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Graham Coad posted a link to Hayle development discussion group's wall: Cornwall Council is making its car parks in Hayle free for parking on Saturday 2 December – the date chosen by Hayle Town Council in support of ‘Small Business Saturday’. Furthermore, Hayle Town Council has agreed to cover the costs for an additional free parking day on Saturday 16 December. Happy shopping! (4 likes, 11 comments)

Latest data shows improvement in care transfers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/12/2017 - 16:12

The number of people waiting in Cornwall’s hospitals for health and social care support to be arranged so they can return home fell to its lowest level for 17 months in November.

The latest figures show that the number of people in hospital waiting for care and support packages from both Cornwall Council and the NHS fell from a daily average of 174 in January to a daily average of 105 in November – a reduction of 70 and the lowest figure since June 2016.  Although there is still more work to do to resolve this, Cornwall’s performance is improving against a national backdrop of increasing delays. 

Welcoming the figures Rob Rotchell, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, said the improved performance for November showed that the actions taken by both the Council and the NHS to reduce delayed transfers of care over the past few months were beginning to have a significant impact.

“Delayed transfers of care is a national issue” he said.  “Health and care systems around the country are struggling to make sure that people who are ready to return home after a hospital stay can get the care and support that they need quickly to avoid them having to wait in hospital for too long.”

“We share this problem in Cornwall where the rate of delayed transfers of care has been steadily increasing since 2014. The whole health and social care system has been actively working together to ensure that support and care packages are put in place as quickly as possible.  This means patients in hospital can be discharged and cared for in a community or home environment as soon as clinically appropriate, releasing beds for new patients  to be admitted.“

“This month’s figures show that the measures we have put in place have not only stopped the annual increase, but have resulted in a significant reduction in the number of people waiting in hospital.  This will play a key role in helping us to meet this year’s winter pressures.”

The Council has worked closely with health partners to use the Improved Better Care Fund provided by the Government to put a number of new schemes in place.  These include additional staff (i.e. 48 generic support workers, dedicated nursing and social care staff, trusted assessors to support care homes), improved community bed capacity, and more flexible and responsive domiciliary care to ensure that patient assessments and reablement are carried out in the most appropriate, out-of-hospital setting.

Work has also been taking place on developing specific projects to increase capacity and flow in the provider market.  These include increasing the number of packages of domiciliary care commissioned from independent providers by 8% over the past twelve months. 

 

Story posted 30 November 2017 

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Animal welfare officers in Cornwall given RSPCA gold stamp of approval for work with stray dogs

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/12/2017 - 15:59

Presentation Of RSPCA Award

Cornwall Council’s dog welfare and enforcement team has been awarded a Stray Dogs Gold Footprint award by the RSPCA for the seventh year running.

The RSPCA works with local authorities, the police and housing associations to help them deliver animal welfare services, and the awards scheme recognises organisations that work tirelessly to ensure high welfare standards for animals in the services they provide.

The Cornwall Council team were recognised for their regular proactive work to educate owners about responsible pet ownership, preventative measures to reduce straying such as providing an out-of-hours service and offering a micro-chipping service.

Each year Cornwall Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers deals with dog welfare issues, noise complaints in relation to dog barking and dog fouling complaints. It also deals with around 1,000 stray dogs and works with a number of re-homing charities to rehome around 100 unclaimed stray dogs each year.

For the seventh consecutive year there has been a reduction in the number of stray dogs reported to the Council. This is in part due to the hard work put in by officers promoting responsible dog ownership and the Council’s microchipping campaign.  

Cornwall Council Community Protection Manager Lynn Carter says: “A stray dog is at risk of injury or causing injury to other animals as well as causing a nuisance. Our Dog Welfare and Enforcement team routinely deal with dogs straying in public areas, and will pick up any unaccompanied dog.

It is vital that dog owners are responsible for their dogs and keep them under proper control as well making sure they have a collar/ID and microchip – which as well as being a legal requirement, also means they can be reunited more quickly if they do escape.

Any dog that is dealt with as a stray incurs expense to the owner including a release fee and kennelling charge as well as an additional charge if your dog is found out of hours – all of which must be paid before any dog is released.

Having your dog tagged and micro chipped means you can be reunited as quickly as possible and minimises charges. I am delighted that the hard work that the officers carry out has been recognised for the seventh year in a row”.

In April 2016 it became a legal requirement that all dogs are micro-chipped.  The Council offers a micro-chipping service for dogs. If you would like to arrange for your dog to be microchipped, please call us on 0300 1234 212.

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for environment and public protection said: “The staff in this team work incredibly hard - this award recognises the high standards of animal welfare they provide to vulnerable animals. While the team are there to help, it’s also important that dog owners also do their bit by ensuring their pets are kept safe, are tagged and microchipped and by picking up after them and depositing waste in a suitable bin.”

