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Full Council supports plans for development of Langarth Farm in Truro

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:20

Plans to develop a site at Langarth Farm in Truro took another step forward today (22 January 2019) when full Council approved an additional £159 million investment for the project.

The full Council meeting today agreed to invest in bringing forward a high quality housing scheme and set the tone for further development of the area. This also means the Council will take a lead in its design and how it will be delivered for the benefit of residents, in order to build a community and not a series of housing estates.

The Council plans to deliver a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing, social housing, extra care homes for older people and housing owned by the Council for people who currently struggle with poor quality and short term leases in the private rented sector.

The Council wants to work with existing communities to develop and submit a new outline planning application based on a new masterplan to be developed for the area and in parallel with a review of the Truro and Kenwyn Neighbourhood Plan. 

The need for infrastructure is critical and the Council has agreed plans for a new primary school to be built in parallel with the first wave of development at Langarth Farm so that it is ready for the children of the new residents.  Plans also include the council building drainage improvements, an extension to the Park and Ride, a community centre, green spaces and health facilities.

There is also funding for design and survey work to support a planning application for the proposed Northern Access Road (NAR).  The Council has submitted an application for grant funding from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to help open up access to the new development. A decision is expected on the grant application this spring and in the meantime, this investment from the Council will be used on its design and to buy land for its development which will support new junctions onto the A390 and support a new road which prioritises walking and cycling routes.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy Bob Egerton said: “We need to ensure that developments are coordinated for the benefit of all. If the Council did not intervene, we risk some sites being built by individual developers under existing planning permissions. 

“We could end up with an uncoordinated series of estates without the appropriate infrastructure, or, instead, duplication of infrastructure, to the detriment of the whole community. This decision means the Council ill have much more influence and can ensure the needs of residents are front and centre.”

Story posted 22 January 2019

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Additional investment agreed by full Council to support more homes, jobs and long term funding

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:17

Cornwall Council will borrow an additional £107.5 million to deliver projects that will provide homes for local people, space for businesses to grow and provide jobs, and infrastructure to benefit Cornwall’s residents, a meeting of full Council decided today. 

The funds – part of the Council’s Investment Programme – will add to £123 million already approved, with the long term return on investment from homes and business developments helping to fund vital services for residents.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “The Investment Programme will help build quality homes for local people so that we can meet our commitment to build 1,000 homes for local people by 2021. We already have developments of quality homes to buy and rent nearing completion in Tolvaddon and Bodmin with more in the pipeline for Newquay, Launceston, Torpoint and Liskeard.

“The Council will support businesses and create new jobs by developing new commercial space such as the extension to the Pool Innovation Centre. Other workspace schemes are planned for Launceston, Hayle, Newquay, St Austell, Bodmin and Falmouth, and regeneration projects in Truro and Liskeard.   

"New and improved infrastructure such as schools and healthcare facilities are also planned to support development and improve the lives of our residents.”

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for planning and the economy, Bob Egerton said: “Our aim in the longer term, is that the Investment Programme will be self-financing as new homes and business space will generate income from council tax, business rates and potentially rental income. This income will in turn be used to fund vital services for the residents of Cornwall.

“As central government funding continues to reduce, the Council has to find ways of self-financing delivery of services. By 2020, central government funding will cease so we need to look at alternative ways of generating revenue – investment is one way of doing this.”

Cornwall Council’s Investment Programme was agreed in principle by members earlier this year and will see the Council borrow as much as £600 million over 10 years to deliver homes, workspace and investment opportunities.

Posted on 22 January 2019

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Cornwall Council urges government to think again and include a Cornish tick box on the Census

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 09:12

The UK Government has been urged to “think again” about including a Cornish tickbox in the new Census in 2021 following a debate by full Council today.

Cornwall’s Councillors strongly supported a motion expressing disappointment at the lack of progress shown by the UK Government in recognising the Cornish as a national minority.  

The motion stated that despite ongoing support from Cornish MPs, residents and the Government’s own commitment to ensure Cornish is given the same status as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Office of National Statistics recently rejected the provision of a Cornish tick box in the 2021 Census.

Councillors heard how the Cornish Embassy – or ‘Tick Box Bus’ - will continue to raise public awareness and support for the campaign at high profile events. The bus will make its first outing of the year on Sunday 27 January 2019 at the Cornish Pirates match against Hartpury at Mennaye Field in Penzance.

Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader Julian German said the debate reinforced that Cornwall will continue to lobby for the inclusion of a Cornish tick box.

“The people of Cornwall are entitled to the same recognition as other Celtic nations. Having a tick box on the Census would give the Cornish parity - and means that government and public bodies will have better information when making decisions that affect Cornwall,” he said.

Councillor Jesse Foot, who proposed the motion and is also Chair of the Council's Cornish Minority Status Working Group, said it was crucial to keep campaigning for the Cornish tick box.

