will generate the same debate in the community.

With continued austerity and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, it’s fair to say that this is the toughest set of economic conditions we have faced as a Council for many years.

Like other Councils across the country, we will get less and less funding from central Government over the next four years. At the same time, demand for our services is growing year on year, particularly those services for children and the most vulnerable.

This picture is not going to change. As more of us live longer and have more complex health issues, pressure on all our services will grow along with demand.

And despite making £300m worth of savings over the last four years, we will need to find a further £75million worth of savings in the four years to come.

Cornwall Council has five clear priorities: supporting residents’ health and social care; more affordable homes; more and better paid jobs; better transport and greater local democracy. They are the right priorities for Cornwall and they reflect what you told us is important in our recent residents’ survey.

At the same time, we need to balance the books, use our resources wisely and act in the best interests of the people of Cornwall.

Cornwall Council’s budget affects all of us. It determines how we will allocate resources, how much residents will pay in Council tax and how we get the most out of the 700 plus services provided by the Council.

At Cabinet, we voted unanimously to propose an increase of 4.99% for Council Tax, with 3% of that increase going directly towards providing vital social services for vulnerable adults.

But with £75m in savings still to find, we need to take a hard look at the way we deliver our services. The choice is to deliver differently or in some cases see services disappear. 

As we continue to prioritise frontline services, our aspiration is for people, organisations and business to work together to ensure that residents continue to receive services they need.  This means some tough decisions. Increasing Council tax, continually reviewing delivery of our services or reducing our workforce alone will not be enough to meet the needs of the people of Cornwall in the future, so we are putting the work in now to build a strong economy that attracts investment, helps existing businesses to grow and new businesses to thrive, and creates more and better paid jobs for everybody but  particularly those leaving school in the next decade.

That is why the choices we are making in this draft budget are so important.

Despite what you may have read, none of this is set in stone yet. It’s a draft budget. In past years we have listened to what residents have said to inform our final proposals. Your views can, and do, make a difference.

If you don’t support an increase in Council tax because this will cause hardship, then we need to know which services we should reduce, or other ways you think we can generate income.

Your feedback on our proposals and your suggestions about how we do things differently is more important now than ever.

Until 29 December, I and my fellow Cabinet colleagues will be out and about across Cornwall hearing your views, or you can provide your feedback online. Please take part.

We all have a stake in shaping Cornwall for the future and in making tough decisions together. This is a genuine opportunity for you to get involved.

Find out how you can have your say on the next four-year budget here: www.cornwall.gov.uk/budget2017

ENDS

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National survey shows satisfaction with roads has improved

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:57

The results of this year’s annual national survey on highways and transport services released last week show satisfaction levels have improved across all areas of road maintenance in Cornwall over the last four years.

The National Highways and Transport (NHT) Survey collects public satisfaction with a range of highways and transport services in local authority areas across England and Scotland.

112 local authorities across the country took part in this year’s survey, with individual households chosen at random providing an independent reflection of local residents’ opinion on roads and transport services 

1,281 people in Cornwall responded to this year’s NHT survey, with 52% expressing their satisfaction with the overall maintenance of Cornwall’s roads – above the national average.  With two of the top three county councils receiving a ranking of 53%, achieving a satisfaction level of 52% against a backdrop of cuts in Government funding is significant. 

40% of people were satisfied with the overall condition of roads in Cornwall, a 9% increase on the levels in 2013 and putting Cornwall Council 34th out of 112 authorities. Cornwall ranked 26th in the country for dealing with potholes and damaged roads and 22nd for the speed of repair to damaged roads and pavements.

The survey also asked for the public’s views on street lighting, with 68% expressing satisfaction with the provision of street lighting – ranking us 32nd in the country. Cornwall Council ranked the eighth best in the country for providing information on gritting during cold weather. 

Councillor Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said “We invest millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money into Cornwall’s road and transport network each year and improving our transport networks is a clear priority for this Cabinet. This survey provides an independent reflection of the public’s opinion on roads and transport services in Cornwall.

“Given the relatively low level of funding available to the Council, this shows how we are working hard to deliver value for money and the dedication and hard work of our staff in providing a quality service for local people.” 

“We continue to deliver this quality service despite managing with a 60% cut in the highways maintenance budget since 2009, a great credit to the dedication of our officers and Cormac workforce”.

 

Story posted 21 November 2017 

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Consultation opens on joining up services for children, young people and families

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:36

Children, young people and their families are being asked for their views on plans to join together education, early years, children’s community health, early help and social care services in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet last week supported the development of a Business Case for an alternative delivery model to ensure children, young people and families in Cornwall have access to high quality, effective services that can meet their needs when they need them, and all in one go.

The proposed model would be wholly owned by the Council and follows Government funding of £1.9 million from the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme to help transform the way education, health and social care services work together.  

Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “We know that we need to join our education, community health and social care services together to improve the quality and effectiveness of services to children, young people and their families.

“We cannot just go on doing the same thing in the same way in the face of increasing child poverty, rising demand for our services and ongoing cuts in Government funding.  Despite our best efforts over the last few years we haven’t been able to integrate services on a wider scale. 

“One of the things that we consistently hear from our service users is how frustrating it is to have to tell the same story to multiple professionals.  Part of this work is about making it easier for people to access more joined-up services and get the help they need more quickly and all in one go.  The other part of this work is about creating the freedom to explore alternative funding that could then be reinvested into services, which will help us close the gap between the rising level of need and reduced government funding.”

