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Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette is launched

Tue, 26/03/2019 - 15:03

Liskeard Charette Web

Local residents and businesses in Liskeard are being invited to shape the future of the town’s cattle market site by taking part in Cornwall Council’s first ever Charrette programme.

Liskeard is one of just two towns in England selected by the Government to take part in the ground-breaking programme which brings local residents together with designers and decision makers to co-design the future of their local area.

Plans for the intensive five day interactive planning and design event taking place between Friday 8 March and Tuesday 12 March were unveiled at an official launch held in the town’s Public Hall today (12 February 2019).

Announcing the programme Cornwall Councillor for Liskeard East Sally Hawken said, “We know there is strong community support for redeveloping this key site in the heart of Liskeard to create a mixed use development which enhances local facilities and boosts the local economy, and brings more local people and visitors into the town.

“The Charrette provides us with a fantastic opportunity to build on the work which has already taken place to develop a clear vision and delivery plan to achieve this.

The Liskeard Cattle Market Site Charrette, supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, is being led by a dedicated specialist team from nationally recognised architects JTP, with support from Cornwall Council and Liskeard Town Council.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and the Economy, said, “We are delighted Liskeard has been chosen to take part in this programme. Cornwall Council iscommitted to working with partners to help regenerate the Cattle Market site and I would encourage the local community to get involved and have their say.

“The Charrette process has proved highly effective in other parts of the country and we will be looking closely at how it works in Liskeard so we can replicate it in other areas of Cornwall in the future.“

The Mayor Councillor Christina Whitty said, “I am delighted that our town has this opportunity to participate in the Government’s model Charrette process and greatly looking forward to seeing how it works. We hope that by bringing together local stakeholders in designing the future for this key Cornwall Council owned site, the former cattle market will provide jobs and bring prosperity to the centre of Liskeard.”

The first two days of programme focus on public workshop sessions where local residents will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and views and work with partners to co-create a vision for the site. These drop in sessions, which are open to everyone, are being held at the Liskerrett Centre between 1.45 pm and 5.30pm on Friday, 8 March, and between 11 am and 4.00 pm on Saturday 9 March.

The team from JTP will then analyse the outcomes from the workshops and draw up a vision for the site, which will include an illustrative masterplan. This will be presented back to the local community on the evening of the final day - Tuesday 12 March – at the Elliot House Hotel.

JTP is an award-winning architecture practice with extensive experience of delivering placemaking projects at every scale, from cities and towns, to neighbourhoods, streets and the design of individual buildings; creating new places and breathing life into old ones. Charles Campion, Partner at JTP said, “We are delighted to have been asked to work with the local community to co-design a vision for this important site.  The launch was a great opportunity to start meeting groups and individuals from a wide range of organisations in the town and we hope that as many people as possible will come along to the Charrette to help shape the future of the Cattle Market site and its relationship with the town.”

Following the Charrette members of the Liskeard Cattle Market Working Group will review the outcomes of the five day event and develop a final plan which will be considered by the Neighbourhood Plan Group, Liskeard Town Council and Local Cornwall Councillors.  The group will also develop a separate plan identifying some short term “meanwhile” uses of the site. 

Partners will then work together to develop business cases for individual elements of the scheme which will be used to support bids for funding.

Once acceptable and viable development proposals have been agreed by partners, the proposals will be used to develop an updated masterplan which will then go out to a further round of public consultation before a Final Master Plan and a phased Delivery Plan is presented to key stakeholder groups.  

 

Story posted 12 February 2019

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Smallholders in St Austell plead guilty to breaching ban on keeping birds

Tue, 26/03/2019 - 15:02

At Truro Magistrates Court on 11 February 2019, Joanna Lutey (42) and Michael Jackson (31) who run a smallholding in St Austell, pleaded guilty to keeping poultry when banned.

On 23 January and again on 31 January 2019,  officers from Cornwall Council’s Animal Health team visited their smallholding and discovered 120 birds (geese, ducks and chickens) living there and living in unsuitable conditions, despite a ban on the couple keeping poultry.  The poultry has since been sold and are no longer at the smallholding. 

