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Science Minister hails Cornwall space opportunity

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 24/05/2019 - 16:55

Space Briefing

Science Minister Chris Skidmore has seen first-hand how Cornwall and the South West can play a major role in the UK’s ambition to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.

Mr Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, toured Cornwall Airport Newquay to learn more about Virgin Orbit’s horizontal satellite launch proposals from Spaceport Cornwall, and plans by Goonhilly Earth Station to track future deep space missions to the Moon and Mars. He was also briefed on launch company Skyrora’s decision to base its rocket testing programme at Spaceport Cornwall.

The Minister then took part in a round-table discussion chaired by Cornwall Council deputy leader Adam Paynter with space industry leaders, which looked at the wider economic opportunities of the space sector in the South West.

Participants included Virgin Orbit, Goonhilly Earth Station, Skyrora, Avanti, South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, European Space Agency, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Aerospace Cornwall and Cornwall Trade & Investment.

Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: “There has never been a better time to start and grow a space business in the UK, and I believe Cornwall and the South West can play a big part in the new commercial space age. 

“Through our modern Industrial Strategy, the space industry is lifting off in the South West and I was delighted to come to Cornwall to meet businesses, tour the impressive facilities at Cornwall Airport Newquay and speak with local industry leaders.”

Cornwall Council deputy leader, Adam Paynter, said: “I welcome the Minister’s visit and his recognition of the ambitions and aspirations of Cornwall to grow our economy and reap the benefits of the rapid growth of the international space sector. With assets like the Council owned Cornwall Airport Newquay, Goonhilly Earth Station and a strong South West Aerospace supply chain, the global space industry is a huge opportunity for our region and a key part of our New Frontiers post-Brexit economic plan.”

Glenn Caplin, Chief Executive of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, which is investing £8.4m in Goonhilly and funding the work to establish Spaceport Cornwall, said: “Developing the space economy in Cornwall is a cornerstone of the LEP’s emerging Local Industrial Strategy. We welcomed the opportunity to brief the Minister on the contribution our area can make to the UK’s space ambitions and economic growth, locally and nationally.”

By visiting Cornwall Mr Skidmore was fulfilling a pledge he made to St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double during a Commons debate about the space industry in March.

Steve Double, who accompanied the Minister on the visit, said: “I am pleased the Minister has come to Cornwall to see for himself the potential of Spaceport Cornwall and the tremendous level of support and enthusiasm we have from all sectors in Cornwall. We are well placed to be the location of Europe’s first horizontal launch spaceport and I am sure the Minister will have gone away with a very positive message that we are ready for lift off at Newquay.

“This also comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the £2m Horizontal Spaceport Development Fund, which I am sure we are ideally situated to bid for. I will continue to work with him and the UK Space Agency, Cornwall Council, the LEP and Virgin Orbital to make this a reality.”

Last year Cornwall Council signed a partnership agreement with Virgin Orbit to bring the company’s horizontal satellite launch system to Spaceport Cornwall. This would complement vertical launch activity proposed for Scotland, meaning the UK can offer both systems to the global space industry.

 

Story posted 24 May 2019 

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Cornwall’s school children reduce local CO2 by 30 tonnes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 24/05/2019 - 14:17

 

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In just two weeks Cornwall’s school children reduced local air pollution by 65kg of dangerous nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by walking, biking and scootering to school, instead of travelling by car.

As part of cycling and walking charity Sustrans’ annual Big Pedal challenge, children from 21 Cornwall schools used human power for an astonishing 25,469 journeys. 

This comes hard on the heels of two important new pieces of research:

  • Sustrans published YouGov data in March which showed that almost two-thirds (63%) of teachers would support a school gate vehicle ban during drop-off and pick-up times and that more than half (59%) want urgent Government action to improve air quality near schools
  • Public Health England called on local authorities in March to limit transport emissions urgently, banning idling car engines around schools and investing in foot and cycle paths.

NOx can cause breathing problems, reduced lung function and damage teeth. CO2 is a major contributor to climate change. In Cornwall, children travelled 127,345 miles actively during the challenge, which equates to more than five trips around the world. The reduction in CO2 and NOx was calculated by comparing this to the amount generated if all these journeys had been taken by car.

