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Council agrees unanimously to reduce charge for disabled car park spaces

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 11:55

Cornwall Councillors voted unanimously yesterday to keep the new reduced fee of £350 for providing residential disabled parking bays in Cornwall, and endorsed the work being undertaken with disability groups to ensure that Cornwall remains in step with other local authorities when setting the charges for providing disabled parking bays in the future.

The reduced charge of £350 for residential disabled parking bays has already been implemented across Cornwall following consultation with disability groups. Thirty-six new applications have been received since the fee was changed.

In the longer term, Councillors agreed that the disabled parking application process should be updated in consultation with Disability Groups, to align with the governments new Personal Independence Payment Scheme. They also agreed that future charges will take into account similar comparisons with neighbouring authorities in the region.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport, Geoff Brown said: "This means we will be able to offer our disabled residents the opportunity to put in place disabled parking spaces close to their homes, where there is a justified need, at a cost of £350. This is in line with or slightly less than many other local authorities. We will continue to work with local disability groups to review our policy and do the very best we can to support our disabled community."

Councillor Brown also confirmed that four applicants who had recently been charged more than the £350 charge will be refunded the excess as soon as possible.

Story posted 18 April 2018

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Members agree to provide up to £3million to help fund a Stadium for Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 18/04/2018 - 11:47

Cornwall Council today agreed to provide up to £3million of capital funding to support building a Stadium for Cornwall which will be a multi-use sports, education, business, health and community facility and the permanent home for the Cornish Pirates and Truro City Football Club.  

The Stadium for Cornwall project will contribute to wider economic and social benefits to residents in encouraging people to take part in sport and physical activity across Cornwall. It will also safeguard the survival of the sports clubs as well as bring additional benefits to the college as they establish a new education and training centre for catering, hospitality, sport, leisure and health, together with a business, conference and hospitality centre.

There were 69 votes for, 41 against and 7 abstentions as the majority of members agreed to provide previously unallocated money from its Economic Development Match funding pot to support the delivery of the Stadium for Cornwall by August 2019, in time for the beginning of the academic year and rugby and football seasons.  

Cornwall Council cabinet member for Planning and Economy Bob Egerton said: “This decision recognises the wider benefits that a Stadium for Cornwall will bring to the whole of Cornwall. This is money that is set aside to support infrastructure to help grow the wider economy of Cornwall - it is not money that we are in any way diverting from delivering day to day services.”

Members also agreed that the Council helps with preparing, submitting and supporting a bid to the Government for a further £3 million to deliver the Stadium for Cornwall.

Bob Egerton added: “I want to thank our six Cornish MPs for the support that they have given to this project. We will also be submitting a business case requesting a similar figure from central government. We know that this funding is not guaranteed, but we will continue to work with the MPs and we are hopeful that it can be achieved.”

In January 2018, the three partners leading the Stadium for Cornwall project, Truro and Penwith College, Cornish Pirates and Truro City Football Club, made a request to Cornwall Council for up to £6m of capital funding to add to the £8 million already raised by the private sector for the £14m development.

The partnership has been extended to include Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to incorporate a Health and Fitness Centre as part of the Stadium complex. It will be open to the public and will provide the base from which health, wellbeing and community activities will be run by GLL, who have considerable experience in operating similar programmes in other parts of the country and who already deliver leisure services on behalf of the Council.

The partners will also be establishing a community sports fund, to be administered by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, to improve sports facilities across Cornwall.

In making their decision to support the building of the Stadium for Cornwall, Council members have made it clear that no further public funding will be available for the project and that partners alone will be responsible for any additional construction costs. There will be no public funding for running the stadium. Partners will be responsible for covering any additional construction costs and operating costs and this will be incorporated into the conditions of the Council providing the capital funding.

The full report is available on the Council website – agenda item 9.2

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Posted on 17 April

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Lindsey says diabetes prevention service has improved her health

NHS Cornwalll News - Tue, 17/04/2018 - 00:00
People across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are being urged to check their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as part of National Diabetes Prevention Week. Diabetes Prevention Week runs from April 16 to 22.
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Dumped household items., 16th April

A mattress and chair has been dumped at beginning of Bassett Rd. Camborne just previous to the charity shop.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 19 Basset Street, Camborne
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More reception age children in Cornwall offered their first preference school this year

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 16/04/2018 - 12:17

Parents of reception age children across Cornwall found out today which school their child has been allocated for September, with the majority being offered their first preference.

