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Jubilee Pool in the running to win a national award and we need your vote

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 10:01

The largest surviving tidal saltwater lido in the UK, Jubilee Pool, is up for a national award, and we’re asking for your vote.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) awards celebrate outstanding civil engineering achievement, innovation and ingenuity. In July 2017, Jubilee Pool secured the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards.

By winning that award, the pool has progressed to the national finals, where it will be up against stiff competition from other regional ICE winners from across the country.

We are now asking for people to cast their vote one more time and help get this Cornish treasure the national recognition it deserves.

For many years, the Friends of Jubilee Pool has championed the pool’s heritage, provided volunteers and sought the funding needed to bring it back to its former glory. Now, they are running the pool as a community benefit society and operate the pool on the community’s behalf and ensure it is an affordable amenity for one and all.

Martin Nixon, chair of the Friends of Jubilee Pool, said: “To be nominated for a national award is a tribute to the determination of the local community and the popularity of the pool. We're grateful to The Coastal Communities Fund who, in partnership with Cornwall Council, The Regional Growth Fund, Penzance Town Council and other stakeholders, enabled Cormac to renovate Jubilee Pool and ensure its survival.”

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council Leader and Chair of the Jubilee Pool Steering Group, said: “This significant restoration project has been a great success and I am extremely pleased that the renovation works at Jubilee Pool are being acknowledged on a national level.”

Nick James, head of Cormac Contracting, who undertook the renovation work, said: “Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than being able to safeguard iconic and much loved features for future generations to enjoy.

“We’re proud that our work has helped push Jubilee Pool into the national spotlight. Jubilee Pool remains one of the great engineering feats of the 20th Century, and a worldwide reminder of what great innovators the Cornish are. I’m sure our communities, and people from around the world who have spent time sampling its delights, will be out in force to vote for it.”

You can vote for Jubilee Pool on the ICE People's Choice Award 2017 webpage.

Story posted 13 November 2017

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A diabetes walking group in St Austell is transforming people’s health and happiness

NHS Cornwalll News - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 00:00
People living with diabetes have described on World Diabetes Day (November 14) how a weekly walk coordinated by St Austell Healthcare and the Eden Project has transformed their health, their lives and brought them new friends and lots of laughter.
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People of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly feeling benefits of new diabetes prevention programme

NHS Cornwalll News - Tue, 14/11/2017 - 00:00
Grandfather Peter O’Donnell is just one of 26,000 people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. But thanks to an NHS diabetes prevention programme the Portreath resident has a new lease of life.
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Carkeel improvements completed almost six months ahead of schedule

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 13/11/2017 - 12:54

Improvements to a roundabout on south east Cornwall's busiest route have been completed, improving the flow of traffic for the 40,000 vehicles driving through the junction every day.

Motorists using the A38 at Carkeel roundabout near Saltash will have noticed that the traffic cones have been removed and all evidence of construction activity gone, heralding the end of the £6m project almost six months ahead of schedule.



With around ten million vehicles each year passing through the junction, drivers using Carkeel roundabout regularly experienced delays. To combat the issue and cater for future growth planned for Saltash and Plymouth to 2030, Cornwall Council and contractors Cormac have built a larger roundabout with traffic signals, and made the approach and exit lanes bigger to increase capacity.

Engineers will continue to monitor the traffic signals over the next few months to ensure the phasing of the signals matches the demands at each arm of the roundabout.

"Traffic signals on busy roundabouts such as this one actually help to keep traffic moving and we’ve seen it work in other locations,” said Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport. “Rebuilding a roundabout at the centre of a busy junction is not an easy task and Council officers and Cormac's engineers have done a fantastic job keeping lanes open at peak times and completing the project early.

“I would also like to thank local residents and businesses, as well as motorists for their patience while these works have taken place. The long term improvements will warrant the short term inconvenience.”

James Hodge, Project Manager for CORMAC, said: “Given the volume of traffic and the reliance commuters and businesses have on this route, careful planning was required to make sure we minimised delays.

