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Pollution on a plate served up by Cornwall’s litter heroes

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:52

Shoppers in Truro have been invited to sit down for a meal of plastic litter as part of a campaign to highlight marine pollution.

The dishes included spaghetti made of old rope and plastic bottle tops, a fry-up breakfast of plastic bags, Smarties box lids and cigarette lighter casings and sushi created from Lego, elastic bands and microplastic.

Created by Delia Webb from Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, the meals were all made from litter collected from Cornwall’s beaches with some items believed to be more than 50 years old.

The unusual dishes were presented to shoppers at Lemon Street Market in Truro and their reactions filmed:

Cornwall Council and Clean Cornwall are celebrating the efforts of Cornwall’s litter heroes and their tireless work to create a #LitterlessCornwall.

It comes at the start of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean running until April 23 and aimed at getting everyone to do more to keep their local areas clean.

Young siblings Arthur and Layla Edwards were shocked to be presented with their pizza made of rubber and polystyrene and topped with tyres from a toy car.

Their mum Saskia Bregazzi said: “I think this will make them think about the plastic that we find on beaches. Putting litter in the form of actual food really makes you think about the effects of pollution.”

Delia Webb from Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition said: “Would you be tempted to eat a meal made out of plastic rubbish? Probably not – and yet this is the toxic menu facing our marine creatures, fish and sea-birds each and every day. If they are accidentally ingesting this pollution, then by default so are humans that consume those animals.

“Volunteers from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition are working hard not only to pick up plastic pollution from Cornwall’s countryside and coast, but also to raise awareness of the need to drastically cut the consumption of single-use and non-essential plastics. Picking up litter and recycling are great ways of helping our planet and wildlife. However, to really solve this global issue we all need to refuse, reduce, and reuse first, then recycle as the last resort.”

Cornwall Council is calling on everyone to do their bit to keep their communities tidy and make a difference as part of the #LitterlessCornwall campaign.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: "The dishes of litter made by Delia Webb, of Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, give the stark message that littering is not only destroying the beauty of our environment but also harming wildlife that eat it and then possibly us.

“Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is a great way to encourage us to tackle litter together; each doing our little bit to create a litterless Cornwall.

“The best way to get involved in community litter picks is to find an event on the Clean Cornwall website. If starting your own event then register with Clean Cornwall who can help you get more people involved.”

The full ingredients of the dishes of litter are below:

Pizza - Dough made from rubber and polystyrene. Pizza topping is a balloon, onions are milk bottle scraps, olives are tyres from a toy car. Salad is balloons and plastic poppy stems and flowers from artificial wreaths

Flotsam Flurry ice cream - Polystyrene packaging, cavity wall insulation, surf boards, fishing floats. The sprinkles are fragments of plastic that have broken down.

Fried breakfast – Egg white is a plastic carrier bag, yoke is a yellow ball chopped in half, sausages are cigarette lighter and gunshot casings, bacon is rubber bales that are believed to be from a ship in the 1930s. The ship was transporting rubber from India to be made into shoe soles and other items. Baked beans are Smarties lids from the 1960s and '70s featuring imperial measurements. Tomatoes are poppy key rings.

Fish and chips – The fish are fishing lures that have been lost or discarded at sea, the mushy peas are green fishing line, the beads are used on lures and fishing line. The chips are polystyrene foam from long-line fishing gear.

Sushi – The seaweed is marine-themed Lego that came from the Tokyo Express container spill 22 years ago. The sushi is wrapped in green plastic bags for seaweed and tied with orange monofilament fishing line. The rice is made of biomedia filters from water treatment systems.

Pasta – The spaghetti is all kinds of different rope, mostly ghost fishing gear. The tomatoes are water and coke bottle tops. The salad leaves are artificial green leaves used in butchers’ window displays, probably spilled from a container ship.

As well as Delia Webb from Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition, this project was supported by Ruth Gripper from Clean Cornwall, Kirsty Edwards of Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition and Plastic Free Falmouth, John Page of Cornwall Plastic Pollution Coalition and Friends of St Andrews Wetland Reserve and Cornwall Council’s Waste and Recycling Team.

If you know a litter hero in your community who deserves a big thank you, tell us on Facebook using the #LitterHeroes hashtag or email corpcomm@cornwall.gov.uk. You can nominate an individual or group. 

To find out about litter picks in different areas or to register a new litter pick go to Clean Cornwall.

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Praise for local environmental author on International Children’s Book Day

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:48

Cornwall Council has praised an environmental children’s author who has reached 37,000 children across the duchy with her books on ocean plastics.

As International Children’s Book Day is celebrated today, Ellie Jackson from Looe is now on a mission to get her books and teaching resources into every primary school in the country.

The mum-of-four attracted sponsorship from more than 50 different charities, businesses and individuals to get her Wild Tribe Heroes stories and teaching resources into every one of Cornwall’s 270 primary schools.

Bodmin Lions Club recently paid for 27 of the books to be placed in the town’s schools and at a special presentation Ellie - who has received congratulatory letters from broadcaster David Attenborough and Prince Charles - donated some signed copies to Bodmin Library.

Ellie said: “Cornwall was the first county to receive all the books although over 2,000 schools now have their own copies - over 10% of all primary schools in the UK.

“Eight Lions Clubs in Cornwall have sponsored the project which means the books have reached over 10,000 children on over 70 primary schools. I am now getting support from Lions Clubs all over Devon and the rest of the UK who are considering sponsoring their local schools as well.

 “To have the support from the local communities has been wonderful and to know that there are so many people in Cornwall who do care about this issue gives me hope for the future.”

Ellie’s three books, Duffy's Lucky Escape, Marli's Tangled Tale and Nelson's Dangerous Dive, follow the stories of marine animals as they encounter plastic bags, balloons and fishing nets and how, through the help of people, the creatures are rescued, rehabilitated and released back to their home.

