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Cornish mum says adopting was one of the best decisions she has made

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 16:45

At the end of National Adoption Week a Cornish mum has said that adopting was one of the best things she has ever done.  Debbie (not her real name) adopted her daughter ten years ago and with thanks from the Family Plus Team; she has seen her daughter flourish and become a confident young lady.

Debbie said: “The best advice we can give to potential adopters is to be prepared for a 'Different Kind of Parenting'. We aren't going to dress this up; adopting a child is a huge undertaking and will affect all aspects of your life and your families; just like having your own child.

“We already had a daughter and this changed the dynamics and the experience tremendously. Our blueprint for parenting wasn’t right for our new daughter; she hadn't read the blueprint! So our path has been full of wrong turns and road blocks.”

Taking home a child for the first time is a nerve racking and exciting time for parents, but when you adopt you have the chance to change a child’s life forever.  “There were times when we wondered what the heck we had done but you must never lose sight of WHY you are doing this and not take things personally.”

Debbie says there is loads of support available in Cornwall for parents who adopt a child, which has really helped her. “It was like a breath of fresh air when we contacted Cornwall Council’s Family Plus Team and we were introduced to our Therapeutic Family Support Worker from the Family Plus Team.  They are totally committed to us as a family unit, and have made us all feel worthy, transforming our lives and, most importantly, introducing our daughter to therapy which has tackled the paper chain of her life and started to mend the many broken links.

“With the help of the Family Plus Team our daughter is turning into a lovely 16 year old young lady. She likes herself now thanks to the support we have been given. Has been given the chance to address and explore lots of gaps in her life and is starting to finally accept her situation and move on. She doesn't feel the need to proportion blame any more. Family Plus Team have played an important part in this.”

At the end of National Adoption Week Cornwall has 27 young people waiting to be adopted; they are a range of ages and some are in sibling groups. 

Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “Adopted children can be among the most complex and vulnerable in society as they have often suffered serious neglect or abuse in their early lives.  But adoption can transform their lives and our aim is to support the young people and the adoptive parents throughout their journey.”

The focus of National Adoption week has been about challenging the misconceptions that people have about adopting.  It doesn’t matter about your marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or employment status. None of these are a barrier to adopting a child; each application is based on its own merit.

Debbie concluded:  “Our future is looking bright but most importantly our daughter is also looking forward to HER future and her life. This is the ultimate goal of being a parent and even more so, adoptive parents. She filled a gap in our lives.  She didn't choose her beginnings but she is now looking forward to a future with us.”

 

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Cornwall Council fact checks claims made by Nigel Farage at Camborne event

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 15:05

Cornwall Council is urging the Government to share details of its plans to replace EU funding in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly like-for-like with a dedicated fund.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has received investment from the EU programme averaging around £60 million a year over the last 10 years, and the Council urgently needs clarity over funding to ensure the region is no worse off after Brexit.

Cornwall Council leader Julian German reiterated the calls after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage gave a speech at an event at Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Camborne on Monday evening (October 14), where he claimed that Cornwall receives “literally a minuscule sum of money” from the EU and that “Cornwall is doing very badly out of the European Union”.

Councillor German said: “Cornwall Council is fact checking some of the claims made at a recent event.

“It would appear that Mr Farage has a fundamental lack of understanding about how the current EU programmes work and how our status as a ‘less developed region’ provides us with significant funds to invest in projects that help to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall.

“Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly receive annual funds amounting to around £162 per person, compared to £17 per person for most other areas of England*. This is the highest per capita allocation of any region in England. Even using the most conservative method of measuring, we receive £248 million more than we contribute.”

Julian German

"EU programmes provide us with significant funds to invest in projects that help to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall" - Cornwall Council leader Julian German

A large proportion of EU funds have been matched by the private sector and from public sources, such as the Growth Deal, Local Growth Fund, and universities, which are drawn from general taxation, not from council tax. 

Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly has provided match funding for some projects, and in the current programme period (2014 to 2020) this is worth around £60 million, helping to unlock more than £300 million of EU funds to help improve the lives of one of all.

The delivery of EU funds is controlled by a local partnership board along with Government departments and Cornwall Council as Intermediate Body, which was awarded to the Council as part of its devolution deal.

This means the Council now has control over the way that European funds are spent in the region.

Over the years, EU funding has helped deliver and maintain a wide range of projects to stimulate economic growth, overcome poverty, and promote social inclusion.

Examples include the development of the A30, as part of a comprehensive road network, the rail mainlines from London to Penzance, Cornwall Airport Newquay, the Hall for Cornwall, Superfast Cornwall, and Combined Universities in Cornwall, giving access to higher education without the need to leave the region and helping retain skills for the future.

Story posted on 18 October 2019

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Help Cornwall’s NHS by planning for a safe and healthy October half-term

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 14:46

If you or a member of your family experience a minor injury or illness during the October half term holiday, don’t spend your time waiting in the emergency department - there are lots of different ways that you can access advice, support and treatments from the NHS.

Here are some ways you or your family can get help if you become ill, even if you are on holiday. 

Self-care: Having a few basic items in your medicine cabinet can save you time and effort should you become ill. Items should include paracetamol, a bandage, sticking plasters, antiseptic cream, and indigestion tablets. If troublesome symptoms persist or worsen see your GP or call 111 if your GP surgery is closed.

Repeat medication: If you or someone you care for requires repeat medication, make sure you have ordered and collected any prescriptions before they run out. Contact your GP practice as soon as possible to organise prescriptions.

Visit your local pharmacist: You can speak to your pharmacist for confidential expert advice and over-the-counter treatments for a wide range of common illnesses and complaints, such as stomach upsets, allergies, water infections, sticky eyes, cuts, nappy rash, skin conditions and coughs and colds.

They can also arrange an urgent supply of any prescribed medicines that run out, so you don’t have to use the out of hours’ service or the emergency department. This service is also available for anyone who’s on holiday or visiting family. You can get details of which pharmacies are open by visiting Choose Well.  

NHS 111: If you urgently need to see a GP when your surgery is closed and it cannot wait until it re-opens, call NHS 111. The NHS 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a healthcare professional in the evening and at the weekend.

It's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. It includes a full range of health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists. NHS 111 is also online at 111.nhs.uk.

Minor injury unit: If your injury is not serious you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU) rather than go to the emergency department. This will allow emergency department staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions. You will be seen by an experienced nurse, without an appointment. X-ray is available at some locations. Access waiting times by visiting Choose Well. 

Minor injury units are based at:

  • Bodmin Community Hospital
  • Camborne Redruth Community Hospital
  • Falmouth Community Hospital
  • Launceston Community Hospital
  • Liskeard Community Hospital
  • Newquay Community Hospital
  • St Austell Community Hospital
  • St Mary’s Community Hospital
  • Stratton Community Hospital, Bude.

