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Forestry and strengthening community networks on the agenda for Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:50

Residents of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel area are invited to attend the November meeting of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, items on the agenda include strengthening community networks, forestry and local policing. 

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 28 November 2017, between 7pm and 9pm, at Falmouth Town Council, The Moor, Falmouth.

There will be a briefing on Cornwall Council’s Cabinet decision of 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 and Mark James, Cornwall Council Community Link Officer for the area, will include information on how panels can have more of a say on important local issues.

Nick Cooper, Cornwall Council Forestry Officer, will give an update on Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and what this means for Town and Parish Councils. There will also be an update on local policing from Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Ian Thomas.

Cornwall Councillor Bastin, Chair of the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Panel, said: “The November Falmouth & Penryn Community Network Panel meeting provides a great opportunity for residents to find out more about local issues and to also have their say about how the Panel can strengthen its engagement with the local community so I encourage everyone to come along.”

The Falmouth and Penryn 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 nine Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the nine parishes in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network - Budock, Constantine, Falmouth, Mabe, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St Gluvias.   

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

Story posted 17 November 2017

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Cornwall’s Lord Lieutenant presents British Empire Medals to five Local Community Heroes

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:49

Five people awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours attended a special ceremony at Mount Edgcumbe House on Monday 13 November where Colonel Edward Bolitho, The Lord Lieutenant and Her Majesty’s representative for The Queen in Cornwall thanked each of them for their service to their communities.

During the ceremony in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Edgcumbe Country House and Park, hosted by the Chairman of Cornwall Council, Councillor Mary May, Colonel Edward Bolitho presented medals to people awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday honours in front of their family and friends.  The ceremony was the first to be held in East Cornwall.

The recipients were:

Mrs Ruby Ditcher BEM Callington, for services to the community in Tavistock, Devon and Callington. Ruby ran the hugely successful Tavistock Church Annual Christmas Bazaar for 24 years.  She raised over £100,000 and made a huge contribution to the refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed building.

Mr Peter Lavers BEM Torpoint,for services to the community in the Rame Peninsular. Peter has been a committed volunteer and fundraiser for the Rame Peninsular branch of the RNLI and has been credited with much of its success.  He has been a local Parish Councillor including a term as Vice Chairman and now volunteers for Mount Edgcumbe. 

Mr Alan Skews BEM Callington, for services to the community in Callington Cornwall. Alan is a long serving Postman for Callington and a retained fireman since 1990.  Alongside his post round he is always willing to go the extra mile for anyone who needs help, be it changing lightbulbs, cooking meals and giving lifts to hospital. 

Mrs Gill Smith BEM Penzance, for services to Children and Families. Gill founded Gooseberry Bush Nursery in Camborne in 1991.  It is run as a charity and Gill recently raised funds to open a further nursery with Rosemellin Primary School. She recognised the need for support for families in the area and has supported countless children and families in overcoming their disadvantages to achieve the best start they can. 

Mr John Tivnan BEM Torpoint, for services to Local Government and the community. John has dedicated himself to the community of Torpoint for many years.  He set up the Torpoint Community Events Company to support the Christmas lights, and the organisation has supported many other events.  He has raised an incredible amount for the Poppy Appeal, one year over £22,000.  Every year he arranges a presentation evening to recognise individuals and businesses which have helped the appeal.

All of the recipients are outstanding examples of those who selflessly give to their communities and whose efforts are recognised by The Queen with the British Empire Medal.

The Lord Lieutenant spoke of his admiration for those receiving the award saying “Again Cornwall has shown that there are those in the heart of its communities who give selflessly of their time to others and achieve magnificent things.  I am extremely proud to present these medals on behalf of The Queen to these much deserving people.”

Councillor Mary May, Chairman of Cornwall Council said “It is heart-warming and gives you faith in our communities to know that there are so many people who give so much to the people of their towns and villages.  This reflects that the community spirit in Cornwall is strong and I am delighted to say thank you to them all in person.”