The books are illustrated by Laura Callwood from Launceston and are aimed at teaching primary and preschool-aged children about the problem of ocean plastics and how they can help tackle pollution.

Many schools are using the books to inspire children to make a difference in their communities by organising beach cleans, litter picks, setting up recycling stations and even writing letters to local businesses asking them to stop using single use plastic.

Bodmin Cornwall Councillor Pat Rogerson said: “These stories are already inspiring our youngsters to get involved with environmental projects and will reach many more owing to Ellie’s and Bodmin Lions’ kind gifts to the library and to schools in the town.

“Cornwall Council is keen to promote youth engagement: these books will certainly encourage that.”

Through a post on social media, Ellie’s campaign was picked up by local charities, businesses and individuals who offered to sponsor their children’s schools and also drew the attention of Bodmin’s Lion member Jon Hancock.

Jon said: “Caring for our environment by teaching the next generation is key to solving this issue.

“Ellie’s books are perfect for the younger members of our community to engage in this issue and with the Lions’ support we are pleased to bring this project to nine of our local schools and our wonderful library. Bodmin Lions are actively involved in caring for the local environment and we will do everything we can to help support the children in making a difference.”

Deb Martin from Plastic Free Bodmin has also welcomed the books in the town’s schools and is asking for the wider community, businesses and individuals to support the children’s environmental efforts.

Ellie is supporting Cornwall Council and Clean Cornwall’s Litterless Cornwall campaign celebrating the efforts of Cornwall’s litter heroes and their tireless work. The initiative coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean running until April 23.

If you know a litter hero in your community who deserves a big thank you, tell us on Facebook using the #LitterHeroes hashtag or email corpcomm@cornwall.gov.uk. You can nominate an individual or group. Find out more about Cornwall's Litter Heroes.

Ellie’s books are available to reserve and loan from Cornwall Libraries.

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Outstanding start for Cornish Children

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:35

New Ofsted figures have revealed that Cornwall is one of the best performing areas in the South West for pre-school education. 

Data released by the education watchdog shows more than a quarter of the county’s nurseries and pre-schools were given an “outstanding" overall rating at their last inspection. That is one of the highest in the South West region - and nearly twice the national average.

Cabinet Member and Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “A lot of hard work and dedication goes into achieving these results and we are proud to work closely with so many fantastic early years’ providers.”

The latest Ofsted figures also show that 98% of Cornwall’s Ofsted registered pre-schools ,nurseries and childminders are rated as good and outstanding, which is ahead of the national average of 95%.  The data also reveals that over the last five years there has been a continuous improvement across the county, because in 2014 the figure of good or outstanding providers was just 80%.

Sally continued: “The dramatic improvement over the last five years is thanks to the dedication of pre-school staff; they’ve embraced training and upskilled themselves.  Between the ages of 2 and 4 children are growing, learning and developing at such a fast pace and it is really important that the foundations for learning are laid properly.”

Under the Government's early years programme all three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free part time education in Ofsted registered provision from the term following their third birthday.  In addition some parents may be eligible for up to 30 hours of funded early year’s provision for their children and in Cornwall over 3000 families benefit from this extended entitlement offer.

Early years inspections typically look at safeguarding and welfare requirements, development and delivery of the early years foundation stage educational programmes; identifying children’s starting points and ensure that children make progress in their learning through effective planning, observation and assessment.

Head of Early Years at Cornwall Council, Carol Kimberley, said: “I am delighted that early year’s providers in Cornwall work hard to improve provision and that the latest Ofsted outcomes show this. We know there is a real commitment across Cornwall to improve children’s pre-school provision and to give children the best start in life. Hopefully we can continue to build on these inspection outcomes to ensure every child receives an outstanding start to their education.”

Parents are encouraged to visit the Care and Support in Cornwall website to discover more about 30 hours free funding.

Posted on 9 April 

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Investment in housing and schools, and regeneration plans for South East Cornwall on the agenda for full Council

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:35

Investment in housing, the creation of new cycle paths, and investment in schools are just some of the plans up for discussion at next week’s full council meeting at New County Hall.

One of the issues to be discussed will be new additions to the council’s Capital Programme of investments.

The projects include the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, and investment in the roads and sewerage scheme required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

Funds are also being set aside for the construction of new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

Also on the agenda are the latest steps in the South East Cornwall Regeneration Programme, which requests £2.4 million to deliver cycling and walking routes as part of a larger £6.4m investment in the area

Members will also discuss the Housing Development Programme, which extends the council’s housebuilding plans across Cornwall. 

Other items for discussion include proposals to relocate the Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Store from Bodmin to new premises on the Victoria Business Park at Roche.

Council leader Adam Paynter said:  “This agenda reflects our key priorities for Cornwall, focussing on building a sustainable economic future, while creating more homes and jobs for our residents.

“We are also looking at creating new cycle trails to improve health and increase access to our beautiful countryside, and improvements to the transport network, and improvements and modernisation to our schools.”

“It shows our continuing determination to focus on those matters which will make a real difference to the lives of our residents.”

The Chairman will also consider motions asking that the Council supports moves to improve the provision of National Health Service dental treatment, and that the Council produces an update to its Beach Management Strategy to tackle issues around marine litter, such as nets, and to install recycling stations at Cornwall Council managed beaches.

The meeting will take place in Council Chamber at New County Hall on Tuesday 16 April, starting at 10.30am.

The meeting is open to members of the public, and can also be watched via webcast.

 

Story posted 08 April 2019 

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Cornwall welcomes additional rough sleeper funding

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:33

Welcoming the recent funding announcement from Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, which confirmed that Cornwall Council has been awarded £625,000 following a bid to the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative fund, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Tackling rough sleeping is a complex issue, which is why the Council has already invested £1.1m in a Rough Sleeper Reduction Strategy. 