“We carried out as much of the construction work as possible at night to reduce the impact at peak times, and help keep traffic flowing despite the scale of the works being undertaken and engineering challenges involved."

The project is mainly funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund, which is investing £70m through the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) ‘Growth Deal’ programme to improve infrastructure and grow the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP’s Growth Deal aims to speed up the delivery of new homes and jobs by removing barriers to growth. Other Growth Deal projects are on site at Truro, Penryn and Redruth with more to follow.

Minister for Local Growth Jake Berry MP said: “This is a great example of a Local Enterprise Partnership using Government’s Growth Deal funding for a very worthwhile project to help local people and businesses at a vital access point for the Duchy. I’m also delighted to see that the works to the Carkeel roundabout were completed six months ahead of schedule.”

Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP said: “This is another example of LEP investment being used to support economic growth by removing a key pinch point entering Cornwall and catering for planned housing growth in the immediate area. The fact it has been completed six months ahead of schedule is a great achievement.”

This is the second phase of improvement work at the junction - building on the Highways England scheme to construct a pedestrian bridge over the A38 and adding an extra lane on the westbound approach to the roundabout.

Sally Parish, Highways England project sponsor for the A38 scheme, said: “The A38 provides a vital link from Exeter to Plymouth and South East Cornwall and we recognise the significance it plays in the economy and growth potential of the region.

“We are pleased to see early completion of this scheme, which builds on our recent improvement projects, and we will continue to work in partnership with local authorities, businesses and stakeholders to maintain and improve this vital route.”

Story posted 13 November 2017

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Drain dropped, 10th November

Just before new road layout if you are turning towards Scarlet the drain cover creates giant drop in car wheel
Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Nut Lane, Lelant
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First bricks laid for Contemporary Cornish Living homes in Tolvaddon

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/11/2017 - 16:13

Brick laying at Contemporary Cornish Living Tolvaddon site by Cllr Joyce Duffin and Cllr Andrew Mitchell

This week the first bricks were laid at the Tolvaddon Contemporary Cornish Living site. Works have begun for 38 new homes - the first to be built under Cornwall Council’s Contemporary Cornish Living scheme to provide attractive, high quality homes that people can afford in areas of high demand.

The development will include a mixture of one, two and three bedroom homes and will include nine open market sale and 18 open market rental properties as well as eight affordable rental and three affordable sale properties. The first homes built will be completed in Spring 2018, with the full development completed by the end of 2018.

Local residents were invited to community consultation events in February to comment on the size and style of the homes they think should be built. The feedback from these events has shaped the development.

Some of the changes which were made following the consultation include making homes more flexible so that they can be adapted to meet changing needs, making sure that they are suitable for a wide range of residents, and ensuring they can adapt to the user over the course of their lifetime by maximising available space, such as roof spaces. The homes will also be energy efficient so they are cost effective to heat.

Councillor Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Cornwall needs more good quality homes, both to rent and to buy, and the market alone can’t meet this demand.  This scheme will see the Council directly invest in and build attractive, high quality homes that people can afford in areas of high demand.  We aim to deliver up to 1000 homes in the next 4 years, in developments that reflect the needs of the local community.”

Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Councillor for Pool and Tehidy, said: “I am pleased to see the Contemporary Cornish Living Tolvaddon construction is underway and I look forward to future schemes building on this delivery experience to incorporate the highest possible quality of Cornwall’s design expertise that will reflect the Cornish architectural vernacular whilst emphasising the delivery of homes our local communities so desperately need.”

The Tolvaddon site is one of two pilot sites being progressed by Contemporary Cornish Living, with the other in Bodmin on the former St Lawrence’s Hospital site.  The Contemporary Cornish Living scheme will be rolled out to other sites across Cornwall with an ambition to deliver 1,000 homes by 2022. The proposed housing developments will be self-financing. The Council will use the money raised from renting and selling the homes to pay back the money it will borrow to undertake the developments.

More information about the Bodmin and Tolvaddon schemes is available on the Cornwall Council Contemporary Cornish Living webpage..

