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St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel meeting to discuss highways maintenance and anti-social behaviour

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 14:19

People in and around St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel area are being invited to attend the January meeting of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include highway standards and anti-social behaviour.

The Network Panel meeting will take place on Monday 29 January 2018 between 7pm and 9pm at Squires Field Community Centre, Park Road Fowey, PL23 1EF.

Steve Bayley, the Highway Network Manager from Cormac, will be coming along to explain the standards of roads and schedule for maintaining them, including how a member of the public can report defects.

Helen Toms, Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker at Cornwall Council, will be briefing the panel on anti-social behaviour policy and legislation. Helen will cover how to report concerns about anti-social behaviour, and give reported levels of anti-social behaviour in the area as well as explaining what’s being done about it through working in partnership with the police.

There will be an update on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision last September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The briefing from Tasha Davis, Community Link Officer for the area, will include progress on empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

There will also be round the table updates from Cornwall Councillors and Town and Parish Councils on matters of interest across the network, and opportunity to share experiences.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

St Blazey Cornwall Councillor Pauline Giles and Chair of the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel said: “I strongly encourage those who live or work in the area to come along to the St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel meeting and find out more about highways standards and anti-social behaviour. These Panels meetings are an important way for people to find out more about their local community and hear updates from Town, Parish and Cornwall Councillors - and also have a say.”

The St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area. They 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 St Blazey, Fowey and Lostwithiel Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of the eight Parish Councils (Boconnoc, Broadoak, Lanlivery, Luxulyan, St Sampson, St Veep, St Winnow and Tywardreath and Par) and three Town Councils (Fowey, Lostwithiel, St Blaise) 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 18 January 2018

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Lostwithiel man pleads guilty to fly-tipping

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:06

Gary Coles (32) of Pendour Park, Lostwithiel pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 11 January 2018 to fly-tipping in a country lane just outside Luxulyan in June 2017 and duty of care offences with respect to failure to hold a waste carriers licence and failure to produce relevant waste transfer documentation.

Mr Coles was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £302. 

The area where Mr Coles fly-tipped the items was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and was being monitored.  

Mr Coles took waste from a household after being approached to remove it for a fee.  

Cornwall Council receive around 4000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “Cornwall Council continues to work hard to tackle issues of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, take the appropriate enforcement action.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection Sue James said: “Cornwall Council continues to do everything possible to challenge fly-tipping. As this case demonstrates, it is important that people paying contractors to dispose of waste undertake the necessary checks to ensure that the contractor is permitted to transport the waste.  The contractor must provide the customer with waste transfer notes to ensure that their legal duties are complete.”

Story posted 16 January 2018

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Food operator prosecuted for illegal crab processing business

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:05

Gary Beynon, the Food Business Operator of Cornish Finest Crab has received a two year conditional discharge at a hearing on 11 January 2018 at Bodmin Magistrates Court. Mr Beynon was also ordered to pay costs of £4291.

In May 2017, Cornwall Council Food Officers discovered that several businesses were being supplied with cooked crab meat in the St Austell and Charlestown area. Subsequent investigations established that Mr Beynon had been illegally operating a crab processing business for a number of years, without the required food approval to do so. He had also failed to put in place a documented food safety management system, to undertake formal food training, to carry out microbiological sampling on the product and to correctly label the product.

Mr Beynon pleaded guilty to 6 offences including illegally operating a crab processing business without the required approval.

In sentencing, the Magistrates commented that they failed to understand how someone wouldn’t know that they needed to be registered or approved as a food business, particularly when dealing with a high risk product such as crab meat.

Nick Kelly, Cornwall Council Food and Health & Safety Health Manager said “This case highlights the seriousness of someone operating a food business without the legally required approval to do so. I would encourage anyone setting up a food business, particularly one handling high risk food, to contact our Business Regulatory Support team at the outset in order that we can provide the necessary advice. This will help ensure the operation and food product is to a satisfactory and safe standard”.

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said  “Every year, Council officers work with thousands of businesses across Cornwall to check compliance with legal requirements. While the majority of Cornwall businesses do comply, there is no hiding place for those who fail to maintain standards to protect public health, and we will prosecute. Thankfully this is a small number of cases.”

