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Cornish Trust wins national housing award

Sat, 11/09/2019 - 17:41

Partnership working between the residents of a small Cornish community and Cornwall Council to rescue and transform buildings to provide much needed affordable housing for local people on the Rame Peninsula has been recognised with a national award. 

The Peninsula Trust, a local community led organisation, came to Cornwall Council with a proposition to buy and renovate three Council owned coastguard cottages in Cawsand village and then let them to local families at an affordable rent.  The Trust, which already runs the Rame Centre community hub in Millbrook village is also working to rescue the Old Ship Inn at Cawsand, with assistance from Cornwall Council’s Community Housing Land Remediation Fund, rebuilding it as a community-owned café and heritage centre with flats for affordable rent above.

Now, the Trust’s hard work has been recognised with a National Community Land Trust Network Award.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “Huge congratulations to the members of the Peninsula Trust for this recognition.  The achievements of the Trust are a shining example of how the community can take the lead to bring forward affordable housing for local people and work with us to provide the right homes in the right place. We want to encourage more of this kind of collaboration.  We have a Community Land Trust Revolving Loan Scheme to support the development of new affordable housing by Community Land Trusts and we’re open to ideas being brought forward by communities where we can offer help and advice.”

Simon Ryan from the Peninsula Trust said:  “Cornwall Council is helping us take the lead in helping our community.  The demand for housing is huge and working with the Council we can start to make a difference.  We’re getting enquiries from all over the country asking how we are doing what we are doing and I tell them it’s down in no small part to the support we are getting from Cornwall Council. And it’s not just housing - the Council have been supporting us on all our community work through their Localism programme, which has been brilliant”

George Trubody, Cornwall Councillor for the Rame Peninsula said: “It’s the residents who are at the heart of initiatives like this.  Thank you to everyone who helped on the journey, and it is great that the Trust is getting the national recognition that this partnership working with Cornwall Council deserves. I think there are lots of other Community groups in Cornwall that could be empowered to learn from this example.”

 

Story posted 09 November 2019 

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Healthcare permit parking scheme could expand after success of pilot project

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:52

A pilot scheme to allow carers to park for free when on home visits has proved a success, and looks set to be extended in the New Year.

It was introduced across Cornwall in April this year, since when almost 1,500 permits have been issued to staff of Care Quality Commission accredited care organisations.

Now the council is looking to offer the same terms to community nurses to allow them to spend as much time as possible delivering vital care services to the person they care for.

The Healthcare Permit parking scheme works in a similar way to the blue badge scheme for disabled people.  Carers are issued with a yellow badge which they are able to place in their windscreen, set the time and then park for up to an hour in many places where they wouldn’t normally be allowed to park. 

Even with the Healthcare Permit, parking still isn’t allowed in loading bays or at bus stops or on zig zag lines outside of building like schools and hospitals.  Specific parking bays such as those reserved for disabled drivers, doctors, taxis or residents are also not included in the scheme. 

There is no charge for a Healthcare permit which is vehicle specific.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transport, said:  “We introduced the scheme in April as a pilot, and always said we would like to extend it if it proved successful.

“I have remained convinced that the benefits to both carers and those members of the community they look after far outweighs the cost of the management of the scheme, and so I have asked officers to work up proposals for extending the scheme to community nurses in the New Year.”

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Harnessing ‘parish power’ to deliver climate action

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:34

Over one hundred representatives of Cornwall, town, and parish councils have met to discuss how residents have benefited from a decade of effective localism and to hear how Cornwall Council’s plan to tackle the climate emergency could become a template for rural areas to combat global warming.    

The Localism Summit in Wadebridge this week was hosted by Cornwall Council and focused on partnerships with grass roots communities to drive local innovation and present a stronger voice to Government.

Council Leader Julian German said: “Today is about celebrating how well we are recognised in terms of localism, and how we can work together, not as separate individual organisations pulling in different directions, but as one entity striving to achieve a common goal.

