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Tell us what you think about sugar

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 25/01/2018 - 16:19

We want you to tell us what you think about sugar in the food that you eat.

People across Cornwall are being encouraged to cut down on sugar and raise awareness about its impact on health as part of a new initiative. 

Organisations, businesses and individuals across the county are being asked to join the SUGAR SMART Cornwall campaign by taking actions to help make it easier for people to reduce their sugar consumption. 

Consuming too much sugar and too many foods and drinks high in sugar can lead to weight gain, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. It is also linked to tooth decay. 

Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health Team along with Cornwall Food Foundation, Cornwall Council Health Promotion service, Brighter Smiles and Little Kitchen Magicians are coordinating the local SUGAR SMART campaign. 

Businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions and workplaces can all sign up to the campaign and make pledges such as:

  • Promote free drinking water
  • Reduce high sugar options in vending machines
  • Promote healthy meal deals
  • Reduce advertising of high sugar products
  • Stock healthier food and drink
  • Provide clearer information about the sugar content of food and drink

 

The initiative, which is led by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Sustain, aims to make it easier for people to make healthier choices by making sugary produce less available or less well promoted.

 

Cornwall Council is also launching a healthy weight strategy in the coming weeks, and one of the strands will be looking about the food environment and how we can help people to make healthier choices when they eat food outside of the home.

 

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health said: “We’re delighted to be leading the SUGAR SMART campaign and we’re the first in England to sign up as a county rather than a city, so we can have the most impact for our residents. 

“Changing our food habits is never easy but every small action from our partners will help us all achieve healthier diets and make us more aware of the hidden sugar in everyday foods.” 

Councillor Sally Hawken, Cabinet member for Children and Wellbeing, said: “We know that there is no single solution to tackle obesity and the opportunity that the SUGAR SMART campaign provides is a great opportunity for us to work together to help our communities reduce their sugar intake.      

“I would encourage everyone to pledge their contribution to the initiative and help raise awareness around the risks of consuming too much sugar.”            

Any groups or individuals who want to find out more the campaign, should visit the SUGAR SMART website

People are also invited to fill in the SUGAR SMART survey.

Story posted 25 Janaury.

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Cornish Pupils become winter warriors to stay active

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 25/01/2018 - 15:56

Primary school children in Cornwall have been taking part in an active travel challenge to show they will walk, cycle or scooter to school and won’t be beaten by wintery weather.

The challenge, an initiative run by the charity Sustrans in partnership with Cornwall Council this winter has encouraged pupils to travel more actively to school, benefiting their health and helping to reduce congestion around the school gates.

Pupils from schools in Truro, St Austell and St Agnes were invited to take part in a Winter Warriors competition by submitting photos of themselves walking, scooting or cycling to school-despite the wintry weather. They also created pictures and slogans designed to inspire their peers to continue travelling actively to school.

The message was that cold and wet winter weather doesn’t mean you need to stop travelling actively - dress right, get bright and get out there!

The winning entries have been made into weather proof pvc banners which are now displayed outside the schools. The winners also received a Sustrans goody bag.

The winning slogan at St Agnes ACE Academy was ‘Tackle tough terrain, in extreme weather, to be a winter warrior, this year to another, (Rozenwyn and Georgia).

At Threemilestone Primary School, Blake, Sienna, Bridie and Kelynn won with ‘Beat the sleet, scooter to school!’ and ‘Hike or Bike whatever the weather’

Sandy Hill Academy pupil Lacey won with ‘Scoot to school is really cool’.

Sreenidhi at Tregolls Academy in Truro won with ‘Ride, scoot or walk to school, bright winter style looks so cool’.

‘Whatever the weather, wind rain or snow, wrap up warm and you’re good to go!’ was Harrison’s winning slogan at Truro Learning Academy

Miss Bingham, Head of School at Sandy Hill Academy, St Austell said: “Children were excited to hear and enter the Winter Warrior Competition run by Sustrans. The children continued to walk and scooter to school during the colder and wetter days and one of the winners felt like a film star having her poster up on the school fencing."

