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Truro Bus Station set to close for ten weeks for refurbishment works

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 14:24

Truro Bus Station will close to the public from Monday 26 March while refurbishment works are underway.

Taking around ten weeks to complete, the work includes resurfacing the road around the station and along Green Street, replacing damaged railings, cleaning the building structure, repainting the building's metal work and installing more real time passenger information signs.

These works form part of a wider £150m Council-led programme of public transport improvements using Growth Deal funding from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, explained Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport.

Learn more about the Council's One Public Transport System for Cornwall

"We have a devolved budget which we are using to shape transport services more effectively to meet the needs of our residents," he said. "Part of this is about improving the information available to passengers at bus stops and the facilities at our busier stations."

During the closure, buses will arrive and depart from various locations around the city centre:

First Buses

  • Services T1, T2, 85 & 87: Arrive at Boscawen Street and depart from Victoria Square
  • Services 46, 47 & T3: Arrive at Boscawen Street and depart from Lemon Quay
  • Services U1, 36 & 66: Arrive at Lemon Quay and depart from Lemon Quay
  • Services 22, 27, 50, 51, 90, 92, 93, 94 & 95: Arrive at Quay Street and depart from Boscawen Street

Hopley’s Coaches

  • Services 304: Arrive at Boscawan Street and depart from Lemon Quay

Gorran Bus

  • Services to arrive and depart from the Coach Park on Fairmantle Street

National Express

  • Services to arrive and depart from Lemon Quay

Staff from First Kernow will be available around the Bus Station, Boscawen Street and Victoria Squarewhile the station is closed.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Final opportunity for residents and businesses to share views on plans to improve Camelford’s air quality

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 08:23

There’s still time for people in Camelford to share their views on a draft action plan to improve air quality in the town.

Cornwall Council’s two month consultation ends on 2 April.  Anyone can comment on the options the Council is investigating to improve local air quality via an online survey, by emailing or posting their comments to the Council.  The draft action plan is an important step towards opening up funding opportunities for measures that could help to improve the town’s air quality.

Councils are required to monitor air quality in their area against national targets and to declare areas with poor air quality as Air Quality Management Areas.  Cornwall Council declared Camelford an Air Quality Management Area in 2017 after long term monitoring found that the Fore Street and High Street areas of the town have excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  The A39 is the main contributor to air pollution in Camelford, with private diesel cars contributing around 32% of the pollution, diesel light goods vehicles contributing 24% and large vehicles such as HGVs contributing 16%.  The remaining pollution comes from other types of road traffic.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Councillor for Camelford, said: “Lots of residents came to our drop in session to talk about the 14 options the Council is currently looking at and to share ideas of their own.  You can still comment online until 2 April, so please take this opportunity to have your say on this important issue for Camelford.  I’m continuing to work with partners towards the ultimate solution for Camelford, which would be a bypass.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “After the consultation is closed, the Council will consider all comments and suggestions before publishing the final Camelford Air Quality Action Plan.  The Camelford plan will become part of our Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy, which also includes county-wide measures for improving air quality.  Improving air quality is a long term process and for the plan to be a success we will all need to do our bit.  Small changes like walking or cycling shorter journeys or turning your engine off when stuck in traffic can add up to a big difference.”

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

Story posted 20 March 2018

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Survey shows four out of five people think recycling is important

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:55

Four out of five people in Cornwall think recycling household rubbish is very important according to the results of a survey published today by Cornwall Council.

Last December Cornwall Council conducted a survey to better understand what people think about recycling, their attitudes to food waste and what would help people to recycle more.

The survey saw 4,404 responses from across Cornwall and from a mix of housing types. The survey was complemented by three focus groups which explored key issues more deeply.

Of those who responded:

  • 91% think it is very important that Cornwall’s environment is protected
  • 82% think recycling household rubbish is very important
  • 77% think that household recycling is fairly or very convenient
  • Only 3% of respondents said they did not recycle
  • One in five households throw away ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a reasonable amount’ of food waste
  • 71% said a collection of a wider range of materials would encourage an increase in recycling
  • One in five people (21%) said they would consider being a volunteer recycling champion for the Council.

Being unable to store the recycling between collections was one of the most cited reasons for not recycling.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: “Public feedback is important – one of our values is to listen to residents and we really wanted to know what people thought.  The survey results suggest people want to recycle and will do it if it is easy but one size does not fit all. It was clear barriers to recycling included storage, access to collection points and confusion over what can be recycled.

“This survey has provided us with lots of insight – it supports that people will recycle more if it is easy, that people want to know what happens to materials collected and we need to provide more information on what can and can’t be recycled.”

