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Safer Penzance partners respond swiftly to antisocial behaviour in town centre

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 11:48

Safer Penzance has been made aware of a number of concerns regarding a small group of individuals and incidents of anti-social behaviour escalating from an empty shop doorway in the town centre.

Penzance BID, Cornwall Council and partners have been exploring all options to effectively tackle the situation following reports of street drinking and begging. The police continued to visit the area on a regular basis and issued a section 35 order on one individual who was dispersed from the town on Friday. 

This morning Cornwall Council in partnership with Cormac and Devon & Cornwall Police, have temporarily secured the area outside of the shop front by fencing off a small sheltered space to prevent further incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Cornwall Councillor Tim Dwelly, said; “I spoke to the managers of the site today, Lee Baron Group. As a result, they are planning to fully secure the covered portico space in front of the former Dorothy Perkins, with secure access including a locked door. The Council’s temporary fencing will therefore help protect the site until this work is finished, which should be very soon.

“My understanding is that there is now an offer on the building so I hope it will soon be brought back into productive use. The behaviour of those occupying the space over recent weeks has been completely unacceptable. Penzance does not tolerate anti-social behaviour. It also supports people with genuine needs. There is a winter night shelter available for rough sleepers. I can assure residents that the Council, the BID, the Police and councillors have been working extremely hard to deal with this situation. We won’t let up on making Penzance safe and tackling behaviour that blights the town centre. Unfortunately simple solutions are often not available. Both the Police and Council have to operate within their legal powers.”

St Petroc’s, Addaction and partners will continue to work with the individuals affected, with extensive work taking place to support and offer suitable accommodation options, safeguard individuals and take appropriate action to reduce any further concerns.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue reporting incidents of ASB as they occur as it gives the police the opportunity to respond and deal with the incidents as they occur. In addition these reports are used as evidence to support action and prosecution against those causing ASB problems in the Town.

Safer Penzance continues to encourage people to report all incidents and concerns.

To report street drinking and ASB

Please ensure that all incidents are reported to, and logged with, the police 

  • Email 101@dc.police.uk
  • Call 101 to contact the Police (non-emergency) or 999 if you have serious immediate concerns.
To notify the council of rough sleepers
  • Please report to StreetLink www.streetlink.org.uk. StreetLink is a 24/7 website, mobile app and phone line, which allows you to send an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough.
To ask for rubbish, refuse, littering, and needles to be cleared To report noise nuisance

Contact the Council’s Environmental Protection Team by calling 0300 1234 212 or by email publicprotection@cornwall.gov.uk

Categories: Councils, Politics

How good is your community at recycling and reducing waste?

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 13:31

Figures published this week reveal the communities doing their bit for the environment by increasing recycling and reducing waste.

Compared with last year households have, on average, contributed to a 0.71% increase in recycling across Cornwall, while cutting the amount of black bin waste put out for collection by around 1.2kg per household.

By recycling 41% of their waste, residents in Feock and Playing Place top Cornwall Council's recycling league table, with Mullion and Grade Ruan in second place with 34%.

Meanwhile, residents in Redruth South were best at raising their recycling game overall over the last 12 months, increasing last year’s 21% rate by four percentage points to 25%.

As well as looking at recycling rates, the statistics also show those communities which have reduced the amount of black bag waste they put out for collection.

Residents in Torpoint West achieved the biggest cut in the amount of rubbish generated in the last year by cutting their waste by around 46kg per household!

When it comes to protecting our environment and natural resources, reducing the amount of waste produced is even more effective than recycling, explained Sue James, Cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection.

"By reducing the amount of waste we create in the first place, we cut down on the use of raw materials and pollution association with production," she said. "We should all be aiming to reduce, reuse and recycle.

"These statistics show that communities across Cornwall are recycling, but there's always more that can be done - there is the potential for households in Cornwall to recycle around 60 percent of their waste.

"As part of our kerbside collections we collect a range of items including paper, cardboard, , tins/cans, tin foil, glass bottles, and plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.”

12 ideas for reducing waste
  • Avoid excessive food packaging in the supermarket – for example, buy loose vegetables.
  • Buy only what you need – don't be tempted by the ‘buy one get one free’ offers.
  • Start home composting - it's a great way of getting rid of raw fruit and vegetable scraps.
  • Carry a reusable bottle.
  • Say no to plastic straws.
  • Use refill stations for detergents.
  • Say no to disposable cutlery.
  • Get your milk delivered.
  • Avoid microbeads.
  • Carry a shopping bag.
  • Pack a waste-free lunch re-using old takeaway boxes instead of cling film or foil.
  • Give experiences, not things, for Christmas and birthday presents –for example, help family and friends with gardening or babysitting, or treat them to a day out or a meal.
Top 10 recyclers Electoral Ward                                                                          