 

Story posted 17 November 2017 

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Two Cornwall Council social workers nominated for prestigious awards

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:48

Two social workers from Cornwall Council have been selected as finalists in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017.

Principal Social Worker Ali Bell and social work student Suzanne Rowe are amongst 81 social workers and social work teams from across England who have been selected as finalists across 16 different categories, celebrating the achievements of practitioners in both children’s and adult services.

The winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2017’.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony in London in November, which is the leading celebration of its kind in the sector and recognises the success of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers.

Suzanne, who works in adult services, has been nominated for the Student Social Worker of the Year Award which is given to the student studying social work at university, who is surpassing expectations in their practical placements and in their understanding of the theory of social work practice. 

Ali, who works in children’s services, has been shortlisted for the Practice Educator of the Year Award, which recognises the pivotal role that practice educators have in guiding and supporting social work students, newly qualified social workers, and learners at all stages to develop in their careers.

Rob Rotchell, the Cabinet Member for Adults and Sally Hawken, the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services are also delighted with news of the nominations. “It's great to see two of our social workers nominated for such prestigious awards. Council social workers have an incredibly difficult job, but it’s an important job that helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Rob said.

"Social work is a job centred on people - working with individuals and families to help improve their lives, from protecting vulnerable people from harm or abuse to supporting people to live independently.  Social workers often work in complex social circumstances where there are no clear answers and you need a range of skills to achieve the best possible results for people. Ali and Suzanne are fantastic role models for their profession,” Sally added.

“We think all our social workers are outstanding, but to have two social workers from Cornwall shortlisted as finalists in different categories this year is brilliant news,” said Trevor Doughty, Strategic Director Children, Families and Adults.

Ali said: “I was very surprised to find out I was nominated and was incredibly touched to read the testimonials. I was humbled by what people said and am proud that the work I do has made a difference.”

Suzanne, who studied through the Open University, said: “I’ve learnt to foster a more in-depth approach to viewing the person and their problems as a whole. I’ve also learnt to treat people as human beings, give them respect and have some trust and compassion - don’t assume the worst of them before you know their best.”

We believe that the people of Cornwall deserve the best and we put their needs at the heart of everything we do. Our social workers share our determination to make a difference to their lives and make a brighter future.

One of our key priorities is to make sure children and adults are safe and we work together with a wide range of partners to help and protect them. 

Our children’s social workers work in a wide range of situations where children, young people and families might need support. These include caring for family members and supporting those experiencing problems with family relationships and conflicts, and facing difficulties as a result of disability, including feeling isolated within the community and experiencing practical problems with money or housing. 

Our Adult Social Care social workers play a leading role in delivering services to disabled and older people in our communities, seeking to ensure that they can maintain their independence living in their own homes for as long as possible.  Our vision is for a personalised, person centered approach which emphasises choice and control and promotes prevention, inclusion and wellbeing.  Our social workers are developing positive partnerships with colleagues from a wide range of different professions and agencies across Cornwall to prevent ill health and ensure care at home is at the heart of health and social care plans for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

 

Story posted 17 November 2017 

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Cornwall Council continues to work with partners to repair road and support residents and businesses in Coverack

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:53

Work is continuing today to repair the main road into Coverack and support the local residents and businesses which were affected by the devastating flash floods which swept through the village on Tuesday evening.

Yesterday the Council confirmed that it expected the road to re open early next week, significantly earlier than originally predicted, and today teams from CORMAC will be continuing to work on reconstructing and then resurfacing the stretch of road damaged by the floods with 150 tonnes of new tarmac. Once this has been completed the road will be re opened under traffic light control.

Local Cornwall Councillor Julian Rand has been supporting the local community throughout the devastating event and has praised the way everyone has pulled together .

"The response to this extremely damaging event by the local inhabitants has been amazing - brave, resilient, working to help one another and doing so with a smile” he said. “Cornwall Council’s response has been fast and very effective and, together with the hard work of the Cormac teams, shows how much a well co-ordinated approach can achieve. All the residents I have spoken to have been extremely appreciative of the work which has been carried out to date.