Cornwall Council received 5,486 applications for reception places for pupils to start school in September 2018. Of those, 5221 (95.2%) have been offered a place at their first preference school, an increase on last year’s figure of 93.4%.

Nearly 99% of applicants have been offered a place at a school they named as one of three preferences on their application form. In light of the increasing pressure on primary school places across the country this is good news for children and families in Cornwall.

“We’re pleased so many children and families have the news they wanted on National Offer Day,” said Sally Hawken, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing.

“Thanks go to the School Admissions Team for their hard work in co-ordinating this process and to schools for their support in ensuring as many children as possible attend their preferred school.” 

Cornwall Council recognises, however, that some families may be disappointed by their allocation for this September. Areas in Cornwall experiencing particular pressure on reception places this year include Newquay and Bude. 

Cornwall has 226 schools with reception classes and this year 72 of those are full after the first round of allocations compared to 92 at this time last year.

“Cornwall Council will continue to plan for the demand on places to ensure as many children as possible can go to their preferred school now and in the future,” said Sharon Hindley, Head of Education Access and Sufficiency.

The number of oversubscribed schools is expected to increase as late applications for places are processed over the next few weeks.  Late applications are always a concern for the Council as they reduce the chance of families getting a preferred school. The School Admissions Team, in partnership with the Family Information Service, works hard each year to get the message out to families through various channels including social media and early years settings, but they have still received more than 130 late applications so far this year.

Posted on 16 April

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GP calls for people to check their risk of Type 2 diabetes as part of Diabetes Prevention Week

NHS Cornwalll News - Mon, 16/04/2018 - 00:00
A GP is urging people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to check their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as part of National Diabetes Prevention Week. Diabetes Prevention Week runs from April 16 to 22.
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Council welcomes latest milestone in partnership to bring twice hourly rail service to Cornish mainline

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 16:52

Plans for a twice hourly rail service on the Cornish mainline are firmly on track with testing now underway of the new fleet of High Speed Trains which will help double the number of services currently available.

Cornwall Council has welcomed the fleet’s arrival as a major milestone in the transformation of rail services in Cornwall. GWR announced this week that the High Speed Trains (HSTs) – four carriage Class 43 Castle trains which have been converted from eight carriage vehicles - will come into service from next month.

The announcement comes as Network Rail continues its extensive upgrade to signalling on the mainline railway – improvements to infrastructure which will enable the new HST fleet to run the half hourly service later this year, explained Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Transport.

“This project is an important part of our investment in Cornwall and will benefit our economy by bringing more people into the county” he said. “This is a very exciting time for rail in Cornwall. We have the signalling work on our mainline, which will create the capacity for the new fleet of HSTs and Intercity Express Trains to enter service later this year which will seetrains leaving Penzance for Plymouth twice an hour and stopping at stations along the way.

“As a Council we are committed to working with partners to improve Cornwall’s public transport network and provide regular, reliable services for residents and visitors and this is a key elements of our One Public Transport System for Cornwall project, providing a fully integrated and sustainable public transport network and delivering an integrated SMART ticketing system for bus, rail and ferry.”

GWR Commercial Development Director Matthew Golton said: “These trains will replace smaller, less powerful trains on this part of the network; doubling the number of seats – as part of our commitment to improving rolling stock across every part of our network. They will work alongside new Intercity Express Trains; helping us to double the frequency of services into and out of Cornwall and improve capacity on suburban commuter services.”

Mike Gallop, Director of Route Safety and Asset Management, for Network Rail, said:  “Passengers and communities in the South West will see rail travel transformed from next year as huge investment into both railway infrastructure and the new Intercity Express Trains transforms the railway.

“As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail is undertaking track renewals and signalling upgrades in Devon and Cornwall to improve the reliability and resilience of the railway. This work will enable GWR to run two services per hour between Plymouth and Penzance from 2019, which will not only transform journeys for passengers but will also support economic growth in the area.”

Mark Duddridge, Chairman the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The LEP is investing more than £20 million of Local Growth funding to upgrade our rail network, including new signalling, enhanced sleeper service, new train care centre at Penzance and Wifi in Cornish stations. Good connectivity is vital to growing our economy and we look forward to the new half hourly service on the mainline later this year.”

