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Council commits to 3500 Extra Care units by 2025

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 16:43

As part of a plan to help older people and those in need of care live independent and healthier lives for longer, Cornwall Council has announced it will create 3,500 ‘Extra Care’ housing units across the county.

The move will also help reduce pressure on an adult social care system that only last week was described as being at breaking point nationally by Local Government Association.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “These will be self-contained homes with their own front doors where people have access to care and support when they need it. People often think about downsizing their homes as they get older so Extra Care is an attractive option when planning for possible care and support needs in the future.

“Evidence shows that helping people to live independently for longer in homes like these, often closer to their family and friends, leads to healthier and happier lives. This in turn reduces their need to use health and social care services, alleviating demand on already stretched services.”

The Council has a mixed approach to developing the 3500 units, looking at remodelling existing buildings which are no longer fit for purpose and at how they could develop where the market is less responsive. To get things started they are looking to recruit a strategic partner to develop an initial 750 units across towns in Cornwall. 

The numbers of people across Cornwall aged 65 and over in Cornwall is predicted to increase by 78% by 2030. (population figures taken from poppi.org.uk). Taking this into account, alongside an increase in illness and disability, it means that more people will require care and support services. It is a priority for Cabinet to see a wide range of Extra Care housing developed that is affordable for all.

At an event hosted by Cornwall Council at St Austell Conference Centre on 9 August 2018, housing companies, care providers and property developers were invited to learn more about Extra Care housing options - the sorts of facilities they are and how they are funded. The event is the beginning of the conversation to test the proposals before a formal selection process for a strategic partner begins in Autumn.

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Truro City Council celebrates taking over the ownership of Zeb’s Youth Cafe

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 17:14

Zeb’s Youth Café will get a new lease of life following the handover of the ownership and management to Truro City Council.

The handover from Cornwall Council will help secure the future of youth services for local young people.

Formerly known as Zebedee’s Café, the building in Truro’s Leats has been a youth centre for young people since 1994 and is used by Young People Cornwall to run Truro’s youth services.

The transfer is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme which is supporting parish and town councils and communities to take over local ownership, management and control of services for the benefit of local residents.

Truro City Council already provides a grant to Young People Cornwall to run youth services and will now be in a better position to support local young people using the services.

Kate Sidwell Youth and Community Work Manager at Young People Cornwall and Senior Manager at Zeb’s said: “The transfer of Zebs enables us to continue with the many activities and support that we offer young people in Truro aged 10-19 each week. At Zebs young people have a safe space where they can take part in music, sport, art, cooking, and informal education, and are encouraged to be involved in decision-making and volunteering. We also offer one to one support, on mental health and wellbeing, and safeguarding, as well as referring young people to specialist organisations. The transfer highlights the support and voice given to young people in Truro from the City Council.” 

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Councillor Edwina Hannaford said: “Cornwall Council’s aim is to work with local partners and communities to create sustainable services that best meet local needs. Devolving property and services currently held by Cornwall Council gives local communities like Truro the opportunity to shape their areas, make the improvements that sometimes only local knowledge can provide and respond to the demand for local facilities, led by the communities they serve. Truro City Council’s approach to taking ownership of Zeb’s Youth Café is an excellent example of devolution in action.”

Truro City Councillor and Cornwall Council Divisional Member for Truro Boscawen, Bert Biscoe added: ”As the person who, with youth worker Val Stanley, first persuaded Carrick Council to lease Zebs to Young People Cornwall, I have witnessed the way in which the centre has supported and inspired many cohorts of young people ever since. I am delighted to see this important facility come back into the ownership of the community of Truro. I'm sure it’s the right thing to do, and I look forward to many other acts of devolution which will restore community facilities and community assets to our community.”

Cornwall Council is working alongside Truro City Council to explore other devolution opportunities where the ownership, management and maintenance of local buildings, land and services could be delivered locally. A package has been developed involving the transfer of assets to be managed locally including the Coosebean cycle way and Carrick Sports Hall.

Similar devolution projects are being developed which involves Cornwall Council’s Localism Team actively working with communities across Cornwall. For more information visit: www.cornwall.gov.uk/devolution

To find about the various youth work activity days around Truro during the summer contact Young People Cornwall on 01872 222447 or visit Zeb’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Zebs.Truro.

Posted 19 June 2018

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New food and drink carton recycling pilot launches in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 15:20

Residents can now take food and drink cartons and paper cups for recycling at seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in Cornwall thanks to a partnership between The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) and Cornwall Council.

In Cornwall an estimated 450 tonnes of beverage cartons are put out for waste collection each year. With the new bring banks available in HWRCs across Cornwall, residents are being urged to take their empty cartons and paper cups along with any waste or recycling that can't be collected by the Council's kerbside collection service.

The new bring banks are being supplied by The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), representing its members Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc.

Find out more about food and drink carton recycling

The service is a two-year pilot being funded by ACE UK. All cartons and paper cups collected at the recycling banks will be taken to ACE UK's specialist facility near Halifax.

Cornwall's Household Waste and Recycling Centres handle more than 80,000 tonnes of waste each year, of which more than half is sent for recycling, explained Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James.

