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Cornwall Council and Suez Celebrate Official Opening of Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 16:39

Representatives of Cornwall Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK (SUEZ), were joined by local community representatives on Friday to celebrate the official opening of the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre in St Dennis.

The facility, which became fully operational in March 2017, is part of a network of facilities that together effectively manages household waste from residents in Cornwall. The aim of which is to increase reuse and recycling, and put waste in Cornwall left after recycling to good use as a fuel to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes each year.

The opening event showcased some of the projects that were awarded grants by the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust. Established to serve the communities around the energy recovery centre the trust receives a percentage of the revenue from the energy generated by the facility together with funding from Cornwall Council.

To date over £370,000 have been awarded to local community projects, including the St Dennis Playing Field, Nanpean Social Club and most recently a new minibus for St Dennis Academy.

To mark the occasion, the winners of a competition for school children around Cornwall to design and make an insect or bird house from reused or recycled materials were presented with their prizes. The winning designs, which will be displayed on the footpath around the energy recovery centre, were created by:

  • Ayla Berriman, aged 4, Perranporth Primary School
  • Minnie Bauer & Melissa Zalick, year 7, Liskeard School and Community College
  • Devon Oakes, aged 8, St Petroc’s Primary School
  • Mia Ashley, aged 8, St Petroc’s Primary School. 

David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK said: “What makes Cornwall special, apart from the wonderful scenery and its unique culture and language, is the integrated approach it takes to the management of its waste and recycling. Today we are delighted to celebrate the first full year of operations of the Cornwall energy recovery centre, a key piece of our network of operations that, working together with Cornwall Council, ensures we get the most value and use out of Cornwall’s precious resources.”

Leader for Cornwall Council Adam Paynter added: “Today is a great opportunity to acknowledge the success of Cornwall energy recovery centre’s first year of operations which shows that Cornwall can be virtually self-sufficient in managing household waste from our residents.  Cornwall as a Council now sends very minimal waste to landfill and we are continuing to look for ways to further reduce this so we can further protect our beautiful environment.”

Councillor Sue James Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection added: “The facility shows that we are delivering major change as to how we manage our waste in Cornwall. Today we can celebrate that most of our residents’ household waste left over after all efforts have been taken to reduce, reuse and recycle is now used effectively - as a fuel to safely and sustainably generate a huge amount of electricity which is exported to the National Grid for use by you and I.”

In its first year, the facility processed over 235,000 tonnes of waste left after recycling, generating over 150,000 megawatt hours of energy for the National Grid.

The dedicated, interactive visitor centre has proved popular with schools and community groups.  Over 1,700 people have been welcomed since it opened last year, with visitors able to see behind the scenes and experience first-hand what happens to their waste after it is collected from their homes.

At the event SUEZ and Cornwall Council also announced the publication of ‘Managing Cornwall’s household waste’, its first annual report on how the organisations are working together towards the priorities laid out in Cornwall’s Environmental Growth Strategy.

The report looks at initiatives from the past year that is helping Cornwall to reuse and recycle more of its waste and preserve its natural environment. These range from the restoration of the United Mines landfill to the addition of pots, tubs and trays recycling at the kerbside.

Reflecting on the successes of this first year of full service operations, the report outlines the commitment from SUEZ and Cornwall Council to continue working towards a cleaner, greener Cornwall for everyone.  

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A-roads to get £3million boost from government safer roads fund

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 18/06/2018 - 14:54

Cornwall Council has secured more than £3m in additional funding from central government to help fund local road safety schemes for two major A-roads.

The Council has been successful in its bid to the Government’s Safer Roads Fund and has been allocated £1.1million to make improvements to a stretch of the A3058 between Summercourt and Quintrell Downs. It has also successfully bid for more than £1.9million for improvements to the major road corridor, A3071, between Penzance and St Just.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Transport and member for Newquay Central said:  “Improving the safety of major roads in Cornwall, for the benefit of road users, is a priority issue for this Council through our wider highway investment programme. The money will be used for new barriers, footways, junctions and road surfaces to improve road safety and prevent accidents.”

“These latest road safety grants secured by the Council will enable improvements to be delivered in 2020/21.

“However, it is also important that the Council seeks external investment, where possible, to help fund projects like these– and I welcome the announcement of this latest support from the Department for Transport. The Council will continue to bid for and hopefully secure additional external funding for highways projects in the future.”

Meanwhile, Council funding for small highway improvements will continue to progress road schemes incommunitiesacross Cornwall which have already been allocated funding. These projects will improve road safety and encourage walking and cycling in local communities.

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Safer Penzance increases presence in town in response to concerns about anti-social behaviour

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 17:04

Anti-social behaviour workers will be increasing patrols in Penzance and police are set to hold drop in sessions in the town centre following concerns raised by the local community.

During this week's public meeting in Penzance, members of the local community voiced concerns about street drinking and anti-social behaviour, as well as drug paraphernalia discarded in the town centre. As a result, this week members of Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team and the police have stepped up joint patrols in Penzance, and the Council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team has brought in additional outreach support. Towards the end of the month the police will begin drop in sessions for members of the public to share any concerns they have.

As lighter nights and warmer temperatures tend to draw out those who are more likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, PCSOs are regularly visiting known hot spots, while police officers and the Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team are also carrying out additional patrols.

While there is not an outright ban on people drinking alcohol in the street, Penzance town centre - like all towns across Cornwall - is covered by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which gives police the power to require an individual to stop drinking or surrender alcohol.

“We are aware of the concern in the town about the increase in bad behaviour on the streets and are working closely with our colleagues in the Safer Penzance partnership to do what we can to discourage this behaviour," said Penzance police inspector, Nicholas Clarke. "But to do this we must be told at the time a problem is occurring so we have the opportunity to deal with it.