The Council is inviting children, young people and their families to give their views on the proposals through either an online survey or by contacting the Council for a paper copy by phoning 0300 1234 101 or emailing  children@cornwall.gov.uk

The Council is currently consulting with a wide range of organisations and partners through a partnership stakeholder group, attending partner meetings and hosting engagement events.

The feedback provided will help inform a full business case which will be presented to Cabinet for approval in 2018.

 

Story posted 21 November 2017

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Council welcomes Crown Court decision to dismiss appeal

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 11:06

An appeal against a Magistrates Court ruling that the height of a fence must be reduced has been thrown out at Truro Crown Court.

Cornwall Council’s Planning Enforcement Team prosecuted Mr Paul Green and Mrs Tracey Green of Innomore (formerly The Plume of Feathers, Penhallow) for non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice. The notice required Mr & Mrs Green to reduce the height of their fence to no more than 1m following serious highway safety concerns.

The case was first heard at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 09 March 2017 when the land-owners were found guilty of non-compliance with the requirements of an Enforcement Notice.  The Magistrates ordered the land-owners to pay fines totalling £5,000 and also ordered them to pay the Council’s costs of £10,800.

On the 31 October 2017, the land-owners appealed the Magistrates ruling in the Crown Court in Truro.  The appeal was dismissed and Mr Green was ordered to pay additional costs of £1,860.

The Council’s Enforcement and Appeals Group Leader Alan Mason said: “Non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice is a criminal offence and the Council’s Planning Enforcement team is committed to prosecuting persons who do not comply with these notices.  In this case the landowners have to pay fines and costs totalling £17,660, which shows that these matters are taken very seriously by both the Council and the Courts.”

 

Story posted 21 November 2017

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Invitation to shape improvements to Atlantic Road Play Area, Newquay

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/11/2017 - 09:23

Cornwall Council is inviting local people in Newquay to shape improvements to Atlantic Road Play Area by completing a short online survey at www.cornwall.gov.uk/playareas by Sunday 3 December.

The Council is planning to improve Atlantic Road Play Area by upgrading the existing toddlers play park and cater better for older children; as the current play is mainly for children aged under ten.

The proposed improvements, depending on what families say they would like, is to provide additional play facilities aimed at 11 – 15 year olds in a separate activity area at the west of the car park field.

In September 2017 an engagement event was held at Newquay Youth Centre with young people to discuss their ideas for the play area. As Cornwall Council would like to hear more views, youngsters in particular are being encouraged to have their say by completing the online survey.

To pay for the new facilities the Council has allocated Developers Section 106 funding from local housing schemes.

Local Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Pentire Joanna Kenny said: "It's great news that the Atlantic Park playground upgrade has been scheduled but we need to know what local families want. The feedback we've had from young people so far is - while a playground is fine for young children, the older ones want more of an activity area - is that right? Please let us know what's needed.  We'd love to hear from the whole family and particularly the young people."

It is hoped that the new play area at Atlantic Park will be delivered by next summer.

This is the one of a number of projects in Newquay where Cornwall Council has allocated Section 106 money to improve important community open spaces. The others being Trenance Play Park and Esplanade Green (completed last year), St Columb Minor Play Park (under construction) and Treloggan Play Park.  

Posted 20 November 2017

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Suspected scam phone calls – latest tactics revealed

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 20/11/2017 - 13:58

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards has issued an urgent warning for the public and local businesses to be on their guard against unsolicited phone calls from people purporting to be from BT.

The warning comes after reports of calls to people at home and at work who say that the conversations are very convincing.

The caller asks you to perform tasks on your work or home computer and the reasons they give can range from suspected malware infection through to faults on the line. Typically, the bogus calls are intended to enable illegal access to personal and work e-mail accounts, files and networks which can then give access to personal and work records and details.

The reports so far suggest that both personal and work computers are being targeted and so the warning is clear: Please exercise caution if receiving any unsolicited calls from companies such as BT, Openreach or Microsoft.

It is unusual for organisations to contact customers directly so it is strongly advise that you DO NOT take any actions on your home or work computers as the result of an unsolicited call.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: "These callers are very convincing, using their  technical skills to fool even the most vigilant. So, unless you have reported a specific fault and were expecting to be contacted by the named company, do not give them the benefit of any doubts. Please share this information with your neighbours and friends and help protect each other. Stay safe, stay vigilant."

Anyone who receives one of these calls is asked to make a note of the caller’s name, the purported company name and their phone number (where possible) and report the incident to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Story posted 20 November 2017

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Dog fouling and waste collections for holiday homes on the agenda for Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 20/11/2017 - 13:55

There’s a chance for people in the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network area to share their thoughts about rubbish and recycling collections for holiday homes and find out more about dealing with dog fouling at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting on 30 November.

Peter Marsh, Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Environment, will be on hand to listen to local views about rubbish and recycling collections for holiday homes in the community network area.

Adrian Fitzgerald, Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officer, will brief the panel on his role, seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches and how the public and town and parish councils can help with the issue of dog fouling.

Senior representatives from CORMAC Operations will attend the meeting to discuss the cleaning of public toilets in the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network area.