Urgent treatment centres: The urgent treatment centres at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance, and Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for anyone needing urgent medical care for injuries and conditions such as fractures, deep cuts, non-life threatening head injuries and minor falls. You will be seen by a doctor from 9am to 10pm and an experienced nurse overnight. X-ray is available from 8am to 11pm.

Emergency department or 999: Only use the emergency department or the 999 ambulance service for life threatening and emergency conditions such as heart attack, stroke, if someone is unconscious, has severe loss of blood, or breathing difficulties. If a family member is experiencing chest pain or has become unconscious call 999 immediately.

Online waiting time service: If you need to visit the emergency department, a minor injury unit or urgent care centre, you can see how long you may have to wait by using the online waiting time service, which shows the longest wait, how many people are waiting to be seen and how many people are in the department. It also includes opening times and x-ray availability. Visit Choose Well for more details.  

Family GP and NHS Kernow Governing Body member Dr John Garman said: “We’re gearing up for the October half-term and are once again appealing to anyone who needs help to use the right service and keep the emergency department free for urgent and life-threatening care only.

"The emergency department is not the right place to treat sporting sprains and strains, minor fractures, broken bones, upset stomachs, insect bites and cuts. Please visit a minor injury unit or our urgent treatment centres in Penzance or Truro for treatment.

“Holidays and weekends are a time to relax and have fun but if you or a family member falls ill or has an accident, help yourself and the NHS by getting the right treatment for your level of illness or injury.

“If you have a minor illness or ailment then visit your local pharmacist. They can help with expert advice and over-the-counter remedies. If you need urgent medical advice but it is not a life threatening emergency, call NHS 111. Their call handlers can tell you anything from where to find an emergency dentist to getting you and out-of-hour’s doctor.”

James Cookson, Pharmaceutical Advisor for NHS Kernow said: “Pharmacies can provide a lot of help especially during the holiday season.

“If you’re suffering from a cough or cold, visit your local pharmacist, they can help you choose the right medicine. Also, make sure you’ve had your flu jab if you have a long term condition, care for someone, or are pregnant.

“They can also provide advice and treatment for a range of minor ailments, such as nappy rash, sticky eyes, water infections or bites and rashes. They can also arrange an emergency supply of medication if you have forgotten to renew your prescription, or bring your medication on holiday.”

Visit  Choose Well for details of all services, opening and waiting times, and contact details.

 

Story posted 18 October 2019

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Illegal tobacco seller convicted after warrant is issued by magistrates

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 14:29

Police were forced to arrest an illegal tobacco seller and take him to court after he failed to appear before magistrates.

Stephen Robert Seymour, 34, of The Glebe, Camborne, faced four charges brought by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards in relation to the sale of illegal tobacco but failed to appear at Truro Magistrates Court in June and failed to provide any excuse for his non-attendance.

As a result, the Court issued a warrant for his arrest and on Thursday morning officers from Devon and Cornwall Police caught up with him and took him into custody at Bodmin Magistrates Court.

Magistrates heard that Trading Standards had received information in the summer of 2018 alleging that Seymour was selling smuggled packets of tobacco from his home and from the shop where he worked.

A search of his workplace locker and of his home revealed a small quantity of non-UK tobacco and evidence of sales from June until September.

Seymour pleaded guilty to the four offences and was fined £200 and ordered to pay a £200 contribution towards the prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection said:  “I am very proud of the work that our Trading Standards officers undertake in combatting sales of illegal tobacco. Illegal tobacco trading affects local businesses, and the unpaid tax on these goods means less funds available for our schools and health service.

“In this case, officers were in receipt of good quality information from members of the public; We would encourage anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales in their area to report it via the report-it@cornwall.gov.uk email address.”

Steve Brown,Interim Deputy Director of Public Health for CIOS, said:  “Combatting sales of Illegal tobacco feeds directly into our wider Tobacco Control activities. We know that price is an important motivator when a smoker decides to quit, so sales of cheap, illegal tobacco directly undermines quit attempts.

“As smoking is the number one cause of preventable ill health, this in turn has a heavy impact upon the health and wellbeing of the residents of Cornwall.”

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Help us put a roof over the head of someone threatened with homelessness

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 12:51

We’re calling on landlords and accommodation providers to help us help residents who find themselves threatened with homelessness and in need of short term furnished accommodation.  We’re looking for suitable homes throughout Cornwall to be used as temporary accommodation for residents who find themselves in housing need, in areas close to their networks of support, employment and schools. 

We’re holding three events at locations across Cornwall so that landlords and other accommodation providers can come and talk to us to find out how we can work together and for them to feedback to us.

  • St Johns Hall, Penzance on 22 October at 9.30 am until 1.00 pm;
  • New County Hall, Truro on 23 October at 9.30 am until 1.00 pm; and
  • Chy Trevail, Bodmin on 25 October at 1.30 pm until 5.00 pm.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “There are many reasons why residents, be it a family, couple or single person, find themselves in need of temporary accommodation.  It can be as a result of things like a relationship breakdown or welfare reform. More and more often, we are being approached by residents who find themselves in this situation and we have a legal as well as a moral duty to help them.”

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

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

Andrew continues:  “We have already said that we want to buy a stock of suitable homes to use as temporary emergency accommodation and we’ve set aside over £39 million for that purpose.   However, finding and buying suitable properties takes time so we’re being pro-active in reaching out to accommodation providers to fill the gap. We want to have access to good quality furnished homes so that those who find themselves in need of temporary accommodation can still be near work, school and family whilst we help them to find a more permanent option.”

Ideally, the accommodation will be close to local amenities and public transport.  We’re also looking for accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users and has good accessibility.

Providers of accommodation interested in attending any of the events should please contact housing.commissioning@cornwall.gov.uk

More information here

 

Story posted 18 October 2019

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Help plant the Forest for Cornwall and fight climate change

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 11:23

Residents, community groups, businesses and schools are being invited to get involved in planting Cornwall Council’s flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall.

The ambitious programme to cover 8,000 hectares of land across Cornwall with carbon-absorbing woodlands and forests will be officially launched next month during National Tree Week.

The event will be supported by the Woodland Trust, as part of its nationwide Big Climate Fightback campaign, and other partners.

It will mark the start of the first large-scale project under the Council’s trailblazing Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme in response to the climate emergency and to lead Cornwall towards the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The Forest for Cornwall will significantly increase the number of trees across multiple locations such as woods, parks, farmland, towns, villages and gardens over a decade.

Once completed, it aims to extend canopy cover over an additional 2% of Cornwall’s total land area and capture 38,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, representing 1% of Cornwall’s current greenhouse gas emissions.

As well as several large areas of woodland and forests on public and private land, there will be many smaller copses and individual trees, with connecting corridors in the form of hedgerows, and trees along rivers, trails, cycle routes and in urban streets.

