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Have your say on Foxes Lane play area

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:04

Cornwall Council is consulting on design proposals for improving a small children’s play area on Foxes Lane, Mousehole in Penzance and we’d like your views.

The designs, which are all suitable for young children, have been produced by leading experts in playground manufacture. Four options have been shortlisted and the local community are being invited to vote for their favourite design online. The designs will also be taken to the local primary school, for the pupils’ votes, and will be made available to interested groups. The deadline for the public consultations is 14 June 2017.

Stuart Wallace, Public Space Officer, said: “Cornwall Council have made £20,000 of funds available to upgrade the current facilities, which have reached the end of their natural life. The designs are inspired by suggestions made during the consultations held during the winter/spring. Works will begin on the winning design during the first half of the school summer holiday, in order to be completed by mid-August 2017. This is to avoid causing access problems to the school & visitors, due to the limited space available on Foxes Lane.”

Funding for the project will be provided from designated funds from Cornwall Council’s Capital Play Programme.

For more information contact the Public Space team on 0300 1234 202 or email environmentservice@cornwall.gov.uk.

Story posted 25 May 2017

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Smokefree play parks roll out continues

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:26

 

Families in Newquay will be able to enjoy a free fun day in the Gardens by Trenance Cottages to celebrate the gardens becoming the next smoke free park in Cornwall. 

The park will be officially voluntarily smoke free from Wednesday 31st May which is also World No Tobacco day. The fun day will be open from 11am to 1pm and activities on offer for children includes a treasure hunt, free bouncy castle, a variety of fun games and free refreshments. 

Adults will be able to pick up information about stopping smoking as well as advice on alcohol and nutrition at the health promotion stand.  Trading Standards will be explaining the effects of illegal tobacco on local communities and businesses. 

The voluntary smoking ban has been active across Cornwall for the past 18 months in Launceston’s Coronation Park, St Austell’s Roche Play Park, Looe’s Millpool Park, Penzance’s Goldsithney Park, King George V Park in Four Lanes, St Austell’s Sandy Hill Park and Thorn Park in Liskeard.  Special signage in the parks requests that children be allowed to play smokefree. 

Dr Caroline Court, Cornwall Council’s Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health, said: “A smokefree play park helps people live active, healthy lifestyles.  Children learn their behaviour from adults, so it’s essential that in our communities tobacco use is not seen as part of everyday life.  We want to discourage smoking around children in our play areas, helping to reduce the number of young people who smoke and reduce litter in the park.” 

Elizabeth Kirk, Senior Trading Standards Officer for Cornwall Council added: “Illegal tobacco, which is sold at pocket money prices and sold without any age checks is one way in which young people can access tobacco. We are working with Public Health to create healthier environments where our children are protected from the harms of tobacco. If anyone holds any information concerning sales of illegal tobacco please email the details to report-it@cornwall.gov.uk or call crime Stoppers on 0800 555111” 

Smokefree Cornwall plan to install smokefree signage in another 5 play parks over the next year, continuing to build on the existing parks. 

Research indicates that children who live with smokers are at least twice as likely to become smokers themselves and that reducing child exposure to smoking decreases the uptake of smoking amongst young people in the long term. Children are more likely than adults to begin smoking, with 65% of smokers having started before the age of 18. By reducing children’s exposure to smoking, parents can be a positive role model and help ensure children don’t regard smoking as normal.

Story posted 24 May

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New Leader, Cabinet and Chairman for Cornwall Council

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:33

Adam Paynter, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat group and the Councillor for the Launceston North and North Petherwin electoral division, has been elected as the new Leader of Cornwall Council. 

Adam, who was proposed by Independent Group Leader Andrew Mitchell, and seconded by Malcolm Brown, the Liberal Democrat Member for St Austell Bethel, thanked Members for putting their trust in him and said he would work with all members, irrespective of the party they represented, to do the very best for Cornwall.

With no single group in overall political control following the elections on 04 May, the new Council administration has been formed through an alliance of the Independent and Liberal Democrat groups. 

In his first official speech Adam told the meeting that he had joined the Council 17 years ago and still had the energy, desire and enthusiasm to take on the role of Leader.

“This is a new council with new talent and will be different from the one it replaces” he said  “ I will lead by example to ensure that we balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community.  I will be accessible and transparent. I will act with honesty and integrity. I will build on the ambition of the previous Council to "close the gap" for residents - to improve their life opportunities.

“As a council we will want to protect services to our most vulnerable and increase funding to Adult Social Care.  We will pledge to invest in excess of £200 million in building 1000 council houses for fair rent. We will also extend the living wage foundations living wage, to all council contracts.

“Good quality housing is essential for our communities but I want to shift the focus to delivering the infrastructure and jobs that are needed in Cornwall as houses will get delivered by this council our partners and the private sector but jobs are more difficult to create so we will be more proactive, we need to deliver 38,000 jobs over the next 13 years!.

“We live in difficult financial times and I will ensure we utilise our finances as well as possible, I will lead a robust fairer funding campaign. I will also continue to seek to do things differently in order to preserve services.”

Adam has been a Member of the Council since its inception in 2009 and prior to this was a member of the former Cornwall County Council for eight years.  He has held many positions in the Council, including the Cabinet Member for Environment and Heritage and the Shadow Cabinet Member for public protection. Most recently he was the Deputy Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Resources in the previous administration.

Adam studied agriculture at degree level and works on his family’s farm, whilst also diversifying the farm into renewable energy ventures. He lives with his wife and two children. He enjoys many sports, both playing and watching. He is a keen festival attender and attends both Glastonbury and Reading music festivals volunteering for a medical charity.

Julian German, the Independent Member for the Roseland, was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Council.  The Deputy Leader of the Independent Group, Julian was the Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture in the previous administration. 

