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Work starts to improve parking in seven towns

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 17:02

Following Cornwall Council’s town parking review last year work has started to help improve parking in seven towns, reflecting feedback from residents.

Changes will include a reduced evening permit price, the introduction of yellow lines and new residents’ parking schemes.

A broad parking review completed last year has shaped the Council proposing different schemes to best meet the needs of each town.

Since April the Council has been working to finalise the designs for each of the towns.

The first phase of the works, which includes further statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations, will include:

  • yellow lines and new waiting restrictions in Penzance, Newquay, Bude, Falmouth and Penryn
  • the first residents’ parking scheme in Penryn
  • residents parking schemes are also proposed for St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge, but are still awaiting confirmation of capital funding before the works can be commissioned.

One of the issues identified through the parking review was a lack of on-street overnight space in some of the towns. To help alleviate this the Council plans to reduce the evening parking permit price, in long stay car parks where evening charges apply, from £150 to £50. More details will be available soon.

More information about the parking schemes and programme of work is available on the Council’s website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingreview

The parking plans and information about how people can comment on them are available on the Council’s roads and traffic consultation website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/TrafficConsult

Story posted 17 August 2017

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Council congratulates young people on A level results

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 13:47

It’s an important day for thousands of young people in Cornwall as they receive their A level exam results, with many options open to young people in the Duchy.

While it is too early to know results across Cornwall, many young people will now be considering whether to continue their education, undertake training or enter the workforce.

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to every student on their hard work and commitment. I have no doubt this has been a challenging time and it will be a big relief to know the outcome today.

Whether you now continue in education or are taking those next steps in to work, this is an exciting time and I’d like to wish everyone all the very best.  I also want to pay tribute to teachers at all the schools and colleges, and parents and carers who have all supported our young people achieve their maximum potential.”

Jane Black, the Council’s Service Director for Education said there were many pathways open to young people when they knew their results.

“Some students will be taking up the opportunity to go to university but that may not be the right option for everyone. More young people are now choosing apprenticeships where they can learn in the workplace, get formal off-the-job training and a structured programme that takes them through the skills they need to do a job well.”

“Traineeships are also available to provide young people with the necessary skills and experience to access apprenticeships and wider employment opportunities.”

Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Strategic Director for Children, Families and Adults said: “A good education and entering the workforce are fundamental foundations for young people, which is why we aim to ensure all our young people are supported to achieve their very best. A key element of this is our Cornwall Education Strategy which aims to drive up standards so that Cornwall’s performance is improved.”

Cornwall Council has apprenticeship vacancies available across a range of departments where you can gain technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills.  You can find out more about the apprenticeships available. 

Young people who are unsure what to do next, can contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900, via web chat, email or by searching online for the National Careers Service. The service offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.

We will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week.  

Story posted 17 August 2017 

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Junction improvements on A30 in St Erth

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 11:42

Works to improve the existing Station Approach junction on the A30 trunk road at St Erth are due to begin in September. The works form part of the larger St Erth Multi-Modal Hub project which will connect the Cornwall rail mainline, A30 trunk road, St. Ives rail park and ride service and the Cornwall bus network to offer more travel choices for local residents and visitors, as well as reduce reliance on private car transport.

Works on the junction will include the installation of traffic lights and a signal controlled pedestrian crossing. During the works two-way traffic will be maintained at all times during the daytime with single lane traffic planned for limited periods during night time hours only.

To ensure the safety of road users and workers, the speed limit will be reduced to 30mph during these works. Given the changes to the road layout when the junction is complete, Highways England has asked that a permanent 30mph limit is applied to this stretch of road. Highways England will undertake a public consultation on the speed limit before the works are finished.

Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited (WBCEL) have been contracted by Cornwall Council to deliver the St Erth Multi-Modal Hub project.

Works will include the amendments to the existing junction on the A30 trunk road as well as a pedestrian ramp from the south car park to platform level and improvements to the railway station forecourt.

More than 500 car parking spaces will be created – 440 to the south of the Multi-Modal Hub and 100 spaces to the north. The new parking facilities will include ticket vending facilities, CCTV, cycle storage facilities and electric car charging facilities. There will also be drop off/pick up areas and bus facilities located outside the hub to provide easy access to the Multi-Modal Hub.

Councillor Brown, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “I’m really pleased that works will begin in September on the St Erth Multi-Modal project. This project will support our residents to commute into and out of West Cornwall to access jobs and to be able to enjoy the fantastic environment.

