Cornwall

Last chance to nominate for Cornwall’s care awards

Cornwall Council News feed - 10 hours 58 min ago

A final call out is being made for people to recognise the great care work taking place across the Duchy by making a nomination for the 'Care and Support Awards Cornwall and Isles of Scilly', which closes Friday 23 August.

'The Care and Support Awards Cornwall and Isles of Scilly' are hosted by Cornwall Adult Health & Social Care Learning Partnership (CAHSC) with support from Cornwall Council.  The award ceremony takes place on Friday 27 September at the Headland Hotel and Spa, Newquay.

There are 13 award categories which represent the widespread and diverse activities within the adult social care and support sector in Cornwall and people are being urged to take the time to recognise all those organisations and individuals who have made a difference this year.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “These awards are Cornwall’s way of saying thank you to those people who have chosen to pursue a career in care, one of the most rewarding careers there is.

“At last year’s event I saw many of these people recognised for the great work they have done. It’s so important that we take the time to do this, to say thank you to the person that looks after you or a loved one, who regularly puts a smile on their face and helps them to achieve something positive with their lives.

“I’d encourage you to make that nomination now and recognise the difference they have made”.

Beverly Futtit CEO for CAHSC said: “We’ve already received some fantastic nominations but we know that there are many more great organisations and people working in care out there who are providing a vital service to people in the Cornwall community, so please take this opportunity to thank them for all that they do”.

The Chaos Group have nominated one of their volunteers for the Volunteer of the Year award. Director of the Chaos Group, Babs Rounseville said: ”I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to nominate one of our volunteers Aaron Gill who has been volunteering for us for the last five years. We don’t have enough opportunities to say thank you to our volunteers or even our paid workers so the awards are a great way of showing them how much they mean to us and all the other people they support every day.”

Rob Rotchell added: “It’s very important that we promote careers in the care sector as much as we can. Care workers provide an essential service to the community and to those who need care. 

“We expect we will need over 7000 additional care workers by 2035 to meet the needs of the growing and ageing population – this is a role which is going to be needed in every community across Cornwall.“

You can make your nomination now by visiting the CAHSC website 

To find out more about careers in care then visit the Proud to Care Cornwall website 

Posted on 21 August

 

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Counterfeit goods businessman ordered to pay back £750,000 or face five years more in prison

Cornwall Council News feed - 11 hours 22 min ago

A man found guilty of running a fake goods business online has been ordered to hand back three quarters of a million pounds of illicit earnings – or face a further five years in prison.

In August last year, Gregory William Whitehead, 50, most recently of Tregrehan Hill, St Austell, was jailed for 32 months and William Thomas Lemoyne, 37, formerly of Trevenson Street, Camborne, but now living in France, was handed a two year suspended sentence.

Both men had pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply counterfeit goods, including fake car accessories, toys and musical instrument accessories.

At a hearing at Truro Crown Court on Monday, Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Officers successfully secured a proceeds of crime order against the duo as part of the civil process to recover the illegal benefit of their crime.

The court accepted that in total, the business had generated £1.75 million in illegal turnover.

For his part in the operation, former postmaster Whitehead was ordered to pay back £750,000 or face a further five years imprisonment. Lemoyne was ordered to pay back £1,300.

Gary Webster, Senior Trading Standards Officer said: “Today’s result sends a clear message to those who seek to profit by selling counterfeit goods.

“Where appropriate, we will always seek to recover any benefits made from illegal trading and take the profit out of crime.”

The proceeds of crime legislation is designed to help law enforcement agencies to identify money or assets gained by criminals during the course of their criminal activity. Agencies have powers to seek to confiscate these assets following conviction for relevant offences.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall's Portfolio holder for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “It may be a cliché, but this just shows that crime does not pay.

“I would like to pay tribute to the excellent work of our trading standards team, whose diligence throughout this long-running investigation has led to this result.”

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Review of Direct Payments Scheme leads to changes to make them easier to understand and use

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 16:33

People who use Direct Payments in Cornwall will now find them much easier to understand and use, following a review by Cornwall Council.

The Council worked with disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, a user led disabled people’s organisation and people who use Direct Payments to change the Direct Payment Agreement, which was identified as a key action to address by the review.

Direct Payments are a sum of money allocated to someone as a Personal Budget to meet their eligible care and support needs. People are able to use them to directly employ a personal care assistant or pay directly for the services they need. This gives people more choice and control over their care and support and when and how it is delivered.

The review identified that the former Direct Payment Agreement was not clear enough, meaning some people were unaware of how their funds could be used and of their duties and responsibilities. The review also identified the need for greater monitoring of Direct Payment accounts, which will ultimately mean that unused funds should not build up and instead, can be recycled into the social care budget for the benefit of other people with eligible care needs.

The Agreement was produced in ‘easy read’ by CHAMPs, a team of 10 people with learning difficulties. A formal version of the agreement is still available for those who prefer it, however, Cornwall Council will as a default, use the Easy Read Agreement for everyone from now on.

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Adults, Rob Rotchell said: “The new agreement is being sent to all current Direct Payment users and will be used for all new clients from now on. After a recent audit of the system identified that changes were needed we have worked with people who use the service to make sure that we make the necessary improvements. By working with the people who use the service we are confident that people will find the system much improved”.

Jane Johnson, Chief Executive of disAbility Cornwall said: “We were delighted to co-produce this new agreement and shaping it from the bottom up will ensure it works for the Direct Payment user as well as the Council. Many people have been confused about how to use their Direct Payments and as a result, have found themselves in difficult situations, whereas we hope they will now have the clarity they need to use them confidently and we hope more people will choose to use them as a result”.