There will also be updates from parish, town and Cornwall councillors on local matters.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along and find out what’s happening in the Wadebridge and Padstow area.  Tourism is a key part of the local economy, and issues such as dog fouling, waste collections for holiday homes and public toilet cleansing are very important locally.  You’ll also be able to learn more about how you can share your views on Cornwall Council’s budget, proposed changes to household recycling and rubbish collections and the current stage of the electoral boundary review.”

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  The panel’s priorities include public transport, asset and service devolution, affordable housing, highways, traffic and parking issues.

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 14 parishes in the community network: Egloshayle, Padstow, St Breock, St Endellion, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Kew, St Mabyn, St Merryn, St Minver Highlands, St Minver Lowlands, St Tudy and Wadebridge.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 30 November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Egloshayle Pavilion, Wadebridge.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Story posted 20 November 2017

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Forestry and strengthening community networks on the agenda for Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 16:50

Residents of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel area are invited to attend the November meeting of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include strengthening community networks, forestry and local policing. 

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 28 November 2017, between 7pm and 9pm, at Falmouth Town Council, The Moor, Falmouth.

There will be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision of 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The briefing from Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Mark James, Cornwall Council Community Link Officer for the area, will include information on how panels can have more of a say on important local issues.

Nick Cooper, Cornwall Council Forestry Officer, will give an update on Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and what this means for Town and Parish Councils. There will also be an update on local policing from Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Ian Thomas.

Cornwall Councillor Bastin, Chair of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, said: “The November Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting provides a great opportunity for residents to find out more about local issues and to also have their say about how the Panel can strengthen its engagement with the local community so I encourage everyone to come along.”

The Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including 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.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.   

More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings  can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Networks webage.  

Story posted 17 November 2017

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Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant presents British Empire Medals to five Local Community Heroes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 16:49

Five people awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours attended a special ceremony at Mount Edgcumbe House on Monday 13 November where Colonel Edward Bolitho, The Lord Lieutenant and Her Majesty’s representative for The Queen in Cornwall thanked each of them for their service to their communities.

During the ceremony in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Edgcumbe Country House and Park, hosted by the Chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor Mary May, Colonel Edward Bolitho presented medals to people awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday honours in front of their family and friends.  The ceremony was the first to be held in East Cornwall.

The recipients were:

Mrs Ruby Ditcher BEM Callington, for services to the community in Tavistock, Devon and Callington. Ruby ran the hugely successful Tavistock Church Annual Christmas Bazaar for 24 years.  She raised over £100,000 and made a huge contribution to the refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed building.

Mr Peter Lavers BEM Torpoint,for services to the community in the Rame Peninsular. Peter has been a committed volunteer and fundraiser for the Rame Peninsular branch of the RNLI and has been credited with much of its success.  He has been a local Parish Councillor including a term as Vice Chairman and now volunteers for Mount Edgcumbe. 

Mr Alan Skews BEM Callington, for services to the community in Callington Cornwall. Alan is a long serving Postman for Callington and a retained fireman since 1990.  Alongside his post round he is always willing to go the extra mile for anyone who needs help, be it changing lightbulbs, cooking meals and giving lifts to hospital. 

Mrs Gill Smith BEM Penzance, for services to Children and Families. Gill founded Gooseberry Bush Nursery in Camborne in 1991.  It is run as a charity and Gill recently raised funds to open a further nursery with Rosemellin Primary School. She recognised the need for support for families in the area and has supported countless children and families in overcoming their disadvantages to achieve the best start they can. 

Mr John Tivnan BEM Torpoint, for services to Local Government and the community. John has dedicated himself to the community of Torpoint for many years.  He set up the Torpoint Community Events Company to support the Christmas lights, and the organisation has supported many other events.  He has raised an incredible amount for the Poppy Appeal, one year over £22,000.  Every year he arranges a presentation evening to recognise individuals and businesses which have helped the appeal.

All of the recipients are outstanding examples of those who selflessly give to their communities and whose efforts are recognised by The Queen with the British Empire Medal.

The Lord Lieutenant spoke of his admiration for those receiving the award saying “Again Cornwall has shown that there are those in the heart of its communities who give selflessly of their time to others and achieve magnificent things.  I am extremely proud to present these medals on behalf of The Queen to these much deserving people.”

Councillor Mary May, Chairman of Cornwall Council said “It is heart-warming and gives you faith in our communities to know that there are so many people who give so much to the people of their towns and villages.  This reflects that the community spirit in Cornwall is strong and I am delighted to say thank you to them all in person.”

 

Story posted 17 November 2017 

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Two Cornwall Council social workers nominated for prestigious awards

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 16:48

Two social workers from Cornwall Council have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017.

Principal Social Worker Ali Bell and social work student Suzanne Rowe are amongst 81 social workers and social work teams from across England who have been selected as finalists across 16 different categories, celebrating the achievements of practitioners in both children’s and adult services.

Ali Bell

The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017’.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in London in November, which is the leading celebration of its kind in the sector and recognises the success of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

Suzanne, who works in adult services, has been nominated for the Student Social Worker of the Year Award which is given to the student studying social work at university, who is surpassing expectations in their practical placements and in their understanding of the theory of social work practice. 