"It also has the added bonus of enhancing the transport offer to the tourists we welcome each year which should reduce congestion on the roads.”

Councillor Pascoe, Cornwall Councillor for Gwinear-Gwithian and St Erth, said: “Owing to the New Multi-Modal Hub at St Erth station, there is a urgent need to improve the main A30 from the roundabout to the station. This will be an inconvenience for some time, but in the long term it will be a massive improvement.”

More information about the project can be found on the St Erth Multi-Modal webpage.

Story posted 16 August 2017.

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Hayle and St Ives residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 11:42

With less than a week remaining, households in the Hayle and St Ives area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Cornwall Councillor Lionel Pascoe, Chair of the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel, said: “We will be using what our residents in the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel area, tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 16 August 2017.

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Bodmin residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 17:23

With less than a week remaining, households in the Bodmin area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Leigh Frost, Vice-chair of Bodmin Community Network Panel and Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin St Petroc, says: “With Bodmin set to become Cornwall's first 'cycle town', we are seeing massive levels of investment and growth into our area. We are really interested to know what people who live in the Bodmin area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from the Bodmin area have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residents in the Bodmin area tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 15 August 2017

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Creative workshops in Truro and Redruth inspired by our archives

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 15:36

Local residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Cornwall’s rich history through hands-on creative workshops inspired by our rich archive collections held by the Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service.

The service is running a series of ArTchive events: creative workshops inspired by archive collections with two ‘ArTchive’ workshops now open for booking in Redruth and Truro.

The workshops, which are led by local artists, are inspired by Cornwall’s archive collections, and previous workshops have focused on posters, maps, books, photography and stories from the archives.

On Monday 21 August at Cornwall Record Office in Truro, artist Vicki Aimers will lead ‘Amazines!’, a zine-making workshop using leaflets, adverts and ephemera as inspiration. There will also be the opportunity for a zine swap afterwards.

On Thursday 31 August, at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth, Dandy/Beano cartoonist Nick Brennan will guide participants through a Cartoon Masterclass, loosely inspired by stories from the history of Redruth Brewery which is where Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, will open next year.

Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the service, says: “We love running ArTchive as it’s always brilliant to see how creative minds use and interpret our archive sources. We’ve seen some really creative responses and will be displaying many of them in an exhibition later on this year.”

The workshops run from 10am until 4pm and cost £10, including materials. Pre-booking and payment is essential as spaces are limited. Please telephone the Cornwall Record Office (Truro) on 01872 323 127 or the Cornish Studies Library (Redruth) on 01209 216 760 to book a space or for more information.

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is made up of the Cornwall Record Office in Truro and the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth. Together, they are home to hundreds of thousands of manuscripts, maps, photographs and books related to Cornwall's history. The service is dedicated to celebrating and promoting this written and printed heritage and ensuring that it is well preserved and available so that individuals and communities, now and in the future, have access to these fantastic collections.

You can find the Archives and Cornish Studies Service on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kresenkernow.

Story posted 15 August 2017.

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Wadebridge and Padstow residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 14:39

With less than a week remaining, households in the Wadebridge and Padstow area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel and Cornwall Councillor for Wadebridge West says: “Padstow, Wadebridge and the surrounding villages are full of people with original ideas and often strong opinions, this is part of what makes it a great place to live! Now is your chance to feedback directly to Cornwall Council and tell us exactly what you think our budget priorities should be. You can find out more about the services Cornwall Council is responsible for in our online A-Z.

 “We are really interested to know what people who live in the Wadebridge and Padstow area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from the Wadebridge and Padstow area have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residents in the Wadebridge and Padstow area tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9m on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 15 August 2017

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St Agnes and Perranporth residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 12:12

With less than a week remaining, households in St Agnes and Perranporth who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Cornwall Councillor for Mount Hawke and Portreath Joyce Duffin, and Vice-Chair for the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Area Panel meetings, says: 

“Cornwall is a large and diverse area and I feel strongly that people in our area should get a chance to comment on how services are for us. 

“We are really interested to know what people who live in the St Agnes and Perranporth area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from St Agnes and Perranporth have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residentsin the St Agnes and Perranporth area, tell us to help us shape what Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.

If residents don't send the surveys back that we will be underrepresented. Please take the time to complete and return the survey to get your voice heard."