The programme will also strengthen the protection of existing trees, woodlands and hedges.

Together with the University of Exeter and Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Council is mapping Cornwall to identify areas where there is greatest potential for growing woodlands and hedges and establishing an accurate baseline of current canopy cover.

The Council is calling on community groups, landowners, town and parish councils, environmental charities, schools and individuals to get involved in the Forest for Cornwall and help fight climate change.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “We are at the start of our journey to create the Forest the Cornwall and we are acting faster than the Government and other local authorities in putting our plans to tackle climate change into action.

“But we need all our residents’ help in driving this vital project forward. Whether you are a community group keen to plant trees for the Forest for Cornwall; a town or parish council or scout group wanting to increase tree cover in and around your premises; or a residents association with ideas for more street trees to enhance your local area and improve air quality - we want to hear from you.

“We would encourage as many of you as possible to get involved with your local communities in planning your own tree planting events and I want to thank everyone who is already taking positive climate change action.”

Cllr Edwina Hannaford Web

The first phase of the Forest for Cornwall from 2019 to 2021 will be core funded and coordinated by Cornwall Council and it will be delivered through partnerships and private sector projects.

It will involve partners such as the Local Nature Partnership, landowners, forestry sector, town and parish councils, environmental charities, the NHS, private utilities, local businesses, government bodies, schools, communities and individuals.

Over recent years, Cornwall Council has already been working with partners to increase canopy cover, for example through the award-winning Green Infrastructrure for Growth Making Space for Nature ERDF-funded programme and Keyn Glas, the £10 million Highways England scheme to create new habitats and woodlands on the A30 corridor.

There are a number of ways to join or start a community project to contribute to the Forest for Cornwall.

The Council has joined forces with Crowdfunder to work with local groups to support ideas to increase nature in communities and help tackle the effects of climate change.

The Grow Nature Seed Fund supports small-scale projects that help create more space for nature in towns and villages.

Up to £1,000 is available for each eligible project and there is the opportunity to double this amount through Crowdfund Cornwall.

Any Cornwall-based and recognised ‘not for profit’ organisations are eligible to apply.

For details of the Seed Fund, please email Grow-Nature@cornwall.gov.uk  

The Woodland Trust is encouraging people to join their mass planting campaign, the Big Climate Fightback by pledging to plant a tree. The Trust also offers ‘free tree’ schemes for schools and communities and support for landowners to plant trees.

Ross Kennerley, Woodland Trust South West Regional Director, said: “The Woodland Trust is very excited to be working with Cornwall Council on this pioneering project and contributing some native broadleaf trees for the Forest for Cornwall.  These trees are part of the Big Climate Fightback, the UK’s largest ever mass planting campaign, where we aim to get one million people to pledge to plant a tree, to fight climate change and provide real benefits for people and wildlife.

“With the Committee for Climate Change report showing that the Government needs to triple the amount tree planting across the UK, the Forest for Cornwall shows real commitment to tackling this issue head on.  The Woodland Trust is looking forward to working with the people of Cornwall to provide free trees to schools and communities and advice and support to landowners to get trees in the ground.”

To find out more about Forest for Cornwall email forestforcornwall@cornwall.gov.uk 

More information about Carbon Neutral Cornwall is available on our Climate emergency web page

 

Story posted 17 October 2019

 

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Cornwall Council supports The Eden Project’s drive towards clean energy

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 17:38

Cornwall Council has stepped in as a key investor in a pioneering geothermal heat and power project at the Eden Project.

After a ten-year campaign to bring the clean, green technology to Cornwall, the project and their partners, EGS Energy Limited, said that the funding will enable them to start drilling their first well on Eden’s site next summer.

A total of £16.8 million has been secured from a mixture of public and private sources. Cornwall’s final round of EU funding, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), has contributed £9.9m. Cornwall Council has put in £1.4m. Institutional investors have contributed the remaining £5.5m.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “By providing strong support and investing in alternative forms of renewable energy, we are leading the way in making the most of Cornwall’s unique assets to benefit our residents and businesses as we work together to tackle the climate emergency.

“Geothermal energy promotes Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a ‘clean growth’ region and shows that our approach to the Government’s Industrial Strategy for Cornwall is shaped around the transition to an economy that is powered by clean energy. I hope that this focus on clean energy will expand to the wider south west and to the UK as a whole. This step change will be absolutely necessary if we are to meet our ambitions for tackling the climate emergency both locally and nationally.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods Edwina Hannaford said: "Cornwall is the first in the UK to explore the potential to power our economy from deep geothermal energy, the hot rocks and springs lying deep under Cornwall.

"Unlike other renewable sources where energy is dependent on the wind or the sun, deep geothermal offers a stable consistent and secure source of energy.

"All of this was made possible through our first devolution deal with Government. We want to build on this through our New Frontiers plan.

"If we can find a way to exploit geothermal power successfully, these hot rocks have the potential to provide Cornwall with a rich source of strategic minerals and renewable energy, as well as significant benefits to the local economy from jobs, research and investment.

"By supporting one-off exploration projects, this exploration for geothermal power at the Eden Project is the next step towards testing the technology we need to help us to exploit geothermal power more widely across Cornwall".

Eden Co-founder Sir Tim Smit said today that securing funds and thereby the chance to spark an energy revolution amounts to the biggest leap forward for Eden since it opened in a former clay quarry near St Austell in 2001.

Sir Tim said: “Since we began, Eden has had a dream that the world should be powered by renewable energy. The sun can provide massive solar power and the wind has been harnessed by humankind for thousands of years but because both are intermittent and battery technology cannot yet store all we need there is a gap.

“We believe the answer lies beneath our feet in the heat underground that can be accessed by drilling technology that pumps water towards the centre of the earth and brings it back up superheated to provide us with heat and electricity.

“The missing piece of the jigsaw in a 24/7 clean renewable energy future is this baseload. Now we have the green light and the funding to start drilling we are determined to make this technology work. And we want to work with others all over the world - sharing knowledge and encouraging the change as fast as is humanly possible.”

The funding will pay for the first phase of the project - drilling one well, a research programme and a heat main, to prove the extent of the resource 4.5km down in the granite that lies beneath the Eden site.

This first well will initially supply a district heating system for Eden’s Biomes, offices and greenhouses. It will pave the way for the second phase - another 4.5km well and an electricity plant.

Completing the second phase will mean that Eden will be generating sufficient renewable energy to become carbon positive by 2023 as well as aiming to be able to provide heat and power for the local area.

To deliver the plan, a new company, Eden Geothermal Limited (EGL) has been formed. The EGL shareholders are:

  • Eden Project Limited, the world-renowned educational charity and visitor attraction.
  • EGS Energy Limited, a leading geothermal development and consultancy group with experience on commercial scale projects in Cornwall and around the world.
  • BESTEC (UK) Limited, which is affiliated with BESTEC GmbH, the specialist geothermal developer and drilling advisor.