Suzanne Rowe

Ali, who works in children’s services, has been shortlisted for the Practice Educator of the Year Award, which recognises the pivotal role that practice educators have in guiding and supporting social work students, newly qualified social workers, and learners at all stages to develop in their careers.

Rob Rotchell, the Cabinet Member for Adults and Sally Hawken, the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services are also delighted with news of the nominations. “It's great to see two of our social workers nominated for such prestigious awards. Council social workers have an incredibly difficult job, but it’s an important job that helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Rob said.

"Social work is a job centred on people - working with individuals and families to help improve their lives, from protecting vulnerable people from harm or abuse to supporting people to live independently.  Social workers often work in complex social circumstances where there are no clear answers and you need a range of skills to achieve the best possible results for people. Ali and Suzanne are fantastic role models for their profession,” Sally added.

“We think all our social workers are outstanding, but to have two social workers from Cornwall shortlisted as finalists in different categories this year is brilliant news,” said Trevor Doughty, Strategic Director Children, Families and Adults.

Ali said: “I was very surprised to find out I was nominated and was incredibly touched to read the testimonials. I was humbled by what people said and am proud that the work I do has made a difference.”

Suzanne, who studied through the Open University, said: “I’ve learnt to foster a more in-depth approach to viewing the person and their problems as a whole. I’ve also learnt to treat people as human beings, give them respect and have some trust and compassion - don’t assume the worst of them before you know their best.”

We believe that the people of Cornwall deserve the best and we put their needs at the heart of everything we do. Our social workers share our determination to make a difference to their lives and make a brighter future.

One of our key priorities is to make sure children and adults are safe and we work together with a wide range of partners to help and protect them. 

Our children’s social workers work in a wide range of situations where children, young people and families might need support. These include caring for family members and supporting those experiencing problems with family relationships and conflicts, and facing difficulties as a result of disability, including feeling isolated within the community and experiencing practical problems with money or housing. 

Our Adult Social Care social workers play a leading role in delivering services to disabled and older people in our communities, seeking to ensure that they can maintain their independence living in their own homes for as long as possible.  Our vision is for a personalised, person centered approach which emphasises choice and control and promotes prevention, inclusion and wellbeing.  Our social workers are developing positive partnerships with colleagues from a wide range of different professions and agencies across Cornwall to prevent ill health and ensure care at home is at the heart of health and social care plans for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

 

Story posted 17 November 2017 

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Cornwall one of the lowest areas in England for new HIV diagnosis

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 14:45

Cornwall now has one of the lowest rates of new HIV diagnosis across England and the rate of late diagnosis, which has been a problem in Cornwall for some years, is now dropping faster than the national rate.

The rate of HIV testing coverage is also significantly better than the national average at 77.3% vs 67.7%.

This week Cornwall Council is supporting the national HIV testing week campaign, and although rates for late diagnosis are dropping, there is still more work to be done.  13% of people who have HIV do not know that they are living with the virus as initial symptoms can be missed.

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said “This data reflects a partnership approach to tackling HIV, but also shows we can’t afford to be complacent and need to continue the drive around reducing the number of late diagnosis.

“The best advice to prevent HIV is to use condoms when having sex, especially if relationships are overlapping. It’s quick and easy to have a HIV test, and you can even order these online if you’re eligible. Free condoms are available for those who are eligible through Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service and the Sexual Health Hub at Treliske.

“We’re also encouraging GP’s to think about wider screening for HIV, and to look at past history of patients who may have contracted the virus while away working, or on holiday overseas in countries such as Thailand and some African countries,”

Cornwall’s comprehensive, multi-agency sexual health programming has contributed to the improved HIV profile. Providers include Eddystone Trust, Brook, Kernow Positive Support, Healthy Gay Cornwall, and the Sexual Health Hub at Treliske.

Dr Kathryn Eccleston, Consultant in GU/HIV Medicine at Royal Cornwall Hospital’s The Hub added:  “This is encouraging news, we continue to recommend testing early and frequently for HIV if you have concerns about risk. HIV is a treatable condition which should not impact on any aspect of your life if diagnosed early.  Please book an appointment if you would like to test or to obtain further advice. On-line booking is available or call 01872 255044”

Andrew Evans, Director of Operations & Finance at The Eddystone Trust, a local HIV and sexual health charity said: “We are aiming to reach our target of testing 200 people across the South West over the next few weeks and we encourage anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free confidential test, and get your result in less than 20 minutes.

“Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and when the amount of the virus in your blood is reduced to undetectable levels, this means you cannot pass on HIV. Testing puts you in control and is nothing to be feared.”

Advice on sexual health, contraception and location of C-Card and sexual health services can be accessed on the Cornwall SHAC website.

Story posted 16 November.

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Residents love where they live but survey shows room for improvement

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 13:57

Results of the 2017 Cornwall Council resident survey show that while most people are satisfied with their local area as a place to live, the authority has room for improvement in changing satisfaction levels of residents.