Lexi Lobb, teacher and a champion of active travel at Threemilestone Primary School said: “Threemilestone School threw themselves into the Winter Warrior Competition, with children taking photographs of themselves dressed up warm on their way to and from school on their bikes and scooters. Lots of the children wrote slogans to encourage children to be bright and be seen, keep warm, but keep cycling and scooting. The photographs and the slogans have been used to create some really inspirational banners at the front of the school to encourage our active travel.  This was a really worthwhile initiative to be part of.  It was great to hear the children chattering about their ideas of slogans and how to keep safe."   

Nick Ratcliffe, local project officer for Sustrans, said: “The average primary school journey is just one mile – the perfect distance to walk, cycle or scoot. We created this challenge to encourage pupils to keep moving whatever the weather and incorporate exercise into their daily routines.”

Sustrans’ schools work is funded by Cornwall Council.

Posted 25 January                                       

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Latest official estimate for Cornwall shows 31% drop in rough sleepers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 25/01/2018 - 15:55

The latest official estimate on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall suggest a co-ordinated action plan by Cornwall Council and partners to tackle the issue of people sleeping rough is beginning to see positive results, with a 31% drop compared to last year.

Official estimates show that whilst Cornwall still has a relatively high numbers of rough sleepers, 68 individuals were reported as rough sleeping compared to 99 reported the previous year. The figures come from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) data on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall on a typical night in November 2017.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “Ultimately, no one should be forced to sleep rough in Cornwall, or anywhere else for that matter.  We want to get as close to that goal as possible and we’re working to make that happen. These results suggest our support services are making a difference and that we are keeping people off the streets. It’s a sign we are making good progress through excellent partnership but there is still a long way to go.”

In July 2017, the Council launched a £1.1 million approach to preventing and reducing rough sleeping with £850,000 coming from Cornwall Housing and £292,000 from a successful bid to the previously named Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for Nos Da Kernow (No First Night Out).  

The principle behind the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy is to step in early to help those threatened with having to sleep rough as well as improving greater access to transitional housing and support services. The multi-agency rough sleeper reduction strategy works to:

  • prevent rough sleeping in the first place by helping those most at risk
  • help new rough sleepers quickly access housing, help and support 
  • identify and provide support for entrenched rough sleepers to help them off the streets permanently. 

Councillor Mitchell said: “It is frightening how quickly someone can find themselves faced with the prospect of sleeping rough and the continuing impacts of welfare reform mean that more people are at risk of becoming homeless. 

Through our strategy, we can get in early to help people who are in desperate need of accommodation and support and place them on a path that will not involve worrying about their safety at night because they are forced to sleep rough.”

One strand of the joined up approach to reduce rough sleeping is Nos Da Kernow, a project which sees a team of experienced outreach, housing options and resettlement officers from Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc’s Society working together to combine knowledge and skills to help those who are facing pressures that could tip them over into rough sleeping. 

The Nos Da Kernow project has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Achievement in Tackling Homelessness category at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s UK Housing Awards.

“Nos Da Kernow is a really great example of agencies working together and has so far helped more than 70 people from becoming homeless and in danger of sleeping rough. The strong focus on prevention and early intervention is key. The earlier we are able to help someone the better chance we have of preventing them becoming a rough sleeper,” Councillor Mitchell said.

Shelly, 24, was recently supported by Nos Da Kernow and said: “I don’t know where I would be or what I would have done without Mel and Kieren from the team stepping up for me. Because of their help, I now have a chance.”

Shelly called Cornwall Housing for advice about her then situation and was referred to the Nos Da project. Project worker Mel went on to make contact with Shelly organising for them to meet in a local café due to Shelly’s living situation. Shelly said:  “The suggestion to meet in a café put me at ease straightaway, it helped me to feel relaxed and on an equal footing with Mel from the off,” Shelly said.

“Mel supported me in looking for a long-term solution and helped with organising my life so I did not end up sleeping on the streets. With the help of Nos Da, I found a new home. Mel even came to my work so I could sign some time sensitive paperwork, Kieren from the team helped me to get charity funding for the move. The support was unreal! I had bounced around for so long that it still feels strange having stability, but a really nice strange!.”

Another strand is the support for the work carried out by St Petroc’s who deliver the essential outreach service to rough sleepers for Cornwall, and also open a Cold Weather Provision which is operated each winter to provide an additional 8 weeks of basic night time shelter between December and February to those rough sleeping. Cold Weather Provision provides all those partners involved in supporting people to get off the streets, another chance to work together. Cornwall Housing and Addaction staff offer in-reach sessions alongside the St. Petroc’s team increasing contact and taking positive opportunities to help resettle people into accommodation. Last winter 71% of the people accessing this service were moved off the streets into more settled accommodation.  