The £400m programme of improvements for rail services in Cornwall is the result of a partnership between Cornwall Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department for Transport, GWR and Network Rail.

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Story posted: 28 March 2018

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Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting to discuss new Community Network Highways Scheme

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 13:17

There’s a chance for people in the Wadebridge and Padstow area to find out about the new Community Network Highways Scheme at the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 19 April.

The meeting takes place at 7.00pm in Egloshayle Pavilion, Wadebridge.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network page.

The Community Network Highways Scheme will give community network panels a greater influence over local and major transport schemes.  Community network panels will be able to review and prioritise local schemes and will have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

The meeting will include a discussion about Community Speed Watch schemes, which aim to engage and educate speeding drivers.  Teams of trained volunteers and sometimes police officers or community support officers monitor traffic from the roadside in speeding hot spots.  Speeding vehicles are recorded and warning letters are sent to the vehicle owner together with educational information.

A representative from the Wadebridge, St Breock and Egloshayle Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group will also be on hand to answer questions about the draft plan relating to the wider network area.

In addition to this, there will be updates from the police, Cornwall Council members and town and parish councillors on local matters.

Cornwall Councillor Karen McHugh, Chair of Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel, said: “We know there are concerns about speeding in the Wadebridge and Padstow area, particularly around schools. Community Speed Watch schemes are one way communities can take action, so come along and find out how you could get involved.  We’ll also be talking about the new Community Network Highways Scheme, the neighbourhood development plan and other local matters.  Everyone is welcome to attend.”

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.

Story posted 13 April 2018

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Communities get more say on local road projects

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 13/04/2018 - 12:17

More decisions on spending for small highway schemes will now be made locally thanks to a new arrangement which gives Community Network Panels around Cornwall a budget for 20mph signs outside schools, parking controls, dropped kerbs and improvements for pedestrians.

Each Community Network Panel will be given a budget totaling £50,000 a year as part of this new council initiative which will see £1 million a year spent on these local transport priorities.

Portfolio Holder for Transport Councillor Geoff Brown said: “Local people know local needs best. We said we will be a listening Council, and that we wanted to increase local decision making – here is the proof.”

Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Councillor Edwina Hannaford, said: “It’s great for local communities to be able to drive highway improvements based on local need. We know what a difference this funding could make and look forward to seeing the Community Network Groups spend their budget in a way that’s tailored to their specific areas.”

“This is a tangible way to improve the place where we live and encourages the community to get involved.”

Along with this transport funding being transferred to Cornwall Network Panels so they can spend on small local highway schemes, each panel will also be able to put forward one new Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) each year to improve things like yellow lines in their area. This TRO will be funded by Cornwall Council and will not affect their £50,000 annual spend on highways schemes.

All ideas for local highway projects are to be decided by Community Network Panels by the end of 2018, with new schemes in place by the end of spring 2019.

Story posted 13 April 2018

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Free Galaxy of Stars evening celebrates International Dark Sky Week

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 12/04/2018 - 17:51

There’s an opportunity to experience the incredibly dark night sky of Bodmin Moor at a free Galaxy of Stars evening as part of International Dark Sky Week (15-21 April). 

The stargazing evening will be led by Caradon Observatory and starts at 7.30pm on Friday 20 April at Siblyback Lake near Liskeard (PL14 6ER).         

The evening is one of a series showcasing the exceptional quality of the night sky over Bodmin Moor, which was designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in 2017 after a successful bid by Cornwall Council and Caradon Observatory. 

The evening begins with talks on what galaxies are and how they are formed, followed by interactive activities to help people understand the importance of Bodmin Moor’s designation as an International Dark Sky Landscape.

After the sun sets around 8.30pm, there will be a chance to view the night sky through large telescopes.  Weather permitting, there may be a glimpse of a crescent Venus and an opportunity to hunt for some galaxies as the evening grows darker.  If it’s cloudy, people will still be able to enjoy the Magic Planet, an interactive globe showing the topography of planets, and a question and answer session with the astronomers.

The onsite café, the Rock Hopper, will be open until 9.00pm for drinks and food, and meals can be booked in advance on 01579 343448.

