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Kirsten embarks on gruelling challenge for women who’ve survived rape and abuse

NHS Cornwalll News - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 00:00
An NHS Kernow business information analyst will swap number crunching for hiking hills in a bid to raise money for a charity helping women who have survived rape, domestic and sexual abuse.
Categories: Health

Winter Wellbeing partnership wins regional award

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:30

The Cornwall Council led Winter Wellbeing partnership has won an award from the South West Energy Efficiency awards.

The award recognises the work that Winter Wellbeing, made up of over 30 partners, has done to reduce fuel poverty and make homes warmer for residents in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

In the past year the partnership has led on improvements to 338 homes with a further 1,080 to be completed by January 2019. The works have been carried out under a number of initiatives such as the Central Heating Fund, and Warm and Well Cornwall.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are in the top 3 local government areas for homes without central heating. In 2015 there were over 34,000 homes in fuel poverty (14.2%), and the Council has an ambition to reduce this to 5% by 2030, which means removing 22,000 homes out of fuel poverty.

Dr Caroline Court, Cornwall Council’s Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health said “This award is recognition for all the hard work that the partnership puts in year after year. Our unique multi agency approach means that we are able to make a real impact on people’s lives.

“Being warm and well at home is something many of us take for granted, but to those who can’t afford to turn up the heating when the weather gets cold, the partnership can make a huge difference.”

A resident who lives on the Isles of Scilly and received help last year said: "Our house was so cold. To wash dishes in the kitchen we had to put the oven on and let the heat circulate. Our children didn't enjoy coming back home (from mainland) as too cold and my partner's health was suffering. The house was very damp. The first step was a low energy dehumidifier under Smart Warmth, that dried out the damp. Then after many months of waiting in March 2017, we had free first time central heating (with LPG Gas bottles) installed. It really has transformed our lives, with the house warm and dry for the first time." 

The Winter Wellbeing programme has been running for 8 years and provides residents with help from emergency heating funds, advice on better insulation, switching tariffs, providing first time central heating systems and support to find employment. Anyone seeking help with their heating can call the Winter Wellbeing partnership for free on 0800 954 1956 or Call Bev at Warm and Well Cornwall on 01872 326552.

Story posted 15th March 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

13% of pregnant women in Cornwall and Isles and Scilly still smoking

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 08:31

Latest figures show that nearly 650 women in Cornwall smoked during their pregnancy in 2016/17, making up around 13 percent of all pregnant women last year. 

Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of a premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, diabetes and heart complications. For a mum to be, quitting smoking is one of the things they can do to give their baby the best possible start in life. 

The national Tobacco Control Plan for England, ‘Towards a Smokefree Generation’, has set a target to reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy to six percent or lower by 2022 so the South West has some way to go to reach this target. 

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health said “The prevalence in Cornwall has decreased in recent years but there is still more work to be done. Much of this progress is down to the key role that midwives play in having conversations with women early in their pregnancies, and offering them help and support to quit. 

“Smoking in pregnancy can harm the baby in the womb from day one, so stopping smoking is one of the best things a women can do to protect the health of their baby through pregnancy and beyond. Whilst there are immediate gains if a woman quits, an even more successful approach is if partners and wider family also cease smoking."

Stop Smoking support is available from Cornwall Council’s Healthy Cornwall team on 01209 615600 or visit the Healthy Cornwall website.

As part of this service specialist ‘Healthy Pregnancy’ advisors work closely with midwives to support pregnant women; their partners and other family members to quit smoking. The advisors also offer advice around vaping and e-cigarettes and actively promote the importance of smoke-free environments during pregnancy and following birth. 

Specialist pregnancy advisors and general advisors are available across the county delivering creative and innovative smoking cessation at a wide range of locations including community venues; family hubs/children’s centres; GP practices and Royal Cornwall Hospital sites.

Story posted 14 March 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

Road dangerous potholes, 15th March

Huge pot holes opposite St. Erth station station approach / Treloweth lane St. Erth

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 15 Station Approach, Canonstown
Report on FixMyStreet
Categories: FixMyStreet

Integrated strategic commissioning update

NHS Cornwalll News - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 00:00
Read our statement in response to Cornwall Council's press release stating it did not support the creation of an accountable care system.
Categories: Health

Repair in road needs doing, 14th March

On driving past this area today my car went over a horrendous thud. At the moment there is major worked being carried out by the station and the road layout has had to be changed. The keep left/crossing bollards have been taken down to narrow the road. The holes that this left has been filled but has sunken so bad that it jars you to the core when driving over the area which you cant avoid. The relevant people need to be made aware of this even if it is only a temporary road surface till works are carried out
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A30, Hayle
Report on FixMyStreet
Categories: FixMyStreet

Cornish MPs celebrate St Piran’s Day with Cornish food and drink producers in Parliament

Some of Cornwall’s most famous food and drink producers have visited the Houses of Parliament to celebrate St Piran’s Day. The Taste of Cornwall event, which was held in the Palace of Westminster, saw an array of producers displaying samples of their food and drink products including ale, wine, gin, cream, tea, biscuits, cheese, chocolate and crisps.

The event was held by Cornwall’s six Conservative MPs, and sponsored by Great Western Railway (GWR) and Steve Andrew’s Tyres.

George Eustice asks Housing Minister to recover planning appeal at Menehay Fields

George Eustice MP has written to the Housing Minister to request that a planning appeal for 226 new dwellings is recovered. The proposed development concerns land at Menehay Fields, Budock.

In his letter, George Eustice has cited a loss of green interface between Budock and Falmouth, the fact that there is adequate brownfield land upon which to build to fulfil local housing need, and the strategic importance of this decision which effectively threatens Budock’s status as a village.

Streetlamps, 14th March

A044 on 24hours A041 not working A040 not working
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 18 Treloweth Close, St. Erth
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Categories: FixMyStreet

Highways Maintenance on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 13/03/2018 - 16:59

Residents of the Truro and Roseland Community Network area are being invited to attend the March meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include maintaining highways and giving communities a greater voice.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Tuesday 20 March 2018 between 7pm and 9pm at Probus Village Hall, Fore Street, Probus, TR2 4NB.

Viv Bidgood, Highways and Environment Manager at CORMAC, will be providing an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects. 

Mark O’Brien, the area’s Community Link Officer, will give an update on plans to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through community network panels. This will include asking the panel to consider some recommendations to give people in the Truro and Roseland more of a voice through Community Networks.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for panel members to raise and  and urgent issues or suggest future agenda items. Local residents will also have the chance to ask any questions they may have.

Chris Wells Chairman of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel and a Truro City Councillor said: “Everyone is invited to attend the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting. The meeting in March is an opportunity to hear how communities will have more of a say on local matters and find out about highways maintenance. Come along and find out more.” 

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area. They 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.

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 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 Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

People can keep up to date with what’s happening in this area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area page:

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

Posted 13 March 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics
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