“Our campaign to have the Cornish tick box on the next Census in 2021 has been well supported by councillors, our MPs and, most importantly, the people of Cornwall. 

“The ONS’ decision not to include the tick box in 2021 is not the end of the story.  We will be meeting with our MPs and partners to keep up the pressure and we need the public to support us wherever they can. 

“This weekend we’re urging people to visit the tick box bus at the Pirates game on Saturday to visit the bus and tell us their views of what makes Cornwall unique and distinctive.”

Will Coleman, Artistic Director of Golden Tree Productions, who are behind the Tick Box Bus project, said “The game’s not over yet. Come aboard the Tick Box Bus this Sunday, get your Cornish passport, show your support for a Cornish tick box on the next census and tell us what Cornishess means to you.”

People can show support by using the hashtag #CornishTickBox on social media.

Posted on 22 January 2019

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Roadside litter louts leave 10 tonnes of rubbish on A30

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 12:34

A toilet, cooker and part of a boat are some of the bizarre items that have been dumped on the A30 as Cornwall Council urges motorists to bin or take their rubbish home.

The Council’s waste collection service Biffa collects 10 tonnes of litter from roadsides and verges along the high speed route each year – enough to fill two double decker buses.

Most common among the discarded items are fast food packaging, takeaway cups and plastic drinks bottles, but there have also been dozens of mobile phones and large items such as electrical appliances and furniture.

Motorists or their passengers can be fined £150 for throwing rubbish from car windows or dumping it in a layby.

Every year Highways England and local councils spend hundreds of millions of pounds clearing litter from roadsides and verges.

Not only is roadside litter an eyesore, picking it up - especially on high speed roads such as the A30, A38 and A39 - means that the workforce are exposed to unnecessary and avoidable danger. It can also be a danger to other road users and to wildlife.

Cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James said: “While the majority of people act responsibly and help keep our roadsides clear of litter, it is hard to understand the mentality of people throwing rubbish from their cars while travelling through such beautiful countryside.

“Not only is it an eyesore and damaging to wildlife it means our waste collection team are having to collect litter alongside a road where drivers are travelling at speeds of 70 miles an hour. It also costs money that could be spent elsewhere.

“Please just take your rubbish home and keep our countryside looking beautiful.”

Dropping litter is a criminal offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and authorised officers can currently issue fixed penalty notices of £150 for littering offences.

Failure to pay may result in a prosecution before a Magistrates Court where the maximum fine is currently £2,500. Recent changes to the law mean that litter penalties can be applied to vehicle owners if it can be proved the rubbish was thrown from their car, van or lorry, even if was discarded by a passenger.

Wherever possible the Council investigates reported offences with a view to taking action against offenders to reduce the level of environmental crime.

People can report littering they witness in their community at www.cornwall.gov.uk/reportit so the Council can investigate and take action where possible.

Councillor James added: “Our first message is don’t litter, but we also rely on members of the public spotting litter being discarded, and contacting us with information so we can catch those responsible.”

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Young people from Cornwall visit Westminster to talk about emotional resilience

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 17:03

The group from Headstart Kernow, a multi-agency partnership led by Cornwall Council, were invited by the former Health Minister Norman Lamb MP to Westminster where they shared their experiences in the service, which has been praised as an example of best practice.

The aim of the event was to highlight the excellent work that the partnerships are doing to MPs and invited guests. They also highlighted the need for more work and support for young people’s mental health.

Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being, said:  “One of our priorities at Cornwall Council is that our children are healthy, safe and protected from harm. 

“By sharing their experiences, these young people are helping us to understand a lot more about the challenges they face. This is helping us to better target resources were they are most needed.

“HeadStart is already having a real impact on the way we think about improving the resilience, emotional health and mental wellbeing of our young people and this is a great opportunity for MP’s from around the UK to learn about the work being done in Cornwall.”

Cornwall is receiving significant investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, until 2021, to deliver its HeadStart Kernow programme.  Taking place in six locations across England, the HeadStart programme aims to explore and test ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 10 to 16 by supporting them to build their resilience.

It looks at how their mental wellbeing is affected by their experiences at school, their ability to access the community services they need, their home life and relationships with family members, and their interaction with digital technology.

A focus of our programme in Cornwall is to provide training to staff in primary and secondary schools to support emotional and mental wellbeing needs of children, and working with the voluntary sector and child and adolescent mental health services, including NHS Cornwall Foundation Trust, to provide access to support in the community and early help. 

This training, which is delivered by Trauma Informed Schools UK, is designed to help school staff identify the needs that might lie behind behaviours which interrupt a child’s learning and development and extend this knowledge to other organisations working with young people and families including sport and activity based clubs and other youth organisations.

HeadStart Workforce training is focused on the emotional development of children, neuroscience and the importance of the arts and crucially also includes training on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s.) 

