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Button batteries warning to parents for accident prevention week

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 04/06/2018 - 17:48

As Child Safety Week commences on 4 June, health professionals are warning parents to be extra vigilant to prevent young children swallowing button batteries on toys.

The caution comes after a recent incident in Cornwall where a child managed to find and swallow a button battery.

As more and more of children’s toys are powered by button batteries, the risk is significant as to a child they can look like chocolate coins or sweets. The consequences to the child can be significant.

Dr William Stableforth Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said: “Swallowing a button battery can cause very serious, life changing or even fatal injuries in just a short time if the battery is lodged in the oesophagus (gullet). These complications include permanent damage to the oesophagus or in the worst case scenario a battery can damage the main blood vessel in the chest –the Aorta causing torrential, life threatening bleeding”.

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly added “We know that parents have lots of things to keep their eyes on and children manage to get up to all sorts when they’re not looking for even the shortest amount of time. So our advice is to not let the opportunity happen. As soon as you get a battery out of a toy, make sure it is out of reach. Batteries still in a packet should be stored away in a cupboard or drawer not accessible to children”.

If you think your child might have swallowed a battery of any kind, call 999 immediately or go to your nearest Emergency Department.  

You can find more information or get involved in the #ChildSafetyWeek on social media or by visiting the Child Accident Prevention Trust website.

Story posted 4 June

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Visit us at the Royal Cornwall Show and tell us why you love Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 04/06/2018 - 17:45

Residents are being encouraged to come to the Royal Cornwall Show this week to find out more about the Council’s services and exciting new initiatives and to share why they love Cornwall.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “We’re keen to celebrate Cornwall and want show visitors to pop into our photo booth and share the things they love about Cornwall – whether it’s beautiful beaches and countryside, tasty local food and drink, the vibrant Cornish cultural scene, or the great lifestyle – which we’ll use in a future social media campaign.

“You can also find out about the issues you told us mattered most to you - waste and the environment, housing and planning, health and wellbeing, transport, culture and heritage,” Cllr Paynter said. 

“For example, you’ll be able to see where your rubbish goes and learn more about how and what to recycle.  There will also be a chance to help keep Cornwall’s beaches plastic free by signing up for a two minute beach clean.  Kids can learn more about how we’re greening urban spaces by trying the seed-bomb pit and adults will be able to pick up free wildflower seeds.

“Or you can hop on the Cornish Tick Box bus, pick up a Cornish passport and support the campaign for a Cornish tick box on the UK census.”

The Council’s stand (no. 95) will also feature:

  • information about Cornish heritage and the feast of cultural and creative events taking place across Cornwall all year round.
  • story sessions with our Library Service for children and advice for adults on getting online and building your digital skills.
  • information on the Local Plan, how you can get involved in planning decisions, proposals for a Forest for Cornwall and information about Changing Places fully accessible toilets.
  • the opportunity to try your hand at designing a Cornish house and join in a You Decide vote on neighbourhood development.
  • health related activities including opportunities to learn lifesaving skills, try chair yoga, and an ‘Operation’ style game to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.  Young people will be able to work with an artist to create art focusing on health and happiness that will be turned into street wall art after the event.
  • information on tackling loneliness, how to be Sugar Smart and easy ways to get active, including the opportunity to sign up for a free gym or swim session. You can also download Handi-App, an app that gives parents advice on common childhood illnesses.
  • Shaping Our Future’s latest plans to improve local health and social care services.
  • rail travel and cycling opportunities in Cornwall – stop by for a chat with GWR and Sustrans and tell us what would encourage you to cycle more.
  • the opportunity to sign up for online services or make a report.

Councillor Paynter said democracy would also be a strong feature.

“The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is due to  publish its draft proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall before the Show and the Chairman and Vice Chair of the Council’s cross party Electoral Review Panel will be on the stand to talk to residents about them. 

“There will be information about the Commission’s proposals and we’ll have a polling booth and ballot box so people can give their feedback on the proposals and post their forms into the box,” he said.

“In the spirit of our commitment to be a listening Council, you can also meet Cornwall councillors, learn about how you can get involved in democracy and decision making, and ask questions and raise any concerns or local issues.”

The Council and our NHS partners, Cornwall 365, GWR, Sustrans, Suez, Biffa, Cornwall Sports Partnership, GLL and the Safer Cornwall Partnership will be at Stand 95 from 7-9 June.

Story posted 4 June 2018

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Danger to public, 3rd June

Opposite the office of George Eustice in Commercial Street, there is a building which has two large pieces of lead flashing which are coming away from above the frontage. If these were to fall on a member of the public they will cause serious injury, or worse if it falls on a child.
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 16 Commercial Street, Camborne
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Councillor Paul Summers

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 18:43

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Cornwall Council is deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Paul Summers, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Treviglas.

