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Why Wadebridge and Padstow’s Community Network Panel need to hear your voice

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:58

The future of public transport and highways improvements will both be on the agenda when the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel meet this week.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 27th September at 6.30pm at Egloshayle Pavilion in Wadebridge.

Attendees will hear from the One Public Transport Team about plans to encourage more bus travel, improve roadside safety and efficiency as well as improve information facilities and ticketing to help reduce traffic congestion and also reduce carbon emissions in the area.

Sgt Susan Honeywell from Devon and Cornwall Police will also be attending to provide a policing update and to answer questions from residents about local crime statistics and policing.

The Community Network Panel will also be confirming the projects to be supported in year one of the local Highways Scheme. Each Community Network Panel was given a budget totalling £50,000 a year as part of a council initiative earlier in the year, part of £1 million a year to be spent on local transport priorities and members will receive an update and a chance to prioritise those to move forward.

Councillor Karen McHughes Chair of the Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Panel: “One of the strengths of our community’s life is this Community Network Panel meeting which encourages individuals to take part in decisions on local issues and to be involved in future plans for our neighbourhood.”

“This approach goes to the very core of Cornwall Council’s philosophy and its priority to encourage a better dialogue with Cornwall’s communities. We hope as many people as possible in Wadebridge and Padstow come along to take part in important local debates.”

Posted on 25 September 2018

Categories: Cornwall

Learn more about the major facelift planned for St Austell town centre

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:31

St Austell residents are being given the opportunity to learn more about the improvements planned for key historic buildings and shopfronts in the town centre.

Members of the St Austell Townscape Heritage Scheme will be attending the town's White Gold Festival on Saturday 29 September to provide more information on the project, which is funded by the National Lottery.

Cornwall Council, working with St Austell Town Council and St Austell Business Improvement District (BID), were successful in gaining £900,000 of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the £1.3m project which aims to rejuvenate important historic buildings and public areas in the town centre.

High quality traditional repairs, reinstated missing architectural detailing and new shopfronts and signs in and around the town centre will reflect St Austell's historic past. The project aims to help boost the local economy with this work which will take place in Fore Street, Duke Street, Market Street, Trevarthian Road and High Cross Street.

With St Austell's strong links to clay production, ceramics could feature heavily in the design of shopfronts in the town centre. As part of a pilot for future signs in the town, a ceramic hanging sign has been made for Café Tengo in Fore Street and will be on display in time for Saturday's festival.

Additional ceramic hanging signs will be funded through the Townscape Heritage scheme skills training programme which aims to provide training for local architects, surveyors, contractors and college students in both traditional and new sustainable building techniques. The ceramic signs will be designed and produced by Cornwall College Art and Construction students as part of their coursework.

"This is a wonderful project which will bring 15 empty or underused buildings back into use, as well as rejuvenate public areas and provide training opportunities for local people," said Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection.

“The Townscape Heritage scheme programme will have a significant impact on the appearance of the town centre conservation area, increasing its appeal to visitors and investors, and complementing other local initiatives of benefit to the town centre environment and economy,” said Sandra Heywood, Cornwall Council member for St Austell Gover.

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Conference brings together front line professionals to tackle child sexual abuse in Cornwall

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:39

Cornwall’s front line professionals across health, education, police and social care are joining forces at a conference today to launch a new strategy to protect children and young people from child sexual abuse.

National figures estimate around 15% of girls and 5% of boys have experienced or are experiencing some form of child sexual abuse, which equates to around 10,600 children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall’s Safeguarding Children Partnership – made up of all the key agencies involved in children’s services across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - is hosting the conference to share best practice and forge an agreed approach to reduce the risks to children and young peopl

Cornwall Council’s Lead Member for children, Sally Hawken said: “Our vision is for all children and young people in Cornwall to be healthy and safe, to have the best opportunities available to achieve and improve themselves. We are working hard to close the gap between those who are doing well and those who do less well by supporting those with greater needs.

“Child sexual abuse can have enduring consequences for the survivors. For many the impact is life-long. These can include acute feelings of betrayal, mistrust, powerlessness, stigmatisation, guilt, self-loathing, and traumatic sexualisation, physical and mental health problems and difficulty in forming and maintaining healthy relationships.

“We want to raise the profile of this important work, and in particular the conference today, because it is everybody’s job to work together to prevent this; families and communities; volunteers; front line practitioners across education, early years, health, early help, police and social services. It will take vigilance, the ability to think the unthinkable and take action. Crucially it will also mean empowering children and young people to speak up about what is happening to them – and then for us to listen to them and believe them.”

John Clements, the Independent Chair of Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership, who will be introducing the conference said: “Over the past few years there has been a growing understanding of the long lasting harm that all form of child abuse cause.  The level of harm that sexual abuse causes is enormous and there are many, many examples of lives being irreparably damaged by what has happened to innocent children.

“We have a responsibility to the children of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to have the best possible response to child sexual abuse. The introduction of this new approach is aimed at achieving precisely that. We have looked at all aspects of our response from stopping it happening in the first place through to providing the best therapy to those that we know have been abused.