Stray dogs can be reported to the Council’s Dog Welfare and Enforcement Service on 0300 1234 212.

The Council also publishes a list of stray dogs on its website to help owners be reunited with their dogs.

Story posted 01 December 2017 

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Council welcomes additional funding to help address shortage of skilled maths teachers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/12/2017 - 15:59

Cornwall Council has welcomed the Government’s budget announcement last week to provide additional funding to help address the national shortage of skilled mathematics teachers.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Sally Hawken, said schools in Cornwall were facing the same challenges in recruiting mathematics teachers as those in other parts of the country.

“Maths skills play an important part in everyday life - whether you want to get on at work, find a new job, feel more confident with reading or anything to do with numbers” she said.

“The Government’s announcement that they will provide additional funding to improve the skills of the UK’s future workforce is a step in the right direction. Bridging the skills gap that currently exists within STEM is also important to business, who need to know Cornwall will remain competitive post Brexit by having a capable workforce in the ‘smart’ skills sectors, such as renewable technologies, digital technology and aero-space industries.

“We all want our children and young people to receive the best possible education across all areas of the curriculum.  We’ve already taken steps to develop expertise and subject leadership in mathematics across all phases, working with the Cornwall and East Devon Maths Hub and Truro and Penwith Initial Teacher Training. We’re keen to see the funding announced in the budget translate to more maths teachers for Cornwall.”

The Cornwall Education Strategy, the Cornwall Careers Offer, and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Employment and Skills Strategy, together with proposals to expand the Universities of Exeter and Falmouth, are the Council’s key actions to help children and young people get the right education, skills and support for life.

The Council has been working with a wide range of partners to encourage young people in Cornwall to develop a greater interest in STEM careers, including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Earlier this month 4,500 young people attended the Bloodhound Project Education Day and Cornwall Skills Show where they saw a range of exhibits designed to demonstrate what studying these subjects can lead to – as well as having the opportunity to view the test run of the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car.

Year 12 maths students have also been offered the opportunity to do work experience through the Nuffield Research Placement programme. The four to six week placements, which take place during the Summer holidays, offer students the opportunity to work on a project that relates to an area of science, quantitative social science, computing, technology, engineering or maths.

As part of this programme the Council is working with the Q Step Centre, a UK-wide £19.5 million programme aimed at addressing the national shortage of numerically-skilled social science graduates. Working with Exeter University, one of 15 universities chosen to host a Q-step Centre, Cornwall Education Business Partnership places up to four A Level Maths students each year on to research placements.  

Last year two A Level Maths students from Cornwall took part in the programme, one of whom learnt how to use statistical software to process and analyse survey data on the EU referendum. As a  result of the placement the student developed statistical analysis skills up to the level of a second year degree level student and actively contributed to the interpretation of results and wrote a report on the findings.  The second student was taught how to develop a research study, review the literature, analyse qualitative and quantitative data and write up the study results, with her work being used as part of the final project. 

Story posted 01 December 2017 

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25 gritters keep Cornwall moving, whatever the weather

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/12/2017 - 14:18

Snow Clearing

Winter is definitely here, but no matter how bad it gets – rain, snow, sleet or ice –  Cornwall Council and Cormac will be helping to keep Cornwall moving with 25 gritters out keeping key roads open.

So far this year gritters have been sent out across Cornwall on six occasions to carry out precautionary gritting, treating our roads using 800 tonnes of salt in the process – the equivalent of salting from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back three times.

By liaising closely with the weather forecaster, and taking readings from the 11 roadside sensors located across Cornwall which measure temperatures and other roadside factors, Cormac can assess when precautionary treatment may be required.

If there is a likelihood of ice or snow, 25 gritters are sent out to cover over 900 miles of the busiest A and B roads on the Council’s 4,530 miles (7,250 kilometre) network and keep Cornwall’s key roads to hospitals, secondary schools, train and bus stations clear.

Geoff Brown, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said “Our gritters will be out there making sure we’re prepared for freezing temperatures.  We want to ensure residents can get on with their day-to-day activities with minimal disruption and that people can get to and from home or work safely.

“If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, please also keep an eye on them during the cold weather. Cornwall Council’s Winter Wellbeing may be able to provide assistance if they need help heating their home or just some extra support – call 0800 954 1956 for more information.”

Drivers are also urged to take precautions to make their drive safer by planning their journey, making sure their vehicle is in full working order, carrying additional equipment, and driving according to the conditions.

There is more information about gritting and winter maintenance online

Residents can get up-to-date information on gritting by following @Cormacltd on Twitter.

 

Story posted 30 November 2017

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Cornwall Council prepares to change pay-to-park provider

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 30/11/2017 - 16:28

Drivers using their mobile phone to pay-to-park in Cornwall Council car parks will need to register with a new provider from next month.

JustPark will take over the Cornwall Council contract from current provider Phone and Pay. The switch to the new provider will save around £140,000, savings which will be reinvested into maintaining the Council's roads and car parks.