Cornwall Council originally prosecuted Miss Lutey and Mr Jackson in October 2018 when they were convicted of causing cruelty to birds.  Mr Jackson was given a 200 hour community service order and Miss Lutey a 100 hour community service order.  They were ordered to pay £4000 in costs and given a 10 year ban on keeping poultry. 

On 18 December 2018 the ban was appealed at Truro Crown Court, however the appeal was refused and Mr Jackson and Miss Lutey were given a month to dispose of their birds.

Due to their early guilty plea and the fact that the birds have now been removed, Miss Lutey and Mr Jackson were both given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £1000 each towards the Council’s costs.

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection said: “The outcome of this case shows the Council’s commitment to upholding orders of the court and ensuring the health and welfare of farm animals.  It’s important that we took this action in order to maintain the good reputation of the farming industry in Cornwall.”

 

Story posted 12 February 2019

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Highways on the agenda at Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meeting

Mon, 25/03/2019 - 16:18

Residents of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel area are invited to attend a meeting of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel tomorrow.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 26 March 2019, between 7pm and 9pm, at Temperance Hall in Lower Market St, Penryn.

Andy James, Head of Highways and Environment at Cormac, will be giving an update on the delivery programme of road schemes, including the Community Network Panel Highways Scheme.

Cornwall Councillor Bastin, Chair of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, said: “The Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting is a great opportunity for residents to find out more about local issues and to also have their say. We would encourage everyone to come along.”

The Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meets every two months 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. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.  

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

 

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Cornwall to host the first stage of the UK’s largest cycle race, The Tour of Britain, in 2020

Fri, 22/03/2019 - 11:00

Cornwall is set to receive a boost to the economy next year when it hosts the first stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain, with riders travelling 170km through the Cornish countryside, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin.

The stage’s provisional route (subject to final approval) will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project.

The agreement to hold the race will be confirmed at a special signing ceremony with the Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin today (Friday, 22 March, 2.30pm - 4pm).

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

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

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

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

Councillor Adam Paynter, leader of Cornwall Council, said:  “This is fantastic news for Cornwall, not just for cycling fans, but for the wider community as well.

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

“We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to get on two wheels and lead healthier, more active lives.”

Dave Potter, Chair of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage Working Group, said:  “I am absolutely delighted to be part of a team that has worked for over two years to bring to Cornwall in 2020, a stage of the Tour of Britain. It is a fantastic opportunity to present to the World, the landscape and culture of Cornwall. 

“Hosting this premier sporting event also enables the generation of economic activity, promotion of healthy living and cycle tourism in Cornwall.  But above all, it will hopefully act as an inspiration to young people that anything is possible and nothing is out of reach.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said:  “We are delighted to today be formally agreeing the Grand Depart of the 2020 Tour of Britain in Cornwall and look forward to bringing the race to the county for the very first time in September 2020. 

“A lot of hard work over a sustained period has gone into today’s news, which we know will excite sports fans in Cornwall and across Britain. 

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

Chris Opie, Cornwall’s most successful professional cyclist, said:  "As a proud Cornishman and Cornwall’s most successful Professional Cyclist, I am a lifelong athlete who grew up in Cornwall, but had to look further afield for inspiration from world class athletes. Should the bid to host the Tour of Britain be successful, the opportunity to inspire a younger generation would be incredible.

“The chance to witness the world’s top athletes competing in one of the world’s toughest events right on their doorstep, enabling a generation to dream and to aim for large, exciting, ambitious goals could be genuinely life changing.

“Very few individuals have the belief they can do something extraordinary in life, the Tour of Britain is the perfect vehicle to showcase that life can be special.

“As a competitor, the idea to race along the roads I grew up cycling on is truly spine tingling. To stand on the start line in a Cornish town or city as part of a world class sporting event would fill me with a pride unrivalled by any sporting experience imaginable.”

Posted 22 March, 2019

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South East Cornwall set to benefit from transport funding boost

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 16:22

Residents in South East Cornwall are set to benefit from a successful bid to the government’s Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links, with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport.  Cornwall Council joined forces with Plymouth City Council and Saltash Town Council to support and develop a bid for funding to improve the wider Plymouth travel to work area which includes South East Cornwall

The successful funding bid means that South East Cornwall is set to see a £320,000 investment in transport infrastructure to improve key bus corridors in the Saltash, Torpoint, Rame Peninsula and Liskeard areas. Improvements will include new bus shelters, timetable cases and the installation of digital real time passenger information (RTPI) signs at key locations. 