“The conference is our first formal step to raise awareness and knowledge amongst professionals, children, families and the general public. There will be much more work after this.

“We are fortunate to have the support of the National Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and are grateful for it bringing its services to Cornwall to make sure the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have a better chance of having their voices heard.”

The Conference speakers include Dr Debra Allnock, a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre with nearly 20 years of experience of research in the field of child protection and particular expertise in child sexual abuse. 

David Poole, from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will be talking to delegates about the Inquiry’s “Truth Project”, which will be holding sessions in locations across Cornwall in November. At the “Truth Project”, victims and survivors of child sexual abuse can share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting and put forward recommendations for change.

Posted on 24 September 2018

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Iconic sculpture The Drummer is ‘going on holiday’ as regeneration of Hall for Cornwall gathers pace

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 17:13

The Drummer, the bronze sculpture of a figure standing on a sphere beating a drum which currently takes centre stage on Lemon Quay in Truro, will be going on a two year holiday on Tuesday 25 September.

The iconic 15ft bronze sculpture, which contains Cornish tin and copper, was officially unveiled by Queen drummer Roger Taylor outside the Hall for Cornwall back in 2011.

The Drummer will now be moved and put on display in a temporary new home at The Eden Project where it will still be enjoyed by the public during two years of works to refurbish the Hall for Cornwall. 

Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economy, said:  “We have been talking to Tim Shaw, the artist who created The Drummer, and Kier, which is carrying out the Hall for Cornwall refurbishment, about what best to do with The Drummer to ensure it is kept safe during construction work.

“The decision was made to move it to the Eden Project in order to keep it safe and allow residents and visitors to continue to enjoy it over the next two years.  We look forward to welcoming it back to Truro when the refurbishment of the Hall for Cornwall is complete.”

Cllr Egerton added: “As a partner, Cornwall Council is working with the team at Hall for Cornwall to realise the exciting vision for its refurbishment which, once reopened, will act as a great economic boost for our growing city.

“Having a world class cultural building at the heart of Truro offers us a great chance to achieve our growth aspirations in a way that respects local distinctiveness and provides a fantastic resource for the whole of Cornwall.”

The Drummer will be carefully loaded onto a lorry and put into storage on Tuesday whilst its new temporary home at the Eden Project is made ready. The removal will be carried out with a mobile crane supplied by Macsalvors who were originally involved in erecting the sculpture in June 2011. 

The sculpture is fixed to a concrete base spanning the culvert with four bolts attached to a metal base plate which will be released to lift the sculpture onto a waiting lorry.

Tim Shaw, the artist who created The Drummer, said:  “Cornwall Council has given full assurance that The Drummer will be re-instated once the Hall for Cornwall refurbishments are complete. 

I look forward to its safe return and when it does, I hope the words: 'Cornwall - A place where the drum beats differently’ will be inscribed upon the brass plaque. This originally intended quote together with written explanation should  provide insight into why this sculpture was created and what The Drummer symbolises. Meantime, there is perhaps an opportunity for everybody to explore new thoughts and ideas as to how Lemon Quay could look in the future.

Good wishes to all involved in the exciting Hall for Cornwall refurbishment. Thank you Eden Project for temporarily housing The Drummer.

Cornwall Councillor for Truro Boscawen Bert Biscoe said: “The Drummer was commissioned by Truro for Truro.  It may not be universally liked but it is a very important part of Truro’s modern future looking brand.  It may need to be moved temporarily but it must, must, must be back in its original location before Hall for Cornwall opens its doors on reopening night.”

Tim Shaw, who was elected an Academician at The Royal Academy of Arts in 2013, already has a major work of art at the Eden Project in the form of The Rites of Dionysus, depicting the Greek god of the vines in the form of a raging bull and eleven life-sized figures representing his followers, known as the Maenads.

Eden Project Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said of the pending arrival of The Drummer: “We are delighted to be giving this wonderful sculpture a temporary home at Eden so people can continue to enjoy it while the work goes on at Lemon Quay.

“We already have some of Tim’s wonderful sculptures so having The Drummer here on holiday from Truro couldn’t be more appropriate.”


Story posted 21 September 2018 

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Festival to attract people to care profession

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:55

With an estimated 30,000 social care jobs needing to be filled in the South West by 2025, a free event is being held to attract more people into the profession.

An ageing population is already placing huge demands on over-stretched social care services, demands that are set to increase over the coming decades.

To find ways to meet this demand and attract more people into care roles, Cornwall Council has joined forces with social care providers and health organisations, including Royal Cornwall Hospital, under the banner of Proud to Care Cornwall.

They will host the Proud to Care Festival during half-term in Truro to showcase the opportunities available to work in care and celebrate all the good work that is currently being done.

The family-friendly festival will also feature face painting, a magician, circus acts, dancing, delicious food and lots more. It will take place between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday October 24, at Lemon Quay in Truro.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said: “Across the South West, it is estimated an extra 30,000 new care jobs will be needed by 2025 in response to our ageing population. We are acting now so there are enough carers to meet the increasing demand.

“Alongside this, we also need to find different ways to deliver social care services such as making use of developments in technology, and ensure that people have all the information they need to plan for a healthy old age so they need less support.”