Overall, 82% of residents surveyed were satisfied with their local area as a place to live, however this varied significantly across Community Network Areas with 92% satisfied in Wadebridge & Padstow down to only 64% in Bodmin. [1]

The survey found the most important factors in making somewhere a good place to live were:

  1. GP services – 59%
  2. Hospital services – 45%
  3. Affordable decent housing – 41%
  4. A sense of community – 34%
  5. The level of crime – 34%
  6. Care for the frail and elderly – 31%

The factors residents considered most need of improving were:

  1. Road and pavement repairs – 41%
  2. Affordable decent housing – 39%
  3. Hospital Services (NHS) – 35%
  4. Wage levels and the cost of living – 35%
  5. The level of traffic congestion– 34%
  6. Care for the frail and elderly – 32%

Universal services showed varying satisfaction levels:

  • Refuse collection 88%
  • Recycling 81%
  • Street cleaning 57%
  • Library services 49%
  • Sports and Leisure 50%.

Most survey responses showed decreasing levels of satisfaction compared to the previous survey, and that the Council remains below national measures collected by the Local Government Association.

The survey also showed a large number of respondents were ambivalent and were neither satisfied or dissatisfied.

Cornwall Council Leader Councillor Adam Paynter said the survey results provided a clear indication of what matters most to the people of Cornwall, as well as areas where room for improvement was needed.

“As a council, we need to shape our decisions around what our residents tell us are most important to them. These results have been reflected in our draft budget and business plan, so we are keen to get feedback from residents to see if we have got this right.

“While we will always have to balance community expectations with reduced budgets and service demand, it is clear we need to better engage our local residents in decisions and show people how their feedback has been considered. We want residents to provide feedback and influence the decisions that we make, not just via an annual resident survey but 365 days a year.

“Turning around satisfaction levels will take time, and this Cabinet has committed to listen to residents as one of our key values. The survey highlights some strengths – we love where we live, but more work is needed for this to change.

“I’m encouraged by the fact more than 1,000 people were motivated to join an online residents panel to help advise us on key issues and I look forward to their further feedback,” he said.

Focus groups are being set up to better understand the variance in survey results across communities, which will draw on those who volunteered to join resident panels.

Key indicators to improve resident satisfaction have also been included in the draft four-year business plan, which residents are encouraged to provide feedback on to tell the Council whether the plans reflect local needs. Public consultation on the draft business plan and budget will run from 15 November to 29 December.

The view the full results of the residents survey

[1] Overall, residents showed a good level of satisfaction with their local area as a place to live, with 82% being satisfied. This level of satisfaction amongst residents has remained relatively consistent across the period 2004-2017 ranging from 82%-85%. The overall achieved figure is slightly below the LG Inform national figure recorded at 84%.

 

Story posted 30 October 2017

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Cornwall Council continues to work with partners to repair road and support residents and businesses in Coverack

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 13:53

Work is continuing today to repair the main road into Coverack and support the local residents and businesses which were affected by the devastating flash floods which swept through the village on Tuesday evening.

Yesterday the Council confirmed that it expected the road to re open early next week, significantly earlier than originally predicted, and today teams from CORMAC will be continuing to work on reconstructing and then resurfacing the stretch of road damaged by the floods with 150 tonnes of new tarmac. Once this has been completed the road will be re opened under traffic light control.

Local Cornwall Councillor Julian Rand has been supporting the local community throughout the devastating event and has praised the way everyone has pulled together .

"The response to this extremely damaging event by the local inhabitants has been amazing - brave, resilient, working to help one another and doing so with a smile” he said. “Cornwall Council’s response has been fast and very effective and, together with the hard work of the Cormac teams, shows how much a well co-ordinated approach can achieve. All the residents I have spoken to have been extremely appreciative of the work which has been carried out to date.

“My sincere thanks go to the Council Leader, Adam Paynter, and all my Council and officer colleagues, to Cormac and to members of the Localism team who are co-ordinating all responses and providing affected residents with advice , information and practical help. I would also like to thank local businesses, including the Paris Hotel, the Village Shop, Bookers and so many others for their ongoing help.

“I pray that it will not be too long before this lovely seaside village is fully restored to its former glory."

Council staff will be at the Paris Hotel to provide advice and support to residents between 10am and 4pm today (Saturday 22 July) and tomorrow, and early next week and will ensure an ongoing commitment to the community. People can also access assistance via the Council’s helpline 0800 7313247.

Skips are available for rubbish and arrangements are now in place for people needing to dispose of larger household items such as sofas and carpets.

People wishing to volunteer can also contact the Council’s helpline on 0800 731 3247. The Council is working with Volunteer Cornwall to coordinate where help is most needed.

The Cornwall Community Foundation can provide financial assistance to affected residents needing immediate help. Details on how to access this can be obtained from the Community Link Officers or from the Cornwall Council helpline - 0800 731 3247.

Work has progressed on providing temporary parking on the outskirts of the village, and an Age UK Cornwall shuttle bus will be operating next week, from Monday 24 July, between the local Community Primary School field to the centre of the village between 9am and 4.30pm every day until the road is re-opened.

The Council’s website has useful information on flood recovery www.cornwall.gov.uk/coverack and we will be posting updates specifically about what is happening in Coverack. For further information on the road reconstruction see CORMAC’s Coverack page which will be updated daily.

People who wish to make a donation can do so via Cornwall Live’s just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CornwallLive and anyone wanting to offer practical help can call the helpline 0800 731 3247.

Story posted 22 July 2017

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Cornwall Council announces road into Coverack expected to open next week

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 13:52

With recovery efforts still in full swing, the main road into Coverack is expected to open next week after devastating floods hit the small community, significantly ahead of the original projected timescales. The news was shared with residents at a meeting hosted by Cornwall Council and held at the Paris Hotel in Coverack this morning.