“Having a coordinated, multi-agency approach to tackling rough sleeping is paying off with latest figures published in December 2018 showing that an action plan to tackle the issue is continuing to have a positive effect, with a 22% drop in the latest count.

This makes a 46% reduction in the total number of rough sleepers recorded since November 2016.”

Official figures released in December 2018 show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 53 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 68 reported in November 2017 and 99 the year prior to that.

Cllr Mitchell adds: “This additional funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will allow us to put in place additional measures that will directly help take people off the streets, providing them with accommodation and support.

The money will be used to fund:

  • a Rough Sleeper Coordinator and four outreach workers to directly engage with rough sleepers and offer them help and support
  • the Short-term Accommodation & Resettlement (STAR) Project  which provides short –term accommodation and then support to move on to live independently 
  • access to privately rented accommodation for single people by offering support to the landlord during the first few months of a tenancy to ensure it is sustainable
  • Nos Da Kernow - a partnership between Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc’s to help prevent single people and couples with no children from becoming homeless
  • a mental health worker, employed with partners as part of the Health for Homeless Project
  • additional hospital discharge beds for single people who are medically fit for discharge but have no suitable accommodation to go to

Cllr Mitchell adds:  “We will be able to offer more personalised and tailored solutions to rough sleepers.  Our end goal is to ensure no one has to sleep rough in Cornwall”.

Story posted 05 April 2019 

 

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Fire service outlines commitment to the community in three-year fire and rescue plan

Tue, 30/04/2019 - 15:31

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has outlined its commitment to Cornish communities in a new three-year plan launched this week.

The service’s Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) has been developed in consultation with the public, partners and key stakeholders.

The plan describes the work the service will undertake to prevent and protect residents, visitors, businesses and the environment from fire and other safety-related risks and to respond to emergencies.

Preventing fires and other emergencies is key to making communities safer and there is a clear commitment to delivering fire prevention and road safety activities.

Prevention is targeted to the most vulnerable local people, such as the elderly and those living with physical and/or mental illness or who live alone, as these are among the common factors associated with a greater risk from dying in a fire.

Individuals more at risk of being killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions are similarly targeted for prevention activities and safety messages.

The service also works closely with local business owners to ensure that premises where people work or visit are adequately protected from fire.

Recognising the rural nature of Cornwall and the geographical challenges this presents for an emergency response service, where response travel times are inevitably longer, prevention and protection activities are targeted to reflect this.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service covers a rural area where around 40% of the population live in rural settlements and 24% of rural roads are less than five metres wide.

Because of these factors a minimum crew of five firefighters is mobilised when responding to fires to ensure an effective first response to saving life, property and the environment. The plan sets out a target to reach 80% of fires within 10 minutes of community fire stations.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker QFSM said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s three-year Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) plan published this week makes absolutely clear what services, residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall can expect from their fire and rescue service.

“Recognising the rurality and geographic challenges of the risk profile in Cornwall the plan outlines challenging 999 response time targets ensuring residents receive a fire engine with a crew of five firefighters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

“In rural areas, prevention and protection community safety activities will be targeted which recognises the inevitable longer response travel times and aims to make our rural communities safer.

“Our plan has taken into account the views of the people of Cornwall, our staff as well as our partners through a comprehensive engagement and consultation process. Linking our resources to risk, drives our evidence based solutions to deliver effective and efficient wide reaching community safety services to residents, businesses and visitors across Cornwall.”

Cornwall Councillor Sue James, cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “The IRMP explains our priorities, the services we deliver and how we use our resources to reduce or eliminate risk within our unique, challenging geographic and demographic risk profile.

“How we measure and improve our performance alongside outline future plans to shape our services is described. Understanding the dynamic nature of our risk profile with five million annual visitors to Cornwall and the impact of Cornwall’s economic and housing growth ambitions will be key to our success.”

Integrated risk management planning is the process of ensuring the right resources are in the right place at the right time to bring about improved community safety, with services responding effectively to the needs of their communities flexibly and efficiently.

The release of their IRMP follows a 12 week consultation period where views and thoughts from staff, partners, elected Councillors and the communities of Cornwall were received. This feedback was reviewed, trends identified and factored into the decisions made on the next three years focuses for CFRS.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are a service of Cornwall Council, and alongside the Community Safety, Localism and Resilience and Emergency Management teams make up the Resilient Cornwall service. The IRMP focusses on CFRS activity, but utilises the breadth of skills, experience and resources across Resilient Cornwall to help make Cornwall safer ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of people, places and the environment, as well as responding to fires and other emergencies.

Reference within the 2019-22 IRMP is made to the broader remit of the Resilient Cornwall service, however the core focus is Fire and Rescue activity as outlined under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.

View Cornwall Fire and Rescues Service’s IRMP for 2019-2022 and find out more about the process. 

Stay up to date with all the Service’s news, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Moves to encourage walking and cycling are top of the class in St Agnes

Mon, 29/04/2019 - 12:57

St Agnes Active Travel Shelter Resized (1)

Children in St Agnes have a safe and sheltered place to meet up and join the walking bus to school thanks to a pedestrian waiting shelter which has been installed in St Agnes Parish Council’s Trelawny Road car park to encourage active travel in the village.

The Active Travel shelter provides a meeting place for St Agnes Academy’s daily walking bus to school and is also a cycle shelter with secure bike racks.

Situated near the St Agnes bike hub, it forms part of a set of wider measures to help St Agnes become a cycling village.