Percentage of waste recycled

Feock and Playing Place 40.66% Mullion and Grade Ruan 34.46% Truro Trehaverne 34.39% Falmouth Boslowick 34.32% Torpoint West 33.75% St Agnes 33.52% Bude 33.43% Saltash West 32.20% Wadebridge East 32.15% Constantine, Mawnan and Budock 31.79%

 

Top 10 waste reducers Electoral Ward                                                                             Black bag waste reduced by  Torpoint West  46kg Liskeard East 45.4kg Torpoint East  45.2kg Poundstock 37kg Probus, Tregony and Grampound 34kg Bude 33.6kg Falmouth Boslowick 33kg Illogan 31kg Porthleven and Helston West 29kg Grenville and Stratton 26kg

 

 

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council gives guidance to boost Changing Places Toilets

Tue, 13/11/2018 - 13:20

Cornwall Council has worked with parents and DisAbility Cornwall to develop new guidance to help attractions, large retailers, public buildings and transport hubs to provide Changing Places Toilets.

A Changing Places Toilet has additional features to a standard accessible toilet and more space to meet the needs of people with profound, complex and multiple disabilities and impairments. They help residents and their families, as well as visitors, to spend time out and about and access every day places.

Cornwall Council’s guidance has been launched to provide advice on planning and installing a Changing Places Toilet for those involved in building new public facing developments as well as those managing existing buildings.

The Council has taken its own advice by making sure that a Changing Places Toilet has been included as part of its redevelopment of Newquay Bus Station.  The bus station, which has undergone a major transformation as part of the Council’s One Public Transport initiative, has two new public toilets.  One of them is fitted to Changing Places standard and includes an electric hoist. The previous toilets had been closed for a number of years.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “We are investing in a ‘One Public Transport System for Cornwall’ to make it easier, more attractive and more enjoyable for people to use public transport. What we have achieved by investing in Newquay Bus Station are first class facilities, including a Changing Places Toilet.  This means that people with complex disabilities will be able to spend more time in Newquay and have access to shops and facilities there.” 

A Changing Places Toilet must provide features such as a tracking hoist, a changing bench suitable for adult use which is adjustable and easy to clean, a toilet with drop down support rails and a comfortable temperature.  A bonus is welcoming and interesting decoration with visual contrast to highlight equipment, door frames and door handles.

Tireless campaigners Rachel George and Emily Hudson are both parents of children who need Changing Places facilities.  They have been working with Cornwall Council and with Newquay Town Council on the provision of the Changing Places Toilet at Newquay Bus Station. Both have been at the forefront of raising awareness of the difficulties that people with complex and multiple disabilities face when simply wanting to plan a day out in Cornwall.

Emily says: "A lack of Changing Places Toilet facilities makes a day out for our family impossible or problematic.  So I was thrilled when my conversation with Newquay Town Council about the need for a Changing Place Toilet led to Cornwall Council installing one as part of its refurbishment of Newquay Bus Station. I'm grateful to Cornwall Council for making it happen and hope that the Council’s new guidance will mean that more town centres and attractions in Cornwall will offer these facilities too".

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing Sally Hawken said: “Cornwall Council already has a Changing Places Toilet at County Hall in Truro and at the Council offices in Bodmin which are open to all.  The latest facility in Newquay Bus Station is also welcome but we want to help boost the number of this type of toilet in Cornwall. There are still only a dozen or so available. Places like the Eden Project and Cornwall Services have already taken on board the message that people with complex disabilities need such facilities.”

Cornwall Services’ Changing Places Toilet is probably the most-used in Cornwall. Converted from staff facilities, it has helped establish Cornwall Services as a destination in its own right for local families as well as assisting those travelling through or visiting places in the immediate vicinity. It is free to use and located close to the other toilets. Cornwall Services Manager Alex Lawson explains how their Changing Places Toilet came about and the difference it has made:

“We decided to fit a Changing Places Toilet back in June 2016, after we were approached by one of our customers, Rachel George. Rachel's son, Adam, suffers from a rare neuromuscular disorder, which means he can’t sit unaided, stand or walk. Rachel asked if we would consider installing a Changing Places Toilet that would give Adam the freedom to meet friends at the Services. 

Once Rachel explained how difficult outings can be for families like her own, we wanted to find a solution as quickly as possible.  We settled on converting an existing staff toilet/shower. It has all the vital equipment and was quick to install – it only took a day. Also the cost was not prohibitive and it is regularly used by a large number of customers with a wide range of needs. Adam can now meet up with his friends at the services without the constant worry of not being able to go to the toilet, so it’s life changing for him and for many others.

I hope other destinations in Cornwall see how quickly and easily we were able to do this and decide to follow suit.”

 

Story posted 13 November 2018

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New mural captures what makes Bodmin special

Fri, 09/11/2018 - 11:19

Bodmin Mural Resized

Vibrant, quirky and with a rich history is how residents who visited Cornwall Council’s pop up shop in Bodmin over the summer told us they felt about their town and how they wanted others to see it.

