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Cornwall prepares for potentially strong winds

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 17:51

With the Met Office forecasting that ‘Storm Brian’ has the potential to bring strong winds and large coastal waves to Cornwall later today (Friday) and tomorrow, Cornwall Council is on alert and liaising with other agencies to take action if necessary.

During this evening and especially on Saturday, a windy spell of weather is expected across all areas, especially over hills, moors and coasts. The winds will blow in from between the south and southwest for much of the day, changing during Saturday evening to blowing in from between the southwest and west. Around coasts the wind will be strongest with gusts typically around 50- - 60 mph which could lead to large waves, swell and surge.

The advice is to keep safe and stay away from the coast, beaches, sea walls, promenades and piers. 

Driving conditions could be difficult, especially for towed and high sided vehicles, motorcyclists and cyclists.

Tree debris and even a few fallen trees are possible and there may be flying debris.  The winds could also affect temporary structures like tents, marquees, trampolines, bins and wooden fences, as well as outdoor activities and events.

The public are advised to take extra care near the coasts, especially at high tide, on beaches, sea walls, promenades where there is the potential for coastal wave overtopping and spray which may affect coastal roads.  

The advice is

  • drive according the prevailing conditions and not to take unnecessary risks
  • avoid walking along the coast path and by cliff edges during the strong winds unless absolutely necessary.
  • if you are wave watching, don’t put yourself in danger by standing too close to quay sides and harbours; please keep a safe distance from the sea as large waves can travel a considerable distance up the shoreline.

All the agencies are monitoring the situation closely and are on standby to act.

You can report highway issues, like fallen trees blocking the highway and floods on roads, by calling 0300 1234 222 - press 1.

If you are in an emergency situation, please call 999.

 

Story posted 20 October 2017 

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

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 14:28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story posted 22 July 2017

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Bodmin parents fined for failing to send their child to school

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 09:51

At Bodmin Magistrates Court on 12 October 2017, the parents of a child in Bodmin were found guilty of ‘knowingly failing to cause their child to attend School’.

The Court heard that their child did not attend school for 155 out of a possible 300 school sessions between September 2016 and May 2017 – an attendance figure of approximately 48% compared to the national average attendance figure of 96%.

In making their decision, the Magistrates said that there were no medical emergencies or reasons for their child’s absence, and that  there was no unavoidable cause or reasonable justification for their child’s failure to attend school.

They further said that they expected more to be done by the parents and found both of them guilty of the offence.

One parent was fined £500, a victim surcharge of £50 and a contribution to the Council’s costs of £770.

The other parent was fined £1,250, a victim surcharge of £125 and a contribution to the Council’s costs of £770. 

This means that the parents have to pay a total of £3,465 between them.

The Education Welfare Service works closely with schools, parents and pupils to try to sort out attendance issues.  This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation.  They will try to find out the reasons why the child(ren) is not attending school and take steps to try and get them back into school.  This includes offering support or signposting to other agencies.

One of the Cabinet priorities is to increase the aspirations of young people and part of this is working to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential at school.  To do that, it is important that children go to school and, as this case demonstrates, parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children attend regularly. 

Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. 

Story posted 17 October 2017

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Have your say about parking in Penzance

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Following Cornwall Council’s town parking review last year work has started to help improve parking in Penzance, reflecting feedback from local residents. A number of waiting restriction proposals have been developed for Penzance and Newlyn to help the free flow of traffic and improve road safety.

A consultation on the new statutory Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO’s) will begin on Thursday 7 September and will be open for 3 weeks. Residents can comment on the proposals via the Cornwall Council roads and traffic consultation webpage.

Penzance is one of the first towns to begin implementing the changes which were suggested by residents in the town parking review which took place last year. The residents’ suggestions have shaped the Council’s proposal for each area, and different schemes have been proposed to best meet the needs of each town. Since April the Council has been working to finalise the designs for each of the towns.