 

Story posted 16 January 2017

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Who Dares Serves in St. Ives

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:04

Participants completing the latest ‘Who Dares Serves’ course will attend a passing out parade on Friday 2 February at St Ives Community Fire Station.

Who Dares Serves is a week-long, multi-agency course giving people insight into working with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and a host of public services from across the South West. 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 National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social 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.

Dr Julian Commons, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Phoenix Project Manager, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for members of the local community. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone team work, communication and leadership skills. The participants from the Who Dares Serves course have worked extremely hard to succeed throughout this week and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with the emergency services across the South West.”

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 course plays a great role in helping motivate and inspire people into taking the next steps towards training and work.”

Cllr James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for 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.”

Who Dares Works 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. Over the next 2-3 years, the project will receive up to £3.3 million of funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Anyone wishing to find out more about what’s available within Who Dares Works can call 01872 300236, email whodaresworks@activeplus.org.uk or follow @WhoDaresWorks on Twitter and Facebook

Story posted 18 January 2018

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Residents and businesses in Cornwall urged to go plastic free

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 16:12

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection is calling for business and residents to join forces with the Council and other organisations to move towards ridding Cornwall of single use plastic. 

The call to action follows the request for retailers to introduce "plastic-free" aisles and the extension of the 5p charge on plastic carrier bags to all retailers in England.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said the Government’s announcements were a step in the right direction but that doing it dreckly was not going far enough. Councillor James hopes residents and businesses of Cornwall will want to lead the way for the rest of the UK

“I’d personally like to see the end to single use plastics. Imagine if we could be the first county in the United Kingdom to stop the use of single use plastic - making a real step change to protect our beautiful environment and playing our part to reduce the harm to our surrounding seas. I will turn my attention first on Cornwall Council’s estate and services but hope residents will join me by influencing  their local communities and town and parish councils”. 

Cllr James said through Cornwall Council’s partnership with Clean Cornwall we will invite Cornwall businesses to come together to discuss what can be done to eliminate the use of plastic in Cornwall.

“Penzance is already a pioneer in this area and recently became the first town in the UK to be awarded plastic free status as part of a campaign run by Surfers Against Sewage. The town has shops, cafes and visitor attractions reducing single-use plastics and residents taking part in beach cleans. This is a conversation I want to see spread across Cornwall.

“Less plastic waste means less to dispose of, which saves money and resources, and it’s better for the environment and wildlife. 

“I’d like to see all local producers ensure they only use plastic packaging where there is absolutely no alternative and ensure that what they use is easily recycled. 

“The more we can do to support the local community to reduce the use of plastic in the first place, the more we will keep Council costs down for residents. This is a real opportunity for local businesses, producers and supermarket chains in Cornwall to make Cornwall plastic free.

We are really proud of our environment in Cornwall – it’s one of our greatest assets and we need to do all we can to protect it from plastic pollution. The results of a recent recycling survey showed that 91 per cent of Cornwall’s residents felt that it was very important that Cornwall’s environment was protected.  This is a key issue for people and we need to stand up and take action.

“In Cornwall last year households recycled 3077 tonnes of plastic, but threw away 2095 tonnes (within their weekly rubbish collection bags). That means 41% of plastic created by households wasn’t recycled that could have been!

“I’d like to urge residents to think about the products they buy and the packaging that comes with them. Could you choose a version with no plastic packaging or ask your local retailer to reduce their plastic waste? It all helps,” she said.

Cllr James said China’s recent decision to impose a ban on 'foreign waste' as part of a drive to upgrade its industries highlighted the importance of all local authorities looking at more sustainable ways to manage waste by helping to change the behaviours and practices of businesses and consumers.

“While waste from Cornwall is not sent directly to China, new approaches to Resources and Waste management have momentum around the world. Whether plastic waste is sent to the UK, Portugal or China, it’s not sustainable for any local authority to keep managing increasing levels of plastic waste, the costs of which are borne by the taxpayer.” she said.

Story posted on 16 January 2018

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Accountable Care System Inquiry – day three round up

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:30

Councillors have heard from senior health officers about the preferred options for the integrated strategic commissioning of health and social care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly during the latest session of the Accountable Care System Inquiry.