The EGS Energy team have significant experience and expertise, having been part of the Hot Dry Rocks geothermal programme in Cornwall in the 1980s, the follow-on EU programme in Soultz-sous-Forêts, France and the subsequent commercial power generating projects in Landau and Insheim, Germany, among others worldwide. The University of Exeter will be providing academic and research services to the project.

Sir Tim paid tribute to the tenacity of the EGS Energy team and his own colleagues within Eden for enabling drilling to start and expressed huge thanks to the council, the EU and the institutional investors.

He said: “Geothermal will be a game changer for Eden, Cornwall and the UK. The heat will be used for the Biomes, to grow food, as well as helping support the development of our long-awaited hotel.

“Once up and running, our plant will provide more than enough renewable electricity and heat for the whole site, as well as for the local area. We will be drilling for good energy rather than bad.”

Glenn Caplin, Chief Executive of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is another huge step forward in the drive to create a geothermal industry in Cornwall, using our natural assets to decarbonise our economy and create high value jobs. Renewable energy is both an environmental and an economic opportunity for Cornwall, which is why clean growth is at the heart of our emerging Local Industrial Strategy.”

Guy Macpherson-Grant, Managing Director of EGS Energy, said: “It is exciting that this geothermal development is under way. The geology in the county is particularly well-suited for cost-efficient heat and power generation, and St Austell benefits from particularly high heat flows.”

Augusta Grand, Director of Eden Geothermal Limited, who has led Eden’s geothermal project for the last seven years, said: “It is great that we’re now getting going on this project. Geothermal has huge potential to provide baseload heat and power on a very small surface footprint.

“We look forward to being able to demonstrate the advantages of the technology to Eden’s one million visitors a year and encourage greater investment.”

Richard Day, non-executive chairman of Eden Geothermal Limited, said: “The support we have received from all our stakeholders will allow us to prove the resource in this part of Cornwall. Alongside the other geothermal project in Cornwall at United Downs, we are looking to stimulate a whole new Green Tech industrial cluster in Cornwall, on the back of the centuries of mining heritage in the county.”

The Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Coastal Communities and Local Growth Minister, said: “The Eden Project is not only a must-see tourist attraction bringing visitors from all corners of the globe to Cornwall, but also an innovator at the very forefront of renewable energy development.

“Thanks to £9.9 million of Government funding, work can begin immediately on this exciting project which will unlock the rich geothermal resource beneath the site and allow the full untapped potential of renewable energy sources to be fully utilised.

“This will be essential in tackling climate change, exploring alternative energy sources and ensuring Cornwall can take full advantage of all the economic opportunities that lie ahead.”

Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: “Cornwall is a literal hotbed for geothermal energy and has for some time been a leader in clean and sustainable energy production. I have long championed the Eden Project’s efforts to realise the potential of this renewable energy.

“Cornwall’s unique geology enables geothermal energy to make a significant contribution to maintaining the Duchy’s clean energy credentials. It is great news that we have been able to secure funding for this scheme that fits well with the Eden Project's vision. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved locally in getting us to this position.”

Dr Robin Shail, Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Exeter, said: “Cornwall is rapidly re-establishing itself as the UK centre for deep geothermal energy and we’re delighted to be involved in this major project in which we will contribute towards achieving research objectives and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers to work in this emerging sector.”

View a video of Sir Tim Smit talking about Eden’s geothermal plans.

Read more about Eden's geothermal project.

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Residents urged to say no to driveway repairs after gang is spotted in Newquay

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 16:51

Cornwall Council Trading Standards has issued a warning this morning following reports of a gang offering driveway repairs or replacement at homes in the Newquay area this week.

Reports suggest that the gang is pretending to be an established business and is offering 10 year guarantees on their work – in fact, the gang will be here today and gone tomorrow with no come back for anyone who subsequently finds a problem with the work.  

Leanne McLean, Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime said, “Our message couldn’t be simpler. Do not buy anything from anyone on your doorstep. Genuine traders do not need to go door-to-door touting for work. Anyone knocking on your door offering you something, no matter how good it sounds, is more than likely up to no good.”

Other tactics involve persuading homeowners to have the work done to their driveways before the 14 day cooling off period has expired – this prevents other quotes from being obtained – and asking for payment in cash or by cheque to a third party.

Although the cold-callers will be nice and friendly at the start, they can become aggressive and menacing when it comes time to pay or if the work carried out is queried.  

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to rogue traders, or if you have any intelligence relating to incidents, please contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or via email at report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

All information is gratefully received and could be vital to investigations.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council publishes Cornwall’s Road Safety Strategy

Thu, 17/10/2019 - 12:53

The Council has published a Casualty Reduction Strategy which sets out a 2 year action plan where partners including Cornwall Council, Highways England, Devon and Cornwall Police, the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and other road safety agencies, work together to address the number of serious collisions on Cornwall’s roads.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said:  “What we need to try and do is instill a ‘road respect’ culture.  Human behaviour contributes to 83% of collisions which result in injuries.  Changing the behaviours and attitude of all road users, whether it is a driver, rider or pedestrian, can help reduce risk and promote a safer more positive environment for everyone.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said:  “There has been a 34% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Cornwall’s roads since 2013.  We all need to work together to reduce those figures.  We’re adopting a Safe System approach as part of this strategy.  It recognises that people are fallible and will make mistakes.  We’re never going to prevent all collisions but we can put in place measures and initiatives so that when something does happen, it doesn’t result in a fatality or life changing injury.”

The Safe System approach recognises that everyone has a role to play in keeping our roads safe and is focused on five pillars of action.  A multi-agency approach delivering Safer Speeds, Safer Road Users, Safer Vehicles, Safer Roads and Mobility and an excellent Post Crash Response will drive casualty reduction.

Geoff Brown adds:  “One of the key projects where we are applying the Safe System multi-agency approach to address road safety concerns is for the A38.” 

Cornwall Council is working collaboratively with Highways England, Safe 38, Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and other partners to agree a programme of road safety interventions to be delivered over the short, medium and long-term to address the high rate of collisions.  The recommended interventions have been identified within the A38 Road Safety Feasibility report which considered a range of proposals put forward by Safe 38. 

James Millidge, Chair Safe 38 said, “Safe 38 welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively with Cornwall Council and are pleased that our proposals formed a key part of the report and look forward to the delivery of the interventions.  We whole heartedly support the need for this investment and proud that as a community we have been part of identifying what needs to be done”.

The Casualty Reduction Strategy also recognises that the perception of safety is a real concern to communities and a barrier to some in terms of walking and cycling.   To help address this, the Council has given communities the tools to make decisions on local road projects.