Story posted 09 November 2017

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‘Making Space for Nature’ and Smartline projects on the agenda for the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/11/2017 - 14:06

Residents of the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) Community Network Panel area are invited to the November meeting of the CPIR Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include the ‘Making Space for Nature’ and Smartline projects as well as a presentation about strengthening community networks.

All are invited to attend the CPIR Community Network Panel meeting which takes place on Wednesday 22 November between 7pm and 9pm at Pool Innovation Centre, Pool.

Melissa Ralph and Lisa Pender, from Cornwall Council’s Green infrastructure for Growth project, will be attending the panel to give a presentation about the ‘Making Space for Nature Project.’ Cornwall Council has secured funding for the project which will see a major investment in local urban green spaces across a number of Cornish towns as part of the Green Infrastructure for Growth (GI4G) project. £3.5 million will be spent over the next 3 years on public recreational areas, roadside verges and old churchyards to make them better places for people and for wildlife. Seven Cornish towns have been identified to receive investment through GI4G including Camborne, Pool and Redruth.

Coastline Housing will also be attending the Panel to discuss Smartline, an exciting research project looking at how technology can be used to help us live healthier and happier lives. The partnership project is led by the University of Exeter with Coastline Housing Ltd, Cornwall Council and Volunteer Cornwall.

In addition there will be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The briefing from Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods will include information on empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

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

Cornwall Councillor Ian Thomas, Chair of Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel, said: “The Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel is a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to ask questions about local issues so please do come along and take part.”

The Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including 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.

The panel comprises all fourteen Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives from the ten parishes in the Camborne, Redruth, Illogan and Pool Community Network - Camborne Pendarves, Camborne Roskear, Camborne Trelowarren, Camborne Treslothan, Camborne Treswithian, Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, Four Lanes, Illogan, Lanner and Stithians, Mount Hawke and Portreath, Pool and Tehidy, Redruth Central, Redruth North and Redruth South.

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

Story posted 09 November 2017

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Council gears up to keep Cornwall safe this winter

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Thu, 09/11/2017 - 13:14

With the winter approaching, Cornwall’s gritters are on standby to deal with forecasts for ice and snow.

Having put together the annual winter service plan, the Council and CORMAC are reminding members of the public to make sure that they drive safely according to the road and weather conditions. 

Why do we salt roads?


The Council is responsible for over 7,520 kilometres (4,530 miles) of roads – one of the largest road networks in the country - ranging from principal roads to narrow country lanes.  Last year the authority spent £1million keeping Cornwall’s roads safe during the winter with the fleet of gritting lorries using 5,300 tonnes of salt on the 53 days when gritting took place. 

The authority carries out precautionary salting on 25 routes covering around 1,400 km (875 miles) of the road network, including the most heavily trafficked A and B roads in Cornwall which, between them, are responsible for around 85% of traffic movements.  On behalf of the Council, CORMAC also treats the roads to key sites such as hospitals, minor injury units, ambulance and fire stations, bus stations and secondary schools.  The routes to, and the circulatory system within, Liskeard Railway Station, St Austell Railway and Bus Station, St Ives Malakof Bus Station and Penzance Bus Station, are also included in gritting schedule as well as the roads to a further 10 health or community centres – Callington, Camborne, Falmouth, Gunnislake, Helston, Mullion, Saltash, St Keverne, Tintagel and Truro – adding a further 1,140 metres to the salting network.

How does the Council decide when to send out the gritters?



The A30 from the boundary with Devon to Penzance and the A38, which are the main trunk roads through Cornwall, are the responsibility of Highways England which manages its own winter service. Highways England uses Cornwall Council’s salt barns as the base for its own gritting operations.

It takes around three hours to treat each of the Council’s 25 pre salting routes.  CORMAC staff are on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week – including Christmas Day - to enable them to respond to emergency situations at very short notice.

The salt used by the Council is provided from salt mines in Northern Ireland.  Every year the Council pre orders salt which is then stored in a number of covered barns based in highways depots throughout Cornwall. It currently has around 16,000 tonnes of salt ready for use this winter stored at seven locations across Cornwall and will, as usual, buy additional stock during the winter months if required.