During the inquiry, the panel - made up of six Cornwall councillors led by Chairman Dr Andy Virr - heard from the Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline Court and Helen Childs, Interim Chief Operating Officer for NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Kernow).



Their evidence focussed on a desktop assessment of the six options for the future strategic commissioning of health and social care services which had been carried out by a group of senior officers from Cornwall Council, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, NHS Kernow and NHS England. The group had ranked the options which range from keeping the arrangements as they are at present to moving to strategic commissioning of health, social care and public health services through a new body such as a Joint Health and Care Committee. View the presentation with more information about how the options have been ranked.

With three of the four inquiry sessions now completed, councillors are making good process in understanding the current challenges for health and social care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said Dr Virr.

"Both we and our colleagues in the NHS are agreed that the way health and social care services are currently commissioned in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly won’t address the changing need of our communities. Our role is to consider the options put forward for integrated strategic commissioning and how this can be achieved," said Dr Virr.

"After the final inquiry session, we will consider the evidence and make our recommendation to the Council's Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee, who will then consider our findings and make recommendations to the Cabinet. Any decision on this will ultimately rest with the 123 councillors who make up Cornwall’s elected representatives on the Council."

Developing an ACS for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is a way of bringing together the network of existing statutory health and care providers and commissioners. An ACS does not change an organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities, and will allow for one strategy, one budget and one plan approach to work together in people’s best interests, rather than those of each organisation.

As well as being in agreement about the approach, all are signed up to making progress and testing out the practicalities by working in shadow form during 2018/2019.

There are four sessions taking place as part of the Accountable Care System Inquiry – the final session takes place at 10am on Wednesday 31 January.

You can submit comments for the panel to consider while weighing up the evidence – please email healthcommittee@cornwall.gov.uk by 12noon on Wednesday 17 January.

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BBC apologises to Cornwall Council and CORMAC for breach of editorial standards

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:22

Cornwall Council and CORMAC, the company owned by Cornwall Council which maintains Cornwall’s roads, welcome the apology broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall today (16 January 2018). In the apology the BBC acknowledges that the BBC’s failure to give CORMAC and the Council an opportunity to respond during a phone in programme in May 2016 breached BBC editorial standards.

The complaint made to the BBC arose after a number of false and damaging statements were made during the live broadcast which we believe were detrimental to the reputations of Cornwall Council and CORMAC, to the people that work for these organisations and to Cornwall itself. BBC Radio Cornwall has apologised to Cornwall Council and to CORMAC for the failure to offer them an opportunity to respond to the statements broadcast and for the unfairness to them that this failure caused.  The BBC also apologises for the lengthy delay in resolving the editorial standards complaint.

Cornwall Council and CORMAC welcome the apology and the BBC’s acknowledgement of its lapse in editorial standards but remain disappointed that the inaccurate statements clearly made on air will not be corrected.

BBC apology  

In May 2016 we broadcast a phone-in about CORMAC, the company owned by Cornwall Council which maintains Cornwall’s roads.  The phone-in included a number of comments which CORMAC and the Council regard as factually inaccurate and unfair to them.  Although we believe it was justifiable to broadcast them, they amounted to the kind of criticism which CORMAC and the Council should have had a timely opportunity to respond to. We acknowledge that we should have given CORMAC and the Council such an opportunity, and that our failure to do so breached BBC editorial standards. Radio Cornwall would like to apologise for the unfairness to them which this caused, and the BBC would like to apologise for the lengthy delay in resolving their complaint.

The complaint summary is published on the BBC website.

 

Story posted 16 January 2018 

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Community safety on the agenda for Launceston Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 11:14

People in and around Launceston are being invited to find out more about cyber security and a potential speedwatch campaign at a community safety themed Launceston Community Network Panel meeting at 7.00pm on Monday 22 January in Launceston Town Hall.

Elaine Hartley, Devon and Cornwall Police’s Community Speedwatch Co-ordinator, and Andy Stevenson, Cornwall Council’s Head of Highways and Infrastructure, will lead a discussion about the potential development of a speedwatch campaign for the Launceston Community Network area.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s Cyber Protect Officer, Laura Cowie will give a presentation on internet and social media safety for groups and businesses.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “Cybercrime is a concern for us all, so please join us and hear from the police about internet and social media safety, including what we can do to protect ourselves.  In addition we will be discussing speeding, which is not only an issue for our small villages and by-roads but an issue for our A and B roads too.  The Community Speedwatch session will explore how local communities can be supported to work together to address this important issue.  We will also be joined by representatives of the local policing team and Cornwall Council Highways, so please come along, have your say and listen to the guest speakers.”

