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Final opportunity for Cornish vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers to sign up for free masterclass to cut fuel costs and emissions

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 14:26

There’s still time for vehicle fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to register for Cornwall Council’s free one-day masterclass on Wednesday 31 January designed to help them reduce emissions and cut their fuel costs.

Sponsored by CGON, the Driving Innovation masterclass is aimed at businesses in Cornwall and the wider south-west.  The event will bring together key players from industry and the public sector to provide fleet decision makers, environmental managers, taxi drivers and all those with an interest in lowering vehicle fleet emissions with the information they need to make the right choices. 

The day will include demonstrations of new hydrogen retrofit technology and electric vehicles.  There will also be presentations about the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which encourages fleet operators to improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, as well as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and zero emission electric vehicles.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “This masterclass is a great way for fleet operators and taxi drivers in Cornwall to learn about the latest technologies that can help them to make significant savings on their fuel costs at the same time as improving local air quality.  Businesses of all sizes are welcome to sign up. Whether your business operates a single vehicle or hundreds, the masterclass makes good business sense and can help you take steps towards a cleaner and greener future.”

The free one-day masterclass takes place at Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Business Park, Bodmin from 9.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday 31 January.  Businesses can register to attend the event on our Driving Innovation page.

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

Story posted 15 January 2017

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Conway Bailey Transport become 20th member of ECO Stars Fleet Recognition scheme

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 09:53

Conway BaileyConway Bailey Transport Limited of Redruth has become the 20th business to join Cornwall Council’s ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, which helps commercial fleets to save on fuel costs while improving air quality.

The free, voluntary scheme currently operates in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area and provides recognition, guidance and advice on operational best practice for operators of goods vehicles, buses, coaches and commercial vehicle fleets. It is delivered by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) on behalf of Cornwall Council.

Alan Stanton, Group Conformity Manager, Conway Bailey Transport Limited said: “We are pleased to join and support Cornwall ECO stars.  We are always looking to improve our fleet efficiency and costs, and ECO Stars is a simple way of helping us with our goals of helping improve the air quality whilst helping us improve our fleet efficiency and fuel costs.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “The Cornwall ECO Stars scheme is a great opportunity for operators in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area to get free advice on improving their fleet efficiency. Congratulations to our 20th member Conway Bailey Transport Limited. We hope that many more businesses will follow their lead and join the scheme.  ECO Stars is good for local air quality and good for businesses too.”

The Cornwall ECO Stars scheme is open to businesses with fleets of any size, from a single vehicle to larger fleets, and any type of commercial vehicles, including vans, HDVs, buses and coaches.  Member businesses come from a wide range of industry sectors, including private and public sector, retail, road haulage, industrial, parcel and courier, community transport, and bus and coach services.

When businesses join the Cornwall ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme, their vehicles and overall fleet are rated by industry experts to assess their current performance – both operational and environmental – and awarded an ECO Stars rating between one and five.  They also receive a bespoke road map containing guidance to help improve the efficiency of their fleet.

Jim Chappell, TRL’s ECO Stars Programme Manager, said: “The scheme is free, simple to join and open to all fleets operating in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) area, irrespective of your fleet size.  By following our advice, businesses could improve their fuel efficiency typically by 5%.”

The Cornwall Eco Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme is one of a range of projects and policies Cornwall Council has introduced as part of its Clean Air for Cornwall Strategy.  These include promoting walking and cycling, improving public transport, introducing car clubs, setting emission standards for taxis, minimising emissions from bus and works vehicle fleets, requiring electric vehicle charging points in new build homes, working with employers and schools to develop travel plans, and promoting mixed use development in areas close to public transport and facilities.  

Story posted 15 January 2018

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Inspirational and dedicated urgent care nurse Sharon receives top award

NHS Cornwalll News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 00:00
A mum who has dedicated nearly three decades to caring for others has received recognition for her commitment to patients and inspiring the next generation of nurses.
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Crashed car rubbish, 14th January

Following recent rat, vehicle been moved but loads of sharp broken plastic left
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Carbis Water, Carbis Bay
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Dangerous signpost, 14th January

Post rusted out, dangerous for children on route to school

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Laity Lane, Carbis Bay
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Schools encouraged to take part in the daily mile challenge

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 15:23

Schools across Cornwall are being encouraged to sign up to the Daily Mile challenge in a bid to tackle physical inactivity and childhood obesity.