"People have been asking about recycling food and beverage cartons for some time, so I'm pleased ACE UK are working with us to provide this service at seven of our HWRCs," she said. "Having bring banks based at our HWRCs will allow people to bring their cartons and paper cups with them when making a trip to their local centre.

"We know from surveys that residents want to be able to recycle more. While we can’t include this as part of our current kerbside collections we are asking the bidders for the 2020 kerbside collection contract to consider collecting additional materials, such as these cartons."

Mandy Kelly, Senior Recycling Manager, ACE UK said: “It’s great news that food and drink cartons and paper cup recycling has now come to Cornwall. From our conversations with the Council we know residents are keen to recycle cartons, so we are extremely pleased to install bring banks at these seven sites – and of course all cartons and cups collected will be recycled here in the UK.”

Residents are advised to wash and squash cartons and replace the caps before placing in the bring banks – and only paper coffee-type cups should be deposited in the banks, no other cups can be accepted.

Where can I take my cartons and paper cups for recycling?

HWRCs with recycling banks for beverage cartons and paper cups can be found at:

Connon Bridge, East Taphouse, Liskeard PL14 4NP

Falmouth, Cuvet Farm, near Mabe Burnthouse TR10 9DH

Helston, Gays Hill TR13 0QA

Launceston, Pennygillam Industrial Estate PL15 7PH

St Austell, Meaner Road PL25 3DG

St Erth, Treloweth Lane, TR27 6JP

United Mines, United Downs, St Day, Redruth TR16 5HY

Household Waste Recycling Centres are open every day between 9am and 4pm (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), enabling residents to recycle a variety of items for free including household appliances, mattresses, gas bottles and wood. For a small charge, residents can also take bonded asbestos, tyres, soil and rubble and plasterboard to the centre.

 

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Park and Ride’s celebrations are out of this world

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 12:26

Park And Ride

Having already carried passengers the equivalent distance of to the moon and back three times over, Truro’s Park and Ride celebrated its 10th birthday with two days of free travel and a ticket giveaway.

More than 8,000 free journeys were recorded as passengers celebrated the service’s anniversary.

A prize draw was held at both sites for the chance to win a free 60 day travel pass, which will entitle the winner to 60 days of non-consecutive unlimited travel on the service.

At Langarth, the prize was won by Tilly Stone, 4, of Redruth, while Noah Spoors, 10, was the winner of the draw held at Tregurra Park. Both winners are looking forward to enjoying their free trips with their families.

Since buses first began running between Langarth and the city centre in 2008, more than a million passengers have used Park for Truro, travelling a total of more than 1.7million miles.

A second service from Tregurra Park opened in 2015, giving more than 2,500 parking spaces available across the two locations.

Operated by Cornwall Council, the park and ride uses eco-friendly vehicles and is designed to ease congestion in the city by offering visitors and daily commuters a safe, frequent and cost-effective alternative to driving into and parking in the city centre.

Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Transport Geoff Brown said:  “The Park and Ride service has been a vital part of Truro for a decade and has helped thousands of people more easily access the city centre.

“When you think about the scale of passengers who have used the service over that time, the Council’s investment in this service has helped ease traffic congestion and reduce emissions by keeping cars off the road in the city centre.

“It’s heart-warming to see two young people picking up the free passes – it reflects the fact that our park and ride buses are there for everyone to use.”

Those people not lucky enough to win a free 60 day pass could consider purchasing one of our great value multi-day passes:

  • 5 day passes cost only £8.40 (that’s £1.68 a day)
  • 20 day Passes cost only £30.00 (that’s £1.50 a Day)
  • 60 day Passes cost only £68.00 (that’s £1.13 a day)

Passengers are now welcome to bring their dogs onto the buses as part of a three month trial scheme.

 

Story posted 09 August 2018

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Council consults on how money from developers should be used

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 12:24

Cornwall Council is asking for views on how money raised from a new levy on commercial development should be used to pay for the facilities needed to help communities across Cornwall.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which will apply to planning applications that are approved from 1 January 2019, will raise over one million pounds a year from new housing and commercial developments to fund local infrastructure projects to help communities across Cornwall.

A ‘local share’ of the levy – between 15% and 25% - will be given to town or parish councils where the development happens so that the local council can use it in a way that best serves the needs of their local communities.  How the remaining amount is spent is still to be decided so the Council is asking town and parish council’s, developers and residents for their views.

The Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy, Bob Egerton, said: “This levy on new developments will sit alongside existing contributions that developers are required to make, and help to deliver infrastructure where it is most needed, which is not always in the immediate area of the development.

“The remainder of the money raised will be allocated to support projects across Cornwall and that’s why we are launching this consultation so that anyone but particularly town and parish councils, can give us their thoughts on the most appropriate method for deciding which projects should be supported with CIL monies. Consultation responses will be taken into consideration in a report to Cabinet later in the year which will make recommendations on how this should be done.”

The consultation is live on the Council’s website and will run until 23 September 2018.

 

Story posted 09 August 2018

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Public views needed as adult social care reaches breaking point

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 15:06

Cornwall Council is encouraging all residents and community groups to take part in a major national consultation by the Local Government Association (LGA) into how to pay for adult social care and support for older people, working age adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers.