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.  The panel’s current priorities include local health provision, road and broadband infrastructure, and neighbourhood planning.

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.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Launceston Community Network page.

Story posted 16 January 2018

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Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting to discuss highways maintenance

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 08:20

There’s a chance for people in the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network area to find out about highways maintenance at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 25 January.

The meeting takes place at 6.30pm in Egloshayle Pavilion, Wadebridge.

Oliver Jones, CORMAC’S Area Highway and Environment Manager, will provide an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects. 

Sgt Andy Stewart will be on hand to give his regular update on crime statistics and local policing issues.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “This meeting is a good opportunity to learn more about what’s involved in maintaining Cornwall’s 4,545 miles of roads and how you can report any highways issues.  Everyone is welcome to join us to discuss local matters in the Wadebridge and Padstow area and to meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillors.”

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

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

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Story posted 16 January 2018

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Final opportunity for Cornish vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers to sign up for free masterclass to cut fuel costs and emissions

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 14:26

There’s still time for vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to register for Cornwall Council’s free one-day masterclass on Wednesday 31 January designed to help them reduce emissions and cut their fuel costs.

Sponsored by CGON, the Driving Innovation masterclass is aimed at businesses in Cornwall and the wider south-west.  The event will bring together key players from industry and the public sector to provide fleet decision makers, environmental managers, taxi drivers and all those with an interest in lowering vehicle fleet emissions with the information they need to make the right choices. 

The day will include demonstrations of new hydrogen retrofit technology and electric vehicles.  There will also be presentations about the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which encourages fleet operators to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and zero emission electric vehicles.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “This masterclass is a great way for fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to learn about the latest technologies that can help them to make significant savings on their fuel costs at the same time as improving local air quality.  Businesses of all sizes are welcome to sign up. Whether your business operates a single vehicle or hundreds, the masterclass makes good business sense and can help you take steps towards a cleaner and greener future.”

The free one-day masterclass takes place at Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Business Park, Bodmin from 9.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday 31 January.  Businesses can register to attend the event on our Driving Innovation page.

As part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy, Cornwall Council has introduced a range of projects and policies to help improve air quality across Cornwall.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed use development in areas close to public transport and facilities.  

Story posted 15 January 2017

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Conway Bailey Transport become 20th member of ECO Stars Fleet Recognition scheme

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 09:53

Conway BaileyConway Bailey Transport Limited of Redruth has become the 20th business to join Cornwall Council’s ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which helps commercial fleets to save on fuel costs while improving air quality.

The free, voluntary scheme currently operates in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area and provides recognition, guidance and advice on operational best practice for operators of goods vehicles, buses, coaches and commercial vehicle fleets. It is delivered by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) on behalf of Cornwall Council.

Alan Stanton, Group Conformity Manager, Conway Bailey Transport Limited said: “We are pleased to join and support Cornwall ECO stars.  We are always looking to improve our fleet efficiency and costs, and ECO Stars is a simple way of helping us with our goals of helping improve the air quality whilst helping us improve our fleet efficiency and fuel costs.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “The Cornwall ECO Stars scheme is a great opportunity for operators in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area to get free advice on improving their fleet efficiency. Congratulations to our 20th member Conway Bailey Transport Limited. We hope that many more businesses will follow their lead and join the scheme.  ECO Stars is good for local air quality and good for businesses too.”

The Cornwall ECO Stars scheme is open to businesses with fleets of any size, from a single vehicle to larger fleets, and any type of commercial vehicles, including vans, HDVs, buses and coaches.  Member businesses come from a wide range of industry sectors, including private and public sector, retail, road haulage, industrial, parcel and courier, community transport, and bus and coach services.

When businesses join the Cornwall ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, their vehicles and overall fleet are rated by industry experts to assess their current performance – both operational and environmental – and awarded an ECO Stars rating between one and five.  They also receive a bespoke road map containing guidance to help improve the efficiency of their fleet.