"Recent commentary on social media and in local media suggests that not all crime is being reported to the police at the time it occurs, and in some cases it is not being reported at all. We need people to report issues to us direct."

Repeat offenders are being tackled by Cornwall Council's anti-social behaviour caseworkers who, working with the police, have issued Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) to seven repeat offenders over the last 12 months. CBOs are not only used to place restrictions on someone to deter them from repeating anti-social behaviour, but also are a way to require people to engage with drug or alcohol treatment services. A number of arrests for breaches of this order have been made.

As of today, the Penzance policing area reports overall crime seeing a 24% increase as compared to last year. The police report that this general increase is in line with a national trend and takes into account changes to crime classifications. A large majority of these figures relate to improved reporting of offences such as malicious communications and harassment. However, both shoplifting and robberies within the town have reduced since last year.

Tackling the root causes of anti-social behaviour is key to resolving issues in the long term, and agencies need time and resources to achieve this, explained Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection.

"We are all very aware of the issues in Penzance and while there might be a perception that little is being done, Safer Penzance is taking action," she said.

"The partnership understands and is acting on the concerns raised. Multi-agency patrols are in place, and we will be working with businesses and residents in the local community to raise awareness of how to report issues and the work underway to address concerns.

"We know that just moving people on does not deliver a sustainable or safe solution and that we have to assertively engage people in treatment. As of this week our Drug and Alcohol Action Team has recruited another assertive outreach worker to engage with individuals in Penzance and reduce the harm they may be causing to themselves and others."

Cllr Dick Cliffe, Penzance Town Mayor, said; “Success is going to require more and deeper partnership working to make the most of limited resources.  We are exploring with Cornwall Council having Penzance ASB and Community Safety officers based in the Town Centre.  Penzance BID is prepared to locate their BID Manager with them and the Town Council is considering funding a Town Centre Manager also to be collocated with them.  A Town Centre management office would make reporting and responding to ASB much more efficient. The police have also committed to using this office and holding surgeries there.

“We are also working with Cornwall Council and the Police over reviewing the Penzance Public Space Protection Order to ensure it covers all of the unwanted behaviours and is simple to enforce.

“The drug abuse issue is by far the most difficult issue to deal with. I believe the starting point has to be education of community leaders. Rampant drug misuse has been the elephant in the room that nobody speaks about – we need to acknowledge this in order to move on.  We can do something about drug litter in the short term.”

However, to trigger these responses, residents can help by reporting through the right routes:

  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • For concerns about drug paraphernalia, such as needles, on the street, email Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk or call 0300 1234 141.
  • Sign up to Devon & Cornwall Alert  and keep track of crime in your local area
  • Follow Penzance neighbourhood website
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More ‘Homes for Cornwall’ for local people at an affordable rent or for shared ownership as work gets underway in Penzance

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 15/06/2018 - 15:41

Homes For Cornwall Penzance

Cornwall Council is working with Homes for Cornwall partners Galliford Try Partnerships and Liverty to deliver on its commitment to build new homes for local people.

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell has joined representatives from Galliford Try Partnerships, Liverty and local councillors to celebrate a new Homes for Cornwall development of 127 homes which is getting underway on the site of the former St Clare Cornwall Council One Stop Shop. 

The St Clare development sees the former council office site transformed into a high quality mix of homes and has the added value of returning and reinvigorating York House to its former glory after recent fire damage.

The new development will include 8 one bedroom assisted living apartments, alongside a mixture of 15 other apartments and houses for affordable rent, and 15 homes available for shared ownership.

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: "The delivery of housing and, in particular, the delivery of affordable housing to buy and rent to meet local housing needs, is a key priority of the Council and the community.

"We reinvest funds generated from the Homes for Cornwall initiative to buy more land and then provide more affordable housing. We are delighted that the relationship with our partners, who bring additional necessary skills and resources, has resulted in the delivery of high quality homes, with such a high proportion of affordable housing to meet local needs.”

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade Jim McKenna said: “As ward member I am delighted that the development at St Clare is happening.  There is a real local need with 818 households on the register and a shortage of good quality homes – especially to rent.  The homes being built here will go some way to address that need which is good news all round.”

Welcoming the assisted living apartments being built on the St Clare site, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said:  “Helping people who may have additional needs have a home of their own, is hugely important.  These new apartments will be fully accessible and designed and built for older people’s needs.  I’m delighted that they will be a part of this new development.”

Russell Baldwinson Director of Development at Liverty said: “The area has seen limited development over the past few years and this unique new scheme will help revitalise the area. We are delighted to be working with both Cornwall Council and Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver over 394 new homes for sale, rent and shared ownership across Cornwall.

With significant demand for housing across the region, one of our primary focuses as an organisation is to deliver new homes, with a focus on affordable homes, with this initiative representing an exemplary approach to achieving this. As well as delivering housing, initiatives such as this, also have the added benefit of creating employment opportunities for local people and bringing substantial investment into the local economy.”

Over the next 10 years Liverty has plans to build over 15,000 new homes throughout the south west.

Andrew Johnston, Managing Director for Galliford Try Partnerships South West,said: “We are passionate about regenerating areas to create sustainable and vibrant new communities and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Cornwall Council and Liverty on this exciting initiative to provide much needed homes for Cornwall. To date we have delivered over 180 new homes for local people enabling them to stay within their communities. Significantly, just shy of 90% of the open market homes have been purchased by Cornish residents with 46 of these making use of the Governments Help To Buy scheme.”

“We are making huge strides to tackle the South West’s housing shortage, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners to deliver lasting change, transforming lives and landscapes by delivering quality new homes throughout Cornwall.”