JustPark will run the service in 131 Cornwall Council pay and display car parks from Monday 4 December. Current Phone and Pay users will have until the end of December to register their details with the new provider or download the JustPark app.

More than 250,000 customers have signed up use a mobile or app pay-to-park service in Council car parks over the last two years. The service is a popular choice with around half of the parking sessions in several car parks purchased using a mobile phone and a debit or credit card during the summer.

Giving people options on how to pay for their parking has many benefits, according to Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Transport Councillor Geoff Brown.

"This is about giving our residents and visitors a range of options. While you can still pay cash if you choose, using a mobile service means users don't need to worry about finding the right change for the machine. It’s good for our town centres, as the parking time can be extended by using the mobile app or by text message - shoppers don't need to race back to the car before the ticket runs out. It's also good news for taxpayers because it means the Council spends less time and money on emptying and maintaining the ticket machines, which means more of our surplus from car parks can be spent on maintaining our roads and car parks.

“The new app also has other features which are great for users and we couldn’t offer before. Using the app, you can locate a vacant space (when location services are enabled on your phone), and you have the option to receive free reminders via the Parking App instead of paying for text message reminders. We appreciate this will mean residents have to make a change, but we think the benefits make it worthwhile.”

JustPark won the contract to deliver the service over the next two years with an option to renew after this period. A nationwide provider of cashless parking payments, JustPark has more than 1.5million users and a 96% customer satisfaction rating.

“We’re really excited to be providing innovative payment solutions for Cornwall Council’s car parks” said Anthony Eskinazi, founder and CEO of JustPark. “Our goal is to provide a positive experience for every driver, and we’re looking forward to making parking easier for Cornwall’s many visitors and residents.”

To mark the launch of the new payment service, JustPark will be offering free morning coffee to people parking in six of Cornwall Council’s car parks next week. Wearing green jumpers, the JustPark team will be on hand to help customers download the app and use the payment service for the first time.

You can meet members of the JustPark team on:

Monday 4 December 9am to 1pm

  • Trenwith car park, St Ives
  • Garras Wharf car park, Truro

Tuesday 5 December 9am to 1pm

  • Grove Place car park, Falmouth
  • The Manor car park, Newquay

Wednesday 6 December 9am to 1pm

  • Harbour car park, Penzance
  • Moorfield car park, Truro
Further information I have a Phone and Pay account. Do I need to change over?

JustPark will begin providing the service from Monday 4 December. During December, you'll be able to use Phone and Pay or JustPark to pay for parking in our car parks. From Monday 1 January the service provided by Phone and Pay will stop.

You can delete your payment card details from the Phone and Pay app by clicking on 'Account' and then 'Payment Cards'. Tap on the card number and you will be taken to a screen which then gives you the option to delete the card. 

How to pay using the JustPark app
  1. Download the JustPark app on your smartphone and create an account by adding your vehicle's number plate and payment details.
  2. When you want to pay to park, enter the location ID of the car park (shown on the car park sign with details of parking tariffs).
  3. Select the length of time you want to park.
How to pay using your mobile phone
  1. Call the telephone number shown on the car park sign.
  2. Enter the location ID.
  3. Choose the length of time you want to park.
  4. (if you haven't already set up an account online) Enter your card details and JustPark will send you a text message. Reply to that text message with your vehicle's number plate.

 

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Housing growth and transforming health and care on the agenda at the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 30/11/2017 - 15:35

Residents of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network area are being invited to attend the December meeting of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include housing growth and the latest on proposals to transform health and care.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Wednesday 13 December 2017 between 6pm and 8pm in the Council Chamber at the St Austell Information Service (also known as the One Stop Shop), 39 Penwinnick Road, PL25 5DR.

Phil Mason, Service Director of Planning and Sustainable Development at Cornwall Council will be coming along to talk about the Housing Growth Programme. Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has agreed to deliver 1,000 Council homes by 2021 and to raise standards of privately rented homes as part of this programme and Phil Mason will outline how this can be achieved.

There will be an update on Shaping Our Future (the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly) from Dr Lou Farbus, the Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Inclusion for the programme. The Shaping Our Future plan is about improving local health and wellbeing, the quality of local health and care services, and financial stability of the health and care system in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Preventing ill health and more care at home are at the heart of the five year plan.

At the start of the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have.

Town and Parish Councillors will also be able to give feedback on any local matters that they may have.

Cornwall Councillor Sandra Heyward, Chair of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel, said: “Everyone is invited to attend the meeting of the St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Panel. The December meeting is a really good way for local residents to find out more about the future of health and care in Cornwall which affects all of us – as well as housing growth.”

The St Austell and Mevagissey meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community. They 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 highway issues. The panel comprises of all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the eight Town or Parish parishes in the community network: Carlyon, Mevagissey, Pentewan, St Austell Bay, St Austell Town, St Ewe, St Goran, St Mewan.