The review also identified the need for a revised Direct Payment Policy, so that people will clearly understand how Direct Payments can be used to meet their needs and improve their choice, control and independence.

This policy will also be developed in partnership with disAbility Cornwall and other voluntary sector organisations, and with people who currently have care and support needs. A draft policy will be ready by September 2019 with further opportunities for people to have their say at six consultation workshops around the County.

This review supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults in Cornwall.

Posted on 20 August

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Cornwall town now managing all former Cornwall Council managed sites

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:57

Residents in St Columb Major are now benefitting from having more control over public buildings and spaces following the transfer of a number of sites to the Town Council from Cornwall Council.

Following the successful transfer of the town’s library last year the town is now set to continue with that success by taking on:

  • Trekenning Road car park
  • “The Hurlings”, land on west side of Station Road
  • 881sq m of grass verge maintenance
  • Trelawney park
  • Play area at Hawthorn Close
  • Land at Highfield Avenue
  • Grass verge at Highfield Avenue
  • Parking bay at Market Place

St Columb Major Town Mayor, Cllr Paul Wills said: “It’s given people in the town a sense of ownership and pride. If we have these assets within our control we can look at how we can best improve them and how we can make them work for the entire community. People in the town realise that they now have a greater say on how these assets are used and managed.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, Cllr Edwina Hannaford said: “St Columb Major have already proven how successful devolution of site management from Cornwall Council to Town Councils is through the great improvements they have already made on the town’s library.

“St Columb Major Town Council identified the sites which are used most often, such as the car park and the play areas, and the council has worked with them to successfully manage this transfer.”

Cllr Paul Wills added: “We have been able to invest in new equipment for one of the play areas that we already manage, so we can now invest in these other play areas so that people can expect a similar standard of quality and maintenance across sites all in the town.”

Cornwall Council is also supporting the town with an increase in parking enforcement to help manage the parking issues in the town centre.

The devolution of the sites supports Cornwall Council’s priority to give residents and communities a greater say in decisions, making them at the most appropriate level.

Posted on 20 August

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Cornwall Council speaks up for its residents with a call out to the Prime Minister for more funding

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:39

Cornwall Council has joined up with councils from across the country to call for a fairer funding commitment from the new Prime Minister.

More than 30 leaders from the largest councils have signed an open letter to the Telegraph, urging the Prime Minister to follow up on his promise to ‘level up’ funding - with shire county areas missing out on £3.2bn of funding per year compared to other parts of England.

The letter follows the early pledges of the new prime minister that focused on levelling up funding in areas such as schools and infrastructure.

Leader of Cornwall Council Julian German said: “Cornwall has faced over £350 million in cuts since 2010. This letter adds weight to the considerable amount of work already put in by Cornwall Council to stand up for Cornwall and its residents. It is vital that we continue to press the government to ensure we get the funding that we need to enhance services for our most vulnerable residents.”

He added: “We also need to make sure Government delivers on its promise that Cornwall will be no worse off in terms of a replacement for European structural funding through the new Shared Prosperity Fund after Brexit; and for Government to give a green light to further devolution of funding and powers to local communities.”

Due to historically lower funding and deeper cuts to core grants, local councils in England's rural and shire counties are the lowest funded authorities; receiving just £240 per person for public services such as social care, children's social services, public health, bin collections and libraries - 60% less than residents in inner London (£601) and 46% less than councils in metropolitan and city authorities (£419).

New analysis from the County Councils Network (CCN) reveals that if the 36 county areas that make up the CCN were funded at the same per person average in England, they would be receiving an additional £3.2bn per year.

In the letter, senior councillors warn that 'if the Prime Minister is to fulfil his pledge to level up opportunity in this country, then we must have a cast iron commitment to fair funding for underfunded and overburdened councils'.

Leaders say that unfair funding has led to a ‘perverse’ situation where some councils have been able to keep council tax rates as low as half of what residents in other counties are being charged. The average county Band D household's yearly bill is £1,562, compared to £700 in some parts of London.

Unless the new Government provides extra resources and a commitment to fairer funding, CCN warns that councils will have to cut back on frontline care services, repairs to potholes, streetlights and youth and Sure Start centres.

The letter adds weight to the recent launch of ‘Britain’s Leading Edge’, a special interest group which brings together a coalition of rural local authorities and MPs to argue the case for equality of consideration in social and economic support in all areas of the country. 

Story posted 19 August 2019 

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Council introduces new technology to tackle those who wrongly park in residents only parking zones

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 13:08

New technology is being introduced in Cornwall to help tackle the issue of cars without permits parking in resident only parking zones.

We’re introducing camera cars to make best use of technology, give value for money and free up our civil enforcement officers so that we can use them in other areas where there are parking issues.

The use of the new camera cars means that one Civil Enforcement Officer can cover the same distance of nearly four and half CEO’s patrolling on foot.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “We have introduced a Positive Parking Framework which includes a raft of measures to help support our communities and local economies as well as improve traffic management.  This is the latest move to improve efficiency and to demonstrate to our residents that we are acting to deter those who park in restricted parking zones.”

The cars are fitted with a camera and automatic number plate recognition technology so we can check that cars parked in resident only parking zones in some areas of Truro and in St Ives have the right vehicle specific permit.

The cars are fitted with a camera which capture the details of vehicles parked in resident only parking spaces.  The technology will then check if that number plate is linked to a resident parking permit.