Children at Berrycombe School in Bodmin and Threemilestone School near Truro have won special recognition from Sustrans for their Big Pedal achievements. Berrycombe had the highest percentage of children travelling actively across the county and also won the small primary schools category; while Threemilestone near Truro won the large primaries category and had the largest number of children travelling actively in any Cornish school.

Pupils enjoyed a trophy presentation this week, attended by Councillor Geoff Brown – Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport and Dulcie Tudor-Cornwall Councillor for Threemilestone.

Geoff Brown said:  “It’s been brilliant to see the results of the Big Pedal. So many children in Cornwall got involved and showed us what can be done to help get us moving. Working in partnership with Sustrans meant that we were able to do much more than simply getting pupils excited about being active. “

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford adds: “Huge congratulations to these inspiring children who were able to change the way they travelled to school, showing that it can be done. I hope this, and our young people’s growing awareness of the importance of changing our behaviour to address climate change,  will inspire them to carry on. It’s the responsibility of all of us to act so getting the community involved is so important.”

Lexi Lobb, Active Travel Champion at Threemilestone School, said “Threemilestone School really values sustainable journeys to school and we’ve been promoting cycling, scooting and walking to school for approximately 15 years. We are delighted to have won the Cornish prize in the large school category, at last. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole Big Pedal experience this year, as we have for all the previous Big Pedal competitions.  We are so grateful to Nick Ratcliffe and the rest of the Sustrans organisation for their tireless support and encouragement.

Claire Johnson, Parent Support Advisor at Berrycombe School, said: “The Big Pedal has got the whole school working together and we have seen a big rise in pupils actively travelling. It has improved congestion in the front of the school gates and pupils and families have enjoyed walking, cycling and scooting as a great way to begin their day.”

A variety of activities were run during the two week challenge, these included Dr Bike visits, playground scooter and cycle skill sessions, treasure trail, a pedometer challenge, mass walks to school and sessions on a smoothie bike and pedal-powered electricity generator.

Across Cornwall 21 schools took part, from a potential 270. While we can’t say what the impact would be if it was replicated across Cornwall, even just for two school terms these findings raise interesting questions.

Sustrans’ Regional Director for the South, James Cleeton, said: “The children, families and schools of Cornwall have shown how individuals can dramatically improve the world around them, by replacing cars with human power for just part of the daily routine.

“These children haven’t just prevented the emission of dangerous, invisible pollutants around their schools, but they’ve improved their mental and physical health, giving all of them a better start to the school day.

“At Sustrans, we’re so grateful to every local authority, school, teacher, parent and child who has helped make this possible. What a great start to summer – and a glimpse of what school mornings in Cornwall could be like in future.”

 

Story posted 24 May 2019 

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Hayle Library secured for the community under new partnership

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 24/05/2019 - 14:05

The future of Hayle Library and Information Service has been safeguarded for the community after a new agreement which will see it transferred to Hayle Town Council on May 31.

The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.

Hayle Library is remaining part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

The transfer will be marked with a celebratory event on 31 May at 3pm to which everyone is invited.

Mayor of Hayle Clive Polkinghorne said: “I am delighted that after three years of negotiation by a number of Town Councillors, Hayle Town Council staff, Cornwall Council staff, many consultants and various legal experts, we will see Hayle Library come under the ownership and control of Hayle Town Council.  

“The Library is an important asset to the town, which we hope to enhance and continue to provide an excellent library service to the community. 

“I wish to pay a special tribute to our excellent Hayle Town Council staff, namely Ellie, the Town Clerk, who oversaw this process and transfer, Karen who read and responded to the legal documents and Phil who has negotiated the building and land compliance.  Hayle Town Council is delighted to add the Town Library to its Portfolio and preserve the vital service for Hayle.” 

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, explained that in these challenging financial times, Cornwall Council - like all local authorities throughout the UK - has had some tough decisions to make when faced with massive cuts in funding from central Government.

Cllr Hannaford said: “We are delighted that Hayle Library and Information Service has been secured for the community and many more generations of library users will be able to benefit from all it has to offer.

“Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have been working closely with Hayle Town Council to secure the future of the town’s library.”

Hayle Cornwall Councillor John Pollard said: “This is excellent news and will not only maintain the existing services but in the future could make our Library even more of a community hub.