Salting of roads is a precautionary treatment to reduce the freezing point of water in frosty conditions and is designed to reduce the possibility of skidding or more serious accidents.  However it is important to remember that even on pre-treated roads salting will not stop heavy snow from settling and sleet, hail and rain can cause problems with the salt being washed off the road.  It will also not prevent the formation of black ice when rain falls on sub zero roads.

“We usually aim to carry out salting before freezing occurs but Cornwall’s climate means that we are often faced with the problem of near freezing temperatures combined with showers” said Andy Stevenson, the Council’s Head of Highways. “If the salt is washed off roads which have been treated by subsequent rain, sleet or hail showers, the road surfaces are likely to freeze. We can never guarantee that roads will be free of ice and would urge all drivers to ensure that they drive according to the existing road and weather conditions.”

CORMAC staff monitor the weather conditions throughout the day and night, liaising closely with forecasters specifically employed for this task.  They also use information from 22 roadside sensors which measure road surface temperature and other factors such as salt levels, precipitation, air temperature, dew point and wind speed which is then relayed back to both the forecasters and highways staff.  This information is used to decide if and when to carry out the pre-salting treatments.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said “Although the Council and other agencies work hard to manage winter weather please check forecasts before you travel.

“Don’t assume a road has been treated, drive carefully and think of others – it can take up to ten times longer to stop in icy conditions so please reduce speed and keep a reasonable distance between yourself and other vehicles, look out for pedestrians and cyclists and, be especially careful on minor roads, driving according to the weather and road conditions you are experiencing – a road can be treacherously icy, especially in the morning, even if the sun is shining.

“If you find a dangerous situation on any road please – safely – let the Council know.”

Top tips for preparing for winter driving


This year as in previous years, the Council will be using Twitter (@CornwallCouncil) to provide information about disruptions to services such as school closures caused by the snow and ice. Information on school closures is also available on our website

You can also follow @CormacLtd on Twitter for details of when the gritters will be going out across Cornwall.

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Cornwall Council confirms further savings will be needed in budget

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 08/11/2017 - 16:53

Cornwall Council today confirmed it is facing a budget gap with £75 million savings needing to be found over the next four years.

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council Julian German said uncertainties around Brexit, social care funding and welfare reforms all add to a complex picture.

“Like other local authorities across the country, Cornwall Council is facing less funding from central Government, as well as increased pressure as a result of rising demand for services. This means that despite the £300 million savings we have already made, we still have considerable savings to find in the years to come.

“The main grant we receive from central government will be significantly reduced by 2019/20, so we need to find additional ways to fund services. At the same time, demand for our services continues to rise year on year, particularly those services for vulnerable children and adults.

“Cornwall Council provides a huge range of essential services to the people of Cornwall. When times are tough, it is more important than ever to spend resources wisely.

“Each year we prioritise spending on services that make sure children and young people get the best start in life, that communities feel the benefit of economic growth and that support vulnerable residents to live independently.

“To continue to do this we need to make difficult decisions about council tax and we have to look at reducing services.”

Councillor German said the Council would continue to look for ways to improve services, making them more efficient and prioritising frontline services.

“The challenges we face, while difficult, are something we can address with community support. Over the past few years you have told us what you thought about our proposals for savings. Your feedback, thoughts and suggestions have informed the decisions about the budget we have set each year.

“Our aspiration for the future is for people, organisations and businesses to work together to ensure that residents continue to receive the services they need.”

Cornwall Council runs a large number of services including schools, social services, rubbish collection, roads, planning, trading standards, fire and rescue and more. The draft budget for 2018-2022 will be discussed by the Cornwall Council Cabinet on Wednesday 15 November. Members of the public can attend the meeting or watch the webcast live from 10am on Wednesday 15 November. After the meeting, public feedback will be sought on the budget proposals until the end of the year. The final budget is submitted to full Council for decision in February 2018.