“The world is a changing place, more than ever now because of the pressing matter of climate change. So the purpose of today is to embrace what recognised independent research is saying about us. Together we can use what we have already started to deliver this and to improve people’s lives.”

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of the national membership network for community organisations, Locality, gave a keynote speech on the future of localism nationally and in Cornwall.

He said: “Over 100 communities across Cornwall have had assets devolved to local ownership and 80% of parishes have local service agreements. There is significant learning in Cornwall about the changing role of local councils – and to foster the right culture, trust and relationships.

“There are more opportunities for local councils to strengthen their role in community development and their partnerships with the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations to enhance the opportunities for community delivery, co-production and community-led planning and decision making.”

There was also a presentation on localism opportunities for Cornwall by Sarah Mason, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils.

Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods, introduced workshops on the benefits of localism and responding to the climate emergency challenge.

Cllr Hannaford said: “This was an uplifting event, and there was real energy in the room and some great ideas. Localism is a good fit in Cornwall because we have a history of innovation and problem-solving that starts with individuals and communities, and this has often ended up being adopted globally. For example steam power, international telecoms, and deep geothermal energy.

“Now we are turning that Cornish ‘can do’ attitude to seeking the fastest route to carbon neutrality, and we’ll succeed because of the powerful partnerships on show at this summit.”

Talks were given by Helston Climate Action Group, Chacewater Parish Council and Camelford Network Panel, all of which are drawing up climate change plans to support their communities. Delegates from town and parish councils across Cornwall discussed ways of providing leadership, support, information and governance to encourage local climate change action.

Chacewater Parish Councillor John Cavey said: “There is a huge amount of enthusiasm for tackling climate change. The reality is, it’s not all down to the Government or Cornwall Council or the parish councils or individuals. It’s a combination of everyone working together. We’ve got to do it. Everyday we’ve got one fewer day to get it done.”

Cornwall Council’s Climate Change Action Plan Carbon Neutral Cornwall has been praised as being at the forefront of the UK’s response to the climate emergency and an exemplar for other public and private sector organisations.

It has been asked to attend and present at several national events including a Clean Local Growth Innovation event in October, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Conference in November, and the innovation programme ‘Energy Catapult’ Workshop in December.

Posted on 8 November, 2019

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Adapting Truro for Change: new exhibition to unveil ground-breaking plans for transforming Pydar Street

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:23

Find out how a ground-breaking redevelopment project is set to transform Truro into a creative, confident city and lead Cornwall into a successful and prosperous future.

Pydar Street – the first project of its kind in the country – will create a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable urban neighbourhood for Truro and we can’t wait to show you our plans and hear what you think.  

The redevelopment of the Truro site, which sits between the iconic railway viaduct and the River Allen, is being led by Cornwall Council with support from Truro City Council, Truro BID, Kenwyn Parish Council and Truro Chamber of Commerce.

The partners will be unveiling their exciting vision for this key site, which includes the former Carrick District Council offices, at a special exhibition at 8 Clement Street (opposite New Look) between 8 am and 7pm on Monday, 18 November.  The exhibition will then be open daily between 12 noon and 4pm until Saturday, 23 November.

With new homes, innovative work and learning spaces, coupled with an exciting riverside park and engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and events, a transformed Pydar Street will create jobs, turbocharge the local economy, tackle social inequality and attract new visitors. 

“Truro has a proud history of adapting with the times and inspiring people and places from across the world” said Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Culture, Planning and Economy.  “We want to see it enhance its place as a bold, confident cityand become a flagship destination that celebrates Cornwall’s rich culture, heritage and history.

“The redevelopment of Pydar Street is this catalyst for change.  This development will create a dynamic, inclusive community where affordable homes, trailblazing business, new social and cultural opportunities and an active waterfront will become both a destination and a gateway to Truro, driving the city’s significance and prosperity into the future. “

The proposals for Pydar Street have been shaped by extensive interviews with members of the local community, as well as by stakeholder workshops and site design studies during the past twelve months. The vision for the site has also been informed by the work of the Truro Placeshaping Project which identified the regeneration of Pydar as strategically important for Truro and its people.