Work is also underway at the former Council Depot on Penwith Street which will see 24 new homes – 17 for affordable rent and 7 for shared ownership. Grant funding has come from Cornwall Council Funded Programme and Homes England.

The open market homes which will be built as part of the St Clare development and marketed under the Linden Homes umbrella, will cross-subsidise the 100% affordable homes at the Penzance Depot site, which again sees the redevelopment of a former Council site.

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance East Tim Dwelly said: “I’m delighted there will be 62 affordable homes as result of this site and the depot in Penlee Street. Penzance now has councillors who are committed to much-needed new homes. We know there has been too little new housing in the town and although it takes time, we are gradually turning things round.”

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Central Cornelius Olivier said: “It is great to celebrate this new brown field development that will keep historic York House as its heart.  We have a huge housing need in Penzance so this development, together with the 24 affordable homes which will be built on the site of the Penlee Depot, are most welcome.  As a Governor of Humphry Davy School, I also welcome the funds going to the school for much needed facilities.”

Katherine Uren, Chair of Governors of Humphry Davy School said: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this important Cornwall Council development within the town. The need for affordable housing in Penzance and the reduction, in real terms, in education funding are both key issues for our community.

The inclusion of an area of land that was no longer practical or affordable for the school to use effectively has unlocked an additional area for housing and will enable us, with our partners in the Penwith Education Trust,  to make significant investments in our main school site.

In response to the growing number of students at the school our plans include investing in additional teaching spaces as well as sporting facilities that will benefit both the school and wider community. With a separate Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) scheme to replace a block of outdated classrooms in preparation it is an exciting time.”   

Bill Marshall, Headteacher of Humphry Davy School said: "The sale of an asset that was sat derelict for many years has provided the opportunity for much needed affordable housing in Penzance and investment in facilities at Humphry Davy School when funding for schools is incredibly tight. The improvements and modernisation funded by the sale of the St Clare pitch will benefit the Penzance community for many years to come."

Godfrey Adams, Chair of Trustees of St Clare said: “I’m pleased that building work is underway.  The mix of properties that will be available in this development provides something for everyone and will be a welcome addition to Penzance.”

There are already completed Homes for Cornwall developments in Wadebridge, Shortlanesend, Blackwater and Madron, with another 21 affordable homes nearing completion in St Breward following a successful application by Liverty for funding from Homes England (formerly the Homes and Communities Agency).

Homes for Cornwall, an initiative launched in 2014, brings together Cornwall Council, leading regeneration specialist Galliford Try Partnerships and housing association Liverty. It is on track to deliver over 394 new homes across Cornwall over the next four years and sees new homes built on Council owned sites for rent and to buy.

Eight Council owned sites were identified for potential housing developments as part of the Council's Housing Investment Plan and the Homes for Cornwall partnership has so far delivered 177 new homes. Releasing and building on Council-owned land both provides affordable housing (currently predicted to exceed 45% of the total number due to be built over the course of the programme) and funds which will be re-invested in more land for further development opportunities.

Story posted 15 June 2018

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Council praises response to the fire at Merrifield Close, Truro

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 18:04

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was called out to reports of a fire at Merrifield Close just after midnight on Monday. Merrifield close

Thanks to the rapid and professional response of Emergency Services and to the local community, 19 residents, some of whom were elderly were evacuated from Merrifield Close, which is owned by Cornwall Council and manged by Cornwall Housing, while the fire was dealt with and successfully contained.

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

A housing officer was there supporting residents last night. Four properties have suffered fire damage and the residents of those properties have been helped to find temporary accommodation, some with friends and relatives, whilst one elderly resident was found temporary accommodation in a nearby Care Home.

The other residents of Merrifield Close have been able to return to their properties. Housing officers are there today providing help and support to those affected and sorting out their longer term housing needs.

Due to the fire damage, some residents will not be able to return to their accommodation in the short term and the housing team will continue to help them.

Fire Investigation officers remained on the scene and an investigation into the causes of the fire is underway.

Andrew Mitchell, Cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “I want to say thank you to the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service for their rapid and professional response and to the local community, Cornwall Housing and Adult Social Care staff as everyone works together across the Council to help those affected by the fire at Merrifield Close.  Thankfully everyone is safe and that is the main thing.”

Group Manager Justin Sharp, who attended the scene last night, praised the local community and all the emergency services who helped to ensure people were evacuated to safety whilst a significant fire was brought quickly under control. Fire investigators are on the scene this morning and the investigation continues.

Local Cornwall Council member, David Harris said: “Thankfully everybody is ok following last night’s fire. Cornwall Housing are now looking to ensure people have somewhere to go tonight. The fire service has been brilliant and responded very quickly and the fire investigators are on their way down. The local community in the area have been amazing and have pulled together to helped one another – showing a real sense of community spirit.”

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Make your pledge to help reduce air pollution on Clean Air Day

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 14/06/2018 - 11:29

Cornwall Council is asking residents, businesses and staff to make a pledge to do their bit to improve air quality for National Clean Air Day (21 June).

Clean Air Day will see thousands of people up and down the country taking part in events, making personal pledges, walking to work or school instead of driving, and more. 

The Council is marking the day in Cornwall with events to help reduce engine idling in St Austell, Camelford and Launceston.  Volunteers from the town councils and Cornwall Council councillors and staff will be giving advice to drivers waiting in traffic queues about the benefits of switching off their car engines if they are stationary for a minute or more.  In Cornwall around 40% of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution is caused by private diesel cars, and adjacent to a busy road around 80% of air pollution is caused by traffic.  If drivers switch off their engines when their cars are stopped for one minute or more, pollution can be reduced by 20-30%.