“Congratulations to all involved but especially the small group of Town Councillors and the Town Clerk who managed to make our ambition a reality.”

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Student call for action on climate change

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 23/05/2019 - 18:04

A number of young people are expected to gather at New County Hall in Truro and across Cornwall tomorrow (Friday 24 May 2019) calling for more action on climate change. 

Cornwall Council welcomes the passion shown by the young people and is keen to work with them to create a collective Cornish voice to lobby parliament.

In recognition of the Council’s commitment to tackling climate change, at full council on Tuesday Cllr Edwina Hannaford was appointed to the cabinet with new responsibility for tackling Climate Change in addition to the Neighbourhoods portfolio.

Councillor Hannaford said: “I welcome the passion shown by the young people who are calling for more urgent action to tackle climate change and I look forward to talking with them and taking their ideas on board as we work towards a common goal.  We are facing an unprecedented challenge and we are calling on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030. ”

Cornwall Council is also urging parents and carers whose children could be absent from school, to have followed the advice from their school to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children is maintained during the protest.

 

Story posted 23 May 2019 

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Tell us how we can work together to tackle homelessness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Story posted 23 May 2019 

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Free family fun day to mark World No Tobacco Day

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

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

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

Also at the event will be:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on 23 May 

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Council Leader visits flagship projects in Cawsand, Bude and Porthcurno

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

Bude Visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Story posted 23 May 2019 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Posted May 23, 2019

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Restaurant fined for selling food which could have caused allergic reaction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Julian German elected new Leader and Hilary Frank new Chairman of Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 16:30

Julian German

Independent group Councillor Julian German has been elected as the new leader of Cornwall Council.

Councillor German, who has been deputy leader since 2017, was voted in by members in a secret ballot, after Conservative group leader Councillor Linda Taylor was also nominated for the role.

After paying tribute to outgoing cabinet member Councillor Sue James, the new leader confirmed his predecessor, Liberal Democrat Councillor Adam Paynter, will now become deputy leader.

The other cabinet members and their portfolios were also announced:

  • Customers – Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons
  • Children, Wellbeing and Public Health – Councillor Sally Hawken
  • Adults – Councillor Rob Rotchell
  • Climate Change and Neighbourhoods – Councillor Edwina Hannaford
  • Environment and Public Protection – Councillor Rob Nolan
  • Culture, Economy and Planning – Councillor Bob Egerton
  • Homes – Councillor Andrew Mitchell
  • Transport – Councillor Geoff Brown 

Councillor Hilary Frank was elected as the new chairman of the council, having performed the role of deputy chairman for the past two years.

She told councillors she will work to create an atmosphere to allow meaningful debate in the chamber, and promised to perform the role in a ‘scrupulously fair’ manner.

Former Chairman Mary May was elected as vice chairman.

Addressing members in his first speech as leader, Councillor German told the chamber that the good work of the past two years had provided solid foundations to build on.

He said:  “We cannot be complacent. We will continue to face considerable social, environmental and economic challenges in the coming years, but, as we have already shown, if we approach them head-on, with confidence and ambition, living our values and delivering our aims and priorities, with our residents at the forefront of our thinking at all times, we will succeed in building a Council, and a Cornwall, that one and all, can be proud of.”

Chief executive Kate Kennally also spoke to members about the council’s work over the past year.  She said:  “I am the first to accept that there is still much to be done but with the foundations in place and with the continued support of Members, I am confident of greater success so we make a difference to the quality of life for One and All - the people we are here to serve.”

 

Story posted 21 May 2019

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Highways plans on the agenda at extraordinary Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel Meeting tomorrow: May 22

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:20

An extraordinary Community Network Panel Meeting for Truro and Roseland is taking place tomorrow (22 May) to discuss funding recommendations for highways projects.

This will be a single item meeting aimed at securing the Panel’s recommendation to progress the first tranche of projects submitted under the Community Network Highways scheme.

The meeting will be held at 6.30pm in the Trelawny Room of Cornwall Council's County Hall and is open to residents in Truro, the Roseland and surrounding parishes

The agenda and papers are available to view at www.cornwall.gov.uk/truroroselandcna and all are welcome to attend.

Chair of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel, Chris Wells, said: “This is a key meeting to get approval for recommendations to progress the first tranche of projects submitted under the Community Network Highways scheme.