"I am humbled to serve as Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council.” said Julian German.  “I will do my very best for the residents of Cornwall."

A Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Julian is from a private sector background with an MSc from Edingburgh and a BA Hons from Hull.

The remaining eight Members of the Cabinet will be announced at a later date.

Also at today’s meeting Mary May was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Council.

Mrs May, who is the Member for the electoral division of Penryn West, was the Vice Chairman of the Council during the  previous administration.  A former Mayor of Penryn on six occasions, she also held the office of Vice Chairman of the former Carrick District Council, and was Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee.  She is very active within her local community, organising an older person’s club, the Annual Town Fair and Penryn Week; as well as being secretary of the Royal British Legion Penryn Branch serving as a governor on both the Infant and Junior School in Penryn

Thanking colleagues for her support Mrs May said she was honoured to be elected to serve as the Chairman of Cornwall Council.  She also formally thanked the outgoing Chairman Ann Kerridge for her hard work and commitment over the past four years.

The new Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council is Hilary Frank, the Liberal Democrat Member for the electoral division of Saltash South.  Thanking colleagues for their support, Hilary Frank said she would work hard to be fair and inclusive and support the new Chairman in her role . 

 

Story posted 23 May 2017 

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Three new winners as team work leads to Blue Flag and Seaside Awards success for beaches in Cornwall

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:13

Once again seven Cornish beaches will be flying Blue Flags this summer with Cornwall receiving one of the largest number of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in the country.

Prestigious Blue Flags, the international standard for the best beaches in the world, will be flying this season at Cornwall Council’s Gyllyngvase in Falmouth; Porthminster and Porthmeor in St Ives; Polzeath; Porthtowan; Trevone and Widemouth, near Bude.  All seven have also been successful in their bid for a Seaside Award.

Porth near Newquay, Crooklets and Summerleaze in Bude have been successful in once again winning Keep Britain Tidy’s own Seaside Award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Winning Seaside Awards for the very first time are Perranporth beach, Great Western, Newquay and Sennen Cove.

The awards have been sponsored by Sharp’s Brewery Limited with Cornwall Council co-ordinating the applications, and the work required to make sure that the beaches reach the exacting standards required to win made possible through the efforts of community groups, beach champions and local businesses.

Sharp’s Brewery, based in Rock, Cornwall has played a key role in sponsoring the Blue Flag initiative and Seaside Awards. This year 5p from every pint of Sharp’s limited edition beers: Two Tides, Rye Rock, Dawn Patrol, Fathoms Deep and Doom Bar Reserve, will be contributed to the prestigious Blue Flag initiative.

James Nicholls, Senior Brand Manager at Sharp’s Brewery, said: "With Sharp’s Brewery being based in Rock, North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. We are delighted to have supported the Blue Flag initiative over the last two years and raising over £28,000 through sales of our exceptional, limited release beers. We are extremely proud to be supporting the coastal community again, helping these beautiful beaches obtain and retain the prestigious Blue Flag status and Seaside Awards that they so highly deserve. The Blue Flag Initiative does a fantastic job of supporting beaches and communities in coastal areas, and we are pleased to be supporting the charity again within our heartland of Cornwall."

Cornwall Council Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods Paul Masters said: “It is fantastic to see what can be achieved when sponsors, local beach champions and the Council work together to achieve these really excellent results for Cornwall.  It’s great to see how everyone has stepped up to support their beaches.  It is not just the cost of the application itself which needs to be factored in but all the work that needs to be carried out for a beach to be worthy of a Blue Flag or Seaside Award.  The sponsorship and practical efforts of all concerned, which has helped Cornwall Council to make the applications, is to be applauded.”

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive, Visit Cornwall said: “This is great news for local residents and our visitors  - it show the quality of these beaches  and give people the reassurance on the excellence  of the  beaches and bathing waters. A huge thanks you for all those involved and to Sharp’s Brewery for supporting the awards."

Lee Gamble from Newquay Adventure Ltd said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won a Seaside Award for Great Western- Newquay’s original surfing beach!  We’re hugely excited to have taken on the task of looking after the beach and restoring it to its former glory.  Central to our plan is our commitment to sustainability.  We’re working with a number of amazing organisations and individuals, including BeachCare, #2minutebeachclean and the beach team at Cornwall Council, to look at ways we can introduce sustainable practices throughout the beach- to cover visitors’ entire beach experience.  This includes a new café with compostable tumblers and tableware, signage with eco-related infographics, an onsite composter, water conservation, and the removal of marine waste.  And now we get to celebrate all this with an award!  We’ll be honoured to fly the Seaside Award flag high over Great Western.”

A spokesperson for Perranzabuloe Parish Council said: “We are pleased and proud to have received the Seaside Award for Perranporth Beach. The beach is a central part of the community and much loved by residents and visitors alike, who have voted it the No. 1 in Cornwall on TripAdvisor. We would like to thank the range of agencies, businesses and individuals who work together to help to look after this beautiful and precious beach, making it a safe and special place to enjoy.”

Staying safe and top tips on enjoying our beautiful award winning beaches are available from BeachWise.  Launched last summer, BeachWise includes beach safety advice and useful information from a range of partners including Cornwall Council, Environment Agency, Keep Britain Tidy, Marine Conservation Society, RNLI, South West Coast Path Association, South West Water, Surf Life Saving Great Britain and Visit Cornwall.

Malcolm Bell, who is Chairman of the BeachWise Forum as well as  Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: “All of our partner organisations, in one way or another, are involved in promoting and protecting our beaches and coastal waters and want to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy them in safety.  However, with so many different sources of useful information it’s not always easy for people to know where to look it. We therefore joined forces to put all that information in one place, displayed in a fun and interactive way: BeachWise.