Town Councillor Dick Cliffe, Mayor of Penzance and Member of the West Penwith Community Network Panel, said: “I am pleased that Penzance will be one of the first towns to implement a package of changes proposed by residents during last year’s parking review.  The proposed new yellow lines deal with some well-known problems in the Parish but it is important residents, businesses and other road users check the proposals because it is all too easy to inadvertently create new problems when attempting to solve old ones.”

The new parking restrictions will be enforced by Cornwall Council’s Civil Parking Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) who also manage Cornwall Council owed car parks. Residents can also report illegal parking on yellow lines to the Cornwall Council Parking Operations Team by telephoning 0300 1234 222 or emailing parkingenforcement@cornwall.gov.uk.

Other parking or traffic issues, such as obstruction of the pavement, school zig-zag markings or parking in unrestricted areas, are dealt with by the Devon and Cornwall Police. More information about parking or traffic issues can be found on the Council’s Parking webpage.

More information about the parking schemes and programme of work is available on the Council’s Parking Revew webpage

The parking plans and information about how people can comment on them are available on the Council’s roads and traffic consultation webpage.

Story posted 5 September 2017

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Superfast broadband on the agenda for Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Residents of the Cornwall Gateway Community Network area can find out more about superfast broadband at the Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel’s meeting on Tuesday 12 September in Torpoint Town Council’s Committee Room.

Tish Roberts, Project Manager for Superfast Cornwall, will be giving an update on Superfast rollout in the Cornwall Gateway area.  This will include an overview of the areas to be upgraded under the new Superfast Cornwall programme and information on how people can apply for a grant if they are not covered by these plans.

There will also be updates on neighbourhood plans and Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel’s priorities, including air quality in Tideford.

Derek Holley, Chair of Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel said: “This is a chance for everyone to come along and learn more about the panel’s work on this and other local issues.  You’ll be able to ask questions and meet your local Cornwall, town and parish councillors.”

Cornwall Gateway Network Panel meets quarterly.  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. 

Cornwall Gateway Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 11 parishes in the community network: Antony, Botus Fleming, Landrake with St Erney, Landulph, Maker-with-Rame, Millbrook, Saltash, Sheviock, St Germans, St John and Torpoint.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 12 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Committee Room, Torpoint Town Council, 1-3 Buller Road, Torpoint, PL11 2LD.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Cornwall Gateway Community Network page. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to come along.

Story posted 4 September 2017

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Local resident voices to be strengthened with increased focus on Community Network Panels across Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has confirmed proposals to give local people a greater say in decisions and powers to make them at the most appropriate level.

At a meeting of Cabinet today (6 September), a decision was made to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels (CNPs). 

Key areas of focus will include:

  • strengthening the links between the panels, Town & Parish Councils, the Council, our wider partners and residents
  • empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues
  • increasing public engagement via the panels.

Deputy Leader Julian German said the decision showed a renewed focus on residents and the places where they live.

“Cornwall Council recognises that we can’t solve all the issues that communities face on our own and so we are increasing our emphasis on elected Members and officers working with Town and Parish councillors, residents and other key partners, through the panels, to help coordinate our activities locally.”

“When we launched our Cabinet priorities in June, we said our values were to listen to and work with the people of Cornwall and to act in the best interests of Cornwall: putting people first. Our devolution and localism agenda also means giving residents and communities a greater say in decisions and making those decisions at the most appropriate level,” he said.

“Community Network Panels are well placed to progress issues of importance to local residents.  What we’d now like to do is increase public involvement in these panels so people can have their say and influence decisions.”

“Our 2016 Residents’ Survey showed fewer than one in five residents surveyed agreed they could influence local decisions – this is a key way we are seeking to change that.”