Working with stakeholders to build on that feedback, the Council asked Bodmin student Sam Bellenger to capture the spirit of town which has now been translated into a colourful and distinctive mural which has been unveiled in Honey Street, on the end wall of Chapter ei8ht coffee shop.

Sam is a Bodmin resident and undergraduate student from Falmouth University, studying digital media and design at Bodmin Community College.

He has based the mural on a series of images which he produced and that have already been used throughout the town.  Sam’s design are featured on folders that have been used at the British Tourism and Travel Show at the National Exhibition Centre, on leaflets in the Tourist Information Centre and information boards throughout the town. 

Next year there are plans for his designs to be on lamp post banners that will run through Dennison Road. Bodmin Town Council is planning to use the mural design on their Christmas cards this year.

The mural is a scene scape that brings together all of his images into one place.  These images will build to a more substantial look for Bodmin over time with merchandise being developed for distribution in the Tourist Information Centre.  

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy and planning Bob Egerton said: “The development of the brand and mural has come out of the work of the Bodmin Place Shaping group which looks at everything that is happening and then make sure we all work together to improve the economy for that place.”

The Bodmin Place Shaping Group includes Cornwall Council members, Bodmin Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce and Better Bodmin, working in partnership with Bodmin Community College to help promote the town. 

Cornwall Councillor for Bodmin St Leonard Pat Rogerson said:  “I love the vibrant look that Sam has worked so hard to create.  I feel that it captures the history of Bodmin but is also really eye catching and modern.”

Chanie Philp owner of Chapter Ei8ht Café said: “‘I have been really excited to work with Sam and the College on this mural and I am so glad it’s finally up!”

Leigh Frost, Cornwall Council member for Bodmin St Petroc and member of Bodmin Town Council said: “It captures what makes Bodmin special and there are already lots of positive comments from members of the public.”

Mark Talbot course leader for the FdA Digital Media course at Bodmin Community College said:  “The College has always looked for projects that are meaningful in real life situations.  This project has been really exciting as it provides the opportunity for Sam to develop a brand for his home town.”

Sam said:  “I have really enjoyed working on this project and love seeing my images throughout the town.  I am so pleased that people who, like me, live and work in Bodmin, seem to enjoy them.”

 

Story posted 09 November 2018

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Invitation to have your say on Council's budget at Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 14:17

Residents and business owners of the Truro and Roseland Community Network area will be able to give their views on the Council's budget proposals for next year at the November meeting of the community network panel.

The network panel meeting will be taking place at 7pm on Tuesday 20 November in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro.

A member of Cornwall Council's Cabinet will be attending the meeting to discuss the proposed 3.99% increase in council tax which aims to protect vulnerable people and help ensure the Council can continue to deliver vital services to residents.

During the meeting there will also be an update from the Hall for Cornwall team on the progress with the refurbishment works as well as an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

Councillor Chris Wells, Chairman of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel and a Truro City Councillor said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. These panel meetings are a key way for local residents to find out more about what’s happening in their local community and to have a say. I strongly encourage people to come along and find out more.”

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

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

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

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

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New lease of life for Cornwall couple using a care monitoring system

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 11:02

A Cornwall couple are enjoying a more independent lifestyle using monitors that measure movement in their home.

The monitoring system has been installed by Cornwall Council to pick up on movement from Robin Gregson, aged 71 from Wadebridge who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Due to this lung disease Robin is prone to collapsing. The system is able to detect the usual patterns of movement that Robin makes and recognises when something isn’t quite right, for example, if he doesn’t make his normal cup of coffee or hasn’t moved for a certain amount of time.

Cornwall Council is looking at how technology can support people to live independent, healthy and happy lives in a cost effective way. Using technology in this way makes sure people still receive a high quality service amid a tough financial climate which has seen council funding slashed by central government.

This system has provided both of them with some much needed peace of mind. Lesley has been able to leave Robin for much longer, even going on holidays abroad knowing Robin is looked after.

Robin said: “If I collapse, someone will be there. It’s a godsend, it puts your mind at rest. Fear stops me from doing a lot of things and this stops the fear so that’s a lot better”.

His partner Lesley said: “I am not here all the time though I felt I ought to be because I was worried about Robin, but when this came along I thought it was great because I could just look at my smart phone and if he hasn’t moved I will be alerted and ask the next door neighbour to go and check on him”.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “This is part of a trial to see how technology enabled care can be used to support people to live independently and safely in their homes for as long as possible.

“In this case the care technology is helping Robin and Lesley have more control over their lives. The more traditional solution might have been to have a carer come in which can be more costly and place restrictions on how they both live their lives. The success of this particular trial proves that people can lead independent lives with hands on care provided only when it is really needed.”

Other trials underway look at technology enabled care (TEC) which supports people in the main areas that cause them to lose independence. These are around:

  • Social isolation
  • Falls and falls prevention
  • Frailty and dementia
  • Keeping people safe

Once complete, the trials will be assessed and could potentially help other vulnerable people across Cornwall.