Dr Wayne Thomas from Caradon Observatory said: “Come and experience the fantastic views from Bodmin Moor’s dark sky with us.  There will be a beautiful crescent moon and plenty of galaxies in the southern sky will be visible through a telescope.  So come along, wrap up warm and keep your fingers crossed for clear skies.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “International Dark Sky Week is an annual worldwide event drawing attention to issues associated with light pollution and the simple things we can all do to help protect our beautiful night sky and view of the stars.  This includes things like turning lights off when they aren’t needed, installing lights that point down instead of up and only lighting where you need to.  I would encourage everyone to think about how they can protect our night skies.”

For more information about the Galaxy of Stars evening, email South West Lakes Trust at info@swlakestrust.org.uk or ring 01579 346522.

There’s also a Deep Space triple bill at Sterts Theatre near Liskeard on 21 April celebrating our connection to the stars as part of International Dark Sky Week.

Story posted 12 April 2018

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Six more Safer Towns launched across Cornwall to tackle community safety

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 12/04/2018 - 17:07

The Safer Towns scheme is set to be extended across six more towns in Cornwall to improve community safety.

The four Safer Towns partnerships already in existence - St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance – will be complemented by Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash from this month. So far in 2017/18, the Partnership has co-ordinated effective multi-disciplinary operations in Truro, Newquay, St Austell and Penzance responding to specific community problems. These responses have provided a balance of enforcement to address immediate crime and safety concerns, and provided targeted and intensive support to individuals with the aim of achieving longer term, sustainable positive outcomes.

The Safer Towns will be accountable to the Safer Cornwall Partnership. Safer Cornwall is a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. They are a virtual organisation providing a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has committed £50,000 to kick start the extended programme, with the funding used to target crime and disorder issues in each town. 

Organisations in towns where the model is already operating work in partnership with each other to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. Persistent problem places and people are targeted, with initiatives put in place to work with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions.

The work in each Safer Town is designed to match the needs of each community and will be based on local town profiles.

Over the next ten days, each town will have a launch event to raise awareness and demonstrate to the community that partner agencies are committed to tackling local issues.

Events range from leaflet drops and walkabouts, which give residents and businesses the chance to voice their concerns and influence what changes they would like made, through to town workshops to identify local priorities and actions.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Sue James said: “In Cornwall we have lower levels of crime so it is generally a safe place to live. However, we know different communities have their own specific concerns that make them feel unsafe. We are keen to work with communities to tackle anti-social behaviour and community safety issues worrying them so as to stop them from escalating and affecting the quality of people’s lives. I want the partnerships to make a real difference in each of the towns being targeted for improvement.”

Cornwall Council’s 2017 resident survey found 86% of people who responded to the survey said they felt safe outside in their local area during the day, and 64% after dark. Twenty percent of respondents reported they felt unsafe after dark.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: ”I applaud the community safety partnership and its partnership approach to deal with community safety based issues relating to street drinking and drugs and street attachment,” said Ms Hernandez.

“A significant amount of work has already gone on in St Austell, Newquay, Penzance and Truro involving agencies, town councils and businesses and I am encouraged by the way businesses and charitable groups have joined statutory partners to find solutions.

“I hope the money I am giving will be used by each group to aid practical initiatives and innovation.”

“This investment is focused on particular towns but its benefit will be felt throughout Cornwall.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker, Chair of Safer Cornwall and Director of Resilient Cornwall said, “Safer Towns are a fantastic example of communities working together to make Cornwall safer; where residents influence the focus of activities in the place that is important to them. We really welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner’s support and continued recognition of the partnership approach in Cornwall”.

Police Commander for Cornwall Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce said: “Safer Towns reflects Devon and Cornwall Police’s ethos in putting people and places at the heart of all what we do. We are already beginning to realise the benefits that working together, the public sector with the communities and residents, have achieved in existing Safer Towns like Newquay. We are fully committed to supporting the new Safer Towns”.

If you would like to be part of your local Safer Town initiative or want to find out more please email communitysafety@cornwall.gov.uk

Posted on 12 April

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Still not sorted, 12th April

Reported this over 4 weeks ago Road getting worse, still not sorted - please can these potholes please be fixed

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 10 Gateway Court Station Approach, Canonstown
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