Actions which will be further explored include:

  • giving CNPs more of a say over specific issues (e.g. strategy, local service delivery and enforcement, local projects such as local transport schemes)
  • using participatory budgeting to give local people a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local requirements
  • enabling CNPs to request that issues be discussed at Overview and Scrutiny and/or Cabinet
  • enabling members of the public to suggest relevant agenda items in advance of CNP meetings
  • improving public awareness of CNPs and sharing outcomes from CNP meetings
  • giving CNPs a more clearly defined role in progressing localism and devolution, including joint working between Cornwall Council, Town and Parish Councils and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The Cabinet paper was informed by previous reviews and consultation and has been further developed by the Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford, who has worked closely with Cabinet colleagues and engaged the Chair of Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Community Network Panel Chairs and the Cornwall Association of Local Councils.

Story posted 06 September 2017 

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St Keverne’s Library is changing

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Your library is changing! St Keverne’s Library, which is based in St Keverne Primary School, will be closing to the public from Saturday 16 September and a Mobile Library will be introduced.

The Mobile Library will be based outside the primary school every other Wednesday to enable library customers to continue to request, return and collect books. Library users will need to bring their library card with them in order to loan any items. The Mobile Library schedule will be as follows:

  • Wednesday 20 September from 12:40 to 13:10.
  • Wednesday 4 October from 14:30 to 15:45.
  • Wednesday 18 October from 12:40 to 13:10.
  • Wednesday 1 November from 14:30 to 15:45.

There’s also the opportunity to reserve items for free and collect them at other libraries, including Helston, using the online reservation system. Alternatively eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines can be downloaded from the Library website to use on tablets, smartphones and computers.

Julie Zessimedes, Head of Library and Information Services, said: “The library at St Keverne was only accessible to the public for 6 hours a week and had a limited selection of books. The new Mobile Library service will offer a significantly bigger selection for readers to choose from at a convenient location in the village.”

Find out more about your local library or the Mobile Library service.

Story posted 5 September 2017

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First Made in Cornwall Official Stockist opens

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Rame Framing Gallery and Gifts will become the first Made in Cornwall Official Stockist when it officially opens on Friday 15 September.

Run by local entrepreneur Mike Ferguson and located in the village of Antony near Torpoint on the beautiful Rame Peninsula, the gallery supports and promotes local artists and suppliers as well as providing a specialist bespoke picture framing service.  Part of the gallery is dedicated to an eclectic mix of Made in Cornwall scheme members’ products which are handmade in Cornwall with locally sourced ingredients.

In May 2017 Mike joined 230 members of Cornwall Council’s approved origin Made in Cornwall scheme with his handmade bespoke and ready-made picture frames. Many Cornish businesses that are part of the Made in Cornwall scheme are supporting his venture with stockists including Fosspots, Hudson Crafts, Baileys Pewter, Sapooni, Jo Downs glass, Rock Cottage pottery and Liz of Cornish Clayton Crafts.

Made in Cornwall member Mike says: “I have always wanted to run my own business and the gallery encourages local residents to shop locally and support the local economy. We are really proud to sell local Cornish goods. My wife and I have been members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply for over 30 years and as such we understand the importance of excellent customer service, meeting customer requirements and dealing fairly with suppliers to develop ongoing and long lasting business. When I met my wife I remember saying that my ideal job would be doing woodwork in my shed! We have now taken our businesses further than I ever imagined.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “The Made in Cornwall scheme is designed to support local businesses selling Cornish-made products. This Rame Framing Gallery and Gifts business is becoming our first Made in Cornwall Official Stockist. This is great news for the public who will be able to shop with confidence knowing they are supporting the local economy.”

Rame Framing Gallery and Gifts is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm and out of hours by arrangement.

Details of the Made in Cornwall scheme are available on our Made in Cornwall page.

Story posted 13 September 2017

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Invitation to discuss affordable housing at the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Residents of the St Austell & Mevagissey Community Network area are being invited to attend the September meeting of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include affordable housing and local matters.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Thursday 14 September between 7pm and 9pm in the Council Chamber at the St Austell Information Service (also known as the One Stop Shop), 39 Penwinnick Road, PL25 5DR.

Following a request from Mevagissey Parish Council there will be a discussion about affordable housing in the area. The item will include the current process, prices and status of the Home Choice Register.