Community Network Panels have been deciding how to make best use of their share of £1 million (£50k per annum for 4 years for each Community Network Area) to fund local road projects for the benefit of their residents.

Bollards to prevent inconsiderate parking, ‘slow down’ signs asking motorists to cut their speed and parking controls to help keep junctions clear are some of the early measures delivered. 

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport Geoff Brown said: “Local people know local needs best. We said we will be a listening Council, and that we wanted to increase local decision making – here is the proof.”

“It’s great for local communities to be able to drive highway improvements based on local need and we have seen some innovative projects coming forward.  We are confident that this funding can make a real difference with Community Network Panels deciding how to spend their budget in a way that’s tailored to their specific areas and encouraging communities to get involved.”

For example, the community in Saltash, raised concerns about the high volume of traffic and speeding vehicles outside St Stephens Community Primary School. There was an increasing safety concern for children so the existing barrier was shortened to create additional space for them to cross.  Feedback from the community is that this has been a small but positive change that will support future improvements.

Works have also just been completed to address community road safety concerns between Warbstow to Cranworthy Water.  Pedestrians using this route felt unsafe due to the speed of traffic, lack of pavements and the poor visibility at Warbstow Cross Junction.  A range of measures such as new 30mph gateway signs, white edge lining, a mirror and renewal of existing junction markings and signs have been provided to address those concerns. 

Rob Nolan says:  “The Casualty Reduction Strategy is an opportunity for all of us to take stock of our priorities and examine our own behaviour as we work together to reduce the number of injuries or fatalities on our roads.”

 

Story posted 17 October 2019 

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‘Don’t give up giving up’ is the message to all of those doing Stoptober this year

Wed, 16/10/2019 - 13:12

It’s halfway through Stoptober already and many people across Cornwall have been working hard to give up tobacco products.

This year, Cornwall Council’s Public Health team have been asking people to think about their motivation for quitting, be that for themselves or a loved one to try to keep their focus on giving up tobacco for good.

Greg May, 36 years old from Redruth has been smoke free for 15 months now with support from the Healthy Cornwall Stop Smoking service. He offered the following advice: “So I’d smoked for over 20 years and I was very concerned about my health. The Stop Smoking service would contact me regularly to see how I was doing. They advised I could read online about what other people were going through on the internet and it felt like I wasn’t alone, I also started running.

“Don’t give up giving up, keep talking about how you’re feeling and find things to do that interest you. I didn’t believe that I would ever be able to quit smoking but I now have more of a want and desire for life and an overall feeling of wellbeing and happiness. I just feel so much happier”

Interim Deputy Director for Public Health Steve Brown said: “I’d like to say a massive well done for everyone who has got to this point in Stoptober. It’s so important that you keep going, not only for yourself but for others around you. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in Cornwall, with around 1000 smoking related deaths recorded every year. Second hand smoke is also a contributing factor to poor health, so it’s important that children are given the best possible start in life by making their homes and outdoor spaces free of cigarette smoke.”

Cornwall Council recently signed a declaration reinforcing its commitment to ensure tobacco control is a priority, and is aligned to the Government's ambition to be smoke free by 2030.

In 2009 23.5% of adults in Cornwall smoked and in 2019 that has dropped to 13.8%. The number needs to drop further to 5% and under to reach the smoke free target set by the Tobacco Control Plan for England.

Steve Brown added: “It’s key to have the right support in place to help you, whether that is 1-1 support from a wellbeing advisor, nicotine replacement or a mixture of all of these things. Having someone to help you to quit or switch to vaping means that you are four times more likely to stay smokefree in the long run”

The health benefits of quitting start almost immediately after your last cigarette:

  • After 20 minutes your pulse returns to normal.
  • After 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood fall by half, your oxygen levels begin to return to normal.
  • After 24 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body, your lungs start to clear out debris.
  • After 48 hours there is no nicotine in your body, your sense of smell and taste improve.
  • After 72 hours breathing becomes easier, your energy levels rise.
  • Between 2 and 12 weeks your blood circulation around your body improves.

For help to quit or switch call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website.

Posted on 16 October 

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Men in Hayle area urged to sign up for football fitness training

Wed, 16/10/2019 - 10:42

Men in the Hayle area are being invited to take up fun, football training sessions to help with their fitness and weight loss.

The Fans In Trainiing (FIT) sessions, which are run in partnership with Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team and Plymouth Argyle Football Club, take place every Thursday evening, 6.30 until 8pm.

It is a 12 week programme that began in September however places are still available and any male with a BMI of 26 or above is eligible to take part.

Cornwall Council Public Health consultant, Dr Ruth Goldstein said: “These sessions are a fun way for men to take positive steps towards improving their fitness levels and their food intake.

"There are a lot of different weight loss support groups out there but not many are targeted at men so I think it is important to look at options that appeal to them. The sessions combine football, healthy eating and nutrition advice with an added element of competition where teams score points from their games and through their weekly weight loss which helps to keep people motivated.”

Will Snapes West Cornwall Sports and Participation Manager from Argyle Community Trust said: “This is now the second set of sessions we have run and a lot of people who took part in the first set have signed up for the second, however we do have some places left and would like to see more men taking part in them.

"We run 40 minute matches with breaks every ten minutes so that it suits all abilities of fitness levels. Don’t worry if you haven’t done any exercise for a while as you will be in a similar situation to many others on the course and you can take things at your own pace.”

Participant Andy Pidwell said: “The first time I did it I lost quite a lot of weight so I’m fitter, I can run around and I feel healthier. It’s really good fun, it’s a bit of exercise each week and it has a really positive impact on your life and you make friends so it’s all good.”

Making sure that people in Cornwall have better health outcomes is a key priority for Cornwall Council so this scheme, working with partners, is another way of helping people to achieve that.

The sessions take place at Hayle Football Club (3G Astro) and cost £3 per session or £36 for 12 weeks. You can sign up and find more information on the Argyle Community Trust website.

Or you can email will.snapes@pafc.co.uk or call 07340 328969

Argyle Community Trust is the official charity of the Argyle Football Club and it uses the prestige of football to inspire, engage and help people of all ages achieve their full potential.

Posted on 16 October

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Local community will shape Langarth Garden Village plans

Wed, 16/10/2019 - 10:35

A place with great indoor and outdoor spaces where community initiatives can take root and flourish. Truly affordable and well insulated zero carbon homes for local people which are cheap to heat and run. Wide open spaces with trees and wildlife and recreational and play equipment for all ages. Sustainable transport with affordable electric bus services and walking and cycling routes. These are just some of the positive ideas put forward by people taking part in the three listening events held in and around the location of the new Langarth Garden Village last week. 

Cornwall Council is determined to ensure that the development of the proposed Garden Village is shaped by the local community. Last week saw the launch of the first in a series of community engagement events where local residents are being invited to come and talk to members of the masterplanning team and share their ideas, aspirations and concerns for the site. 

