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Choose your favourite design for Latchbrook play areas

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 14:24

Cornwall Council is asking local families to choose their preferred design for new equipment for two children’s play areas in the Latchbrook community in Saltash.

The Council is investing £30,000 in two children’s play areas at Gallacher Way and Yellow Tor.  After consulting local residents about the play areas last summer, the Council invited play equipment suppliers to come up with proposals based on the community’s aspirations. 

Three designs have been shortlisted and now families can vote for their first and second choices on our play areas page.  Voting closes on Sunday 18 February, and work will begin on installing the equipment from the winning design in May 2018.

Sam Tamlin, Cornwall Councillor for Saltash West, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to refresh the play equipment at both play areas on Yellow Tor Road.  I hope everyone will vote for the equipment that they think will improve the two play parks the most.”

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We know how important good quality open spaces are to our residents and the difference outdoor play opportunities can make in encouraging children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.  This is project is part of our Open Space Strategy, which includes a countywide programme to invest in equipped play areas in key locations that provide the most value for their communities.  I’m sure local children will be very excited about the project and looking forward to trying out the new equipment this summer.”

Story posted  2 February 2018

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Repeated pothole!, 2nd February

There is a serious pothole literally before the crossroads which had been repaired previously but obviously not good enough as it has reopened. As its on a junction you cant swerve it every time as there is traffic in all directions. Dangerous!
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 13 Fraddam Road, Fraddam
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Accountable Care System Inquiry - panel hears from staff and patient representatives

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:44

The last of the four sessions for the Accountable Care System (ACS) Inquiry has heard the views of NHS and Council worker unions and Healthwatch Cornwall on proposals for the integrated strategic commissioning of health and social care in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly. 

Dr Andy Virr, Cornwall Councillor and Chairman of the Inquiry Panel, gives a round up of the evidence heard during yesterday's meeting.

With the Inquiry now concluded, the panel will produce a report with recommendations on the proposals. This will be presented at an Extraordinary meeting of the Council's Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday 5 February. The meeting will also be webcast

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

Independent charity The King's Fund has more information about accountable care - in particular explaining the difference between an Accountable Care System and Accountable Care Organisation. 

Story posted 1 February 2018

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Health and social care and policing on the agenda for the China Clay Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:26

Residents of the China Clay Community Network area are being invited to attend the February meeting of the China Clay Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include transforming health and social care and local policing.

The Network Panel meeting will take place on Monday 12 February 2018 at 7pm at St Stephen Community Centre and Social Club, Fore Street, St Stephen, PL26 7NS.

Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, will be attending at the panel’s request to give an update on the ongoing matter of future numbers of police officers and police community support officers in the area.

Ellen Wilkinson and Karen Roach from the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be on hand to discuss local health and social care priorities and concerns. They will also provide feedback on the recent co-production workshops and outline the next steps for the programme to transform health and care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Details will be given about the economic development proposals relating to the China Clay area which are being led by the St Austell Bay Economic Forum (SABEF).

Parish Councils and Cornwall Councillors will also be invited to give an update on any other matters they may have.

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

St Stephen-In-Brannel Cornwall Councillor Mike McLening and Chair of the China Clay Community Network Panel in February, said: “Everyone’s invited to come along and join us at February’s China Clay Community Network Panel meeting. You’ll be able to hear about the future of health and social care and policing in the area – as well find out about other local matters. I strongly encourage residents and businesses in the area to come along and find out more.”

The China Clay Community network panel meets every two months 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. In recent meetings the China Clay Network Panel has focused on the delivery of Cornwall Council services in the area such as housing, planning, transport and highway issues, developing the local economy, the environment, conservation and community safety.

The China Clay Community Network Panel includes all six Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the five Parish Councils (Roche, St Dennis, St Enoder, St Stephen-in-Brannel and Treverbyn) in the community network area.

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

Posted 1 February 2018 

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Opportunity to work with jewellery designer Amanda Crago at ArTchive workshop in Truro

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:24

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service has launched another series of its popular ArTchive workshops, which gives people the chance to get creative in workshops inspired by archive collections.

‘Bejewelling History’ will take place at Cornwall Record Office in Truro on Monday 19 February from 10am-4pm. Led by local jewellery designer and maker, Amanda Crago, participants will make jewellery using image transfer techniques inspired by the archive’s collections of beautiful manuscripts, maps and images.

Chloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the Archives and Cornish Studies Service, says “We’re delighted to welcome jewellery designer Amanda Crago to deliver a workshop for the first time. We’re always experimenting with new ways of bringing our amazing archives to life, and have run workshops on writing, poetry, photography, stitch, poster making and much more. We hope you enjoy the opportunity to turn our treasures into your own – wearable – treasure with this workshop.”

Jewellery designer Amanda Crago added: “I’m really excited to be using history and historical documents creatively to make unique jewellery, and look forward to sharing my skills with others.”

To give participants inspiration for making the jewellery they will also enjoy a tour of the archive’s strongrooms, at the Record Office which is home to 850 years of Cornish history.