Councillor Geoff Brown, the Cabinet Member for Transport, told the meeting around 40 CORMAC staff had been working on repairing the damage caused by the floods since Tuesday evening. “It’s fantastic news that we expect to re-open the road into the village early next week. Subject to the weather we expect reconstruction work to be finished over the weekend, with the road resurfaced and open next week. “

100 tonnes of debris were cleared from the road through the village on Wednesday to allow access to the nursing home and enable people access to their properties. A further 250 tonnes of material was removed yesterday.

CORMAC teams have also been checking and clearing highways drains and culverts, as well as re grading private lanes to ensure that residents can access their properties.

Council Leader Adam Paynter also attended the residents meeting and acknowledged the efforts of all involved. “It has been truly impressive the way agencies, volunteers and the local community have pulled together. There have been some remarkable examples of individuals and organisations going over and above to help others, from local businesses donating goods and equipment to the many volunteer organisations who have pitched in to help.

“It’s fantastic news that the road is due to be re-opened earlier than expected and a real testament to CORMAC for their hard work and commitment. I am sure that no-one who saw the level of damage caused to the road would have thought that it could re open to traffic in a week.

“While a tremendous amount has been achieved over the past four days, there is still more to do - all the partners are working as a team to support the village and we will continue until all this work has been completed.

“I would specifically like to acknowledge the owners of the Paris Hotel who have generously allowed Council staff to use their premises as a base to meet with local residents”.

Local Cornwall Councillor Julian Rand has also been in the village to offer his help and support to those affected by the flooding and has praised the strength of community spirit and the support which has been provided by the agencies and voluntary organisations.

Council staff will remain at the Paris Hotel to provide advice and support to residents between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 24 July, as well as every day next week. People can also access assistance via the Council’s helpline 0800 731 3247.

Skips are available for rubbish and arrangements are now in place for people needing to dispose of larger household items such as sofas and carpets.

People wishing to volunteer can also contact the Council’s helpline on 0800 7313247. Council is working with Volunteer Cornwall to coordinate where help is most needed.

The Cornwall Community Foundation can provide financial assistance to affected residents needing immediate help. Details on how to access this can be obtained from the Community Link Officers or from the Cornwall Council helpline - 0800 731 3247.

Work has progressed on providing temporary parking on the outskirts of the village, and an Age UK Cornwall shuttle bus will be operating next week, from Monday 24 July, between the local Community Primary School field to the centre of the village between 9am and 4.30pm every day until the road is re-opened. We are very grateful to the school for letting us use their field and Age UK for responding so quickly.

Potential pollution from a broken sewer line remains a health concern. While there are no reported issues with mains supply drinking water, the breach of the main sewage line means the local streams and beach may be contaminated. Precautionary warning signs have been placed near the beach and two local streams while works are carried out to repair the breach.

People are advised not to go near the water and if they come in contact with the water to make sure they wash their hands and follow good hygiene practices. Precautions should also be taken with regards to pets and livestock.

Anyone who gets their drinking water from a private water supply such as a borehole, spring or well which has potentially been covered by floodwater is advised to look out for a change in water quality, such as the water becoming discoloured or there is a change in taste or smell, should assume the water is unsafe to drink unless boiled and should continue to use boiled water for drinking and bathing until the supply has been tested and shown to be safe.

People with private drainage such as septic tank or cess pits are also being advised to have them checked to ensure that they are still operating correctly after the floods.

The Council’s website has useful information on flood recovery www.cornwall.gov.uk/coverack and we will be posting updates specifically about what is happening in Coverack. For further information on the road reconstruction see CORMAC’s Coverack page which will be updated daily.

People who wish to make a donation can do so via Cornwall Live’s just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CornwallLive and anyone wanting to offer practical help can call the helpline 0800 731 3247.

Story posted 21 July 2017

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Bodmin Town Council become ninth town to monitor CCTV from Critical Control Centre

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 17/11/2017 - 13:51

Bodmin Town Council are pleased to announce that CCTV is now being monitored by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service at their brand new Critical Control Centre in Tolvaddon.

CFRCS Service have been monitoring CCTV for 8 town and parishes since July 2016 and is pleased that Bodmin will become the ninth town to be monitored from the fantastic facility at Tolvaddon. 

The state of the art cameras are active 24 hours a day seven days a week, providing high quality digital images which can be used to support police prosecutions. A link is also being provided to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro so the images can be accessed in emergency situations such as flooding and major fires. 

The Critical Control Centre have direct links to the police and ambulance services, this means they can also summon immediate help for acts of crime or for anyone they see who have been taken ill or injured in an emergency. 

CCTV is essential as both a deterrent and evidence source to support our work and our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities, providing just one example of how we are working together to make Cornwall safer. 

Funded entirely by the Town Councils, the aim of this innovative project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is to enable key services to deliver against such priorities as a reduction in crime and ensuring further contributions to community safety, in terms of preventative proactive work, are provided. It also establishes greater links within the communities we serve and with other partners and emergency services. The Critical Control Centre also supports functions across the wider Council, including out of hours highway calls. 

Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Sara Kinsman said: ”Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to be a part of this innovative partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to deliver an enhanced CCTV system utilising new technology, covering a wider area of the town which will help the Police address a range of community safety issues including anti-social behaviour.” 