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

Posted 30 November 2017

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Christmas family fun day at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 30/11/2017 - 13:14

On Saturday 2 December, disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Parent Carer Cornwall and Cornwall Fire & Rescue Community Safety Service are hosting a free Christmas Family Fun Day at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

This is the second year the event has taken place and it’s sure to be as fun filled as last year. The aim is to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities which raises awareness about the challenges that disabled people can face on a daily basis.

The event is being held at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station from 11am-3pm with complimentary mince pies and refreshments.

Partner agencies and organisations such as; SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service), Cornwall Deaf Community Centre, Community Energy Plus, and fellow emergency services, South Western Ambulance Service and Devon & Cornwall Police will be there sharing information, support and guidance as well as plenty of fun and interactive activities to all involve all the family.

From making Christmas tree decoration and face painting to virtual reality headsets and robots as well as very special visits throughout the afternoon from Santa Claus himself!

All activities are free and open to all.

Jane Johnson, Chief Executive of disAbility Cornwall said: “We are delighted to be working with the Fire Service again this year and for their valuable support, enabling us to celebrate this very special day with an inclusive family fun event.”

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James, said: “It’s great that the Council is involved in such an inclusive and fun event, alongside other organisations who, like our fire service, work to raise awareness of the issues and needs of people with disabilities.”

Paul Walker, Cornwall’s Chief Fire Officer and Director of Resilient Cornwall said: “I am so pleased that we are able to host this wonderful event at Tolvaddon Community Fire Station again this year. Working with our partners to provide an entertaining and informative event that increases awareness of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities, as well as celebrating this International awareness day, is an important part of our community engagement and prevention work. Best wishes to all involved for a safe and enjoyable day.” 

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Free parking days during festive season to support local traders

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 30/11/2017 - 09:25

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to shop locally this festive season as Cornwall Council offers one day’s free parking in paid-for car parks across Cornwall during the festive season.

Residents will be able to park for free locally on one day selected by their City, Town or Parish Council to support trading in town centres.

Shoppers coming to Truro on Saturday 2 December can use the two Park and Ride sites for free as well as seven Cornwall Council run car parks around the City.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “Cornwall’s towns are great places to visit during the festive season and we’re proud to support our local economies by offering free parking in the busy build-up to Christmas. Not only does this mean people can take their time shopping, it also means people can spend more time in cafes and restaurants. You don’t get that experience shopping online.”

Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Geoff Brown said: “We’ve offered a day’s free parking before – which is all about getting people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive period.We have some fantastic shops across Cornwall and we want to make sure that people have plenty of time to browse and enjoy them.”

Cornwall Council wrote to the City, Town and Parish Councils to offer the initiative. Following requests from the City and Town and Parish Councils, 95 Cornwall Council run car parks which usually charge for parking will be free for one day.

Many Town and Parish Councils have selected Saturday 2 December as their free parking day to coincide with the annual Small Business Saturday – a national initiative that has been running for the past three years. Other towns have chosen their date to encourage people to come along to festive events they already had planned.

All Cornwall Council car parks are clearly branded and the Council will be displaying posters about the parking offer at the charging points on the day when parking is free.

Town, date of free parking and car park

Town/ Parish

Date of free parking

Car parks

Fowey

Sunday 26 November

Caffa Mill, Main, Albert Quay

Bodmin

Friday 1 December

Berrycombe Road, Dennison Road, Fore St - Long and Short Stay, Victoria Square

Callington

Saturday 2 December

New Road North, New Road South

Mevagissey

Saturday 2 December

Church Street, River Street

Penryn

Saturday 2 December

Commercial Road, Exchequer Quay, Saracen

Port Isaac

Saturday 2 December

New Road

Redruth

Saturday 2 December

Flowerpot Chapel, New Cut, New Cut Extension, West End

Truro

Saturday 2 December

Edward Street, Garras Wharf, Moorfield, Moresk, Old Bridge Street, Pydar Street, Viaduct, Carrick House, Coach Park at Fairmantle Street

Free Park and Ride 

Looe

Saturday 2 December

Riverbank, Millpool, Kilminorth Woods

St. Austell*

Saturday 2 December

Clifden Road, Polkyth

St. Ives

Saturday 2 December

Porthmeor, Sloop, Barnoon Long Stay, Park Avenue, Smeatons Pier, Trenwith, Station, Island

Hayle

Saturday 2 December

Commercial Road, Foundry Square car parks

Launceston

Saturday 2 December 

Castle Street, Cattle Market Long Stay, Cattle Market Short Stay, Pannier Market, Walk House

Camborne and Liskeard are paying for their own free parking days, with one of these provided free under Cornwall Council’s initiative:

Camborne**

Saturday 2 December

Rosewarne, Rosewarne Extension

Liskeard***

Saturday 2 December

Cattlemarket, Lower Sungirt, Rapsons, Upper Sungirt, Westbourne

Padstow

Sunday 3 December

Link Road

Newquay

Saturday 9 December

Fore Street, Mount Wise, St Georges Road, The Manor

Polzeath

Saturday 9 December

Polzeath Beach

Falmouth

Saturday 16 December

Church Street, Grove Place, The Dell, The Moor, Town Quarry, Well Lane

Bude

Saturday 16 December

Crooklets, Post Office, Summerleaze, The Crescent, The Wharf

Helston

Saturday 16 December

Castle Green, Cattlemarket, Trengrouse Way, Trengrouse Way Extension, Tyacke Road

Penzance

Saturday 16 December

Causeway Head, Clarence Street, Greenmarket, Harbour, Long Rock, Penalverne, St Anthonys, St Erbyns, Wherrytown

Wadebridge

Saturday 16 December

Goldsworthy Way, Piggy Lane

Torpoint

 

Saturday 16 December

Anthony Road, Tamar Street

Saltash

Friday 22 December

Alexandra Square, Bellevue West, Bellevue East, Culver Road

Widemouth

Tuesday 26 December

Widemouth Bay

Cawsand

Monday 1 January 2018

Cawsand

*St Austell Town Council is also providing free parking in their own Priory Car Park, St Austell, after 4pm on each of the four Tuesdays leading up to Christmas

**Camborne Town Council are providing free parking on 18th November, 25th November, 9th December, 16th December and 23 December.

***Liskeard Town Council are providing free parking on 9 December, 16 December and 23 December 2017.

On-street parking is excluded from the scheme.

Posted 29 November 2017

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Government support for Cornwall Air Ambulance

The Chancellor has announced £36,000 of Libor funding for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

George Eustice welcomes Autumn Budget

The Autumn Budget included good news for Cornwall. Unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975, and here in Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, unemployment has almost halved since 2010. The National Living Wage is up by 4.4 percent, and more people on low incomes have been taken out of tax altogether.

The Government is also abolishing Stamp Duty for first time buyers, and local businesses will benefit from a business rates package.

Changes to prescriptions

NHS Cornwalll News - Thu, 30/11/2017 - 00:00
NHS England has today agreed plans to save hundreds of millions of pounds each year by recommending low value treatments, including fish oil, herbal remedies and homeopathy no longer be provided on the NHS, and launching a consultation on curbs to prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ products such as paracetamol.
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Kick off your Cornish Christmas at the Made in Cornwall Fair

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 29/11/2017 - 16:09

MIC fair marquee

Toys, trails and real ales to cakes, crafts and photographs - just some of the Cornish goods which will be available at this year’s spectacular Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair which runs from 29 November to 03 December.

Thousands of locally made crafts and food items will be on display to entice Christmas shoppers when the Piazza in Truro plays host to the annual Christmas Made in Cornwall’ Christmas Fair.

“If want to give family and friends something a little bit different this Christmas then a visit to the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair is a must, especially as you’ll be supporting Cornish businesses at the same time”, explains Jane Tomlinson from the Cornwall Council Made in Cornwall Scheme.

The popular Christmas Fair offers the chance to browse and buy genuine Cornish gifts and food for Christmas.  Dozens of quality local businesses, from as far afield as Bude and Liskeard to The Lizard, will be there.

The ‘Made in Cornwall’ scheme, or Approved Origin scheme as it is officially known, was founded in 1991 to protect the identity of genuine Cornish products.  It introduced the distinctive Engine House logo that members of the scheme can use on their products so that the public can buy goods safe in the knowledge that what they are purchasing is indeed Made in Cornwall.

By choosing Made in Cornwall products you are not only buying fabulous gifts, you are also directly supporting Cornwall's creative heritage, and purchasing genuine Cornish products and you'll know it's Cornish.

“There is inspiration at the fair to suit all pockets and all tastes, the only trouble you might have is choosing from the wonderful selection of goodies on offer!” says Jane.

“Once again we will be showcasing many of Cornwall’s talented artists, crafts people and food businesses providing Christmas shoppers with the chance to buy local products at great value prices. We are delighted that along with the established favourites there will be several new faces including young artists and artisans.” 

The Fair will be open from 10.00am to 9.00pm on Wednesday, 29 November to coincide with the late night shopping evening; from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Thursday through to Saturday, and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday 03 December.  Admission is free.

Shoppers coming to Truro on Saturday 2 December can use the two Park and Ride sites for free as well as eight Cornwall Council run car parks around the City.

On Wednesday 29 November, the Park n Ride will be operating until 10pm.

Story posted 29 November 2017

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Suspected scam phone calls – latest tactics revealed

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 29/11/2017 - 16:05

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards has issued an urgent warning for the public and local businesses to be on their guard against unsolicited phone calls from people purporting to be from BT.