Steve Ellis St Petroc’s CEO says: “It’s important to acknowledge that the situation for rough sleepers is improving in Cornwall. Support for our work has never been more positive and we see the many benefits to working in close partnership with others such as Cornwall Housing, Addaction and Health for Homeless. We are certain that during 2018 as we at St. Petroc’s support Nos Da Kernow’s important prevention work, and other initiatives we are planning, numbers of rough sleepers in Cornwall will continue to reduce.”

There is also specialist support for existing rough sleepers, many of whom have complex needs and housing histories, to help them to move away from the streets permanently.  The Cornwall Rough Sleeper Operational Group (CRSOG) which  includes Cornwall Council, Cornwall Housing Ltd, Coastline Housing, Voluntary Sector Providers, Safer Cornwall, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Devon & Cornwall Police, Public Health (including Mental Health Services) and Inclusion Cornwall work together to help and support individuals with complex needs and develop joint solutions for them.

Amanda Addo Rough Sleeping Strategic Lead for Cornwall Housing says: “This positive figure for 2017 shows all of us that while there is still a great deal of work to do, when we put the individuals who find themselves sleeping on Cornwall’s streets at the centre of how we tailor services, and work together with the agencies who can prevent and alleviate the multiple causes of rough sleeping, incredibly positive results occur”.

Members of the public who have concerns about a rough sleeper in their area should contact the 24 Hour Rough Sleeper Referral Line by calling 0300 500 0914 or visiting the Streetlink website.

Tel: 0300 500 0914

Web site: streetlink.org.uk 

The rough sleeper will be contacted by the Street Outreach Team within 24 hours and offered advice, assistance and support to find accommodation.

If anyone is facing difficulties that may affect their current housing situation, it is important to seek advice as soon as possible in order to prevent homelessness.  Housing Options is a confidential service and will give specialist advice no matter how big or small the problem may feel.

Please contact Cornwall Housing’s Housing Options team on 0300 1234 161 for free confidential and specialised advice as soon as possible.

Instant advice is also available from:

Story posted on 22 January

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St Austell Healthcare’s Patient Participation Group raised more than £6,500 to fund bladder scanner

NHS Cornwalll News - Thu, 25/01/2018 - 00:00
A piece of kit is making it easier, safer and more convenient to identify if someone has a urinary condition and provide treatment closer to home, thanks to the efforts of fundraisers.
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Council set to abolish evening parking charges from 1 April

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 24/01/2018 - 16:16

All Cornwall Council pay and display car parks will be free in the evenings from 1 April under proposals drafted in response to resident feedback.

Following last year’s Town Parking Review, the proposals form part of a wider review of parking tariffs and the way residents can pay for using Council car parks. This includes changes to seasonal parking permits which mean regular car park users can buy a number of parking sessions at a reduced rate, paying per trip rather than across a specific period of time.

With car park charges (winter and summer tariffs) having remained at the same levels for the last three years, the Council’s proposed changes aim to help manage the demand in our most congested areas and tackle air quality issues by encouraging people to consider using public transport.

From 1 April 2018, seasonal tariffs will be standardised in the most congested towns, where there is heavy demand on parking spaces. This means seasonal tariffs will be same for all Council car parks in Falmouth, Newquay, Penzance and St Ives, while in Truro, the charges will apply throughout the year.

Day time car park tariffs in all other towns and villages will remain at the same seasonal rates which have been in place since 2015.

Read more about the proposals

The move to offer free car parking during the evening has been driven by the views of local people, explained Council Leader Adam Paynter.

"In last year's Town Parking Review, residents raised concerns about the lack of availability of on-street parking at night," he said. "Since then we have also heard from businesses and Cornwall councillors asked us to consider abolish evening parking charges to help support local economies.

“As well as abolishing evening parking charges, we’re giving people more flexible pay and park options during the day time, such as being able to buy books of tickets to use as you go and offering seasonal permits at a reduced rate.