“It’s a great opportunity for members of the public to come and hear about the plans.”

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly 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.  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 highways issues. 

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 parish councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkivel, Tregony and Veryan.

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Come and tell us your vision for Penzance Promenade

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 10:41

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Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on plans for a major Cornwall Council funded resurfacing scheme to revitalise Penzance promenade.

We’re holding a drop in event on Saturday 25 May from 10am – 2pm on the Promenade (opposite the Queens Hotel). 

If it’s wet, we’ll be inside the Queens Hotel on Western Promenade Road.

The resurfacing scheme will revitalise Penzance promenade so that residents and visitors can enjoy Cornwall’s only Victorian promenade for years to come.

Improvements to the promenade are due to be completed and ready ahead of the Tour of Britain road cycling event in 2020 when the eyes of the sporting world will be on Penzance as the field of world class cyclists assemble on the promenade for the start of the race.

Survey work to look at the structural condition of the promenade, which has been the victim of storm damage over recent years, is ongoing.  We’re asking residents as well as groups, including local Cornwall Council members, Penzance Town Council, Penzance BID, local environment and heritage groups and schools in the area for their opinion on how the Promenade should look.

The feedback from these events will be displayed at a public exhibition in Penzance later in the summer with the re-surfacing scheme and other works anticipated to begin this autumn.

Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade Jim McKenna says: “I encourage as many people as possible to come along and have their say.  The fantastic news that the 2020 Tour of Britain will start from Penzance means that we can now look forward, not just to the race and the boost that will give our town, but also long-awaited investment into the Promenade, which will benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Our residents know best what works for their community and so it is tremendously important that they are involved and have an opportunity to share their ideas on how the area should look. Regenerating the promenade, which has taken a battering over recent years, will encourage more visitors to come to the area which will in turn contribute to the local economy. ”

Meiloci Landscape Architects are undertaking the design for the re-surfacing of the Promenade. They have organised the hands- on creative workshops with schools and colleges, and the community consultation event on the 25 of May to enable the local community to help co-design this iconic public space for Penzance.

Students at the Penzance campus of Truro and Penwith College have already taken in part in an event to give their thoughts on the resurfacing scheme.  They were enthusiastic about being involved saying

“A great opportunity to be part of a local project.”

“Great to be part of something that will affect my daily life”

“A nice way to be involved with the community”

The Penzance promenade re-surfacing scheme is a key part of Cornwall Council’s ambition to provide a Mount’s Bay trail and wider Bay to Bay cycling and walking trail.  A designated cycle route adjacent to the Promenade will be developed and in time, the plan is to see the Mount’s Bay route continue to the north coast via St Erth, Hayle and St Ives, connecting communities, attracting visitors and creating economic and cultural opportunities for West Cornwall.

The Penzance promenade scheme is the first phase of investment in the Promenade ahead of a longer term regeneration and coastal protection scheme proposed by the Environment Agency.

 

Story posted 21 May 2019 

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Emergency services skills highlighted in taster course

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 21/05/2019 - 10:01

A pioneering course has been giving participants insights into working for the fire and other emergency services.

Who Dares Serves is a week-long, multi-agency course giving people an introduction into working with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and a host of public services from across the South West.

The participants of the latest course have attended a passing out parade today (17 May, 2019) at Helston Community Fire Station.

Focussing on a taster into each public service, the course gives an idea of the breadth of skills it takes for each to operate and how individuals can be involved within these services.

Who Dares Serves is a one of a range of innovative work-related options within the ‘Who Dares Works’ project, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and led by award-winning Community Interest Company, Active Plus.

The official passing out parade marks the culmination of the group’s learning over the five days. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase techniques demonstrated throughout the week, including hose running and first aid.

Who Dares Serves is led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service who have been running the Phoenix Project since 2002 to enhance self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt said: “Cornwall Fire Rescue and Community Safety Service commits itself to developing skills for members of the local community. Our course staff are supportive, inspiring and passionate about what we do, therefore we create an inclusive learning environment for course attendees to realise their potential and ambitions. The participants on this course have worked extremely hard throughout this week to succeed and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with Active Plus.”