Another £516,000 has also been received to deliver walking and cycling improvements in Saltash to provide key connections to Plymouth, support economic and housing growth and manage increased travel demand.

The joint bid sees a total of £7.6 million for a number of sustainable transport initiatives in Plymouth.  In Cornwall, a share of the funding will go to improve cycling, walking and public transport links between Cornwall and Plymouth. 

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Improving sustainable transport connections in Cornwall and into Devon is so important for our residents.  This funding will help us deliver work being carried out on this Council’s One Public Transport System for Cornwall (OPTSfC) Project which aims to deliver an integrated and customer focused transport network under the Cornwall Devolution Deal.” 

Cornwall Council is now working closely with Plymouth City Council in preparing a bid for the second round of funding.

 

Story posted 20 March 2019

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Housing and health among key topics due for discussion at Cabinet meeting

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 16:18

Investment in housing, the creation of new cycle paths, and investment in schools are just some of the plans up for discussion when Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee meets next week.

One of the major 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 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.

The CORSERV Group of Companies four year business plan will also be discussed by the cabinet. 

The plan sets out ambitious proposals for creating a sustainable future for the business, which includes Cormac, Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Cornwall Development Company. 

Also on the agenda are the latest steps in the South East Cornwall Regeneration Programme, which looks at an investment of £6.4m in a new Liskeard to Looe cycle trail, and an update on the Housing Development Programme, which extend the council’s ambitious housebuilding plans across Cornwall.  

Other items due for discussion are the integrated risk management plan from the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and 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 meeting will take place in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall on Wednesday, 27 March, starting at 10am.

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

Posted 20 March 2019

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

Wed, 20/03/2019 - 14:18

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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Have a concessionary bus pass? You can travel at any time on Cornwall’s buses from 01 April

Mon, 18/03/2019 - 14:19

Older people, and those of any age with a disability, who qualify for a concessionary bus pass will be able to travel for free at any time on Cornwall’s buses from 01 April.

Up until now, people who qualify for a bus pass under the English National Concessionary Fares Travel Scheme have been able to travel on Cornwall’s public  buses for free after 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.  Now, Cornwall Council has decided to extend the scheme so that concessionary bus pass holders can travel on public buses at any time and will no longer have to wait until 9.30am to travel for free.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown said: “We have listened to residents who hold these bus passes.  They have told us that having to wait until 9.30am to be able to travel for free on the bus means that they can’t travel to early appointments.  In the case of disabled concessionary bus pass holders in particular, they have told us that under the current arrangements, they can’t use their pass early enough so they either have to pay or make alternative arrangements to travel to adult training and day centres.”

Geoff adds:  “We want to encourage people to use public transport and here is a practical way the Council can help people who have a concessionary bus pass to do just that at no cost to them.”

 

Story posted 18 March 2019

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Climate emergency declaration on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel Meeting

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 17:12

People in Truro, the Roseland and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel on Tuesday 19 March to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

Following Cornwall Council’s recent climate emergency declaration, attendees will be able to get information from the Good Companions organisation who will provide a presentation on the importance of town and parish councils in supporting Cornwall Council and their communities in the fight against climate change.

Attendees will also be able to hear from Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Rick Milburn who will provide an update on local policing and crime matters as well as an update from CORMAC and Council Officers on proposals for local highways improvements.

The meeting is taking place in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall on Tuesday 19 March, from 7pm. 

Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel 

Chair of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel, Chris Wells, said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to come and engage with what’s happening in their local area and to speak to their local Town and Parish Councillors.

“We welcome anyone from around the Truro and Roseland communities to come and join us, to help shape the future of where they live.”

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

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

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

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Residents warned of beach steps closure after fears of cliff falls are raised

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 16:43

The steps leading down to Whipsiderry Beach at Newquay have been closed off after experts raised fears of possible cliff falls in the area.

The inspection, carried out by Cormac’s Geo Environmental Engineer, was prompted by a previous landslip in the area.

The decision to close the access steps was taken in the interests of public safety as further cliff falls could occur at any time.

Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “Given the concerns raised by environmental engineers, we have taken the decision to close off the access steps while further investigations take place.

"Closing access to any of our public open spaces is not something we take lightly, but safety is our primary concern.

"I ask the public to bear with us and abide by the closures until further notice."

St Mawgan and Colan Councillor and Chairman of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel, John Fitter, said: "Given the huge value to the community of this footpath, it is disappointing to have to close it, but public safety has to be our top priority at all times.

"We will carry out further inspections, and will update the public as soon as we have any further information."

Posted 15 March, 2019

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Council leaders meet young people demonstrating about climate change

Fri, 15/03/2019 - 16:40

Around 300 young people gathered today at New County Hall to call for more action on climate change. 

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Sue James, and Deputy Leader Julian German met the organiser of the event and some of the young people who attended and let them know the Council is keen to work with them to create a collective Cornish voice to lobby parliament.

In January Cornwall Council echoed calls from residents across the county when councillors declared a climate change emergency, calling on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cornwall Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment, said:

“Having listened to young people who were at today’s gathering it is clear that they have strong views about what more can be done to tackle to climate change.

“We want to help the young people of Cornwall to air their views and we wish to seek their opinions to inform the future thinking of the Council, in the matter of climate change.

“We also encourage young people to get involved in decision-making on a local level, such as through their schools, colleges, town and parish councils, to keep climate change high on the agenda.”

For more information you can visit the following page: Councillors declare a "climate emergency" and call for further work to reduce Cornwall's carbon emissions.

To share your views email climatechange@cornwall.gov.uk

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Alexa could help combat loneliness in Cornwall

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 17:28

People who are at risk of being socially isolated, for example after a spell in hospital, could soon have an Echo Spot installed in their home to allow them to communicate with a loved one more easily.

The plan is all part of a project led by Cornwall Council where grant funding has been awarded to help develop schemes that use technology to combat a range of issues, such as social isolation, falls and frailty.

Age UK put forward the bid that will allow people to use the technology in a variety of ways such as  making video calls, setting reminders, and accessing Cornwall link, the Age UK information portal, as well as other resources at home.

Portfolio holder for adults Councillor Rob Rotchell said: “Cornwall Council faces huge challenges to deliver care services with limited and stretched resources as well as responding to people’s changing expectations of public services.

“Technology Enabled Care is a key way to address these challenges and it will be exciting to see how these projects take shape.”

In another successful bid from Plymouth University EPIC project, Echo Spots will also be used in care homes to improve the well-being of hundreds of residents, for example, to play music from different eras to enhance the lives of people living with dementia.

Ray Jones, EPIC Project Director and Professor of Health Informatics said: “There is great potential in keeping care home residents connected to family, friends, and befrienders using devices such as Echo Spot.

“Such devices can also stimulate and help with reminiscence through music. We aim to get these installed in the majority of care homes across Cornwall. This then provides a large ‘user-base’ for small companies in Cornwall to develop new apps to meet the needs of care homes.”

Another project will support people with health conditions in Camborne where a partnership with a care company called Veor and a GP surgery will allow people to check things like their blood pressure which allows it to be monitored in real time by a healthcare worker to try to prevent an episode of ill health.

The other successful project from Cornwall Care will use technology that will allow more people to be involved in meetings about them, using a ‘padbot’ which is a remote controlled mobile stand with video conferencing facilities. This helps the individual to have more choice and control over their health and social care needs.

Posted on 14 March

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Temporary home for Liskeard Library during major renovation

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 13:04

Liskeard Library is due to undergo a major renovation as part of an innovative new partnership between Cornwall Council and the local community group, the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO).

The current library at Barras Street will close at 1pm on Saturday, March 30 2019, to allow for the planned refurbishment to take place.

From April 1 a library service will be provided by Cornwall Council at Luxstowe House in Liskeard for the duration of the works which are in the final stages of planning.

The temporary library will be open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and parking is available.

Customers will have access to 1,600 fiction, non-fiction and children’s books and use the ‘Click and Collect’ service to reserve books, DVDs and music CDs free online for collection from the temporary library.  

There will also be free access to Wi-Fi and computers and staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide a referral service and show customers how to access library and Council services online.

Bookstart Rhymetime sessions will restart in April with more details to follow.