There will also be a briefing on the decisions made by Cornwall Council’s Cabinet on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. This includes empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

In addition Mark Read, Service Director for Customer Assess and Digital Services at the Council will be coming along. Each Community Network Panel now has one of the Directors from Cornwall Council’s Leadership Team on the panel. As the representative for St Austell and Mevagissey, Mark will explain how he’ll support the network panel including helping to progress any local concerns.

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

Cornwall Councillor Sandra Heyward, Chair of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel. The September meeting is a good opportunity for local residents to find out more about affordable housing and local matters so I encourage people to come along.”

The St Austell and Mevagissey meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.The panel comprises of all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the eight Town or Parish parishes in the community network: Carlyon, Mevagissey, Pentewan, St Austell Bay, St Austell Town, St Ewe, St Goran, St Mewan.

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

Story posted 7 September 2017

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Residents invited to shape the future of St Just Recreation Ground

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Cornwall Council is working on a scheme to deliver a new skate park and other improvements at St Just Recreation Ground in Penwith and wants to know what residents think.  

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Councillor for St Just in Penwith, has organised a public meeting on Wednesday 13 September at 6pm in the St Just Old Town Hall to discuss the findings of a recent local consultation and to develop proposals for the space.

The improvements are an opportunity to breathe new life into the open space and improve the quality of activities for young people and other residents in the area.

Cornwall Council have made £30,000 available to upgrade the current facilities, which have reached the end of their natural life.

The Council want to give feedback following the consulting with the community and discuss how to take ideas for the open space forward.

Councillor James said: “I’m delighted with the volume of responses to the consultation. I now look forward to taking the conversation forward with local young people and residents who will use the park. This is an excellent opportunity for St Just residents to help shape the future of our local park so please come along and have your say.”

Officers from the Council’s environment team are also hoping to work with enthusiastic residents to form a new community group to help steer and fundraise towards the improvements.

Stuart Wallace, Cornwall Council Public Space Officer, said: “Due to the requirement for funding we expect the overall project to take several years. We will likely have to deliver it in a few stages, so are looking for positive and committed volunteers from all age groups in the local community to work together with us and the Town Council to update this important local asset.”

Funding for the project will be provided from a variety of grants and with designated funds from Cornwall Council’s Capital Play Programme.

For more information contact Cornwall Council’s Public Space team on 0300 1234 202 or email environmentservice@cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 7 September 2017

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Cabinet gives go ahead for Council to explore proactive role in meeting local housing needs

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet today (06 September) supported a decision to respond to local housing demand in Truro by exploring the possibility of buying land and developing homes at Threemilestone, with a final decision to be taken by members at a full Council meeting in November.  

Today’s meeting recognised the need for the Council to take a proactive role in delivering local housing in the Truro area. Cabinet agreed that work should progress over the possibility of acquiring land at Langarth Farm, Threemilestone, Truro.

The Langarth Farm site already has planning permission to build 1500 new homes. A first stage of development of 700 homes is planned. The land acquired by the Council will provide 150 homes and the Council would work closely with Sanctuary Housing who propose to acquire the remaining land in this first stage of development. It is also proposed the site will provide land for the development of Extra Care Housing which is housing designed with the needs of frailer older people in mind and with varying levels of care and support available on site.  

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Homes, Andrew Mitchell said: “At the time these planning applications were approved we did not have a Local Plan in place.  Now we do, we are in a stronger position to resist unwanted development but we are where we are with this site, along with several others along the A390 corridor.  The planning permission is in place so it is a question of when development will take place, not if.  It is now for the Council to take back some control and unpick some of the issues that are holding up the provision of quality new homes as well as unlocking improved infrastructure, including a northern access road.”

This will help support the Council’s aim by increasing the overall supply of homes in Cornwall in line with the Cornwall Local Plan, and improving the quality and choice in the private rented sector. Cornwall Council has committed to helping deliver 1,000 new homes over the next four years through a number of housing developments across Cornwall in response to local housing demand and need. 