Jim Chappell, TRL’s ECO Stars Programme Manager, said: “The scheme is free, simple to join and open to all fleets operating in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) area, irrespective of your fleet size.  By following our advice, businesses could improve their fuel efficiency typically by 5%.”

The Cornwall Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme is one of a range of projects and policies Cornwall Council has introduced as part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed use development in areas close to public transport and facilities.  

Story posted 15 January 2018

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Schools encouraged to take part in the daily mile challenge

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 15:23

Schools across Cornwall are being encouraged to sign up to the Daily Mile challenge in a bid to tackle physical inactivity and childhood obesity.

In Cornwall around 27% of children aged 4-5 are identified as overweight through the National Child Measurement Program and the current trend is for this figure to increase throughout the primary school years to around 32% by age 10-11.

To help tackle this, an initiative called The Daily Mile was started in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then Head Teacher of a large Scottish Primary school in Stirling. Concerned by children’s lack of fitness, she developed The Daily Mile as a sustainable and effective way to combat inactivity and obesity in her school. The Daily Mile is about physical activity to improve children's physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by over 2,000 schools in the UK alone, and has proved popular with thousands of children, parents and teachers. Seven schools in Cornwall are already signed up to the Daily Mile Foundation and running a daily mile.

Cornwall Council is encouraging every primary school in Cornwall to introduce The Daily Mile from the 15 January.

On the same day we will also be encouraging staff across Council locations to get involved and use their lunchtimes to do the Daily Mile.

Councillor Hawken said: “The Daily Mile is a really quick and easy way for everyone to get more active. Even gentle physical activity daily can have a positive impact on mental health, concentration levels as well as reducing weight. Small steps can make a big difference, and it’s important that we work towards reducing the health impacts from obesity in Cornwall.”

Story posted 12 January

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Accountable Care System inquiry day

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:17

Councillors yesterday learned more about the way in which an accountable care system could work in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as part of a series of inquiry sessions set up to look at proposals for integrating health and social care.



During the inquiry, the panel - made up of six Cornwall councillors led by Chairman Dr Andy Virr - heard from Council Chief Executive Kate Kennally and Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Accountable Officer for NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.

In her evidence to the inquiry, Kate Kennally set out a range of potential options for future commissioning of health and social care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from keeping the arrangements as they are at present to moving to strategic commissioning of health, social care and public health services through a new body such as a Joint Health and Care Committee.

With an Accountable Care System (ACS) having been in place in Greater Manchester for the last five years, Steven Pleasant talked about the reasons for moving to joint commissioning, how it works in practice as well as his experiences.

The inquiry days have been set up to hear from representatives of local health and care organisations, as well as patient groups and areas already developing an ACS, explained Dr Virr.

"Both we and our colleagues in the NHS are agreed that the way health and social care services are currently commissioned in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly won’t address the changing need of our communities. Our role is to consider the options put forward for integrated strategic commissioning and how this can be achieved," said Dr Virr.

"After the final inquiry session, we will consider the evidence and make our recommendation to the Council's Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee, who will then consider our findings and make recommendations to the Cabinet. Any decision on this will ultimately rest with the 123 councillors who make up Cornwall’s elected representatives on the Council."

Developing an ACS for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is a way of bringing together the network of existing statutory health and care providers and commissioners. An ACS does not change an organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities, and will allow for one strategy, one budget and one plan approach to work together in people’s best interests, rather than those of each organisation.

As well as being in agreement about the approach, all are signed up to making progress and testing out the practicalities by working in shadow form during 2018/2019.

There will be four sessions taking place for the Accountable Care System Inquiry

You can submit comments for the panel to consider while weighing up the evidence – please email healthcommittee@cornwall.gov.uk by 12noon on Wednesday 17 January.

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A390 resurfacing to improve major link between Devon and Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 10/01/2018 - 12:34

Major work to improve the surface of the A390 through Gunnislake, Cornwall, will start later this month.

The works, which Cornwall Council has commissioned Cormac to undertake, will start on Monday 22 January and last until approximately 9 February, providing no adverse weather conditions prolong the schedule.                      