Planning permission has been granted to Cornwall-based community group RIO to continue the library service and carry out significant refurbishment of the Barras Street site before it reopens to the customers.

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, Cornwall Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government.

Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We see this partnership with RIO as a positive move that will provide a sustainable library service in Liskeard which meets the needs of the town.

The residents of Liskeard will have a fully renovated library building that is more accessible and safeguarded for the future.”

Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO, said: “Following the granting of planning permission in December we’ve been working with Cornwall Council on the next steps in this important and exciting development for Liskeard.

“The temporary relocation of the library to Luxstowe House from April means we can begin to put our plans into action and start giving the library building the love and attention it needs to transform it into a library of the future; a hub of learning, knowledge and connection we know the people of Liskeard want.”

For more information about RIO see www.realideas.org.

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Man pleads guilty to using his dead mum’s bus pass after investigation by Cornwall Council’s Counter Fraud Team

Thu, 14/03/2019 - 12:55

A man who used his dead mother’s concessionary bus pass to obtain free travel around Cornwall has been fined in court after an investigation by Cornwall Council’s Counter-Fraud Team.

Adam Oats, 39, of Pollards Close, Goonhavern, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the fraudulent use of the bus pass at Truro Magistrates Court on 20 February 2019.  

The court heard that Oats’ mother died in February 2017 and on 2 May 2018 he tried to use her pass in Truro on a bus operated by the First South West Ltd bus company. The bus driver immediately realised that it did not belong to him, challenged him and then confiscated it.

An investigation subsequently undertaken by the Council’s Counter-Fraud Team culminated in the prosecution after Oats had failed to cooperate with investigators by not responding to two requests to attend an interview under caution.

The investigation had established that since the death of Mrs Oats the pass had been illegally used on 516 occasions, the cost of which had been borne by the Council and amounted to £731.18.

In court, Oats, through his solicitor, admitted that he had used the pass after his mother had died but denied using it on 516 occasions claiming that he had only used it on 10 occasions. He however agreed to reimburse the amount of £731.18 in full to the Council.     

He was fined £80, ordered to pay a £100 contribution toward costs, and ordered to pay an additional £30 victim surcharge.

The Council’s Head of Internal Audit, Counter-Fraud, Risk and Insurance, Simba Muzarurwi, said: “The illegal use of concessionary bus passes diverts tax-payers money from other key public services and this prosecution is a clear indication that the Council does not tolerate any forms of fraudulent activity.

"The Council is committed to protecting public funds and it will not hesitate to investigate any suspected cases of fraud that are brought to our attention.

"Cornwall Council operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to fraud and corruption. If you suspect fraud is occurring we would be happy to talk to you on our confidential fraud hotline. Call us on freephone 0800 7316125 or you can contact us by emailing at fraud@cornwall.gov.uk."

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Cornwall secures funding for new special free school

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:16

Cornwall Council’s bid to establish a new school for children with special educational needs has been successful. As part of a national initiative with the Department for Education this will increase the range of education provision in Cornwall.

The special school will provide 65 places for children, aged from 5 to 16, and become a centre of excellence for pupils who have Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs and education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Welcoming the news, Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “This school will provide much-needed support and provision to some of the most vulnerable children in Cornwall.

“In preparing for this bid we consulted with families, school and education colleagues, and our partners in health and social care identifying the benefits a school like this could bring.  It is thanks to their continued support and input that this bid has been successful.”

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, are a type of special educational needs in which young people have significant difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour which can make it difficult for them to integrate into mainstream school settings.

Sally continued: “Cornwall is geographically challenging and families who need this special provision can often find themselves travelling long distances to get the right kind of support. This new building will enable us to fill a gap in our current services - which will be a huge benefit to children and their families in Cornwall.”

A site in the Bodmin area has been identified, subject to planning permission, as the preferred location because the proximity of the A30 will make the school accessible for children from across Cornwall.

The announcement is part of a government push to create 39 new special free schools across the UK.   In making the announcement Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “Parents rightly want choice of where their child goes to school and to know that the education and support they receive will ignite that spark of potential that exists in all of us, so they can go on and succeed.‎

“We recognise some children require more specialist support. These new special free schools and alternative provision schools will make sure that more complex needs can be provided to help support every child to have a quality education.”