Posted on 8 November 2018

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Cornwall social worker nominated for prestigious award

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 11:01

A social worker from Cornwall Adult Social Care has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of her outstanding work in supporting social work students.

Emma Goodall, Practice Educator for Cornwall Council has been nominated for Practice Educator of the Year award and will find out if she has won at an exclusive awards ceremony which will take place in London towards the end of November.

Emma works hard to make sure that newly qualified social workers and students are able to learn as much as they can in their placements with the service.

Emma said: “The Practice Education team provide support to student social workers and newly qualified social workers so they can be supported and developed to meet the Social Work Professional Standards and competencies and to gain experience and knowledge of frontline practice.

“Social work is a really challenging yet rewarding career that focuses on people’s individual, strengths and wellbeing.  Social Workers work from a strong value base promoting independence and wellbeing and protecting vulnerable people from abuse.’  

Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director of Adult Social Care and Health, Helen Charlesworth-May said: “Emma’s professionalism, passion and commitment to the social work profession and lifelong learning is an inspiration to her peers and the students she supports.

“Social workers continue to be faced with difficult decisions in their everyday work and have to balance a heavy workload with the need to be thorough and make sure people are able to live their lives safely and independently.”

Cornwall Council offers an attractive employment package with opportunities ranging from trainee social work roles right through to Principal Lead roles. This award nomination highlights the quality of support that students and trainees are given.

Emma is one of 93 finalists across 16 categories and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018.

The prestigious awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

The ceremony takes place at the end of November.

Posted on 8 November 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

Invitation to have your say on Council's budget at Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel meeting

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 10:31

Residents of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network area will be able to give their views on the Council's budget proposals for next year at the November meeting of the community network panel.

The network panel meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 15 November at Newquay Library on Marcus Hill.

A member of Cornwall Council's Cabinet will be attending the meeting to discuss the proposed 3.99% increase in council tax which aims to protect vulnerable people and help ensure the Council can continue to deliver vital services to residents.

Local residents will also be able to talk to representatives from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as local police and the Council's community safety team. There will also be an update from Cornwall Councillors and town and parish councillors on issues relevant to the local area.

St Mawgan and Colan Councillor and Chairman of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel, John Fitter, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel and learn more about our work on local issues. Come along, find out more and meet your parish, town and Cornwall councillor.”

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

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

The Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel includes all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five Towns or Parish parishes in the community network: Colan Parish Council, Mawgan-in-Pydar Parish Council, Newquay Town Council, St Columb Major Town Council and St Wenn Parish Council.

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

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Cornwall has a lot to teach the country about seaside towns, says Lords Committee Chairman

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 10:25

Cornwall has a lot to teach the rest of the country about regenerating seaside towns and helping them thrive, according to the Chairman of a House of Lords Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee.

The good work being done in Cornwall’s seaside communities was highlighted during a visit by five members of the House of Lords Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee. The visit was part of their inquiry into the complex challenges faced by coastal communities.

Committee Chairman Lord Bassam of Brighton said: “We’ve seen some powerful insights into what works in terms of regenerating seaside towns and villages.  Cornwall has a lot to teach the rest of the country.”

The cross-party group of peers visited Newquay to see the Nansledan housing development and to hear how the Newquay Safe Project, which tackles under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour, has helped transform the town.

They also visited St Ives to hear about neighbourhood planning, and Tate St Ives to see how art and culture can be a driver for change.  

On a visit to Jubilee Pool in Penzance, the peers saw how a successful community benefit society has worked with partners including Cornwall Council and the local community, to turn around the fortunes of the iconic landmark which was almost destroyed in the winter storms of 2014.

Martin Nixon, one of the directors of Jubilee Pool Penzance Ltd, said: “I hope the select committee will take away with them the importance of the power of community involvement.  By establishing a community benefit society we have proven that the power of the people can really work. Through them we have managed to put together a business case which will safeguard this wonderful facility for the long term. The exciting plans for geothermal will contribute to the further regeneration of Penzance in a positive way.”

During their fact finding visit, peers met with senior representatives of Cornwall Council as well as local leaders in business, education, tourism, and culture. They also heard about the challenges of providing services in coastal communities from fire, police, waste collection, beach cleaning and parking services.

Councillor Bob Egerton, Cabinet portfolio holder for planning and economy at Cornwall Council said:  “There are some great initiatives to celebrate in Cornwall which show the success that can be achieved when the Council and communities work together to help our seaside towns and villages be vibrant and successful. 

“The success of Jubilee Pool in Penzance and how Newquay is transforming its image are good examples of where the local community, major agencies and national government have all worked together to overcome adversities and also seize opportunities.

“There are many challenges that our seaside towns and villages face such as seasonal and low paid work, the number of second homes and global issues like severe weather and climate change, but there are also opportunities varying from arts and culture to high-tech marine industries, from a growth in ‘foodie’ destinations to greater interest in active leisure, which we all need to highlight and address.”   