Previous public feedback has emphasised the desire for affordable homes for people of all ages. Places to sit near the river, close to nature, and city centre cycle hire hubs and a community led venue and café also proved popular when the team first canvassed the public in April 2019.

A transformed Pydar Street will put community back into the heart of the city, with approximately 300 new homes where different generations can live together and learn from and support each other. 35% of these new homes will be affordable, with a mix of housing set in a visually stunning landscape with rooftop gardens, play areas and green spaces.

Add in historical walks, cafes, restaurants, nature trails, a hotel, and engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities which connect the city with its rivers and waterfront – and it is easy to see how Pydar Street will champion the very best of Cornwall and become an exciting blue print for the future.

The project will also become a beacon to new ways of living and help tackle the climate emergency by aspiring to be a ‘carbon natural’ site, championing clean energy, urban agriculture and the electric revolution.

The proposals include 'The Hive'. Building on Truro’s growing position as a Creative and Digital Cluster and Falmouth University’s reputation for creating high growth companies, it will bring together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment. With a focus on screen, digital, gaming and the creative industries, it will help drive the local economy through the development of high-value, high-growth businesses and jobs.  

“By pioneering new ways of living, learning, working and playing, Pydar Street will demonstrate why this small corner of the world has inspired people for generations “ said Bob Egerton.  “This is a very important moment for our city and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to comment on the proposals before the outline planning application is submitted at the end of January” .

Following the exhibition the Pydar Street team will stage a series of further drop in events in the pop up building at 8 St Clement Street.  You can find out more at www.lovetruro.net

Posted 08 November

Categories: Cornwall

National report shows effectiveness of Cornwall’s Trading Standards team

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:18

The first national report on the value of local Trading Standards teams has highlighted the effectiveness of Cornwall Council’s consumer watchdogs.  

The report from the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO) is the first to use data from 108 teams across England and Wales.

Based on the financial year 2018/19, it demonstrates the impact of Trading Standards teams embedded in local councils.

Trading Standards are law enforcement agencies that exist to promote and protect the safety, health and economic vitality of the country’s local communities.   

The ‘Value of Trading Standards’ report shows that across England and Wales in 2018/19 officers were able to prevent £42 million in consumer losses, seized over £20 million worth of unsafe and counterfeit goods and prosecuted more than 1,000 criminals.   

Cllr Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection, said the national figures were reflected in the results achieved by Cornwall’s Trading Standards.

Cllr Nolan said: “Over the same 2018/19 year, Cornwall’s Trading Standards teams prosecuted 31 offenders and issued 11 further formal warnings. Prison sentences of nearly 14 years were imposed as well as financial penalties of over £77,000. On top of that, nearly £12,000 was recovered under the Proceeds of Crime legislation.

"Trading Standards interventions prevented over £40,000 from being handed over to criminals and 156 victims of scam mail and scam phone calls were supported by our team of Trading Standards Volunteers, helping them to avoid future scams and feel safer in their own homes.

"Our officers also worked to prevent unsafe consumer products reaching the shops, with over 5,000 unsafe products, worth around £125,000 being stopped before they hit the shelves.

"And in terms of supporting our local businesses in Cornwall, Trading Standards officers have partnered with 36 businesses under the Primary Authority advice and guidance scheme and have accredited over 300 businesses through the ‘Buy With Confidence’, the ‘Made in Cornwall’ and the ‘Product of Cornwall’ approval schemes.

Our Trading Standards service definitely delivers great value for money in protecting consumers and helping Cornish businesses to thrive.”

Cornwall Trading Standards is responsible for enforcing around 40 Acts of Parliament and more than 1,000 associated regulations which have an impact on residents - from the safety of children's toys to the honesty of property descriptions when buying a home. Officers investigate ‘clocked’ cars and the welfare of farm animals. The department is responsible for ensuring that sales are carried out within the law.