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

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Posted 15 August 2017

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Newquay and St Columb residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 11:59

With less than a week remaining, households in Newquay and St Columb who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Cornwall Councillor for St Mawgan and Colan John Fitter, and Chair for the Newquay and St Columb Community Network AreaPanel meetings, says:

“We are really interested to know what people who live in the Newquay and St Columb area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from Newquay and St Columb have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents were to lose this opportunity to have their voice heard.

“We will be using what our residents in the Newquay and St Columb area, tell us to help us shape what Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

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Posted 15 August 2017

Categories: Councils, Politics

Bude residents urged to have their say in resident survey closing next week

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 11:32

With less than a week remaining, households in the Bude area who have received a copy of Cornwall Council’s resident survey but have not yet sent back their response are being urged to complete and send back their responses.

The survey will help us set targets for areas they think need improving and to provide better value for money.

The more people who take part in the survey the more reliable the results will be and, because we will be using the results to influence what we prioritise in our budget plans, we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

The results will be analysed for the whole of Cornwall and for our 19 Community Network Areas, so it’s important we hear from enough people in each of the network areas.

Nicky Chopak, Chair of Bude Community Network Panel and Cornwall Councillor for Poundstock, says: “We are really interested to know what people who live in the Bude area think about where they live and how Cornwall Council services are provided. So far responses from the Bude area have been slow to come in and it would be disappointing if local residents don’t jump on the opportunity to have a voice.

“We will be using what our residents in the Bude area tell us to help us shape Cornwall’s future. In last year’s survey, residents told us that roads and pavements need repairing and this year we invested an additional £2.9 million on more than 1,800 resurfacing, drainage and road marking schemes across Cornwall.”

The survey closes on Monday 21 August 2017. Anyone who has been sent a copy can either complete the paper version or use the unique code in their letter to complete the survey online. Responses can be posted to Freepost RTEH-CBRG-GEKY, Survey Replies, The Old Goods Shed, Station Yard, Ashburton, TQ13 7EF.

If anyone would like another copy of the survey or needs help to fill it in, they can call the Marketing Means helpline on Freephone number 0800 849 4019.

Story posted 15 August 2017

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Bodmin man found guilty of fly tipping given a suspended prison sentence

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 10:31

Flytipped WasteP

Potential flytippers are being put on notice following the court case of Richard Green (38) of Rock Lane, Bodmin who pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 3 August 2017 to fly-tipping at two separate sites between Bodmin and Blisland in Nov 2016.

Members of the public reported the fly-tips on private land to Community Protection Officers, who checked the waste and uncovered evidence.  A detailed investigation was carried out by officers, which established a link between the two sites and further enquiries proved a link to Mr Green.

Mr Green initially denied the allegation of fly-tipping until he realised that the weight of evidence against him was irrefutable. 

Mr Green advertised on social media and collected waste for a fee. On this occasion he collected construction and domestic waste from several properties around Cornwall. Mr Green claimed he then tried to dispose of the waste at a Council Household Waste and Recycle Centre but he was unwilling to pay the disposal costs for the building waste and was subsequently refused access when it was determined it was trade waste.

The magistrates in summing up said the offences were extremely serious and this was reflected in their sentencing.  Mr Green was given a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to undertake 80 hours non paid work, £1500 in costs and £450 compensation to the land owner for the cost of clearing the fly tip.

The fly tips were on private land and as such the landowners were responsible for the cost of the clearance and removal of the waste by a licenced waste collector.

Cornwall Council receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste on public land costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, we will take the appropriate enforcement action.  The court’s comments and sentences handed down reinforce this. We were also able to work with land owner and recover the full costs they incurred for the clearance of the flytip”

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: "This sentence sends out a clear message that flytipping is a serious offence. As a Council we are intent on tackling the issue and this shows that when we have evidence to put before a court, this kind of irresponsible behaviour can prove extremely costly to the offender.”

Mr Green pleaded guilty to two counts of Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33- Depositing Controlled waste on land without consent  and two counts of Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 – Duty of care in respect of transporting waste without the correct documentation or a permit.

 

Story posted 14 August 2017 

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Stargazing event showcases Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky status

Mon, 14/08/2017 - 17:56

There’s a chance to experience the incredibly dark night sky of Bodmin Moor at a stargazing event led by Caradon Observatory and Tolcarn Observatory on Saturday 19 August at Jamaica Inn.

The event is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor, which was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in July after a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory.