By using the camera cars and automatic number plate recognition, we can match the car number plate to our database to find out quickly if a vehicle is incorrectly parked in a resident only parking bay.  The Civil Enforcement Officer will then be able to issue a Penalty Charge Notice if appropriate.

We’ll be rolling out the use of camera cars in other areas when other resident parking zones become vehicle specific permit parking zones.

 

Story posted 19 August 2019 

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Coast protection works at Long Rock completed

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:33

A major project to improve the coastal resilience in Mounts Bay has been completed, with a 350 metre length of the coast at Long Rock now open for the general public. Over 12,500 tonnes of locally sourced rock has been used to protect the most vulnerable section of this coast from eroding and being breached during storm conditions, flooding the railway and the area behind it. 

The works are part of a wider £3.7 million strategic project to improve coastal resilience in Mount’s Bay and will also include environmental improvements to Marazion Marsh. The works are being wholly funded by grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Environment Agency Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid (FDGiA).

Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection at Cornwall Council, Rob Nolan, said:  “The work which has been done here is an important element of protecting this particular stretch of coastline, along with businesses and homes behind it. The construction which has been done also creates a better public space, with improvements for the users of the coast path and cycleway, who will now be able to stop and admire this stunning view.”

The project reduces the level of flood risk to the community of Long Rock as the impacts of climate change, storm surges and sea level rise increase. 

The coast defence scheme:

  • Provides increased coastal protection to the Great Western Railway mainline and A30 serving strategic transport links in and out of Penzance and access to the Isles of Scilly.
  • Protects domestic and commercial assets and infrastructure including 295 residential properties and 65 commercial properties.
  • Creates better conditions for sustained economic growth by reducing obstacles to local investment, complementing new development and allowing greater connection with customers.

Councillor Simon Elliott said: “I welcome this coastal defence work and have given it my full support since the plans were first released. It has been clear from the storms over the last few years that this area is particularly vulnerable and the rock armour represents the best solution in the short term to protecting the businesses and community of Long Rock.

“With the beautiful views across the bay that the coastal path provides, and the area being created by the defences, I was pleased to make £1,000 of my Community Chest fund available to provide picnic benches to hopefully create a great spot to stop and take in our wonderful environment.”

The development, along with creating a new sea defence and public amenity space; has also created two new ramps onto the beach, to allow for greater public access to the water.

Council Lead on Flooding and Coastal Change, Dr Dave Watkins, added:  “To maximise the environmental benefits of the works the rock armour has been placed further forward than is normal to allow the natural backshore dunes to grow in the shadow of the rock armour, reversing the current erosion. This was a necessary step to allow a margin of safety while we develop long term plans for the sustainability of this coast under pressure.”

Story posted 16 August 2019

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Cornwall says: ‘No more rubbish excuses!’

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:07

This summer Cornwall is saying a polite but firm ‘no more rubbish excuses’ to the minority of people who litter in our beautiful Duchy and is inviting residents, tourists and visitors alike to help get the message across by going to www.cornwall.gov.uk/litterless.

Each year, Cornwall Council’s street cleaning contractor works round the clock to keep our roads, town centres and beaches tidy with more than 200 workers covering 40,000 miles annually – almost twice the distance around the world.

And over the last year, Cornwall’s community groups volunteered more than 48,066 hours of their time to picking up after litterbugs, according to data collated by Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition and Clean Cornwall. If those volunteers were paid, at the very least it would cost Cornwall around £376,000-a-year.

During the busy holiday periods when visitors and residents are out and about more enjoying Cornwall’s coastal environment, the Council’s  contractor steps up its cleaning and bin emptying in anticipation of a rise in the volume of rubbish, recycling and litter.

Visit Cornwall figures suggest that the Duchy hosts 40 million day trips a year. Twenty-two million of those trips are made by visitors who stay overnight in Cornwall, while 19 million are made by locals and visitors who live in - or close enough to - Cornwall to enjoy a day out here before returning home for the night.

Across the peak season Cornwall sees a 45% rise in the amount of rubbish and litter created during the spring and summer seasons. Litter is a risk to human health, as well as the health of Cornwall’s wildlife and environment. Barbeques left in the sand can cause burns and other injuries, while plastic litter in particular poses a choking threat to birds and sea life.

The Council has teamed up with Visit Cornwall, Clean Cornwall and Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition as part of its #LitterlessCornwall campaign to issue a reminder to residents and visitors alike: no more rubbish excuses - leave only your footprints and take your litter with you if the bins are full.

The campaign asks the majority of people who don’t litter to sign a ‘#LitterlessCornwall’ pledge so that the Council can prove to litterlouts that there really is no excuse for rubbish behaviour.

Cllr Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, said: “Litter is a blight on Cornwall but it’s not something the Council can tackle alone and we are grateful to Cornwall’s voluntary groups who do so much. But they shouldn’t have to.

“Responsibility for not dropping litter and making sure it ends up in a bin lies with each of us as individuals. If you can’t find a bin please take your rubbish away with you and dispose of it at home.  It’s that simple.

 “Our contractor clears litter wherever and whenever it can, but it shouldn’t be dropped in the first place.

“Unfortunately a minority of people still haven’t got the message that littering is unacceptable. “What we say to their carelessness is ‘no more rubbish excuses’.

“This summer make sure your rubbish goes in a bin and leave only your footprints.”