This event is made possible with the help of Pluss through their Big Lottery and ESF funded ‘Positive People’ programme who, together with Cornwall Council, are the main event sponsors.

Chief Executive of Pluss, Steve Hawkins said: “There has never been a better time to join the care sector with a range of rewarding roles with great career prospects available.

Our Positive People programme provides support to people across the region to build up their confidence and access activities in their communities. Some of our participants will have both experienced and provided care at some point in their lives so it is very important that we support more people into the care profession.”

More information on activities will be released as they are confirmed and you can find out more about the day by visiting the Proud to Care Cornwall Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Posted 21 September 2018

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Local funding and highway improvements on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meeting

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:59

Residents of the Truro & Roseland area have the opportunity to find out about new funding available through the Coast to Coast Local Action Group and hear about improvements to local traffic management at the next Community Network Panel meeting on Tuesday 25th September at 7pm in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall, Truro. 

There will be an update on the EU funding available through the Coast To Coast local action group.  Funding is available to those in the local farming industry, small businesses and organisations, especially those in the cultural or tourism sector and forestry-related businesses along with community groups.

Attendees will also hear more about the £50,000 pot of funding allocated to the Panel this year for small scale local highway improvement and the projects that have been put forward by Parish Councils and Cornwall Councillors on behalf of their communities.

Chris Wells, Chair of the Truro & Roseland Community Network Panel says: “I hope more residents and businesses come and have their say about what is happening in the Truro & Roseland area and tap into this much needed EU funding available for those in the local area.

The Truro and Roseland Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that are important to 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. 

Truro & Roseland Community Network Panel includes the ten Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of Truro City Council and the Parishes in the community network: Chacewater , Cuby,  Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn , Ladock , Philleigh , Probus , RuanLanihorne , St Clement , St Erme ; St Just in Roseland , St Michael Caerhays , St Michael Penkivel , Tregony and Veryan.

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Each meeting agenda and more information about each panel is available here You can also keep up to date on matters in the area by following the Facebook page

Posted 21 September 2018

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Council takes action after Mundic block found in Callington properties

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:38

Residents of 15 Callington properties are being re-housed and supported by Cornwall Housing after tests revealed a severe case of Mundic block in the properties that has made them unsafe to live in.

Housing officers were alerted to the issue following reports of ongoing damp by the tenants at two of the affected properties in Urban Terrace, Callington. Further surveys were swiftly undertaken which revealed problems in a further 13 houses. Ten of the homes are under the ownership of Cornwall Housing and five are privately owned.

Cornwall Housing determined the properties were no longer safe to live in due to structural instability and moved quickly to contact residents with face-to-face meetings held last week. For safety reasons, the homes will be demolished once all are vacated.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “My sympathies go out to those affected residents. While their safety is our utmost priority, I appreciate that losing your home and having to relocate is incredibly distressing and this must be heart-breaking.

“We will do our utmost to minimise the impact by finding them suitable permanent homes as close as possible to their current residence if they so wish, or an alternative area of their choice.

“I and Councillor Long intend to meet with the residents to assure them that Cornwall Council will act as swiftly as we can to help them get on with their lives.

“Given the challenging timescales we are working to, we are renting private  accommodation as a stop-gap until permanent housing can be found.”

As well as supporting the tenants affected to find a new home, Cornwall Housing is also providing support and advice to private homeowners on finding a new home in their preferred area, an offer of a free survey from the Council and discussions about possible acquisition and any related compensation for the loss of the property.

Council tenants will be found suitable permanent homes as close to their current residence or an alternative area of their choice. If tenants are temporarily housed in accommodation further away from important services like their regular school or their GP surgery, the Council will provide transport.

It is believed that this is an isolated case and while there are currently no concerns identified in other areas, Cornwall Housing will continue to monitor the situation.

Callington Councillor Andrew Long said: “The safety of our residents is the top priority here in this difficult case. Cornwall Housing officers acted swiftly to contact the residents and owners of the affected properties and while it’s upsetting, everything possible is being done to provide help and support. Callington Town Council - under the lead of the Portreeve and Mayor Mark Smith, and Clerk Helen Dowdall – have also said the Town Council is ready to offer any help that might be needed during this difficult time.”

Mundic block is where certain minerals were used to mix concrete in the period between the 1900’s and 1950’s which has since been known to absorb moisture and cause severe degradation to the material.

It is believed that an especially wet winter,  combined with poor local ground drainage and a batch of concrete blocks high in poor mineral content, have led to conditions accelerating the effects of Mundic in the Callington homes. 

There is further information about Mundic Block on Cornwall Council’s website /mundic  

Posted on 20 September

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Cabinet supports plan for new business space to help grow Cornwall’s economy

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:08

A plan to build on the success of the Pool Innovation Centre and support the growth of businesses in Cornwall has been given the support of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet.

The original Pool Innovation Centre has proved hugely successful in supporting start-up and existing businesses, by providing state-of-the-art office space with access to a host of services and facilities to help those businesses grow.