The dark sky evening on 19 August will be in two parts.  At 7.00pm there will be a two course dinner event at £16.00 per person.  This will be followed by a free stargazing session at 8.30pm, which is open to everyone. 

The dinner event will include an introduction to Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky designation and talks on exoplanets and the solar system’s giant planets by Grant Mackintosh and Mike Willmott, who are both Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Association.  There will also be a demonstration of the Magic Planet, an interactive globe that depicts the beauty and topography of solar systems. 

The free stargazing session will start at 8.30pm with a chance to chat with the astronomers.  People should wrap up warm and keep their fingers crossed for clear skies.  Outside observing will begin from 9.00pm, after the sun has set.  There will be an array of telescopes for viewing the night sky, including a 12 inch telescope on loan from First Light Optics in Exeter.  The Milky Way will be arching high overhead from north to south.  If the sky and horizon are clear, there will be a chance to see Jupiter before it sets.  Saturn will be due south and will be the main focus for viewing.  There may also be an opportunity to glimpse Neptune when it rises later in the evening.

Dr Wayne Thomas from Caradon Observatory said: “This event is a chance for people to come along and enjoy a view of the stars in one of the darkest areas of night sky in the country.  Being bathed in the glory of the Milky Way on Bodmin Moor is a breathtaking experience, and viewing planets and galaxies through telescope brings home just how vast and awe inspiring our universe is.”

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy, said: “There’s a growing interest in astronomy and space sciences in Cornwall, including the potential for a spaceport at Newquay.  Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape designation helps to protect its exceptionally dark and clear skies from light pollution, ensuring that it remains one of Cornwall’s star attractions for amateur stargazers, astronomers, and astrophysicists alike.”

To book a place at the dinner event, ring Jamaica Inn on 01566 86250.  There’s no need to book in advance for the free stargazing, and people are welcome to drop in from 8.30pm.

More information about Bodmin Moor’s International Dark Sky Landscape designation is available at on our Dark Sky page.  

Story posted 14 August 2017

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Safer St Austell encourages people to help by reporting anti-social behaviour and street drinking

Mon, 14/08/2017 - 17:41

As part of the Safer St Austell partnership, people are being asked to speak up and report anti-social behaviour so further action can be taken and people feel safer. 

In February this year a walkabout by partners found that of those who had seen or experienced anti-social behaviour many hadn’t reported it. Sometimes people just post about incidents on social media rather than report it to organisations which can actually help. The partnership, which includes the voluntary sector, public services and the local business community, is responding to local concerns about anti-social behaviour, rough sleeping, drug use and street drinking in the town. However when compared to towns of a similar population St Austell has an average amount of recorded crime when looking at the rate per population.

Last week partners undertook another walkabout, talking to local businesses and residents, encouraging people to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and street drinking and providing a leaflet with contact details to make a report. Many businesses said they’d be happy to report incidents now they felt that something was being done.

The partnership aims to help residents and visitors feel safer by addressing these concerns and providing further information on what to do.

The leaflets provide information on reporting anti-social behaviour, street drinking or discarded needles so that people can report incidents to the organisations that can then take action.

Details of who to contact to help individuals sleeping rough are included in the leaflet. The leaflet also explains that those street drinking are not necessarily rough sleepers and gives information about other organisations that are providing support locally to vulnerable people.

Sarah Necke, Community Safety Officer at Cornwall Council and representative for Safer Cornwall said: “The walkabout was a really positive way for us to talk to people, understand their concerns and tell them about the work of Safer St Austell. Street drinking and anti-social behaviour, such as abusive language and offensive behaviour, happens in many UK towns. If people see an incident we really encourage them to report it using the contacts on the leaflet, so we can understand what’s happening and decide how best to respond. ”

David Pooley, St Austell Town Council’s Clerk said “The walkabout in St Austell last week was a great opportunity for partners to be seen out in the town and working together. It was good to talk to people, hand out the leaflet and explain how people can report incidents of anti-social behaviour and dangerous rubbish such as broken glass or needles. I hope that people will also help by contacting Streetlink if they see anyone sleeping rough.”

The Safer St Austell partners have found that since they formed earlier this year they are working better on a daily basis, and are more effective at sharing helpful information. Over the coming months the partnership will continue to work together on initiatives such as continuing to patrol St Austell, developing the work already being done to reduce the levels of high strength alcohol in the community and provide Substance Misuse and Retail Training (SMART) for licensees. They will also continue to provide outreach work to help rough sleepers and those who require drug or alcohol treatment.