“My sincere thanks go to the Council Leader, Adam Paynter, and all my Council and officer colleagues, to Cormac and to members of the Localism team who are co-ordinating all responses and providing affected residents with advice , information and practical help. I would also like to thank local businesses, including the Paris Hotel, the Village Shop, Bookers and so many others for their ongoing help.

“I pray that it will not be too long before this lovely seaside village is fully restored to its former glory."

Council staff will be at the Paris Hotel to provide advice and support to residents between 10am and 4pm today (Saturday 22 July) and tomorrow, and early next week and will ensure an ongoing commitment to the community. People can also access assistance via the Council’s helpline 0800 7313247.

Skips are available for rubbish and arrangements are now in place for people needing to dispose of larger household items such as sofas and carpets.

People wishing to volunteer can also contact the Council’s helpline on 0800 731 3247. The Council is working with Volunteer Cornwall to coordinate where help is most needed.

The Cornwall Community Foundation can provide financial assistance to affected residents needing immediate help. Details on how to access this can be obtained from the Community Link Officers or from the Cornwall Council helpline - 0800 731 3247.

Work has progressed on providing temporary parking on the outskirts of the village, and an Age UK Cornwall shuttle bus will be operating next week, from Monday 24 July, between the local Community Primary School field to the centre of the village between 9am and 4.30pm every day until the road is re-opened.

The Council’s website has useful information on flood recovery www.cornwall.gov.uk/coverack and we will be posting updates specifically about what is happening in Coverack. For further information on the road reconstruction see CORMAC’s Coverack page which will be updated daily.

People who wish to make a donation can do so via Cornwall Live’s just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CornwallLive and anyone wanting to offer practical help can call the helpline 0800 731 3247.

Story posted 22 July 2017

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Cornwall Council announces road into Coverack expected to open next week

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:52

With recovery efforts still in full swing, the main road into Coverack is expected to open next week after devastating floods hit the small community, significantly ahead of the original projected timescales. The news was shared with residents at a meeting hosted by Cornwall Council and held at the Paris Hotel in Coverack this morning.

Councillor Geoff Brown, the Cabinet Member for Transport, told the meeting around 40 CORMAC staff had been working on repairing the damage caused by the floods since Tuesday evening. “It’s fantastic news that we expect to re-open the road into the village early next week. Subject to the weather we expect reconstruction work to be finished over the weekend, with the road resurfaced and open next week. “

100 tonnes of debris were cleared from the road through the village on Wednesday to allow access to the nursing home and enable people access to their properties. A further 250 tonnes of material was removed yesterday.

CORMAC teams have also been checking and clearing highways drains and culverts, as well as re grading private lanes to ensure that residents can access their properties.

Council Leader Adam Paynter also attended the residents meeting and acknowledged the efforts of all involved. “It has been truly impressive the way agencies, volunteers and the local community have pulled together. There have been some remarkable examples of individuals and organisations going over and above to help others, from local businesses donating goods and equipment to the many volunteer organisations who have pitched in to help.

“It’s fantastic news that the road is due to be re-opened earlier than expected and a real testament to CORMAC for their hard work and commitment. I am sure that no-one who saw the level of damage caused to the road would have thought that it could re open to traffic in a week.

“While a tremendous amount has been achieved over the past four days, there is still more to do - all the partners are working as a team to support the village and we will continue until all this work has been completed.

“I would specifically like to acknowledge the owners of the Paris Hotel who have generously allowed Council staff to use their premises as a base to meet with local residents”.

Local Cornwall Councillor Julian Rand has also been in the village to offer his help and support to those affected by the flooding and has praised the strength of community spirit and the support which has been provided by the agencies and voluntary organisations.

Council staff will remain at the Paris Hotel to provide advice and support to residents between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 22 and Sunday 24 July, as well as every day next week. People can also access assistance via the Council’s helpline 0800 731 3247.

Skips are available for rubbish and arrangements are now in place for people needing to dispose of larger household items such as sofas and carpets.