 

Story posted 06 September 2017 

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Road closure on A3047 at Avers Roundabout

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

A road closure has been put in place today on a section of the North East bound lane of the A3047 between Avers roundabout (adjacent to Aldi) and the following roundabout at the entrance to Treleigh industrial estate in Redruth. A diversion route has been put in place which is clearly signed. 

The closure is necessary for further essential investigatory works to assess a historical mining feature, following a hole becoming apparent in the carriageway last week. Initial works revealed that the feature was significant and in order to ensure the safety of the highway it has become necessary to extend the investigations further into the carriageway.

We are unsure of the duration of the closure until the results of the investigation are clear, however we will be doing our very best to complete the works and reinstate the highway to full use as soon as it is both safe and practicable for us to do so.

Story posted 14 September 2017

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Waste collection and Sports England on the agenda for the West Penwith Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Residents of the West Penwith Community Network Panel area are invited to the September meeting of the West Penwith Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda will include waste collection, Sports England and an update of the Neighbourhood plan and local devolution.

This meeting will also host the Annual General Meeting (AGM) when a new Chair and Vice-Chair for the West Penwith Community Network Panel will be elected.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 21 September 2017, between 7.00pm and 8.30pm, in St John's Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance.

Officers from Cornwall Council’s Neighbourhoods Overview & Scrutiny Committee will be attending the meeting as part of their inquiry into waste collection and cleansing. The inquiry will make recommendations for future service design and delivery, with the new contract for the collection of household waste and recycling due for renewal in 2020.

Cornwall Sports Partnership will also be attending the panel to discuss the work they do in partnership with local organisations to make sport and physical activity a part of everyday life throughout the county.

James Hardy, Cornwall Council Community Link Officer for West Penwith, will also be providing an update on the local Neighbourhood Plan and devolution projects.

In addition there will also be a briefing on the decisions made by Cornwall Council’s Cabinet on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. This includes empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

The Panel will have an opportunity to ask any questions and give feedback. 

Cornwall Councillor Nicholas, Vice-Chair and Acting Chair of the West Penwith Community Network Panel, said: “This meeting is a good opportunity to find out more, ask questions and comment about local issues which will impact on the Town and Parish Councils of the area, such as the proposals for the waste collection service and an update on Neighbourhood Plans. It is not the forum for individual issues that should be dealt with at Town and Parish levels in the first instance, it is for addressing issues that are common to the network panel area. I encourage everyone to come along and be part of the discussion.”

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 19 September 2017

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Invitation to hear about health initiatives at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Residents of the Truro and Rosleand Community Network area are being invited to attend the September meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include the health initiative ‘social prescribing’ and highway improvements.

The Network Panel meeting will take place on Tuesday 26 September 2017 between 7pm and 9pm in the Trelawny Room, New County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY.

Donna Chapman from NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group will be attending with other representatives from Public Health including Lander Practice, Truro Health Park and the Chaos Group. They will be explaining the benefits of ‘social prescribing’ for those with mild or long-term mental health problems, or who are vulnerable or socially isolated. To help meet social and emotional needs GPs and nurses refer individuals to non-clinical services, which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations and can include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

Highways England will provide an update on plans to transform the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross by creating a dual carriageway and helping to improve journey times for many residents, businesses and visitors. Josh Hodder, the Project Manager for the scheme, will talk about the preferred route and what happens before the construction phase.

There will also be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. This includes empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

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 meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. These panel meetings are a key way for local residents to find out more about what’s happening in their local community and to have a say. I strongly encourage people to come along and find out more.”

The Truro and Roseland Network Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area and 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 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. 

18 September 2017

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Special service to remember those who die from substance misuse

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

A special service to remember those who have died from drug-related deaths will be held in Truro this weekend. 