More information on regulatory services within the Public Protection Service can be found by visiting Cornwall Council's Regulators Code and Public Protection Fees and Charges pages.

Posted on 8 November, 2019 

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Newquay sees £1m investment in public open spaces

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:41

Residents and visitors to Newquay are benefitting from a significant investment totalling £1 million into various open space projects across the town.

Cornwall Council has been working with Newquay Town Council and community groups to invest ‘Section 106’ money brought in from various developments across the town into the community. This has resulted in over £1 million being spent on improvements to public open spaces over the past 5 years.

A number of local projects have received significant investment, the largest being the Newquay Concrete Waves skatepark which received a contribution of £225,000 towards the £650,000 project.

Cllr Olly Monk said: “The project to redevelop the skatepark started about ten years ago but it was the Section 106 money that was the catalyst to getting things moving with it, with further funds then granted from Sport England.

“The benefit is being reaped across the community and people from all over the country enjoy the space. It caters for a wide range of local users, and people are visiting the park as a destination in its own right. So as well as there being an uplift in tourism it also tackles inactivity, getting people off their couch, ditching the skateboard video games to come and use the facility.”

Another project has seen two new benches installed on East Street in Newquay town centre. Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Louis Gardner speaks about the project: “The benches are an example of how a relatively small project can really make a huge difference to the town. The benches have been made from recycled materials and have been installed by Newquay Town Council staff.”

Cllr Geoff Brown has worked with local schools to use over £100,000 to upgrade the play equipment at Trenance Park, he said: “The park has been phenomenally well used and we’re really delighted that it’s been such a success.”

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “These projects and the many others who have benefitted from this money are a great example of how a wide range of different groups working together can achieve great things for the community.

“It’s so important that residents have a wide variety of open spaces and public facilities such as high quality play areas for young children, activities for older children and young people such as the skate park and then high quality walking areas that allow people to get about across the town easier and enjoy the many beautiful views that Cornwall has to offer.”

Other projects that have benefitted from this money include:

  • New children’s play equipment on Atlantic Road play area in the Pentire area
  • Funding for access, pathways and associated landscaping at Newquay Community Orchard
  • An upgrade of St Columb Minor play area including a plaque in memory of former Councillor Paul Summers
  • ‘Welcome to Historic Porth Beach’ Heritage boards
  • Funding towards the development of a new events space at Newquay Killacourt
  • Relocation of Trenance boating lake fountain

For more information on Section 106 monies and to find out where money has been spent in your community then you can visit the developer contributions page. 

Posted on 8 November

Categories: Cornwall

UK Space Agency approves £7.35 million grant to support air-launch from Cornwall

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 10:09
UKSA Grant to fund Additional Studies and Design and Manufacturing of Ground Support Equipment

Grant funding has been given to Virgin Orbit UK Limited, the UK branch of Sir Richard Branson’s satellite launch company, to enable the horizontal launch of small satellites from Cornwall Airport Newquay. In addition to funds and support provided by Virgin Orbit, the UKSA grant comes as part of a broader £20 million funding package for Cornwall Airport Newquay infrastructure announced in June, which is pending final approval by Cornwall Council later this month.

The funds will be used to develop launch operations support systems and manufacture them in the UK, as well as to conduct mission planning, and to further ready the facility for satellite launches from Cornwall with the first spaceflight targeted for as soon as the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to U.S. and U.K. regulatory approvals. These launches will be conducted using Virgin Orbit’s innovative air launch system, LauncherOne, and are expected to be the first orbital launches ever conducted from the UK, as well as the first horizontal launches ever conducted in Europe.

CEO of Virgin Orbit, Dan Hart, said; “We’re tremendously excited to be supporting the UKSA and Cornwall Council by bringing space launch to the UK, a capability that will boost UK participation in a fast-growing global space economy while providing direct, ready, and responsive access to space for Her Majesty’s Government. We very much look forward to furthering our ties with the cutting-edge satellite innovators across the UK and with local industry, who will be critical partners in fulfilling the full potential of this endeavor. We’re eager to set up a world-class launch facility at Spaceport Cornwall, bring domestic space launch to the UK, and launch the next generation of satellite developers in their quest to better understand our earth and our environment, connect human kind, serve national security, and explore our solar system”.

Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport said; “The finalisation and commitment of the £7.35m is a major milestone.  This, together with the UKSA Horizontal Fund and LEP Growth Deal Fund, takes investment to Spaceport Cornwall to over £8m. This agreement also confirms Virgin Orbit’s commitment to Cornwall and the UK.

“It allows Cornwall Council to make a decision in November to invest with confidence that the Spaceport project will now go ahead without delay and head rapidly towards a historic launch in 2021. This launch will be the catalyst for local jobs, allows Cornwall and the UK to lead on more sustainable launch, grow an industry cluster that uses space applications to address climate change and is an incredible opportunity to inspire the next generation to pursue a space or science career.”

Chair of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark Duddridge, said; “This is a massive vote of confidence in Virgin Orbit’s technology and a breakthrough moment in Cornwall and the UK’s satellite launch ambitions. The LEP is investing over £9m in Cornwall’s space economy because we want to seize a global opportunity, and Spaceport Cornwall is a critical part of that.”

The first phase of Spaceport Cornwall is expected to create 150 jobs and generate £200m for the Cornish economy.  The jobs will create local employment with many roles locally sourced including opportunities across operational support and engineering. The project will offer long term work opportunities for local communities and inspire children to consider a career in the space industry. 

The total funding package includes £2.5m from Virgin Orbit, £500,000 from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and £12m from Cornwall Council (subject to Full Council approval).

Story posted 08 November 2019 

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How to vote in the general election 2019 – Make sure your voice is heard

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:56

With a general election now set for December 12, Cornwall Council is encouraging residents to register to vote by November 26 and make sure their voices are heard.

It takes about five minutes to register on the government's website, or you can register by post.

Cornwall Council Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Kate Kennally, said: “Our elections team is busy preparing for the recently called General Election and they are making sure necessary arrangements are in place for Thursday, December 12.

“We will be ready for the election, but we want to make sure that our residents are too. Don’t lose this opportunity to have your say. This is an important moment, and you have until November 26 to register to vote.

“You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and the full details are on Cornwall Council’s website. Make your voice count.”

Who is eligible to vote in a general election?

To vote in a UK general election you must:

  • Be 18 or over on the day of the election.
  • Be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
  • Be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years).
  • Not be legally excluded from voting.

You also need to be on the electoral register. You only have to register once, but will need to re-register if you have changed your address, name or nationality since you first registered. In order to vote in this general election you must apply to be registered by Tuesday, November 26.

The forms can be completed online. If you need help, you should contact Cornwall Council’s Electoral Registration Office.

How can I register if I need to?

By visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and filling out the relevant forms. Alternatively, you can register by post. Download the forms here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-to-vote-if-youre-living-in-the-uk.

I’m a student. Where do I register to vote?

If you’re a student you can register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses, but you can only vote once in a general election.

Thursday, December 12 is close to when term finishes, so you might already have travelled home, but there is nothing stopping you applying for a postal vote in your university constituency if you want to vote there.

Voting at your local polling station

Details of your nearest polling station will be shown on the back of your polling card, which you will receive in the post from mid-November.

What should I do if I can’t vote in person on December 12?

There are two ways to vote if you can’t be there to vote in person on the day of an election – with either a postal vote or a proxy vote. To apply for a postal or proxy vote you must already be registered to vote and on the electoral roll.

The deadline to apply for a new postal vote, or amend or cancel an existing postal vote, is 5pm on Tuesday, November 26.

Voting by proxy

A proxy vote means someone can vote on your behalf. Anyone can act as your proxy provided they’re registered to vote and allowed to vote in the same type of election.

You need to apply for a proxy vote at least six working days before election day. Electoral Services must receive your application to vote by proxy by 5pm on Wednesday, December 4.