Advice for residents and businesses

  • If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance). Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).
  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk.

For more information about Safer Cornwall, visit: www.safercornwall.co.uk.

Posted 14 August 2017

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Helston Library temporary closure

Mon, 14/08/2017 - 13:48

Your library is changing! Helston Library will close for several weeks to allow a refurbishment programme to be completed which will increase the overall customer accessible floor space by over 10%. During the works a temporary library will be accessible at Isaac House on Tyacke Road.

Helston Library, on Trengrouse Way, will be closed to the public from Thursday 17 August, until it reopens in November, to ensure building works can be completed as safely and quickly as possible. The works will increase the overall customer accessible floor space and by making more efficient use of the existing footprint of the building the architects have created a new children’s library, a new interview room and space for the Job Centre Plus service. In addition the Cornwall Council Information Services, which is currently provided at Isaac House, will also be included within the renovated library building making the library a key hub for information in the community.

When the library reopens it will continue to offer the key areas essential to a modern library including reading for pleasure, information, learning, digital resources and support and engaging with community partners.

Meanwhile, to ensure that even the most dedicated bookworm has enough to read while the library is closed, customers will be able to borrow up to 36 items from Helston Library until the library reopens. Books borrowed during the first month in Isaac House will also have an extended loan period.

A reduced library collection will be in operation during the closure in Isaac House to enable library customers to continue to borrow books and also to request, return and collect books. Library users will need to bring their library card with them in order to loan any items. The temporary library schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday from 9.30am to 5p.m.
  • Wednesday from 9.30am to 5p.m.
  • Friday from 9.30am to 5p.m.
  • Saturday from 10am to 1p.m.

There’s also the opportunity to reserve items free of charge and collect them at Isaac House, or any other library, using the online reservation system, or to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to use on tablets, smartphones and computers.

Julie Zessimedes, Head of Library and Information Services, said: “The new partnership for Helston Library is a really positive move for the local community as when the library reopens, we will be sharing the building with Job Centre Plus and offering a real community service to Helston residents. This will be an exciting and innovative community hub for the people of Helston.”

Story posted 14 August 2017

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Recent raid prompts warning on illegal tobacco sales

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 15:28

More than 13,000 illegal cigarettes and 1,500 packets of illegal tobacco have been seized over the past 12 months in Cornwall, prompting authorities to issue a warning to the community that illegal trade will not be tolerated. 

The latest warning follows a joint raid between the Council and police in North Country, near Illogan last month which saw another 1,000 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and a large sum of cash seized. 

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards said the products were either counterfeit, posing a public health risk as people don’t know what’s inside, or they had not had tax paid on them, robbing the public purse of thousands of pounds in tax. 

Trading Standards has received an increasing number of calls and reports from the public over the last year, and as a result ten search warrants have been executed and seven people prosecuted through the criminal courts.   

Cllr Sue James, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: “Cornwall Council has been clamping down on this issue and we want to send a clear message to people. If you sell illegal products, chances are you will be caught and you could face serious penalties through the courts. 

“Illegal tobacco trade harms everyone. All tobacco is harmful, but when it is cheap and easy to get hold of, it makes it harder for people to quit and more accessible to children and young people.  

"The loss of tax revenue reduces money available for local schools and health care. 

"The illegal tobacco trade also  has strong links to crime including drug dealing. 

“Our message is clear – selling illegal tobacco is a crime which can carry fines, community orders or prison. The number of reports we are seeing shows more people have had enough and are providing us with information to stop local criminals selling and trading tobacco. Whether you are a shopkeeper or an individual, chances are you will be reported. Our crackdown will continue.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol can make a report in confidence by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by emailing report-it@cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 11th August 2017

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Prison sentence for car sales fraudster

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 15:24

A two year investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards finished last week when second-hand car dealer, Mark Tomkins, pleaded guilty to six charges at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 3 August. 

The Court heard that Tomkins (40) of Chard in Somerset had been using his girlfriend’s address in Camelford and a variety of telephone phone numbers to advertise cars for sale via the Autotrader and Gumtree websites. Over a two year period he sold 25 cars to people on low incomes or first time buyers. But the cars were often unsafe and in need of serious repairs so Tomkins posed as a private seller or used false names to avoid his liabilities and to evade consumer complaints. 