Last year in Cornwall there were 32 drug related deaths. The stigma often attached to drug-related deaths can leave those mourning feeling different from other mourners, with the special Acorn service providing a way to bring people together. 

In addition to the 32 people who lost their lives to substance misuse last year, there were a further 216 incidents per year where South West Ambulance Service administered naloxone to save the lives of those in opiate overdose. 

This years’ service will be once again held at Truro Cathedral at 4pm on Saturday 23 September.  The service will include personal reflections, music and readings from service users and drug treatment workers, a tailored service of remembrance and a tree of remembrance where messages can be written on paper shaped oak leaves. 

Gary Hales used heroin for six years and is now celebrating his 5th-year of not using Heroin. In that 5 years he’s completed a diploma and a degree as well as working with Addaction as a volunteer and now a full employee. Gary will be giving a reading during the service. 

He said “I've made some bad decisions in my life however, I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can share my experiences. My curiosity and naivety to drugs is what started my addiction - two deadly behaviours when combined and there are drugs around. 

“I lost six years of my life to a heroin addiction. I am the lucky one as others I’ve witnessed lost their lives. I spent years chasing the dragon when I could have been chasing my dreams and aspirations. Eventually, I became a lost soul and on many occasions wished I would never wake up however, chasing death, led me to life. 

“The problem with drugs is that they work, right up until the moment that they decimate your life. What I have recognised is it does not matter if you’re young, old, rich or poor addiction does not discriminate. 

“Three months ago, I celebrated my fifth year of not using heroin. In that time I've completed a diploma and a degree alongside working as a practitioner at Truro’s residential rehab. I fell 10,000 feet to raise money for those families affected by substance misuse. 

“I have seen many friends lose their lives to addiction. I have seen many people turn their lives around. I have been blessed to witness such positive changes and saddened to see so many deaths. All these experiences could have easily been taken away from me however, chasing death, led me to life.” 

Sid Willet, Drug Related Death Prevention Co-ordinator, Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) said “I am proud to work in Cornwall with so many people that care about these issues and our communication between Police, drug treatment, pharmacy, HM Coroner and her staff, RCHT, SWAST and many others is second to none. The DAAT now being part of Community Safety within Cornwall Council allows us an even wider platform to prevent future deaths. 

“This is a different approach to what is usually expected, as we seek to remember and to raise awareness at the same time. Our work is all about partnership working often with marginalised groups. Although sadly too late for some, the Acorn service seeks to remember, reflect and use the legacy of those who have died to change processes or whatever needs to be done to prevent future deaths.” 

The service is organised in partnership between Cornwall Council, DAAT, Boscence Farm Community Ltd, Addaction and Truro Cathedral.

Story posted 21 September.

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Quit smoking rates in Cornwall highest ever

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

New Stoptober campaign urges even more to take the plunge

Fewer people in Cornwall are smoking with new data published today by the University College of London (UCL) showing a drop of almost 7% in smoking prevalence.

Ten years ago 21% of people in Cornwall smoked, but this has now fallen to 15.7%. In the last year alone, smoking prevalence fell by 2.5% and whilst still slightly higher than the national average, it has fallen by a greater percentage. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly approximately 80,000 people are smokers.

The report has been released as Cornwall Council and Public Health England launch the Stoptober quit smoking campaign which aims to encourage even more people to quit. 

Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies at University College London, said: 

“Quitting success rates this year are soaring. The advances and wider choice in effective quitting options, and stronger anti-smoking culture are fuelling this acceleration.

“Thinking about giving up may be daunting, but all the evidence shows there has never been an easier to time to stop. Quitting needn’t be the painful journey it used to be and the support you’ll get from Stoptober will increase your chances of succeeding. 

“And for the first time, any smoker - no matter their sex, age, where they live, their background or type of job they do - has virtually the same chance of quitting successfully as the next person.”

The Stoptober quit smoking challenge has inspired over one and a half million quit attempts across England since 2012. The campaign is based on research that if you stop smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good. 