Posted on 14 August

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Clean Air Day sparks a small green wave

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 16:52

The number of car journeys at Berrycoombe Primary School in Bodmin dropped by 80% to mark Clean Air Day in June.  The figures from Sustrans, the Sustainable Transport charity, show that more than 58 families left the car at home and walked, cycled or scooted to school instead.

Studies have shown that air pollution concentrates around the areas where it is formed; so places that have lots of traffic can have higher levels of pollution.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Rob Nolan, said: “It’s fantastic to see this kind of data, which demonstrates the commitment of the school staff, the children and the parents at the school.  Leaving the car at home, or if you have to drive, going the last few hundred yards or so on foot can make a huge difference to the air quality at the school gate and I hope that other schools could be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”

Other feedback from the event showed that 98% of the parents and residents questioned would like to see the event repeated and that 78% were worried or very worried about the health impacts of car exhaust fumes at school drop-off and pick-up times. 

During the event cycling levels have increased by 40%, scooting levels have increased by 53% and ‘Park & Stride’ levels have doubled.

Cllr Nolan continued: “We know that car exhaust fumes are a major contributor to air pollution and it’s great to see schools like Berrycoombe taking the initiative and working with Sustrans to improve the quality of the air the pupils are breathing.  Changes like this can make a big difference to the quality of our air and to our children’s health.”

It’s predicted that up to 36,000 deaths each year in the UK are caused by air pollution. The World Health Organisation (WHO) sets maximum limits for air pollution, these limits look at daily and annual averages. Almost 2,000 locations in the UK are above these limits and there are places in the UK where the air pollution is three times as high as the WHO limits.

James Cleeton, Sustrans Director for the South said: “The children, families and staff at Berrycoombe Primary School have shown how we can dramatically improve the school neighbourhood, by replacing cars with human power and by opening school streets for people.

“As so many of us witnessed on the day of the school street closure there was a surprising sense of calm to the start of the day which is in complete contrast to what can normally be expected as cars back up and children dodge car doors to get through the school gate.

“By choosing to restrict vehicles and open their school street for people the school didn’t just reduce congestion in their neighbourhood and prevent the emission of dangerous, invisible pollutants around their schools, but also gave pupils and staff a better start to the school day.” 

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Made in Cornwall launches a Summer Fair

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:29

Some of Cornwall’s finest produce will be showcased at a special event on Lemon Quay in Truro this week.  The first ever Made in Cornwall Summer Fair will build on the success of the Easter and Christmas events and will feature some of Cornwall’s best produce from Wednesday 14 until Saturday 17 August.

Over 40 local traders from across Cornwall will be selling their goods from Cornish glass to jewellery, crafts, handmade accessories and specialty food and drink, all of which have been assessed by Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards Officers as being genuinely Cornish.

Jane Tomlinson, Trading Standards Manager for Cornwall Council, said: “We’re really looking forward to staging our first ever Made in Cornwall Summer Fair; this will be a real showcase of some of the best products made right here in the duchy.”

The Made in Cornwall logo was established 28 years ago in response to a call from businesses for recognition of genuine Cornish products. It now boasts around 230 members and is the largest regional origin scheme in the UK, reflecting the public’s love of genuine Cornish goods.

The rigorous scheme ensures that only authentic Cornish products are approved and can show the MIC logo.

Made in Cornwall members benefit from:

  • Use of the distinctive engine house logo on their approved products, stationery, websites and social media profiles;
  • Certificate of membership guaranteeing authenticity of products;
  • Opportunities to attend fairs and events;
  • Newsletter keeping members up to date with changes in legislation, codes of practice and other useful information;
  • Entry into the online Cornish Lines Directory of Members;
  • Networking opportunities with other members;
  • Increased reputational benefit showing that they are responsible businesses working in partnership with Cornwall Council Trading Standards Service 

Jane continued:  “We all know that Cornwall is a special place and has a distinct culture that is different from any other part of the UK, a rich creative heritage and outstanding natural beauty. Cornwall’s reputation for the production of quality creative goods is deep-rooted and certainly worth protecting.

“We are proud to be home to a vibrant business community many of who produce artistic and hand crafted items, speciality food and drink and highly specialist technical products which are all inspired by Cornwall’s unique environment and culture – this event will celebrate all of this.”

Any business wishing to join the scheme is assessed by a Trading Standards Officer to ensure that they, and their products, meet the minimum criteria. Not only is it vital that the goods are actually made in Cornwall, emphasis is placed on sourcing materials or ingredients from other Cornish businesses.

The goods must also comply with all relevant UK and EU legislation and undergo sufficient processes involving a certain level of creativity or professional skill.

 Jane concluded: “Come along and see just what Cornwall has to offer and pick up a gift or two which is truly unique.”

The Made in Cornwall Summer Fair will be held on Truro's Lemon Quay, from 14 to 17 August 9am - 5pm.

 

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Local Heroes photography exhibition supports people in Cornwall to talk about mental health

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:47

People in Cornwall are being encouraged to talk more about their feelings to support good mental health with the help of a photography exhibition that has just launched in Newquay, Cornwall.

This is a joint project between photographer Jon Mackenzie and Cornwall Council, Wavelength and the male suicide prevention charity CALM, who want to use the powerful stories and images of others to enable people to explore their own mental health and open up to others about their feelings. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly approximately 80 people each year take their own lives, and there is a high proportion number which are middle aged men.

The exhibition features some well-known community heroes who have been captured beautifully by photographer Jon Mackenzie. The subjects chosen represent the fact that the proportion of suicides amongst men and women are 75% male and 25% female, which is in line with the national average.