The LGA estimates that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

Years of significant underfunding of councils, alongside rising demand and costs for care and support has pushed adult social care services to breaking point.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for adults said: “With a growing number of adults relying on some form of social care in Cornwall, we are already looking at how we can make changes to the way that people receive care and support in Cornwall. This national debate is important for us all and we encourage everyone to take part in this survey so that your voice can be heard.  

“We need to take action now to make sure that we all receive the care and support that we might need in the future. There are a number of options discussed around how we can fund future care and support and we encourage you to consider carefully which option would work best.“

The LGA’s eight-week consultation is open to all members of the public – regardless of whether they are directly affected by or receive adult social care and support – and community groups. The findings will be used to help influence the Government’s own green paper and its spending plans.

Take part in the LGA's 'Future of Adult Social Care' consultation 

Cllr Izzi Seccombe Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Finding a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.

“Our green paper is the start of a nationwide public debate about the future of care for all adults and we encourage as many people and organisations to have their say on how we pay for it and the responsibilities of national government, local councils, citizens, families and communities.”

The LGA's consultation closes on Wednesday 26 September.

Possible solutions to paying for adult social care in the long-term outlined in the consultation include: 

  • Increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages – a 1p rise on the basic rate could raise £4.4 billion in 2024/25
  • Increasing national insurance – a 1p rise could raise £10.4 billion in 2024/25
  • A Social Care Premium - this would be a contribution, such as an addition to National Insurance or another mechanism, paid by employers and people over 40, including over 65s. If it was assumed everyone over 40 was able to pay the same amount (not the case under National Insurance), raising £1 billion would mean a cost of £33.40 for each person aged 40+ in 2024/25. This is a purely illustrative figure and would not be the cost to individuals if the premium was attached to National Insurance given that a person’s employment status and/or how much they earn determines the amount they contribute to National Insurance.
  • Means testing universal benefits, such as winter fuel allowance and free TV licences, could raise £1.9 billion in 2024/25
  • Allowing councils to increase council tax – a 1 per cent rise would generate £285 million in 2024/25
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Heatwave brings out scam gardeners

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 13:52

Cornwall’s hot sunny weather this summer has sparked an increase in doorstep scams involving garden or outside maintenance.

Now Cornwall Council Trading Standards are urging residents to be vigilant after a surge in reported incidents over the past two weeks, especially at park home sites.

Different scams have featured gardening and tree surgery work targeted for unnecessary and over-priced repairs.

In one recent case, the cold caller started work clearing grass clippings before getting any agreement from the home owner to do it. When refused payment for the work they started to rummage around in a workshop, attempting to take tools and other items as payment.

In another case, cold callers have undertaken work to replace support jacks underneath park home properties, preying on resident’s fears about the condition of supports underneath their homes. Although some work was carried out, it appears to have been massively over-priced and unnecessary.

In the past couple of weeks there have been nine separate reported complaints from residents in Redruth, Bodmin, Helston, St Austell, and St Columb.

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team works in partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police to investigate these issues, and where possible, bring offenders before the courts.

In order to help communities avoid the rogues, the team operates the ‘Trading Standards approved’ Buy With Confidence Scheme; offering a directory of tradespeople who have been vetted by our Service to ensure that they are reputable and trustworthy businesses 

Sue James, Cabinet Portfolio holder for public protection said: “Doorstep scams take place when someone comes to your door with the aim of scamming you out of your money or trying to gain access to your property.

“Scams can happen at any time of the year, but we have noticed an increase in scams relating to home and garden maintenance, possibly linked to the beautiful weather we are experiencing and people wanting to spend time outdoors.

“While the majority of tradespeople and officials are legitimate it’s wise to be on your guard when you answer your door. Doorstep scammers can be persuasive or pushy but also polite or friendly, and it can be easy to fall victim. It’s especially important to be vigilant and aware if you live on your own.

“Many of the recent reports we’ve received have been opportunistic – they’ve seen someone out working in the garden and have been pushy in getting them agree to pay for services.

“The criminals generally focus on the elderly and vulnerable, and are very good at spotting their targets. We all need to be vigilant, and look out for our friends and neighbours. Just because someone presents a business card with some local telephone numbers on it, does not mean it’s a genuine business.”

Residents are asked to report concerns to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06; alternatively, If you see a suspected rogue trader actively working on a property in your area, please report to the police on 101.

 

Story posted 06 August 2018

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Council urges people to take extra precautions as hot weather returns

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 17:00

With temperature set to rise this weekend Cornwall Council urges people to keep an eye on more elderly and very young family members, friends and neighbours.

Public Health Consultant Denis Cronin said while beating the heat is common sense, older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children can really suffer.

“To vulnerable people, the summer heat can bring real health risks, which is why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

Hot weather tips include:

  • Keep a close eye on older people, young children and those with diseases such as heart and lung conditions – their bodies can struggle to cope in the heat and are at greatest risk.
  • Keeping homes as cool as possible will help and offer some respite – close curtains on windows that receive the sun, open windows when it’s cooler outside than in (when it’s safe to do so) and turn off any unnecessary electrical items. Remember it’s sometimes cooler sitting in a park under a tree than it is in a home that’s too hot.
  • Check weather forecasts, including UV forecasts, and when travelling always carry water.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!