Amy Pearton, Chair of the HeadStart Kernow Young People’s Board, said: “HeadStart is not just about tackling problems once they’ve happened, it’s about helping people to become more resilient, building their strengths, talents and interests.”

Young People are working with us on these important issues, together with Young People Cornwall and Pirate FM, some of what they have to say is available at https://youthinmind.piratefmedutrain.co.uk/

Further information and where to find support is available at https://your-way.org.uk/

 

Story posted 06 February 2019 

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Cornwall Council cabinet to consider budget, business plan, investment and regeneration

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 16:57

Funding for services over the next 12 months and council tax will be the main focus at Cornwall Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, February 13.

The Cabinet will consider budget recommendations for 2019/20, including a proposed 3.99% council tax increase.

The proposed tax will help protect services for vulnerable people, as well as ensure ongoing delivery of council services including adult social care, fire and rescue services, and waste collections.

Alongside the budget, the medium term business plan which sets the Council’s delivery priorities are also on the agenda.

The Cabinet will also consider the council’s capital investment programme, which includes further funding for Superfast Broadband, highways improvements and the housing development programme.

Other topics being discussed at the meeting are plans for the regeneration of Hayle harbour, which could see the creation of 600 homes and 600 jobs in the town. The work would be supported by a grant of £5.65 million from Homes England, which has been secured by the council to help deliver new housing, with more than 100 affordable homes included in the project.

Next year’s estimated revenue for the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry, and the next steps to further improve Cornwall's road network with the creation of a St Austell to A30 link road will also be discussed.

The Cabinet will meet at the Trelawney Room in New County Hall on Wednesday, 13 February at 10am.

Members of the public are welcome to attend cabinet meetings in person or watch the meeting live via a webcast on the council’s website watch the meeting live via a webcast on the council’s website.

The Council also posts key information Twitter: www.twitter.com/CornwallCouncil

 

Story posted on 06 February 2019

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Council set to work 7 days a week to speed up completion of new road drainage scheme in Looe

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 13:30

Cornwall Council will be on site 7 days a week from 16 February to minimise local disruption while they put in place an upgraded drainage system for the upper portion of St Martin’s Road, Looe.

Designed to prevent surface flooding and protect residents and road users in the event of a ‘100 year rainfall event - a phrase used when describing the 1 in a 100 chance of a severe storm hitting an area in any given year - the design also factors in work to future proof the scheme against the predicted effects of climate change.

The new highway drainage scheme complements improvements put in place by the Council on St Martin’s Road in 2013 and 2014 which included the installation of higher kerbs and retaining walls to prevent highway surface water entering properties.

Since those works, extensive survey and investigation work on this challenging site have been carried out and have resulted in this new drainage scheme.

The works will take place on a stretch of St Martin’s Road starting at the ‘St Martin’ residential development at the top of the hill and ending 400 metres downhill, on the high side of the entrance to the Commonwood Manor hotel.

The proposed highway drainage system uses a series of new road gullies to capture water flowing on the road surface. The captured water is then conveyed through a series of new pipes and inspection chambers. The water will then be discharged deep into the ground using soakaways. The soakaways were installed in the carriageway last year.

To minimise local disruption and complete this scheme as soon as possible, the Council will close St Martin’s Road for 8 weeks from 16 February aiming for the work to be completed by 13 April 2019 so that the road will be open in the run up to Easter.

The work is being done for the Council by CORMAC, who will have crews on site 7 days a week, working during all daylight hours.

Diversion signs will be put in place and free parking offered to parents and carers in Riverbank car park to help them get their children to school.

Local Cornwall Councillor for Looe East and Mayor of Looe Armand Toms said: “There is never a good time to close such an important road into the town but it’s also important this work is done so we can improve flood protection. We had a choice between 8 weeks with full closure or 13 weeks with  road closures and traffic lights. The latter would just mean more disruption for longer. “

“The best way to carry out the work on such a sophisticated scheme in as short a space of time as possible is to go for a full road closure. We’ll be doing all we can to let residents know about the expected disruption, as well as speaking to the school, bus companies, local businesses and to adjacent parish councils who might be impacted.”

There will be a few days of site investigation works carried out under traffic light control before 16 February in advance of the work starting on the scheme itself. 

Story posted 17 January 2019

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Smoke detectors missing from more than a third of homes with house fires

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 10:52

More than a third of homes in Cornwall which had a house fire in the last year did not have a smoke detector, latest figures show.

Of the 304 house fires attended by firefighters from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) between 1 January and 1 December 2018, 120 did not have a smoke detector. 

And in a quarter of cases where a smoke detector had been installed, the device did not activate.

Smoke detectors provide a vital early warning of fire, giving people precious time to get themselves and their loved ones to safety, explained Paula Wellings, Casualty Reduction Manager for CRFS.

