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Park and Ride’s celebrations are out of this world

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 12:26

Park And Ride

Having already carried passengers the equivalent distance of to the moon and back three times over, Truro’s Park and Ride celebrated its 10th birthday with two days of free travel and a ticket giveaway.

More than 8,000 free journeys were recorded as passengers celebrated the service’s anniversary.

A prize draw was held at both sites for the chance to win a free 60 day travel pass, which will entitle the winner to 60 days of non-consecutive unlimited travel on the service.

At Langarth, the prize was won by Tilly Stone, 4, of Redruth, while Noah Spoors, 10, was the winner of the draw held at Tregurra Park. Both winners are looking forward to enjoying their free trips with their families.

Since buses first began running between Langarth and the city centre in 2008, more than a million passengers have used Park for Truro, travelling a total of more than 1.7million miles.

A second service from Tregurra Park opened in 2015, giving more than 2,500 parking spaces available across the two locations.

Operated by Cornwall Council, the park and ride uses eco-friendly vehicles and is designed to ease congestion in the city by offering visitors and daily commuters a safe, frequent and cost-effective alternative to driving into and parking in the city centre.

Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Transport Geoff Brown said:  “The Park and Ride service has been a vital part of Truro for a decade and has helped thousands of people more easily access the city centre.

“When you think about the scale of passengers who have used the service over that time, the Council’s investment in this service has helped ease traffic congestion and reduce emissions by keeping cars off the road in the city centre.

“It’s heart-warming to see two young people picking up the free passes – it reflects the fact that our park and ride buses are there for everyone to use.”

Those people not lucky enough to win a free 60 day pass could consider purchasing one of our great value multi-day passes:

  • 5 day passes cost only £8.40 (that’s £1.68 a day)
  • 20 day Passes cost only £30.00 (that’s £1.50 a Day)
  • 60 day Passes cost only £68.00 (that’s £1.13 a day)

Passengers are now welcome to bring their dogs onto the buses as part of a three month trial scheme.

 

Story posted 09 August 2018

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Council consults on how money from developers should be used

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/08/2018 - 12:24

Cornwall Council is asking for views on how money raised from a new levy on commercial development should be used to pay for the facilities needed to help communities across Cornwall.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which will apply to planning applications that are approved from 1 January 2019, will raise over one million pounds a year from new housing and commercial developments to fund local infrastructure projects to help communities across Cornwall.

A ‘local share’ of the levy – between 15% and 25% - will be given to town or parish councils where the development happens so that the local council can use it in a way that best serves the needs of their local communities.  How the remaining amount is spent is still to be decided so the Council is asking town and parish council’s, developers and residents for their views.

The Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy, Bob Egerton, said: “This levy on new developments will sit alongside existing contributions that developers are required to make, and help to deliver infrastructure where it is most needed, which is not always in the immediate area of the development.

“The remainder of the money raised will be allocated to support projects across Cornwall and that’s why we are launching this consultation so that anyone but particularly town and parish councils, can give us their thoughts on the most appropriate method for deciding which projects should be supported with CIL monies. Consultation responses will be taken into consideration in a report to Cabinet later in the year which will make recommendations on how this should be done.”

The consultation is live on the Council’s website and will run until 23 September 2018.

 

Story posted 09 August 2018

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Street light is constantly on all day and night (near sub station on left hand side on Arundel Way, Connor Downs, 7th August

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Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 9 Arundel Way, Connor Downs
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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's August Governing Body meeting.
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Lay Governing Body member for patient participation and involvement

NHS Cornwalll News - Tue, 07/08/2018 - 00:00
Are you passionate about making sure the public’s voice remains front and centre of decisions that are made about our health and care system? If you are, then come and join our Governing Body to champion public involvement and its decisions in our work.
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Sign is wore out, 6th August

This sign that's show there is a left hand turn to Penponds is a red circle around a white sign. The actual sign show nothing of the dangers of the invisible left hand bend where cars need to pull almost out of the junction to be able to check if the road is clear, I reported this on26th June and NO ONE has no bothered to check or repair. Presume they are waiting for an RTA before they decide to do something , same as the jay walking by Treliske!
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A30, Camborne
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Public views needed as adult social care reaches breaking point

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 15:06

Cornwall Council is encouraging all residents and community groups to take part in a major national consultation by the Local Government Association (LGA) into how to pay for adult social care and support for older people, working age adults with mental or physical disabilities and unpaid carers.

The LGA estimates that adult social care services face an annual funding gap of £3.5 billion by 2025.

Years of significant underfunding of councils, alongside rising demand and costs for care and support has pushed adult social care services to breaking point.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for adults said: “With a growing number of adults relying on some form of social care in Cornwall, we are already looking at how we can make changes to the way that people receive care and support in Cornwall. This national debate is important for us all and we encourage everyone to take part in this survey so that your voice can be heard.  

“We need to take action now to make sure that we all receive the care and support that we might need in the future. There are a number of options discussed around how we can fund future care and support and we encourage you to consider carefully which option would work best.“

The LGA’s eight-week consultation is open to all members of the public – regardless of whether they are directly affected by or receive adult social care and support – and community groups. The findings will be used to help influence the Government’s own green paper and its spending plans.