Council Chairman Mary May said: “I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of a very popular Councillor, Paul Summers.  Paul was witty, charming and a truly dedicated councillor who will be sorely missed.  I saw him only yesterday at a Strategic Planning meeting where, wearing his usual pale blue shorts, he commented on a Newquay planning application. On behalf of the Council I send our deepest sympathies to Paul’s family.”

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Malcolm Brown said: "Unique is a much over used word but there has probably never been a councillor like Paul Summers. Always original in his dress and his use of language. A master of using humour, often pointed and forceful, to make strong points in debate but never in a way that caused offence. He was consistently memorable for all the best reasons. Above all he was a non stop campaigner for Newquay and a passionate defender of the strengths of this dynamic town. As a teacher he inspired classrooms full of students. In short he was a living legend who will be sadly missed by so many people".

Council Leader Adam Paynter said: "Paul was a colourful larger than life councillor who worked tirelessly for his division and had a real love for Cornwall. Full council meetings will never be the same."

 

Story posted 01 June 2018

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Camelford Community Network Panel meeting to discuss highways and priorities for the coming year

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 12:32

People living in the Camelford Community Network area can hear about the new Community Network Highways Scheme and the panel’s priorities for the coming year at the Camelford Community Network Panel annual general meeting on Tuesday 12 June at 7.00pm in Camelford Hall.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on www.cornwall.gov.uk/camelfordcna.  

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, and Area Highway Manager Oliver Jones will give a presentation about the new Community Network Highways Scheme, which gives community network panels a greater influence over local transport schemes.  Community network panels are now able to review and prioritise local schemes and have a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in their area.

As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair and a vice-chair for the next 12 months and set its priorities for the area with a view to influencing Cornwall-wide strategies, local service delivery and local projects.

The meeting will include time for public questions and an update on strengthening community networks, as well as local updates from Cornwall Councillors and town and parish councils.

Cornwall Councillor Dominic Fairman, Chair of Camelford Community Network Panel, said: "This meeting of the Camelford Community Network will be focused on our new Community Network Highways Scheme. This will offer the chance for all members of our community to propose new schemes for our roads for the benefit and safety of all. Please come along and be a part of this new and exciting project for our Community Network which aims to give local people much more influence over decisions made in their area."

Camelford 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.  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. 

Camelford Community Network Panel includes the Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the following parishes: Advent, Camelford, Davidstow, Forrabury and Minster, Lesnewth, Michaelstow, Otterham, St Breward, St Clether, St Juliot, St Teath, Tintagel, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trevalga and Warbstow.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Story posted 1 June 2018

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Community safety and Community Chest grants on the agenda for Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Fri, 01/06/2018 - 12:07

Residents in the Liskeard and Looe area are invited to find out about community safety and Community Chest grants at the Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel annual general meeting on Monday 11 June at 6.30pm at St Keyne Village Hall.

The agenda and more information about the panel are available on www.cornwall.gov.uk/liskeardlooecna.  

The meeting starts with an opportunity to join in speed dating style updates on community safety matters.  There will be a presenter for each topic who will provide a five minute overview and then answer questions for 10 minutes.  Presenters will include Community Safety Officer Lucy Allison, Tri-Service Safety Officer Richard Deavall and Sharon Watts from Community Emergency Planning.

There will also be a chance to hear from local community groups that have received Community Chest grants, including Duloe Village Hall, St Martins Village Hall Trust and Liskeard Food Bank.  Each Cornwall Councillor has a small fund to assist projects run by voluntary and community groups in their area with grants of between £100 and £1,000.

In addition to this, the panel will discuss proposals to strengthen community network panels and the new Community Network Highways Scheme, which means the panel is now able to review and prioritise local schemes and has a budget of £50,000 for highways improvements in the Liskeard and Looe Community Network area.

The meeting includes an update from the panel’s Broadband Group and, as this the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair and vice chair for the year ahead.

Cornwall Councillor Armand Toms, Chair of Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for people who live or work in the Liskeard and Looe Community Network area to learn more out about local matters such as community safety and broadband coverage.  We’ll also be hearing from community groups about the difference that Community Chest grants make in our area. Everyone is welcome to join us, so please do come along.”

Liskeard and Looe 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.  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 highways issues. 

Liskeard and Looe Community Network Panel includes all eight Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 18 parishes in the community network: Deviock, Dobwalls and Trewidland, Duloe, Lanreath, Lanteglos by Fowey, Liskeard, Looe, Menheniot, Morval, Polperro, Pelynt, Quethiock, St Cleer, St Keyne, St Martin-by-Looe, St Neot, St Pinnock and Warleggan.