The results of the survey and focus groups have now been published on the Council website at:

Results from the survey will now help shape future education and awareness campaigns, as well as be included in the tender documents when the 2020 waste contract is issued.

Councillor James said the feedback had also helped shaped the Council’s proposed Resources & Waste Strategy, which has been published for consultation to seek residents views on the way the Council proposes to deal with waste.

“How we deal with our materials, waste and resources now and in the future is one of the biggest challenges we face. Over the past few years we have seen some reduction in waste generated and some improvement in the amount of waste that is recycled in Cornwall, but we need to do much more.

“This strategy sets out our plan to work with the community to better manage household materials, waste and resources. It’s important that everyone in Cornwall makes an active contribution to reducing the amount of waste we create, and to reusing and recycling more, which is why we are keen to hear people’s feedback on our approach, especially as we had such as strong response to the last survey.

“Our proposed strategy is titled ‘It’s in our hands’ because the management of waste starts with each of us. Only when we all work together, can we make a real difference for Cornwall and its unique and special environment.”

The strategy consultation will run until 31 March 2018 and can be viewed on the waste and recycling section of our website.

Story posted 16 March 2018

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Cornwall Council and partners support National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:42

Sue James

Sunday 18 March is Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said:  “We are committed to protecting children from harm. We have all seen how child sexual exploitation can damage lives and we are working with our partners to provide the best possible response.  We work closely together and want the community to feel confident that they can share concerns and we want children and young people to know that we will listen.”

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people into sexual activity and there have been many harrowing stories where children have been targeted and groomed online.

Alongside our Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Cornwall and Safeguarding Adults Board and with partners across the Peninsula including Devon and Cornwall Police and Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Children Boards, we are promoting awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for children and wellbeing Sally Hawken said: “Parents, carers, relatives, friends, neighbours, members of the public and professionals all have a role to play. We’re supporting the national campaign on 18 March which aims to raise awareness and we encourage people to report any concerns.

The Awareness Day aims to highlight this form of abuse and encourage everyone to adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

John Clements Independent Chair of the Cornwall and Isle of Scilly Local Safeguarding Board said: “Sadly it’s no surprise that children may be at risk from online grooming so by raising awareness, this campaign encourages parents to feel better educated and equipped around online use, and for children and young people to spot signs of grooming and know where to go for help and support.“

The partners are taking part in a national social media campaign and encouraging people from their organisations and beyond to support the Twitter Thunderclap on 18 March and write a personal pledge on their hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign.

Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay18 to help raise awareness of CSE.



Story posted 16 March 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council extends deadline for adult social care charging policy consultation

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 15:32

Following feedback from service users Cornwall Council has extended the deadline for the adult social care charging policy to give everyone more time to come forward with their views and help shape this key policy for the future.

The draft policy sets out the Council’s approach to financial assessments and charging for both residential and non-residential care services, including respite care.

The new deadline for comments on the charging policy is Monday 23 April at 5pm.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, said: “With a growing number of adults relying on some form of social care in Cornwall, and increasing demands on the adult social care budget, we want to develop a fair and transparent system of charging and ensure that both the Council and our residents get the best value for money for care provided.

We know that people who use adult social care services and their families felt strongly that they did not have enough time to respond to the proposed changes in this policy. We want to put that right.

Following the extension to the deadline we want as many people as possible who have an interest in adult social care to come forward and have their say.

Once this extended consultation period has ended, all the comments will be carefully considered and the final proposals put forward to Members who will make the final decision.

Copies of the policy document, further information and links to the consultation survey can be found on our adult social care charging policy page. 

Story posted 15 March 2018

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Winter Wellbeing partnership wins regional award

Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:30

The Cornwall Council led Winter Wellbeing partnership has won an award from the South West Energy Efficiency awards.

The award recognises the work that Winter Wellbeing, made up of over 30 partners, has done to reduce fuel poverty and make homes warmer for residents in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

In the past year the partnership has led on improvements to 338 homes with a further 1,080 to be completed by January 2019. The works have been carried out under a number of initiatives such as the Central Heating Fund, and Warm and Well Cornwall.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are in the top 3 local government areas for homes without central heating. In 2015 there were over 34,000 homes in fuel poverty (14.2%), and the Council has an ambition to reduce this to 5% by 2030, which means removing 22,000 homes out of fuel poverty.

Dr Caroline Court, Cornwall Council’s Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health said “This award is recognition for all the hard work that the partnership puts in year after year. Our unique multi agency approach means that we are able to make a real impact on people’s lives.