Welcoming the new Active Travel Shelter Jess Mills, St Agnes ACE Academy headteacher said “The waiting shelter has really supported our push to encourage active travel to school. It will enhance the school’s walking bus service which has been running for the last 2 years.  It provides pupils with a shelter while waiting for the bus to set off. We hope more parents will consider using the walking bus rather than driving all the way to school. “  

Nick Ratcliffe, Sustrans project officer said “I am really excited to see the shelter installed, this is a great tool in the drive to get more children traveling to school actively…by scooter, bike or in this case by foot. “

The shelter is part of the recent School Expansion to enable and encourage pupils to walk to school and was funded as part of the school’s expansion.

Additional cycle parking provision has also been installed in the car park for use by the public as part of the Village Cycle Pilot Project funded by Cornwall Council’s Local Transport Plan, to enable more people to cycle for short trips around the village and parish.

Cornwall Councillor for St Agnes Pete Mitchell says:  “The shelter for the children using the "Walking bus" facility to school was part of a newly negotiated Transport Plan and part of the new school extension. Let's hope this will keep the walking bus going even in poor weather.”

The new investment in facilities to encourage walking and cycling closely aligns with the ambitions for the Cycle Hub in the village offering cycle hire, training, skills and led rides and the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan.

It also chimes with the recent announcement by Highways England and Cornwall Council of multi million pound plans to build a comprehensive, high-quality off-road walking and cycling network linking Truro, St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay.

Cllr Pete Mitchell said: "The proposed cycleway is a tremendous shot in arm for St Agnes and will put the area at the forefront of the move to more greener ways of travelling. We have many people who work in Truro who cycle there along the B3277.  This proposed cycleway will make their journeys safer and more pleasant. The cycleway will also attract many visitors to St Agnes and help keep local businesses vibrant. I would pay tribute to the officers of the Council who have worked this up and the St Agnes Cycle Hub and local cycling groups who have worked tirelessly on the project.”

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport said: ‘We have a wonderful opportunity to provide some great opportunities for cycling.

“The routes will complement other cycle routes and trails across Cornwall. The cycle network will reach out to towns and villages and link with where residents live and work, connecting our communities and joining up access to the services that people want and need.

“Cycling also helps address congestion and air quality issues and plays a key role in promoting a healthy life for our residents, and we look forward to working with our partners at Highways England and with the local communities, on delivering these exciting schemes.”

Spanning more than 30 kilometres, and starting later this year, the work will significantly improve the cycle network, increasing cycling as a method of travel to work and school, attract leisure and tourism trips, and contribute to healthy active lifestyles, while opening access to the countryside to be enjoyed by resident and tourist cyclists alike. The routes include:

  • St Agnes to Truro
  • Trispen to Idless
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross
  • Perranporth to Newquay

 

Story posted 29 April 2019 

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Launceston Library secured for the community under new partnership

Mon, 29/04/2019 - 12:54

The future of Launceston Library has been safeguarded for the community after a new agreement which will see it transferred to Launceston Town Council on May 1.

The arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, means the library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.

Launceston Library is remaining part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.”

The Mayor of Launceston, Councillor Margaret Young, said: “Launceston Town Council are delighted that, by working in partnership with Cornwall Council, we have been able to secure this very important service for the town.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, explained that in these challenging financial times, Cornwall Council - like all local authorities throughout the UK - has had some tough decisions to make when faced with massive cuts in funding from central Government.

Cllr Hannaford said: “We are delighted that Launceston Library has been secured for the community and many more generations of library users will be able to benefit from all it has to offer.

“Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have been working closely with Launceston Town Council to secure the future of the town’s library. I commend them for the excellent service they are providing to their community and this is a good example of devolution in action.”

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Councillor for Launceston North and North Petherwin, said:  “I am delighted that we have exciting plans for the library. We also have longer term plans for the site and other buildings in Launceston to benefit the town.”

Jade Farrington, Cornwall Councillor for Launceston South, said: "It is fantastic to see Cornwall Council and Launceston Town Council working together to reach a solution for the good of the town.

“A huge amount of hard work has gone in to ensuring a sustainable future for our library, and I would like to thank everyone who has worked to secure this."

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Council takes action to protect tenant safety

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 18:46

Window 1

Cornwall Council has acted to protect the safety of a tenant who privately rented a property in Looe from Devon based landlord Stuart Donnington.

At Bodmin Magistrates Court on Thursday 18 April 2019, Cornwall Council’s private sector housing team brought the case against Stuart David Donnington of St Michaels Hill, Clyst Honiton, Exeter for not taking action after two Improvement Notices were served under the Housing Act 2004.

Mr Donnington pleaded guilty to both counts and was fined £500 for each of the two offences.  He was also ordered to pay the Council’s fees of £1501.10 and a £50.00 victim surcharge, making of total of £2551.10. 

The Council took action after the tenant of Churchlands, Looe, had contacted the Council to raise concerns about the property they privately rented.  

Council officers visited in June of 2018 and found that the property was cold because of 

  • poorly fitting, insecure and draughty doors and windows
  • a heating system which was not operating correctly
  • insufficient loft insulation. 

They also found that there was a danger of falls because of an uneven patio and excessive movement of the floorboards on the landing.

The Council served the landlord with two Improvement Notices requiring works to be carried out and completed by 13 September 2018.  When the Council re-inspected the property in October 2018, none of the work had been carried out.

Mr Donnington was, at the time of the offences, a landlord with a large portfolio of properties and director of an estate and letting agency.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “Tenants have the right to expect safe properties with reasonable standards of accommodation and the assurance that their landlord will deal with problems swiftly and transparently. Through the Council’s Responsible Landlords Scheme, we are committed to working with good and improving landlords and will use the full range of powers to safeguard those tenants from landlords who provide poor quality and dangerous homes.

“This action sends a clear message to those who behave irresponsibly. If you flout the law and place the health, safety and welfare of those living in the private rented sector at risk of harm, we will not hesitate to take action against you.”

The work on the property has now been carried out.