In a series of interactive installations in the Newquay Harbour area, the photos of the subjects, alongside their stories aim to trigger emotions and conversations from those who see them.

Interim Director of Wellbeing and Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Steve Brown said: “In Cornwall we have higher suicide rates than the national average. This could be due to a number of factors, including higher numbers among people in certain trades such as agricultural workers that can have high rates of stress. This could be avoided if they were able to talk to someone.

“In reality, almost every family or community will have been affected in some way at some time by suicide. It is often wrongly believed that nothing can be done but by bringing organisations and communities together, each person can potentially contribute to prevention or intervening to save a life. Learning how to talk about emotional health issues, making helplines and support easy to find, and ensuring that families and carers know how to recognise the signs could all make a difference."

Photographer and project lead Jon Mackenzie said: “I hope that when people see the exhibition and interact with the stories that it will make people feel more comfortable about talking about mental health.  Having had my own mental health problems I know how much easier things can become once you open up to someone.”

The exhibition will be in Newquay Harbour until 15th August and then it will move to other places in Cornwall, the next site confirmed is at Wheal Kitty, St Agnes on 16th August. Tickets are available for free via Eventbrite.

Alongside the exhibition, Jon Mackenzie will also be setting up a number of  Camera Clubs supported by CALM, similar in idea to the man shed projects, where men can turn up to discuss photography, take photos and have a chat if they wish.

If you have concerns about your mental health and wellbeing it is recommended that you first contact your GP to talk over your concerns. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate support for your needs.

There are a variety of services available to support mental health conditions.  You can find out more about these on the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.

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Public urged to report illegal tobacco selling

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:25

A new website has been launched which allows people to anonymously report the sale of illegal tobacco.

The website has been launched by Trading Standards South West and is intended to encourage public reporting of concerns and suspicions about illegal tobacco sales across the whole of the South West region.  

As well as offering people the chance to report illegal sales, the site also includes comprehensive information about the different types of illegal tobacco and the negative impact it has on society.

Many illegal cigarettes are unlikely to comply with safety standards and they will often not self-extinguish when not continually smoked, greatly increasing the fire safety risk at home. They are also likely to exceed the legally permitted carbon monoxide and tar levels (in some cases by up to 80%) while not containing the amount of nicotine stated on the pack.

Profits made from the sale of illegal tobacco, often fund other serious and organised crime such as modern slavery, people trafficking and drugs.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Councillor Rob Nolan, said: “It is important that members of the public know how and where they can report information about illegal tobacco. It is also important that they understand the true extent of the damage illegal tobacco has on society.

“Here in Cornwall, and across the rest of the South West region, we receive information regarding the sale and supply of illegal tobacco from a variety of sources.  One of the most important and valuable comes from members of the public, who may hold key information, crucial to an investigation.”

In addition to its connection to organised criminal groups, illegal tobacco is available at pocket money prices, sold to children and often fails other vital safety standards.

To find out more information, please visit the Trading Standards South West website.

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Whipsiderry Beach closed for safety

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 14:28

The main access to Whipsiderry Beach in Newquay remains closed after concerns of possible rock falls in the area.

Cormac’s Geo Environmental Engineer is currently inspecting the cliff face.

We are advising residents to stay away from the area for their own safety until further notice.

We are reviewing access to Whipsiderry from adjoining beaches Watergate Bay, Porth and Great Western.

The steps to Whipsiderry have been closed since March after a previous landslip in the area.

Plans for cliff stabilisation works are currently being developed.

Posted on August 9, 2019.

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Using technology to help independent learning

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 13:23

Better use of existing technology in schools could help children who have difficulties with reading and writing make progress and work more independently.   Alison Greenwood from Cornwall Council Educational Psychology Service says: “Tablet computers have opened up a world of possibilities for people with literacy difficulties.”

Since the Equalities Act was amended in 2012 schools have a legal duty to provide children with disabilities or learning difficulties with access to the right technology if not doing so would put them at disadvantage compared to other pupils.

Evidence has shown that using tablet computers can help all children learn to read but they particularly help boys and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Cornwall Council is launching a specialist online course to help teachers to be more confident about using iPads to support pupils with literacy difficulties.  Alison Greenwood is one of the course authors and wants to empower teachers, to have the right level of expertise to support young people. 

“The online course provides an overview of school’s statutory duties, up to date research findings and good practice when using technology to help children learn.  There is also a step by step video guide which shows how different settings and iPad apps can be used to support pupils with literacy difficulties.”

Alison continued: “Tablet computers are already used in 70% of primary and secondary schools.  However some reports have questioned if the way they are being used is helping pupils to make progress with their learning.

“This course is based on research which shows how using apps and iPads can improve reading, writing and spelling.  Research shows that pupils spend more time on tasks when using computers and are more confident about attempting more difficult questions.”

Tablets computers can be used to deliver individually tailored reading, writing and spelling lessons for pupils on a daily basis.  In lessons students can have text books read out load using text to speech and tablet computers also allow pupils to record work using a variety of methods.  This enables students to be able to complete the same work as other children in their class and they need less adult support in order to do so.”

Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “Research shows using the right technology in the right way boosts pupils’ confidence and independence in class. It also empowers young people to learn with their peers and to develop news skills.”

More information about this course is available on our Educational Psychology Service website.

If you are interested in buying this course and you are a school which is maintained by Cornwall Council, please contact the team via email at togetherforfamilies@cornwall.gov.uk to arrange a VAT free course purchase.