A call is also made to people to think twice before leaving their children and pets in vehicles.

“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

“Pets, children and the elderly are less able to cope with high temperatures and may not recognise the signs of dehydration, so safer to take them with you. Even if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, it’s still a very dangerous situation,” Mr Cronin said.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a person or animal locked in a car, call 999 for the emergency services.

For further information on health advice in hot weather please visit the NHS Choices website https://www.nhs.uk

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Cornwall’s new fire boat now in operation

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:12

Cornwall’s new fireboat is now in full operation with the mission of keeping people safe in the water.

The Skath An Tanlu, a name chosen by the public meaning fire boat in Cornish, was unveiled during a ceremony held at Custom House Quay, Falmouth.

Powered by twin Suzuki 140 bhp engines, the vessel will reach speeds of 37 knots and can carry a crew of six firefighters and two coxswains. It will provide a fire and rescue response to more than 100 houseboats in and around the Falmouth, Penryn and Helford River areas, and it will be available to transfer personnel and equipment during emergency maritime operations.

The Skath An Tanlu will also provide fire and safety cover during busy regattas in the Falmouth area, and it can be called upon by other agencies for use during high profile events anywhere in Cornwall throughout the summer months.

Cornwall Council cabinet member Sue James, who oversees Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service as part of her Environment and Public Protection portfolio, said:

“The Skath An Tanlu will provide our firefighters with the equipment they need to keep residents of Cornwall and visitors safe in an extremely popular maritime area.

“It was back in 1999 that Cornwall took delivery of its first fireboat after a growing maritime risk in the Falmouth area was identified. This was in part due to it becoming a popular choice as venue for large regattas involving hundreds of vessels.

“Fast forward almost two decades and that original fire boat the Transco Phoenix was coming to the end of its operation life. It gave us the opportunity to specially design a replacement which has been tailored to allow its crew to carry out their duties safely and effectively for many years to come.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt said: “We are delighted with the completion and delivery of Skath an Tanlu which replaces Transco Phoenix which served for 18 years. This resource provides an ongoing opportunity to ensure the safety of residents that live aboard vessels through the ability to provide home fire safety checks, as well as a mode of transport for responding to marine related fires should we be required. 

“Linking our resources to risk remains a key priority for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and our new fire boat will enable operational crews to provide fire cover along our coastline. Our partnership working will ensure this valuable resource can also be utilised by other agencies at major events in harbour towns across Cornwall. 

“I am grateful to Cornwall Council for the capital investment which ensures front line operational fire and rescue crews have the appropriate vehicles, tools and personal protective equipment to deploy to emergencies.”

The Skath An Tanlu is berthed at Falmouth Haven pontoons in the town’s harbour, ready to respond to water-based emergencies.

Fact box

  • Powered by twin 140 bhp engines
  • Top speed 37 knots, cruising speed 30 knots
  • Carries a crew of up to six firefighters and two coxswains
  • 8.5m long and 3m wide, providing an excellent and safe working platform
  • Carries a high-powered Godiva Powerflow pump

Story posted 2 August.

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Dogs can Park and Ride in Truro from 03 July

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Having listened to the views of Cornwall’s residents, dog lovers and numerous visitors, from Tuesday 03 July, Cornwall Council is starting a three month trial welcoming pet dogs to accompany their owners onto the Park and Ride at Tregurra Park and Langarth, when they visit the historic city of Truro.

The three month trial will allow all dog owners to make full use of the Park and Ride facilities which operates between Tregurra Road and Langarth at Threemilestone, offering convenient parking and a fast, regular shuttle service into Truro city centre by bus.

Guide dogs have always been allowed to accompany their owners on the buses since the Park and Ride first opened in 2008. This is the first time owners of pet dogs will also be allowed to take their dog aboard.

It is hoped that the trial, if successful, will become permanent, bringing the Park and Ride into line with the majority of bus and rail services across Cornwall in allowing dogs to travel with their owners. The aim is to attract people who would previously have been discouraged from using the service.

The Park and Ride service  has carried more than 5 million passengers in the last five years, taking more than 550 vehicles off the roads around central Truro each day. By widening the service out to those who want to take public transport when they travel with their dog, we can encourage even more people to use the service, helping to cut congestion on the roads in and around the city centre. 

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for Transport, Geoff Brown said:

“I am delighted that this trial is going ahead, and if successful will mean that dog owners will be able to choose yet another public transport option when they visit Truro. The rules about pets travelling on public transport are basically down to each transport operator, which means it can be confusing and inconvenient for those travelling with their dogs if one operator allows dogs and another doesn’t. Dogs are currently welcome on the majority of bus, rail and ferry services across Cornwall, so it makes sense to see whether we can standardise the rules and encourage more people cut congestion and avoid those queues by choosing to take the Park and Ride.

“We will monitor this trial closely and listen to feedback from those who use the service regularly, residents and visitors before we make a decision. Success will depend on everyone taking a sensible approach, owners keeping animals on a lead and under control, making sure any litter is disposed of, passengers being sensible about how they approach dogs they aren’t familiar with and making sure children are aware of how to behave around dogs on transport.”  