Carolyn Webster, Project Manager for Who Dares Works, said: “It is great to see public services coming together to deliver this course. We know from the feedback from previous courses how positive the impact is with comments such as ‘this has been such a massive boost for my personal confidence.

“The project as a whole has already supported over 700 people in west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, helping motivate and inspire people into taking the next steps towards training and work.”

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “We are very proud to support the Who Dares Serves project which not only connects our services to the local community but also helps to build community resilience and improve the skills and confidence of the participants.”

The Who Dares Works project is a partnership of 17 organisations working together to support over 850 people across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training, and is led by Active Plus. The £3.3 million project is funded by the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Phoenix Services has more opportunities to support young people who fit the funding criteria for Skills for Young People through the ESF programme. If you work with a group of young people aged between 15-25 and would like to find out more call 01326 318177.

To join Who Dares Works call: 01872 300236.

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Council launches plan to help pollinators

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 15:47

Cornwall Council is calling on residents and businesses to help create more flower-rich green spaces to boost the population of vital pollinators.

Bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinators have seen huge declines in recent years from pesticides, habitat loss and the effects of climate change.

This poses a serious long-term risk to the world’s food supply as they are responsible for pollinating huge numbers of crops in the UK and across the world.

Now Cornwall Council has launched a Pollinator Action Plan to help play its part in tackling the global loss of insects, encouraging pollinators to flourish locally.

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Part of the Council’s Environmental Growth Strategy, the proposal outlines ways to make the Council’s land and working practices more pollinator friendly and promises to ensure the needs of pollinators are recognised in council strategies and policies.

It also aims to increase awareness of pollinators and their needs across the council, communities, businesses and organisations and hopes to support local initiatives to help local pollinator species recover.

Schemes the council is already spearheading include the Green Infrastructure for Growth - Making Space for Nature programme which has created 30 hectares of wildlife-rich green spaces in seven towns across Cornwall over the last three years.

There is also the Grow Nature Seed Fund which invites residents and voluntary groups to crowdfund and apply for match funding to improve their community spaces. One success story is Bude Community Orchard which has transformed an area of species-poor grass in the town centre into a community resource full of fruit trees, bushes and wildflowers.

Councillor Sue James, cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “Given that one out of every three mouthfuls of our food rely on insect pollination, it is vital that we reverse the decline by providing more food and places of refuge for our bees, butterflies and other pollinators. 

“The Pollinator Action Plan focuses on actions to be taken by Cornwall Council across our owned land. We want to play our part in ensuring local pollinator habitats and species recover, providing benefits to farming, tourism and our residents.

“We hope our actions will inspire others to do more for pollinators and they will learn to love insects and wild spaces. I am pleased to say many individuals are already starting to take active steps. These range from changing the way they look after their gardens to being happier with wilder grass verges and making positive consumer choices. People are realising they don’t have to be an expert or have acres of land to make a difference – and by spreading the pollinator friendly word and supporting local conservation efforts, together we can make a real difference.”

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Here are the Council’s top gardening tips for making Cornwall a better place for pollinators:

1. Let native plants thrive in your garden

There is no need to spend a fortune at the garden centre when flowering ‘weeds’ are nature’s own source of colour, refuge and food.

2. Plant pollinator-friendly plants

Add wildflower plugs or mixes onto your lawn, in pots or window boxes, even in the smallest of spaces.

3. Avoid garden pesticides

These include weed killers, aphid spray and slug pellets.  Buy organic fruit and vegetables to help pollinators further afield.

4. Leave areas of your garden undisturbed and ‘naturally messy’

Log piles, compost heaps and rough, grassy areas are vital for pollinators to shelter.

5. Cut down on lawn-mowing

Reducing the frequency of mowing and letting daisies, buttercups and clover flower grow is one of the easiest things you can do for pollinators.

6. Help thirsty pollinators

A bird bath or sunken bin lid are ideal watering holes for parched bees and bugs.

The Pollinator Action Plan is available on Cornwall Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/pollinatorplan

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We don't say Fostering is easy.

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 12:16

We don’t pretend that being a foster carer is easy, but we do understand that it gives you the power to change someone’s life.Photo of a foster mum

This Foster Care Fortnight there are 500 young people in care across Cornwall.  They vary in age and some have brothers and sisters, but what they all have in common is the need for a loving home. 

“It has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done”, says Laura Sedgman, one of Cornwall Council’s Foster Carers.