“Being warm and well at home is something many of us take for granted, but to those who can’t afford to turn up the heating when the weather gets cold, the partnership can make a huge difference.”

A resident who lives on the Isles of Scilly and received help last year said: "Our house was so cold. To wash dishes in the kitchen we had to put the oven on and let the heat circulate. Our children didn't enjoy coming back home (from mainland) as too cold and my partner's health was suffering. The house was very damp. The first step was a low energy dehumidifier under Smart Warmth, that dried out the damp. Then after many months of waiting in March 2017, we had free first time central heating (with LPG Gas bottles) installed. It really has transformed our lives, with the house warm and dry for the first time." 

The Winter Wellbeing programme has been running for 8 years and provides residents with help from emergency heating funds, advice on better insulation, switching tariffs, providing first time central heating systems and support to find employment. Anyone seeking help with their heating can call the Winter Wellbeing partnership for free on 0800 954 1956 or Call Bev at Warm and Well Cornwall on 01872 326552.

Story posted 15th March 2018

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13% of pregnant women in Cornwall and Isles and Scilly still smoking

Thu, 15/03/2018 - 08:31

Latest figures show that nearly 650 women in Cornwall smoked during their pregnancy in 2016/17, making up around 13 percent of all pregnant women last year. 

Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of a premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, diabetes and heart complications. For a mum to be, quitting smoking is one of the things they can do to give their baby the best possible start in life. 

The national Tobacco Control Plan for England, ‘Towards a Smokefree Generation’, has set a target to reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy to six percent or lower by 2022 so the South West has some way to go to reach this target. 

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health said “The prevalence in Cornwall has decreased in recent years but there is still more work to be done. Much of this progress is down to the key role that midwives play in having conversations with women early in their pregnancies, and offering them help and support to quit. 

“Smoking in pregnancy can harm the baby in the womb from day one, so stopping smoking is one of the best things a women can do to protect the health of their baby through pregnancy and beyond. Whilst there are immediate gains if a woman quits, an even more successful approach is if partners and wider family also cease smoking."

Stop Smoking support is available from Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website.

As part of this service specialist ‘Healthy Pregnancy’ advisors work closely with midwives to support pregnant women; their partners and other family members to quit smoking. The advisors also offer advice around vaping and e-cigarettes and actively promote the importance of smoke-free environments during pregnancy and following birth. 

Specialist pregnancy advisors and general advisors are available across the county delivering creative and innovative smoking cessation at a wide range of locations including community venues; family hubs/children’s centres; GP practices and Royal Cornwall Hospital sites.

Story posted 14 March 2018

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Highways Maintenance on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 16:59

Residents of the Truro and Roseland Community Network area are being invited to attend the March meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include maintaining highways and giving communities a greater voice.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Tuesday 20 March 2018 between 7pm and 9pm at Probus Village Hall, Fore Street, Probus, TR2 4NB.

Viv Bidgood, Highways and Environment Manager at CORMAC, will be providing an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects. 

Mark O’Brien, the area’s Community Link Officer, will give an update on plans to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through community network panels. This will include asking the panel to consider some recommendations to give people in the Truro and Roseland more of a voice through Community Networks.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for panel members to raise and  and urgent issues or suggest future agenda items. Local residents will also have the chance to ask any questions they may have.

Chris Wells Chairman of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel and a Truro City Councillor said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting in March is an opportunity to hear how communities will have more of a say on local matters and find out about highways maintenance. Come along and find out more.” 

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area. They progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners; including town & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.

Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 Parish Councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

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

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

Posted 13 March 2018

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Schools in Cornwall among the worst funded in the country

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 14:22

Schools in Cornwall are among the worst funded in the country, with concerns about the impact on children’s life opportunities if this is not addressed.

The concerns have been raised by Cornwall Council Leader, Adam Paynter, as part of the Council’s Fair Funding #StandUpForCornwall campaign.

"It’s clearly unfair that Cornwall receives £1,645 less per pupil than the ten best funded boroughs in inner London."

“Central Government is currently reviewing local authority funding for our public services and our Fair Funding campaign has been timed to highlight the difference between the richest and poorest funded schools in the country.

“Cornwall’s schools are not receiving the funds needed from government to give pupils the best possible start in life. In fact, we are in the bottom 9 areas in the country for school funding.”

“Being fair to the next generation starts with making sure that every child in Cornwall has the same chance of going to a good school which is decently resourced. We hope Whitehall listens to us and also our campaign and re-balances this injustice.”