 

Story posted 23 May 2017

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Jubilee Pool to be transferred to the Jubilee Pool Community Benefit Society

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:09

Jubilee Pool, an iconic feature of the Penzance seafront for 80 years, is to be transferred to the Jubilee Pool Community Benefit Society.

The Friends of Jubilee Pool will be managing the pool via a new Community Benefit Society on whose board will sit the Cornwall Councillor Divisional Member, a Town Councillor as well as representatives from the Friends of the Jubilee Pool and community leaders.  The Community Benefit Society will operate the pool on the community’s behalf and ensure it is an affordable amenity for one and all.

Works to improve the accessibility of Jubilee Pool will begin in March to provide a series of ramps between the various tiers and install an easy access shower, toilet and changing facility. A Room Mate, a device which provides verbal instructions to help people with visual impairment to use changing spaces more independently, will also be installed in the easy access shower and toilet. In addition a new pool hoist will be provided which will improve accessibility into the water.

Jubilee Pool has received investment from the Coastal Communities Fund, Cornwall Council, Penzance Town Council, the Friends of Jubilee Pool, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnerships Regional Growth Fund (RGF) and Tempus Leisure following the winter storms of 2014 which caused significant damage to the pool. Following the damage the pool had been closed for two summer seasons, however, after an extensive repair project, which included rock anchoring of the pool base, sea wall repairs, extensive grouting, mechanical and electrical works, as well as general repair works, the pool was ready to be opened to the public once again in May last year. 

Martin Nixon, Chair of the Friends of Jubilee Pool, said: “We are delighted to announce the devolution of Jubilee Pool to the Friends of Jubilee Pool Community Benefit Society.  Since the Friends of Jubilee Pool were established in 1992 our objective has simply been to ensure the pool survives. Our trustees are passionate about the pool, have the expertise required to operate it successfully and will represent the interests of the large number of equally enthusiastic users, both locally and further afield.

Over the past three years Cornwall Council have invested considerable time and energy to the issue of Jubilee Pool’s future. We are delighted they have now placed their faith in the Friends of Jubilee Pool to deliver a sustainable longer term plan for this important listed building and community leisure asset.

We will now continue to work closely with Cornwall Council and local stakeholders on the next stage of this process. We will be operating on behalf of the community and we warmly invite anyone who would like to help us secure a bright future for Jubilee Pool to get in touch with us via our website at: www.jubileepool.co.uk.”

Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s Deputy Leader and Chair of the Project Steering Group, said: “The transfer of Jubilee Pool is a great example of devolution in action. Devolution at its most worthwhile is about finding the best long term local custodians of an asset, in this case a pool that is valued and used by the local community. I applaud the Friends of Jubilee Pool for taking up the challenge.”

Cornelius Oliver, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Central, said: “Whatever organisation is responsible for its financing and operation, the Jubilee Pool belongs to the people of Penzance. It is a very important part of the history and identity of our community, I am proud to have contributed to its renewal from the start of this project and look forward to my future involvement.”

Nigel Pengelly, Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purposes Committee for Penzance Town Council, said: “Penzance Town Council is delighted to support Jubilee Pool and be part of its future management as part of the Community Benefit Society. We wish the pool every success in the future and it’s good to secure such an iconic building in Penzance for future generations to come.”

The devolution negotiations for Jubilee Pool have been supported by the Cornwall Council Localism Team. Devolution has been recognised as a key component of the Council Strategy 2015-2019, with Localism and devolution's primary purpose to help sustain locally-led service delivery at a time of unprecedented budget challenges for local government.

There are a number of devolution projects underway in Cornwall and several assets and services have already been successfully devolved to town and parish councils and community organisations.

More information about devolution and completed devolution projects is available on the Cornwall Council Devolution webpage

Story posted 28 February 2016

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Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service are Dementia Friends

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:57

This month, Dementia Friends Champions from Social Care and Health at The Cornwall College Group visited Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service to educate staff about dementia and how they could help change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.

Many of CFRCS Service’s staff and stations are now a dementia friend because they want to understand what it's like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. If you would like to get involved and become a dementia friend, you can find out more on the Dementia Friends website 

Tamsin Lees, CFRCS Service Community Safety Manager said: “We were once again proud to support dementia awareness week and the Dementia Friends programme. We would encourage everyone to undertake the awareness sessions to also become a Dementia Friend to help change people’s perceptions of dementia.”

Last week was Dementia Awareness Week which is supported by the Alzheimer's Society. The Alzheimer's Society is a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia. In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with dementia; it is estimated that around 400,000 people have dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms. For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.   

 

Story posted 22 May 2017 

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Co-Operative Group Ltd fined £400,000 for health and safety breach

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:11

At a sentencing hearing today (Monday 22 May 2017) at Truro Crown Court, the Co-Operative Group Ltd was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £50,000.

Following an investigation by Cornwall Council’s Public Protection officers, Co-Operative Group Ltd pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at an earlier hearing.

In July 2015, Mr Stanley May, aged 74, had slipped in water which had accumulated on the floor of the Co-op store in Boscawen St, Truro following a leak from a faulty appliance. He hit his head on the floor and died later in hospital from a subdural haematoma. Water had been intermittently leaking from under a sandwich chiller over a period of almost 44 hours and although mopping had occurred there had been no effective method employed to stop or contain the leak or prevent customers accessing the area. Engineers had been called to repair the chiller the day prior to the accident and it appeared to have been repaired effectively, however, it had continued to leak and on the day in question the leaking chiller had not been reported as a maintenance issue and the only control method was a wet floor sign.

Following the hearing, investigating officer Sarah-Jane Brown from Cornwall Council’s Business Regulatory Support team said ‘This case demonstrates the importance of slip risks being adequately controlled. It should serve a warning to the retail industry, and particularly supermarkets, that signage alone is not an adequate control.  Proactive measures must be taken to either prevent floors becoming slippery or precluding public access’.