The project is receiving up to £1.4 m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

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Story posted 08 November 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

’Tis the season to check your trees!

Thu, 08/11/2018 - 08:42

With the arrival of the wet and windy season, residents and landowners are being advised to check on their trees to make sure they don't pose a hazard to others.

Owners have a legal responsibility to make sure trees which border public areas - such as roads and schools - are in a safe condition. And while they play an important role in our environment, trees that pose a threat to public safety due to their poor condition will require work to ensure they are safe.

It is essential that trees growing adjacent to the highway are inspected regularly, explained Matthew Odgers-Brown, Cornwall Council's Tree Safety Officer.

"Dead trees, broken hanging branches and trees affected by decay fungi represent a potentially serious hazard to motorists and other road users " he said.

"If you haven’t already done so, now is a particularly good time to carry out any necessary work. It is outside the nesting period and, with trees having shed their leaves, it is easier to see deadwood and any decay when inspecting."

The Council has powers under the Highway Act to ensure tree owners make their trees safe in cases where they are a threat to the highway, explained Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection.

"While we do have the option of legal action, we would much rather landowners took preventative measures and avoid a potentially serious incident," she said.

Advice for tree owners:

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Bid to host Tour of Britain agreed by Cornwall Council cabinet

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:52

Cabinet members at their meeting today (07 November) unanimously agreed to support a proposal that Cornwall Council bids to host the Grand Depart Stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain.

Members recognised the potential huge £3million economic boost to Cornwall of hosting such a high profile event.

Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “The chance to showcase beautiful Cornwall through the worldwide coverage of Britain’s largest free-to-watch sporting event represents a real opportunity for us.  When we successfully hosted the Olympic torch relay, we felt the social and economic benefits along the route and in Cornwall as a whole.  I believe that this will have the same hugely positive effect.  Today’s decision is another example of Cornwall Council listening to residents and being responsive.

“The benefits it could bring are not just financial, it would also help raise the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivate people to lead healthier, more active lives.”

At the meeting of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet, a proposal was also agreed to increase the Council’s capital expenditure budget by £892,000 to fund upgrades and investment to Cornwall’s fire control centre and its emergency services network. Cabinet members also recommended that money raised from the proceeds of selling a Cornwall Council owned building in St Just in Penwith be used to support St Just Town Council in taking on the running of St Just Library.

The latest performance reports from the council were discussed at the meeting.  These quarterly reviews offer a chance to see where the council is performing well, and to spot problem areas quickly and to deal with them.

Cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown highlighted news about pothole repairs:  “I was pleased to be able to report that, following the horrendous damage done to our roads last winter which meant that we were behind schedule in making repairs, we are now back on track.  In fact, in October we exceeded our target for fixing potholes within the 48 hour time frame from receiving a report of a pothole to fixing it, with 99% being repaired.

Cabinet members also agreed to recommendations on the minerals safeguarding plan. This document looks at ensuring Cornwall uses its natural mineral resources in a sustainable manner to ensure their benefits will continue for generations to come.

 

Story posted 07 September 2018

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Redruth celebrates Cornwall’s successful Community Chest grants scheme

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 15:08

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Redruth hosted a lively two hour event to mark another year of Community Chest grants.

The scheme sees each of Cornwall Council’s 123 councillors handed a £2,000 fund to distribute between voluntary and community groups in his or her own electoral division.

The grants, which can range from £100 to £1,000, can be used for a wide range of groups and activities.

These include supporting vulnerable children or adults, providing community facilities, helping local environmental projects, or assisting to tackle community safety issues.

The main rule is that applications should be for projects which deliver a clear and demonstrable benefit to the local community.

Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CIPR) Community Network Panel, one of 19 across the county, hosted the event at St Euny Church.  

They invited representatives of 14 community groups who were grant recipients last year to tell their success stories, as well as members of the CIPR Community Network panel, Town and Parish Councils, Cornwall Council members and staff. 

The evening included a spectacular light show by the ‘Daylight Group’, live music performances, presentations and refreshments, and showcased some of the causes that the Community Chest grants scheme has supported.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Edwina Hannaford, said: “The Community Chest programme is an example of Cornwall Council seeding the economy and local services at the grass roots. The amounts may be modest, but who knows better about local priorities than the people who will use the services?

“Community Chest grants have been used to improve community centres or village halls, start local history groups, set up parish newsletters, publicise village walks, buy play or exercise equipment, even part-fund events, festivals and exhibitions.

“I am so pleased to see the CIPR Community Network celebrating their own community initiatives, and highlighting the Community Chest grant scheme to the rest of Cornwall.”

Find details on community chest grants here. 

Posted on November 1

Categories: Councils, Politics

Residents say ‘No thanks’ to permit parking scheme in Wadebridge

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:32

People in Wadebridge have told the Council that they do not want a town wide residents only parking scheme.   