Story posted 8 November 2017

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Highway maintenance and strengthening community networks on the agenda for the West Penwith Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 08/11/2017 - 15:11

Residents of the West Penwith Community Network Panel area are invited to the November meeting of the West Penwith Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda will include highway maintenance, strengthening community networks, local police liaison and Coastal Community Teams.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 16 November 2017, between 7.00pm and 8.30pm, in St John's Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance.

James Hardy, Cornwall Council Community Link Officer for West Penwith, will provide an update on Coastal Community Teams and their local projects as well as providing a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The briefing will include information on empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

In addition officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways & Environment team will be attending the meeting to provide an update on highways maintenance. An officer from Devon and Cornwall Police will also be attending the meeting to discuss the establishment of the Police Liaison group.

The Panel will have an opportunity to ask any questions and give feedback. 

Cornwall Councillor Sue Nicholas, Chair of the West Penwith Community Network Panel, said: “The Community Network Panel is a great opportunity for Town and Parish representatives alongside local residents to find out more, and ask questions about  issues on a local level. I welcome everyone to come along and be part of the discussion.”

The West Penwith Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to 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.

The panel comprises all nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 15 Town and Parish Councils in the West Penwith Community Network - Ludgvan, Madron, Marazion, Morvah, Paul, Penzance, Perranuthnoe, Sancreed, Sennen, St. Buryan, St. Hilary, St. Just In Penwith, St. Levan, St. Michael's Mount and Zennor.

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

Story posted 8 November 2017

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Council commissions work to encourage investment in Cornwall

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 08/11/2017 - 13:51

Cornwall Council today stood by the decision to commission work which will help attract millions of pounds of investment into Cornwall.

Council Leader Adam Paynter said it was important for Cornwall to have a competitive edge to create more jobs and bring new business investment to Cornwall.

“The reality is that Cornwall is facing a future with less EU funding post Brexit and we need to look at private sector support to secure a sustainable future for the people of Cornwall. 

“We have the second fastest-growing tech sector in the country, we’re building a world-leading aerospace industry, we’re the headquarters for huge social enterprises like the Eden Project and we have an ever growing food industry that would be the pride of many other areas of the UK. These are the assets we need to tell the world about and show why it is a good decision to invest here.

“We need to attract investment to provide well paid local jobs, grow businesses, and contribute more in business rates which will in turn help us deliver more local services and build more homes and infrastructure.”

President of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Toby Parkins said: “International companies need a clear prospectus of what Cornwall has to offer. One of our challenges is how we move beyond the Poldark and pasties view of Cornwall to gain a competitive edge and build an identity in the way that places like the Northern Powerhouse and Hull have. We have to be innovative and outward thinking in how we do this.”

The work, which was secured through an open and competitive tender and is not yet complete, was informed by more than 126 meetings, focus groups and consultations were held with business, public agencies, councillors and council officers representing research and innovation, community and voluntary sector, environment and climate, agri-business, transport and infrastructure, tourism, culture and heritage.

The project will cost £75,000 and is co-funded by the LEP and the Council. Recommendations to create a strategic vision for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were considered at full Council on 6 October 2016. 

Story posted 8 November 2017

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Council calls for fair changes to UK immigration policy after Brexit

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Wed, 08/11/2017 - 12:31

Cornwall Council is calling on the Government to make sure future migration laws deliver the right skills for the Cornish economy to prosper after we exit the EU -  with new research showing that Cornish farms are already unable to fully harvest crops this year due to a sharp fall in migrant labour. 

Recent research commissioned by Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership found changes to migration laws after Brexit could lead to multi-million pound losses to the Cornish economy if the horticultural industry can’t access the skills and workforce it needs.  The research found that following the Brexit vote, recruitment immediately became more difficult for horticultural farms, harvests could not be lifted in full and staffing requirements were already dwindling to 65% of need.

Around 17,000 EU nationals are estimated to be living and working in Cornwall -  approximately three per cent of the total population.  There is no evidence that migrant labour is displacing the local workforce.