“I’ve been a foster carer for the last two years, it is challenging and it has been emotional, but you get so much from the children.”

Latest figures from the Fostering Network show that 8,500 more foster carers are needed across the UK.  In Cornwall we need to recruit another forty to help and support a wide range of young people.

Laura continued:  “This Mothering Sunday, the 16 year old girl in my care gave a wooden heart, which made me cry. It said it takes someone special to be a foster mum and she was glad I was hers and she loves me. 

“It’s probably my most precious possession because my children have to love me, I’m their mum, but she doesn’t and she loves me anyway, well most of the time.

“Teenagers are difficult, in fact your own teenagers are difficult at the best of times, but children in care come with pain, fear, insecurity and loss; working with that can be quite difficult. 

“I did find that quite challenging, but there is lots of support and my supervising social worker is excellent. She will talk me around with what’s going on, because it is like being a parent where you feel inadequate or guilty a lot of the time, but then she gives me a hug, which she doesn’t do very often, it makes everything worthwhile.”

Across Cornwall there is a diverse range of young people in care and this means foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences. The children range in age from new born to teenagers, and some are sibling groups but like all children, they need to be part of a family where they are nurtured and feel safe.

Laura concluded:  “If you are thinking about it, you should definitely look into it.  I am really, really proud of being a foster carer and I tell as many people as possible; some say they have thought about it and I always encourage them to look a little further. 

“Think about the age range of the young people you want to look after, whether you want to do short term or whether you want to give someone a permanent home. 

“Yes it is difficult, but it is so rewarding and when you see the children, growing, laughing and thriving; there is nothing quite like it.”

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Parish Council celebrates taking over community play space

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:36

Families in Gloweth will soon be able to enjoy an upgraded play area now that ownership and management of Chyvelah Ope play area has transferred to Kenwyn Parish Council, bringing it closer to the local community it serves.

Cornwall Council’s Localism and Legal Teams have been working alongside Kenwyn Parish Council and Councillor Dulcie Tudor, the Divisional Member for Threemilestone and Gloweth, to bring this about.

Councillor Tudor said: “Residents brought this forgotten and run down area to my attention during the local elections two years ago. Rectifying the situation hasn’t been easy.

“When the developer of the housing estate went bust a corner of the play park was left in a legal ‘no man’s land’ so Cornwall Council were unable to transfer the land to Kenwyn Parish Council.

“After some legal wrangling this has now been resolved and I’m very pleased that Kenwyn Parish Council are finally able to do what they wanted to do for years and take ownership.”

Kenwyn Parish Council said: “Kenwyn Parish Council is delighted that we have now taken ownership of the playing field. It is wonderful to find that with co-operation mutual goals can be achieved that benefit the community at large. We will be engaging in public consultation soon to see how best to use the space.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods said: “Transferring management of community buildings and spaces in this way allows local communities to have a direct input in what is on offer from their local facilities and services.

“The hard work of all those involved means that families in this community will have a much improved community space for children to run around in and play”

This agreement has been developed as part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, which supports parish and town councils, and communities, to take over local ownership, management and control of services for the benefit of local residents.

Similar devolution projects are being developed across Cornwall which involves Cornwall Council’s Localism Team actively working with communities. You can find out more information on devolution on the council's web pages.  

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Cornish beaches among world’s best as 15 fly iconic flags

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:35

Beach champions across Cornwall are celebrating today as 15 Cornish beaches hoist world-renowned Blue Flag, Seaside awards or both accolades into their skies above. 

Thanks to the hard work of local beach champions, Cornwall Council and sponsors Sharp’s Brewery, 22 iconic Blue Flags and Seaside award flags will fly over the following beaches from today (May 15, 2019).

Blue Flag: Gyllyngvase (Falmouth), Porthmeor (St Ives), Great Western (Newquay), Porthtowan, Trevone Bay, Widemouth Bay, Carbis Bay (self-funded).

Seaside award: Crackington Haven, Gyllyngvase (Falmouth), Great Western (Newquay), Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth (Newquay), Porthtowan, Porthmeor (St Ives), Porthminster (St Ives), Sennen Cove, Trevone Bay, Widemouth Bay, Crooklets (Bude), Summerleaze (Bude), Carbis Bay (self-funded).