 

Story posted 26 April 2019 

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Iconic cobbles set to return to Truro street

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 16:13

Historic and iconic cobbles that add to the character of Truro’s centre are set to be returned to their former glory from next week.

The cobbles in two areas of Boscawen Street were temporarily removed and replaced with tarmac after safety concerns were raised that the area had become very uneven.  Since then investigations have taken place to understand what was happening and now we are able to reinstate one of these areas.

The cobbles have been safely stored and work will take place from 29 April to reinstate them near the War Memorial in Boscawen Street.  A 4 week road closure will be needed to make sure that the material used to set the cobbles is given time to gain strength to cope with vehicles passing over them. We’ve been liaising with Truro BID, bus companies and taxi operators to let them know about the planned closure.

To keep disruption to a minimum, we’ll then be taking a phased approach to the replacement of the other area of temporary tarmac, and the re-laying of other areas of cobbles in Boscawen Street. 

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport Geoff Brown said: “The cobbles add to the character and distinctiveness of the City. I know that residents and visitors to Truro have been asking when they will be reinstated and now that work can begin.”

Cornwall Councillor for Truro Boscawen Bert Biscoe said: “'I am glad to see that the Highways Authority has been working hard to investigate the issues with the cobbles in Boscawen Street and develop ways to bed and bond the setts so that Boscawen Street needs less maintenance and can be consistently at its best.  Boscawen Street isn't just beautiful, it’s also busy, as a front street should be.’’

 

Story posted 26 April 2019 

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St Ives Library opens on summer Sundays

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 14:49

St Ives Library is to be Cornwall’s only library open seven days a week during the summer starting on Monday, April 29.

The service will continue being open from 9.30am to 5pm every Monday to Saturday but will also be operating on Sundays from 10am to 3pm for the first time starting next weekend.

St Ives Town Council took over the running of the Library and Information Service last year under a partnership agreement with Cornwall Council.

Under the arrangement, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, the library has continued to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as access to a range of Council services.

Customers have kept their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Earlier this year the library building was partially refurbished with a re-designed ground floor and redecorated Greta Williams Community Room.

The range of groups, activities and access hours has also increased.

Cllr Tim Andrewes, chairman of St Ives Town Council's Facilities Committee, said: “By moving the visitor information centre into the library building, the town council has already been able to increase the opening hours from 3.5 days per week to six days a week. Now, for the summer season, the library and information service will be available on Sundays as well.

“This fulfils a key desire, articulated in community consultation, for longer opening hours, and I hope in particular that it will benefit younger people and those in full-time work who find it difficult to use this great facility on weekdays.”

Jane Dews, Library and Information Services Manager, said: “We are really keen to welcome local residents who want to use our computers, read the local newspapers, browse our bookshelves and use our other services, but who might struggle to do so during the week.

“Our doors will be open from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday and I think people will be pleased to find a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere here, in the heart of the busy town centre, where they can pursue their interests and explore the exciting world that libraries have to offer.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted that St Ives Library is thriving and increasing its opening hours under the management of the town council and in partnership with Cornwall Council, benefitting the community and showing devolution in action. Opening the library on summer Sundays is a great way to increase accessibility for even more library users.

“Libraries are important to our residents and I commend St Ives Town Council for the excellent service they are providing to their community.”

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Children celebrate new mobile library in Cornwall

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 13:36

Els Mobile Library With Pupils Web

A new mobile library is set to support thousands of Cornish school children with their reading attainment and love of books.

Cornwall Council’s Education Library Service launched its new mobile library stocked with more than 7,000 children’s books at Mount Hawke Academy this week.

A group of Year 5 pupils became the first children in Cornwall to step into the multi-coloured, specially-decorated library van to choose new titles for their school library.

The service is now ready to visit more than 70 primary schools once a term so pupils aged five to 11 can choose and exchange their favourite books.

The Education Library Service (ELS) contributes to children's reading development by providing resources and expertise to primary schools across Cornwall who have subscribed to the service.

It currently supports 30,000 pupils by providing a regular source of newly published, evaluated and discounted books to develop reading and learning and support and enhance schools’ learning objectives.

Experienced library staff are on hand to give advice and practical support saving school staff time and delivering value for money.

The ELS offers a once-termly mobile library visit to schools who have signed up specifically for the service.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “We believe every child in Cornwall should leave school with a love of books and the ability to read well so they have the greatest opportunities to succeed throughout their lives.

“Our role in achieving this is to offer primary schools in Cornwall a service that brings reading to life and supports educational attainment.

“This new, state-of-the art mobile library will dramatically improve the service we provide and we hope that many more schools and their pupils will engage with our books every single week.”

Catherine Biddick, head of Mount Hawke Academy, said: “We’re just delighted to have been chosen as the school for the new Education Library Service van to be launched at.

Els Mobile Library Web“We have a long history with the Education Library Service and this new mobile library means we can choose lots of new books to refresh our library regularly and children who don’t have the opportunity to go into a library can come into the van and see what a library is like.”

Schools can find out more about Cornwall Council’s Education Library Service, including how to subscribe, by contacting 01872 323456 or els@cornwall.gov.uk

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Cornwall looks to the future on five year anniversary of the Cornish being granted national minority status

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 11:57

Cornish Embassy

On the fifth anniversary this week of the Cornish being recognised as a national minority under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the Council and partners are calling on the UK government to deliver on their responsibilities. 

Being recognised as a national minority means that the Cornish have the right to express, preserve, share and develop our distinct culture and identity.

Since 2014 much has been achieved in Cornwall but there is still more to do including pressing Government for the right for the Cornish to be given the chance to identify themselves as Cornish in the 2021 Census.

Jesse Foot, Cornwall Councillor for St Germans and Landulph is chair of the Cornwall Council led Cornish Minority Working Group, which co-ordinates activity and proactively supports Cornish culture, language and heritage.