Tomkins admitted all charges under Consumer Protection Regulations and the Fraud Act. He offered no excuse but said “I feel ashamed, when it’s all read out like that.” 

He was told by the Court: “Your trading put buyers safety at risk. It was clearly fraudulent and undermined public confidence in other motor traders.” 

Tompkins was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, to pay £720 in compensation and £1,000 towards the cost of the investigation. 

Cllr Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection welcomed the verdict. “This was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Council’s Trading Standards team. The offences here reflected a deliberate attempt to defraud members of the public, including those who could least afford to lose money. The use of false names and a variety of telephone numbers and e-mail addresses demonstrates the calculated and scheming nature of the crime. 

“The Court has recognised the potential harm done to the motor trade in Cornwall, and this sends a clear warning to people considering illegal activity that they will be caught.

“More and more motor dealers across the county are joining the Trading Standards approval scheme, ‘Buy with Confidence’ to help them stand out as business who can be trusted. A case like this demonstrates the value of the scheme in giving buyer’s confidence in who they buy from.”

 The Buy with Confidence Scheme provides people in Cornwall with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to trading fairly. Every business listed has undergone a series of detailed checks by Trading Standards officers before being approved as a member of the scheme to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair way. You can find more information on the Buy with Confidence Scheme page which includes a list of businesses registered under the scheme. 

Story posted 10 August 2017

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Lights introduced at Threemilestone roundabout as part of scheme to improve traffic flows

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 15:24

Drivers using Threemilestone roundabout will notice major changes at the junction with traffic lights now in place as part of a work to combat congestion at the site.

With 27,000 vehicles using the roundabout each day and new homes planned nearby, engineers have made changes to the roundabout and adjacent Chyvelah Road junction to improve traffic flow.

As a result, the overall size of the roundabout has increased and traffic signals have been introduced. The mini roundabout at Chyvelah Road has been replaced with a signalised junction and the bus lane leading from the park and ride at Langarth has been extended.

The traffic lights were introduced on Wednesday evening and tested by engineers ahead of Thursday morning's rush hour. Further work will be carried out on the signals to ensure the phasing of the lights can take school term traffic flows into account.

"Our work at Threemilestone is part of the wider improvements taking place at junctions along the A390 corridor into Truro which are designed to improve traffic flow and tackle the congestion that has been a source of frustration for many," said Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport. 

"We are dealing with a fixed highway network and so our engineers have looked at the pinch points and how we can improve capacity. It might seem as though installing traffic lights at these junctions would lead to more queuing, however what they actually do is help keep traffic moving.

"Once the remaining work has been completed further along the corridor, motorists will see that while their driving speeds might be slower, their journeys are smoother and less 'stop start' than before.”

The improvements made at Threemilestone roundabout are similar to those made in 2014 at Trafalgar roundabout in Truro. Statistics show a marked increase in the number of vehicles now travelling through Trafalgar roundabout - from 1,400 an hour before the work to 1,800 an hour after.

Jerry Cobb, Construction Manager for contractors CORMAC, said: "We would like to thank nearby residents and commuters for their patience during this complex construction. Maintaining traffic flows through this busy junction has been our priority and so, as a result, the majority of the construction has taken place at night.

"As well as the changes to the roundabout, and at Chyvelah Road, we have also installed and upgraded extensive drainage systems beneath the road and verges."

The work at Threemilestone forms part of the Truro Western Corridor scheme which will improve traffic flows and public transport links, as well as provide safe routes for cyclists and support approved developments along the corridor. Work is progressing well on the schemes at Treliske and Maiden Green, with construction on these schemes expected to be completed by early next year.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience as we continue construction on these schemes,” said Councillor Brown. “I appreciate that the nature of these works means that it does cause inconvenience for various groups of people – however, when finished, there will be a marked improvement, not only for drivers, but for pedestrians, cyclists and people using public transport.”

The Truro Western Corridor scheme is supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s £60m Growth Deal which aims to speed up the delivery of new homes and jobs by removing barriers to growth. Other Growth Deal projects are on site at Saltash, Redruth and Bodmin, with more to follow.

Story posted 11th August 2017

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Holiday makers warned to be cautious after seaside haul of counterfeit goods

Fri, 11/08/2017 - 15:23

Holidaymakers are being warned to be careful when buying from street sellers after Cornwall Council responded to the summer’s first reports of counterfeits at the seaside. 

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards and Police were called to Perranporth beach yesterday afternoon amid reports that fake clothing and handbags were openly being sold by street traders. 