Following consultation on proposals to introduce seven new residents parking zones in Wadebridge, Cornwall Council has decided not to take forward the scheme after residents’ feedback. 

Parking difficulties were raised with the Council through a survey carried out in 2016 and residents parking schemes were proposed as part of a possible solution. 

However, a consultation carried out in 2018 showed that there was not strong support for a permit scheme and it was agreed with local councillors that alternative restrictions, such as some more yellow lines, would be more effective.

Alongside this, the Council’s Piggy Lane car park is going to have spaces marked out which will increase capacity.  Since April 2018 parking has been free in the Council car parks after 4pm to help reduce overnight parking pressure in some residential areas.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said:  “We have listened to all sides about the proposals to introduce a residents only parking scheme in Wadebridge.  They were not strongly supported by residents and without a town wide resident only parking zone, the scheme would not be effective as drivers would park in nearby areas so just move the issue from one area to another.  Instead, other traffic management measures like yellow lines will be considered.” 

Posted 07 November 2018

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Cabinet backs proposal to integrate children's services in Cornwall

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 13:59

A new integrated children’s services directorate providing one “front door” for families to access education, health and social care services, has been supported by Cornwall Council’s cabinet today.

The decision to integrate services for children has come about after listening to what children, young people and families in Cornwall have said they want – a more efficient service where they can get the right help at the right time in one go. The intention is to:

  • Strengthen families and communities
  • Raise the aspiration and education achievement for all children and closing the outcomes gap for vulnerable children
  • Protect, promote and improve children’s physical, emotional and mental health.
  • Help and protect children from the risk of harm.
  • Increase the contribution and resilience of the community.

At today’s cabinet meeting, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children and wellbeing, Sally Hawken said: “Cornwall Council is proud of its children’s services and we are pleased that the quality of our services is recognised by Ofsted.  However, we are motivated by an ambition to further improve the quality and effectiveness of services for children, young people and families in Cornwall.  Our partner organisations share this ambition. 

“We have been developing our plans over a number of years through the devolution deal and our One Vision initiative.  We believe we need to integrate services for children by joining a closely as possible education, children’s social care and health services. 

“Following councillors decision to make a direct award of public health nursing, today Cabinet agreed a radical but measured organisational transition in creating an integrated organisational framework.  This has been based on our DfE award funded transformational work and to create an integrated children’s services directorate aimed at delivering integration and further improved services for children. 

“This is the culmination of a considerable amount of work by the Council and its partners and we believe puts us in the best possible place to face the serious challenge of improving children services despite the increase need in the community and continually reducing public funding.

“There is increasing national concern about services for children be that schools, social care or health and these plans put us in the best possible position to cope with increasing demand and further improve our children’s services in the interest of all children in Cornwall and their families”.

Posted on 7 November 2018

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Have your say on air quality plan for Grampound

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:04

Encouraging car sharing, increasing the use of low-emission vehicles and the construction of alternative routes have all been put forward as options to help improve air quality in one Cornish village.

Cornwall Council is asking people in Grampound for their views on the draft action plan to tackle pollution as part of the authority’s drive to create a green and prosperous Cornwall.

The plan was drawn up after the village was declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2017 after long term monitoring found that the village has excessive levels of traffic related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) along the A390. 

The A390 is the main contributor to air pollution in Grampound, with private diesel cars contributing around 36% of the pollution, diesel light goods vehicles contributing 27% and large vehicles such as HGVs contributing 18%.  The remaining pollution comes from other types of road traffic.

The consultation will run from this week until 10 December, and will offer local people the opportunity to share their thoughts on the options available.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Councillor for Grampound, said: “The draft plan includes twelve measures that could help improve air quality in Grampound.  We need as many local people as possible to tell us what they think so we can develop the most suitable options for the village.”

There will be a drop in exhibition in Grampound Village Hall on Tuesday 13 November from 4pm to 7pm with staff from Cornwall Council on hand to answer questions. 

Anyone can comment on the draft action plan proposals at the drop in session, online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/grampoundairquality or by emailing cep@cornwall.gov.uk, posting their comments to the Council or handing them in at any One Stop Shop. 

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Protection, said: “Cornwall Council is committed to making Cornwall greener and healthier and as part of our Clean Air for Cornwall strategy we already have a range of air quality projects and policies to help improve air quality across the county. 

“These include minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new homes, introducing car clubs and many others.  Once we’ve considered the comments from this consultation we’ll be able to begin implementing local measures to help improve air quality in Grampound.”

There are eight other Air Quality Management Areas in Cornwall, which include Bodmin, Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Camelford, Gunnislake, Launceston, St Austell, Tideford and Truro.

There’s more information and a link to the online survey at www.cornwall.gov.uk/grampoundairquality

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Hot topics for Cornwall Council’s cabinet

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 12:14

Hosting a world-class cycling race and the integration of children’s services are just two of the wide range of topics due for discussion when Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee meets tomorrow (07 November 2018). 