“Whether you identify as Cornish by birth, marriage, ancestry or some other route you have the right to be recognised, for services to be planned, and for funding to be sought on this basis.”

“We’ve been working hard with limited resources to raise awareness of the Cornish as a national minority.  The UK government has to fulfil its responsibilities so that the Cornish are treated equally with the other Celtic nations.”   

The Cornish Minority Working Group has supported tangible projects like Golden Tree’s touring ‘Cornish Embassy’ bus which proved to be incredibly popular as part of the Man Engine Resurrection Tour and last year’s Royal Cornwall Show. 

Jesse adds:  “The enthusiasm of those who identify as Cornish saw hundreds of people flock to celebrate their identity with a Cornish passport as they loudly and proudly declared their Cornishness. An overwhelming 96% of visitors passing through the bus over three days at the Royal Cornwall Show supported the inclusion of a tick box on the Census, sending a clear message to the Office for National Statistics that there is strong support.”

Another project that has worked to raise Cornish cultural awareness in schools is run by Azook who reviewed what resources are available to and required by teachers to support the promotion of Cornish culture in schools.   Government support in resourcing the teaching of both Cornish culture and Cornish language in schools is needed to make more progress in this important area.

Promoting the Cornish language is a part of the Framework Convention for Protection of National Minorities and Cornwall Council has been taking the lead and setting a positive example by adopting and delivering a Cornish Language Plan. 

Jesse explains:  “The Council promoted the use of Cornish through its Cornish Language Plan, with an updated version due to be considered by Cabinet at their next meeting.  Because of the withdrawal of government funding to support the Cornish language, Cornwall Council has been funding low cost ways of promoting the language such as through the use of Cornish on street signs, on its offices and other Council owned buildings and in its publications.  The previous plan has seen other positive results with, for example, Golden Tree working with 20 schools to regularly teach Cornish and develop a website – GoCornish.org -  to promote learning Cornish.”

“In fact the interest in learning Cornish has increased, fostered by great use of the language in advertising campaigns by Kelly’s Ice Cream and by FlyBe on the recently launched Cornwall Airport Newquay to London Heathrow route.   We are working with partners to increase access to learning Cornish through technology and face to face.”

We have some exciting developments coming to fruition including the opening of Kresen Kernow in Redruth later this year which will provide a state of the art home for the world’s largest collection of historic documents relating to Cornwall and will attract a wider audience to celebrate and share in Cornwall’s rich and distinctive history. 

There are also plans for Cornwall to host the first UK National Minority Summit this summer to bring together representatives of all of the UK’s national minorities – including the Scottish and the Welsh.  It will look to strengthen links, look at future opportunities and examine the role the Framework Convention has played in helping to develop and share our distinctiveness.

Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader, Julian German welcomed the achievements of the last five years and said that Cornwall would continue to press for greater recognition as a distinctive minority group within the UK and beyond, including making the case for the provision of a Cornish tick box on the Census.

He said “In the last five years, thanks to initiatives like the Cornish Embassy ‘tick box’ bus, we have been able to raise awareness and help many communities celebrate and take pride in our culture.  We deserve the same recognition as other Celtic nations by having a Cornish identity tick box on the Census. We will continue to press for this to ensure that government and public bodies will have better information when making decisions that affect Cornwall.”

 

Story posted 26 April 2019

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Investment in innovation and growing the Cornish language on the agenda for Cabinet next week

Thu, 25/04/2019 - 10:58

Plans to invest in research and innovation, growing the Cornish language and the council’s financial performance are all on the agenda when Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets next week.

The creation of 155 jobs in the research, development and innovation sector through the investment of £1.225m will lead the agenda at the meeting at New County Hall.

The money will be used to lever a further investment of £18.307m from partners, and will be used in four separate projects run by Falmouth University, the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.

Building a strong research and innovation sector within the Cornish economy is vital for improving our economic performance, and the investment is expected to support more than 300 small and medium sized businesses across Cornwall.

The Cornish Language Plan calls on the Government to help fund the expansion of the language.

The council has already taken steps to promote the use of the language, including the creation of online dictionary resources, encouraging schools to teach Cornish, and providing translations for businesses.

The new plans will see the focus move onto developing the use of Cornish across Cornwall, and to address barriers to learning the language.

Councillor Bob Egerton said:  “Cornish is a living language and we want to explore opportunities with new technology for small language apps, interest from universities and new uses by business, so Cornish not only has a history but a future.

“Kernewek is a vital part of Cornwall’s distinctiveness and Cornwall Council will do its best to make sure the language is not only treasured, but actively used today to ensure that it is passed on as a living language to the next generation.”

The cabinet will also be asked to review the authority’s financial performance figures for the past year, which show the council underspent against budget by £1.234m.  The money saved will be transferred to the General Fund Reserve for future use.

Councillor Adam Paynter, leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “This agenda reflects some of the key priorities we have as a council; sound financial management, careful investment to create jobs within a sustainable economy, and the protection and enhancement of our culture.”

The meeting will take place in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall on Wednesday, 1 May, starting at 10am.

Cabinet meetings are open to members of the public, and can also be watched on our webcast.

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New cafe coming to Poltair Park in St Austell

Wed, 24/04/2019 - 11:18

Construction work for a new café in St Austell's Poltair Park is nearing completion.

Cormac Solutions Limited is providing services to the new building when it is installed.

Current installation work is for a new water supply pipe, electrical supply cables, telephone cables, foul sewerage, drainage for rainwater and foundations for the building itself.

Work will be completed by the start of summer and is funded by the developer of a housing development in Trevarthian Road under a Section 106 agreement. In the meantime the park's play areas and skate park remain open.

Poltair Park Works Web

Poltair Park was transferred to St Austell Town Council in 2017 as part of Cornwall Council’s ongoing devolution programme.