While the works are underway, it will be necessary to close the road to through traffic, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Access to homes and local amenities will be maintained as much as possible.  Traffic marshals will be on site at key locations to help provide access through the works for residents and those needing critical facilities, such as the doctor’s surgery.  The morning run of school buses will not be affected, and access will be managed for the afternoon pick up, although the work may have some impact on timings.                                        

A signed diversion route of around 25 miles will take off-peak local traffic and non-local traffic along the A388 through Callington and Treburley, then the B3362 through Milton Abbot, re-joining the A390 north of Gulworthy.

Steve Pearce, Cormac’s area surfacing manager, said: “We appreciate our works can cause disruption. Unfortunately the road is too narrow to allow us to maintain any sort of traffic flow while we are working, so we cannot install traffic lights. This leaves a closure as our only option.

“Road closures are always going to have an impact, regardless of the time of day or time of year, but we always do what we can to minimise the disturbance to our local communities. This is one reason why the work is being undertaken in winter, well away from the tourism season.”

Cllr Andrew Long, Cornwall councillor for Callington, acknowledged the need for the work and was pleased by the flexibility demonstrated by Cormac.

“It is clear that the resurfacing work needs doing,” he said, “The road as it stands is not fit for purpose, and everyone would like a smooth, modern transport link able to meet the requirements of the 6000 or so traffic movements we see passing through Gunnislake every day.

“However, the geography of this section of the road makes closing just one lane at a time impossible and therefore Cormac have had to look at an alternative plan. They have also looked into night work but the proximity of residences to the road would lead to environmental health issues for the local population.

“Residents, local service providers, transport companies and local businesses expressed concerns about the potential impacts of the closure. I shared these concerns, so organised for a group of representatives to meet with Cornwall Council and Cormac officers to discuss options and see what could be done to minimise these impacts, and I am pleased to say excellent inroads were made to try and mitigate some of the issues.”

For up to date information, please visit the dedicated Gunnislake A390 webpage.

Story posted 10 January 2018

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Policing on the agenda for the West Penwith Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:12

Residents of the West Penwith Community Network Panel area are invited to discuss both local and force-wide policing issues with the Police & Crime Commissioner at the January Community Network Panel meeting.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 18 January 2018, between 7.00pm and 8.30pm, in St John's Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will be attending the meeting to provide a policing update to the Panel. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have about policing in their local area.

Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas, Chair of the West Penwith Community Network Panel, said: “I welcome everyone to come along to the January Community Network Panel meeting which will be a great opportunity for Town and Parish representatives alongside local residents to hear from the Police and Crime Commissioner and to be able to ask questions, about local and force-wide policing.”

The West Penwith 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 & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 15 Town and Parish Councils in the West Penwith Community Network - Ludgvan, Madron, Marazion, Morvah, Paul, Penzance, Perranuthnoe, Sancreed, Sennen, St. Buryan, St. Hilary, St. Just In Penwith, St. Levan, St. Michael's Mount and Zennor.

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

Story posted 09 January 2018

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Godolphin’s Community Right to Bid secures future of chapel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 09/01/2018 - 12:50

The village of Godolphin near Penzance is looking forward to a very happy 2018 after a successful Community Right to Bid allowed the Godolphin Cross Community Association to purchase the Old Chapel.

The group will have a very busy new year as they begin fundraising for the work needed to convert the chapel into a warm and welcoming community centre for the village.

The former Chapel building is used by the community for a range of events such as the Scouts, Local Youth Group, coffee mornings, lunch events, gardening club, evening talks and many other activities.

Paul Gray, Godolphin Cross Community Association Secretary, said: “Although the local Methodists wanted us to have the building for the community and were very supportive, the ACV was invaluable. This was because Methodist Chapels do not belong to the local congregation but to head office who wouldn't have the same concern for local interest. Because of the nature of the activities already taking place in the building, the application for an ACV (designed to protect but not create community space) was very easy to write. It meant we were safe for 6 months from any 'intention to sell' notification during which to fund raise.”

Having used Community Right to Bid to secure six months to make their plans, Godolphin Cross Community Association then set about raising the £100k necessary to purchase the chapel, cover fees and any urgent remedial work.  They received generous donations from local people, a very generous personal donation from a member of the UAE Royal Family and a grant of £25,000 from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (administered by Cornwall Development Company). They also staged numerous fund raising events including the always popular Summer Fete, held in the grounds of the Godolphin House, courtesy of the National Trust.