Other subjects covered at the meeting include the authority’s performance for the first six months of the year, and plans to safeguard Cornwall’s natural minerals.

A bid to host the opening stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain cycling race is being considered by the council.  Cycling superstars Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas took part in the event this year.

A report prepared for the meeting details how the majority of costs could be covered by sponsorship, while the event could bring an economic boost worth more than £3million for the area.

Councillor Bob Egerton, portfolio holder for planning and economy, said: “The chance to showcase Cornwall’s glorious countryside through the worldwide coverage of Britain’s largest free-to-watch sporting event represents a real opportunity for us. 

“The benefits it could bring are not just financial, it would also help raise the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivate people to lead healthier, more active lives.”

Also due for discussion are plans to integrate children’s education, health and social care services into a single entity.

Sally Hawken, portfolio holder for children and wellbeing, said:  “This change will allow us to further improve the quality and effectiveness of services for children, young people and families in Cornwall.

“At present, the access to support that the most vulnerable people need can be fragmented, and by making this change, we can provide a more effective, streamlined service.” 

The latest performance reports from the council will also be discussed at the meeting.  These quarterly reviews offer a chance to see where the council is performing well, and to spot problem areas quickly and to deal with them.

Also set for discussion is the Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan, a planning document which looks at ensuring we use our natural mineral resources in a sustainable manner to ensure their benefits will continue for generations to come.

The agenda for cabinet can be found here

You can watch the meeting live at 10am on Wednesday, 07 November by visiting the Cornwall Council website www.cornwall.gov.uk

Posted on 06 November 2018

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Programme to transform Adult Social Care takes a positive step forward

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 10:23

Potential annual savings of up to £3.2m a year have been identified,  just six months into a project to improve adult social care services in Cornwall.

The company Newton Europe were commissioned in December last year to see how they could streamline services to be more efficient and enable people to live happier and healthier lives in their own homes for longer.

Cornwall must fundamentally transform and improve the way services are delivered if we are to avoid cutting services to vulnerable adults.

Ensuring this is done in the most efficient and evidence-based way will put Cornwall Council in a much stronger position to meet future pressures and help people to age well rather than relying on residential care.

The council’s reablement service STEPS, which helps people get back on their feet quicker after a period of illness, will also allow a predicted 1,000 more people a year to benefit from the service.

The STEPS team are also working more closely with the social work team based at St Austell hospital and seeing more people helping to relieve some of the pressure on NHS services.

The social work assessment team and older adults team have been identifying community based solutions where appropriate, avoiding costly home care or residential packages.

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Whilst delivering much needed efficiencies for the council the main benefit is to the people of Cornwall who currently receive care or will in the future.

“Following the success of this initial piece of work, which has largely been based in the middle of the region, the changes will be rolled out across Cornwall in the New Year.“

This trial is part of a broader piece of work that the council is working on in partnership with Newton Europe. Cabinet members agreed that the Council will engage Newton Europe to deliver a contract worth up to £4 million, depending on the success of the programme. The initial analysis showed potential to achieve savings of up to £17 million.

An update on the Adult Social Care Transformation Programme was given at a Cornwall Council All Member Briefing on Friday 2 November.

Posted on 6 November 2018

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More choice on living options for older people in Cornwall

Tue, 06/11/2018 - 10:20

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

An update on the programme was given during a Cornwall Council All Member Briefing on Friday 2 November.

National trends show that that Cornwall has an increasing older population with a significant numbers of older people living alone, with long term illnesses and with dementia.

Nearly one in four residents of Cornwall are aged over 65 and this number is due to increase by a further 40% over the next 20 years.

Extra Care units offer people an alternative from residential care and allow them to live in their own homes with their own front door with care and support available around the clock if they need it. 

Cornwall Council’s first step towards this plan is to develop a strategic partnership to deliver a minimum of 750 units. 

The scheme will provide cost effective options to older people with a mixture of units for sale and for rent.

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

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

They will be co-designed with local communities to recognise the different characters of towns in Cornwall.

The other ways in which this scheme will be delivered are:

  • Remodelling partners’ existing capacity (such as sheltered housing and care homes) that are no-longer fit for purpose. 
  • Market shaping - to identify and develop opportunities with new and existing providers to deliver accommodation suitable for older people’s needs.
  • Direct development – there may be opportunities for the Council to directly build especially in areas where the market is less responsive.

Posted on 6 November 2018

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Man guilty of selling illegal and counterfeit goods after raid by Cornwall Council Trading Standards officers

Mon, 05/11/2018 - 13:53

A man from Chacewater has been found guilty of selling illegal tobacco, counterfeit DVD’s and alcohol from his home.

Neal Andrew Phillips (52) of Boscawen Road, Chacewater, appeared at Truro Magistrates Court on Wednesday 31 October, pleading guilty to a number of charges.

Following tip offs from members of the public, Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards officers, with the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, raided his home.