The Town Council maintains and manages the park but Cornwall Council has been supporting a park improvement project.

The community was consulted about what they would like to see and a decision was taken to provide public toilets in the park.

As a result Cornwall Council drafted a feasibility study, supported by the Town Council, which includes plans to provide a kiosk style café that would have toilet facilities and would be leased out to an independent catering contractor to run.

Jackie Bull, Cornwall councillor for St Austell Poltair, said: “This café will make a real difference to the park and will address the concerns of the local community through the provision of toilets. It has been a complicated project and I’m delighted it is finally being done.”

Cormac project manager, Richard Keast, said: “We’re now reinstating the sections of footpath that have been dug up as part of this work, and will be opening sections of the park up again when it’s safe to do so. The next stage will be creating foundations so we can install the café itself, an innovative modular building that we’re manufacturing off-site. As works are completed we’ll refurbish and replant to make sure the park can continue to be enjoyed as soon as possible.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that residents of St Austell will be benefitting from this new café at Poltair Park which comes as a result of communities being able to make decisions about how and who delivers their services.

“This is a great example of how localism is at the heart of our ambitious drive to ensure that services are delivered in the most effective way to the communities of Cornwall.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: "It is great that a partnership between Cornwall Council and the local St Austell Council is enhancing this space for local residents. I hope as people enjoy their improved space they will think creatively about making an enhanced space for nature too."

Poltair Park Web

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Cornwall urges Government 'No roll back from devolution'

Tue, 23/04/2019 - 12:08

Cornwall, along with some of the largest regional economies in the UK, today challenged Government not to roll-back from the promise of greater devolution after Brexit.

Cornwall, alongside Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, London and Tees Valley is asking Government to stick to its promise of more control for local communities – and warning that any “roll-back” could put local economies, like Cornwall, at significant risk.

Cornwall Council made history by becoming the first rural authority to secure a devolution deal, giving it more power over funding to deliver services to local businesses and residents.

Cornwall Council’s Leader, Adam Paynter, said that the £568 million in funding secured by Cornwall for local control has enabled the Council to make a big impact on transport, housing, emerging energy, technology projects and business start-ups, stimulating the economy and delivering local jobs.

He argued that these improvements could be put at risk by the Government’s current “wait and see” approach to a new funding solution.

Cornwall, and partners, are calling for the new proposed shared prosperity fund to be underpinned by greater local devolution, which: 

  • is a multi-year, fully devolved funding programme, aligned to each region’s strategic economic need, so each region can plan for a growing local economy;
  • is designed to close the inequality gap between and within regions

Adam Paynter said: “Government clearly told us that Brexit would enable local people to take back control. It says a lot that so many different and diverse communities have joined together across the UK in order to remind Government of this promise. Especially as these regions account for about 47% of England’s gross value added, and 42% of England’s population.”

“Cornwall is proud of the progress that has been delivered in transport, housing, energy and tackling fuel poverty for the most vulnerable residents. This has all been delivered in the last two years, a direct result of the first devolution deal.

“The Government’s lack of clarity over funding and devolution post-Brexit could have a significant impact on everyone’s lives within Cornwall.

“We, our partner cities, and urban areas in the UK, have a very clear proposition for what is needed.

“Cornwall’s proposal, shared through the next devolution phase “New Frontiers” – is a plan to show how a rural economy can contribute to the UK’s future prosperity, while creating an environment and society that works for everyone in Cornwall.

“It’s up to Government to work with us to achieve this.”

Read the full letter that has been sent to James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Posted on 23 April 

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School places on the agenda for St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meeting

Thu, 18/04/2019 - 14:55

Residents of the north coast parishes of Crantock, Cubert, Perranzabuloe, St Agnes, St Allen and St Newlyn East, are invited to attend the April Meeting of the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel.

The Community Network Meeting will takes place on Thursday 25 April between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at Perranzabuloe Parish Rooms, Chyanhale, Ponsmere Valley, Perranporth, TR6 0DB.

The meeting will be hearing from officers from Cornwall Council’s education service to discuss issues around school places at both primary and secondary school level. There will also be the opportunity to hear from parents and consider what steps can be taken to address issues raised.

Cllr Ken Yeo, the St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel Chairman said: “All local residents are invited to attend the meeting - it is your opportunity to meet your Cornwall Councillors and your Parish Council representatives. The meeting on Thursday is a good opportunity for you to find out what’s going on locally and how your representatives address matters that have been brought to their attention. As a Panel we encourage input from the residents who attend the meeting.”

The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel meets regularly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services.

For example at the last meeting the panel considered local highways schemes that could be supported by the £50,000 per annum for four years allocated to each Community Network Panel by Cornwall Council.  The panel considered schemes from the Parish Councils in their Network Area and discussed which of these are put forward. The St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Panel has also been involved with the proposed dualling of the A30 from Chiverton Cross to Carland Cross.

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

 

Story posted 18 April 2019 

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Investment plans to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall are approved by full council

Wed, 17/04/2019 - 10:43

Investment plans designed to improve the lives of residents across Cornwall were approved when the full council met at New County Hall in Truro today.

The projects include the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, and investment in the roads and sewerage scheme required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

Funds are also being set aside for the construction of new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

Summarising the £26.4 million investment programme, Councillor Julian German, deputy leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “These plans meet the council’s key priorities; a healthy Cornwall, Homes for Cornwall, a green and prosperous Cornwall, and Connecting Cornwall.

“This investment will enhance service provision, and help to improve the lives of the residents of Cornwall.”