Schools will have the opportunity to take part in Clean Air Day with free educational packs provided by the Council.  The packs aim to raise awareness of pollution among children by explaining why clean air is important, what stops air being clean, and how to avoid and reduce air pollution.  There’s also an activity that involves children in designing a clean air superhero to protect people from air pollution.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “In Cornwall we have nine Air Quality Management Areas where traffic related air pollution is higher than the government’s recommended action level.  As a Council we’re tackling air pollution across Cornwall by providing new walking and cycling opportunities, working with partners to introduce cleaner buses, trialling new technology to reduce emissions from our own vehicle fleet, and much more.

“As individuals, we all have a role to play in improving air quality too.  Every time we make a choice about how to travel what we’re doing makes a difference to the amount of air pollution in Cornwall.  On Clean Air Day, why not pledge to try something different?  Walk, cycle, take the bus or train, use the park and ride, or look at options like car sharing or joining a car club. Even sharing tips and ideas for saving fuel, and therefore money, with friends and family, will have the benefit of improving air quality.”

In the UK over 600 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) have been declared in areas with poor air quality.  All of the AQMAs have higher levels of nitrogen dioxide gas than they should, and vehicles are the main source of nitrogen dioxide. 

There’s more information about Clean Air Day and ideas for getting involved on our Clean Air Day page.

Story posted 14 June 2018

 

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Cornwall’s Maritime lead recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 17:41

Cornwall Council’s Maritime Manager, Andy Brigden has been awarded an OBE for his services to the ports and maritime industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Formerly the Truro and Penryn Harbour Master, Andy has been Cornwall Council’s maritime lead official since it became a unitary authority in 2009.
In a career spanning over forty-five years,Andy Brigden

Andy first went to sea when he was nearly seventeen. In 1972 to 1986, he went to sea with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Natural Environment Research Council and Townsend Thoresen Car Ferries. During this time he gained his Master Mariners (Class 1) Certificate of Competency.
 
In 1987 he attained a post graduate diploma in Hydrographic Surveying from Plymouth Polytechnic and in the same year became Deputy Harbour Master for Truro and Penryn with Carrick District Council.
 
Andy was promoted to Head of Maritime Services and Harbour Master in 1991 and following local government reorganisation in 2009, became Maritime Manager for Cornwall Council.
 
On receiving the news of his OBE, Andy said: “I am thrilled to receive this award which has been gained by standing on the shoulders of giants throughout my maritime career.
 
“I have been very fortunate to work with many people who have helped, inspired and guided me throughout this time.
 
“This award is also thanks to the support of colleagues in the British Ports Association, UK Harbour Masters Association, Department for Transport, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI and Cornwall Council, where I work with some fantastic people. This award is as much for them as it is for me.


“I am married to Debbie and I have three children, Katie, Tom and Amy who have been tremendously supportive in all that I have done over the years which has been a great help.”


Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: “Cornwall’s ports and harbours are amongst our greatest assets, yet protecting them is something we don’t often pause to think about.


“Andy plays a critical role in ensuring that the ports and harbours along Cornwall’s 400 miles of coastline are all safe and well run. His dedication, commitment and knowledge of the maritime sector is second to none. The people of Cornwall can be confident they are in safe hands and this OBE is recognition of that.”

Posted 13 June 2018

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Support for Cornish tick box grows as hundreds flock to get a Cornish passport

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 17:26

Steve Double Cornish Embassy

Hundreds of people flocked to celebrate their identity with a Cornish passport at the Royal Cornwall Show as they loudly and proudly declared their Cornishness.

Supported by Cornwall Council, Golden Tree Productions’ Cornish Embassy and Tick Box Bus saw over 1000 people queue to get a passport. An overwhelming 96% of visitors passing through the bus over three days at the Show supported the inclusion of a tick box on the Census, sending a clear message to the Office for National Statistics that there is strong support.

“What does Cornishness mean to you?” asked Will Coleman, Director of Golden Tree, “In 2014 HM government recognised the Cornish as a ‘national minority’, but what zackly does that mean? So we’ve nabbed a double decker bus, kitted her out with a beer-tasting pub downstairs and a Cornish embassy upstairs. The Tick Box Bus is a space for open discussion and friendly exploration of Cornish identity – One and All are welcome to join us.”

Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay Steve Double lent his support to the campaign with a visit to the bus and secured a debate in Parliament on the inclusion of a tick box on the Census, which was heard earlier this week.

“This issue is not just about the current generation—it is about our future and the protection and nurturing of our unique Cornish identity, culture and heritage. As I highlighted, over 73,000 people registered as Cornish in 2011,” he said in Parliament.

“Thousands more would have done so if the option had been as straightforward as it is for the other nationalities. What is so telling is that among the young people of Cornwall—our schoolchildren—a clear and rapidly growing number now identify themselves as Cornish.

“Any argument that there is no demand to identify as Cornish, or that it is a fad of a bygone era, is erroneous. Our young people are proud to be Cornish and deserve the right to be able to say so in future. In fact, there is a growing movement within Cornwall to celebrate our unique identity and culture that is the strongest it has been for many, many years.”

Cornwall Councillor and Chair of the Council's Cornish Minority Status Working Group, Jesse Foot said the campaign for the inclusion of a tick box would continue: “While we welcome the ONS’ commitment to improving data collection and working with us, this still falls short of recognising the minority status afforded to the Cornish people by the Framework Convention in 2014.

“Cornwall Council will not stop pushing for a box which says ‘Cornish’ to be added. Whether one identifies as Cornish by birth, marriage, ancestry or some other route one has the right to be recognised, for services to be planned, and for funding to be sought on this basis. This is one of the reasons we put this proposition forward in our recent submission to Government - to build on our existing devolution deal, New Frontiers.” 