In 2017 alone, Pool Innovation Centre supported the creation of over 100 new jobs and contributed over £6million to the Cornish economy. However, it is effectively at full capacity with over 35 businesses on site and with limited scope for current tenants to move on. 

At today’s meeting (19 September) of Cornwall Council’s Cabinet, members voted to support a plan to create a new development, Pool Innovation Centre Two.

This would create up to 1,500 square metres of workspace targeted at growing businesses ready to graduate from the original Pool Innovation Centre, as well as at other businesses that are looking for new workspace in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area.

Today’s decision by Cabinet members supports the allocation of £2.6 million from the Council’s Economic Development Match Fund, which will in turn unlock a further £2.3 million of European Regional Development Funding, to meet the full project cost of £4.87 million. The plan now needs to go before a meeting of the Full Council where councillors will be asked to endorse the funding decision.

Once fully occupied, Pool Innovation Centre Two would be expected to support the creation of around 40 new jobs and contribute £1.5million to the economy annually.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member Andrew Mitchell said: “Since opening in 2010, Pool Innovation Centre has had a positive impact in helping new companies contribute to the Cornish economy.  By offering high-quality, supportive and joined-up business premises and support, it has nurtured businesses to grow, including the creation of around 370 new jobs.

“Businesses have told us they now need bigger premises to allow them to expand.  Developing Pool Innovation Centre Two will free up space in the original facility so new tenants have the opportunity to benefit from the support that it provides. 

“Once fully occupied the new scheme could help create a further 40 jobs and make a significant economic contribution towards a prosperous Cornwall and in particular to the local economy in the Camborne-Redruth catchment.”

Story posted 19 September 2018

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Cabinet agrees additional funding for flagship archive centre for Cornwall

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:46

A project to bring together the world’s largest collection of records, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall will be given extra funding by Cornwall Council.

Kresen Kernow is being built on the site of the former Redruth Brewery. It will be a state-of-the-art archive space, protecting Cornish history for future generations. The project is due for completion in December 2018 and will open to the public in 2019.

The building of Kresen Kernow will unlock three hectares of derelict land for development at the gateway to Redruth. It will lever in a £40 million private sector investment which will deliver 150 new homes, stimulate £1.7 million additional spend in the local economy annually and create 300 jobs. 

A development to build 20 homes adjacent to Kresen Kernow is now under construction and a detailed planning application has been submitted for the wider brewery site.  

At today’s Cabinet meeting, members agreed that Cornwall Council should provide an extra £4.438m on top of the £16.63m already committed, to complete Kresen Kernow, funded from the Council’s Economic Development Match Fund reserve.

Cornwall Council’s deputy leader Julian German said:  “Choosing the Redruth Brewery as the site for Kresen Kernow demonstrated the Council’s commitment to protecting the historic building at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. This was one of the reasons the Council was able to secure £11.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 to go towards the project, the largest grant made to a local authority archive service.

“However, we knew that the site may have possible issues with flood risk, underground features, site conditions and the need to adapt a ruined historic building for a specialist purpose.

“For example, the condition of the existing chimney, gable walls and the area of the brewhouse were considerably worse than could have been foreseen when the building was being designed, as the team were unable to access them owing to the derelict and dangerous state of the buildings.

“At the outset, the Council was committed to funding the remaining cost for Kresen Kernow and we are now in a position that the project needs additional funding for it to be completed and made ready for opening in 2019.”

Of the three sites for the location of the new archive centre considered back in 2012, Redruth was selected because of its potential to deliver lasting social and economic benefits.  Redruth demonstrated that the adjacent development proposals, which could produce economic impacts beyond any of the developments in the other towns, were directly dependent upon the location of the archive centre on the site.  


Story posted 19 September 2018

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Cabinet agree to support community supported plans for regeneration of partially derelict Truro site

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 17:30

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet today (19 September) agreed to further develop plans to regenerate a major site at the end of Pydar Street, a key area in the centre of Truro.

The site is a partially derelict and an under used area with a mix of car parks, office space, leisure and retail outlets and a number of vacant buildings and warehouses.

Cornwall Council is proposing to regenerate the area in line with the resident approved Truro and Kenwyn Neighbourhood Plan.

Cabinet has agreed that £3.1 million of funds are allocated to bring forward the regeneration project.  The money will be used to further develop the concept to turn the Pydar Street site into a community hub with green spaces, leisure facilities, new homes for local people, office and business space, a hotel and student accommodation and academic space.

Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cabinet Member for Customers, said: “For the best part of a year, we have been working with a group which includes Cornwall Council, Truro City Council, Kenwyn Parish Council, Truro BID and Truro Chamber of Commerce.  We’ve also been talking directly to the local community. 

“For example, a Festival of Ideas event held in May helped test the initial vision for Truro and the potential proposals for the regeneration of Pydar Street.  I’m excited at the prospect of everyone continuing to work together to deliver a joined up and shared vision for Truro as a whole.”

 The £3.1 million of funding agreed today will be used to put together a comprehensive feasibility appraisal, conceptual design and an outline business case, which will come back to Cabinet for approval.