 

Story posted 22 May 2017

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Wanted – potential foster carers for older children and teenagers in Cornwall

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 17:15

This Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May) Cornwall Council’s Fostering Service is urging people to come forward as potential foster carers for older children and teenagers.

Find out more about becoming a foster carer

Foster carers look after children and young people who are unable to live with their families.  This can be due to a number of reasons, including the illness of a parent or other member of the family, family relationships problems or because they have been the victim of abuse or neglect. 

At present, there is an urgent need for foster carers to care for older children and teenagers and also a need for people who can care for a child or young person permanently, until they reach independence. There are currently 422 children and young people in care in Cornwall, and some 60% of those are teenagers.

In Cornwall there are over 270 families who foster, but more are urgently needed. Foster carers help some of the most vulnerable children and young people by providing guidance, stability and love.

Emma and Tim are foster carers in Cornwall and they care for older children and teenagers. Emma says” We had always thought about fostering and as our own children grew up and left home we had spare rooms. All children in care have experienced having a difficult time, and we all know being a teenager is a difficult time, to combine the two is never boring, but is also really rewarding as long as you can approach everything with calmness, understanding and its essential to have a good sense of humour. We have a very busy life but we have so much fun.

“Without fostering I doubt that at the age of 58 I would have been having my first Segway session! Both myself and Tim love what we gain from the children, we are always trying to do the best for the children and help them achieve the best for themselves, but in doing that you have such an enriched life that you gain as well.”

14 year old Ethan is fostered by Emma and Tim, along with his siblings. Of being cared for by Emma and Tim. Ethan says: Being in care is quite relaxed and stress free and it’s good that we still get to have contact with our birth Mum without the worries that came with living with her. It's like a two homes really; somewhere where you can stay and feel safe with the same upbringing as any other parent would give their child.

“Being in care isn't as bad as some people think, because foster parents accept your choices and decisions and take into account what you have to say. You get the same support as you would in a functioning family. Our foster parent’s family makes us feel that we are part of their family. It's good and I enjoy my foster family. I'm in a permanent home along with my sisters and it means we won’t be moved to other foster carers we will always stay in the home we have now.”

Alison Waters is the Service Manager for the Fostering and Adoption Service. “Many people have misconceptions about fostering, and don’t realise that some of the most rewarding experiences can be when caring for a teenager, or offering a child a permanent home. Many of our children and young people live with the same foster family throughout their childhood, and this gives them great security and emotional permanence.

“All of our foster carers get comprehensive training and support and there is a continual development programme that covers a wide range of subjects.“ 

Story posted 15 May 2017

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Rogue traders and doorstep sellers targeted in a UK wide day of action

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:28

In a bid to disrupt the activities of rogue traders across the UK, Cornwall Trading Standards Officers were this week involved in a range of education and enforcement activities to coincide with Operation Rogue Trader.

Activities in Cornwall ranged from identifying vehicles used by criminals through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to conducting intelligence-led patrols in areas where older or vulnerable people live, with assistance in Newquay from Devon and Cornwall Police. Cornwall Trading Standards also held a free seminar for partner agencies, charities and volunteer agencies who engage with vulnerable residents, which was supported by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Laurence Reed.

Operation Rogue Trader is a national week of action aimed at targeting the criminals involved in offering over-priced or poor quality driveway, roofing or other home improvement services. In 2016 activities during the week led to 300 arrests and 5,000 vehicle inspections nationally.

Rogue Traders employ a wide range of tactics that attempt to exploit consumers. These criminal gangs will pressure householders into agreeing shoddy or unnecessary home improvement work, by using a combination of misleading claims and high pressure selling techniques. Rogue traders often travel considerable distances to commit offences, highlighting the need for a national response to effectively tackle the problem.

Leanne McLean, Cornwall Trading Standards Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime said, “Operation Rogue Trader aims to catch offenders and disrupt their activity as well as highlighting the dangers of rogue trading and doorstep crime. Rogue traders prey on the most vulnerable in society, conning them out of vast sums of money, which in many cases is their life savings, for unnecessary and overpriced work. When someone falls foul of a rogue trading con, research shows it has a seriously detrimental effect on the victim’s health and their confidence.”

Tim Day, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute lead officer for doorstep crime said, “Trading Standards Services throughout the UK continue to combat the crimes associated with cold calling home maintenance traders and professional doorstep fraudsters. We aim to take robust enforcement action to provide a meaningful sanction and deterrent. Rogue Trader week is a key part of the strategy to proactively tackle this type of criminality, and intelligence sharing and joint initiatives between Trading Standards nationally will continue, ensuring there is no hiding place for the criminals.”

It is not illegal for traders to sell at the door, but legitimate businesses do not cold call. Rogue traders often offer gardening work or maintenance services at attractive rates but the quality of work is substandard, unnecessary or overpriced. They often use persuasive sales techniques to encourage people into making hasty decisions.

People should report cases of rogue traders or uninvited doorstep callers to Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 04 05 06.

Story posted 12 May 2017

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Toddler Brandon and his Mum thank Bude firefighters who rescued him from locked car

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:09

A photograph of a delighted cheeky toddler smiling at the Cornwall Fire and Rescue crew from Bude Community Fire Station who had come to free him when he became accidently locked in the family car, has been retweeted and commented on by well-wishers from all over the world.

Now Brandon and his mum Kirsty will be reunited with the fire crew when they visit Bude Community Fire Station.

It’s one of every parent’s worst nightmares and was experienced by Kirsty Green when her 14 month old son locked himself inside the car. Kirsty, from Bude, had been shopping with Brandon and had put him in the back of the car while she unloaded the groceries into the boot.

Kirsty then accidently locked her car keys in the boot and then realised that Brandon had pushed down the central locks inside the car.