In the last census in 2011, a total of 83,966 people in Britain ticked 'other' and physically wrote in 'Cornish' as their national identity. Within Cornwall the total was 73,220.

 

Story posted 13 June 2018

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Council praises response to the fire at Merrifield Close, Truro last night

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 13/06/2018 - 16:53

At 00.05 last night Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service was called to Merrifield Close in Truro, which is owned by Cornwall Council and manged by Cornwall Housing.Merrifield close

Thanks to the rapid and professional response of Emergency Services and to the local community, 19 residents, some of whom were elderly were evacuated from Merrifield Close, while the fire was dealt with and successfully contained.

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

A housing officer was there supporting residents last night. Four properties have suffered fire damage and the residents of those properties have been helped to find temporary accommodation, some with friends and relatives, whilst one elderly resident was found temporary accommodation in a nearby Care Home.

The other residents of Merrifield Close have been able to return to their properties. Housing officers are there today providing help and support to those affected and sorting out their longer term housing needs.

Due to the fire damage, some residents will not be able to return to their accommodation in the short term and the housing team will continue to help them.

Today, Fire Investigation officers are on the scene and an investigation into the causes of the fire is underway.

Andrew Mitchell, Cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “I want to say thank you to the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service for their rapid and professional response and to the local community, Cornwall Housing and Adult Social Care staff as everyone works together across the Council to help those affected by the fire at Merrifield Close.  Thankfully everyone is safe and that is the main thing.”

Group Manager Justin Sharp, who attended the scene last night, praised the local community and all the emergency services who helped to ensure people were evacuated to safety whilst a significant fire was brought quickly under control. Fire investigators are on the scene this morning and the investigation continues.

Local Cornwall Council member, David Harris said: “Thankfully everybody is ok following last night’s fire. Cornwall Housing are now looking to ensure people have somewhere to go tonight. The fire service has been brilliant and responded very quickly and the fire investigators are on their way down. The local community in the area have been amazing and have pulled together to helped one another – showing a real sense of community spirit.”

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Having difficult conversations – helping people in Cornwall recognise the risk of developing diabetes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 13:27

With an estimated 29,000 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly currently living with diabetes and a further 26,000 people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, health organisations are supporting this year’s national Diabetes Week (June 11th) which aims to help prevent diabetes and support those living with the condition. 

The theme of this year’s Diabetes Week, which is staged by Diabetes UK, is “having difficult conversations”. To help health care practitioners have these conversations NHS England has published “Language Matters” which provides advice and guidance on the language which should be used to communicate with people who have diabetes. 

Approximately 1,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly every year. Helping people to recognise the risks of developing diabetes and encouraging them to take action to reduce those risks is one of the key priorities for health and care organisations. 

“Diabetes can have many serious effects on a person’s health, such as increased risk of a stroke, heart attack or impaired eyesight, and we want to help people to reduce those risks” said Caroline Court, Interim Public Health Director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

Dr Iain Chorlton, NHS Kernow’s chairman, added: “Leading a lifestyle balanced with good diet and physical activity will not only help people lower their risk of developing diabetes, it will also help them to improve overall health. 

“We know it can sometimes be challenging to raise these issues with patients and their families but it is vital to have these difficult conversations and I welcome this new guidance from the NHS”.

 Last year more than 1,300 people from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who were at risk of developing diabetes took part in the National Diabetes Prevention Programme ‘Healthier You’ which provided advice on nutrition and exercise and suggested behavioural changes to maintain a healthy weight and become more physically active. 

One of those who has benefited from the programme is Lindsey whose routine blood test at her doctor’s surgery revealed she had higher than expected blood sugar levels.  After being invited to join a Living Well Taking Control (LWTC) group Lindsey has lost weight, changed her diet and has become more active. 

“It was reassuring knowing I wasn’t the only one in this position” said Lindsey.  

I have learnt how to make healthier choices, reviewing my diet and what exercise I am doing. I now use the traffic light system when out shopping to ensure I buy healthier foods. I have also cut down on my sugar intake.” 

Since completing the first stages of the LWTC programme, Lindsey’s confidence has grown and she has become a volunteer for Age UK Cornwall.  One of the volunteering roles she covers is to assist the LWTC facilitator with two groups by greeting participants on arrival, making refreshments for the group and joining in with group discussions sharing her experiences.

Other successful local initiatives include the development of a virtual diabetes pathway which uses technology to reduce the time some patients have to wait and travel to hospital appointments. First piloted in north Kerrier, this pathway reduces inconvenience for patients and brings their care closer to home.  

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly also have 100 percent participation by GP practices in the Primary Care National Diabetes Audit which is higher than most areas of the country. This allows health care professionals to identify the number of people living with diabetes who achieve treatment targets for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, helping to reduce the risk of diabetic complications such as heart attack, stroke, amputation, kidney disease and blindness. 

Further work is now taking place to increase the number of people achieving these targets and identify those people at highest risk in order to support improving their care.

NHS Kernow is also one of more than 180 CCGs taking part in the NHS Diabetes programme which aims to improve outcomes for people with diabetes. 

As part of this programme NHS Kernow is aiming to improve the health outcomes of more than 2,000 people with diabetes who have been identified as having poor blood glucose / blood pressure / cholesterol control issues which could cause them to have complications such as stroke or amputation later in life. Staff are currently working with GPs, colleagues at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, community nurses and community pharmacists on a range of initiatives to support this group of people. 

NHS Kernow’s work to provide better and easier support and care to people living with diabetes was praised at last year’s prestigious National Quality in Care (QiC) awards, with judges presenting the CCG with a commendation in the “Patient Care Pathway – Adults” category for its virtual clinic work. 