“In the long term and as we continue to improve public transport options, we want people to think more about how they travel to the places which are heavily congested. We also have the Park and Ride service in Truro which alleviates parking pressures on the city centre.”

 

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Council confirms four year funding proposal to secure a sustainable future for Citizens Advice Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 24/01/2018 - 15:31

In response to a community consultation, Cornwall Council has confirmed a four year funding deal for Citizens Advice Cornwall to ensure the service can continue helping vulnerable people.

More than 600 people responded to a Council survey, with many providing examples of how they use Citizens Advice Cornwall and the positive impact the service has had on them. An overwhelming number – more than 80% - supported the Council finding other ways of balancing the budget to maintain Citizens Advice (CA) services across Cornwall.

The Council and CA Cornwall recognise the need and opportunity to modernise the service and provide more flexible access to advice for people in Cornwall, including those in our remote and rural communities. The current funding of £356,000 will gradually reduce by £20,000 a year over the next three years as CA Cornwall helps more clients through telephone and digital advice services. Alongside this, the Council will continue to provide premises for CA Cornwall in its St Austell One Stop Shop and work to find further premises where possible.  

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “The Council is having to take tough budget decisions as a result of Government cuts to our funding, and make £75 million of savings on top of the £300 million we have already delivered.

We want people to have their say on these decisions and residents have been clear that they want the Council to continue funding CAC. While this will place further pressure on our budget, we are determined to make sure people across Cornwall can get the advice and support they need at a time when many are facing very real personal debt and welfare challenges under this Government’s austerity agenda.”

Neil Colquhoun, CA Cornwall’s chief executive, said: “We welcome the Council’s decision to continue funding our vital work for a further four years which will allow us to provide a level of service for people throughout the county.

“As the grant reduces, we will work to meet the challenge of making up the shortfall in money while looking at new ways of providing advice to the public.”

Story posted on 24 January

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George Eustice welcomes u-turn on CAB funding

George Eustice has welcomed Cornwall Council’s statement today, in which it has announced a u-turn on proposed cuts to funding for Cornwall’s Citizens Advice Service.

Previous plans by the Liberal Democrat/Independent-led council would have seen cuts of £200,000.

Council confirms review of individual disabled parking spaces

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 24/01/2018 - 13:06

Cornwall Council confirmed today it will urgently review current policy for people with disabilities to pay for disabled parking spaces near their homes.

The Council has a scheme where blue badge holders who are residents of Cornwall may qualify for a disabled parking space near their home.

Currently, to provide a disabled parking space for a resident, the Council goes through a legal process to introduce a Traffic Regulation Order. This involves public consultation and normally costs around £3,300. 

Council Leader Adam Paynter said an urgent review of current policy had been called for.

“We have a responsibility to support people to have active lives in their local community, which is why I have asked for an urgent review. People with a disability should not be disadvantaged by a policy and our practice needs to be consistent with the rest of the country,” he said.

The Council will also be consulting with residents and disability groups in Cornwall to explore options and consider best practices used by other local authorities.

In the meantime, the Council has immediately suspended any further charges for individual disabled people while the review is undertaken.

The findings of the review will come to Cabinet with the aim of completing the review for the start of the next financial year.

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal agreements which allow us or the police to enforce regulations including speed limits, on-street parking and one way streets.

Posted on 23 January 

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Job Centre Plus opens in newly renovated Helston Library

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 24/01/2018 - 13:02

Jobseekers in Helston can now access a wide range of key services under one roof, following the co-location of a Library and Information Service and the Job Centre Plus, which opened on 8 January in the newly renovated Helston Library.

Better use of floor space has allowed for the creation of an interview room and space for the Department of Work and Pension’s Jobcentre Plus service, as well as a new children’s library. In addition the Information Services has moved from Isaac House into the library.

Bringing other services in to the current Cornwall Council owned building helps reduce costs, increases use of the building and brings in more potential library users, ensuring long-term sustainability. Co-locating these services not only improves the range of services on offer for people to access in one place, it means the library has been protected. 

In addition to the current library service opening hours, residents also benefit from new self-service access from 9am to 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays providing extended customer access to the library services in Helston. Customers can use the library to borrow and return items using the self-service kiosks and use the public access computers on these two additional days each week.