Posted 2 July

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Call for advanced manufacturing businesses to locate to purpose-built space in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Up to 75 new jobs in Cornwall’s advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors could be created near St Austell over the next five years at the Esam Exterior 2Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing (ESAM) which opens its doors this week.

The newly completed £8.9 million flagship development, led by Cornwall Council is now open for business and will encourage the establishment and growth of advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses within the key growth sectors identified in the Industrial Strategy.

Built on redundant china clay land donated by Imerys and Eco-Bos, the new two storey building contains 32 business units, providing up to 2300m2 of flexible workspace capable of being let as individual or combinations of multiple units and tailored to suit the needs of both start-up businesses and established firms. The accommodation provides a mix of offices, workshops and industrial units, ranging in size from 30 to 94m2.

The team behind the project is now calling on businesses who believe they would benefit from the type of productive and collaborative modern workspace that ESAM will provide to come forward.

The Cornwall Council led project was designed by architects Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole and built by Kier Construction Ltd with Ward Williams Associates acting as Project Managers.  It was funded by a £6.2 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment, matched by £2.7 million funding from Cornwall Council.

The site used to house settlement tanks for the china clay industry. The new development will form part of the proposed West Carclaze Garden Village, a major new mixed-use community comprising new homes, school, shops, health and community facilities and other public amenities. The site is set to benefit from an £79 million Government investment in the construction of a new road link between St Austell and the A30, which was confirmed in the Chancellor’s November 2017 Budget Statement.

ESAM will encourage the establishment and growth of advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses within the key growth sectors identified in the Industrial Strategy and the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s ’10 Opportunities’ investment prospectus. 

Cllr Bob Egerton as Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy, said: “ESAM is situated in an area steeped in Cornwall’s industrial history that is now undergoing significant positive transformation and change.  ESAM represents a major milestone in redeveloping West Carclaze by providing employment opportunities as part of a new Garden Village. 

“The West Carclaze redevelopment demonstrates what can be achieved through a long term commitment to a strategic vision and a coordinated intervention by Cornwall Council involving the transport, planning, housing and economic growth services, working closely with the private sector. The quality of the new built environment and the spectacular landscape will inspire new businesses and support growth in Cornwall’s innovative high technology sectors, which in turn will support the people and prosperity of Cornwall. May I sincerely thank all those who have worked tirelessly to make this project become a reality and I look forward to the next historic milestone for that area”

Mike King, managing director of Cornwall Development Company, said: “The ESAM building has been designed and built with productivity in mind, offering flexible spaces that can be tailored to the needs of individual businesses.  ESAM will increase the productivity of Cornwall’s advanced manufacturing, low carbon and environmental goods & services businesses, create skilled jobs, support new technology and  enable people and businesses to fulfil their growth potential.”

John Hodkin, speaking on behalf of Imerys and Eco-Bos, said: “ESAM is an important part of the wider aspirations for the West Carclaze Garden village, providing high-quality work space and contributing to the significant employment, social and economic benefits which the regeneration of former china clay land will bring.

“We were delighted to be able to donate the land required for ESAM and to see the project come to fruition. It is an important step towards the creation of a sustainable new community here and another example of how West Carclaze has been a catalyst for investment which will reinvigorate mid-Cornwall.”

Enquiries for the fully-serviced units are being handled by commercial agents Vickery Holman. Will Oldrieve, Senior Surveyor, said: “There is increasing demand for high quality manufacturing business spaces in Cornwall.  We are Esam Exterior Duskparticularly impressed with the quality of build and finish and the flexibility of the accommodation that will be provided. We believe ESAM will fill an important gap in the current market and prove to be a key catalyst for new high technology businesses to grow and succeed in the St Austell and surrounding areas.”

To enquire about letting a unit or hiring a meeting room, please visit www.esamcornwall.co.uk or contact Vickery Holman, 01872 245600, woldrieve@vickeryholman.com

The official opening event will take place in september 2018.

Posted 26 July

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Cornwall Blue Light Day set to welcome more than 750 people with a learning disability and/or autism

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

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On Wednesday 4 July around 750 adults with a learning disability and/or autism will be meeting the people and machines of the emergency services at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day.

The event, which is being held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, runs from 10am until 2.30pm and is free to attend.

Now in its 11th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Highlights of the day will include the attendance of the Cornwall Air Ambulance at midday (subject to operational availability on the day) and demonstrations from the emergency services.

Staff from the police, ambulance, fire, coastguard, mountain rescue and more, together with a selection of their vehicles and equipment, will be there throughout the day as well as fire mascot Blaze Bear and his police counterpart Bravo.

Blue Light Day is organised by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism, Cornwall Council and, this year, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Its success has inspired Blue Light Days in Exeter and Plymouth.

Around fifty organisations which provide healthcare and support services for people with a learning disability and/or autism will be on hand to give information and advice. There will also be a range of performances and activities on the indoor stage.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said: “Having attended last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend. It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

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Community Chest grants take centre stage at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Polzeath Refill Station WebLocal community groups came together at the recent Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network meeting to celebrate Community Chest grants awarded over the past year.

Each Cornwall Councillor has a grant fund of £2,000 to help projects run by voluntary and community groups in their area.  Grants range from £100 to £1,000 and can be used for groups and activities to support children, young people, older people, community facilities, local environment projects and community safety projects.