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said, “I am delighted to work in partnership with Bodmin Town Council with CCTV providing an excellent tool to support our shared community safety ambitions. This is another example of our close working with partners to address anti-social behaviour and wider community safety issues through “Working Together to make Cornwall Safer”. I am confident this partnership and CCTV facility will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Bodmin.”    

For further information please visit to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service website.

Story posted 10th August

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How would you allocate the budget for Council services? Public consultation opens today

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 16:41

Feedback from residents and businesses across Cornwall could make a real difference  in helping to shape the Council’s spending in the next four years, Julian German, the Deputy Leader said today as Cornwall Council launched the public consultation on the new four year budget and business plan.

The Council has already saved nearly £300m since 2010, but will need to find a further £75m in savings over the next four years to balance the budget and continue to provide essential services.

Key measures in the budget include proposals for an increase in Council tax by 4.99% including a 3% increase for adult social care, an increase in charges for some services and a reduction in some services or to stop providing them altogether.

Deputy Leader German said the Council would continue to look for ways to improve services making them more efficient and prioritising frontline services and residents’ views could make the difference.

“In past years you have told us what you thought about our proposals for savings. This feedback has helped inform the decisions we make.  This year, your views are more important than ever.

“No matter what is set out in the draft budget, no decisions have been made yet and the Council will listen to residents’ and partners’ views before finalising the budget next year.”

Residents can have their say on the Council’s draft budget in a number of ways:

Complete our survey online

In person: You can attend one of our budget consultation public meetings:

  • Liskeard: Wednesday 29 November, 6.30pm
    Eliot House Hotel, Castle Street, Liskeard, PL14 3AU

  • St Ives: Monday 11 December, 6.30pm
    St Ives Guildhall, Street-An-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2NE

  • Camelford: Tuesday 12 December, 6.30pm
    Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road, Camelford, PL32 9QX

  • Truro: Wednesday 13 December, 6.30pm
    County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY

  • St Austell: Thursday 14 December, 7pm
    St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR

By email: You can send us your comments by email to: haveyoursay@cornwall.gov.uk

The budget consultation closes on Friday 29 December 2017.

More information, including the draft budget papers and service savings plans for 2018/19 to 2021/22, and how the Council spends the current budget, is available on the Council’s website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/budget2017.

Story posted 16 November 2017

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Treffry Viaduct and Luxulyan Valley set for major conservation works following a £3.6M National Lottery boost

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 13:57

Spectacular 19th century viaduct to generate power through a new hydroelectric turbine

The Luxulyan Valley is set to benefit from a £3.6 million National Lottery funding injection to restore and conserve the Valley’s physical and natural environment for future generations to enjoy. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant was awarded to Cornwall Council, in partnership with Cornwall Heritage Trust after years of work to secure the funds.

The Luxulyan Valley is widely acknowledged for the importance of its industrial heritage and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO.

It contains a complex system of leats (artificial water courses) which delivered water essential for the efficient working of some of central Cornwall’s most important copper mines. Water from the Valley was also conveyed by leat to the copper ore and china clay shipping port at Charlestown, and via a purpose built canal to the mineral harbour at Par.

The National Lottery funding will be used to restore the two leat systems within the Valley and also its ‘jewel in the crown’ - the spectacular Treffry Viaduct, built from 1839-1842.

Cornwall Council will fund a separate hydro-electric turbine at Ponts Mill, reusing water from the restored leat systems. The electricity generated from the turbine will be sold to the national grid and fund the ongoing conservation of the Valley.

The Viaduct is an imposing granite structure which carries the Carmears Leat and tramway high above the Valley floor. At 27 metres tall, over 200 metres long and with 10 equal span arches this all-granite structure is an amazing feat of engineering. It is the most spectacular surviving monument to the horse drawn tramway era, for which the valley is renowned.

The HLF funding will also help nature conservation by implementing a Woodland Management Plan to improve biodiversity across the site. Volunteers will help by removing invasive plant species, whilst installing bird and bat boxes. Footpaths will also be improved to make the Valley more accessible for all visitors. 

To promote the Luxulyan Valley there will be a permanent exhibition at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, and walking guides and information available online to inform visitors to the Valley’s fascinating history.

The Friends of Luxulyan Valley have been helping to develop an activity programme, which includes engaging with new audiences and training and volunteering opportunities. Cornwall Council has been working with the Friends on the programme and to ensure the restoration proposals fit with local aspirations.

In total, more than £5 million will be invested in the Valley providing a boost to the local economy and creating new jobs and learning opportunities. Chairman of Cornwall Heritage Trust, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Hills, said: "We are delighted that the unique Treffry Viaduct will be restored to its former working glory and saved for future generations, thanks to the opportunity given to us by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Trust is looking forward to working in partnership with Cornwall Council and the Friends of the Luxulyan Valley to enhance this World Heritage Site and conserve its important industrial heritage.”

Cornwall Councillor Sue James and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “This funding will help restore of one of the finest examples of industrial heritage in the area. We hope this will help bring the Valley back to life, with the restoration bringing in more visitors, more jobs and more training. Enhanced natural environments for animals and being able to generate renewable energy are additional bonuses.”