The group’s offer was accepted and the chapel’s future as a community centre has now been safeguarded. The next steps will be for the group to begin converting the building, their plans include roof repairs, providing universal access and installing a new kitchen. The regular activities have continued all the way through the process but the first event to be staged in the chapel now that it is under the group’s ownership was the Christmas Lights switch on 16th December 2017.

Community Right to Bid gives town and parish councils and community groups the chance to bid for local assets like recreation grounds and community centres if and when they come up for sale. Groups nominate local land and buildings that are mainly used to benefit the community to be listed as assets of community value by Cornwall Council.

Assets stay on the list for up to five years after being nominated by a community group or a town or parish council.  If an asset is offered for sale during this time, local community groups have up to six months to raise the money to make a bid to buy the asset on the open market. The sale takes place under normal market conditions and the owner has no obligation to sell to a community group.

More than 3,000 properties nationwide are protected under the Community Right to Bid legislation. In Cornwall they include pubs, village shops and halls, playing fields and even a fisherman’s shelter.

Cllr Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “This is an excellent example of a community in Cornwall using their right to nominate and save a building that plays a major role in community life.  Godolphin can take great pride in their success, and I look forward to seeing their community centre develop.

“It would be wonderful to see more groups come forward to register community assets in their area.  Our Localism team are happy to advise groups on what can and can’t be nominated under Community Right to Bid and how to go about getting an asset listed.  There’s also plenty of advice on our website.”

More information is available on the Cornwall Council Community Right to Bid webpage. 

Story posted 09 January 2018

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Local priorities and highways on the agenda for Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 09/01/2018 - 12:32

People living in and around the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) Community Network Panel area can help set the network’s priorities and learn more about highways at their Community Network Panel meeting in January. 

All are invited to attend the CPIR Community Network Panel meeting which takes place on Tuesday 16 January between 7pm and 9pm at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool. 

Adrian Drake, Cormac Highway and Environment Manager, will brief the panel about local highways issues and solutions. There will also be an opportunity for local residents to ask any highways questions they might have. 

In addition there will be a workshop session to agree the network’s priorities, with a view to influencing Cornwall-wide strategies, local service delivery and local projects. 

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have. 

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel, said: “The Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel is a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to ask questions about local issues so please do come along and take part.” 

The Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 09 January 2018

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Council makes changes to how it allocates housing to help locals in the greatest housing need

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 08/01/2018 - 15:54

Homechoice, Cornwall Council’s system for allocating social housing, is about to change with new rules being put in place so that homes go to those with a strong connection to Cornwall and who are in the greatest housing need.

A new website will also be launched on 10 January to make it easier for people to set up a user account so that they will be able to see their Homechoice application and bid on properties when they are listed.

The Council’s new social housing allocation policy will mean, for the majority of homes available through Homechoice, applicants will need to have a 3-year connection to Cornwall to be allocated a Cornwall Council property or a property that Homechoice has nomination rights over. Similar qualifications will apply to parish connections too.

Those households with an annual income below £30,000 will be prioritised when bidding for Cornwall Council owned properties which make up about a third of Cornwall’s 29,000 social housing stock.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes, Andrew Mitchell said: “Demand for social housing in Cornwall is very high and will increase. We are introducing changes to Homechoice because we need to ensure that the homes available are fairly allocated to those most in need and that those with a local connection get priority for housing.”

There are currently approx.19,500 households on the Homechoice register and every year, on average, only 2,300 social housing properties become available.

Cathy Hadfield, Cornwall Housing’s Director of Housing Options, added: “The Homechoice changes emphasise that Cornwall’s social housing system is based on choice and is not a waiting list. Applicants in housing need must actively seek and express interest in suitable housing. When an applicant bids on a property, they are putting themselves forward to be considered for that property.”

Current Homechoice applicants do not need to register a completely new housing application. Their current application will be ‘transferred’ to the new system. Current applicants will only need to set up a user account on the new website to access their housing application. Once a user account has been set up, applicants will be able to see their Homechoice application and bid on properties when they are listed.