The warning comes after reports of calls to people at home and at work who say that the conversations are very convincing.

The caller asks you to perform tasks on your work or home computer and the reasons they give can range from suspected malware infection through to faults on the line. Typically, the bogus calls are intended to enable illegal access to personal and work e-mail accounts, files and networks which can then give access to personal and work records and details.

The reports so far suggest that both personal and work computers are being targeted and so the warning is clear: Please exercise caution if receiving any unsolicited calls from companies such as BT, Openreach or Microsoft.

It is unusual for organisations to contact customers directly so it is strongly advised that you DO NOT take any actions on your home or work computers as the result of an unsolicited call.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: "These callers are very convincing, using their  technical skills to fool even the most vigilant. So, unless you have reported a specific fault and were expecting to be contacted by the named company, do not give them the benefit of any doubts. Please share this information with your neighbours and friends and help protect each other. Stay safe, stay vigilant."

Anyone who receives one of these calls is asked to make a note of the caller’s name, the purported company name and their phone number (where possible) and report the incident to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Story posted 20 November 2017

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New campaign #ThinkB4uPark highlights the importance of driving safely and parking responsibly

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:53

A new campaign has been launched by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Communtiy Safety (CFRCS) Service, with support from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) and Devon & Cornwall Police, due to the number of incidents in which motorists hinder emergency service vehicles with erratic driving and poor parking.

The hashtag #ThinkB4Upark is being used across social media in the UK by emergency services who are experiencing delays in getting to incidents due to badly parked cars or driving.

Those motorists who are not considering if an emergency vehicle can get past, are putting lives at risk by blocking off roads and even stopping on box junctions outside emergency service facilities. If your vehicle is considered to be parked inconsiderately, you may find one of our leaflets under your windscreen wiper - Think Before You Park.

These are not penalty charges but they do carry vital safety information, not to be ignored.

However, it is not just parking that is the problem and some drivers are not sure what to do when they hear the sirens.

Be 'Blue Light Aware'

If whilst driving on roads in Cornwall you hear sirens and see blue lights, how should you react? What should you do?

A firefighter from Bude Community Fire Station recorded a short "blue's and two's" clip whilst responding to an incident to show how simply pulling over can help - especially in traffic jams. A great effort can be seen from all the cars shown in the footage, who helped the responding crew reach their destination.

If you spot an emergency services vehicle approaching behind you, please do not panic! You can really help us make progress by simply pulling over to allow us to pass - but only when it's safe to do so.

Geoff Griffin, Acting Operations Manager for South Western Ambulance Service in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “In a medical emergency, time is always critical. Careful driving and considerate parking can really help our paramedics to get to incidents quickly and this can make all the difference for a patient’s outcome.”

Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: "None of us know when we, our family or friends might need an emergency vehicle. When parking on our narrow Cornish streets please cast an eye whilst locking your car and think, can an emergency vehicle pass by?"

The golden rules are:

Calm: Don’t panic or speed up in an attempt to get out of the way. Don’t go through red lights or veer into a bus lane as you will still be prosecuted. Do not attempt to outrun a fire engine. You are not allowed to drive down the hard shoulder. You will still be breaking the law.

Alert: Turn distracting music down and check mirrors to help determine the direction and number of emergency vehicles. Look for somewhere safe to pull in but avoid kerbs, pavements, bends and junctions. Watch out for other motorists braking suddenly.

Response: Check your mirror, indicate, and move to the left when it is safe to do so. Wait patiently to ensure all emergency vehicles have gone and then safely move back out into traffic.

To raise the awareness of the above issues, photographs and videos will be posted from CFRCS Service’s social media accounts under the campaign hashtag of #ThinkB4Upark to show examples of these bad practices and help educate motorists.

Note: The Service does not endorse this campaign as a way and means of naming and shaming members of the public. It is to raise awareness and educate drivers to think about where and how they park.

For more information and for the short "blue's and two's" clip visit the Think Before You Park webpage.

Visit the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust wepage for more infomation

Posted 30 August 2017

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Work starts to improve parking in seven towns

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:50

Following Cornwall Council’s town parking review last year work has started to help improve parking in seven towns, reflecting feedback from residents.

Changes will include a reduced evening permit price, the introduction of yellow lines and new residents’ parking schemes.

A broad parking review completed last year has shaped the Council proposing different schemes to best meet the needs of each town.

Since April the Council has been working to finalise the designs for each of the towns.

The first phase of the works, which includes further statutory Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) consultations, will include:

  • yellow lines and new waiting restrictions in Penzance, Newquay, Bude, Falmouth and Penryn
  • the first residents’ parking scheme in Penryn
  • residents parking schemes are also proposed for St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge, but are still awaiting confirmation of capital funding before the works can be commissioned.

One of the issues identified through the parking review was a lack of on-street overnight space in some of the towns. To help alleviate this the Council plans to reduce the evening parking permit price, in long stay car parks where evening charges apply, from £150 to £50. More details will be available soon.