They seized a large quantity of tobacco products, counterfeit DVD’s, illegal alcohol and cash, along with records indicating that Phillips’ illegal business had turned over as much as £176,000 in a two-year period.

Magistrates severely reprimanded Phillips stating that only his early guilty plea and his medical condition had saved him from an immediate custodial sentence to reflect the seriousness of his offending. 

Phillips was ordered to undertake an eight month community order, to serve an eight month curfew between 8pm and 8am (7 days a week) and to wear a tag. He was also ordered to pay £4000 towards the prosecution costs. Phillips will also face proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act in respect of cash seized from the property. 

All of the illegal items seized during the Trading Standards operation were forfeited for destruction.

Steve Brown, Interim Service Director for Wellbeing and Public Health said:

“The work by Trading Standards to get cheap cigarettes and tobacco off the streets directly supports our efforts to reduce smoking levels in Cornwall. We know that price is an important motivator when a smoker decides to quit, so the sale of cheap tobacco undermines this. As smoking is the number one cause of preventable ill health, anything that can be done to reduce smoking levels has to be a good thing for the residents of Cornwall.”

Councillor Sue James, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said: “I am proud of the work that our Trading Standards officers undertake in combatting sales of illegal tobacco. This criminal activity affects the health of local communities, undermines local businesses and starves our schools and health services of unpaid taxes.

“In this particular case, officers received good information from members of the public and we would encourage anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales in their area to report it via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or by email to report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

Posted on 05 November 2018

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Innovative Time Credits currency to recognise volunteers and support those with complex needs in Cornwall

Mon, 05/11/2018 - 10:54

An innovative new project, which sees vulnerable individuals rewarded for volunteering in their local communities, has launched in Cornwall.

The Time Credits programme is commissioned by the Council and Community Safety Partnership and run by time-banking charity Tempo. It was first developed in South Wales. Success of the currency has led to rollout in areas across the UK.

The Cornwall Time Credits programme is aimed at people with complex needs, including those with experience of homelessness; drugs and alcohol problems, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

They are encouraged to get involved within their local communities by identifying their interests and talents, and using them to play an active role within the services they access.

The scheme has seen participants develop new hobbies, skills and confidence, and engage in their communities in a more meaningful way.

Through this, they can earn Time Credits for hours contributed, which can then be ‘spent’ on community, cultural and leisure activities in the local area such as the Seal Sanctuary, Minack theatre, Tate St Ives and from 30 October at 14 Leisure Centres across the county.

In addition, Cornwall residents can spend their credits across Tempo’s national network of partners including attractions such as the Blackpool Tower and St Paul’s Cathedral, if they go out of the area.

Tempo, the charity behind Time Credits, is working alongside Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Service, based with the Drug and Alcohol Action Team and local organisations and services to deliver the new programme.

It was launched in the Safer Penzance area at the beginning of year, and is now being run by both Safer St Austell and Safer Truro as well. Over the next two years the project will be Cornwall wide.

The official launch of Cornwall Time Credits in Penzance on Tuesday brought together agencies and individuals involved with Time Credits to celebrate and publicise the arrival of this innovative project, the first in the South West.

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Cornwall-based organisations in the commercial, leisure and cultural sectors interested in joining the programme can elect to become part of Tempo’s nationwide network of corporate partners.

Tempo Time Credits CEO Ian Merrill said: “We are very excited to formally launch Cornwall Time Credits, collaborating with public services and voluntary and community organisations, and the private sector to encourage more people to give time to their community, whilst recognising their valuable contributions. Tempo can demonstrate - from across the country - the benefits that Time Credits bring to individuals and their communities.”

Paul Walker, the Chief Fire Officer for Cornwall, who opened the Launch event said: “It’s great to be involved in such a positive project that is making a huge difference to individuals, helping them to give back to communities where they have been supported and subsequently building community resilience.”

Kim Hager, Joint Commissioning Manager at Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol team, said: “This is such an exciting project and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Tempo Time Credits to deliver it throughout Cornwall.

"The scheme supports the Council’s ambitions for safer and healthier communities by prioritising our most vulnerable residents. If we can get it right with the most vulnerable, we can get it right for everyone.

"By building their skills and confidence through volunteering, the programme not only helps the individuals, but brings more back to local communities. I look forward to working with the Tempo Time Credits team.”

Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for environment and public protection at Cornwall Council, said: “It is fantastic to see such an innovative project launched, and offers a real opportunity to help some of our most vulnerable residents, while giving back to the community.

“It really demonstrates how working together with our partners can help to protect and improve lives across Cornwall.”

Rachel Battleday leads the Time Credits programme at Cosgarne Hall. She said: “Supporting the residents to engage in voluntary work and being able to acknowledge and reward them is a massive boost to their confidence, self-esteem and well-being.

“The external volunteers really benefit from Time Credits and it’s important for us to be able to thank them as well. Supporting the residents to keep active is a key part in their progression into independent living, future employment and helps prevent them from becoming institutionalised”

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