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Story posted 1 June 2018

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Penmount Crematorium’s dedicated gardener retires after 41 years

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 31/05/2018 - 11:42

After caring for the peaceful grounds of Truro’s Penmount Crematorium for the past 41 years Timothy John Gill has finally hung up his spade.

Tim made a huge contribution to the compassionate service that Cornwall Council’s Penmount Crematorium offers to bereaved families by caring for the horticultural features in the grounds, the memorial pieces in the children’s areas and the memorial benches.

To mark Tim’s retirement colleagues wished him well and presented him with a watch and a gift from the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Mary May. Tim also received a personal letter from Chief Executive Kate Kennally thanking him for his long service to Penmount.

Tim was a highly respected member of staff who started working at Penmount Crematorium when he was aged 17. During his time he saw the memorial gardens develop from one small area to cover 12 acres. Tim also saw various types of grounds maintenance machinery being introduced and over the years passed on his extensive horticultural knowledge, and specific knowledge about Penmount, to new staff as they joined the team.

Susan Cannan, the Bereavement Service Manager said: “On behalf of all the staff at Penmount, I thank Tim for his many years of hard work, and wish him a long and happy retirement. They broke the mould when they made Tim, he will be missed.”

The crematorium, which became part of Cornwall Council in 2009, raises money for charity annually through a number of ways including the remembrance service in June, the carol service in December and the Christmas memory tree in the flower room.

Now that he’s retired Tim plans to play golf and decorate his house, as well as tend to his own garden.

Posted 31 May 2018 

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Cornwall Council signs Unison’s Ethical Care Charter for Homecare

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 30/05/2018 - 17:44

Ethical Care Charter

Care workers in Cornwall who look after people in their own homes are to be given more support to do their work.

Cornwall Council has today signed Unison’s Ethical Care Charter which sets out a series of commitments to protect the rights of homecare workers and ensure dignity in care delivery through a consistent, well trained workforce that enable people to have continuity of care to achieve their personal outcomes.

The Charter will commit all providers to paying workers the foundation living wage, covering the costs of travel time and travel expenditure and  ensure that all care workers receive a minimum number of days training (not in their own time) each year. The Council will be exploring with providers how all workers can access an occupational sick pay scheme in the future.

The Charter also stipulates that providers should ensure that all visits allow sufficient time for the care to be carried out with personal dignity and that staff have clear and accountable processes for raising concerns.

Cornwall Council is the first authority in the South West to sign the Charter and joins several other councils across England, Scotland and Wales in signalling a commitment to improving employment conditions for care workers.

Stages 1 and 2 of the Charter will be implemented from 9 June 2018 along with elements of Stage 3. The Stage 3 requirement for an occupational sick pay scheme will be phased in over the next 3 years.

It is hoped that adopting the Charter will help improve staffing levels and enable care workers to build a sustainable career within the sector.

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults, Rob Rotchell, and Unison Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefieldsigned the agreement at New County Hall, Truro at 12pm on 30 May.

Councillor Rotchellsaid ‘the signingis a benchmark for the future of homecare in Cornwall and I am proud that Cornwall is leading the way in the South West by signing the Charter’.

“The Council commissions’ homecare workers to provide essential support to people with eligible social care needs and by helping set the employment standards through the Ethical Care Charter, we will ensure the workforce are supported to deliver high quality personalised care whilst underpinning a sustainable marketplace for Cornwall.

“Homecare provision is a challenge in Cornwall because our residents are geographically spread out and almost a quarter of our population (24%) is aged 65 or over and 21% have a limiting long-term illness. Supporting people to live in their own homes is what people say they want and it is good for them to retain their existing networks, is good for communities and families and releases pressure on our hospitals and emergency services.”

Unison Head of Local Government, Heather Wakefield, said:“This commitment to decent employment conditions for care workers is vital for improving the quality of life for the people they look after. By signing UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, Cornwall Council is signalling the end of homecare workers being rushed off their feet from appointment to appointment”.

“The Charter sets out minimum employment standards that will end the bad practices that are too common in social care. Care workers do some of the most important work in the country and they deserve to be treated with decency. They should not be on poverty pay or having to work when they are ill. They should not be isolated and they should not be afraid to raise concerns about services with their employer.

“Cornwall is to be applauded for being the latest council to sign up to the Ethical Care Charter. The county is leading the way in the South West and other councils ought to follow the Cornish example of providing better standards for care workers.”

 

Story posted 30 May 2018

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