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Boardmasters Statement

Cornwall Council News feed - Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:10

Statement from Councillor for Newquay Central, Geoff Brown:

"I understand the disappointment of the thousands of people who were looking forward to the Boardmasters event this weekend.

"Public safety is at the forefront of the event organisers’ decision to cancel, which was informed by independent safety advisers and partner agencies, including the Met Office.

"The Met Office yellow weather warning at lunchtime on Tuesday forecast gusts of wind up to 60 miles per hour, in excess of safe operating limits for the staging and other structures. We support the organisers’ decision to put the safety of festival-goers, performers and staff first.

"We would urge anyone without booked accommodation not to travel to Newquay – but for those that have booked accommodation, rest assured Newquay still has lots to offer this weekend, including the annual lifeboat day."

With other events planned across Cornwall this weekend, organisers are being advised to pay particular attention to any temporary structures such as stalls, gazebos and marquees and ensure they are safely anchored or dismantled where appropriate. 

Further weather updates can be found on the Met Office website.

 

 

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New emergency transit site for Gypsies and Travellers to open

Cornwall Council News feed - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 12:05

Cornwall’s first transit stopping site for Gypsies and Travellers will be completed and open later this month (August 2019).

Cormac Solutions Ltd carried out the works to build and install the facilities and Cornwall Housing will manage and maintain the site.

The new transit site at South Treviddo near Liskeard, which can be used by Gypsy and Travellers for stays of up to three months in a year, provides pitches to accommodate up to 15 caravans at any one time.

Once open, the stopping place means that Cornwall Council can guide Gypsy and Traveller families away from unauthorised encampments, such as those recently seen in Bodmin and St Ives.  Instead, if appropriate, families can stay on the purpose built site which provides access to basic amenities in a secure environment. 

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for climate change and neighbourhoods, said: “Cornwall Council has a legal duty to provide these sites.  It’s really important for us to provide more emergency stopping places and transit sites across Cornwall.  Emergency stopping places and transit sites ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have access to basic amenities that our settled communities take for granted.  These amenities make a huge difference to the health and quality of life of Gypsies and Travellers.”

A successful Council bid for £825,000 from Homes England has gone towards funding the £1.75 million project, with the remainder of the cost being met by Cornwall Council.

Nick Cross, managing director for Cornwall Housing, said: “We manage and maintain the South Treviddo site located on the A38 two miles north of Liskeard. We work with Gypsies and Travellers from all over the country to organise a short stay, of up to 12 weeks, when there is nowhere else for them to legally set up camp and while they are en-route to another place.

“We also manage three other Gypsy and Traveller sites which provide 66 pitches for travellers who prefer to stay in one location for a longer period of time.”

Cormac have been appointed to carry out the design and construction of the facility at South Treviddo and ensure it’s a safe encampment for the group during their stay. The site comprises of 15 transit pitches, each with its own electrical hook-up, water supply and ablution room.  The site also includes a wardens office for managing the day to day operations of the site, a holding area for new arrivals, CCTV and security fencing.

Those staying there will be charged just over £50.00 per pitch per week, which is based on social rent levels, plus an additional charge for electricity and water used. 

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “Our Local Plan has identified a need for 60 transit pitches by 2030.  The 15 soon to be available at South Treviddo give us a quarter of what is required. We aim to provide those additional 45 pitches by building a number of new transit sites at locations across the whole of Cornwall.”

The new site will be open and available later this month.

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Celebrating adult learners across Cornwall

Cornwall Council News feed - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 13:58

As the countdown begins to this year’s GCSE and A-Level results day, a celebration event has been held at Lys Kernow to recognise the achievements of people studying with Cornwall Adult Education.  Over 5000 learners a year study with the service, which is run by Cornwall Council, across a range of qualifications and leisure courses.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates the learners who have stood out for the quality and extent of their achievements, the notable obstacles they have overcome to succeed, or both.  Adult Education governors in addition make a specific award for persistence.

Head of Cornwall Adult Education, Rob Sweetzer- Sturt, said: “This is all about celebrating the achievements of our learners.  People come to learn with Cornwall Adult Education for a variety of reasons; perhaps they didn’t get on at school or they didn’t achieve the grades they wanted to, but we give them an opportunity to develop new skills, change career or build their own self confidence.”

Students from across Cornwall were invited to the event and a number of learners were presented with certificates recognising their hard work, in front of a gathered audience of Cornwall Councillors, tutors, friends and family. 

Skills for Life Tutor Tamzine Middleton said: “This evening celebrated those that have achieved more than they expected or those that went above and beyond, overcoming diversity to go on and succeed and I’m really proud of all my students.”

Cornwall Adult Education has 18 centres across Cornwall, to include Falmouth, Newquay, Helston, Liskeard and Bude.  With a massive range of courses for learners to choose from, there is something for everyone. 

Whether you want to improve your maths and English qualifications, learn new computer skills, start a university access course or you want to just try something like painting with acrylics, just for fun, there is something for everyone with Cornwall Adult Education.

Tamzine added: “Come along it is a lot of fun and isn’t like school, because the learning experience is so different and it’s very rewarding.  You don’t only gain the qualification, but you learn with a group of like-minded people; you will certainly make new friends and it also helps people to discover their self-confidence and self-esteem.” 

Courses vary in length and are open to adults, young people, families, community organisations or businesses; everyone is a welcome.  Enrolment is open now for courses starting in September.

Chair of Governors for Adult Education, Councillor Malcolm Brown, concluded: “People come back into learning for a variety of reasons; whether that is to further their career or to simply try something new and to make new friends.  It was an honour and a pleasure to be involved in the awards ceremony and there were so many stories of courage and determination; it’s really quite humbling and I would like to congratulate everyone on achieving this year.”