Take part in the LGA's 'Future of Adult Social Care' consultation 

Cllr Izzi Seccombe Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Finding a long-term funding solution for adult social care and support has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these services to breaking point.

“Our green paper is the start of a nationwide public debate about the future of care for all adults and we encourage as many people and organisations to have their say on how we pay for it and the responsibilities of national government, local councils, citizens, families and communities.”

The LGA's consultation closes on Wednesday 26 September.

Possible solutions to paying for adult social care in the long-term outlined in the consultation include: 

  • Increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages – a 1p rise on the basic rate could raise £4.4 billion in 2024/25
  • Increasing national insurance – a 1p rise could raise £10.4 billion in 2024/25
  • A Social Care Premium - this would be a contribution, such as an addition to National Insurance or another mechanism, paid by employers and people over 40, including over 65s. If it was assumed everyone over 40 was able to pay the same amount (not the case under National Insurance), raising £1 billion would mean a cost of £33.40 for each person aged 40+ in 2024/25. This is a purely illustrative figure and would not be the cost to individuals if the premium was attached to National Insurance given that a person’s employment status and/or how much they earn determines the amount they contribute to National Insurance.
  • Means testing universal benefits, such as winter fuel allowance and free TV licences, could raise £1.9 billion in 2024/25
  • Allowing councils to increase council tax – a 1 per cent rise would generate £285 million in 2024/25
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Heatwave brings out scam gardeners

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 13:52

Cornwall’s hot sunny weather this summer has sparked an increase in doorstep scams involving garden or outside maintenance.

Now Cornwall Council Trading Standards are urging residents to be vigilant after a surge in reported incidents over the past two weeks, especially at park home sites.

Different scams have featured gardening and tree surgery work targeted for unnecessary and over-priced repairs.

In one recent case, the cold caller started work clearing grass clippings before getting any agreement from the home owner to do it. When refused payment for the work they started to rummage around in a workshop, attempting to take tools and other items as payment.

In another case, cold callers have undertaken work to replace support jacks underneath park home properties, preying on resident’s fears about the condition of supports underneath their homes. Although some work was carried out, it appears to have been massively over-priced and unnecessary.

In the past couple of weeks there have been nine separate reported complaints from residents in Redruth, Bodmin, Helston, St Austell, and St Columb.

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team works in partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police to investigate these issues, and where possible, bring offenders before the courts.

In order to help communities avoid the rogues, the team operates the ‘Trading Standards approved’ Buy With Confidence Scheme; offering a directory of tradespeople who have been vetted by our Service to ensure that they are reputable and trustworthy businesses 

Sue James, Cabinet Portfolio holder for public protection said: “Doorstep scams take place when someone comes to your door with the aim of scamming you out of your money or trying to gain access to your property.

“Scams can happen at any time of the year, but we have noticed an increase in scams relating to home and garden maintenance, possibly linked to the beautiful weather we are experiencing and people wanting to spend time outdoors.

“While the majority of tradespeople and officials are legitimate it’s wise to be on your guard when you answer your door. Doorstep scammers can be persuasive or pushy but also polite or friendly, and it can be easy to fall victim. It’s especially important to be vigilant and aware if you live on your own.

“Many of the recent reports we’ve received have been opportunistic – they’ve seen someone out working in the garden and have been pushy in getting them agree to pay for services.

“The criminals generally focus on the elderly and vulnerable, and are very good at spotting their targets. We all need to be vigilant, and look out for our friends and neighbours. Just because someone presents a business card with some local telephone numbers on it, does not mean it’s a genuine business.”

Residents are asked to report concerns to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06; alternatively, If you see a suspected rogue trader actively working on a property in your area, please report to the police on 101.

 

Story posted 06 August 2018

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Governing Body GP members

NHS Cornwalll News - Mon, 06/08/2018 - 00:00
Are you a GP who wants to make a difference to the way care is delivered in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly? Join us and make a difference!
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Council urges people to take extra precautions as hot weather returns

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 03/08/2018 - 17:00

With temperature set to rise this weekend Cornwall Council urges people to keep an eye on more elderly and very young family members, friends and neighbours.

Public Health Consultant Denis Cronin said while beating the heat is common sense, older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children can really suffer.

“To vulnerable people, the summer heat can bring real health risks, which is why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

Hot weather tips include:

  • Keep a close eye on older people, young children and those with diseases such as heart and lung conditions – their bodies can struggle to cope in the heat and are at greatest risk.
  • Keeping homes as cool as possible will help and offer some respite – close curtains on windows that receive the sun, open windows when it’s cooler outside than in (when it’s safe to do so) and turn off any unnecessary electrical items. Remember it’s sometimes cooler sitting in a park under a tree than it is in a home that’s too hot.
  • Check weather forecasts, including UV forecasts, and when travelling always carry water.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!

A call is also made to people to think twice before leaving their children and pets in vehicles.

“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

“Pets, children and the elderly are less able to cope with high temperatures and may not recognise the signs of dehydration, so safer to take them with you. Even if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, it’s still a very dangerous situation,” Mr Cronin said.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a person or animal locked in a car, call 999 for the emergency services.

For further information on health advice in hot weather please visit the NHS Choices website https://www.nhs.uk

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