The workshop costs £10, payable on booking, which includes materials but not refreshments. Places are very limited, so pre-booking is essential. Call 01872 323 127 to book or for more information.

Posted 1 February 2018 

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Streetlight not working, 2nd February

Streetlight our not working

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Cornwall
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Young people leaving care will no longer pay Council tax

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 01/02/2018 - 15:33

Cornwall Council will provide an exemption on paying Council tax for care leavers up until the age of 25 to help them make the transition to independence.

The Children and Social Work Bill 2017 asks local authorities to expand its corporate parenting duties to care leavers up to 25.

Last year in Cornwall, 75% of care leavers were in education, training and employment,  one of the highest levels in the country. The Council is committed to further improving these outcomes and supporting care leavers into adulthood in the same way a parent would.

Cabinet member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken said funding of £25,000 has been put aside each year to provide the additional support.

“These are young people who move into independence much earlier than their peers.  They also are much more likely to experience debt difficulties. The exemption is part of an overall strategy to improve the outcomes for care leaver’s so that they are more able to participate positively in the local community.

“This means we can support care leavers to make the transition to adulthood and independence, in the way we would help our own children. 

“This is at the heart of corporate parenting – asking ourselves, would this be good enough if she or he was my own child,” she said.

The Council has a 16 plus service that works with care leavers and does this in partnership with a local voluntary organisation, Carefree. This partnership is preparing for the new statutory duties to support young people up to 25 and to provide an extended local offer to care leavers. The council tax exemption will be part of the new local offer and will make a significant difference to young people.

Sarah,  a care leaver at Carefree's volunteer group, 'Belong', said:  “This is a brilliant idea.  At the moment it's a real struggle, learning to live independently and pay bills at a young age, when our friends probably still live with their parents.  It will really take the pressure off, it will give us more time to learn to budget and manage our money.”

The 16+ service runs a range of provision for care leavers including ‘Open Door’ a supported lodgings scheme in which local landlords provide supported accommodation. It keeps in touch with all care leavers and is focussed on providing the right emotional and practical support to ensure successful outcomes.

If you are interested in providing supported lodgings for young people leaving care please contact us on 01872 323638

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer for children in care please contact us on 01872 323638 (Fostering Recruitment Team).

Story posted on 1 February 2018

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St Dennis man pleads guilty to fly-tipping in Clay district

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 30/01/2018 - 14:09

Mark Remnant (30) of Trelavour Road, St Dennis pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on 24 January 2018 to fly-tipping in the entrance to Imerys’ Blackpool Pit, Greensplat, St Austell in 2017.

Mr Remnant was fined and ordered to pay costs in full, totalling £1074. The total included a £324 fine, £500 compensation for the clean up of the site and Council costs of £250. 

The area where Mr Remnant fly-tipped the items was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot.’ This area was monitored in partnership between Cornwall Council and Imerys.

The flytip consisted of household waste which could have been deposited free of charge at a household waste and re-cycling centre.  

Cornwall Council receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of this waste costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. On private land the cost falls to the landowner.

Most fly-tipping cases are heard at a magistrates' court where the greatest prison term is 12 months and the biggest fine £50,000.

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “This is a known flytipping hotspot. This work between Cornwall Council and Imerys sends a reminder to people that we are watching and will investigate if you dump waste.”

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: "Fly-tipping is anti-social and unnecessary as in most cases the items dumped could easily be disposed of in a responsible way. It is good when staff and communities work together to bring offenders to justice."

Story posted on 30 January

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Greater voice for local people on the agenda at the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 30/01/2018 - 13:23

Residents of the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel are invited to attend the February meeting of the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include giving communities a greater voice, policing, community mapping, Inclusion Cornwall and highways.

All are invited to attend the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel meeting which takes place on Wednesday 7 February between 6pm and 8pm at Cury Village Hall, Helston.

There will be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision in September last year to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The update from Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, will include information on the work which is being done to empower panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

Sergeant Mark Cooper, from Devon and Cornwall Police, will also be attending the meeting to provide a policing update to the Panel and Frances Hughes, Chief Executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will be attending to answer questions from the Panel and local residents about local and national policing.

Also on the agenda are presentations about community mapping, highways and Inclusion Cornwall. Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for residents to ask any questions they may have. 

Cornwall Councillor Carolyn Rule, Chair of Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Panel said: “I do hope that as many of you as are able will attend this meeting on 7 February, these network panels are the opportunity for communities to come together and input into the work that your local councillors do on your behalf. we welcome everyone to come along and take part in the debate.”

The Helston and South Kerrier 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 comprises all seven Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the 18 parishes in the Helston and South Kerrier Community Network - Breage, Crowan, Cury, Germoe, Grade-Ruan, Gunwalloe, Gweek, Helston, Landewednack, Manaccan, Mawgan-in-Meneage, Mullion, Porthleven, Sithney, St. Anthony-in-Meneage, St. Keverne, St. Martin-in-Meneage and Wendron.

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

Story posted 30 January 2018

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