Insisting that it’s not just schools that lack fair funding but Further Education Colleges too, David Walrond, Principal of Truro and Penwith College added his voice to the fair funding campaign.

“The post-16 funding picture in Cornwall is particularly bleak. We know that schools are facing great challenges in terms of funding, but austerity-led hits on the post-16 budget have been significantly worse.

“That does not just damage the prospects or life chances of Cornwall’s youth, it damages the socio-economic prospects of the county as a whole. This chronic under-investment in skills puts us completely at odds with all our successful economic competitors,” He said.

Talking specifically about funding in schools, Head Teacher of Humphry Davy School, Bill Marshall commented: “There are over 68,000 state school pupils in Cornwall and each one deserves the support and resource to reach their full potential.

“Cornwall Association of Secondary Head Teachers (CASH) fully supports the Council’s Fair Funding campaign to secure better funding for the young people of Cornwall, and we think the Government needs to go back to the blackboard and increase the funds they provide so Cornwall can keep pace with ever increasing pupil numbers.

“Historic spending doesn’t match the current level of need in our schools and children in Cornwall should receive the same investment as anywhere else in the country. We need a fairer allocation of money.”

“For instance, a primary school with a head count of 400 pupils in Cornwall receives on average £376,000 less than schools in Greenwich, London.  A secondary school with 1,400 pupils in Cornwall receives £2million less than the same size school in Greenwich.

“Our schools need to be given the same ‘tools’ to deliver as other better-funded parts of the country.  Our children all sit the same exams and our schools are judged by the same Ofsted criteria.” 

“Different schools with different social needs should, of course, be funded differently. They should not, however, be compromised and disadvantaged by such vast and persistent financial differences.”

He further added: “In November 2017, the Social Mobility Commission confirmed that 18 of the Top 20 areas for upward social mobility are in London.  Frequently, the worst areas for mobility are unsurprisingly found within the lowest funded authorities.

“The #StandUpForCornwall campaign is an opportunity for the voice of Cornwall to be heard. Use it to support the children of Cornwall, they are our future.” He said.

Take action, ‘like’ and share on Twitter and Facebook, or sign a pledge.

Story posted 13 March 2018

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Who Dares Serves in St. Ives

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:17

Participants completing the latest ‘Who Dares Serves’ course will attend a passing out parade on Friday 16 March at St Ives Community Fire Station.

Who Dares Serves is a week-long, multi-agency course giving people insight into working with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and a host of public services from across the South West. Focussing on a taster into each public service, the course gives an idea of the breadth of skills it takes for each to operate and how individuals can be involved within these services.

Who Dares Serves is a one of a range of innovative work-related options within the ‘Who Dares Works’ project, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and led by award-winning Community Interest Company, Active Plus.

The official passing out parade marks the culmination of the group’s learning over the five days. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase techniques demonstrated throughout the week, including hose running and first aid.

Who Dares Serves is led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service who have been running the Phoenix Project since 2002 to enhance self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

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

Carolyn Webster, Project Manager for Who Dares Works, said: “It is great to see public services coming together to deliver this course. We know from the feedback from previous courses how positive the impact is with comments such as ‘this has been such a massive boost for my personal confidence!’ The course plays a great role in helping motivate and inspire people into taking the next steps towards training and work.”

Cllr James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We are very proud to support the Who Dares Serves project which not only connects our services to the local community but also helps to build community resilience and improve the skills and confidence of the participants.”

Who Dares Works is a partnership of 17 organisations working together to support over 850 people across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get into work, education and training, and is led by Active Plus. Over the next 2-3 years, the project will receive up to £3.3 million of funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

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

Story posted 12 March 2018

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Volunteers needed for Launceston area Community Speed Watch scheme

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:12

Launceston Community Network Panel is recruiting volunteers for a Community Speed Watch scheme.

Responding to local concerns about speeding in the area, Launceston Community Network Panel is setting up the scheme in partnership with Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Speed Watch schemes aim to engage and educate speeding drivers.  Teams of trained volunteers and sometimes police officers or community support officers monitor traffic from the roadside in speeding hot spots.  Speeding vehicles are recorded and warning letters are sent to the vehicle owner together with educational information.

Persistent offenders receive a further warning letter and may also have a visit from their local neighbourhood policing team to deliver some words of advice.  Those who continue to ignore the warnings may face prosecution as a result of failing to adhere to the speed limit.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “People in the Launceston Community Network area have told us that speeding is an ongoing concern.  So a Community Speed Watch scheme is being set up with the full support of our local police Inspector Hughes, who will assist with the training which will be organised shortly.  More volunteers would be very welcome in joining the scheme. After training, small teams will spend 2-3 hours a month on Speed Watch patrol in hot spots throughout the area.”