Last year in the Wadebridge and Padstow area, 23 Cornwall Councillor Community Chest grants were made to projects including a community prescription delivery service, surf life saving skills for children, a folk festival, sports projects, Christmas lights and more.  Some of the groups that received grants came to the community network meeting to share their stories of how the funds are benefiting their areas.

Tina Robinson from Polzeath Marine Conservation Group said: “Polzeath Marine Conservation Group have worked hard for the last 18 months to install the first drinking water refill point on our beach. We received funds from Postcode Local Trust and Sea Changers, these funds were invaluable. However, once Carol Mould got involved and we received a grant from Cornwall Council's Community Chest then the support from local groups was tremendous, with one local charity even contacting us offering us funds. This grant made all the difference by attracting local support. With all the funds we were able to complete our project and indeed enabled the Group to expand the project and install another refill station in nearby Rock. This is in progress at the present time.”

St Tudy Playing Field Trust Fundraiser Sue Handford said: “The Community Chest grant awarded last year enabled us to pay for a quantity surveyors report. This report provided a complete cost breakdown of a visionary community sport hub for St Tudy and our surrounding area. We have been able to use this information to prepare tenders and to start to apply for funding. Now we finally have planning permission we can really get going on this £750k project.  This grant really emphasises the commitment of our Councillor, Stephen Rushworth, and the Council to support our community even in the days of tight financial constraints.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “Local community groups can accomplish great things, and it was inspiring to hear about the projects the different groups are involved with.  Often a Community Chest grant can make all the difference in getting a project off the ground or attracting match funding from other sources.  It’s surprising how a little bit of money and extra awareness can kick start a great project.  Community groups that are interested in applying for a grant should contact their local Cornwall councillor.”

Story posted 3 July 2018

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Council offers loans to help Community Land Trusts build much needed affordable housing

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Dens Meadow Blunts Resized

This Rural Housing Week, Cornwall Council is encouraging Community Land Trusts to apply to its £4 million Revolving Loan Fund to help build new affordable housing for local people.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “With the delivery of 1,000 homes a priority for the Council, working with partners to help build them is key, especially where it is a community led scheme. Community Land Trusts are important as they can deliver affordable homes in smaller rural communities where there is often acute need, but where larger housing providers may be reluctant to invest.  

CLT’s are able to identify sites, unlock land and obtain local support. The Council can provide CLTs with short-term development finance at a preferential lending rate which will be an enormous help to unlocking this potential.”

The £4 million fund is open for bids from CLTs for loans of up to £1.5 million per scheme. This can be through their own schemes or working in partnership with other providers. The money will be recycled as loans are repaid, and the fund is expected to run for 7 years until 2021/22. Loans can support the development of all types of affordable housing including shared ownership, shared equity, affordable rent, intermediate rent and intermediate sale. Cross subsidy schemes incorporating an element of open market housing may also be considered.

The Fund offers

  • Loans for the development and construction of new affordable housing. Eligible costs can include purchase of land, buildings, construction and conversion of a building.
  • Loans of between £75,000 and £1.5 million per scheme for terms of up to 18 months.
  • Loans are to be repaid within 12 months of completion of the scheme.
  • Interest will be charged at Cornwall Council’s standard loan rate (currently 4.5%)

Between 2009 and 2014 the first CLT Loan Fund lent out £3.14m which enabled 35 new affordable homes to be built.

In 2014, Land’s End Peninsula CLT used a £879,000 loan from the CLT Revolving Loan Fund to build 8 much-needed affordable homes at Croft Mear in Pendeen. Three homes were sold to local people at discounted rates, and the remaining 5 are providing affordable rented homes in the village.

Cllr. Sue James, chair of the Land’s End Peninsula CLT, remembers how satisfying it was to see the homes occupied by local families just in time for Christmas:  “It was a long haul to bring this project to fruition and the loan from Cornwall Council helped us to build 8 affordable homes in Pendeen that are protected in perpetuity and available to local people for generations to come.”

If you would like more information on the CLT Revolving Loan Fund, or to discuss a proposal please contact the Rural Housing on  01872 326353 or email affordablehousing@cornwall.gov.uk

 

Story posted 03 July 2018 

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Community group acquires renewable energy company to ensure money and benefits remain in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Cornwall’s first community owned energy co-operative Community Power Cornwall Limited has acquired a wholly owned subsidiary called West Country Renewables Limited for approximately £1.34m. This is the first time a Cornish community energy society has bought an existing company and is a significant step for community ownership of energy generation in Cornwall.

Assets being transferred from private to community ownership is becoming more of a viable and practiced method for community energy organisation across the UK looking to grow and ensure the benefits of this infrastructure are kept local.

The sale brings five solar arrays located at Mount Hawke Skate Park, St Agnes Railway Yard, St Agnes Presingoll Farm and Scarne Industrial Estate, and three wind turbines which are scattered across the rest of the South West into community ownership.

Using conservative estimates, it is thought that by bringing West Country Renewables into local community ownership, around £2.5m will be retained in the Cornish economy before any multiplier effect.