An additional £2.4 million investment into regeneration schemes for South East Cornwall was also on the agenda.  The money will be used to deliver cycling and walking routes as part of a larger £6.4m investment in the area

The full programme includes:

  • £1.1m for progressing the design work and business case for a series of cycling and walking trails in South East Cornwall to improve connectivity, support more active life-styles and encourage more tourism
  • £2.3m towards a flood protection and economic regeneration scheme for Looe which will see Cornwall Council working with the community on designs which will form the basis of bids for further funding
  • £300,000 on further work to enable the regeneration of the Liskeard Old Cattle Market Site where the local community recently took part in a ‘charrette’ to decide for themselves their vision for the site
  • £250,000 for Kerdroya, a project that employs 79 local specially trained workers to keep alive the skills to build traditional Cornish hedges and develop capacity in the industry so that Cornish hedging can be a part of other infrastructure schemes coming forward across Cornwall

Other cabinet recommendations put forward to the council included further investment in the Housing Development Programme action plan, and plans to buy the Cornwall Equipment Loan Store.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Adam Paynter, leader of the council, said:  “These investment plans focus on the key areas for this administration, and will see improvements to our cycling network, our roads and our schools.

“It is a real statement of intent, we are getting on with the business of improving our resident’s lives, while remaining responsible with our finances.”

Posted on April 16, 2019

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Mother and daughter jailed for "dishonesty on an industrial scale"

Tue, 16/04/2019 - 17:54

Two women accused of running a fraudulent property lettings agency in Truro received prison sentences at Truro Crown Court today (Tuesday 16 April).

Elizabeth Ann Treneer, 38, of Chapel Meadows, Perranwell Station, admitted running a fraudulent business designed to deprive its victims of rental and deposit payments.

She also admitted having tried to undermine the criminal investigation by manufacturing false documents.

Her mother, Angela Colleen Treneer, 72, of Cogos Park, Mylor Bridge, admitted abusing her position of trust by failing to ensure that deposit and rental payments were properly safeguarded and passed on to customers.

Elizabeth Ann Treneer was sentenced to 40 months in prison.

Her mother, Angela Colleen Treneer, was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

The Court heard that the investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards was prompted by a number of complaints from landlord and tenant clients of Premier Property Management.

The investigation found that since 2009 more than 40 people had been defrauded by the business with losses exceeding £266,000.

When challenged by clients about the absence of payments, a series of false excuses had been given, including accountancy problems, computer system failures, banking problems or other reasons for late and non-payment of rent.

The court heard that the Treneers were moving the money from business accounts into their own personal accounts to maintain their lifestyles.

 In passing sentence Judge Robert Linford described the fraud as “...dishonesty on an industrial scale.

He also noted that the Treneers did not care whether the victims were vulnerable or not.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, praised the efforts of the Trading Standards team.

She said: “The time, effort and dedication involved in bringing this fraudulent business before the Courts cannot be underestimated. Both offenders lied to the investigating officers in the same way as they had been lying to their clients for almost 10 years.

"Many of the victims were vulnerable, either because of their age, their financial position or because they were working far from Cornwall and these two women took full advantage of that.

"In handing down such penalties, the Court has clearly recognised the despicable nature of the offending in this case.”

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, compensation for those who have lost money to the fraudulent business will now be sought.

 

Story posted 16 April 2019

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Exciting ideas shared at Discover Pydar community event

Tue, 16/04/2019 - 11:50

Pydar Regeneration Event Photo

Affordable homes where people of all ages want to live. Green spaces and exciting indoor and outdoor activities for young and old. Creative workspaces where people can make and sell things. Cafes and bars where people can meet, talk and laugh, and a special community hub at the centre of the site….these are just some of the ideas put forward during the first Discover Pydar community event held in Truro over the weekend.

More than 150 people took up the invitation to find out more about ideas for the new 'neighbourhood’, braving the cold to visit the special Pydar exhibition and give their views on the emerging proposals to Cornwall Council and architects PRP.

“It was fantastic to see so many people keen to help shape the vision for this key site in Truro “ said Councillor Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and Economy.  “We need the community to say how it wants Pydar Street to evolve and I would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to come and talk to members of the team and share their ideas.

Following the first day of the exhibition which took place on Lemon Quay as part of the Children’s Day activities, the team moved to the Pydar site for the second day which focused on the theme of the environment.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was the planting of three Cornish apple trees on part of the regeneration site.  Godfrey Mortimer, local resident of 50 years and the Mayor of Truro Lindsay Southcombe were joined by Shiela Richardson, who grew up in the heart of Pydar at Boscawen, and 12 year old Rowan Hammond to plant the first new trees at Pydar.

 ‘It’s great that local residents and businesses are being encouraged to share their ideas ahead of the design process “ said Rachel Hammond, local resident and Ryan’s Mum.  “The project sounds really exciting and the creation of new homes, a riverside park and improved leisure facilities for families will be a great boost for Truro’.

 While lots of different views were put forward during the two days, everyone was united on the need for something to happen on the site. There was a really positive response to the idea of people living and working in the centre of the city, and for creating stronger links to the woods at the edge of the site and to the river, with more spaces to sit and relax. Others wanted workspaces where innovators, entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses could develop their ideas, and places and activities where people of all ages could play and have fun and improve their physical and mental health. 

Many people were equally clear about the things they did not want. These included high density characterless housing developments and shopping malls, bars and restaurants which could damage the existing city centre.  Others were concerned about the proposals generating additional traffic on the roads.

“We will be taking all these views on board as we continue to develop a detailed scheme to be submitted for outline planning permission at the end of this year “ said Bob Egerton.

“Don’t worry if you did not manage to visit the exhibition this time – we will be staging further community events over the coming months to enable as many people as possible to shape the vision for Pydar. People can also find out about the project on the Truro Place Shaping website and Facebook page

Future Pydar community activities include a “Get Active Weekender” in July with a programme of outdoor events delivered in partnership with leisure and sports providers; a Dawn to Dusk festival on 14 September, with free music, and a Community Dig Week in October which will celebrate the past history and heritage of the site”.

 

Story posted 16 April 2019 

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