David Simmons of Riviera Produce, one of the biggest producers in Cornwall predicted dire impacts: “If we put strict limits on Eastern European migrant labour or devise alternative immigration policies that limit so-called ‘low-skilled’ labour, the Cornish horticultural industry is finished.”

Council Leader Adam Paynter called for Government to take a place-based approach to future migration and workforce. “Many of our major industries such as horticulture could be severely impacted and are already feeling the pinch with some of our crops rotting in the fields following a sharp fall in the number of EU workers.

“We are working with local partners to improve skills and employment for local people, but there will always be an important place in the Cornish economy for seasonal and migrant workers, particularly in the horticultural industry. We are calling on the Government to take a place-based approach to future migration, to make sure that the Cornish economy has access to skills which may not be highly valued in London but which are vital to a major rural economy like ours”.

Sandra Rothwell, chief executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership said: “What this study demonstrates is that there are parts of the Cornish economy that are heavily reliant on migrant labour and that any  emerging policy on movement of EU nationals must take this into account. We cannot afford a one-size fits all solution or the continued uncertainty that has already started to blight the labour market.”

Read the Council's full response to the Migration Advisory Committee on EEA workers

Story posted 8 November 2017

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Governing Body meeting

NHS Cornwall Events - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:00
Information on NHS Kernow's November Governing Body meeting.
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Invitation to hear from South West Water at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:47

Residents of the Truro and Roseland Community Network area are being invited to attend the November meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include South West Water and plans to give local communities more say on local issues.

All are invited to attend the Network Panel meeting which takes place on Tuesday 14 November 2017 between 7pm and 9pm at Richard Lander School, Truro.

Representatives from South West Water will be attending to answer panel members’ questions and explaining the existing sewage treatment network systems. They will explain South West Water’s plan to cope with future development in relation to waste water (sewage) and the large scale proposed developments to the West of Truro.

There will be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision on 6 September to strengthen engagement with local communities and give them a greater voice through Community Network Panels. The briefing from Mark O’Brien, Community Link Officer for the network area, will include information on empowering panels by giving them more of a say on important local issues.

At the meeting there will be an opportunity for local residents to ask any questions they may have. There will also be details on how people can give their views on what services are important to them and the Council’s draft budget proposals for next year at public engagement sessions in November and December.

Chris Wells Chairman of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel and a Truro City Councillor said: “Everyone is invited to attend November’s Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting and hear from South West Water. These panel meetings are good way for local people to find out more about what’s happening in their local community and to have their say. Everyone’s welcome to come along and find out more.”

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly 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. 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.

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 Parish Councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkevil, Tregony and Veryan.

People can keep up to date with what’s happening in this area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area page: www.facebook.com/TruroRoselandCNA.

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

Posted 7 November 2017

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Truro Safe donations used to help those most in need

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 06/11/2017 - 16:16

The kind contributions from those who have given to one of Truro Safe Donations Points are being used by local organisations to directly help people on the City’s streets.

The Truro Safe Partnership consists of services from Cornwall Council along with Truro City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Truro BID, Truro Street Pastors and other local representatives; and is coordinated by the Council’s Community Link Officer.

In April the Truro Safe Partnership launched donation points across Truro making it easy for people to donate money to the charities supporting vulnerable individuals to move away from a life on the streets.

Along with the donation points Truro Safe distributed an information leaflet across the city called ‘Different Issues, The Same Streets’ for businesses, locals and visitors. This explains how the partners are responding to the different issues of street drinking, begging and rough sleeping by providing on the ground assertive outreach support to help individuals make positive changes.

To remind people that the work of the Partnership is ongoing Truro Safe are redistributing the leaflet across the city.

The Truro Safe partners also recently agreed that the collections from the Donation Points will go to St. Petroc’s and New Start so they can buy some essential kit to give to those assessed as most in need.