The acquisition was funded by a loan of £1.43m from a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) called The Low Carbon Society Limited which makes loans to Community Enterprises to support projects with positive social and environmental outcomes. TLC Society has a loan facility with Cornwall Council which funded £1.27m of this acquisition.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet Porfolio holder for Planning and the Economy said: “Community energy is an important part of the devolution deal we have with government and I’m very pleased that the support provided by Cornwall Council with its £2.5 million loan fund for community-run renewable energy projects has played a part in this achievement. I would like to congratulate everybody, many of whom are volunteers, for making this initiative such a success and I look forward to seeing how it develops in the future.”

Emma Bridge of Community Energy England said: “The acquisition of West Country Renewables (WCR) by Community Power Cornwall (CPC) demonstrates how communities are innovatively evolving business models to acquire existing private assets thereby increasing the community value of generation projects. We applaud the hard work undertaken by Community Power Cornwall and the support given by Cornwall Council and hope this can inspire other communities and local authorities to do similar across the UK.”

Clayton Elliott of Community Power Cornwall said: “It is great to have kept WCR in local community ownership as it would have been a great shame if the money flows that WCR derives from Cornish natural resources had been lost from the local economy. It is also a step change for CPC which started with one site in 2011 and now manages 24 installations and about a megawatt of installed capacity all held in common ownership.”

Paul Martin of The Low Carbon Society said: “We are really pleased to have lent Community Power Cornwall the money to buy West Country Renewables and very grateful for the credit facility extended by Cornwall Council that allows us to support community ownership of energy assets. We made our first loan in 2010 and since then we have lent over £3m and have borrowed £2.66m from Cornwall Council. Each and every pound borrowed repays the loan principle and pays interest on top. What is most exciting is that each loan creates social and environmental benefits for the people of Cornwall. The projects we have funded have saved money for local schools and local charities, provided funding for affordable housing, bought a defibrillator for a village, paid for low cost LED lighting and Christmas lighting, contributed to keeping public toilets open and have paid for a new roof on a village hall to name but a few. These loans have funded 1.6 megawatts of installed capacity and have helped keep millions of pounds in the Cornish economy.”

Neil Farrington, of Community Power Cornwall said: "We’re thrilled West Country Renewables is now community-owned. It shows the power of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make their communities and local businesses stronger.

“Not only are we generating home-grown clean energy, we’re keeping it in Cornwall and we’re maximising the value of projects by employing local people. This community ownership is happening thanks to the dedication and determination of a few individuals. I would encourage everyone to join this quiet revolution, get involved in your local group, become a supporter or volunteer, because this is a story of true local empowerment with green community projects run by the community, for the community.”

Posted on 03 July 2018

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Cornwall Council and Cornwall Marine Network call on the UK Government to continue to co-operate with Pan-European funding programmes

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Cornwall Council is calling on the UK Government to ensure that the UK continues to access Pan-European funding programmes that are open to non-member states, so that Cornwall’s businesses and communities continue to benefit from the skills, expertise and co-operation across a number of sectors and grow the local economy.

The Council says that continued access to funding will contribute to Cornwall’s post Brexit plan for the local economy and also help showcase Cornwall’s skills base and expertise to new contacts in other regions, leading to fresh opportunities.

Supporting more than 50 projects since 2000, the funds have brought over £7 million into the economy of Cornwall. The lasting social and economic impact of these activities is significant.

Among the many groups who have already benefitted are:

  • a network of 200 female entrepreneurs, on each side of the Channel, and supported them to develop their skills, start their own business and begin exporting.
  • Cross Channel Film Labs, who have developed links between screenwriting, visual effects and 3D innovators in Cornwall and Finistère, in a bid to produce a new generation of ambitious and technically innovative film projects; and
  • more than 16,000 young people have taken part in exchange vocational work experiences and marine careers advice across a number of EU countries.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the opportunity to continue participating in cooperation programmes with EU partners can be agreed as part of the UK’s Brexit deal.

These programmes are open to non-member states, and there are different ways to participate. For example, Norway currently contributes to the INTERREG programme, allowing Norwegian organisations to take part in joint projects. At a meeting of interested regions and stakeholders from the UK and France, Cornwall Council called on the UK Government to work to make this part of the deal.

The Council also cited maintaining the unique partnership with the Conseil Departemental du Finistère which has been built up over almost 30 years to share experience and expertise and build a deep cultural understanding between the two regions as crucial to Cornwall’s post-Brexit plans.

 Cllr Bob Egerton, Economy and Planning Portfolio Holder said:

“Cornwall is open for business. We are an outward looking region and are proud of our longstanding partnerships across the channel. For almost 30 years, we have worked successfully with Finistère. We look to the UK government to enable regional cooperation that is vital for the prosperity of regions like Cornwall and Finistère.”

Paul Wickes MBE, CEO of Cornwall Marine Network said:

“Transnational cooperation programmes have proven to be very valuable to businesses and young people in the marine sector. Since 2005, CMN has worked in partnership collaboration with 8 marine organisations in Brittany (as well as 66 across the EU) to jointly engage more than 16,000 young people in exchange vocational work experiences and marine careers advice.

“Additionally, Marine Engineering Apprentices from Cornwall have gained technical and cultural added-value during work placements with marine businesses in Finistere, and we have recently researched and identified the emerging skills needs of the offshore renewable energy sector.