In Cornwall around 27% of children aged 4-5 are identified as overweight through the National Child Measurement Program and the current trend is for this figure to increase throughout the primary school years to around 32% by age 10-11.

To help tackle this, an initiative called The Daily Mile was started in February 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, who was then Head Teacher of a large Scottish Primary school in Stirling. Concerned by children’s lack of fitness, she developed The Daily Mile as a sustainable and effective way to combat inactivity and obesity in her school. The Daily Mile is about physical activity to improve children's physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by over 2,000 schools in the UK alone, and has proved popular with thousands of children, parents and teachers. Seven schools in Cornwall are already signed up to the Daily Mile Foundation and running a daily mile.

Cornwall Council is encouraging every primary school in Cornwall to introduce The Daily Mile from the 15 January.

On the same day we will also be encouraging staff across Council locations to get involved and use their lunchtimes to do the Daily Mile.

Councillor Hawken said: “The Daily Mile is a really quick and easy way for everyone to get more active. Even gentle physical activity daily can have a positive impact on mental health, concentration levels as well as reducing weight. Small steps can make a big difference, and it’s important that we work towards reducing the health impacts from obesity in Cornwall.”

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Filthy sign, 11th January

Heading east after roseworthy dip the road sign for Camborne is disgusting and hardly visible in the dark , good job I know where I am!
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A30, Camborne
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Accountable Care System inquiry day

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 14:17

Councillors yesterday learned more about the way in which an accountable care system could work in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as part of a series of inquiry sessions set up to look at proposals for integrating health and social care.



During the inquiry, the panel - made up of six Cornwall councillors led by Chairman Dr Andy Virr - heard from Council Chief Executive Kate Kennally and Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Accountable Officer for NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.

In her evidence to the inquiry, Kate Kennally set out a range of potential options for future commissioning of health and social care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from keeping the arrangements as they are at present to moving to strategic commissioning of health, social care and public health services through a new body such as a Joint Health and Care Committee.

With an Accountable Care System (ACS) having been in place in Greater Manchester for the last five years, Steven Pleasant talked about the reasons for moving to joint commissioning, how it works in practice as well as his experiences.

The inquiry days have been set up to hear from representatives of local health and care organisations, as well as patient groups and areas already developing an ACS, explained Dr Virr.

"Both we and our colleagues in the NHS are agreed that the way health and social care services are currently commissioned in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly won’t address the changing need of our communities. Our role is to consider the options put forward for integrated strategic commissioning and how this can be achieved," said Dr Virr.

"After the final inquiry session, we will consider the evidence and make our recommendation to the Council's Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee, who will then consider our findings and make recommendations to the Cabinet. Any decision on this will ultimately rest with the 123 councillors who make up Cornwall’s elected representatives on the Council."

Developing an ACS for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is a way of bringing together the network of existing statutory health and care providers and commissioners. An ACS does not change an organisation’s statutory and legal responsibilities, and will allow for one strategy, one budget and one plan approach to work together in people’s best interests, rather than those of each organisation.

As well as being in agreement about the approach, all are signed up to making progress and testing out the practicalities by working in shadow form during 2018/2019.

There will be four sessions taking place for the Accountable Care System Inquiry

You can submit comments for the panel to consider while weighing up the evidence – please email healthcommittee@cornwall.gov.uk by 12noon on Wednesday 17 January.

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Slippery when wet, 11th January

Green pavement - slippery when wet

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Tredrea Lane, St. Erth
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Drain blocked, 11th January

Drain blocked

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 9 Tredrea Lane, St. Erth
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Accountable Care System inquiry day

NHS Cornwalll News - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 00:00
Councillors yesterday learned more about the way in which an accountable care system could work in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as part of a series of inquiry sessions set up to look at proposals for integrating health and social care.
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Gas manhole cover dropped, 10th January

Dangerous for pedestrians, walking in dark on this road outside police compound right of large button controlled gate
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Kozy Kott, Treswithian
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Deep pothole, 10th January

Looks like this was reported in November and nowt been done
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 101 Weeth Road, Camborne
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Group wall post by Anita Atkinson

Anita Atkinson wrote on Hayle development discussion group's wall: Bait digging in Copperhouse pool again at the moment. No answer from harbour master or rspb. (19 comments)

A390 resurfacing to improve major link between Devon and Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 10/01/2018 - 12:34

Major work to improve the surface of the A390 through Gunnislake, Cornwall, will start later this month.