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Trefula House Nursing Home

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:19

The safety and wellbeing of thirty three of Cornwall’s most vulnerable residents has been secured, following the unprecedented decision by Cornwall Council to step in and purchase a nursing home in St Day. The Corserv Group will take on operational responsibility for the home.

Trefula House provides vital nursing and residential care for up to 44 people with complex needs and dementia.

Authority was delegated to the Strategic Director for Adult Social Care, in consultation with Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell at Cabinet on 19 June, to allow for a financial viability process to take place, prior to confirming the transfer of the home to Cornwall Council.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for adults Rob Rotchell said: “This is the right decision for the council to make under these extreme circumstances. Our priority, first and foremost,  is the welfare and care of those vulnerable individuals who currently live there, who otherwise would have had their lives disrupted with very little notice. They would more than likely have been taken to homes outside of Cornwall, away from their family, friends and all that is familiar to them.”

“We are working with residents, their families and staff to make sure that everyone is reassured and confident in the care they receive and in the ongoing management of the home.”

Local member for Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, Mark Kaczmarek said: “I’m very pleased that action has been taken to immediately secure the home so that residents will not face any disruption and that staff can continue to work to support them..

Corserv’s community care business, which includes care services STEPS and Corcare, will be managing Trefula House in partnership with Cornwall Council. They bring expertise in providing care and support for people with a mix of different needs and are best placed to improve the standards and quality of care to residents.

Damian McGowan, interim managing director at Cormac community care services said: “Working together with Cornwall Council gives us the opportunity to bring in our dedicated and highly-trained team to increase the quality of care that the residents will receive. It also means that they can continue to live in a place that they are familiar with and which is close to friends and family. Taking over the management in this instance reflects our commitment to the care sector and our shared values with the Council.”

The Corserv Group, as an arms-length body, is able to work quickly, safeguarding vulnerable adults when the care market finds itself in difficulties, as it did with Allied Healthcare’s Cornish business recently.

Cornwall Council states that this decision does not set a precedent for any future failing care homes. This is an extraordinary case where the impact on the people living there and the financial viability of the health and care system as a whole would have been severely affected.

The council is working with the previous home owners and partners to plan the ongoing management of the home.

 

Story posted 02 August 2019

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Latest plans for new walking and cycling ‘Saints Trails’ go on show

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 15:27

Residents are invited to come along to see the latest plans for four schemes to improve the lives of communities by creating an off road network for walkers and cyclists linking Truro, St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay.

Spanning more than 30 kilometres, the ‘Saints Trails’ will significantly improve the cycle network to encourage cycling as a way of getting to work and for fun.

The success of the Camel Trail shows that cycling and walking is something that residents and tourists want to do as a way of keeping healthy as well as being able to enjoy the Cornish countryside.

The exhibitions and feedback events are being held from 12 noon to 8pm at venues along the proposed routes which will link

  • St Agnes to Threemilestone (via Chiverton Cross),
  • Trispen to Idless,
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross 
  • Perranporth to Newquay.

Also on show will be details of cycle friendly proposals for the existing section of the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton if the new dual carriageway scheme goes ahead.

Everyone is welcome to come along and meet members of the project team who will be there to explain the proposed routes in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Here’s the list of events.  Drop in anytime between 12 noon and 8pm.

Wednesday 7 August Goonhavern Community Centre, TR4 9NW Friday 9 August   St Agnes Miners & Mechanics Institute, Vicarage Road, TR5 0TL Tuesday 13 August  Concho Lounge, Bank Street, Newquay, TR7 1AY Wednesday 14 August  Perranporth Rugby Club, Budnic Hill, TR6 0DB Monday 19 August  Hawkins Arms, Zelah, TR4 9HU Tuesday 20 August   St Newlyn East Village Hall, Neeham Road, TR8 5LE Wednesday 21 August St Erme Community Hall, Castle Fields, TR4 9BD

 

Feedback from the exhibitions will be taken forward as planning permission and other statutory approvals are sought later this year. The works on building the trails, which will make use of forestry tracks, old railway track beds, bridges and disused paths and will connect to existing routes, could potentially start in 2020. 

The schemes are being funded by £2 million from Cornwall Council and £17 million invested from Highways England’s Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund towards comprehensive, high-quality off-road walking and cycling routes.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport said: ‘We have a wonderful opportunity to provide some great opportunities for cycling and walking.

“The routes will complement other cycle routes and trails across Cornwall. The cycle network will reach out to towns and villages and link with where residents live and work, connecting our communities and joining up access to the services that people want and need.

“Cycling also helps address congestion and air quality issues and plays a key role in promoting a healthy life for our residents.  This is the first step as we work with local communities to deliver these exciting schemes.”

Karl Sullivan, Highways England’s project manager, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Cornwall Council to realise these new cycling projects. Our designated funds programme was developed so that we can invest in projects beyond our traditional road build and maintenance, and the Saints Trails are a glowing example of how this funding can have a positive impact on people and communities.”

“It’s pleasing to see the progress made and we hope communities play a full part in the forthcoming exhibitions, to have their say and help shape the proposed routes towards a working reality next year.”

We look forward to seeing you at one of the exhibitions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the project team on Email: saintstrails@cornwall.gov.uk or call us on 01872 322684.

 

Story posted 01 August 2019

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One hundred tenants mark 100 years of council housing

Cornwall Council News feed - Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:44

Social housing tenants marked the centenary of the 1919 Housing Act  at a special event at Chy Trevail in Bodmin.