Councillor Burden continued: “At Launceston Community Network Panel’s next meeting on 15 March, we’ll be discussing and agreeing priorities for the next 12 months.  If you have great ideas you’d like to see developed or concerns you think we should address, come along and share your views, help shape local priorities and focus the work of your panel.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Community Speed Watch scheme should email Rosemary Stone, Launceston Communities Support Assistant, at

The next Launceston Community Network Panel takes place on Thursday 15 March at 7.00pm in Launceston Town Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas for the panel’s priorities for the coming year.

Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  The panel’s current priorities include local health provision, road and broadband infrastructure, and neighbourhood planning.

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephens by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.

Story posted 12 March 2018

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Camelford Community Network Panel meeting to discuss health and social care transformation

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:13

People living in and around the Camelford Community Network area can find out about plans to transform health and social care and the latest on highways maintenance and at the Camelford Community Network Panel meeting on Wednesday 21 March at 7.00pm in Camelford Hall.

Ellen Wilkinson, Medical Director Cornwall Foundation Trust, and Karen Kay, Executive System Lead for Urgent and Emergency Care,will be on hand to hear about local health and social care priorities and concerns.  They will also provide feedback on the recent co-production workshops and outline the next steps for the Shaping Our Future programme to transform health and care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Oliver Jones, CORMAC’S Area Highway and Environment Manager, will attend the meeting to give an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects.  Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, will also be there to answer any questions.

Cornwall Councillor Dominic Fairman, Chair of Camelford Community Network Panel, said: “Important changes are coming to the way both health and social care are delivered in Cornwall and our meeting is open to all the public to learn and question how these will affect local services in the future. We also have our local highways manager to explain how and when roads are maintained and take questions. It is also an excellent chance to meet up with your local councillors.”

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

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

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

Story posted 12 March 2018

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Bringing Cornwall’s history back to life through colour

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 15:02

Local artist Joshua Barrett has re-imagined photographs from Cornwall’s history in glorious colour to bring them back to life and add a new dimension to images that had previously only been seen in black and white.

On Saturday 3 March Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service launched their new exhibition ‘Cornwall in Colour’ at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth.

The exhibition, which is free to visit and runs until Saturday 14 April, includes six images that have been colourised and brought to life for the very first time by local colouriser Joshua Barrett.

“We have been blown away by the images that Joshua has colourised. These photographs are moments in time that connect to wider events, themes and issues and introducing colour back into these photographs really seems to breathe life back into them, and helps bridge the gap between the present and the past,” saidChloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the Archives and Cornish Studies Service.

The exhibition will also feature a range of postcards, books and images from the Service’s archives which is home to hundreds of thousands of images – many of them are original glass negatives – of Cornwall in the past.

The images which have been colourised were chosen both for their quality, and for the story they tell. Images include a 1940s RAF inspection, farming in Bodmin, a copper-clad early 20th century diver and this picture from May Day in Padstow in 1944 featuring American GIs greeting the ‘Oss.

Cornwall’s colourful past

Padstow’s May Day celebrations went on as usual in 1944, with the “hobby horse prancing through the streets of this old town to the sound of the … drum,” although the presence of American GI soldiers added some excitement. 

A month after these photos were taken this battalion of American troops,  who were based at nearby Prideaux Place in Padstow, became one of the first to arrive on Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day landings on 6 June. Many of the men pictured didn’t survive the invasion of Europe.  

Joshua Barrett, who colourised the images, said: “It has been a real pleasure working on this project and a real privilege to produce something which will enrich Cornwall's already fantastic cultural heritage. I hope the colourisation will help people view the past in a different light and help generations, both young and old, to engage with history in a far more emotional way.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the fascinating process of colourising historic photographs then Joshua is giving a free talk at the Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place, Redruth at 2pm on Tuesday 20 March. Booking for the talk is highly recommended, call 01209 216760 to arrange.

For more information about the exhibition please contact the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216760.

Story posted 06 March 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

St Austell builder took advantage of vulnerable resident

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 14:22

Michael Leslie McQuade, 49, of Robartes Place, St Austell pleaded guilty on Friday 23 February 2018 at Truro Crown Court, to one offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

In May 2014 McQuade began work at the property of a 67 year old female. The victim was considered vulnerable due to a range of complex health issues, and was finding it difficult to cope living alone. Support provided by Social Services had earlier identified that work was needed to improve the conditions in her property, so she could remain living there independently.