To Brandon’s delight, firefighters from Bude Community Fire Station were quickly on scene and at first attempted to use a small tool to open the locks.  When Brandon found a coin and was spotted putting it into his mouth, the firefighters had to smash a window and climb into the car. Brandon was quickly released from the car and returned, uninjured, to his very thankful mum.

Kirsty said: "I can’t thank the firefighters enough for rescuing Brandon.  It was awful for me but Brandon thought it was hilarious. I'm sure he is really looking forward to seeing the firefighters again and would be in awe if he was able to sit in a fire engine.”

Between 01 April 2016 to 05 May 2017, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service have attended 27 calls to assist parents / carers with children locked in vehicles. The AA says it rescues on average seven children locked in cars every day in the UK.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Critical Control Operator Maggie Moore who took the call from Kirsty says: “If you are concerned about the welfare of another person’s life, never hesitate to call 999.  One of our control operators will talk you through the situation and offer advice and help over the phone or if necessary they will send out an emergency service to assist you.   

Children, pets and the elderly are particularly vulnerable as they are less able to cope with high temperatures and may not recognise the symptoms of heat-related illness such as dehydration. It's not just warm days that can present a risk: vehicle glass behaves like a greenhouse which means in sunshine, temperatures can rise quickly inside a closed vehicle. A child left in a parked car under those conditions for even a few minutes can very quickly become distressed, dehydrated and can die from organ failure. If you see anything, you need to act quickly. If you wait, it can be too late.

In less urgent circumstances, consider calling a locksmith or your breakdown service if you have one.”

The advice should you ever find yourself in a similar situation to Kirsty’s:

  • Keep calm and don’t panic
  • Think clearly and act quickly
  • Call 999 immediately for the emergency services if you have any concerns about a person’s health

Top tips

  • Keep your keys with you at all times.
  • Never give a child the keys to play with in the car.
  • Don't close all the doors unless you’re sure you have the keys.
  • Leave a window open so that if central locking is activated you can still get in.
  • Keep spare keys at home.

The Bude firefighters are looking forward to seeing Brandon again.  Since the photo of the cheeky toddler smiling at the firefighters during the rescue was added to the station’s Twitter feed, it has gone viral around the globe and has attracted a lot of attention from well-wishers including

Mary Mancuso who posted: This is so very sweet and heroic at the same time, may the angels be with you all From Vista California

Patricia Weed posted: You all did a great job!!! Congratulations from Virginia USA!!!

Dave Kelley Posted: Hurricane Fire Rescue, West Virginia sends a "JOB WELL DONE". Very good job on the quick reaction when the boy placed a coin in his mouth, that could have gone bad very fast. Stay safe Brothers.

Cheri Forrest Keeter Posted: Thank you for your service to your community and brightening up my facebook feed! From currently sunny Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

Yvette Jones Johnston This story made my day. So glad he is okay. From a Mommy in Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

You can view more from Bude Community Fire Station Twitter feed or their Facebook page.

Story posted 11 May 2017 

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Children and St Buryan and Helston win places to represent the South West in the Bloodhound Project finals

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:59

46 school teams arrived at RAF St Mawgan in Newquay on 27 April to take part in the Cornwall and Devon finals of the Bloodhound Project Racefortheline.com model rocket car competition.

The Bloodhound Project is using a 1,000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Rachel Delourme, STEM Advisor from Cornwall Council Education Business Partnership, said, We started with over 4,000 local children from over 100 schools and today was the final culmination in months of hard work. We had 23 primary school teams and 23 secondary schools teams, with eight of them from Devon. They all worked together to design and build their own model rocket cars made from a block of foam, four wheels, a ruler, pencil and sandpaper. All had to make sure they stuck to strict guidelines with absolutely no help from any adult, with the exception of cutting the foam. Every issue they had, they needed to solve themselves. It was a real test of their teamwork, skills and knowledge.

‘This opportunity has enabled all children from a variety of schools, backgrounds, level of ability and interest in STEM subjects to do something practical and learn about possible engineering career opportunities. For some, it has opened up a world of possibilities they didn’t know existed. Inspiring our young engineers of the future is a key component of the Cornwall Careers Offer and it was fantastic to see so many young people show enthusiasm for STEM.’

After racing their cars down a carefully constructed runway, propelled by rocket fuel, children waited patiently for the winners to be announced.

Anji, a parent from Wadebridge Primary said, ‘Thank you so much for arranging that awesome experience for the children. They loved, it was so well done and I can't wait to see the future ideas it generates. Things like this help kids like Jack to engage with education where he could so easily be moving away from it and I can't thank you enough for making these things happen.’

The winning teams from Cornwall are:

  • St Buryan Primary with their car The EDJ
  • Helston Community College with their car Helston Hound

The winners will represent the South West at the finals in Northamptonshire on 29 June, with a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to South Africa to spend a week with the Bloodhound race team, plus a cash prize of £1,000.

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Protecting the Vulnerable – Victim Awareness conference on 11 May

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:55

Cornwall Council is hosting a special conference at County Hall on Thursday, 11 May to help raise awareness of the risks faced by vulnerable people living in their own homes.

Cornwall has a high proportion of older people who live alone and who may suffer from some form of social isolation. Additionally, people with disabilities or long-term health conditions are now provided with greater support to remain in their own homes for longer. Unfortunately these factors can make Cornish residents a prime target for doorstep fraudsters and mass mailing scams.

The Victim Awareness event, which is being held at County Hall between 10 am and 1pm, is aimed at raising awareness of the risks faced by vulnerable people living in their own homes. The conference will include representatives from a variety of partner agencies including Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue and Community Safety, and voluntary groups.

The event, which is free of charge to attend, will encourage all those who visit people at their homes, for whatever reason, to spot the clues and to be prepared to refer concerns to relevant agencies.