Steve Ellis, Chief Executive of St Petroc’s Society, commented that: “Cornwall currently has the third highest number of rough sleepers/street homeless in the UK. St Petroc’s has long recognised that only through partnership working will we be able to effectively reduce these numbers and then ensure that they do not grow again in the future. The Truro Safe Partnership is a great innovation and the thoughtful donations have meant that we’ve been able to buy items to help meet individuals’ needs.”

On behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police, Acting Inspector for Truro Jason Adams added that: “This is an excellent example of bringing partners together to find a long term solution to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society. The generosity of the people of Cornwall and beyond is integral to the success of this project, especially as we move towards the winter period.”

Cornwall Councillor Bert Biscoe, Divisional Member for Truro Boscawen: “Life on the street is often very complicated, needing many different things to occur to provide meaningful help to people. This is an opportunity to share the donated cash to help them.”

There are currently eight donation boxes being hosted by businesses in the City including at the Visit Truro tourist office on Boscawen Street, NatWest, Warrens Bakery in High Cross, Superdry, Sole Place, Wetherspoons, Tesco and Truro Methodist Church. Extra donation boxes have been ordered so that other local businesses and venues can get involved.

The partnership is continuing to meet regularly to ensure that anyone who finds themselves on the streets is provided with the most appropriate accommodation and support that helps them to address their needs.   

Truro Safe is part of Safer Cornwall the statutory body aiming to improve community safety across Cornwall. The on-the-ground assertive outreach work to support rough sleepers and vulnerable individuals is ongoing and taking place, via the Safer Cornwall partnership, in other towns in Cornwall, including St Austell, Penzance and Camborne.

For more information about Truro Safe and for a copy of the Same Issues, Different Streets leaflet visit http://safercornwall.co.uk/make-a-difference/truro/.

If you’re a business that would like to host a Truro Safe donation box please contact Truro BID on 01872 273999.

Story posted 6 November 2017

Categories: Councils, Politics

Helston farmer banned from keeping sheep and cattle

Cornwall Council - Latest News - Mon, 06/11/2017 - 16:14

A 76 year old farmer from Cury, Helston has been banned from keeping sheep and cattle following legal action by Cornwall Council.

At Bodmin Magistrates Court on 02 November 2017, Mr Gerald Benney pleaded guilty to:

1)   Failing to dispose of 35 sheep carcasses on 28 March 2017

2)   Causing unnecessary suffering to 5 sheep on 28 March 2017 by failing to treat their lameness

3)   Failing to keep medicine records on 17 August 2017

4)   On 17 August 2017 mutilating ten 5 month old lambs by using a kitchen knife to dock their tails

5)   On 17 August 2017 causing unnecessary suffering to four sheep by failing to treat their lameness.

Mr Benney stated the issues were caused by him suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and having a heart condition, which meant he rarely left the house during the winter.

District Judge Diana Baker told Mr Benney that the case was one of the worst that she had recently dealt with and if it were not for his age and that he was in poor health, he would have been sent into immediate custody.

Mr Benney was sentenced to four months custody for the welfare offences, two months custody for failing to keep medicine records and one month for failing to dispose of the carcasses.  These were suspended for two years.

He was further disqualified from keeping sheep and cattle for 10 years and ordered to pay the full costs of £6329 within seven days.  A victim surcharge of £115 was also imposed.

Cornwall Council’s  Head of Business Standards and Registration Service, Stuart Benson, said: “This investigation involved some serious animal welfare matters.  Thirty-three lambs were left to die in fields, over 10 ewes had not been treated for severe lameness and in some cases the sheep were walking on bleeding hoofless feet.”

Jonathan McCulloch, Cornwall Council’s Animal Health Inspector who led the case said: “After 19 years I thought I had seen most things, but I was appalled at Mr Benney using a kitchen knife to cut off ten sheep tails. It showed a complete lack of empathy for these animals”. 

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection said: “Our Animal Health Inspectors normally work with farmers, small holders and businesses across Cornwall to ensure compliance with legislation. However, this serious neglect of animals could not be tolerated.”  

 

Story posted 06 November 2017

Categories: Councils, Politics
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