People wishing to volunteer can also contact the Council’s helpline on 0800 7313247. Council is working with Volunteer Cornwall to coordinate where help is most needed.

The Cornwall Community Foundation can provide financial assistance to affected residents needing immediate help. Details on how to access this can be obtained from the Community Link Officers or from the Cornwall Council helpline - 0800 731 3247.

Work has progressed on providing temporary parking on the outskirts of the village, and an Age UK Cornwall shuttle bus will be operating next week, from Monday 24 July, between the local Community Primary School field to the centre of the village between 9am and 4.30pm every day until the road is re-opened. We are very grateful to the school for letting us use their field and Age UK for responding so quickly.

Potential pollution from a broken sewer line remains a health concern. While there are no reported issues with mains supply drinking water, the breach of the main sewage line means the local streams and beach may be contaminated. Precautionary warning signs have been placed near the beach and two local streams while works are carried out to repair the breach.

People are advised not to go near the water and if they come in contact with the water to make sure they wash their hands and follow good hygiene practices. Precautions should also be taken with regards to pets and livestock.

Anyone who gets their drinking water from a private water supply such as a borehole, spring or well which has potentially been covered by floodwater is advised to look out for a change in water quality, such as the water becoming discoloured or there is a change in taste or smell, should assume the water is unsafe to drink unless boiled and should continue to use boiled water for drinking and bathing until the supply has been tested and shown to be safe.

People with private drainage such as septic tank or cess pits are also being advised to have them checked to ensure that they are still operating correctly after the floods.

The Council’s website has useful information on flood recovery www.cornwall.gov.uk/coverack and we will be posting updates specifically about what is happening in Coverack. For further information on the road reconstruction see CORMAC’s Coverack page which will be updated daily.

People who wish to make a donation can do so via Cornwall Live’s just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/CornwallLive and anyone wanting to offer practical help can call the helpline 0800 731 3247.

Story posted 21 July 2017

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Cornwall one of the lowest areas in England for new HIV diagnosis

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:51

Cornwall now has the second lowest rate of new HIV diagnosis across England and the rate of late diagnosis, which has been a problem in Cornwall for some years, is now dropping faster than the national rate.

The rate of HIV testing coverage is also significantly better than the national average at 77.3% vs 67.7%.

This week Cornwall Council is supporting the national HIV testing week campaign, and although rates for late diagnosis are dropping, there is still more work to be done.  One in five people do not know that they are living with the virus as initial symptoms can be missed.

Dr Caroline Court, Interim Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said “This data reflects a partnership approach to tackling HIV, but also shows we can’t afford to be complacent and need to continue the drive around reducing the number of late diagnosis.

“The best advice to prevent HIV is to use condoms when having sex, especially if relationships are overlapping. It’s quick and easy to have a HIV test, and you can even order these online if you’re eligible. Free condoms are available for those who are eligible through Cornwall Council’s Health Promotion Service and the Sexual Health Hub at Treliske.

“We’re also encouraging GP’s to think about wider screening for HIV, and to look at past history of patients who may have contracted the virus while away working, or on holiday overseas in countries such as Thailand and some African countries,”

Cornwall’s comprehensive, multi-agency sexual health programming has contributed to the improved HIV profile. Providers include Eddystone Trust, Brook, Kernow Positive Support, Healthy Gay Cornwall, and the Sexual Health Hub at Treliske.

Dr Kathryn Eccleston, Consultant in GU/HIV Medicine at Royal Cornwall Hospital’s The Hub added:  “This is encouraging news, we continue to recommend testing early and frequently for HIV if you have concerns about risk. HIV is a treatable condition which should not impact on any aspect of your life if diagnosed early.  Please book an appointment if you would like to test or to obtain further advice. On-line booking is available or call 01872 255044”

Andrew Evans, Director of Operations & Finance at The Eddystone Trust, a local HIV and sexual health charity said: “We are aiming to reach our target of testing 200 people across the South West over the next few weeks and we encourage anyone who might be at risk to come and get a free confidential test, and get your result in less than 20 minutes.

“Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and when the amount of the virus in your blood is reduced to undetectable levels, this means you cannot pass on HIV. Testing puts you in control and is nothing to be feared.”

Advice on sexual health, contraception and location of C-Card and sexual health services can be accessed on the Cornwall SHAC website.

Story posted 16 November.

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How would you allocate the budget for Council services? Public consultation opens today

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 16:41

Feedback from residents and businesses across Cornwall could make a real difference  in helping to shape the Council’s spending in the next four years, Julian German, the Deputy Leader said today as Cornwall Council launched the public consultation on the new four year budget and business plan.

The Council has already saved nearly £300m since 2010, but will need to find a further £75m in savings over the next four years to balance the budget and continue to provide essential services.

Key measures in the budget include proposals for an increase in Council tax by 4.99% including a 3% increase for adult social care, an increase in charges for some services and a reduction in some services or to stop providing them altogether.

Deputy Leader German said the Council would continue to look for ways to improve services making them more efficient and prioritising frontline services and residents’ views could make the difference.

“In past years you have told us what you thought about our proposals for savings. This feedback has helped inform the decisions we make.  This year, your views are more important than ever.

“No matter what is set out in the draft budget, no decisions have been made yet and the Council will listen to residents’ and partners’ views before finalising the budget next year.”

Residents can have their say on the Council’s draft budget in a number of ways:

Complete our survey online

In person: You can attend one of our budget consultation public meetings:

  • Liskeard: Wednesday 29 November, 6.30pm
    Eliot House Hotel, Castle Street, Liskeard, PL14 3AU

  • St Ives: Monday 11 December, 6.30pm
    St Ives Guildhall, Street-An-Pol, St Ives, TR26 2NE

  • Camelford: Tuesday 12 December, 6.30pm
    Main Hall, Camelford Hall, Clease Road, Camelford, PL32 9QX

  • Truro: Wednesday 13 December, 6.30pm
    County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY

  • St Austell: Thursday 14 December, 7pm
    St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR

By email: You can send us your comments by email to: haveyoursay@cornwall.gov.uk

The budget consultation closes on Friday 29 December 2017.

More information, including the draft budget papers and service savings plans for 2018/19 to 2021/22, and how the Council spends the current budget, is available on the Council’s website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/budget2017.

Story posted 16 November 2017

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Treffry Viaduct and Luxulyan Valley set for major conservation works following a £3.6M National Lottery boost

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:57

Spectacular 19th century viaduct to generate power through a new hydroelectric turbine

The Luxulyan Valley is set to benefit from a £3.6 million National Lottery funding injection to restore and conserve the Valley’s physical and natural environment for future generations to enjoy. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant was awarded to Cornwall Council, in partnership with Cornwall Heritage Trust after years of work to secure the funds.

The Luxulyan Valley is widely acknowledged for the importance of its industrial heritage and is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, as designated by UNESCO.

It contains a complex system of leats (artificial water courses) which delivered water essential for the efficient working of some of central Cornwall’s most important copper mines. Water from the Valley was also conveyed by leat to the copper ore and china clay shipping port at Charlestown, and via a purpose built canal to the mineral harbour at Par.

The National Lottery funding will be used to restore the two leat systems within the Valley and also its ‘jewel in the crown’ - the spectacular Treffry Viaduct, built from 1839-1842.

Cornwall Council will fund a separate hydro-electric turbine at Ponts Mill, reusing water from the restored leat systems. The electricity generated from the turbine will be sold to the national grid and fund the ongoing conservation of the Valley.

The Viaduct is an imposing granite structure which carries the Carmears Leat and tramway high above the Valley floor. At 27 metres tall, over 200 metres long and with 10 equal span arches this all-granite structure is an amazing feat of engineering. It is the most spectacular surviving monument to the horse drawn tramway era, for which the valley is renowned.