“Currently CMN is supporting the capacity building of a Finistere agency to engage SMEs in Apprenticeships, many for the first time.

Working together we have better prepared young people for marine careers, created new jobs and Apprenticeships, so access to transnational programmes post Brexit (particularly, Interreg, Erasmus, H2020 and CoSME)  is key to building on the excellent success we have shared so far.”

posted 03 July 2018

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Full Council will meet on 10 July to consider homes, parking and proposed new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Homes, parking, infrastructure and electoral divisions are on the agenda for the next full Council meeting to be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 10 July 2018.

Matters up for discussion include the purchase of a development site at Langarth Farm in Truro so the Council can take a lead in its development, long term plans for the future of parking in Cornwall, and a levy on commercial development to raise funds for community infrastructure.

The agenda includes a Cabinet recommendation that the Council purchases land at Langarth Farm to bring forward the development of a high quality housing scheme of 154 homes and set the tone for further development of the area.  If the proposal goes ahead, the Council will seek to amend the planning permission already in place to significantly improve the development, which would be led by the Council and would be made up of a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing and also housing owned by the Council and rented at market rents.

Councillors will also consider a proposal to add to the capital programme to upgrade technology so that car park users can pay on exit allowing people to spend more time in town centres.  Improving the technology in the busiest car parks would free up enforcement officers to tackle on-street parking issues too. 

Along with Langarth Farm and parking, the Council is considering introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that will apply to planning applications approved from 1 January 2019.  The Levy would raise funds from new housing and commercial developments and would be spent on a wide range of infrastructure projects to help communities address the impact of development in Cornwall.  Developers will get certainty up front about the charges they will have to contribute to infrastructure and facilities to support the growth of communities.

Members will also be considering an interim report from the Electoral Review Panel on the Council’s response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) draft proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall.

Members of the public are welcome to attend full Council meetings in person at New County Hall or can watch the meeting via a live webcast.

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

 

Story posted 03 July 2018

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Public Meeting to be held at St Johns Hall, Penzance to hear views on heliport planning application

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

A public meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday 23 July 2018 at St Johns Hall, Penzance, TR18 2QW to give the public the opportunity to give their views on a planning application for a heliport in Penzance.

Members of the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee will be there to hear what people think about the proposed heliport.

No decision will be taken at the Public Meeting. A decision will be made on the planning application at the Strategic Planning Committee’s meeting to be held on 02 August 2018.

Find full details of the application by searching PA16/09346 on the online planning register.

Story posted 04 July 2018 

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Two events to be held for residents to get involved in the final shaping of new electoral divisions in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

Cornwall Council is holding two events so that residents can talk to us about  the electoral review of Cornwall Council and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s proposed division boundaries from 2021. 

The two events are from 6pm to 8pm on

  • 10 July 2018   Judge's Dining Room, Shire House, Bodmin Town Council 
  • 13 July 2018   Council Chamber, New County Hall, Truro 

The Chairman of the Council’s cross party Electoral Review Panel Cllr Malcolm Brown said:  “I urge people to come along to these public events.  We want to make sure that the Council’s response to the LGBCE consultation on the new boundaries reflects what our residents tell us.

We will be evaluating the feedback and using the comments made by the public, local groups and parish and town councils to shape our submission to the LGBCE consultation.”

At the two events, we’ll be asking

  • What you think good boundaries would be?
  • How community identity can be reflected best

The LGBCE public consultation runs until 17 September 2018, following which the Commission intends to publish final recommendations for Cornwall Council in December 2018.

You can also let the Council know what you think by sending in your comments so that it can take account of them when it formulates its response to LGBCE. 

Please send in your thoughts by emailing electoralreview2018@cornwall.gov.uk

Residents and organisations can make their own submission to the LGBCE by contacting them direct via the LGBCE website

 

Story posted 04 July 2018 

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Bodmin Community Network Panel to discuss Community Network Highways Scheme and tourism promotion

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:48

People in the Bodmin area can find out more about the Community Network Highways Scheme and tourism promotion at the Bodmin Community Network Panel meeting on Wednesday 18 July at 7pm. 

The meeting takes place in Room 2, Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Park, Bodmin PL31 2FR.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Bodmin Community Network page. 

Community Link Officer Sarah Sims and Highway and Environment Manager Rachael Tatlow will give a presentation on the Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local transport schemes.  Community network panels are now able to review and prioritise local schemes and have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

Wendy Wright from Bodmin Town Council will be on hand with an update on the tourism promotion project that was funded by the panel’s share of the Local Devolution Fund.

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

Lanivet Parish Councillor Jane Dent, Chair of Bodmin Community Network Panel, said: “Join us for the Bodmin Community Network Panel and catch up on the projects and issues in and around the town.  There will be updates from Cornwall, town and parish councillors on local matters, time for public questions, and the latest news from our police and health partners.  Everyone is welcome to attend.”

Bodmin 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 Bodmin Community Network focuses on include health and wellbeing, local policing, superfast broadband, communication, and planning and infrastructure. 

Bodmin Community Network Panel includes all four Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the seven parishes in the community network: Blisland, Bodmin, Cardinham, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanivet and Withiel.

Story posted 4 July 2018

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