Cornwall Council will now publicise plans for the proposed new school and work with a range of different organisation who may be interested in running the school.  Organisations will have until September 2019 to submit their applications to the Department for Education. It is hoped that the school may open in September 2021.

Categories: Councils, Politics

Discussions continue to secure future of Padstow Library

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:25

The future of Padstow Library is being explored as Cornwall Council continues to explore a sustainable and long-term service for residents.

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, the Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government.

Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities.

At 1pm on April 5 Padstow Library will close in its current form and a mobile service will be introduced as an interim solution while options are developed with the community and voluntary groups.

The temporary mobile library service will be located in the Link Road car park weekly at a time to be announced from the week beginning April 8.

The mobile library van will provide free Wi-Fi access, linked to the internet via a router and signal booster and be equipped with a Cornwall Council public use laptop as well as a space for a second person to use their own equipment.  

The interim mobile stop will maintain access to library services for the town with around 2,500 adult and children’s books along with talking books and a range of large print books for those with audio or visual impairment.

Customers can also use the ‘Click and Collect’ service to reserve books, DVDs and music CDs free online for collection from the mobile library.  

Mobile library staff can answer questions, provide a referral service and show customers how to access library and Council services online.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are committed to providing a sustainable library service in Padstow which meets the needs of the town and ensures access to books for all residents.

"We’re in detailed discussions with community and voluntary groups to explore ways the library can be managed in the future so all local residents can continue enjoying their library for many years to come.

"We are grateful to Padstow Town Council for all their support in discussions.”

Councillor Higman, Chairman of Padstow Town Council, said: “The Town Council endorsed the interim mobile stop library. However, as a key stakeholder, the Town Council is keen to explore other options for the future provision of the library service and welcomes the support from volunteers within the community via the Padstow Area Library Support group (PALS) in working together on this issue.” 

Padstow Town Council’s Clerk Kathy Pemberton said: “The Town Council had put in an offer to purchase the Core Building, which currently houses the library, to protect this asset and retain it for the whole community.

“The offer of a free space of the Town Council’s Chamber has been made to Cornwall Council for reading events, such as the Summer Reading Challenge and steps are being made to progress with public use computers at the Town Council Offices.”  

Mollie Goodman from PALS said: “We have been in regular discussions with Cornwall Council and Padstow Town Council in regard to the library service for the Padstow area. To that end, closure has been postponed until now and while the interim measures are in place we will continue to engage with both Councils over the coming months with the aim to secure a long term solution.”

 

 

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First SUGAR SMART school is recognised by Cornwall Council

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 14:53

Richard Lander School in Truro is the first secondary in Cornwall to be recognised with Sugar Smart status by the Healthy Schools Programme from Cornwall Council. 

That means the teachers, staff and students have all taken steps to reducing the amount of sugar in their snacks, drinks and are working towards a healthier lifestyle. 

The Sugar Smart campaign is a national initiative and is supported by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and Sustain, and it looks to optimise health by promoting healthy diet and reducing sugar consumption. 

Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being and Cabinet Member at Cornwall Council, Sally Hawken, said: “I would like to congratulate Richard Lander on achieving this status.  Simple changes can make a world of difference, such as removing unhealthy options from vending machines and simply opting for the low sugar varieties of foods.

“These are really simple steps to take, but it will take a whole school approach to implement and to secure results. Teachers, governors, parents and pupils need to be consulted and then a healthy eating message can be embedded across all school activities. I would like Richard Lander to inspire other secondary schools to take on this challenge and to become Sugar Smart.”

A five-step guide to being Sugar Smart has been created by the healthy schools team and tips include; changing the contents of vending machines, charging less for healthy snacks and promoting healthier lunches.

Healthy Schools Advisor for Truro, Paula Chappell, said: “There is a lot of thinking that goes into becoming Sugar Smart. The school council were involved heavily in the decision, because this move needs to come from the students; they need to be involved in making those changes. The school also had to demonstrate how they were encouraging more water drinking and how they’ve made changes to their tuck and lunch menus.

“Richard Lander is also a healthy school, which means they continually and consistently think about the health and well-being of all their staff and students. It’s also about how their students think about their own health and well-being and how they can make small changes in their life in regards to health behaviour.”