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The newest addition to the award-winning Cornish beach team is Crackington Haven, set between Bude and Boscastle. The beach with its stony foreshore and golden sand will now be flying its Seaside award throughout the next year.

Keep Britain Tidy, the organisation responsible for the awards in the UK, today (May 15, 2019) announced that 15 beaches in Cornwall have been awarded either one or both of the status marks. 

These include 15 Seaside awards and seven Blue Flags, making Cornwall a great destination for beach goers and ocean adventurers to visit all year round. Some beaches have received both Blue Flag and Seaside awards to achieve this number.

For the fifth year running, Sharp’s sponsorship has provided funding for Cornwall Council to make the applications for the awards and the team continues to work with the communities who deliver environmental initiatives to make the achievement possible.

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Carbis Bay, which has been awarded both a Seaside and Blue Flag award, is the only Cornish beach that has self-funded its own application through Carbis Bay Hotel.  

The iconic Blue Flag, an international quality mark for beaches, reassures visitors and residents that Cornwall’s beaches are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits.

Blue Flags and Seaside awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, Keep Clean programmes, environmental education and management.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James, said: “We are thrilled to once again have so many Cornish beaches represented amongst the world’s best. The 22 Blue Flag and Seaside awards are an important symbol of what we who live here already know – that Cornish beaches are in fact world-class.

“I want to thank everyone across the Cornish community who selflessly and tirelessly dedicate their time to looking after our beautiful beaches. Our local staff and many volunteers who raise awareness about harmful marine litter and organise beach cleans play a really valuable role in helping us to protect and maintain Cornwall’s reputation as a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit. They should all be rightly proud of these awards. I also want to thank Sharp’s Brewery for once again playing a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag and Seaside applications.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “It is fantastic news for Cornwall’s holiday-makers, overseas visitors, residents and businesses that we have been able to award an amazing 22 flags to the county’s beaches this year. The support from Sharp’s Brewery is invaluable in supporting both Cornwall’s beaches and volunteers, and the Blue Flag more widely – which improves the quality of England’s coastline and promotes our best beaches.

“The success of Cornwall’s beaches in reaching the very high standards of both awards is a real testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.”  

North Cornwall-based Sharp’s Brewery has provided over £42,000 towards the costs of Blue Flag and Seaside award applications over the last five years.

James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager at Sharp’s Brewery said: "With Sharp’s Brewery being based in Rock, North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. We are delighted to have supported our hard working beach champions and local volunteers, as well as Cornwall Council, and BeachCare (part of Keep Britain Tidy) over the last five years with our support now totalling in excess of £42,000.

 “The team at Sharp’s fully appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into gaining, and keeping, so many iconic Cornish Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Thanks and congratulations to all of these 15 beaches and to all involved behind the scenes, from us all at Sharp’s Brewery.”

The Blue Flag programme launched in 1987, and is owned internationally by The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation. Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.

The Seaside Award is run by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.

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Opportunity for local residents to hear about Spaceport and plans for adult social care

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:35

Spaceport Cornwall and plans to transform adult social care will be on the agenda at the Newquay and St Columb Community Network meeting this week.

Residents are invited to attend the Community Network Panel on May 16 at 7pm in St Columb Major Council Chamber.

Spaceport Director Miles Carden and his project team will give a presentation about the UK’s first horizontal spaceport and will be discussing with panel members future community engagement opportunities.

Jonathan Price, Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Adult Transformation & Commissioning, and Jane Nicholas, Head of Adult Care and Support, will be attending the meeting to give information and invite views on the transformation of adult social care and health and its benefits and impact for residents.

The panel will also get the opportunity to hear from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Alison Hernandez and Inspector David Meredith both of whom will give a question and answer session regarding police issues in the network.

 St Mawgan and Colan Councillor and Chairman of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel, John Fitter, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel and learn more about our work on local issues. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out about the exciting Spaceport plans and what’s happening with adult social care. Come along, find out more and meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillor.”

The Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly 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.

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 Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel includes all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five Towns or Parish parishes in the community network: Colan Parish Council, Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council, Newquay Town Council, St Columb Major Town Council and St Wenn Parish Council.