The victim agreed for McQuade to carry out these extensive works to clear and clean up the property, making it suitable for habitation. McQuade worked on the property up until December 2015. During his time there, he carried out other services for the victim, such as taking her to the shops, looking after her dogs and carrying out small errands. Despite knowing that the victim had little available money, Mr McQuade did not provide any suitable indication of the costs of the work he was undertaking, which were building up at a considerable rate.

Unfortunately the victim had mistakenly believed that a friendship had developed between herself and McQuade during this time. McQuade would visit her in hospital when she was ill, but failed to make it clear that he was in fact charging for these visits.

When presented with the final bill, the victim was shocked at the amount and was unable to pay. The victim owned a field adjacent to her property; and after discussions as to how she could make the payment, an arrangement was reached whereby the victim would sign over ownership of the field in lieu of the money owed.

When the victim began to question whether she should agree to the transfer of the field, McQuade’s attitude to the victim changed quickly; prompting her to report concerns to Devon and Cornwall Police. The case was later passed to Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Team for further investigation. Referring to McQuade’s behaviour in this case, HH Judge Carr stated “It is an appalling way to treat another human being.” McQuade received a 4 month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to pay £5,000 towards prosecution costs.

Leanne McLean, Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime said, “This was a difficult case, and McQuade’s conduct created considerable worry to a vulnerable individual. Whilst we accept that McQuade did not set out to take advantage of the victim, he ultimately saw an opportunity to profit from the circumstances. Not only did he fail in his legal duties under the Consumer Protection Regulations, but he also betrayed the trust of an individual who was extremely lonely and desperate for human interaction. He saw her as a soft touch and decided to exploit the situation for his own ends.”

Nigel Strick, Fair Trading Manager said, “We are very pleased with the sentence passed today by Judge Carr. It reflects the seriousness of the matter and sends a clear warning to those who seek to take advantage of vulnerable consumers that they will be caught and brought to justice.” 

Sue James, Councillor for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said, “Once again out Trading Standards Team has been successful in bringing a criminal to justice. The case shows the great work we can do when working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and with our own Adult Social Care Team to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

Story posted 28 February 2018

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Priority setting on the agenda for Launceston Community Network Panel

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 09:33

People in and around Launceston are being invited to help shape Launceston Community Network Panel’s priorities and focus for the next 12 months at its meeting on Thursday 15 March at 7.00pm in Launceston Town Hall.               

Matt Barton, Cornwall Council’s Head of Service Strategy and Business Planning, will present the residents’ survey results as a starting point to the priority setting.

Oliver Jones, CORMAC’S Area Highway and Environment Manager, will attend the meeting to give an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects.  Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, will also be there to answer any questions.

In addition to this, the meeting will include local updates from Cornwall, town and parish councillors and time for public questions.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “This is your opportunity to help us set Launceston Community Network panel’s priorities.  Last year our priorities included primary and secondary health care services, road infrastructure and speeding concerns, poor broadband accessibility and mobile ‘not spots’.  Come and share your ideas for the things your panel should develop this year or any concerns you think we should address.”

Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services. 

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network:

  • Altarnun
  • Boyton
  • Egloskerry
  • Laneast
  • Launceston
  • Lawhitton
  • Lewannick
  • Lezant
  • North Hill
  • North Petherwin
  • South Petherwin
  • St Stephens by Launceston
  • St Thomas the Apostle
  • Stoke Climsland
  • Trewen and
  • Werrington

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

Story posted 6 March 2018

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Community praised for resilience and spirit during recent storms

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 16:25

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter today paid special tribute to the people of Cornwall for their resilience and community spirit over the last week as the county battled the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

“The people of Cornwall have shown remarkable community spirit in the face of very challenging circumstances. There have been some amazing stories emerge over the past few days which truly show what residents of Cornwall are made of,” Councillor Paynter said.

“I would also like to play special tribute to the commitment of emergency services, council staff and volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure people could get home and stay warm.

“While many people were tucked up safely in their homes as the storm gave us its worst, there were thousands of people across Cornwall balancing their jobs with the care of their family, looking the storm in the eye and putting others first. Many of them worked around the clock, slept at work, or walked through the snow for hours to serve others.

“To all of those people who put others first – a heartfelt thank you for your service. From Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, paramedics and hospital staff who responded to emergencies, through to those who helped keep the main roads open, looked after our water and power supplies, to those who care for the vulnerable – you all selflessly put yourselves out in appalling conditions to help others.

“The relentless focus of all services on making sure the public are safe, reassured and cared for is immeasurable.”