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council member for Truro Boscawen said: “The possibility of Pydar Street is that it can bring neighbourhood living, with all its complexity and diversity, back into the heart of the town. At a critical moment for Truro, with the internet changing retailing, working practices changing to be more environmentally sensitive, and the economy locating itself into global networks, this is a chance to try something new and exciting – letting life evolve organically, putting the local back into locality.

“Cornwall Council has the opportunity to see what happens if it steps back, accounts value in social as well as financial terms, and explores the possibilities of ordinary people and families leading the way. By being bold Cornwall Council can find a new way to do things which is both challenging and familiar, and could help many other towns in Cornwall and beyond”.


Story posted 19 September 2018

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Cornwall Faith Response Team is relaunched

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:38

Whenever a major incident takes place, people can be affected in many different ways.

They may require pastoral, spiritual and practical support, especially where they are suffering through pain, sorrow, trauma, severe injury, loss of property or possessions or where people are missing.

Cornwall Council has an obligation under the Civil Contingencies Act to help take care of its residents in such traumatic circumstances, and has done so through our Faith Response Team for several years.

Our Resilience and Emergency Management team recognises that such support can be provided by suitably trained volunteers, and now the team is being re-launched, equipped, trained and prepared to respond effectively as required anywhere in Cornwall.

The team will be mobilised if the Resilience and Emergency Management team become aware of an incident where such support is or may be required. The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team will contact the necessary Cornwall Faith Response Team (CFRT) members and request their attendance at the incident location as required.

Training being provided to the team members includes information about what to expect at such incident scenes, recognition of personal confidence, capabilities and limitations, understanding the various types of incident scenes, shelters and reception centres where they may need to interact with affected people and how they may support them.

Following a seminar held in the Council Chamber earlier this year where speakers related their experience of incidents such as the Grenfell Tower fire, Manchester arena attack and London atrocities team members were galvanised into renewing the Cornwall Faith Response Team and being prepared to assist whenever and wherever possible.

The CFRT will be re-launched by Simon Mould, Cornwall Council’s Head of Community Safety and localism: "I am delighted to support the relaunch of Cornwall's Faith Response Team (CFRT).  The strengthening of this team is an essential element of the response and recovery capability for Cornwall, providing critical support to people affected by a major incident. 

"After a disaster, we are so aware of the impact it can have on place and the people that live, work and visit there.  We’re sensitive to the whole person and this team of volunteers provides an essential link to ensure we don’t just see the house or business effected, but that we also support the persons, families and communities emotional needs impacted also."

Members of the CFRT are drawn from a wide range of faiths and beliefs including Christian, Judaism, Pagan and others. It is important to recognise the ecumenical strength of the team but they will provide support to anyone needing it.

Cornwall Council’s Senior Resilience Officer, Martin Rawling said: "I am humbled by the willingness of our volunteers to step into the unknown and support their fellow beings in such circumstances of terror, loss and suffering. We are grateful to our volunteers for committing to this task and I sincerely hope that we never have to call on their support; but I am absolutely confident that they will respond appropriately when asked.

"Bringing the team together, working on the procedures for the group and co-ordinating the team and their training has fallen to a handful of the volunteers themselves who have stepped forward to become the management group. The residents and visitors to Cornwall are right to be proud of this commitment and the work they have undertaken on our behalf."

Councillor Sue James said: "Every resident and every community hopes it will not experience a serious incident or emergency. Cornwall Council's Resilience and Emergency team has shown it can support local communities when unwelcome events happen and volunteers of the Cornwall Faith Response Team will be a welcome addition to the resources at hand."

Story posted: 14 September 2018

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On the agenda for the Launceston Community Network Panel

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 13:35

Residents of the Launceston area have the opportunity to find out about local highways, community transport, the Speedwatch initiative as well as plans for the land at Launceston Hospital at the next Community Network Panel meeting on Thursday 20 September at 7pm at The Guildhall, Launceston Town Hall.

Attendees will hear about plans for community transport and also updates on public transport that’s used around the area, and local people will have a chance to ask questions and voice their point of view.

There will also be an opportunity to hear about plans for the land near Launceston Hospital as well as the community Speedwatch initiative and how citizens can support it.

The Community Network Panel would like to hear the views of local people on what they think should be the priorities for a local highway scheme.

 This work on local roads involves spending an annual budget of £50,000, part of a council initiative announced earlier in the year. Your views will help shape how this money is spent whether it’s on speed limit signs around schools, yellow lines or other measures.

 Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of the Launceston Community Network Panel says: “These meetings provide a way for the community to come along, receive updates and engage in the further developments  of local issues and I hope more residents of all ages and backgrounds come and have their say about what is happening in the Launceston area.”

The meetings are a partnership between Cornwall Council, town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, the fire and rescue service, the police, health services and most importantly, local residents.

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of Launceston Town Council and the Parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephen by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Each meeting agenda and more information about each panel is available here

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Newquay Town Council to manage Newquay’s Library and Information Service

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:11

Residents of Newquay are set to have their library secured as Cornwall Council has agreed to transfer Newquay’s Library, along with the Information Service, to the Town Council to run.

This agreement is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme that is supporting parish and town councils and communities to take over local ownership, management and control and find more sustainable solutions to running services.