Anyone who is concerned about developing diabetes can check their risk on the Diabetes UK online risk tool before speaking to a health professional. 

Story posted 12 June, issued by Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Cabinet to discuss homes, parking and infrastructure

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 12/06/2018 - 11:37

Homes, parking and infrastructure will feature strongly on next week’s Cabinet meeting on 20 June 2018, aiming to build more homes, improve parking and put more onus on developers to fund community infrastructure.

Proposals under consideration include land in Newquay and Launceston being purchased under the Council’s Housing Development Programme (HDP). If supported, the proposal will help to meet increased demand in Cornwall for affordable housing for local residents, delivering 675 new homes.

Cabinet will also be discussing the proposed Charging Schedule for the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which will allow the Council to raise money from developers to pay for vital infrastructure like roads, schools and playgrounds. 

Following an extensive review of the way the Council delivers parking services across Cornwall, new parking plans will be considered.

Proposals include upgrades to technology so that car park users can pay on exit and book a space in advance, which would allow people to spend more time in town centres.  Improving the technology in the busiest car parks will also free up enforcement officers to tackle on-street parking issues.

After the Cabinet agreed in principle at their meeting last month (02 May 2018) to the Council taking a significant strategic leadership and delivery role in developments at Threemilestone, Cabinet will also consider the strategic purchase of land at Langarth Farm, to bring forward the development of a high quality housing scheme and set the tone for further development in the area.

If Cabinet agree that the land may be purchased, the final decision on whether to go ahead will be taken by full Council. If agreed, the proposed development would be led by Cornwall Council and made up of a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing, but also housing owned by the Council and rented at market rents.

Cabinet members will also consider the findings of an inquiry into the best way for members make decisions around the work of the Cornwall Investment Programme. 

Other items on the Cabinet agenda include a review of the Council Performance Report and Capital Programme Outturn Review.

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

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

 

Story posted 12 June 2018

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Local matters discussed at the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 11/06/2018 - 16:36

People in and around St Agnes and Perrranporth are being invited to attend the June meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel and hear about local matters.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Thursday 14 June between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB.

At the meeting community network panel members will be invited to discuss local matters in their area. As this is the annual general meeting the panel will also be asked to elect a Chair for 2018/19.

Perranzabuloe Parish Councillor Ken Yeo and Chair of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel. The meeting on Thursday is a good opportunity for local residents to find out what’s going on locally and meet their local Cornwall Councillor and their local parish councillor representatives.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth 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 of all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the six Parish Councils (Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen, St Newlyn East) in the community network area.

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

Posted 11 June 2018

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Launceston Matters and Community Led Local Development on the agenda for Launceston Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 11/06/2018 - 11:52

People in and around Launceston are being invited to learn about Launceston Matters and Community Led Local Development at the Launceston Community Network Panel annual general meeting on Thursday 21 June at 6.30pm in Launceston Town Hall.

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

Jon Teague, Area Co-ordinator of Atlantic and Moor and South East Cornwall Local Action Groups, will brief the panel on Community Led Local Development (CLLD) and the funding opportunities available through it.  CLLD is a new scheme and will fund projects from voluntary and community sector organisations as well as private businesses that help remove the barriers to training and employment for those in Cornwall’s most deprived communities.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive Officer of V Learning Net, will give a presentation on Launceston Matters, a community group focused on shaping the town’s future, and potential projects for the area.

The meeting will include updates on the Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local transport schemes, and strengthening community networks. 

As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair and a vice-chair for the next 12 months and set its priorities for the area with a view to influencing Cornwall-wide strategies, local service delivery and local projects.      

In addition to this, there will be local updates from Cornwall, town and parish councillors and time for public questions.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “This is your chance to hear about some of the exciting opportunities and funding available to local groups and businesses. In addition we would welcome everyone’s input to help shape our local priorities for the next 12 months, which will focus the work of the Launceston Community Network Panel. Our community network has adopted the practise of an open forum where we try to ensure all those attending can share their views and those of their local communities, at the same time respecting differing views and priorities.  Everyone is welcome, so come along and join us.”

Launceston 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. 

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephens by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.

Story posted 11 June 2018

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Council welcomes rough sleeper funding

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Sat, 09/06/2018 - 09:08

Welcoming today's funding announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP,  Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why we have already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy launched last year. Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with rough sleeping numbers reducing by 31% (from 99 to 68) between November 2016 and November 2017.”

Cllr Mitchell adds: “This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government will allow us to put in place even more ambitious plans that will directly help take people off the streets this winter, providing them with accommodation and support. We will be able to offer new personalised and tailored solutions to the most disengaged rough sleepers that haven’t been available before. Our end goal is to ensure no one has to sleep rough in Cornwall”.

This new funding will specifically help entrenched rough sleepers off the streets permanently by extending outreach support, increasing crisis hostel accommodation by six bed spaces  a year, delivering additional cold weather provision so that rough sleepers do not have to stay on the streets this winter and increasing access to both supported accommodation and private rented accommodation. 

Story posted 09 June 2018

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Wellbeing and Autism Wheel launched at Royal Cornwall Show

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 07/06/2018 - 16:31

­­­Calling parents or carers of a child who may be on the autism spectrum, Cornwall Council and the NHS are launching a brand new resource at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show that will help you find loads of useful advice, information and help all in one place.

The Wellbeing and Autism Wheel is a new hub for parents and carers with practical support on how to help your child, the assessment and diagnosis process, and lots of downloadable resources produced by professionals.

This Wheel has been created by Cornwall Council in partnership with the NHS, ASDAT (autistic spectrum disorder assessment team), Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists with input from Healthwatch Cornwall, HeadStart Kernow, Volunteer Cornwall and Young People Cornwall.