"There are lots of demands on people's time and finances and unless you've had experience of a fire it's very easy to understand how buying or checking a smoke detector can slip to the back of 'to do' lists," she said.

"However, smoke detectors will often pick up traces of fire before you do - especially if fire breaks out at night - and so it's really important to have a smoke detector on every floor of your home.  It is important to test them at least monthly but we advocate weekly if possible.

"At this time of year, many people will be thinking of what they can do – big or small – to make a fresh start and improve their lives, homes and wellbeing. Buying, fitting and regularly checking smoke detectors should be top of this list."

Free Home Fire Safety Checks

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will fit smoke detectors as part of free Home Fire Safety Checks  offered to the more vulnerable members of our community, said Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection.

"Our firefighters visit more than 5,000 homes across Cornwall each year to give advice and check or fit smoke detectors as part of our Home Fire Safety Checks," she added. "It is easy to request a visit - please get in touch with us if you or someone you know might qualify."

Advice on smoke detectors from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service: 

  • Fit at least one smoke detector on every level of your home - these are available from DIY stores and most supermarkets
  • Test your smoke alarms by pushing the button every week;
  • Check that your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old;
  • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and near bedrooms.  Also consider in rooms which have electrical appliances – e.g. a heater or charger – or other fire risks;
  • Only take the battery out when you need to replace it
  • Strobe lighting and vibrating pad smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
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GPS technology is helping people to live independently in Cornwall

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 10:51

An innovative pilot led by Cornwall Council is testing how GPS technology used in sat navs could help people live independently at home for longer.

Vera aged 89 from Truro has been able to carry on living at home with the help of a pendant that she wears around her neck that could potentially help other people across Cornwall in the future.

The pendant was issued by Cornwall Council as part of a trial to see how equipment can support people to live in their home with a range of different conditions.

Vera had a heart attack which contributed to a further decline in her memory. She has Alzheimers and says that without the device she would have been in a care home which wasn’t something she wanted.

She can use the device to speak to her daughter if she needs to as well as letting her daughter know where she is should she need assistance.

She said: “I would hate to be anywhere else because it’s so easy to go into town if I want to. I’ve got all the people around me that I’ve known for years“.

Annabelle, her daughter, said: “It’s given me real peace of mind, to know that mom is safe but still enjoying her independence is all we wanted really. She is able to do her own thing without me feeling like I need to be with her all the time, as well as her being able to live in her own home, where it’s familiar and close to people she knows.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Vera’s story is inspiring for us all, knowing that just because our health needs change new options are being developed which help us to stay at home close to friends and family.

“Technology, like this product gives people more choice on the types of care they receive. It can also reduce the likelihood of people needing to go into residential care, or requiring expensive support packages, at a time when demands on already stretched adult social care services are increasing and funding from central government has been drastically reduced.”

“The GPS device is currently with several people with different needs who are trialling it to see how it can add value to their lives.”

There are a number of other Technology Enabled Care solutions that are also underway that assist with:

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

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

This initiative is part of a transformation programme called Shaping Our Future that is bringing together the NHS, social care and public health across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to achieve positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery.

Posted on 9 January

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Cornwall Council’s children’s mental health services praised in House of Commons report

Tue, 05/02/2019 - 13:54

Mental health services provided for children in Cornwall have been cited as a model example in a recent report from the House of Commons which looked at the benefits of early intervention to improve children’s mental health.

Headstart Kernow, a multi-agency partnership led by Cornwall Council and its work with Newquay Tretherras secondary school, were highlighted in the report by the Science and Technology Committee.

Councillor Sally Hawken, Portfolio Holder for Children and Wellbeing said: “Around one in every two adults in England is thought to have suffered at least one adverse childhood experience. Early intervention can help to tackle the potential long-term problems that these young people might encounter in the future as a result of their childhood experiences.

“It is so important that we can provide such a high quality service to help and support young people with mental health issues.”

Norman Lamb MP visited Cornwall to learn more about the HeadStart Kernow partnership, which aims to promote emotional resilience and mental wellbeing in 10-16 year olds to manage or prevent and reduce the risk of poor mental health.

One of the features of the partnership focuses on building an understanding of adverse childhood experiences and how they can affect children. Another fundamental element is the importance of an ‘emotionally available adult’ in young people’s lives and the important role schools can play in this.

HeadStart Kernow, funded by the Big Lottery Fund - the largest funder of community activity in the UK, provides training for school staff to directly support children with specific mental health problems resulting from childhood adversity. Training is also provided to relevant members of the local medical, police and voluntary sector workforce. Funding is available for schools to develop action plans aimed at supporting emotional wellbeing and resilience.

The report calls for a national strategy from the Government to make the level of early intervention services consistent across the UK. It proposes that the new national strategy should aim to learn from all the examples of good work in the UK, and these initiatives should be used as examples of good practise for other local authorities.