More information about the parking schemes and programme of work is available on the Council’s website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/parkingreview

The parking plans and information about how people can comment on them are available on the Council’s roads and traffic consultation website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/TrafficConsult

Story posted 17 August 2017

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Community celebrates official handover of Lanstephan Area Play Park

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:40

Families on Launceston’s Lanstephan estate celebrated the official transfer of the Lanstephan Area Play Park to Launceston Town Council from Cornwall Council at a community event.

The move secures the future of the park for the community and is part of Cornwall Council’s ambition to see the control of local assets passed to local communities where there is support to do so.  The transfer of the park’s freehold to Launceston Town Council will ensure local people manage, maintain and make decisions about the park.  Placing the park in local hands also opens up opportunities for the Lanstephan Area Play Park Committee and Launceston Town Council to apply for grant funding that isn’t available to Cornwall Council and to make further improvements to the site.

Three years ago Lanstephan Area Play Park was a derelict car park in the middle of a housing estate with little in the way of open space or play areas.  Residents formed the Lanstephan Area Play Park Committee, began talks with Cornwall Council and set about raising funds to transform the site into an inviting public space for everyone on the estate.  Cornwall Housing agreed to tidy up the site, while Cornwall Council provided some capital funding to bring it up to a good standard of repair before the freehold transfer of the site took place.  Meanwhile the Lanstephan Area Play Park Committee secured grant funding for low maintenance play equipment, perimeter fencing, seating and colourful planters to brighten up the site and turn it into the popular park that it is today.

Adam Paynter, Leader of Cornwall Council and Cornwall Councillor for Launceston North and North Petherwin, said: “Local play areas have a vital role in the health, well-being and quality of life in our towns and we know how important they are to our residents.  Lanstephan is one of the areas identified in Cornwall Council’s Open Spaces Strategy for Larger Towns as needing more equipped play areas, so it’s been fantastic to have been involved in the Lanstephan Area Play Park’s development and transformation.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:“Launceston Town Council already had a strong track record of working with Cornwall Council to deliver localism and devolution projects, having already taken on community assets and services.  So when they agreed to take over Lanstephan Area Play Park, we were keen to work with them and the local community to help them realise their ambition to enhance the site and provide local management. The park is an impressive example of what can be achieved by a determined community group and a proactive town council to secure the best long term local custodians of an open space that is greatly valued by the local community.  I commend their innovative approach.”

Dave Gordon, Deputy Mayor of Launceston Town Council, said: “Launceston Town Council have been long term supporters of the concept of a play park on the Lanstephan Estate, and we are delighted to have played our part in the creation of this park and garden area.  Today the project is finally complete with the transfer of the park to the residents.  The children of the Lanstephan estate have finally got a safe place to meet and play, within sight of their homes, and this has only been possible by the determination of the Play Park Committee, who should be congratulated on their hard work and achievement.  We are proud to continue our support of the Lanstephan Area Play Park and other play areas within the town and will do all we can to ensure the children of Launceston have a safe, green open spaces to enjoy and play in.”

Iris Lindsay, Chairman of the Lanstephan Area Play Park Committee, said: “The Lanstephan Area Play Park Committee and residents of Lanstephan are thrilled with the transformation of the area within our estate and are pleased that the transfer of land has now passed to Launceston Town Council.  We would like to thank both Cornwall Council and Launceston Town Council for their support over the last three years.  We would also like to thank all our financial supporters, especially DCLG for the Pocket Park grant which kick started the project, together with Tesco Bags of Help, Launceston Rotary Trust, Cory Environmental Trust, Cornwall Community Foundation CCF100 Club, Steve Ryan of SR Motoring Services and Dunheved Lodge.  We would especially like to thank Laura Smith and Heather Gregory for arranging two raffles raising much needed funds for the project.   Finally, thanks to TK Play for their help and advice during the construction process.”

Story posted 7 August 2017

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Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan helps community influence planning decisions

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:39

People in Bude-Stratton have come together to create a neighbourhood development plan for the area that will ensure local views are taken into account when planning decisions are made.

Bude-Stratton Town Council led the development of the plan, working with local businesses, residents, environmental groups and interest groups.  The plan sets out planning policies that reflect local issues and projects residents would like to see happen over the coming years. It will be used to help Cornwall Council planning officers determine whether planning applications should be approved or refused.  It also puts the community in a better position to secure funding and bring forward projects that will make a difference to local people. 

