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Broken paving, 7th March

The section which backs onto the telephone box's has loose/broken paving edging the walkway
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 15 Chapel Street, Camborne
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Streetlamps not working correctly, 7th March

Please note the following streetlamps are not working 012AC Tredrea Lane st Erth A037 Treloweth Lane A043 Treloweth Close A041 Treloweth Close Light on permanently A040 Treloweth Close
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 55 Treloweth Close, St. Erth
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Bringing Cornwall’s history back to life through colour

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 15:02

Local artist Joshua Barrett has re-imagined photographs from Cornwall’s history in glorious colour to bring them back to life and add a new dimension to images that had previously only been seen in black and white.

On Saturday 3 March Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service launched their new exhibition ‘Cornwall in Colour’ at the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth.

The exhibition, which is free to visit and runs until Saturday 14 April, includes six images that have been colourised and brought to life for the very first time by local colouriser Joshua Barrett.

“We have been blown away by the images that Joshua has colourised. These photographs are moments in time that connect to wider events, themes and issues and introducing colour back into these photographs really seems to breathe life back into them, and helps bridge the gap between the present and the past,” saidChloe Phillips, Learning Lead for the Archives and Cornish Studies Service.

The exhibition will also feature a range of postcards, books and images from the Service’s archives which is home to hundreds of thousands of images – many of them are original glass negatives – of Cornwall in the past.

The images which have been colourised were chosen both for their quality, and for the story they tell. Images include a 1940s RAF inspection, farming in Bodmin, a copper-clad early 20th century diver and this picture from May Day in Padstow in 1944 featuring American GIs greeting the ‘Oss.

Cornwall’s colourful past

Padstow’s May Day celebrations went on as usual in 1944, with the “hobby horse prancing through the streets of this old town to the sound of the … drum,” although the presence of American GI soldiers added some excitement. 

A month after these photos were taken this battalion of American troops,  who were based at nearby Prideaux Place in Padstow, became one of the first to arrive on Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day landings on 6 June. Many of the men pictured didn’t survive the invasion of Europe.  

Joshua Barrett, who colourised the images, said: “It has been a real pleasure working on this project and a real privilege to produce something which will enrich Cornwall's already fantastic cultural heritage. I hope the colourisation will help people view the past in a different light and help generations, both young and old, to engage with history in a far more emotional way.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the fascinating process of colourising historic photographs then Joshua is giving a free talk at the Cornish Studies Library in Alma Place, Redruth at 2pm on Tuesday 20 March. Booking for the talk is highly recommended, call 01209 216760 to arrange.

For more information about the exhibition please contact the Cornish Studies Library on 01209 216760.

Story posted 06 March 2018

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St Austell builder took advantage of vulnerable resident

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 14:22

Michael Leslie McQuade, 49, of Robartes Place, St Austell pleaded guilty on Friday 23 February 2018 at Truro Crown Court, to one offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

In May 2014 McQuade began work at the property of a 67 year old female. The victim was considered vulnerable due to a range of complex health issues, and was finding it difficult to cope living alone. Support provided by Social Services had earlier identified that work was needed to improve the conditions in her property, so she could remain living there independently.

The victim agreed for McQuade to carry out these extensive works to clear and clean up the property, making it suitable for habitation. McQuade worked on the property up until December 2015. During his time there, he carried out other services for the victim, such as taking her to the shops, looking after her dogs and carrying out small errands. Despite knowing that the victim had little available money, Mr McQuade did not provide any suitable indication of the costs of the work he was undertaking, which were building up at a considerable rate.

Unfortunately the victim had mistakenly believed that a friendship had developed between herself and McQuade during this time. McQuade would visit her in hospital when she was ill, but failed to make it clear that he was in fact charging for these visits.

When presented with the final bill, the victim was shocked at the amount and was unable to pay. The victim owned a field adjacent to her property; and after discussions as to how she could make the payment, an arrangement was reached whereby the victim would sign over ownership of the field in lieu of the money owed.

When the victim began to question whether she should agree to the transfer of the field, McQuade’s attitude to the victim changed quickly; prompting her to report concerns to Devon and Cornwall Police. The case was later passed to Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Team for further investigation. Referring to McQuade’s behaviour in this case, HH Judge Carr stated “It is an appalling way to treat another human being.” McQuade received a 4 month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to pay £5,000 towards prosecution costs.

Leanne McLean, Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime said, “This was a difficult case, and McQuade’s conduct created considerable worry to a vulnerable individual. Whilst we accept that McQuade did not set out to take advantage of the victim, he ultimately saw an opportunity to profit from the circumstances. Not only did he fail in his legal duties under the Consumer Protection Regulations, but he also betrayed the trust of an individual who was extremely lonely and desperate for human interaction. He saw her as a soft touch and decided to exploit the situation for his own ends.”

Nigel Strick, Fair Trading Manager said, “We are very pleased with the sentence passed today by Judge Carr. It reflects the seriousness of the matter and sends a clear warning to those who seek to take advantage of vulnerable consumers that they will be caught and brought to justice.” 