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

 

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Plans to invest in research and innovation supported by Council’s cabinet

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:34

At today’s meeting (01 May 2019) Cornwall Council’s cabinet agreed to invest £1.225 million to support the creation of new businesses and up to 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector in Cornwall.

The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, to support four innovative projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.

Building a strong research and innovation sector within the Cornish economy is vital for encouraging new businesses and well paid jobs.  The Council’s investment is expected to support more than 300 small and medium sized businesses across Cornwall.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy and planning, said:  “This decision reflects our commitment to careful investment to create jobs within a sustainable economy.”

The funding from Cornwall Council will provide match funding to support higher education innovation and research projects:

Launchpad -  a £8.4m project led by Falmouth University so that they can continue their work on a proven, innovative post-graduate Incubation and Acceleration programme to create a new generation of Cornwall-based companies..

The initial three-year project period is on course to create 128 new jobs and 32 companies in knowledge-intensive sectors, with the potential to create a continuous flow of jobs and businesses in Cornwall.  The funding from Cornwall Council will be used to continue the programme.

EPIC2 – An extension to the £3.769m project led by University of Plymouth.  The EPIC (E-Health Productivity and Innovation in Cornwall) project is a collaborative project seeking to help grow eHealth businesses and improve health, wellbeing and enhance the care quality by using eHealth technology.  The project develops a user led approach to digital health market development within the health and care sector through research and innovation.

Smartline 2 - To continue a ground breaking research project led by the University of Exeter looking at how technology can help us live healthier and happier lives.  Information is collected so that researchers and Cornish enterprises can help design better systems for managing homes in the future, and for inventing new products and services to help residents live happier and healthier lives.

ATI (Acceleration Through Innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) – funding from the Council will extend the University of Plymouth led project to supply high value, high impact interventions and intensive business support to businesses that are ‘innovation ready’ across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The funding will extend the three-year project designed to reach out to the wider business community and help bring forward innovations that are new to the firm or new to the market, and drive up growth and productivity. Pop Up innovation centres are in towns including Bude, Liskeard, Bodmin, Launceston, Looe, Newquay, St Austell, Penzance and St Marys.

 

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Cabinet agree plans to grow Cornish language and to invest in innovation

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:34

A plan to grow the use of the Cornish language has been unanimously approved by Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee at today's meeting (01 May 2019) at County Hall.

The plan aims to build on the work the council has already undertaken to make the language more visible across Cornwall on road signs and names, by increasing its use both in written and spoken forms.

Today’s agenda also included a review of the council’s financial performance for 2018/19, and investment plans in research and innovation.

Introducing the Cornish language plan for 2019-2022, Councillor Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for planning and economy, explained how the authority’s focus will now be on developing the use of the language in both spoken and written form across Cornwall.

The council will also write to the Government calling for ministers to support a current bid for funding expansion of the Cornish language programme.

Councillor Egerton said: “We have to take these exciting opportunities to ensure that Cornish is not just a language with a past, but that it has a future as well.”

The cabinet approved the adoption of the plan unanimously.

The cabinet heard how the council is set to have underspent by £1.234 million for the past financial year. This surplus will now be placed in the General Fund Reserve for use on projects in the future.

Each portfolio holder spoke of their individual portfolio’s performance during 2018/19, and thanked staff for their efforts to meet budget within some very challenging circumstances, with special mention given to adult social care, which came in under budget for the first time since 2011/12.

Summing up the report, the council’s deputy leader, Julian German, welcomed the sound financial management, but warned the situation remains difficult for the council. He said: “We need more resources from the Government to be able to continue to deliver the services our residents so desperately need.”

The creation of 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector through the investment of £1.225m was also approved by the cabinet.

The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, and will be used in four separate projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.

Cabinet members were shown a video highlighting the sort of advances investment in innovation can bring, where an app is helping people to live more independently in Cornwall.

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Speaking after the meeting, council leader Adam Paynter said: “Today’s agenda summed up many of the authority’s priorities.

“We are focussed on helping protect and enhance our cultural heritage, while the the creation of a sustainable, self-sufficient Cornish economy remains one of our key goals.

“I was especially pleased to see the report on our performance for the past financial year, which demonstrates how our prudent financial management is ensuring we are able to keep providing the services our residents need, while keeping within our budget.”

 

Story posted 01 May 2019 

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