The first three drop in sessions were held in St Agnes, Highertown and Threemilestone, with further events due to be held at Chacewater Village Hall between 2pm and 7pm on Friday, 18 October and at Shortlanesend Village Hall between 2pm and 7pm on Friday, 25 October.

As well as talking to members of the masterplanning team, local residents were also invited to complete a questionnaire setting out their views on the emerging scheme.  

“It was great to see so many people take the opportunity to attend last week’s engagement events “ said Councillor Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Economy and Planning. 

“We want the masterplanning of Langarth Garden Village to be shaped by the community and I would encourage people living in and around Chacewater and Shortlanesend to come along to the events taking place in their local areas.”

“We will be staging further engagement events over the coming months but in the meantime anyone who has been unable to attend this round of events can fill in the online questionnaire or email the team at LangarthGV@cornwall.gov.uk with any queries or comments”.

The feedback from the public engagement events and the questionnaire, together with the views of key stakeholders, will inform ongoing master-plan thinking, most immediately three options for the proposed Garden Village site. Details of these options will be published in early November, in part through further public engagement events in Threemilestone on 8th November and Truro 15th November. Feedback from these events, plus that from stakeholder working groups, forums, workshops and meetings will go on to inform a preferred Masterplan option in early 2020. This preferred option will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet  in February.  A formal application for outline planning permission will then be submitted to the Council in April.

Local residents attending the engagement events welcomed the opportunity to put forward their views on the scheme. While some wanted the site to be left as a green area, the majority of people recognised that the existing planning permissions meant that development would inevitably take place. They welcomed the Council’s decision to intervene and work with the local community to create a vibrant and distinctive new community at Langarth.

Some raised concerns over the potential impact of the development on the existing roads into Truro, and increased pressures on health and education facilities. Others emphasised the importance of providing well designed affordable homes for local people, including shared ownership houses and accommodation for key workers; work spaces for small and medium sized businesses, green areas, with allotments, wild flower meadows and community orchards, as well as walking and cycling routes and general community open spaces.

Many welcomed the Council’s commitment to providing key infrastructure, such as the new Northern Access Road, improved public transport links, a new primary school, effective water and drainage systems, and additional health and dental services at the start of the project rather than at the end when all the housing had been built.

“We will be taking all these views on board as we continue to develop the masterplan“ said Bob Egerton. “We are working with partners and developers to ensure that the scheme connects with existing settlements, as well as with existing and planned retail developments in the rest of Truro.

“We recognise the concerns which have been expressed by people living in Threemilestone at the potential impact on their village. We have agreed to invest in key community facilities as part of the overall project and are working closely with Kenwyn Parish Council and the local Cornwall Councillors to identify potential projects”. 

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Cornwall Council leader calls on government to tackle regional inequality at research launch in Brussels

Tue, 15/10/2019 - 15:42

New research launched in Brussels today (October 15) reaffirms the need to put in place an ambitious UK regional policy and a UK Shared Prosperity Fund to replace the EU funds UK regions would lose post-Brexit.

The research, by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), confirms that UK regions would have received a minimum of €13 billion under a future EU programme. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly estimates its total investment need to be £100 million a year.

Cornwall Council leader Julian German will host the launch of the CPMR’s revised research, which will be an opportunity for UK regions and stakeholders to discuss the crucial issue of future funding for UK regions.

The CPMR research reveals how regional inequality has grown dramatically in the UK.

By analysing 2019 regional data, the study explains that seven UK regions, including Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, now qualify as Less Developed Regions. These regions have the greatest development need, and future investment is required through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

This is up from the five regions the CPMR identified when the think tank previously published a report in January this year.

Under the current 2014-2020 EU programme, only two regions – Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and West Wales and the Valleys - qualify as Less Developed Regions. The research clearly demonstrates that regional inequality is increasing in the UK.

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Researchers estimate that UK regions would receive a minimum of €13bn of regional development funding for the 2012-2027 period if we remained in the EU.

In a media interview last month, the Prime Minister promised to plug this shortfall in funding with a discrete fund for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through the long-awaited Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF).

Cornwall Council Leader Julian German said: “Amidst the ongoing political uncertainty, the Prime Minister has personally committed to replace EU funding in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly like-for-like with a dedicated fund that could be worth up to £100 million a year for the next decade.

“In Cornwall, thanks to sound financial management and our innovative approach to protecting services for our residents, business has carried on as normal. The Council is still delivering hundreds of services every day. But councils like Cornwall don’t have a magic money tree.

“Some of the funding pots Cornwall has benefitted from the most are the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the European Marine and Fisheries Fund, which are due to come to an end next year.

“Cornwall needs urgent EU replacement funding certainty to ensure that as a region we are no worse off after Brexit.”

Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This research underlines the need for an ambitious UK regional investment policy that recognises Less Developed Regions like ours and tackles economic inequality.

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s recent commitment to a discrete fund for our region, and we look forward to working with Government on delivering that investment.”

Read the full CPMR report, UK allocation for Cohesion Policy for 2021-2027.

 

Story posted on 15 October 2019

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Good news for Cornwall’s railways as number of journeys soar

Tue, 15/10/2019 - 15:07

Cornwall Council’s ground-breaking plans to improve bus and rail services in Cornwall and encourage more people to use public transport are already producing positive results – with more people now choosing to jump onto the bus or train and leave their cars at home.
More people have been recorded travelling on Cornwall’s trains to St Ives this summer than any other year. Following the opening of the St Erth Park and Ride in June, 406,000 journeys have been made on the St Ives Bay Line, nearly 89,000 more than last year, an increase of 28%.
And it’s not just the branch line seeing an upsurge. The mainline has seen a 21% increase in recorded local journeys since the introduction of additional services in May 2019.
Cornwall Council is committed to creating ‘One Public Transport System for Cornwall’ (OPTSfC) to improve the standard of public transport in the county and attract more people out of their cars.
The Council’s Climate Emergency announcement places further importance on the need to encourage more people to switch from their cars to using public transport to travel to work and for leisure activities.
Over the past four years the authority has delivered significant customer focused improvements to bus and rail services under Cornwall’s Devolution Deal programme with the support of Growth Deal funding.
The recent investments in the new multi-modal hub at St Erth and the additional signalling on the mainline to allow more trains to run are already benefitting residents and visitors.
As well as the welcome increase in rail journeys, the Council’s investment in bus services has led to a 5% increase in bus patronage since last year and the highest satisfaction rating it has ever received from bus users - 90%, proving that the improvements are starting to make a positive difference to customers and changing behaviour.
From December 2019, further rail timetable changes will mean that trains run on much more standard patterns making it easier to connect to buses and know when your train is coming. This integration will significantly improve the public transport connectivity of Cornwall.
“This welcome increase in the number of rail journeys is very good news “ said Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport. “ We want to encourage local residents, visitors and commuters to use public transport to travel to work, and for health, education, shopping and leisure rather than using their cars. This change will help improve air quality, reduce congestion and ease parking issues across the county.
“We have been working hard through our One Public Transport Scheme for Cornwall to provide a joined up public transport system across rail, bus and ferry services to provide regular, convenient, reliable transport for residents and visitors. The increase in rail and bus journeys over the past 12 months shows that our approach is working.
“We will continue to invest in the public transport network and will work with our partners and operators to maintain this improvement”

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Saltash house remains shut as partnership tackles anti-social behaviour

Tue, 15/10/2019 - 13:38

A house at the centre of anti-social behaviour plaguing a Saltash street remains shut after joint work by Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Devon & Cornwall Police.