Newquay Town Council will run Newquay Library from its current Marcus Hill location. The library will be joined by the Newquay Information Service, making the library building a hub for the local community. 

Customers at Newquay Library will still be members of Cornwall Library Service and be able to borrow from the Cornwall-wide stock of books, and other resources as well as having access to online newspapers, e-magazines, eBooks, and computers. 

Cllr Edwina Hannaford Portfolio holder for Neighbourhoods at Cornwall Council said: “Our aim has been to work with partners and local communities to protect library services by delivering them in line with local need.  I’m delighted that an agreement has been reached with Newquay Town Council. This is a partnership which we will look to achieve in our other communities.” 

Deputy Mayor of Newquay Town Council Cllr Rachel Craze added: “As Chairman of Newquay Town Council’s Tourism and Leisure I, along with the Town Clerk, Andy Curtis, have been working closely with Cornwall Council officers to complete the devolution transfer. The bringing together of the Library and Information Service under one roof will allow us to extend the opening hours of both, with our underlying ambition to enhance the current offering and to create a community focused service.”

In preparation for the new arrangements a temporary library will be set up in the neighbouring Marcus Hill Offices whilst the building is adapted to accommodate both the Library and Information Service. The temporary library is currently scheduled from Wednesday 11 July for a couple of weeks.

Cornwall Council has already transferred the control of library services to a number of Town Councils in Cornwall, including to Falmouth, St Austell and Camelford. It is expected that the transfer of the library and information service to Newquay Town Council, which is for a period of twenty-five years, will take place during September.

The Marcus Hill Offices will be transferred from Cornwall Council to Newquay Town Council enabling the town council to expand and deliver more services for residents locally and this is also planned for September.

Posted 29 May 2018

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New prescriptions on the way to keep people in Cornwall well

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:48

A new £1m funding programme will see health professionals in Cornwall  being able to ‘prescribe’ residents activities like volunteering, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports to keep them safe, well and out of hospital. 

Cornwall Council and voluntary sector partners have secured funding of £500K, topped up with £400K from the Council, to provide expert advice which looks at treating more than just a medical issue.

‘Social prescribing’ aims to improve peoples’ quality of life, and health and wellbeing by helping professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services which could range from community groups to healthy eating.

For example, social prescribing means a person who is under stress from debt could be referred for help to Citizen’s Advice for professional advice, to a local walking group to increase physical activity or to local community groups to increase time spent with others, reducing isolation.  

Volunteer Cornwall is the lead partner in the project along with Active Plus, Age UK, Chaos Café, CN4C, Eden Project and Pentreath Ltd, who already work alongside GPs across Cornwall. 

Twenty-nine GP practices will share the hosting of nine link workers each employed by the partner agencies. The workers will offer a tailored approach, identifying support or activities to improve patient wellbeing.

Adults over 18 years are eligible for the scheme, which also targets areas where there are higher levels of health inequalities.

There is strong support from GP practices in Cornwall for social prescribing who say many people with housing or benefits problems, lifestyle issues or are lonely are coming through their doors.

One advocate is a GP practice in St Austell, who has been running a social prescribing pilot since 2016. 

Dr Stewart Smith from practice explained: “We have seen impressive results from introducing social prescribing into our practice. Our social prescriber can offer the time which GPs don’t have to discuss with patients what matters to them, and give them the confidence and support necessary to address difficulties in their daily life or make and sustain a change in lifestyle.”   

Sally Hawken, portfolio holder for Children and Wellbeing & Public Health said  “We all aspire to support a healthy Cornwall. Social prescribing has significant potential to help address underlying challenges to people’s health, such as social isolation and mental wellbeing.

“There is a range of emerging evidence which shows that social prescribing can lead to improvements in areas such as quality of life and emotional wellbeing, mental and general wellbeing, and levels of depression and anxiety and have also led to a reduction in the use of NHS services. 

“These are all goals of our Shaping the Future strategy and it’s great to be delivering this in partnership with the voluntary sector, who are often closest to their own local communities and are vital to connecting people with community services.”

Andy Brelsford, Support and Development Manager for Volunteer Cornwall added: “One of the key features of this service is that it’s about your life and your choices. You get to choose what you are working towards and the team will draw upon all of the opportunities and activities available in the locality that can help you do that, whether this is about helping you get active and feel better, being more linked in with your local community, or resolving problems on issues such as money, benefits or housing.”

Story posted 13 September

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Landlords of shared homes urged to register to avoid fines

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:05

Landlords of shared homes are being urged to register ahead of new changes to the law which could see them fined up to £30,000.

The new legislation states that any home owner who rents their property out to five or more people forming at least two separate households (Houses of Multiple Occupancy, or HMOs) must register before October 1.

Anyone who registers before that date will be able to take advantage of an early-bird fee of £999. Anyone registering after that date will have to pay a £1,150 fee.

A landlord discovered renting out an unlicensed HMO could be fined up to £30,000 under the new law. 

Andrew Mitchell, the council’s Portfolio Holder for Homes said:  “Licensing will be used by the Council to maintain  minimum safety standards and to ensure the health and safety of occupiers  is safeguarded.