The Wheel will be constantly updated with new resources and will help parents and carers:-

  • Create an individual plan based upon their child’s needs.
  • Browse over 150 resources providing practical activities to try at home, school and in the community.
  • Find out about the ins and outs of an assessment, including the initial referral process and how a diagnosis is made.
  • See the support available both with and without a diagnosis, and find services that can support their child today.
  • Find out what is available to support parents and carers.

One parent who took part in a consultation event to help develop the Wellbeing and Autism Wheel said: “I would like to say thank you for inviting me to the work shop which gives details on the new Wellbeing and Autism Wheel. I have been in a position, since being put on the ASD Diagnostic waiting list,  where I am unsure what happens next and what I am now meant to do - it made me feel better knowing I am not alone and I feel the tool you're introducing is, without a doubt, going to be of great value to me.”

Sue Newman, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Assessment Team (ASDAT) Clinical Manager and Children’s Therapy Lead said: “The idea for the Wheel arose from feedback from parents and professionals who said they couldn't find any information about the support available  for their children who were struggling with school and home life, possibly because of an autism spectrum disorder.

The small specialist assessment team in health then worked with their colleagues in Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, RCHT and Cornwall Council to provide local and general practical advice across a range of needs that families had identified as causing concern.

"I’m so pleased that we have been involved and taken an active role in improving the situation for children, young people, families and carers," said Barbara Vann, Chair of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Wheel contains information which has been endorsed by health professionals in Cornwall and we would encourage schools, families and others working with children and young people to have a look.”  

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Children and Wellbeing said:  “This brand new and exciting tool which is exclusive to Cornwall, means that parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum can access up to date, useful and supportive information all in one place.  I urge them to try it for themselves to see what is available and how they can find the help they need.”

Come and find out more on the Cornwall Council stand 95 at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Visit the website or call the family information service 0800 587 8191 for more information. 

 

Story posted 07 June 2018

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Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel encourage residents to explore broadband options

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 07/06/2018 - 09:37

With another 7,500 premises in Cornwall set to be upgraded to fibre based broadband by 2020, Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel are encouraging local residents to find out more about their broadband options.

Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms, Chair of Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, said: “Via Superfast Cornwall, Cornwall Council has built a fibre based network covering 90% of premises in Cornwall and enabling them to connect to superfast broadband speeds of over 24Mbps. 

“Improving local broadband is a priority for Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, and we know many people in the area aren’t sure whether they can connect to fibre or how to connect if their area has already been upgraded.  The good news is that it’s quick and easy to find out online and a quarter of the premises being upgraded to fibre in the latest programme of work are in south-east Cornwall.”

Details of the planned rollout, which is part funded by the EU, as well as information about who can connect and options for those who are outside the fibre area are available from the Superfast Cornwall website.

For those in more remote areas who may not be able to connect to conventional fibre, there are alternatives available including mobile broadband and the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Mobile broadband can be a solution for those in areas with good 4G mobile coverage.  Superfast Cornwall has a highly sensitive internal antenna device that can be loaned out to test to see if 4G would work for you.  The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme provides grants to small businesses and the communities surrounding them towards the installation costs of a gigabit capable connection.  Details are available on the Superfast Cornwall website.

The next Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting takes place on Monday 11 June at 6.30pm in St Keyne Village Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend to hear the latest broadband update and learn more about local matters.

Story posted 7 June 2018

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Co-cars comes to Lemon Quay - offering half price membership to Cornwall’s car club scheme

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:36

To mark its first anniversary Cornwall’s hire by the hour car club scheme Co-cars will be on Lemon Quay in Truro this Saturday offering half price membership to residents and visitors.

Funded by Cornwall Council, the Department for Transport, Co-cars and Great Western Railways, Co-cars promotes more sustainable transport solutions and offers members the convenience of a car without the hassles and costs of car ownership.

The Co-cars team will be at Lemon Quay from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 9th June giving people the opportunity to take a look at a car and find out how the pay-as-you-go car club scheme works.

Those who register on the day and complete the application process within a week will receive their first year’s residential membership for half price (£12.50 instead of £25) and get £5 driver’s credit per person (£10 for 2 person household), to be used by 31 August 2018.

Co-cars smart low emission cars are based at convenient locations in Truro and Falmouth Town railway stations, Truro’s Pydar Street car park and Waterside House in Penryn. 

Hiring from Co-cars costs from £3.75 per hour, with discounts for daily hire, plus 18p per mile and fuel, insurance, tax, maintenance and emergency cover are all included so there are no hidden costs. Members only pay for a car when they want to use one.

Co-cars is ideal for occasional drivers, short trippers and two car families who don’t want or can’t afford the second vehicle and want to hire one for an hour or two. 

Portfolio holder for Transport, Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown said: “The growth of Co-cars is supporting a more joined-up transport system for Truro, Falmouth and beyond by enabling people to connect their train journey with a station based hire by the hour car. As well as benefiting the occasional car user, the eco-friendly nature of these cars will help to reduce the impact of emission levels in our towns. The membership offer to mark Co-cars first anniversary is a welcome addition to this already cost effective scheme.”

Cornwall Councillor for Truro Boscawen Bert Biscoe added:
“Co-cars is a good way to live in town and to make use of a vehicle when you need it, and when doing so, to make as little impact on the environment as possible. If we are to reinvigorate Truro by encouraging more people to living in the centre then initiatives like this are not only practical and responsible, they are essential.”

Truro resident Peter Gildener who had an annual car mileage of less than 1,000 and is now a Co-car member said: “My partner agreed to ferry me about as and when I might need a lift so I sold my car. It was therefore an absolute boon when I discovered Co-Cars in Truro. It just involves a short walk or a bus ride to the station and there it is all pristine, the car is brilliant to drive and the service and help at the base really is second to none. Go Co-cars!”