The HLF funding will also help nature conservation by implementing a Woodland Management Plan to improve biodiversity across the site. Volunteers will help by removing invasive plant species, whilst installing bird and bat boxes. Footpaths will also be improved to make the Valley more accessible for all visitors. 

To promote the Luxulyan Valley there will be a permanent exhibition at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, and walking guides and information available online to inform visitors to the Valley’s fascinating history.

The Friends of Luxulyan Valley have been helping to develop an activity programme, which includes engaging with new audiences and training and volunteering opportunities. Cornwall Council has been working with the Friends on the programme and to ensure the restoration proposals fit with local aspirations.

In total, more than £5 million will be invested in the Valley providing a boost to the local economy and creating new jobs and learning opportunities. Chairman of Cornwall Heritage Trust, Lieutenant Colonel Philip Hills, said: "We are delighted that the unique Treffry Viaduct will be restored to its former working glory and saved for future generations, thanks to the opportunity given to us by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Trust is looking forward to working in partnership with Cornwall Council and the Friends of the Luxulyan Valley to enhance this World Heritage Site and conserve its important industrial heritage.”

Cornwall Councillor Sue James and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “This funding will help restore of one of the finest examples of industrial heritage in the area. We hope this will help bring the Valley back to life, with the restoration bringing in more visitors, more jobs and more training. Enhanced natural environments for animals and being able to generate renewable energy are additional bonuses.”

Colonel Edward Bolitho (Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall), President of Cornwall Heritage Trust commented: “This Heritage Lottery Fund grant means that the Treffry Viaduct, a marvel of Cornish engineering, can now be fully restored within the beautiful Luxulyan Valley. The success of the bid has been due to an enormous amount of hard work by many people, who deserve an enormous amount of thanks. This is a really good day for Cornwall.”

Julian German, Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership, added: “We are delighted that Heritage Lottery Funding will be used to protect Luxulyan Valley’s valuable heritage assets. The award will also contribute to reducing CO² emissions by restoring the leat systems which will feed into the new Hydro Electric Turbine at Ponts Mill. This is a great example of partnership working for local communities.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Luxulyan Valley is a beautiful and historic part of the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players, part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage will now not only be conserved and protected but will also continue to play a part in the lives of local people through training and volunteering whilst contributing to the local economy.”

Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust will now develop further detailed plans so the scheme can start in January 2018 and be delivered over the next three years.

The Luxulyan Valley is situated just outside the village of Luxulyan, approximately three miles from the Eden Project and is a key component of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Today, beyond its historic importance, the Valley is renowned for its natural beauty and much loved for its tranquillity. However the internationally important heritage assets need substantial repairs to continue functioning.

Posted 16 November 2017

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Cabinet discusses key decisions on budget, investment programme, new waste contract and proposals to transform adult and children’s services

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:42

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet met at New County Hall in Truro today to discuss key decisions on the four year budget and business plan, a multi million pound investment programme in new homes, jobs and infrastructure in local communities, the new waste contract and exciting proposals to transform adult social care and services for children, young people and families.

Members of the Cabinet voted unanimously to support the Council Business Plan and Budget 2018/2019 which will 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. This includes investing in Cornwall to raise wages and improve jobs and housing opportunities for local residents.

The Council has already saved nearly £300m since 2010, but will need to find a further £75m in savings over the next four years to balance the budget and continue to provide essential services. Key measures in the budget include proposals for an increase in Council tax by 4.99% including a 3% increase for adult social care, an increase in charges for some services and a reduction in some services or to stop providing them altogether. These proposals will now be open for public consultation.

Introducing the budget and business plan Julian German, the Cabinet Member for Resources, said the Council would continue to look for ways to improve services, making them more efficient and prioritising frontline services, and wanted to hear the views of residents and businesses on their proposals.

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

Cornwall’s residents can have their say by completing an online survey or attending a public meeting via the Council’s website www.cornwall.gov.uk/budget2017. The consultation closes on Friday 29 December 2017. The final budget will be submitted to full Council for decision in February 2018.