Laurence Reed of BBC Radio Cornwall will introduce the event, followed by guest speakers who will present delegates with a series of case studies, illustrating the potentially devastating impact of doorstep fraud and scam mail.  Delegates will also be challenged to consider whether they and their own staff are doing enough to protect those trying to live independent lives and whether they have a good enough understanding of the roles and capabilities of other agencies who may be able to intervene where problems are found or suspected.

“It is vital that we work with our partners to help identify victims of doorstep crime and scams” said Leanne McLean, Trading Standards lead officer for doorstep crime. “Those who commit these crimes regularly target our most vulnerable residents and the impact can be devastating.

“Every year in Cornwall, it is thought that around 7,000 residents fall victim to rogue traders and scam mail, yet only 7% report the crime to Trading Standards. The seminar is targeted at partner and voluntary agencies, charitable organisations and anyone else that work with vulnerable residents in their homes. It is hoped it will provide an insight into the work that Trading Standards do in relation to doorstep crime and scams, provide delegates with easy to spot warning signs that someone may have fallen victim and how this can be reported.”

Delegates can book a place at the event  by emailing: businesscompliance@cornwall.gov.uk

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Camborne taxi driver fined £200 for using licensed taxi without insurance

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:20

A Camborne taxi driver was fined £200 and ordered to pay £900 in costs by magistrates last week for using a licensed taxi without insurance.

Magistrates in Truro also gave 31 year old Adam Jason Bagnall, of 18 Nicholas Holman Road, Camborne, eight points on his licence at the hearing on 26 April after being told he had been carrying children on a Cornwall Council Passenger Transport contract.

The court heard that the Council’s Licensing Compliance team had received a complaint from a member of the public in January 2017 over the way the licenced taxi, owned and operated by Bagnall, was being driven. This alleged that the vehicle had been seen driving at speed along the A30 through Shortlanesend towards Redruth, tailgating vehicles until it was able to overtake, on two separate occasions.

On 26 January Andrea Carter, from the Council’s Licensing Compliance team, and an officer from the Passenger Transport Unit went to Nine Maidens School where they informed Mr Bagnall that they believed that his licensed vehicle was not insured or taxed. He stated that he did have insurance and tax and he was asked to bring evidence of this to the Council’s Offices at Dolcoath, Camborne.

Later that morning Mr Bagnall went to the Council’s office at Dolcoath where he said that, after checking, he realised that the vehicle was not taxed or insured.  He had already taken the plate from the vehicle and was issued with a suspension notice for the vehicle.  Following further investigations it was discovered that the vehicle had been uninsured since November 2016.

Bagnall told Magistrates that he had “been in a very dark place” following a relationship break up and had not been opening his post.

Following the hearing Cornwall Council’s Licensing Compliance officer Andrea Carter said, “We are very pleased with the outcome of this case. Mr Bagnall undertook serious action in transporting the general public without insurance, especially children, and seemed to have complete disregard for his actions”.

Bagnalls’ taxi driver licence was revoked by members of the Miscellaneous Licensing Committee on 10 February. 

Story posted: 2 May 2017

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Cornwall Housing named as finalist in national awards

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:20

Cornwall Housing has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) awards.

This year the focus was on photographs that help to tell the story of the people who make their Council property the place they call home. The picture attached was one of twelve shortlisted from the entries submitted by other arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) from across the country and announced at the NFA conference.

Cornwall Housing’s Interim Managing Director, Vivien Knibbs, who attended the conference, said “It is important to Cornwall Housing we fulfil our commitment to putting our customers at the heart of what we do.

“Though we were not named as overall winner on this occasion, we are so pleased to have been given the opportunity to publicly celebrate social housing and our tenants.”

Director of Landlord Services, Pete Jarman added “We are all very proud that a photograph of one of our residents was shortlisted. The photo was taken at our specialised housing scheme in Liskeard, a scheme that was the result of working in partnership with Cornwall Council’s Adult, Families and Children to address the needs of some of our more vulnerable customers.”

Photographed tenant Stuart said, “Living in my new home has changed my life. I have my own control of things but also have any support when I need it. I am really proud that my picture was in the finals, I hope it shows people how happy I am to be living here.”

Following the exhibition of the photograph, taken by Cornish photographer Mike Newman, at the NFA Annual Conference, it will now go on to be used in future exhibitions and presentations.

Story posted: 2 May 2017

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Apprenticeship opportunities in Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:48

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service is currently welcoming applications for our operational apprenticeship working with Truro and Penwith College to provide this great opportunity.

We will be accepting applications from people who are a resident of, or have a strong association to Cornwall or Isles of Scilly or live in PL1,2,3,4 or 5 postcodes.

The service is also looking to improve under-represented people within the workforce and are promoting applications from women and people who identify as LGBTQI+. This is a very exciting time to be joining the service, our recruits will experience our brand new modular approach to learning the broader diverse skills of a community firefighter within Cornwall.

Tamsyn Harris, Head of Business at Truro and Penwith College said: “Careers as a firefighter with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are a great opportunity for people locally and at Truro and Penwith College we are really pleased to have been chosen by the Service to support this new initiative to train Apprentice firefighters.  It is exciting to work in partnership with experts within the Service to design and deliver this training programme which will offer a great career for the successful applicants”.

Kathryn Billing,  Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Group Manager Human Resources and Training said: “This is a fantastic and rare chance to be a part of our great Service. If you want to help the most vulnerable people in our community, want a challenge and to learn new transferable skills in a professional, passionate team environment, then please apply, this is a unique opportunity”.

Applications have been open since Monday 24 April and will close Monday 8 May 2017 at midnight.