Co-car members can pick-up and return cars to the specially-reserved parking bays, book 24/7 online or via a smartphone and use a smartcard and PIN to open the car and log their trip.

For more details about the scheme visit the team at Lemon Quay this Saturday, go online at www.co-cars.co.uk call 0345 345 2544 or email: drive@co-cars.co.uk


Posted 6 June 2018

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Survey shows healthy options for eating out a must for Cornwall’s residents

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 17:28

Ninety-eight percent of residents who took part in a recent Sugar Smart survey by Cornwall Council said they think it’s important to have healthy options available when eating out.

Nearly 900 people took part in the online survey earlier this year, with the results showing that people are not only concerned about what is in their food and drink, but they want to see more options available and for businesses to make it easier to make a healthy choice.

Interim Public Health Director for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dr. Caroline Court, said the survey highlighted the fact that people were becoming more aware of what they eat and that there was a growing demand for healthier choices.

“The results from this survey are important. In Cornwall around 27% of children aged 4-5 are considered overweight through the National Child Measurement Programme and the current trend is for this figure to increase throughout the primary school years to around 32% by age 10-11.

“And it doesn’t get better as we get older, 64% of Cornwall’s population over the age of 18 are overweight or obese.

“Reducing sugar intake is one way for us to tackle this and it’s encouraging that one in two people want to see cafes, restaurants and takeaways selling healthier food

“We’re keen to work with the food industry and business in Cornwall to help improve the health of our residents and make it easier to make choices while dining out, and look forward to progressing with the next steps.”

Jamie Oliver supporter of the campaign said “It’s brilliant to have SUGAR SMART Cornwall join the growing national network of SUGAR SMART cities, boroughs and counties. They’ll be joining us in raising awareness about the long-term damage too much sugar can have on our health, and empowering us all to reduce it in our diets. We're facing a growing obesity crisis where one in three children  are leaving primary school either overweight or obese, seriously  increasing their chances of developing diet-related diseases, like type-2 diabetes, earlier in adult life. Eating nutritious food and getting regular exercise will help us all lead healthier and happier lives.”

More information will be available on the SUGAR SMART campaign on stand 95 at the Royal Cornwall Show where there will be quizzes to guess the sugar in our food and drink, or find out how to become a SUGAR SMART ambassador if you’d like to support our campaign.

Story posted 5 June.

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Council encourages people to Go Wild for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 15:51

Flowers on Porthcothan Dunes

On World Environment Day (5 June), Cornwall Council is encouraging people to make time for nature and explore Cornwall’s wild side.

The challenge is simple – to #GoWildForCornwall during June by making time to connect with nature, or doing something to help local wildlife.

Cabinet portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James, said the Council was proud to manage and maintain many of Cornwall’s beautiful wild places, as well as deliver environmental initiatives, pollution prevention schemes and diverse natural resources.

"Most people think about the Council as collecting their rubbish but we also support our environment in many other ways to make Cornwall the wonderful place it is. We have celebrated our beaches being awarded blue and seaside flags for cleanliness and safety and we are investing, with partners, in open spaces to make space for nature whilst improving the visiting experience for residents and visitors.

“#GoWildForCornwall aims to highlight the wild things the Council supports and how you can connect with nature and complements the #30Days campaign being run by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust,” she said.

“During June you’ll see information on social media for every generation of nature lovers to explore - from nurturing green spaces to practical tips on how to plant trees and the magic of Cornwall’s hedgerows.

“By working closely with communities, business and environmental organisations to protect our natural environments, we want to make Cornwall a heathier, happier and greener place to live and work – every day of the year.

“Whether you build an insect hotel, smell the wildflowers on a woodland bike ride or just explore a local park, being close to nature can help us feel happier and healthier.”

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Safer St Austell cleans up Par Beach to mark World Environment Day

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 05/06/2018 - 14:35

Local agencies and volunteers from Safer St Austell litter picked their way across Par beach’s golden sands today to show support for World Environment Day and improve the beach for people to enjoy.

World Environment Day encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution, so the clean-up at Par helped raise awareness of the importance of looking after Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, wildlife and sea and encouraged people to take their rubbish home with them.

The local agencies within Safer St Austell taking part in the beach clean included Cosgarne Hall, Addaction, Community Safety from Cornwall Council and the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Volunteers from Friends of Par Beach also litter picked and local charity St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK) gave their support by providing a sumptuous picnic.

Safer St Austell includes voluntary sector, public services and the local business community. The partners work on various initiatives within St Austell to help residents and visitors feel safer and benefit the economy by addressing anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime as well as improving the environment.

Cornish manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps supported the event by giving a donation to Safer St Austell and Clean Cornwall supplied the litter pickers and collected the rubbish.

Stephanie from Kensa Heat pumps said: “As a Cornish manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps is thrilled to support this local cause, which echoes our ethos to make a real difference to the community and protect our environment.”

Helen Catherall from Addaction and Safer St Austell partner who organised the clean-up said: “Our beach clean to coincide with World Environment Day is just one many positive activities of Safer St Austell. In the past year Safer St Austell has made environmental improvements to St Austell as well as working to resolve local concerns about anti-social behaviour in the town.”

The Mayor of St Austell, Councillor Gary King, along with the Deputy Mayor Councillor Tim Styles added: “This was a terrific effort from Safer St Austell, we look forward to working with you again in the future.”

For more information about the work of Safer St Austell visit the Safer Cornwall website at www.safercornwall.co.uk.

Posted 5 June 2018

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