“The Council acknowledges that the majority of landlords in Cornwall are responsible and law abiding and through the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme the Council is committed to helping landlords understand the duties placed on them.

“By working with good and improving landlords we hope to see positive improvements in the quality of accommodation offered to those seeking to rent in Cornwall.”

Landlords who wish to stay up to date with changes in the law, receive regular newsletters from the Councils Private Sector Housing Team or ask questions relating to HMO licensing are encouraged to join the Cornwall Responsible Landlords Scheme.

It is simple and free to join via the Council website - which can be accessed on the council’s website.  Search for ‘responsible landlord’ on the home page.

Posted on 13 September 2018






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Mevagissey pub landlord fined for refusing to reveal origins of crab meat

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:01

Refusing to reveal where crab meat which was on sale to customers of the Ship Inn in Mevagissey had come from has landed the landlord with a bill of more than £3,500.

Lee Young, 58 of the Ship Inn, Mevagissey, received an £800 fine and was ordered to pay Council costs of £2,731 after he pleaded guilty to obstruction and failing to ensure adequate labelling to facilitate traceability at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 6 September.

During the hearing, magistrates heard that during a routine food inspection in June this year, food officers from Cornwall Council discovered unlabelled frozen and chilled cooked white crab meat which had come from an unknown source. On asking Mr Young for information on his supplier, he refused to provide any information.

Customers place their trust in food businesses and need to be able to have confidence that the food they eat is safe and has been manufactured in hygienic conditions. This is why it’s very important that food businesses can trace the origins of the products they sell, explained Nick Kelly from Cornwall Council’s Neighbourhoods and Public Protection team.

“There are strict rules in place around selling food to members of the public – and for good reason,” he said. “Food operators need to be able to demonstrate they know where the food has come from, if it has been stored correctly before arriving at their business and if it has come into contact with any other food products. Failure to have this information could, ultimately have devastating consequences for customers – from food poisoning to a fatal allergic reaction.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “Every year, the Council’s officers work with thousands of businesses across Cornwall to help them to understand and meet regulatory requirements. Whilst the majority of Cornwall's businesses do cooperate and comply, there is no hiding place for those who refuse to work with us to protect public health. Council officers will prosecute those who intentionally obstruct their work and put food safety at risk. Thankfully such situations arise only in a very small number of cases.”

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Reducing low pay, police merger proposal and electoral boundaries considered at Full Council

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:42

Reducing low pay for workers, the potential merger of the Devon and Cornwall and Dorset police forces and the future of Cornwall’s electoral boundaries and divisions were all considered at a meeting of Cornwall Council at New County Hall yesterday.

Members agreed that Cornwall Council should seek to achieve Living Wage Foundation accreditation by 31 March 2019, working with those who deliver the Council’s service contracts in Cornwall to move towards paying their staff a real living wage. A further motion was passed that Cornwall Council become a strategic advocate for the payment of the foundation living wage in Cornwall.

Calling this a “top priority” for Cornwall Council, Council Leader Adam Paynter said: “Independent research has shown that paying the foundation living wage can be good for business and good for the workforce. As well as the financial benefits, paying workers the living wage can have a positive impact on productivity and staff turnover which in turn can provide direct benefits to customers and residents through better delivery of services. It can also help to improve levels of staffing and help existing workers to build a sustainable career over the long term.”

Members also debated their response to the Local Government Boundary Commission’s announcement that from 2021 Cornwall Council be reduced by 36 Councillors, to a total of 87.

In addition, Members agreed a motion in response to the Government’s recommendation on a new cross-border “Devonwall” parliamentary constituency, outlined recently in the Parliamentary Boundary Review.

Cornwall Council’s Leader Adam Paynter said: “ We strongly object to the principle of a cross border constituency and will continue to reiterate our absolute opposition to the proposals for the South West region because of this. Maintaining the integrity of Cornwall’s historic border is of the upmost importance. It is an issue which must be addressed.” 

Members also endorsed a motion about the proposed merger of Devon and Cornwall police force with the Dorset force, expressing severe reservations about the way in which the consultation on the merger has been conducted. The motion stated that Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel had expressed serious concerns about the lack of detailed information available and in particular the lack of published evidence about the envisaged benefits of the merger. As a result, there was little option other than to resolve to oppose the proposed merger.

Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection Sue James said: “It is my belief that people in Cornwall want police officers in the community to enable them to be and to feel safe.  They want to be able to talk to and work with them to tackle anti-social behaviour in its broadest sense, they want local crime and offenders dealt with effectively locally and they want a visible uniformed presence in their community.

“This merger would go totally against our priority of localism, and councillors voted to give a clear message to the corporation souls who have to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with this merger.”

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Join the movement – residents urged to join campaign to make Cornwall litter free

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 12:38


Local residents are being asked to stand up for Cornwall and join the movement to make Cornwall litter free as part of a campaign launched today by Cornwall Council. 

#LitterlessCornwall aims to rid the county of its litter blight by getting people to pledge to keep Cornwall beautiful and leave only their footprints.