The report also proposes a central specialist team to improve early intervention and offer support to local authorities.

 

Posted January 7, 2019

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EU nationals living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly encouraged to stay post-Brexit

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 15:04

The Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Leadership Board today issued an open letter to EU nationals living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, encouraging them to apply for settled status.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 20 January 2019 declaring the EU Settled Status application would no longer carry a £65 fee, 13 leaders signed the letter urging EU nationals wishing to remain in the UK to submit their applications when they open on 30 March 2019.

The letter recognises the commitment, dedication, skills, diversity EU nationals have brought to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 

Paynter Adam

Board chairman, Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter, said: “Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have long supported EU nationals working and living here. With or without Brexit, that hasn’t changed.

“EU nationals make a positive contribution to our communities and local industries. We thank you for choosing Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to call your home and encourage you to submit your applications in order to stay here.

“If you are one of the 18,000 EU nationals living in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, we recognise this is your home too. We want to reassure you that you are valued members of our community and encourage you to secure your right to continue living and working here after Brexit.”

Cornwall Council will offer a service to help scan ID documents and is working with a number of voluntary organisations to find ways to support vulnerable people with the scheme.

Further information is available at www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

To view the full letter please visit: www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/36782359/euss-open-letter.pdf

Published 04 February, 2019

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Drivers urged to take care in Cornwall as icy conditions continue into the weekend

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 18:28

With icy conditions set to continue in Cornwall this weekend as temperatures fall this evening, people are being warned to be careful on icy roads.

Drivers are being warned that icy conditions overnight may make the roads treacherous in parts, especially where there is still snow on the ground.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, urged drivers to take precautions when roads are icy or slushy.

“We are doing everything we can to keep key roads clear, however the icy conditions will continue overnight.

“Driving in snow, ice and wintry conditions requires extra care and preparation, and you should only drive when absolutely necessary. It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road so please consider whether you really need to travel and take care if you do have to go out.  

“We’ll have gritters out again tonight covering key routes. They take great care applying salt to the road to ensure that correct spread and widths are maintained. Salting vehicles are extremely powerful and travel at up to 40mph spreading salt across all lanes of motorways and trunk roads. Please remain a safe distance behind them and don’t attempt to overtake unless it’s safe,” he said.

The Council’s gritters - operated by Cormac – went out today at midday, with further gritting to take place on key routes tonight.  Gritters fitted with snow ploughs went out four times in the worst affected parts of east Cornwall last night.

Hand-salting gangs have also been sent out to ensure clear routes hospitals and emergency services buildings.   

Given the ongoing conditions, there is some disruption to waste and recycling collections. The latest information on collections can be found at www.cornwall.gov.uk/snow

Councillor Brown praised local communities for their tremendous response in reaching out to help each other.

“From checking on your neighbour to opening your home to others for the night, there were hundreds of snow heroes across Cornwall to whom I would like to say thanks. You embody the true spirit of Cornwall.

“I’m also very proud of the Council staff, our fire and rescue service and CORMAC who worked around the clock to help people in need and get the roads cleared. It was a challenging 24 hours and we’ll keep monitoring the situation to everyone stays safe.”

In particular he praised Cormac gritter driver Lee Keast in Bodmin, who was stopped by an ambulance crew struggling to get to their blue-light destination. Lee escorted the crew right to the front door of the caller’s address in Bodmin. 

Information on winter driving (including in snow and ice) can be found at: /community-and-living/cornwall-fire-and-rescue-service-homepage/keeping-safe/road-safety/be-a-safer-driver/driving-tips-and-advice/winter-driving/

Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough can contact  www.streetlink.org.uk or use a mobile app which can be downloaded free from iTunes and Google Play stores. You can also call 0300 5000 914. Streetlink will then pass on the information to the nearest service and connect them with support within 24 hours.

Posted in 1 February

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Council congratulates Cornwall’s students on GCSE results day

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 15:33

Exam results will be on the minds of thousands of young people across Cornwall today, as the wait for this year’s GCSE results is finally over.

While it is too early to know the statistics for results across Cornwall, today marks a milestone for all students as they now consider their next steps.

Cornwall Council’s message to students is that whatever your results, there are more options on the table than ever before to make your next move a successful one.

Last year, there was a significant change to the grading system for GCSEs in three subjects – grades in Maths, English Language and English Literature were marked from 9 to 1 – 9 being the highest grade. Students gaining a grade 4 would have gained a grade C in the previous system.

The reforms were put in place to ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in high performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

This new grading system has been extended further this year to an additional twenty subjects and it is anticipated that all subjects will be graded in the same way by 2020.

Also for the first time this year, a new headline measure will be published for EBacc. The EBacc average point score measures pupils’ point scores across the five pillars of the EBacc: English, mathematics, science, humanities and languages. Headline performance measures will be published by the Department for Education in October 2018.

Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing said: “Congratulations to all those collecting their GCSE results today – I hope the hard work has paid off and you have achieved the results you wanted. I wish you all best for whatever path you decide to follow.

“And as well as students, I’d like to give praise to teachers, staff, Governors, parents and carers for their role in helping young people fulfil their potential.”

“Collecting GCSE results can be an emotional time for teenagers and their families alike, however, young people now have access to more pathways than ever before.”

“While young people now continue in learning or training until they are 18, this does not mean they need necessarily to stay on in a classroom. Many will choose to remain in full time education, such as a school sixth form or FE College, however they can also opt for work based learning such as an apprenticeship or take part in part time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more per week.

“For anyone who is unsure what to do next, they can contact the National Careers Service which offers free and impartial advice and access to a range of online tools, including skills tests, course search, job search advice and personalised help from careers advisers.”

The National Careers Service can be contacted in confidence by telephone on a dedicated careers helpline 0800 100 900, via web chat and email by searching online for the National Careers Service.

Story posted 23 August 2018

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St Columb Major Library becomes a community hub

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 15:32

We are delighted to announce a new agreement between St Columb Major Town Council and Cornwall Council which means that the Town’s library will transfer to the Town Council’s management from early October 2018.

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.

St Columb Major Library will also remain part of the countywide library service, so customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

Speaking on behalf of St Columb Major Town Council, Town Mayor and Cornwall Councillor Paul Wills said: “The library is a much-loved facility and we have exciting plans for its future. We will be keeping all existing staff and employing new members of the team, and have plans to redecorate and make the library more welcoming.  We’re also keen to explore longer opening hours - all of which will be of real benefit to the local community. I am delighted that we have finally reached an agreement that means we will have the support of Cornwall Council’s Library Services for many years to come. It was very important that we crossed the “T’s” and dotted the “I’s” to ensure we struck the right deal. The future of our library is now secure”.

The library’s current opening hours are Tuesdays 9.30am – 5pm, Thursdays 1 – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall Council has been working closely with town and parish councils and community groups to find the best custodians for local libraries through the Library Transformation Programme. 

“Our aim has always been to work with partners and communities to create sustainable services aligned to local needs.  With St Columb Major Town Council taking on the management of the library, local people will be able to continue to enjoy it for many years to come. The town council’s proactive approach to taking more control over local assets is an excellent example of devolution in action. This arrangement will provide a sustainable library service for the St Columb Major area.”  

 

Story posted 21 August 2018

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Providers invited to help transform adult care and support services in Cornwall

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 09:04

Care and support providers, community and voluntary sector organisations from across the country are being invited to transform adult social care services with Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow.

With the need to make the changes in adult social care to bring services closer to the communities they serve, organisations are invited to a market positioning event on 25 February 2019 to get more information on the Council’s plans and help shape care and support services that meet the needs of people living in Cornwall.

The resulting market position statement will set out how the NHS and the council plans to commission services and this event gives the opportunity to develop the current draft further before its publication.

It is intended to support providers to develop their market offer in line with how the council and NHS Kernow plan to commission, exploring creative solutions and opportunities which genuinely offer people more choice and control over their lives.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “This is a great opportunity for providers and commissioners to come together to work in partnership, making sure that the services for people in Cornwall improve outcomes for those with care and support needs both now and in the future.

“At the centre of this is our intention to develop a resilient and sustainable care market that supports and promotes strong communities so that people live their lives as successfully, independently and safely as possible.”

“I urge as many of providers as possible to come along to this event”

John Groom, NHS Kernow’s Director for Integrated Care, said: “Across Cornwall there are people and organisations with huge expertise in providing care and support which we can draw on to develop this market position statement.

“Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow’s work with providers will develop a sustainable market place in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to deliver high quality care and value for money.”

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis and booking will be available soon through Eventbrite. Find out more on the Market Postion Statement Co-Production Event page.

To register your interest please email acld@cornwall.gov.uk

Posted on 30 January 2019

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Devolution Deal delivering better services for Cornwall

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 17:00

Cornwall’s ground breaking devolution deal has resulted in better services for residents and more control over how money is spent.

Leaders from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and business representatives met last Friday to mark three years since the original deal and delivery of over 50%.

They learnt how £568 million in funding was now under local control as a result of the deal which spans a wide range of projects, tackling fuel poverty, improving health and social care, transport, heritage and culture and flood resilience. In the last three years the deal has delivered:

  • increased bus and rail patronage by 1.4 million journeys
  • £17m private investment into the bus network in Cornwall, with 78 new buses and the ability to travel with the Cornish equivalent of London’s Oyster card;
  • £11.5m investment over three years into the Warm and Well programme, making the homes of over 1,000 vulnerable households in Cornwall cheaper to heat every year;
  • Cornwall investing in new energy technologies such as deep geothermal, potentially providing electricity for thousands of homes in the future;
  • land for 255 new homes in Cornwall;
  • support for 11,392 businesses and start-ups through the creation of the Growth Hub and Better Business for All Regulatory support service; and
  • support for over 5,000 new apprenticeship starts annually.