The works, which Cornwall Council has commissioned Cormac to undertake, will start on Monday 22 January and last until approximately 9 February, providing no adverse weather conditions prolong the schedule.                      

While the works are underway, it will be necessary to close the road to through traffic, Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Access to homes and local amenities will be maintained as much as possible.  Traffic marshals will be on site at key locations to help provide access through the works for residents and those needing critical facilities, such as the doctor’s surgery.  The morning run of school buses will not be affected, and access will be managed for the afternoon pick up, although the work may have some impact on timings.                                        

A signed diversion route of around 25 miles will take off-peak local traffic and non-local traffic along the A388 through Callington and Treburley, then the B3362 through Milton Abbot, re-joining the A390 north of Gulworthy.

Steve Pearce, Cormac’s area surfacing manager, said: “We appreciate our works can cause disruption. Unfortunately the road is too narrow to allow us to maintain any sort of traffic flow while we are working, so we cannot install traffic lights. This leaves a closure as our only option.

“Road closures are always going to have an impact, regardless of the time of day or time of year, but we always do what we can to minimise the disturbance to our local communities. This is one reason why the work is being undertaken in winter, well away from the tourism season.”

Cllr Andrew Long, Cornwall councillor for Callington, acknowledged the need for the work and was pleased by the flexibility demonstrated by Cormac.

“It is clear that the resurfacing work needs doing,” he said, “The road as it stands is not fit for purpose, and everyone would like a smooth, modern transport link able to meet the requirements of the 6000 or so traffic movements we see passing through Gunnislake every day.

“However, the geography of this section of the road makes closing just one lane at a time impossible and therefore Cormac have had to look at an alternative plan. They have also looked into night work but the proximity of residences to the road would lead to environmental health issues for the local population.

“Residents, local service providers, transport companies and local businesses expressed concerns about the potential impacts of the closure. I shared these concerns, so organised for a group of representatives to meet with Cornwall Council and Cormac officers to discuss options and see what could be done to minimise these impacts, and I am pleased to say excellent inroads were made to try and mitigate some of the issues.”

For up to date information, please visit the dedicated Gunnislake A390 webpage.

Story posted 10 January 2018

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Potholes, 9th January

And yet again the potholes have reappeared in the middle of this road. Can this not been done correctly or the contractor who is paid to do this is recharged for continuous failures
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Tyringham Road, Lelant
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Fly tipping and blocked drain by garages, 9th January

The car park flooded and drains full of stuff so nothing can soak away. Also flytipping of garden waste
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George re-appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

George Eustice has been re-appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

George said "I am really pleased to be re-appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. I look forward to continuing to work with these industries at what is an incredibly exciting time".

 

Drin blocked, 9th January

Turning space outside nos 53, 47 Treloweth Close drain blocked again water now overtopping the pavement down into the garden number 47 Drain in corner of turning space

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 14 Treloweth Close, St. Erth
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Policing on the agenda for the West Penwith Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:12

Residents of the West Penwith Community Network Panel area are invited to discuss both local and force-wide policing issues with the Police & Crime Commissioner at the January Community Network Panel meeting.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 18 January 2018, between 7.00pm and 8.30pm, in St John's Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will be attending the meeting to provide a policing update to the Panel. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have about policing in their local area.

Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas, Chair of the West Penwith Community Network Panel, said: “I welcome everyone to come along to the January Community Network Panel meeting which will be a great opportunity for Town and Parish representatives alongside local residents to hear from the Police and Crime Commissioner and to be able to ask questions, about local and force-wide policing.”

The West Penwith 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 & parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 15 Town and Parish Councils in the West Penwith Community Network - Ludgvan, Madron, Marazion, Morvah, Paul, Penzance, Perranuthnoe, Sancreed, Sennen, St. Buryan, St. Hilary, St. Just In Penwith, St. Levan, St. Michael's Mount and Zennor.

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

Story posted 09 January 2018

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