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy, said: “It’s great news that Bude-Stratton’s neighbourhood plan has now been adopted.  Neighbourhood plans allow people to come together through a local parish or town council and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go, and what they should look like.  They give people who live and work locally an important opportunity to influence the development of their area and to protect the features that give their community its distinct and special identity.  There are more than 100 areas in Cornwall that either have or are working on a neighbourhood plan, and we hope that more communities will follow Bude-Stratton’s example and choose to play a direct role in planning their future. ”

Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan aims to maintain and enhance the area as a vibrant coastal settlement offering a high quality sustainable environment and a choice of homes and jobs as well as a range of recreational opportunities.  It also includes policies to protect the conservation areas in Stratton, Bude and Poughill.  It particularly seeks to preserve the historic settlement of Stratton and prevent any further coalescence of Stratton, Bude and Poughill.

Bude-Stratton Town Councillor, Lea Deely, Chair of Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said: “The Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan is a means of enabling local people to have a stronger influence on the way in which they wish to see their community develop.  The plan will help ensure that we continue to develop the area in a way that will provide suitable housing and employment for all our residents without damaging the character of our three settlements.”

Neighbourhood plans are developed with extensive public consultation and engagement and are scrutinised by an independent examiner before being put to a local referendum.  Once a neighbourhood plan is adopted as a statutory document, the plan’s policies must be taken into account by developers and the relevant authorities when planning applications are considered.  The Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan received strong support from the local community with 85% of those voting in the referendum in favour of the plan.  Of those who voted 2,669 were for the plan and 377 against.

Story posted 4 August 2017

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Last chance for residents to comment on our proposed planning policies for future growth and development charges

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:39

Residents have their last chance to have their say on the documents that we will be using as our ‘blueprint’ for where new housing, business and commercial developments will be built, new development charges to support infrastructure and how we plan to protect mineral resources.

With lots of work and consultation already undertaken, our surveys, which close at 5pm on Monday 7 August, is residents’ last opportunity to let us know if they think we’ve got the locations for development and charges right.

In our previous residents’ survey the results told us that housing and economic development are important to the people of Cornwall; and so we proposed planning policies that set out how we plan to manage housing and commercial development in the future, and fund the infrastructure to support them.

Our planning service is looking to the future and preparing policies for necessary growth to keep Cornwall a great place to live, work and visit for everyone. Our proposals support Cornwall’s Local Plan to create healthy, sustainable and attractive communities; to make a positive difference to the quality of local residents’ lives.      

We want to know what residents think about our proposals set out in three planning documents:

Where development will take place in the future:Our Cornwall Site Allocations document survey is about identifying development sites for future growth in Bodmin, CPIR, Falmouth/Penryn, Hayle, Helston, Launceston, Newquay, Penzance/Newlyn, Saltash, St Austell and the two eco-community sites; It is identifies the infrastructure needed to support this growth.

New development charges for single homes, and small and large developments, to fund new infrastructure:Our Community Infrastructure Levy document survey is about new development charges for single homes, and small and large developments, to help fund the infrastructure needed as a result of development, in our communities

Our plans to safeguard mineral resources. Our Minerals Safeguarding document survey is about safeguarding mineral resources and mineral infrastructure in Cornwall

Residents can take part in the surveys by visiting the planning policy consultation page on the website 

For help with the surveys or more information about the consultations email: localplan@cornwall.gov.uk or phone: 0300 1234 151.

Story posted 02 August 2017 

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Local roads throughout Cornwall get £5m funding boost

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 28/11/2017 - 15:39

Improvements and repairs will be made to 53 local road routes across Cornwall - from Penzance and The Lizard to Bude and Looe - after Cornwall Council successfully secured £5m in funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Local routes - the more frequently used B, C and U roads known as the 3A network – are set to benefit from the funding boost, which largely focus on maintenance work.

These are key interconnecting roads which help to keep Cornwall moving, explained Andy Stevenson, Cornwall Council's Head of Highways and Infrastructure.

"These are strategically important roads that connect places and people, but also ensure businesses and local economies are supported. This funding will see maintenance programmes, renewal of the carriageway, footways or cycleways and improved drainage – it’s an investment in ensuring our roads have better longevity," he said.

The Council’s bid, announced by the DfT today, saw Cornwall secure the maximum amount of money available from the DfT's Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund, with work expected to be completed within a year.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport welcomed the funding. "We know how important our roads are to people in Cornwall. Improving the condition of the local road network was one of the main themes highlighted in last year's residents’ survey,” he said.

"Last autumn we announced an additional £2.9m for more than 1,800 road safety and drainage schemes which have now been completed and we are now well into work on our Growth Deal funded highway schemes at Bodmin, Carkeel, Tolgus, Treluswell and Truro.

"While we continue to work with ever dwindling budgets, we will continue to look to alternative ways of funding road improvements such as these, which we know are so vital to keeping Cornwall moving."

This is the second time Cornwall Council has secured maximum funding for roads through the Local Highway Maintenance Challenge Fund. The Council previously secured £5m towards the £6.9m cost for resurfacing and making improvements to drainage and safety fencing along an 8km stretch of the A39 between Carland Cross and Buckshead Roundabout in Truro.

Story posted 01 August 2017 

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