No more than 5% of our total energy intake should come from sugar. This means different amounts of sugar for different age groups:

  • For children aged 4 to 6 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 5 sugar cubes or 19g.
  • For children aged 7 to 10 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 6 sugar cubes or 24g.

Head of Godrevy at Richard Lander, Jamie Bridger, said: “Essentially we are hoping it improves attendance, because there has been a real link between health, attendance and attainment, especially in Key stage 4. If our students have a healthier diet and lifestyle it could have a huge impact on their futures.”

The school council have been instrumental in implementing these changes.  13 year old Martha Holmes added: “I found it easy to adjust and I think it’s a really good idea to make everyone in school healthier. 

"At home people may not try some of the healthier options, but in school they can and they may really like it.”

For more information on becoming Sugar Smart teachers are being encouraged to visit: https://www.cornwallhealthyschools.org/about-healthy-schools/meet-the-team/

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Twelve Cornwall Council car parks to move over to ‘pay on exit’

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 12:49

The first Cornwall Council car park to move over to pay on exit will be officially opened in Penzance in March.

The Harbour car park in Penzance is the first of twelve car parks in eight towns that are being moved over to pay on exit technology as part of the Council’s Positive Parking Framework

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said the move to pay on exit would make it easier for customers as well as support local economies.

“Pay on exit parking has been shown to encourage people to stay longer in town centres as they don’t have to rush back to their car when their car parking ticket is running out.

“It also means civil enforcement officers (CEOs) will not be tied up having to check pay and display tickets. This frees them up to do more work taking action where cars are parked illegally – which we know frustrates residents.”

“Free evening parking in most Cornwall Council car parks will continue and has helped support local evening economies.  We’ll also be continuing with flexible pay and park options during the day time, such as being able to buy batches of reduced rate parking sessions via the JustPark telephone payment and offering seasonal permits at a reduced rate.”     

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Councillor Penzance Promenade said: "The introduction of ‘Pay on Exit’ for the Wharfside car park, the Council’s first in Cornwall, is great news for Penzance and has been requested by many businesses in the town. Evidence collected from elsewhere in the country last year, by the Positive Parking Panel on which I sit, indicates that people using them tend to stay longer, thus increasing car park income without having to raise hourly rates. The recommendations of the Parking Panel, combined with a collaborative approach from Cornwall Council officers and Councillor Geoff Brown when working with Penzance Town Council, the BID, Chamber of Commerce and Penzance Regeneration Board, mean that from April, Penzance will have much more competitive car parking charges. This in turn will hopefully see more people paying less to park."

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance East said: "This is good news on many fronts. Visitors will stay for longer visiting the high street and enforcement officers will be able to spend more time in Penzance back streets. Best of all, the new 96p per day resident batch price for Harbour Car Park will work with Pay on Exit seamlessly. That means more people who work in town parking in the Harbour car park instead of in residential streets."

Work is now being carried out at the twelve car parks to enable the installation of the pay one exit technology.  Pay on exit means that the motorist takes a ticket at the barrier when entering the car park, pays at the machine when ready to leave and then inserts the ticket via the exit barrier. There will be some disruption while the works at the car parks take place and some of the car parks will be closed or operating at reduced capacity before reopening as pay on exit. 

All 12 car parks will be changed over to pay on exit and open by Easter 2019. 

The car parks are:-

  • Town Quarry, Falmouth
  • Main Car Park, Fowey
  • Milpool, Looe
  • St Georges Road, Newquay
  • The Manor, Newquay
  • Link Road, Padstow
  • Harbour, Penzance
  • The Island, St. Ives
  • Trenwith, St Ives
  • Garras Wharf, Truro
  • Moorfield, Truro
  • Old Bridge Street, Truro     

Cornwall’s Positive Parking Framework is set to be a benchmark standard for local authorities who, like Cornwall Council, have aligned  their parking policies and operations to the Positive Parking Agenda, a national initiative supported and assisted by the British Parking Association.