Councillor Paynter also praised local volunteer organisations who pulled out all stops to help others, and local businesses who donated goods, stayed open or pitched in to help others.

“It is on occasions such as this where community spirit really comes to life and brings out the best in people who put others before themselves to keep us, our friends and families safe.

“I would also like to thank all the journalists who covered the storms, sharing important public information and keeping our community up to date. You played an important role in helping to keep Cornwall safe too,” he said.

Councillor Paynter said the Council would create a thank you tribute book for heroes of the storms and invited members of the public to contribute messages or stories.

“We’ve already received quite a few messages via social media and want to give people the opportunity to say thanks in a book we will publish online.  Whether you’d like to say thanks to a Council employee, the police, a nurse or your neighbour, you are welcome to send a message.”

Send us your message to by Friday 23 March. 

Councillor Paynter said the emergency operations centre closed yesterday (4/3/2018) but ongoing issues were still being closely monitored by the Council in conjunction with partner agencies.

“We expect waste collections and other services to return to normal this week and ask for people’s patience while we deal with any backlogs,” he said. 

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Have your say on Crooklets play area in Bude

Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:15

Cornwall Council is asking families in the north of Bude for their views on an exciting new scheme to improve the children’s play area next to Crooklets car park.

The much loved Crooklets play area is very weathered and in need of replacement.  Cornwall Council has made £20,000 of funding available to upgrade the current facilities and improve the quality of activities for local children and visitors.

There are signs on site encouraging families to take part in a short online survey on our play areas page and share their priorities, thoughts, ideas and suggestions for the play area.  The consultation closes on Sunday 25 March.

Nigel Pearce, one of Bude’s two Cornwall Councillors, said: “Children love to play on the half sunken ship concept, inspiring their imagination.  If you have any ideas and comments to improve things, they could be used by designers to develop different options for this area.  We’ll be sharing the options with the public later in the spring and you’ll be able to vote for your favourite design. My grandchildren play here and I like to think of it as an Imagination Area.”

Peter La Broy, who also represents Bude on Cornwall Council, said: “It’s fantastic that the Crooklets play area has been selected for funding as part of the Council’s three year Capital Play Programme.  The scheme invests in strategic facilities where no other funding is available, so it’s great to see it being used to improve this play area in Bude.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We’re investing in outdoor play areas in key locations like Crooklets because good quality open spaces encourage families to spend time outdoors, being active, good for physical and mental health. I’m looking forward to hearing local children’s ideas about the kind of play area they want and seeing the designers bring those ideas to life.”

Story posted 5 March 2018

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96.9% of pupils in Cornwall allocated first choice of secondary school - one of best performances in the country

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 15:21

Cornwall Council is, once again, one of the best performing councils in the country with 96.9% of year 6 pupils being allocated their first preference secondary school. 

5,409 (96.9 %) pupils have been allocated a place at their first preference school and 5539 (99.2 %) pupils have been allocated a place in one of their three preferred schools. This remains close to the Council’s high-performing figures of recent years. For September 2017, 97.8% of applicants were allocated a place in their first preference school.

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, welcomed the high number of children in Cornwall who would be attending a preferred secondary school and acknowledged the hard work of the School Admissions Team in ensuring that applications received by the national deadline were dealt with efficiently and within published timescales.

“I am delighted that once again the Council is able to offer a very high number of children a place at their preferred school” she said.  “The Council is grateful to its secondary schools for their support in ensuring that as many children as possible can attend a preferred school. The School Admissions Team has also been grateful for schools’ support in reminding parents to apply on-time to reduce the risk of disappointment.

Cornwall Council will continue to plan for the demand on places to ensure that as many children as possible can attend their preferred school now and in the future.”

The Council received over 5,550  applications by the national deadline (5,584 compared to 5,426 in September 2017).

Increased pressure on secondary school places is expected in September 2018 and is likely to continue for the next few years.  Six of the 31 secondary schools have had to refuse places in this admissions round compared to four schools at this time last year. 

While the Council continues to monitor the demand for primary and secondary school places and works with all schools to mitigate unexpected high demand so that wherever possible pupils can attend their preferred school, Council Leader Adam Paynter said he was concerned that the increasing demand for places signalled fairer funding was need for Cornwall's schools.

"There are more than 68,000 pupils in Cornwall and each one deserves to reach their full potential. However, it is patently unfair that historical funding formulas means Cornwall receives £1,823 less per mainstream school based pupil than those in inner London. We are urging the Government to provide fairer funding as we believe every child’s education should be equal and not be a lottery based on where you live,” he said.


