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School safety a top priority as new parking rules come into effect

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 06/09/2018 - 11:23

Parents dropping their children off to class and stopping in their school’s ‘keep clear zone’ could face penalty notices as new tougher parking rules come into operation.

A new Traffic Regulation Order come into effect on Tuesday, September 4, making it an offence to stop or park on the markings at any time, even to drop off or pick up passengers.

The zones are marked off to keep the space outside of schools free from parked vehicles so that children can be seen more easily when crossing the road.

They also help to provide a clear field of vision for other vulnerable road users when they are crossing the road. 

From the start of the new school year, any vehicle parked on these markings may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £70.

Cornwall Council and CORMAC has been working with schools, residents and local councillors across Cornwall over the last 18 months to review the existing zig-zag markings outside schools.

Geoff Brown, Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: “It is vital that we adhere to and enforce the no stopping zones outside our schools, as nothing is more important than the safety of our children.”

Many schools also work with the Council and Sustrans to encourage children to walk, scoot or cycle to school which helps further ease congestion around school gates.

Park and stride initiatives, where parents are encouraged to park in a suitable car park a short walks distance from the school, help to avoid congestion outside the school and enable children to walk to school, getting their daily exercise.

The Walking bus initiative also means that if a parent is unable to walk their child the rest of the way to school, a volunteer (a parent or member of school staff) can safely walk the children along a safe route to school.

Posted on 6 September 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

Alzheimer's Society's dementia awareness roadshow

NHS Cornwall Events - Thu, 06/09/2018 - 10:00
The Alzheimer's Society's dementia awareness Roadshow is visiting Cornwall to help raise awareness about dementia in your area.
Categories: Health

Welcome news of investment in St Michael's Hospital

Recently it was announced that The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has comitted additional funding to St Michaels in order to expand the work that it does on orthopaedic care and increase the number of people cared for at hospital in Hayle.

New code system will improve safety in Falmouth’s pedestrianised zone

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 04/09/2018 - 12:27

New measures are being introduced this week to improve safety for pedestrians by preventing drivers trying to access Falmouth town centre’s pedestrianised zone.

A special code will be required to lower the rising bollard on Church Street, which prevents traffic from accessing Market Street, Church Street and the north-western end of Arwenack Street between 11am and 4pm.

Despite extensive signage at the junction, drivers have continued to try and drive through the pedestrianised zone, resulting in damage to both the bollard and their own vehicles.

Now any driver wishing to lower the bollard will need the special code, which will be made available to local businesses through Falmouth town centre manager Richard Gates.

The new controls will come into operation on Saturday, September 8.

Councillor Jayne Kirkham, who represents the Arwenack ward on Cornwall Council, said:  “Between 11am and 4pm no one should be driving down Church Street other than Royal Mail delivery vehicles and the emergency services, and those leaving Church Street car park at the specified exit. 

“The code control will mean that these will be the only vehicles now able to do that so Falmouth town centre should be clearer and safer for pedestrians, which is good news for everyone.”

Councillor Geoff Brown, portfolio holder for transport, said:  “It is a pity drivers have ignored the clear signage and continued to try and drive through the restricted zone, leaving both their vehicles and the bollard damaged.

“I am pleased we have found a solution which will hopefully prevent these incidents and make the town centre a safer place for pedestrians.”


Story posted 04 September 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics

Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 04/09/2018 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's September Governing Body meeting.
Categories: Health

Kerbside waste and recycling collections 2020: councillors recommend wheelie bins, seagull proof sacks and recycling containers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 03/09/2018 - 15:24

From 2020, households across Cornwall could be issued with a wheelie bin or seagull proof sack for general rubbish, alongside caddies specifically for food waste, under latest proposals for how household waste and recycling will be collected as part of the next contract.

At today's Cornwall Council Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting,  councillors recommended that households are issued with a 180 litre wheelie bin or seagull proof sack for waste (depending on what will work best for the household and the collection service) and two food waste caddies - one for inside the home and one for outside.

Last month members of the committee held an inquiry session to hear evidence on waste and recycling container options from other local authorities and a senior officer from the Council's waste team, explained Dominic Fairman, Vice Chair of the Council's Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

"Our resident surveys and anecdotal evidence tells us that waste and recycling collections are important to our residents - and the types of container we issue has a big impact on whether or not people recycle," he said.

"As most of us will also know, not using a bin or covering bin bags on collection day contributes to street litter as animals such as seagulls do break open bags to get to the contents. It's important our recommendations are based on evidence that supports helping people to recycle more and improve the environment."

With the waste collection and cleansing contract due out for tender later in the summer, today's recommendations will be put forward to Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection.

"This is one of the biggest waste collection contracts in the country and it's important that we get it right when going to the contractors," said Councillor James. "The contractors will need to know what we think will work in Cornwall, but equally we've got to listen to the industry."

It is estimated that around 71% of Cornwall's 250,000 domestic households could be issued with a wheelie bin, with the remaining 29% being able to use a seagull proof sack or communal waste bin. The cost of issuing households with new bins is estimated at around £4million.

The final decision on the new waste collection and cleansing contract which is due to start in April 2020, will be made by the Council's Cabinet in December 2018.  

Categories: Councils, Politics

Council to consider final response on where new electoral division boundaries should be

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 03/09/2018 - 14:49

A change in the size and shape of Cornwall Council electoral divisions from 2021 which will affect how residents will be represented on the Council will be considered at the full Council meeting on 11 September.

Members will be asked to consider the recommendations of the Council’s cross party Electoral Review Panel who are proposing significant changes to the proposed electoral divisions put forward by the Local Government Boundary Commission in the Wadebridge area, Bude, Gweek, Lanreath and St Pinnock. Minor changes are also suggested in Falmouth, Truro, Bowling Green, Bodmin, Saltash and Torpoint. The full Council meeting will also be asked to consider amendments to the Panel’s recommendations, being brought forward by two Cornwall Councillors, relating to the divisions covering the Wadebridge area and the name of the proposed Altarnun and Stoke Climsland division.

The Local Government Boundary Commission has already decided that in future Cornwall Council will have 87 councillors rather than the current 123. The Commission is now consulting on the detailed boundaries of the electoral divisions each Councillor will represent with submissions to be submitted by 17 September 2018.

Cornwall Council's cross party Electoral Review Panel has now finalised its recommendations to Council on the response it should make to the Boundary Commission. Most of the new divisions the Boundary Commission has put forward are identical or very similar to those Cornwall Council proposed earlier in the process however, in some areas the Council's Electoral Review Panel is proposing changes.

Councillor Malcolm Brown, Chair of the Council Electoral Review Panel said "We have had a difficult job trying to reconcile strong opinions held by different councillors. Over the last year we have had particularly lively debates about Penzance, Hayle and Connor Downs, Redruth and the mining villages, Falmouth, Newquay and Wadebridge. However, we believe that we now have a strong package of proposals which we hope Council will support".

Cornwall Council is also expected to make a decision on 11 September on the process for managing community governance reviews which will be reconsidering where there are parish councils and what their boundaries should be. Examples of situations where change might be considered include where development in a town has extended over a parish boundary into an adjacent rural parish or where two small parish councils may want to combine.

Councillor Malcolm Brown said: "We think it would be most logical for the Electoral Review Panel to lead on this work for the Council and to work closely with parish and town councils and the Cornwall Association of Local Councils. I would also want us to hold public meetings if required.”


Story posted 03 September 2018

Categories: Councils, Politics
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