Colonel Edward Bolitho (Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall), President of Cornwall Heritage Trust commented: “This Heritage Lottery Fund grant means that the Treffry Viaduct, a marvel of Cornish engineering, can now be fully restored within the beautiful Luxulyan Valley. The success of the bid has been due to an enormous amount of hard work by many people, who deserve an enormous amount of thanks. This is a really good day for Cornwall.”

Julian German, Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, added: “We are delighted that Heritage Lottery Funding will be used to protect Luxulyan Valley’s valuable heritage assets. The award will also contribute to reducing CO² emissions by restoring the leat systems which will feed into the new Hydro Electric Turbine at Ponts Mill. This is a great example of partnership working for local communities.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Luxulyan Valley is a beautiful and historic part of the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players, part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage will now not only be conserved and protected but will also continue to play a part in the lives of local people through training and volunteering whilst contributing to the local economy.”

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust will now develop further detailed plans so the scheme can start in January 2018 and be delivered over the next three years.

The Luxulyan Valley is situated just outside the village of Luxulyan, approximately three miles from the Eden Project and is a key component of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Today, beyond its historic importance, the Valley is renowned for its natural beauty and much loved for its tranquillity. However the internationally important heritage assets need substantial repairs to continue functioning.

Posted 16 November 2017

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Cabinet discusses key decisions on budget, investment programme, new waste contract and proposals to transform adult and children’s services

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/11/2017 - 08:42

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet met at New County Hall in Truro today to discuss key decisions on the four year budget and business plan, a multi million pound investment programme in new homes, jobs and infrastructure in local communities, the new waste contract and exciting proposals to transform adult social care and services for children, young people and families.

Members of the Cabinet voted unanimously to support the Council Business Plan and Budget 2018/2019 which will prioritise spending on services that make sure children and young people get the best start in life, that communities feel the benefit of economic growth and that support vulnerable residents to live independently. This includes investing in Cornwall to raise wages and improve jobs and housing opportunities for local residents.

The Council has already saved nearly £300m since 2010, but will need to find a further £75m in savings over the next four years to balance the budget and continue to provide essential services. Key measures in the budget include proposals for an increase in Council tax by 4.99% including a 3% increase for adult social care, an increase in charges for some services and a reduction in some services or to stop providing them altogether. These proposals will now be open for public consultation.

Introducing the budget and business plan Julian German, the Cabinet Member for Resources, said the Council would continue to look for ways to improve services, making them more efficient and prioritising frontline services, and wanted to hear the views of residents and businesses on their proposals.

“The challenges we face, while difficult, are something we can address with community support. Over the past few years local people have told us what they thought about our proposals for savings. This feedback, thoughts and suggestions have informed the decisions about the budget we have set each year.

Cornwall’s residents can have their say by completing an online survey or attending a public meeting via the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/budget2017. The consultation closes on Friday 29 December 2017. The final budget will be submitted to full Council for decision in February 2018.

Cabinet also supported:

  • A draft vision and objectives for a new Investment Programme agreed by the Council earlier this year. The multi million pound programme will see the Council directly investing in the delivery of new homes, commercial space to support the creation of new jobs and businesses, and the development of new healthcare facilities and schools. Following today’s decision the Investment Programme will now be considered at the next meeting of the full Council on 22 November when the final decision will be made.
  • With the Government expected to launch a formal consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund early next year, Members unanimously approved the key principles which will enable further work to take place on developing the Council's position. This includes lobbying for a single pot programme, with budgets agreed directly from the Treasury, rather than through various individual Government departments and local accountability.
  • Changing how kerbside waste and recycling is collected in the future, including a recommendation for adding food waste to weekly recycling collections, with all other waste that can’t be recycled collected every fortnight.

Members approved the recommendations, which will now be the subject of a further report to the Cabinet in February 2018 when a final decision will be made on the development of the household waste collection and cleansing contract which is due to come into force in March 2020. Evidence from other Local Authorities, 75% of which collect waste that can’t be recycled fortnightly, shows that this could enable Cornwall to rise from its current recycling rate of 35.7% to meet the 2020 50% national recycling target.

  • A programme of essential work to transform Adult Social Care over the next three years to help manage present and future demand. As well as setting a framework for the Council and NHS Kernow to work together towards jointly commissioning services so that there is a greater focus on helping people maintain their own independence and their quality of life, the Cabinet also supported the proposal to invest in care workers by ensuring that they are paid the Living Wage Foundation rates of pay. This will help people retain their independence and be able to access care at home when they leave hospital and reduce the number of bed days lost through delayed transfers of care.
  • Improving children’s outcomes in Cornwall by developing a business case for a new service model to help integrate education, early years, children’s community health, early help and social care services. Members agreed to support the development of a full business case which will then be brought back for further consideration. Improving the quality of residential short breaks in Cornwall to meet growing demand by making changes to combine Camlann and Number One, relocate Tresor, and upgrade all the buildings. Poppins will remain as is. This will enable the three settings to be open seven days a week and support 100 plus children. It will also provide funding to develop a crisis / outreach team to support both families in the community and children and staff in the settings.

Other decisions included support for the first phase of the £10 million St Austell Resilient Regeneration project and a proposal to acquire land in Liskeard with consent for 51 homes as part of our Housing Development Plan to meet local housing demand and need. The site would include 13 affordable homes and could also include market rented homes and some homes for private sale.

Story posted 15 November 2017

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