A full Premises Closure Order for 91 Grenfell Avenue was granted at Bodmin Magistrates Court last month following a number of reports of crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder at the address involving both the tenant and associates attending the property.

The order was applied for jointly by the council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, and Devon & Cornwall Police and Force legal.

Following the hearing, officers proceeded to the premises where the property was boarded up after the tenant had vacated.

The premises will be closed until December and will allow local residents to enjoy their homes without feeling scared and intimidated.

Helen Toms from the Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team said: “The behaviour escalating from the address was totally unacceptable for local residents who had to endure a constant stream of visitors; many of whom were loud and disruptive as well as witness violent outbursts at the address causing many residents to fear for their safety and make changes to their lifestyle to reduce the impact from such behaviours.

“I accept that many people will have challenging times with in their lifetime, which we will work with and assist in finding an alternative lifestyle for them but to change they must make a commitment to change themselves guided by the many support services in the community.

“If this support and guidance is ignored we will act accordingly and proportionately in dealing with their behaviour to give confidence to the community by actively supporting those affected. ‘

Inspector Rupert Engley of Saltash police added: “I am delighted at the court’s decision to issue a full closure order on these premises. This legislation is not used lightly, and the case was only taken to court due to compelling evidence of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour linked to the address. Class A drug supply and use will always be dealt with robustly by Saltash police.

“The issue of this full closure order reflects the outstanding partnership work that has taken place between the police, Cornwall Council and local residents. Grenfell Avenue and the surrounding area are a lot safer now this property has been closed.

“We will continue to target drug dealers and premises involved in drug misuse, and work with our community to make Saltash a safer place for all.”

Residents are encouraged to report anti-social behaviour to the police by using the 101 number or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk, Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 232 or by calling CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

 

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Cornish teenager appeals for more people to think about adoption

Tue, 15/10/2019 - 12:06

A teenager from Cornwall is calling on anyone thinking about adopting, to come forward at the start of National Adoption Week. Jasmine was adopted when she was just three years old and she has been sharing her story, to try and encourage other people to make a difference to a young person in the county.

The Fostering and Adoption service, part of Together for Families at Cornwall Council, currently has 27 children looking for a permanent home. They are a range of ages and some are in sibling groups; Figures have shown that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a forever family.

Jasmine who has spent more than 10 years with a loving family, has spoken of the relief at being adopted and the questions it raised: “I was quite young, so I don’t remember too much about my birth family, but I do know there were some neglect issues, so I had to go into care. 

“I was moved into foster home, where I stayed with a family with a couple and their children and I became very close to them, very quickly. I was then adopted when I turned three, and I was lucky because my mum and dad also adopted my brother.”

Jasmine says the questions are still there, but she knows she has lots of support at home: “The family I have now are really loving and caring; it’s a huge family environment and we do simple things like have a Sunday roast. My aunt, my Nan and my cousins all live nearby, so there is always some you can talk to.”

Jasmine says she still has worries, but the family support with them: “When you are in care, you don’t know how long something is going to last, so you put everything into that moment.

“As I’ve been removed from my birth family and then the foster family, there were still worries that when I was adopted it wasn’t real. It’s only for a short time, even now that I’m older, I still have lots of what if questions in my mind; what if I wasn’t adopted, what if I wasn’t removed from my family or what if I was only brought here for a short time?

“That is really hard to deal with in your brain; as an adoptee I don’t always let myself trust situations or things and I don’t put my full effort into things because I don’t know how long they will last. 

“But now, I couldn’t of wished for anything more – My family are amazing, yes all families have their struggles, but there is a special bond and there is so much support available for people in my position.

Jasmine concluded by saying that it takes a lot of love to adopt someone, but it’s a chance to make a real difference: “I would say that anyone thinking about adopting needs to love the young person unconditionally, it won’t be easy because they will have issues and they may have more struggles than a normal teenager and you just need to be aware of that.”

Cllr Sally Hawken, Cabinet Member for Children & Wellbeing, Cornwall Council said, “There are many children who are waiting to be adopted but some are harder to find a loving home for than others. We do our best to keep sibling groups together because this is what they want, but this can make it very difficult to find the right adoptive family for them. While we need forever parents for all of our children who are waiting, we really would love to hear from people who feel they can offer a home to brothers and sisters to help them all thrive and experience a loving childhood.”

All Agencies want potential adopters to know that:

  • There are children who are waiting to be adopted now;
  • The adoption process will prepare you for becoming an adopter within as little as six months;
  • Anyone over 21 can adopt and there is no upper age limit;
  • Single people can adopt;
  • We welcome applications from LGBTQ and intersex people;
  • Adopters can be of any religion or none;
  • Many adopters have disabilities;
  • Adopters will be fully trained before the child is placed;
  • Adopters are supported throughout the process and beyond the adoption order.

During National Adoption Week there are a number of information events being held across the South West to inform and discuss the process of becoming an adopter and the vulnerable children who are currently waiting.

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Next milestone met as contractor appointed to deliver the new St Austell to A30 link road

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 17:08

A major Council project to build a new 3.9 mile road linking St Austell to the A30, to better connect communities in and around St Austell to the rest of Cornwall and the UK, has moved another step forward.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has been appointed to carry out the detailed design and construction of the road after successfully tendering for the contract.

The new road will link the A391 at Carluddon with the A30 at Victoria, supporting employment, housing and regeneration in the area.

Cornwall Council's Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: “This in an important milestone. The new road will boost business, inward investment and job growth as well as improving access to Cornwall Airport Newquay.

"This is a vital scheme which will boost economic growth in the mid Cornwall corridor between Newquay and St Austell.”

The Government has said that, in principle, it’s prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme after a strong funding bid from Cornwall Council to the Department for Transport (DfT).  We’ll now be submitting the final business case to the DfT for release of the funding.  The remaining £6m of funding for the new road is coming from Cornwall Council.

The new road will run from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.

The project will include significant landscaping to create a green corridor which will include the planting trees, shrubs, verges and species rich grassland to support wildlife habitats and insects. 