Cabinet also supported:

  • A draft vision and objectives for a new Investment Programme agreed by the Council earlier this year. The multi million pound programme will see the Council directly investing in the delivery of new homes, commercial space to support the creation of new jobs and businesses, and the development of new healthcare facilities and schools. Following today’s decision the Investment Programme will now be considered at the next meeting of the full Council on 22 November when the final decision will be made.
  • With the Government expected to launch a formal consultation on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund early next year, Members unanimously approved the key principles which will enable further work to take place on developing the Council's position. This includes lobbying for a single pot programme, with budgets agreed directly from the Treasury, rather than through various individual Government departments and local accountability.
  • Changing how kerbside waste and recycling is collected in the future, including a recommendation for adding food waste to weekly recycling collections, with all other waste that can’t be recycled collected every fortnight.

Members approved the recommendations, which will now be the subject of a further report to the Cabinet in February 2018 when a final decision will be made on the development of the household waste collection and cleansing contract which is due to come into force in March 2020. Evidence from other Local Authorities, 75% of which collect waste that can’t be recycled fortnightly, shows that this could enable Cornwall to rise from its current recycling rate of 35.7% to meet the 2020 50% national recycling target.

  • A programme of essential work to transform Adult Social Care over the next three years to help manage present and future demand. As well as setting a framework for the Council and NHS Kernow to work together towards jointly commissioning services so that there is a greater focus on helping people maintain their own independence and their quality of life, the Cabinet also supported the proposal to invest in care workers by ensuring that they are paid the Living Wage Foundation rates of pay. This will help people retain their independence and be able to access care at home when they leave hospital and reduce the number of bed days lost through delayed transfers of care.
  • Improving children’s outcomes in Cornwall by developing a business case for a new service model to help integrate education, early years, children’s community health, early help and social care services. Members agreed to support the development of a full business case which will then be brought back for further consideration. Improving the quality of residential short breaks in Cornwall to meet growing demand by making changes to combine Camlann and Number One, relocate Tresor, and upgrade all the buildings. Poppins will remain as is. This will enable the three settings to be open seven days a week and support 100 plus children. It will also provide funding to develop a crisis / outreach team to support both families in the community and children and staff in the settings.

Other decisions included support for the first phase of the £10 million St Austell Resilient Regeneration project and a proposal to acquire land in Liskeard with consent for 51 homes as part of our Housing Development Plan to meet local housing demand and need. The site would include 13 affordable homes and could also include market rented homes and some homes for private sale.

Story posted 15 November 2017

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Pencalenick students 'pass out' at Falmouth Community Fire Station parade

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:00

Students from Pencalenick School will ‘pass out’ on Friday 17 November at Falmouth Community Fire Station following training to improve their life, problem and communication skills.

The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends and local dignitaries, the eleven young people from Pencalenick School will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.

The Phoenix Project has been run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and thousands of people have now benefited from the project which enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit. The project is funded by West Cornwall Youth Trust.

Dr Julian Commons, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Phoenix Project Manager, said: “The participants from Pencalenick School have worked extremely hard to succeed throughout this week and we are very proud to be able to work in partnership with the school.”

The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 and 17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raising aspirations and improving teamwork and communication skills.

“I am very pleased that our Phoenix Team are able to inspire and motivate another wonderful group of young people to achieve. Better communication skills, understanding the benefits of teamwork and improved life skills help our young students to value themselves and others within their  families, school and community. Well done and congratulations to all students from Pencalenick School for successfully completing your Phoenix Course.” said Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Training like this is an important investment in young people across Cornwall. I would also like to thank our fire service staff for supporting the young people in developing their skills.”

More information about Phoenix can be found on the Phoenix Cornwall website.

Story posted 15 November 2017

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

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 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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Carkeel improvements completed almost six months ahead of schedule

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 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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First bricks laid for Contemporary Cornish Living homes in Tolvaddon

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

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 News feed - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 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 News feed - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 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 News feed - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 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 News feed - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 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 News feed - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 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 News feed - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 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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Invitation to hear from South West Water at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 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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