Each year, Cornwall Council spends more than £5m on cleaning streets and beaches, with workers covering 40,000 miles annually – almost twice the distance around the world.

Despite this massive effort, around 40% of people in Cornwall say they are not satisfied with how clean their streets are.

Adam Paynter, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “The people of Cornwall are sick of litter and they are fed up of paying to clean up other people’s mess. Despite the fact littering is illegal and carries a fine of £150, some antisocial people are still dropping their rubbish.

“Litter is a blight on Cornwall but it’s not something we can tackle alone. By taking a pledge to leave only footprints, you will be saying enough is enough - Cornwall won’t put up with litter anymore.”

Council launches #LitterlessCornwall 

#LitterlessCornwall was launched at Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase Beach this morning by Councillor Paynter and Sue James, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member Environment and Public Protection.

Councillor James said: “Litter is a stain our beautiful countryside and beaches, it pollutes the environment and it is a danger to Cornish wildlife. It also costs a lot of taxpayer’s money to clean up – money that could be spent delivering other vital services.

“The solution is simple. If you love Cornwall, sign the pledge to show you care. If you’re out and about, bag and bin your rubbish, making sure you leave only footprints.” 

Five easy ways to keep Cornwall clean

1)   Choose not to litter. Join the movement to keep Cornwall beautiful by signing the pledge now 

2)   Reduce, reuse and recycle at work, school and in the home.

3)   Set a good example. Help spread the word and share the campaign on social media.

4)   Bag your litter and take it home, or put it in the bin.

5)   Clear up after your dog and dispose of the bag responsibly – don’t let it become litter

6)   Join a local community litter clean up with Clean Cornwall or do a #2MinuteBeachClean 

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Communities invited to help reduce suicide in Cornwall

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:41

An event to help reduce the number of deaths by suicide in Cornwall is being held this week.

Residents, community leaders, volunteers and anyone with an interest in mental health, or whose lives have been touched by suicide, are invited to attend the free event at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro on Wednesday 12 September at 9am.

Positive multi agency work to reduce suicides here has seen a drop in the number of deaths by suicide in 2017 (64). However, the rate per 100,000 people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is consistently higher than the national average. Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to learn about suicide risk and prevention, and to contribute to the planning and implementation of local activities to help reduce the risk of suicide.

Mental health experts and community leaders in Cornwall, who are part of an initiative called Towards Zero, have put the event together to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

It is being hosted by Cornwall Council, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) and is funded by the Duchy Charity.

The key speakers for the event are from State of Mind, a group of ex-rugby league players who promote positive mental health among sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities. 

They work to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing and deliver education on the subject to all levels of sport, business, education and community groups. 

Dr Ellen Wilkinson Medical Director for Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust said: “Every death by suicide is one too many. In Cornwall, a number of factors contribute to the issues we face, including unstable incomes dependant on agriculture, fishing and tourism.

“One reason people take their own lives is because they don’t want to talk about mental distress. Together, we as a community can make a difference, and not just take a medical treatment approach.”

Dr Ruth Goldstein, Public Health Consultant Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health team said: “Every single death by suicide is a tragedy, and for every individual whose life ends in this way there are many families, friends and community members whose own lives are impacted.

“We are pleased to start seeing a reduction in the number of deaths by suicide in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, but our aim is for no one to take their own life, so we still have work to do. We all have a role to play and if we want to protect our local population we have to act together.”

Tickets to the event taking place at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre on Wednesday 12 September are available to book for free on Eventbrite.

This year’s event will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Quiet  connections - Social anxiety and the #WeAreEnough campaign. How individuals have forged a community through shared experiences.
  • Fishing for positive mental health - Fishing as an escape from the day-to-day, and providing an environment in which men can talk about their personal feelings.  
  • Wave project – surf therapy and wellbeing. How young people with mental health issues have built confidence through surfing.
  • Schools and colleges– What are the correct steps to take after a suicide takes place?
  • Non-medical crises and building resilience – How can we support people feel safe, gain employment and have somewhere to live?
  • Reducing the stigma of mental ill-health – asking people ‘how are you really feeling?

Story posted 11 September

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Hot topics for today’s Cornwall Council meeting

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:45

Plans to achieve living wage accreditation and the future of electoral boundaries and divisions are two of the matters on the agenda at today’s meeting of Cornwall Council.

Councillors will consider a recommendation to introduce the Living Wage Foundation’s living wage for all the local authority’s staff, and encourage its adoption by council contractors. This would result in a minimum wage of £8.75 an hour if the recommendation is approved.

Potential changes to council electoral boundaries will also be discussed at the meeting. A recommendation will be considered about proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall, which will determine their final submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission’s consultation.

Motions about the potential merger of Devon and Cornwall and Dorset police forces, the redrawing of parliamentary boundaries, and ceasing the activities of the Strategic Planning Committee are also on the meeting’s agenda. As is council practice, any motions will automatically be referred to the relevant committee for consideration unless the Chairman uses her discretion to enable them to be debated.

Members of the public are welcome to attend council meetings in person at New County Hall in Truro or watch the meeting live via a webcast on Cornwall Council’s website.

Posted on 11 September 2018


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