When the new road is complete, there will be new routes for walking, cycling and horse riding with 5 ½ miles of new paths to give greater opportunities for leisure and recreation.

Additional measures to improve the environment and reduce traffic speeds for residents through Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and along the B3274 Bodmin Road, will also form part of the project.

Cornwall Council member for Bugle Sally-Anne Saunders said: “The communities will be keen to see the community improvements that will come at the end of the build of the new road.   Those improvements will make a great difference to the people I represent in Bugle and Stenalees."

Cornwall Council member for Roche John Wood said: “We’ve been talking to our local communities all the way through to this latest milestone and we’ll continue to keep them involved.  The new road will take heavy traffic and big lorries away from the roads through our villages so our residents will have their villages back.”

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Executive Director Martyn Evans said: “We are delighted to be appointed as the main contractor for this critical new link in the mid Cornwall corridor. We have considerable experience in delivering sustainable infrastructure projects, identifying all opportunities to enhance social, economic and environmental aspects. We are acutely aware of the environmental sensitivities surrounding the scheme and will work in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to make it a success.”

“The Eden Project, through the National Wildflower Centre, has been working with Cornwall Council and partners to change the developmental ethos of road construction to deliver verifiable ecological gain over the longer term, including the creation of wildflower corridors and areas of new habitats. We hope that many of the recommendations made within this scheme will become commonplace in any future road building projects.”

MP for Newquay and St Austell, Steve Double said: “I’m delighted that the Government has said that, in principle, it’s prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme. People in the St Austell area have been crying out for a better link to the A30 for as long as I can remember.

“It’s great to see that this road will now be built that will not only improve connection to St Austell but also ease traffic through Bugle, Roche and Stenalees”

Depending on confirmation of government funding, construction could start in spring 2020, with the new road opening in 2022.

Posted on 14 October

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Date Confirmed for Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage in 2020

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 11:19

Some of the world’s best cyclists will be gracing the streets of Cornwall when the first stage of the Tour of Britain 2020 sets off from Penzance on Sunday, September 6 next year.

The date of the stage has now been confirmed by the tour’s organisers, and will see riders travelling on a 170km route through the Cornish countryside, ending in Bodmin.

The stage will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project (subject to final Tour of Britain approval in November).

The world-class sporting event is coming to Cornwall for the first time after a successful bid by Cornwall Council.

There will be a community launch day in November to promote the delivery of the event and to showcase the community engagement programme surrounding the event.

The race will give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that the race will generate over £3million of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage, and it is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads of Cornwall to watch.

The Tour of Britain stage will be the biggest ever sporting event to be hosted in Cornwall. The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event and the most prestigious race in Britain, and is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.

A total of 120 riders take part in the Tour of Britain and by hosting the first stage of the race in 2020, it will give opportunity for the public in Cornwall to see the world’s best cyclists in action.

The Tour of Britain stage in Cornwall will also present an opportunity for national and local businesses to sponsor the event.

Councillor Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for planning and economy at Cornwall Council, said:  “We are honoured and excited that Cornwall is hosting the first stage of Britain’s biggest cycling event on 6th September 2020.

“It will bring visitors into the Duchy, not only along the stage route, but across the rest of the Duchy and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad.

“We will also work to ensure we create a long term legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier and active lives.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said:  “We are delighted announce the date of Cornwall hosting the Grand Depart 2020 stage. We are looking forward to bringing the race to Cornwall for the first time on Sunday 6th September 2020.

“Working with Cornwall Council, British Cycling, the UCI and partners we look forward to making Cornwall the destination to be next September to see the world’s best cyclists in action.”

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Magistrates warn a Cornish mum to make sure her children attend school

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 17:40

The mother of two pupils from a school in Redruth has been given a 6 month Community Order, with electronic tagging, after pleading guilty for failing to ensure that her children attended school on a regular basis.

The parent was placed under Curfew from 8pm to 7am, 7 days a week, for a period of six weeks. The Order also directs the parent to undertake a Children and Families Rehabilitation Programme.

Magistrates at Truro were told that the two children had missed 79 sessions in the last academic year. It was the second time that the woman had appeared in court for unauthorised absences. She was fined £530 in January 2018.

The Chairman warned the mother that she could face a prison sentence if she appeared before the court again.

Education Welfare Officer at Cornwall Council, Rachel Jarman, said:  “We work closely with schools, parents and pupils to ensure that children and young people receive their full educational entitlement.

"This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation.  Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or sent to prison.”

For more information on school absence please visit our school pages.

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Cornwall’s Port Health team oversees successful Falmouth Oyster Festival

Fri, 11/10/2019 - 13:40

With the Falmouth Oyster Festival running for its 23rd year this weekend, Cornwall Council’s Port Health team has been working to ensure that residents, visitors and businesses enjoy a successful event.

The annual festivities held in Events Square in Falmouth mark the start of the oyster dredging season which runs from October to March each year.

Shellfish

It celebrates the native Fal Oyster and diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls from now until Sunday, October 13.

Daily cookery demonstrations are held by top chefs and food experts from Cornwall’s hotels and restaurants, inspiring visitors to try their hand at unusual and exciting seafood combinations and indulge in the tastes of native oysters, wines, ales and local produce.

This burgeoning industry is overseen by the Cornwall Council’s Port Health Team, a small group of officers who work with organisers to sample the raw shellfish products, oversee the regulation of depuration plants and industry testing of the final product.

OystersLike all shellfish oysters require proper preparation to ensure that they are safe to eat. Most shellfish from Cornish waters will undergo a form of processing called depuration. This is where the shellfish sit in a tank of clean water for 48-72 hours to filter clean water, so that they are presented to consumers in the safest possible condition.

The team look for cleanliness of the stalls but also at risk of cross contamination, temperature control, hand washing, access to water and personal hygiene of staff.The Falmouth-based Port Health team also carry out food hygiene inspections of some of the food business operators attending the festival.

For over a century there has been oyster dredging in the Carrick Roads and surrounding rivers. Many of the oyster boats, known as Falmouth Working Boats were built at boatyards around the Fal.

Governed by ancient laws that were put in place to protect the natural ecology of the riverbeds and oyster stocks, oystermen fishing in the Port of Truro Oyster Fishery are prohibited from using engines. Instead, sail power and hand-pulled dredges must be used.

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for environment and public protection, said: “A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes to get the Falmouth Oyster Festival up and running each year so that thousands of locals and visitors can enjoy these Cornish delights.

“I want to pay tribute to our Port Health team for ensuring everyone enjoys this top class, Cornish event celebrating our proud and growing shellfish industry.”

Businesses can find more information on food markets and festivals to ensure they are fully compliant with rules surrounding the service of food outside of permanent structures.

Safer Food Better Business packs can be purchased from Cornwall Council.

Posted 11 October, 2019

Categories: Councils, Politics