Dozens of branded items, including fashion hand bags, clothing, boots, perfume, sun glasses, speakers and headphones and sportswear were seized. 

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities Sue James said: “The Council’s Trading Standards officers work closely with local businesses to help them to comply with the various rules and regulations to compete successfully and to help grow the local economy. People who sell counterfeits and other illegal goods undermine Cornwall’s economy and threaten local jobs and legitimate businesses. Cornwall Council will not tolerate this behaviour and will do all we can to protect local businesses from this unfair competition.” 

Anyone with information about sales of counterfeit goods can contact Trading Standards at report-it@cornwall.gov.uk or via 0300 1234 191.

Story posted 11th August 2017

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Bodmin Town Council become ninth town to monitor CCTV from Critical Control Centre

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 17:15

Bodmin Town Council are pleased to announce that CCTV is now being monitored by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service at their brand new Critical Control Centre in Tolvaddon.

CFRCS Service have been monitoring CCTV for 8 town and parishes since July 2016 and is pleased that Bodmin will become the ninth town to be monitored from the fantastic facility at Tolvaddon. 

The state of the art cameras are active 24 hours a day seven days a week, providing high quality digital images which can be used to support police prosecutions. A link is also being provided to the Emergency Management Centre at County Hall in Truro so the images can be accessed in emergency situations such as flooding and major fires. 

The Critical Control Centre have direct links to the police and ambulance services, this means they can also summon immediate help for acts of crime or for anyone they see who have been taken ill or injured in an emergency. 

CCTV is essential as both a deterrent and evidence source to support our work and our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities, providing just one example of how we are working together to make Cornwall safer. 

Funded entirely by the Town Councils, the aim of this innovative project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is to enable key services to deliver against such priorities as a reduction in crime and ensuring further contributions to community safety, in terms of preventative proactive work, are provided. It also establishes greater links within the communities we serve and with other partners and emergency services. The Critical Control Centre also supports functions across the wider Council, including out of hours highway calls. 

Mayor of Bodmin, Councillor Sara Kinsman said: ”Bodmin Town Council is extremely pleased to be a part of this innovative partnership with Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service to deliver an enhanced CCTV system utilising new technology, covering a wider area of the town which will help the Police address a range of community safety issues including anti-social behaviour.” 

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said, “I am delighted to work in partnership with Bodmin Town Council with CCTV providing an excellent tool to support our shared community safety ambitions. This is another example of our close working with partners to address anti-social behaviour and wider community safety issues through “Working Together to make Cornwall Safer”. I am confident this partnership and CCTV facility will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Bodmin.”    

For further information please visit to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service website.

Story posted 10th August

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Local roads throughout Cornwall get £5m funding boost

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 17:10

Improvements and repairs will be made to 53 local road routes across Cornwall - from Penzance and The Lizard to Bude and Looe - after Cornwall Council successfully secured £5m in funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Local routes - the more frequently used B, C and U roads known as the 3A network – are set to benefit from the funding boost, which largely focus on maintenance work.

These are key interconnecting roads which help to keep Cornwall moving, explained Andy Stevenson, Cornwall Council's Head of Highways and Infrastructure.

"These are strategically important roads that connect places and people, but also ensure businesses and local economies are supported. This funding will see maintenance programmes, renewal of the carriageway, footways or cycleways and improved drainage – it’s an investment in ensuring our roads have better longevity," he said.

The Council’s bid, announced by the DfT today, saw Cornwall secure the maximum amount of money available from the DfT's Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund, with work expected to be completed within a year.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport welcomed the funding. "We know how important our roads are to people in Cornwall. Improving the condition of the local road network was one of the main themes highlighted in last year's residents’ survey,” he said.

"Last autumn we announced an additional £2.9m for more than 1,800 road safety and drainage schemes which have now been completed and we are now well into work on our Growth Deal funded highway schemes at Bodmin, Carkeel, Tolgus, Treluswell and Truro.

"While we continue to work with ever dwindling budgets, we will continue to look to alternative ways of funding road improvements such as these, which we know are so vital to keeping Cornwall moving."

This is the second time Cornwall Council has secured maximum funding for roads through the Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund. The Council previously secured £5m towards the £6.9m cost for resurfacing and making improvements to drainage and safety fencing along an 8km stretch of the A39 between Carland Cross and Buckshead Roundabout in Truro.

Story posted 01 August 2017 

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