As well as the introduction of Pay on Exit technology at the twelve car parks, Positive Parking Framework plans include:-

  • A trial to enable Care Quality Commission accredited carers to park on the street whilst providing care services to vulnerable people
  • A review of the role of our Civil Enforcement Officers as better use of technology means that they will be freed up to visit more areas that are not currently frequently patrolled, to ensure that traffic congestion through illegal parking is reduced.
  • Improved directional signage, contactless payment, discounts for residents and businesses, raising awareness of season tickets and other payment options.
  • Mobile camera technology to help with more efficient enforcement or targeted enforcement around schools and colleges to support reductions in traffic congestion.

Geoff Brown added: “We are investing in our car parks to improve the experience for motorists.  Income from car parking is vital as it enables us to continue making the best use of our resources and target funding to help maintain Cornwall's 7,300km road network.  Cornwall’s roads are some of the best in the country with the Council rated as amongst the top 25% in the country for keeping our main roads in good repair. Without the income from car parking charges, the Council would need to increase council tax to generate the same amount of funding."

“Whilst we receive about £9.7 million net income from parking each year, Cornwall Council is spending £45 million on maintaining the condition and safety of Cornwall’s roads and 2,700 bridges and retaining walls, as well as the car parks themselves.”

 

Story posted 20 February 2019

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Callington Library future secured as hours change

Fri, 08/03/2019 - 11:34

The future of Callington Library has been safeguarded for the community through a reduction in opening hours and staffing.

From 1 April the opening hours at Callington Library and Information Service will change.

The site at Callington Community College will stay open on the same days as it currently is but the hours will change to:

DayNew opening hours from 1 April 2019 Tuesday 1pm to 5pm Thursday 1pm to 5pm Friday 9am to 1pm Saturday 10am to 1pm


These new hours mean community groups who regularly meet at the library for activities such as Knit and Natter and Rhymetime will continue on the same days and times as currently.

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.

The library transformation programme has seen many sites devolve to local management but Council was unable to find a partner in Callington.

A reduction in opening hours and staffing will be implemented to enable the Council to achieve its required budgetary savings.

Callington Community College will continue to provide space on its campus for the Library and Information Service.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Libraries are important to our residents and this is why we have worked hard to find a sustainable solution for Callington Library and Information Service.

“While we haven’t been able to find a partner to take on management of the service we hope that by reducing opening hours in a way that won’t affect community groups this is the best approach to making necessary savings while safeguarding the library for many generations to come.”

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Children at Tregolls School remind drivers to stick to 20

Thu, 07/03/2019 - 14:34

Tregolls Pupils With Tegans Sign On Chellew Road Resized (1)

Children who walk or cycle to Tregolls School have been using their creative talents to reinforce the message to motorists that the road outside their school is a 20 mph zone.

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans worked with Cornwall Council and Tregolls School to devise a competition to design-a-sign to remind drivers of the lower speed limit and that they are entering a residential area where children walk and cycle to school.

The result is that the official 20 mph zone signing on Chellew Road, funded by money received from developers as part of what is known as a section 106 agreement, has been given a colourful boost by the children themselves. 

Following a whole school assembly to launch the competition over 90 entries were received and the hard task of judging was undertaken by the school and Sustrans project officer Nick Ratcliffe. The eventual winning entries were created by Isa (year 6) and Tegan (year 2).

Their designs were made into metal signs and have been installed next to existing 20 mph zone signage either side of Chellew Road on the approach to the school. The winners also received a Sustrans goody bag for their efforts.

Andy Watkins, Head Teacher at Tregolls School said: ” As a school we want to encourage as many pupils as possible to travel in under their own steam. It’s good for their well-being, they arrive at school ready to learn and the roads near school become quieter and safer. We warmly welcome this initiative, the children’s designs help make drivers aware who is likely to be on the roads and pavements; it reminds them they are in a lower speed area and to drive considerately.“

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “We are working with Sustrans to deliver a funded programme promoting walking, cycling and public transport.  It’s important that our children think about and are involved in helping to make sure that the roads around their school are as safe as possible.  Initiatives such as this which produce such eye catching results that can be securely fixed  to the formal signs are very welcome.”

Simon Murray, Sustrans route development manager, Cornwall said “The new pedestrian facilities supporting trips to the schools in the area was a straight forward engineered improvement, the school 20mph design competition just brought it to life and it was great to see the children’s reactions.”

 

Story posted 07 March 2019

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