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.

Adam Paynter, Leader of the Council, said: “The deal was ground-breaking, Cornwall was the first rural authority to achieve such a deal and to deliver over 50% on it just three years later is remarkable.

“Having greater control over how money is spent in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, means we are able to improve necessary services and tackle some of the bigger problems we know our residents are facing like fuel poverty.

“The deal hasn’t just allowed us to greater improve our transport network, it has also helped us build on some of our more innovative plans, like geothermal, which has given Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly a head start on using renewable energy.”

With uncertainty over Brexit, it is more important now than ever that Government devolves further power and funding to Cornwall so that it can flourish beyond Brexit. Cornwall was the first authority to launch a regional Brexit plan with New Frontiers.  New Frontiers sets out Cornwall’s asks of Government, to unlock a further £2 billion from Cornwall’s economy and support the delivery of at least 20,000 additional jobs by 2030.  This would be achieved through measures such as devolved funding for more affordable housing and the development of Spaceport Cornwall.

Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio holder for resources, Julian German said:

“Cornwall’s deal clearly shows how bringing funding and decision-making closer to the community works.

“Through the deal we have implemented schemes to tackle fuel poverty, improve our public transport network, support innovative energy technologies and enable over 11,000 businesses to grow and prosper. This is having a real impact on the prosperity and quality of life of people across Cornwall.

“Given these significant benefits, we want to go further with the development of our next devolution proposition “New Frontiers” – a plan to show how a rural economy can contribute to the UKs future prosperity, help us prepare for Brexit, develop our distinctive economic strengths and build on the existing deal, whilst creating an environment and society that works for everyone in Cornwall.”

This information is now available in a full report available on Cornwall Council’s website – www.cornwall.gov.uk/devolution

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Invitation to learn more about future plans for Wadebridge Library at Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 08:50

People in Wadebridge and Padstow and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the February meeting of the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel.

The meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 7 February at Egloshayle Pavillion, Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge PL27 6AE.

During the meeting there will be an opportunity to hear an update from police on local policing matters, as well as an update from Wadebridge Town Council on their future plans for Wadebridge Library.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods will also be attending the meeting to discuss continuing plans for strengthening community network panels (CNPs). This gives CNPs options to strengthen local partnerships and agree local priorities, as well as have greater engagement with local community to enable residents to have more influence over issues such as devolution.

There will also be updates from parish, town and Cornwall councillors on local matters.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along and find out what’s happening in the Wadebridge and Padstow area. You'll be able to talk to your local councillors and police about the issues that matter to you.”

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  The panel’s priorities include public transport, asset and service devolution, affordable housing, highways, traffic and parking issues.

Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 14 parishes in the community network: Egloshayle, Padstow, St Breock, St Endellion, St Ervan, St Eval, St Issey, St Kew, St Mabyn, St Merryn, St Minver Highlands, St Minver Lowlands, St Tudy and Wadebridge.

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

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Council starts work on new pedestrian crossing on Kenwyn Road in Truro

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 12:11

Pupils at the local school, parents and the local community in the Kenwyn area of Truro who have campaigned for a crossing to make it safer for them to cross a busy road are about to get their wish.

Work commissioned by Cornwall Council is due to start on installing a new zebra crossing on Kenwyn Road in Truro on 21 January and it is estimated it will take three weeks to complete.  To keep disruption to a minimum, the work will be carried out overnight between 7pm and 6am under traffic light control, with the lights removed before rush hour each morning.

The new crossing, which is being funded by £67,000 received from developers as part of what is known as a section 106 agreement, will link the Hendra estate with Kenwyn Church, St Mary's School and Truro Nursery; and the Trehaverne neighbourhood with the green spaces of Victoria and Hendra, including the skate board park.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport said:  "We have listened to the local community.  Their campaigning and the work of their local Cornwall Councillors has been key to making this scheme a reality.  It's important that we encourage people to walk more as we join up options to get around as part of the Council's One Public Transport initiative.  This new crossing enables residents to safely walk from their homes to school, open spaces and the shops and other services in the City."

David Harris, Cornwall Councillor for Truro Trehaverne said: "This pedestrian crossing is a welcome improvement to this particular stretch of road. Improving the safety of pedestrians and drivers on our roads is of paramount importance and so it is important that we are able to deliver this crossing which will make a huge difference to the whole community."