With Stoptober now in its sixth year, the UCL report reinforces that there has never been a better time to quit with:

  • better and more quitting aid options, with e-cigarettes now the most popular
  • more restrictions on smoking
  • the introduction of plain tobacco packaging
  • a stronger anti-smoking culture in England
  • supportive stop smoking campaigns such as Stoptober. 

To support more people to quit, Cornwall Stop Smoking Service is offering anyone wishing to use vaping as a method of quitting support from a stop smoking adviser. Although the service cannot provide e-cigarettes, they can provide additional support to help people change their behaviours and habits. 

Last year over half (53%) of all those taking part in the Stoptober campaign opted to use e-cigarettes as a quitting aid. This year the campaign will feature e-cigarettes in the TV ad and will do more to encourage and support smokers who are keen to try e-cigarettes to help them stop smoking. 

Miriam Brenton, Stop Smoking team lead for Cornwall’s Health Promotion Service said: “With more and more people choosing vaping as a means to quitting we are really excited to extend our service to meet their needs by offering behavioural support alongside their use. We know that people are up to four times more likely to successfully quit with specialist help and support from services like ours. We want our service to be accessible for everyone wishing to make the change to improve their health.”

Russ Moody, Tobacco Control lead for PHE South West said:

“E-cigarettes are now the most popular way to quit in the country with half of all those taking part in Stoptober last year using an e-cigarette. The evidence is clear - vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking – a fraction of the risk. So if you’ve struggled with quitting before, an e-cigarette may be the best option for you.

“Don’t be put off if you’ve already made several attempts. Join up with Stoptober and benefit from free support direct to your phone, laptop or tablet via the Stoptober app, a daily email giving support or Facebook Message, free face-to-face support plus a raft of advice and information on the website. Search ‘Stoptober’ online and join the thousands of others who go smokefree once and for all this year.” 

The Stoptober campaign starts on 1 October. Search ‘Stoptober’ online for all the support you need to quit.

Story posted 21st September.

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Invitation to hear from South West Water at the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

Residents of the St Agnes and Perrranporth Community Network area are being invited to attend the September meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include South West Water and local matters.

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

Following a request from the Community Network Panel, Peter Hocking (Principal Consultant from South West Water) will be answering panel members’ questions about the existing South West Water infrastructure to help address local concerns. Peter will outline South West Water’s plan to cope with future development and give details on the volume and frequency of discharges into the sea in the Community Network Area.

There will also be a briefing on the decisions made by Cornwall Council’s Cabinet on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. This includes empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

The Panel will have an opportunity to ask any questions and give feedback. 

Perranzabuloe Parish Councillor Ken Yeo, Chair of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel. The September meeting is a good opportunity for local residents to hear from South West Water and local matters so I encourage people to come along.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues. The panel comprises of all the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the six Parish Councils (Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen, St Newlyn East) in the community network area.

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

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Camelford Community Network Panel meeting to discuss health hub plans and economic development

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

There’s a chance for local people to see the initial architects’ plans for Camelford’s proposed health hub and learn more about progress on the project at the Camelford Community Network Panel meeting on Tuesday 12 September in Camelford Hall.

The meeting will also include stalls with information and advice on a range of economic development matters, such as superfast broadband, LEADER funding and community-led local development where local people form a partnership that creates and implements a development strategy that builds on the community’s social, environmental and economic strengths.  In addition to this, Cornwall Councillor Rob Rotchell will brief the panel on a project to create a coast and countryside prospectus to attract business to the area.

There will be an opportunity to learn more about how Cornwall Councillor Community Chest grants have helped local groups too, including two community cinema projects run by St Breward Institute War Memorial Hall and the Maia Project.

Dominic Fairman, Chair of Camelford Community Network Panel, said: “This is a chance for everyone to see what the proposed health hub at Camelford could look like and also to find out about the support that’s available to help the whole area’s future development.  From Boscastle to St Breward and from small community grants to European funding for businesses.  Everyone is welcome to join us for what promises to be an informative evening with plenty of discussion and food for thought.”