Sue James, Councillor for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said, “Once again out Trading Standards Team has been successful in bringing a criminal to justice. The case shows the great work we can do when working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and with our own Adult Social Care Team to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

Story posted 28 February 2018

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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's March Governing Body meeting.
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Priority setting on the agenda for Launceston Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 06/03/2018 - 09:33

People in and around Launceston are being invited to help shape Launceston Community Network Panel’s priorities and focus for the next 12 months at its meeting on Thursday 15 March at 7.00pm in Launceston Town Hall.               

Matt Barton, Cornwall Council’s Head of Service Strategy and Business Planning, will present the residents’ survey results as a starting point to the priority setting.

Oliver Jones, CORMAC’S Area Highway and Environment Manager, will attend the meeting to give an overview of CORMAC’s highway service standards, including how repairs are managed and how people can report highways defects.  Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, will also be there to answer any questions.

In addition to this, the meeting will include local updates from Cornwall, town and parish councillors and time for public questions.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “This is your opportunity to help us set Launceston Community Network panel’s priorities.  Last year our priorities included primary and secondary health care services, road infrastructure and speeding concerns, poor broadband accessibility and mobile ‘not spots’.  Come and share your ideas for the things your panel should develop this year or any concerns you think we should address.”

Launceston 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. 

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network:

  • Altarnun
  • Boyton
  • Egloskerry
  • Laneast
  • Launceston
  • Lawhitton
  • Lewannick
  • Lezant
  • North Hill
  • North Petherwin
  • South Petherwin
  • St Stephens by Launceston
  • St Thomas the Apostle
  • Stoke Climsland
  • Trewen and
  • Werrington

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.  The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Launceston Community Network page.

Story posted 6 March 2018

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Community praised for resilience and spirit during recent storms

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 05/03/2018 - 16:25

Cornwall Council Leader Adam Paynter today paid special tribute to the people of Cornwall for their resilience and community spirit over the last week as the county battled the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

“The people of Cornwall have shown remarkable community spirit in the face of very challenging circumstances. There have been some amazing stories emerge over the past few days which truly show what residents of Cornwall are made of,” Councillor Paynter said.

“I would also like to play special tribute to the commitment of emergency services, council staff and volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure people could get home and stay warm.

“While many people were tucked up safely in their homes as the storm gave us its worst, there were thousands of people across Cornwall balancing their jobs with the care of their family, looking the storm in the eye and putting others first. Many of them worked around the clock, slept at work, or walked through the snow for hours to serve others.

“To all of those people who put others first – a heartfelt thank you for your service. From Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, paramedics and hospital staff who responded to emergencies, through to those who helped keep the main roads open, looked after our water and power supplies, to those who care for the vulnerable – you all selflessly put yourselves out in appalling conditions to help others.

“The relentless focus of all services on making sure the public are safe, reassured and cared for is immeasurable.”

Councillor Paynter also praised local volunteer organisations who pulled out all stops to help others, and local businesses who donated goods, stayed open or pitched in to help others.

“It is on occasions such as this where community spirit really comes to life and brings out the best in people who put others before themselves to keep us, our friends and families safe.

“I would also like to thank all the journalists who covered the storms, sharing important public information and keeping our community up to date. You played an important role in helping to keep Cornwall safe too,” he said.

Councillor Paynter said the Council would create a thank you tribute book for heroes of the storms and invited members of the public to contribute messages or stories.

“We’ve already received quite a few messages via social media and want to give people the opportunity to say thanks in a book we will publish online.  Whether you’d like to say thanks to a Council employee, the police, a nurse or your neighbour, you are welcome to send a message.”

Send us your message to by Friday 23 March. 

Councillor Paynter said the emergency operations centre closed yesterday (4/3/2018) but ongoing issues were still being closely monitored by the Council in conjunction with partner agencies.

“We expect waste collections and other services to return to normal this week and ask for people’s patience while we deal with any backlogs,” he said. 

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Have your say on Crooklets play area in Bude

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:15

Cornwall Council is asking families in the north of Bude for their views on an exciting new scheme to improve the children’s play area next to Crooklets car park.

The much loved Crooklets play area is very weathered and in need of replacement.  Cornwall Council has made £20,000 of funding available to upgrade the current facilities and improve the quality of activities for local children and visitors.

There are signs on site encouraging families to take part in a short online survey on our play areas page and share their priorities, thoughts, ideas and suggestions for the play area.  The consultation closes on Sunday 25 March.

Nigel Pearce, one of Bude’s two Cornwall Councillors, said: “Children love to play on the half sunken ship concept, inspiring their imagination.  If you have any ideas and comments to improve things, they could be used by designers to develop different options for this area.  We’ll be sharing the options with the public later in the spring and you’ll be able to vote for your favourite design. My grandchildren play here and I like to think of it as an Imagination Area.”

Peter La Broy, who also represents Bude on Cornwall Council, said: “It’s fantastic that the Crooklets play area has been selected for funding as part of the Council’s three year Capital Play Programme.  The scheme invests in strategic facilities where no other funding is available, so it’s great to see it being used to improve this play area in Bude.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We’re investing in outdoor play areas in key locations like Crooklets because good quality open spaces encourage families to spend time outdoors, being active, good for physical and mental health. I’m looking forward to hearing local children’s ideas about the kind of play area they want and seeing the designers bring those ideas to life.”

Story posted 5 March 2018

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