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Councillor for Truro Boscawen said: "The campaigners who have successfully made the case have been focused, provided good evidence, and have built positive relationships which have enabled it to move forward in what is, for a scheme such as this, quite a speedy manner. The interaction between pedestrians and vehicles is a big challenge and it is important that communities can function securely and freely. I'm sure that, once complete, this crossing will enhance safety, build confidence and improve the quality of life for a large number of people. Well done Highways".

Campaigner Lisa Smith Walker, parent and governor at St Mary's School says: "We are delighted that the crossing is imminent. Fellow parent Debbie Schmid and I have been campaigning for 2 years for the crossing, which we hope will make the junction much safer for both pedestrians and motorists.

Visibility at the Hendra/Kenwyn junction is poor, and the traffic is fast and busy - this will help to calm the traffic along the whole of Kenwyn Road as well as making crossing the road so much safer for everyone. There are so many near misses out there, hopefully the crossing will help prevent a tragedy.

The support from our community has been amazing and we'd like to say a massive thank you for that, and also to our local councillors for their help".

The design of the scheme was chosen after discussions with local residents from ten ideas that were put forward.

Geoff Brown adds: "There were  a number of challenges to providing a permanent crossing at this site, including the lack of a pavement on the south side of Kenwyn Road and the position and visibility to and from the junction along Kenwyn Road.  However, we're confident that these have been overcome and that the design of the new zebra crossing works well."

Cormac will start work on building the scheme on 21 January 2019. Story posted 18 January 2019
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Advance warning of evening lane restrictions on Tregolls Road, Truro on Wednesday 30 January

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 12:24

Lane restrictions will be in place along a section of Tregolls Road in Truro from 7pm on Wednesday 30 January as tree surgeons work to remove a large tree from the central reservation.

CORMAC’s arboricultural officers, working on behalf of Cornwall Council, discovered brackets of a decay fungus on the mature Eucalyptus and further investigation identified decay within the lower stem. As a result of the tree’s condition, there is an increased risk of it falling into the road. To allow the tree surgeons to safely dismantle and remove the tree, Tregolls Road will be reduced to one lane in either direction.

Cornwall Council’s Tree Safety Officer Matthew Odgers-Brown said: “This prominent tree makes a significant contribution to the local landscape and it is with great regret that we have to remove it. However, public safety must be our priority. We intend to plant a replacement tree as near to this location as underground services permit and are also planning to plant new street trees within verge at the Chellew Road junction. We apologise for any inconvenience caused while we carry out these works – we will remove the lane restrictions as soon as we have completed the work to dismantle and remove the tree.”

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Owners urged to clean up dog poo: new figures released

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 12:32

Cornwall Council is urging dog owners to bag and bin their dog poo as new figures reveal the extent of dog fouling in public places.

Latest figures show that from April-December 2018 a total of 429 reports of dog fouling were made to the Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service. That compares to 686 fouling service requests in 2017/18 and 872 reports in 2016/17.

The area with the highest number of dog fouling complaints so far this financial year is Penzance with 20 calls from members of the public. Saltash had the second most reports at 17, while Tywardreath and Par saw 16 dog fouling complaints.

Since 2015 there have been a total of 2,610 dog fouling reports in Cornwall with Newquay recording the highest amount at 135 while Penzance had 123.

The Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service undertakes pro-active patrols of known fouling hot spots. Since 2015, more than 2,400 patrols have taken place, with 402 in April-December last year alone.

Anyone who does not pick up after their dogs faces a fine of up to £1,000 or can receive a fixed penalty of £100 in order to discharge the offence.

Find out more about the Council's work to combat dog fouling and view figures on dog fouling service requests by area

Cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James said: “Most dog owners act responsibly and clean up after their pets but unfortunately there are a minority who think it is okay to leave it to others to sort out.

“There are more than enough waste bins for dog owners to use and general waste bins can be used to dispose of bagged dog waste. If you’re in an area where there happens to be no bins, you should be taking waste home - there really is no excuse.”

Members of the public can report dog fouling incidences to the Council online 24/7. The Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service responds to and investigates complaints of dog fouling.

There are 30 officers with the Council’s Community Protection Team authorised to tackle fouling but there are a number of other officers including some who are not uniformed as well as police community support officers who can issue fixed penalties.

Since 2012 Cornwall Council has also provided DEFRA approved training to 80 town and parish council employees to enable and authorise them to issue dog fouling fixed penalty notices and help tackle the problem.

Cornwall Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer Kevin Brader said: “Our message is clear – pick up your dog poo or risk a fine. Your laziness is anti-social, is a blight to our environment and poses a health risk to the public especially children. 

“You can report dog fouling to the Council with information including the identity or description of the offender, their address or car registration number and the time of day that offence took place and this will help us to contact the offender directly.”

Councillor James issued a final word of warning: “Saying you didn’t see your dog foul is not a defence. It’s your responsibility as a dog owner to do the right thing – bag it and bin it or take it home with you.”

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