Camelford Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as 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. 

Camelford Community Network Panel includes the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the following parishes: Advent, Camelford, Davidstow, Forrabury and Minster, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Otterham, St Breward, St Clether, St Juliot, St Teath, Tintagel, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trevalga and Warbstow.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 12 September from 7.00pm to 9.00pm in the Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road, Camelford.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Camelford Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Story posted 4 September 2017

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Wadebridge School and Tree Charter on the agenda for Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

There’s a chance for people in the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network area to find out more about future plans for Wadebridge School and the Woodland Trust’s Tree Charter at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting on 21 September.

Tina Yardley, Headteacher of Wadebridge School, will be on hand to tell the panel about the school’s future plans for capital and pupil expansion.

Laura Jones from Cornwall Council will give a presentation the benefits of trees to local communities, the work of the Council’s Forestry team and the Tree Charter.  There will also be time to ask questions about local tree related issues.

Peter Marsh, Cornwall Council’s Service Director for Environment, will also be coming along.  Each community network panel now has a member of Cornwall Council’s Leadership Team to give advice and help ensure strong links between the panel and the Council.  As the representative for Wadebridge and Padstow, Peter will explain how he will support the panel, including helping to progress local concerns.

There will also be an update from Sgt Andy Stewart of Devon and Cornwall Police.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “I would encourage everyone to come and learn more about the local issues the panel is working on.  You’ll be able to meet local Cornwall, town and parish and councillors, ask questions, and find out more about what’s happening in the Wadebridge and Padstow area.”

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as the police and health services.  The panel’s priorities include public transport, asset and service devolution, affordable housing, highways, traffic and parking issues.

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

The meeting takes place on Thursday 21 September from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Egloshayle Pavilion, Wadebridge.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.  The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Story posted 11 September 2017

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Just asking a question could save someone's life

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:45

A new public health campaign launching today ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day hopes to encourage people to talk more openly about mental health and potentially save their life in the process.

The ‘How Are You Really Feeling’ campaign aims to reduce the stigma of talking about mental health.

The Towards Zero Suicide collaborative has run a series of conferences in Truro over the last year, finding ways of working to reduce suicides towards zero. The campaign emerged from an idea at the conferences to create something to help reduce the stigma of mental health and get people talking about it more openly.

Dr Sara Roberts, Consultant in Public Health for Cornwall Council said “If you're worried that someone you know may be considering suicide, try to encourage them to talk about how they are feeling. Listening is the best way to help. Try to avoid offering solutions and try not to judge. 

“We really want to encourage people to start talking about mental health and how they feel as part of their everyday lives, and we want people to feel it’s OK to say you’re not OK.

“We’re asking communities to take up the offer of putting a box full of leaflets somewhere ‘normal’” such as a coffee shop, hairdresser, barber, petrol station or newsagent. We want talking about mental health to become a normal part of our day.

 “Don’t worry if you don’t know what to say or how to begin a conversation – our leaflets give you some ideas of how to get started. And if the person you’re having a conversation with says “I’m not OK”, the reverse side of the leaflet has some top tips and ideas of where they can get help.”

Dr Ellen Wilkinson Medical Director for Cornwall Partnership NHS  Foundation Trust added ”People who survive a suicide attempt have said that if just one person had asked them if they were OK they wouldn’t have gone through with it. Just asking the question could be powerful enough to save a life.

“It’s not just about people who are feeling suicidal – this is about saying mental health is a core part of everyone’s wellbeing and encouraging people to talk about it.”

Some top tips from the campaign include supporting someone by telling them that they can talk to you without being judged, or that getting help will make it easier for them.

The campaign also includes 10 top things to do to improve mental health such as eating well, being physically active, doing something you enjoy, and asking for help.

If you think someone is at risk of suicide you should persuade them to speak to their GP who will be able to provide the right support.

You can find out more about the campaign on our website or on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Story posted 8 September 2017

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