The key changes are:

  • New rules mean applicants who do not apply for any suitable properties that become available through Homechoice, or refuse two suitable properties in a 12-month period, will be removed from the Homechoice register*
  • People with household incomes of £60,000 or more, or with assets worth more than £50,000 will not be allowed to join the Homechoice register
  • Cornwall Council owned properties, around 1/3rd of Cornwall’s 29,000 social housing properties, will be prioritised for households on annual incomes below £30,000
  • Applicants will need to have a 3-year connection to Cornwall to be allocated a Cornwall Council property or a property that Homechoice has nomination rights over. Similar qualifications will apply to parish connections too.

Andrew adds: “Providing affordable homes for the people of Cornwall is a priority for this Council.  We are working with partners to acquire and build new homes and looking at innovative ways to address the high demand for social housing. For example, the recent Sure Futures pilot, which has brought together the experience and knowledge of the Council’s Children, Families and Adults teams and that of Cornwall Housing to provide specialised housing for young adults; and the completion of 23 new Council houses in Goonhavern with families now settling in and making them home.”

Families and individuals not in the greatest housing need can get specialist housing advice and support from Cornwall Housing to identify their best housing option. You can find out more on the Housing Options Cornwall website.

Anyone who may be at risk of losing their home should contact Cornwall Housing as soon as possible so prompt advice can be given on possible housing options. The earlier the housing options team are contacted, the sooner they can help.

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Transforming health and care on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 08/01/2018 - 08:35

Residents of the Truro and Roseland Community Network area are being invited to attend the January meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include the latest on proposals to transform health and care and the Environmental Growth Strategy.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Tuesday 16 January 2018 between 7pm and 9pm in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall, Truro.

There will be an update on Shaping Our Future (the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) from Andrew Abbot and Tracey Lee from NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. The Shaping Our Future plan is about improving local health and wellbeing, the quality of local health and care services, and the financial stability of the health and care system in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Preventing ill health and more care at home are at the heart of the five year plan. The Shaping Our Future team will listen to feedback about the latest plan and hear about any local priorities and concerns.

Tim Dart, Environment Growth Officer, at Cornwall Council will be coming along to talk about Cornwall’s ‘Environmental Growth Strategy'. Produced by the Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and Cornwall Council this aims to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to work together to increase environmental, social and economic prosperity in Cornwall.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

Chris Wells Chairman of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel and a Truro City Councillor said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting. January’s meeting is a really good way for local residents to find out more about the future of health and care in Cornwall which affects all of us. Environmental growth - creating conditions to encourage more habitats and species is also on the agenda. Come along and find out more.” 

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area. They progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners; including town & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

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 Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

People can keep up to date with what’s happening in this area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area page: www.facebook.com/TruroRoselandCNA .

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

Posted 8 January 2018

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Greater voice for local people on the agenda for Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 05/01/2018 - 11:34

Residents in the Liskeard and Looe area are invited to their local Community Network Panel meeting to find out about plans to give communities more say on local issues and to hear the latest on highways maintenance, public transport and policing. 

The meeting is on Tuesday 16 January from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Cleer Memorial Hall, PL14 5EA.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, and Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms, Chair of Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, will lead a discussion on proposals for giving local people a greater voice on important local issues via the community network panel.

Local residents will be able to join in speed dating style updates on highways maintenance, public transport and policing.  There will be a presenter for each topic who will provide a five minute overview and then answer questions for 15 minutes.

There will also be an update from the panel’s Broadband Group and an opportunity to talk about the Local Government Boundary Commission’s proposals for electoral divisions in the Liskeard and Looe Community Network area.

Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms, Chair of Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, said: “Come along and join us for this important meeting.  We’ll be talking about some of the big issues for the area and receiving updates on local matters from Cornwall councillors.  You’ll also be able to meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillors and ask questions.  I would encourage everyone to join us and find out what’s happening in your community network area.”

Liskeard and Looe 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.  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. 

Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 18 parishes in the community network: Deviock, Dobwalls and Trewidland, Duloe, Lanreath, Lanteglos by Fowey, Liskeard, Looe, Menheniot, Morval, Polperro, Pelynt, Quethiock, St Cleer, St Keyne, St Martin-by-Looe, St Neot, St Pinnock and Warleggan.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Liskeard and Looe Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Story posted 5 January 2018

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