Also known as the Addison Act after its author Dr Christopher Addison, the 1919 Housing Act was a highly significant step forward in providing homes built through the public purse or as Lloyd George phrased it, 'Homes fit for heroes’.

It made housing a national responsibility and local authorities were given the task of developing new housing and rented accommodation where it was needed for working people.

Cornwall Council owns 10,500 homes and recognises the importance of Council and social housing to our communities. 

The tenants from across Cornwall joined representatives from Cornwall Council, Cornwall Housing and registered providers Coastline Housing, LiveWest and Ocean Housing (who own properties from former district councils in Cornwall) to see how we work together to provide social housing in Cornwall. 

Martin Emery, tenant representative on Cornwall Housing’s board said:  “I’m proud that I live in a council house.  It’s security.  It’s not a house it’s our home. It’s affordable rent for low paid people. We have tenant involvement and so we have our say and we are listened to.

Hazel Tearne who has lived in a Council house since 2002 said: “We were in privately rented accommodation but the house was then put up for sale.  We moved again and the rent was put up by 50% after 6 months.  We were then provided with a council house and we had peace of mind.  Our home wasn’t going to be sold from under us and we had security that the rent was not going to go up by an unmanageable amount.  Council housing should be available to everybody who needs it.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said:  “It’s important to celebrate this anniversary and hear from our tenants the importance to them of their council or social home and what it means to live in one of these homes.”

“It’s also an opportunity to talk about what modern, affordable, council and social housing is planned and the range of services available to tenants today.” 

“The need for affordable, high-quality homes is as real today as it was 100 years ago. The government’s Right to Buy policy led to more than 10,400 council homes being sold since 1979 (a similar number to the homes the Council owns today) which substantially reduced the pool of social homes available to meet the needs of local people.

Now, we are able to seriously plan for a resurgence in building new social housing.  We’re taking advantage of the lifting of the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap to provide 400 new homes for social rent at a cost of £85m- with plans being worked up for many more.  We also recognise that other types of homes are required in the modern world which is why we are investing £200m in a programme to deliver 1,000 homes – some affordable homes for local residents to buy or rent, and some to buy or rent at market value.”

“We are committed to delivering good quality homes in the right places to meet local needs.”

Two pilot projects built under the Council’s Contemporary Cornish Living banner and funded through the Council’s Housing Development Programme are nearing completion in Bodmin and Tolvaddon with many of these homes earmarked for social rent or for shared ownership.

Other sites in Launceston, Newquay, Liskeard, Torpoint and Redruth are also earmarked to provide a mix of homes for social and affordable rent, shared ownership, private market rent and private market ownership.

Andrew Mitchell adds:  “Cornwall needs more homes – both to rent and to buy – and the Council is seizing the initiative to provide a range of homes to improve choice for local residents and to meet their housing needs.” 

“This need is real with more than 10,000 households registered looking for housing on Cornwall Homechoice.”

“We are working with partners and the community to build high-quality, energy efficient homes that are less expensive to run.”

“People wishing to rent or buy one of the affordable homes that are being built as part of the programme must have a connection to Cornwall and already be living here. We don’t build homes for other local authorities to house their residents.”

Much has changed in terms of council housing over the last 100 years – and the Council’s Housing Service has been counting down over the last 100 days to the 100 years of council housing celebration by describing some of the major changes that have happened.

Nick Cross, Managing Director, Cornwall Housing Ltd, said “Council Housing has helped shape the landscape and society of the UK for the last 100 years.  From Dr Addison and David Lloyd-George’s vision of ‘Homes fit for heroes’ in 1919 to modern, high quality, energy efficient homes for local people in Cornwall in 2019.”

“We were set up to help bring in more investment into Council Housing to improve the housing standards of hard-working families and individuals, and help support those who need it most from the frail and elderly in our towns and villages to those who find their homes on the street.”

“We are proud to stand alongside our tenants and colleagues to celebrate 100 years of Council Housing and are working together to bring much needed new homes to Cornwall for the next generation of tenants.”

Louise Beard, Director of Housing, Assets and Communities at Coastline Housing said: “We are delighted to be a part of this event and look forward to celebrating the anniversary alongside some of our customers. We hear on a daily basis about the vital role that social housing plays in the lives of people living in our houses today, and we also delight in hearing stories of the important role it has played in the generations before them. It’s humbling to hear the many ways in which social housing has changed the course of people’s lives, and how it plays a key part in their family histories.”

Bev Bassett from Ocean Housing Group said: “Ocean Housing Group is proud to be associated with Cornwall Council’s celebration to recognise the 100 year anniversary of the Addison Act. Ocean owns and manages over 4,700 homes in Cornwall and since its creation in February 2000 it has provided over 1,200 new affordable homes for local Cornish people and communities, in addition to achieving the decent homes standard across all of its housing stock. Ocean looks forward to remaining an important partner for the Council and will continue to put all of its efforts into being an excellent landlord and a provider of new affordable homes.”

LiveWest Resident Engagement Adviser Debbie Sims said: “LiveWest is pleased to be supporting Cornwall Housing’s celebration day in recognition of 100 years of the Addison Act, which paved the way to large scale Council housing. Residents who live in our homes in the area have been invited along and it looks to be a day full of celebrations, where we can find out more about the act, what it meant to society and how it has evolved over the years, as well as seeing some of Cornwall Council’s brand new homes’. 

 

 Story posted 01 August 2019

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