Jobseekers will also be able to use the library’s free Wi-Fi and access the public computers to help with their employment search or update their CV, as well as enjoying the wider benefits of library membership. This includes library events that support informal learning and health and wellbeing, alongside regular activities for children and families.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, said: “I would like to thank the Department of Work and Pensions for working with us on this exciting project. The new joint customer Hub will allow local residents, library users and job seekers to access a wide range of essential public sector services at one convenient location. Working alongside the Job Centre Plus not only benefits the local community but it also makes much more effective use of public space and the existing building, which is a key part of our work to maximise the way we use public buildings across Cornwall, as well as ensuring the Council delivers value for money.”

John Martin, Cornwall Councillor for Helston South said: “This new customer hub will be of great benefit to the town. The co-location of the Job Centre Plus alongside the Library will provide job seekers with additional resources which will benefit their job search as well as ensuring that the Library remains at the heart of the community.”

Commenting on the relocation of the jobcentre to the Helston Library, Nathan Kendall, Jobcentre Plus Manager for Helston, said: “This is excellent news for jobseekers. The move to the new centre will give access to a wide range of key services under one roof.  Advice on benefits and help for jobseekers will be available in this new customer hub, while giving local taxpayers value for money.”

More information about the Helston Library and Information Service can be found on the Cornwall Council website.

Story posted 24 January 2018

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Opp village hall, 24th January

Opp village hall no way to avoid due to road width
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Fore Street, Lelant
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Play your part this winter to stop the spread of Norovirus – just Think NORO

NHS Cornwalll News - Wed, 24/01/2018 - 00:00
As reports of Norovirus outbreaks increase across the South West, Public Health England and NHS England are urging people to follow simple steps stop the spread of this nasty bug.
Categories: Health

New approach will tackle rogue landlords and drive up standards of private rentals in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 22/01/2018 - 15:18

A strategy to drive better quality homes for residents in the private rented sector in Cornwall, by proposing the effective use of new enforcement powers, is currently being set out in a consultation by Cornwall Council.

With the delivery of more affordable housing and improved quality of privately rented homes being two of the Council’s key priorities, the new proposals acknowledge the growing demand for private sector accommodation in Cornwall and are designed to ensure that people who rent privately are getting value for money and can live safely.

There are currently upwards of 40,000 properties which make up the private sector rental market in Cornwall and a growing number of families with young children living in privately rented homes.

With an estimated 50% of accommodation in the private rented sector in Cornwall currently failing to meet the Government’s Decent Home Standard, the new strategy focuses on key areas for improvement, including:

  • Considering new forms of property licensing to regulate and improve standards in shared and single occupation properties, where they fall short
  • Working with landlords to improve the 4,500+ privately rented properties in Cornwall known to be poorly insulated and therefore very expensive to heat
  • Embracing new powers, such as banning orders and piloting compulsory purchase to tackle the worst landlords who continue to provide poor quality housing and place tenants at risk of harm
  • Creating better opportunities to widen access to private sector rented accommodation to those in the most housing need
  • Beefing up the existing Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme so that it helps more landlords comply with the raft of complex laws and regulations that apply to owning and managing rented homes.

In addition, to support the new strategy, new enforcement powers will see fines of up to £30k for landlords who break the law, and proposed increases of licensing fees for multiple occupation dwellings to fully reflect the true cost of delivery.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes, Andrew Mitchell said: “Private sector rentals are the backbone of a healthy and resilient housing market in Cornwall. The 40,000+ properties in Cornwall’s private rented sector perform a vital role in meeting the housing needs of thousands of Cornwall’s residents.

“At their best, landlords in this sector provide safe secure and comfortable accommodation that meets the expectations of tenants who live there.

“We want to work with these landlords to share best practise, in order to drive up the standards where accommodation falls below expectations or in some cases is unsafe or illegal.

“Safe, affordable housing is a key priority for Cornwall Council and this new strategy will help us to address the significant challenges and drive up standards in this vital area.

“The consultation on the new strategy is aimed primarily at landlords, tenants and key stakeholders in the private rental sector, ends on 23 February 2018. We want as wide a range of views as possible. It’s in everybody’s interests to shape a strategy that works for the sector and the many people who rely on it.”

Story posted on 22 January 2018

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Raw sewage overflowing in road, 22nd January

Sewage running off the road into the river Hayle.

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A30, Hayle
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