To apply and for more information please visit our Service Careers page

Story posted 28 April 2017

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Landlord prosecuted for unsafe House in Multiple Occupation in Camborne

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 17:58

On the 26 April 2017 at Truro Magistrates Court, Cornwall Council’s Private Sector Housing Team successfully prosecuted Mr Russel Pomeroy of 19 Wheal Agar, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall, TR15 3QL for several housing offences relating to his property at 15 Basset Road, Camborne.

A Council inspection in 2016 revealed that the property was not being managed adequately, placing the residents at serious risk of harm.

At the time of the inspection, the fire alarm system was in a state of disrepair and smoke detectors were missing from four rooms   A condition of the house in multiple occupation licence was that safe, fixed, controllable heating must be provided but there was no fixed form of heating in any of the rooms with the tenants having to use portable heaters.  In addition, some of the rooms were suffering from extensive mould growth.

Mr Pomeroy entered two guilty pleas to charges that he failed to comply with the requirements of his mandatory house in multiple occupation licence conditions, and six breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 and was fined a total of £2,869 - £1,386 for the offences, £1,345 costs and a victim surcharge of £138.

Stuart Kenney, Principal Environmental Health Officer from the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team said: “The Council has taken similar prosecution cases in the recent past involving serious disrepair, hazards and substandard management practices and offenders have been ordered by the Courts to pay fines in excess of £20,000 which serves to be a significant punishment that ensures that it is not cheaper to offend than comply. 

New laws came into force on the 6th April 2017 which will help Cornwall Council to crack down on the minority of rogue landlords who continue to shirk their legal responsibilities and place tenants at risk of harm.  One of the main changes is that the Council can now issue penalties of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for a range of housing offences, which will act as a strong deterrent and significant punishment for placing the lives of tenants at risk”. 

Landlords and property agents are encouraged to join the Council’s responsible landlord scheme to stay up to date with changes in the law and any associated policy changes.  

Story posted 27 April 2017

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Avoid a dangerous shock this Bank Holiday weekend

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 17:54

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service is supporting the Electrical Safety First campaign and is advising anyone spending time in their garden this weekend to have Residual Current Device (RCD) protection.

  • One in ten people have experienced an electric shock or accident caused while using an electrical appliance in their garden.
  • The top cause is cutting through the cable of a lawnmower, something that can cause a severe electric shock or even kill if there is no RCD protection.
  • Electrical Safety First research shows that over a quarter of people don’t know what an RCD is.

Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend, Electrical Safety First is reminding gardeners of the importance of using an RCD outside. Research undertaken by the charity shows that one in ten people in the UK have experienced an electric shock or accident while using an electrical appliance in the garden. Most accidents in British gardens are caused by electric lawnmowers; with flower pots, electric trimmers, pruners and even the innocent garden gnome making up the top causes of accidents in the garden.

While there are lots of ways to stay safe in the garden, an RCD is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. RCD protection can be built into your fuse box or sockets. If you do not have built in protection, a plug-in RCD should be used with any kind of electrical equipment such as lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. Despite more than half of people reporting that they use electrical devices in their gardens , Electrical Safety First found that over a quarter of them had never heard of an RCD. Of those who had heard of an RCD, one in six said that they didn’t always use an RCD when using electrical equipment outside.

The main reasons for electric shock included cutting through a cable, cutting through a wire, or using electrical equipment in wet conditions.

As gardens become an additional living space, more people are using electrical equipment outside. Almost one in ten people with gardens said that they used mains powered entertainment systems like speakers outside. One in seven have outdoor lighting; while one in forty have a Jacuzzi, hot tub or heated pool in the garden. With any of these electrical items, a working RCD could prevent a fatal accident.

Katie Hoskins-Sweeney Watch Manager Fire Prevention and Road Safety said: “We really want people to enjoy their gardens this weekend and throughout the summer safely, please heed this advice and remember to disconnect equipment when it is not in use to avoid any accidental switch on by pets or children.”

Emma Drackford, Director of Communications at Electrical Safety First said: “An incredibly high number of people are using electrical equipment in the garden and having accidents outdoors. It’s more important than ever that anyone using mains voltage appliances outdoors uses an RCD.

Lots of people will be taking advantage of garden centre sales ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend to spruce up their gardens. A plug-in RCD can cost as little as £10. A fixed RCD will cost more, but will provide a greater degree of protection to help keep your family safe. We recommend that anyone using electrical appliances outdoors owns a RCD. Not using one could cost you your life”.

For advice and tips on staying safe in the garden, visit the Electrical Safety First website

Story posted 27 April 2017 

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Council’s Planning Enforcement Team successfully prosecutes landowner for non-compliance with a Breach of Condition Notice

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:09

The Council’s Planning Enforcement Team has shown its commitment to providing a robust planning enforcement service by prosecuting Robert Tillett the owner of 24 Riverside Avenue, Newquay, for the non-compliance of a Breach of Condition Notice. The notice required Mr Tillett to erect privacy screens on two balconies that had been granted planning permission at the property.

The case was heard at Truro Magistrates Court on the 26th April 2017 when the land-owner was found guilty to the continuing offence of non-compliance with the Breach of Condition Notice.  The Magistrates imposed on the land-owner a £660 fine with a £66 pound victim surcharge and also ordered him to pay the full Council costs of £1677.

The Councils Enforcement Group Leader Jon Drew stated “the non-compliance with a Breach of Condition Notice is a criminal offence and the Planning Enforcement Section are committed to prosecuting persons who do not comply with these notices.  In this case the landowner has to pay a fine and costs of £2403 and shows that these matters are taken seriously.”

Posted 27 April 2017

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First public Kresen Kernow site tours taking place in May

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:26

The first public Hard Hat tours of the former Redruth Brewery site, which will be home to Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, are taking place in Redruth on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May.