Story posted 02 March 2018

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Cornwall’s multi agency Silver Control continues to deal with potential snow, ice and flooding issues

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 10:28

Agencies in Cornwall are continuing to deal with the issues caused by the snow, ice and flooding experienced over the past 24 hours.  

While the snow showers have now turned into sleet and rain, with air and road surface temperatures now above zero in most areas, it is still very cold in some parts of east Cornwall.  The advice from the police this morning is not to travel unless you have to and to please drive very carefully if you do need to go out.  The gritters were out 4 times yesterday, treating the 25 precautionary routes, and also secondary routes and responding to individual issues. They were out again at midnight and at 4am this morning. Highways teams are now assessing the situation to decide on any further action but there will still be patches of ice on untreated roads.

Overnight there were issues with fallen trees in Gweek and Praze and there are currently issued with snow drifts and abandoned vehicles blocking some roads. Highways crews have been sent there with a snow blower to deal with the issue.

While the Truro Park and Ride service is operational today, members of the public can only park and use the Langarth site which will service both ends of the town. This means that there may be some disruptions to the normal timetable.

Fire and rescue crews, highways staff and the police are currently dealing with reports of flooding in the Lizard area, caused by a combination of high tide, strong winds and run off from melting snow. The worst affected area is in Porthallow where five properties have been flooded. The fire and rescue service received around 50 calls overnight – mostly to do with flooding and frozen pipes.

All 279 schools in Cornwall have now reported they are closed today – for detailed information on school closures and road conditions visit

Cornwall Housing is operating an emergency service today ( dealing with emergency repairs and homelessness) and is asking customers to consider if their inquiry needs to be dealt with immediately and, if so, to use email and the website for non emergencies. The service should return to normal on Monday.

All waste collections in the east of Cornwall have been suspended today, with collections in the rest of the county operating as usual, with the exception of the Bring Back service which has been affected by the high winds. Further information will be posted on the Council’s website throughout the day.  

Penmount crematorium is fully operational but staff are still asking mourners to check that funerals have not been re-arranged by families or funeral directors.  While the drive and car parks have been gritted, pedestrians are being advised to avoid the memorial grounds where the paths have not been cleared.

Story posted: 2 March 2018

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Apprenticeships work! Apply for one with Cornwall Council

Fri, 02/03/2018 - 08:56

Cornwall Council is supporting local people to get in to work by calling for applications from those who would like an apprenticeship.

The Council has taken on nearly 80 new apprentices in the last 18 months and is offering many more new apprentice opportunities this coming year.

An apprenticeship gives people both experience and qualifications by combining on the job training with study so you can earn while you learn.

Cornwall Council currently has over 15 apprenticeship opportunities for all ages in a variety of roles including business administration, procurement, finance, health and social care, and more!

Those interested in seeing what apprenticeships the Council has to offer can come along to a special Apprenticeship Open Event on Thursday 8 March at County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY and pop in any time from 2.30pm – 6.30pm.

The event is being supported by the Council’s Chief Executive Kate Kennally who will be speaking at 4pm, and the National Careers Service will be on hand to help with registration and applications.

Councillor Hawken, Cabinet member for Children and Wellbeing said: “We want to provide opportunities for people from all walks of life and develop our own workforce for the future, so are looking for skilled and talented people to join us as apprentices. Our apprenticeships and routes into apprenticeships are also an important part of our plan to improve Cornwall’s economy by investing in skills and helping to raise aspirations.”

Councillor Egerton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy added: “Providing on the job training gives people the opportunity to develop skills for both current and future employment, so it’s important that we play our part in encouraging apprentices of all ages to come forward. Investing in skills will also contribute to economic growth and prosperity in Cornwall.”

Katie Williams an apprentice who has just been offered permanent employment with Cornwall Council said: “The best thing about being an apprentice is working with my team and meeting new clients. I sit in on client meetings, which allows to see the process through to the end. I feel supported through my apprenticeship – my line manager and my team have been very supportive. They are all really positive and make sure that I am not left out.”

The Council has joined forces with local learning providers, including Truro & Penwith College and Cornwall College, so there will be plenty of expert advice available on the day to help people apply for the right apprenticeship.

CORMAC and Cornwall Housing, along with the other public sector colleagues including Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust will also be there offering their apprenticeship opportunities.

As well as identifying opportunities for new employees, existing Cornwall Council staff can also use apprenticeships to gain new skills and progress their careers in the Council.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship and unable to make the open event you can still find out about the exciting opportunities available by visiting:

Posted 27 February 2018 


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