Participants will be shown the work that has already been carried out on the building by Midas, the site contractors, and hear the latest news on the development.

The tours take place on Friday May 5th at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm and Saturday 6th May at 1pm and 2pm. There will also be a special ‘Create at Kresen Kernow’ session from 10am-12 noon on Saturday 6th May in which creative participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and sketchbooks to help us capture the changes to the site.

Pre-booking is essential for all events, as spaces are limited, and strict health and safety guidelines must be adhered to. For more information, or to book a place, call 01872 323 127.

Deborah Tritton, Kresen Kernow Project Director, said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to see the work that has been done so far and to hear what the next steps are for this exciting project.”

Kresen Kernow is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council and will bring together the Cornish Studies Library, Cornwall Record Office and Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record under one roof for the very first time. For more information visit the Cornwall Council Kresen Kernow webpage.  

Story posted 25 April 2017

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Truro Safe Partnership helps the City’s vulnerable and launches donation points in Truro

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:45

Press release issued on behalf of Safer Cornwall

The Truro Safe Partnership has launched donation points across Truro making it easy for people to donate money to the charities who are supporting vulnerable individuals move away from a life on the City’s streets. Truro Safe, which consists of charities, public sector organisations and local businesses, has also produced an information leaflet for businesses, locals and visitors. Titled ‘Different Issues, The Same Streets’ the leaflet explains how Truro Safe are responding to the different issues of street drinking, begging and rough sleeping on Truro’s streets. As the leaflet suggests people street drinking or begging are not necessarily rough sleepers; and not all rough sleepers are street drinking or begging.

Last month the public, private and voluntary organisations that make up Safer Cornwall joined up with Truro Safe to support a local response to concerns regarding a specific group of vulnerable individuals sleeping rough in the City. As Sarah Necke, Community Safety Officer and representative for Safer Cornwall explained: “Safer Cornwall and Truro Safe have been engaging with and supporting a group of vulnerable individuals rough sleeping in Truro with multiple needs which include mental and physical ill health, learning disabilities and drug and alcohol issues.  Some of the behaviour from these individuals has been unacceptable. Our partnership approach with agencies in Truro involves Addaction, St Petroc’s and Konnect Cornwall providing intensive assertive outreach support to the individuals. This multi-agency team approach has been very positive and all the individuals within this group have been supported into accommodation or treatment maximising their opportunities to make positive, longer term changes.  Calls to the Police and pressure on A&E have greatly reduced as a result of this approach.”

The team will continue to work together to support individuals involved in street drinking, begging and/or rough sleeping. The donation points in Truro can be found at: Visit Truro, Tesco, Natwest, Tremletts, The Cornish Foodbox, Hendra Health Store, Superdry, The Try Dowr and Sole Plaice. All money collected will go to the charities officially providing tailored support to those most in need on Truro’s streets.

On behalf of Devon & Cornwall Police, Truro Inspector, Rick Milburn said: ‘It’s vital that our multi-agency approach continues to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities receive the support they require.  The issues of street drinking, which are not always connected with homelessness, are now common nationally and will sometimes result in anti-social behaviour which can affect resident’s quality of life, business and tourism trade. Our co-ordinated approach through Truro Safe and Safer Cornwall is proving to be really positive and is fully supported by Devon and Cornwall Police.”

The charity, St Petroc’s Society that provides accommodation, support, advice, training and resettlement services to single homeless people in Cornwall is part of the Partnership. Richard Bryant, Director of Operations at St Petroc’s said: “St Petroc’s Society has worked in partnership with all agencies in Truro, providing outreach support and helping this vulnerable group of individuals. The Society is grateful to the support and compassion offered by members of the community already. We hope that the positive work of the partnership continues so together we can provide the most appropriate support to individuals on the street who need it; creating maximum opportunities for them to rebuild their lives.”

Lynda Edward, Outreach Manager and Acting West Manager from Addaction welcomed the model of partnership working which had helped to improve outcomes for those individuals with complex needs. Lynda added: “I hope that quality partnership working will continue as it has the potential to benefit both the wider community and some of the most vulnerable individuals in Cornwall.  Addaction operates a policy of inclusion for all individuals who experience issues related to alcohol and/or drugs in Cornwall; we’ve welcomed the opportunity to work as part of a committed team with the needs of the service user paramount.”

Alun Jones from Totally Truro said “As part of the Truro Safe Partnership, we’ve been liaising with local businesses and we’d like to thank those local businesses who have agreed to have a donation point. The recent work of the local charities and organisations providing support to those on Truro’s streets has been very positive; giving to the donation points will help the charities to be able to continue this work.”

Partnership working is continuing to address the long term issues around rough sleeping throughout Cornwall.  Funded by a successful £292,000 bid to the Government’s Rough Sleeper Programme, ‘No First Night Out’, is now in place. This involves a new team of experienced outreach, housing options and resettlement officers from Cornwall Housing, Coastline and St Petroc’s Society working together to help those who are facing pressures that could tip them over into rough sleeping. 

In addition a further £850,000 has been allocated by Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing to produce a long term Cornwall Rough Sleeping Strategy. This will be delivered in partnership between Cornwall Council, Cornwall Housing Ltd (CHL), Voluntary Sector Providers, Safer Cornwall, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), Devon & Cornwall Police, Public Health (including Mental Health Services) and Inclusion Cornwall.

The community can help by reporting potential rough sleeping to Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 or online at www.streetlink.org.uk. People should also inform the police of any criminality or anti-social behaviour by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

As well as setting up the donation points, and producing the information leaflet, the Truro Safe Partnership coordinates initiatives such as the Street Marshals and Cornwall Resus “Safe Space” ambulance. The information leaflet ‘Different Issues, The Same Streets’ is available at: www.safercornwall.co.uk/make-a-difference/truro.

Posted 25 April 2017

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