 You may wish to vote by proxy because:

  • You’ll be away.
  • You’ll be at work.
  • You’ll be attending a course.
  • You’re disabled.
  • You’re living overseas.
  • You’re serving overseas as a member of the armed forces.
  • You’re a British Council employee or Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service).

If you currently vote by post but want to switch to proxy voting, you must tell Electoral Services in writing before 5pm on November 26.

Voting by post

 

Anyone registered to vote in an election can apply for a postal vote. You don’t need to give a reason. You just need to fill in a form and then send it to the Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on November 26.

How can I check if I am registered to vote?

Every local authority holds the electoral register for their area. You can contact Cornwall Council’s Electoral Registration Office and they will let you know if you are registered.

Contact the Registration Office by email at voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk, over the phone on 0300 123 1115, or in writing at Cornwall Council Electoral Services, St Austell One Stop Shop, 29 Penwinnick Road, St Austell. PL25 5DR.

 

Story posted on 08 November 2019

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall social worker nominated for a prestigious award

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:29

A social worker from Cornwall has been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work in supporting vulnerable adults.

Zachary Bishop, who works for Cornwall Council and is based in Bodmin, has been selected as a finalist for Newly Qualified Social Worker of the Year in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards and will find out if he has won at a national awards ceremony which will take place in London in November.

The awards are organised by The Social Work Awards charity, which aims to improve public awareness and understanding of social work by showing the positive impact of social workers in the wide range of roles they undertake. 

Zachary is one of six finalists in the Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year category and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2019’.

Strategic Director of Adult Care and Support, Helen Charlesworth May said: “We’re very pleased to hear that Zachary has been shortlisted for this award. At Cornwall Council we make sure we provide opportunities for people to progress in their career, including providing opportunities for newly qualified social workers to gain experience in areas they find most interesting to help spark a lifelong passion for their chosen career.

“I’d like to say a massive well done to Zachary and wish him all the best at the awards ceremony at the end of the month”

Zachary Bishop said: “I was nominated by my manager and I was recognised around the development of a community map which is about pulling together a list of community resources to help other workers identify support available to individuals, as well as supporting the development of the Council’s Adult Risk Strategy which supports people who may be considered to be making choices that put them at risk.

“Cornwall is a great place to work and I’ve been really well supported in my role. I’ve been allowed to pursue work in areas that really interest me. I find my role really rewarding, being able to support people through hard times in their life, sometimes supporting them to make just small changes that in turn can make a big difference to their life.”

The Newly Qualified Adult Social Worker of the Year is sponsored by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Maris Stratulis, National Director for BASW England, said: “This award recognises an individual who is just beginning their journey as a qualified social worker, but has already shown impressive potential. Congratulations to all those shortlisted; to have made such a difference to so many lives in the first year of practice is an admirable achievement.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Personnel; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and individual category supporters Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec, Children’s Social Work Matters and Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Sunderland, North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex.

More information can be found on the Social Work Awards website

Posted on 8 November

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall Council Standing Up For Cornwall

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:32

Cornwall Council will stand up for residents by calling on the Government to give the region its fair share of funding and fulfil its promise of greater devolution.

Two of the Council’s most senior figures will represent Cornwall at the County Councils Network (CCN) conference to discuss the big issues facing local government.

Council leader Julian German will attend the conference, which takes place on November 17-19, in Guildford, Surrey, having recently been named as one of the CCN’s 10 spokespeople, leading on rural issues.

Each spokesperson is allocated a specific policy area - from health and social care, to communities and the environment - to help deliver the CCN work business plan and work programme.

The conference will also feature a presentation by Cornwall Council Chief Executive Kate Kennally about how Cornwall - a strategic authority - is leading the way as the first and only fully rural authority to secure a Devolution Deal with the Government.

Council leader Julian German and Chief Executive Kate Kennally will attend this year's County Council Network conference. Credit: CCN

This year’s conference comes at a crucial time – with uncertainty created by the General Election and delays over Brexit, the Spending Review, business rate retention, and the long-awaited social care green paper.

It will address these topics, as well as looking ahead at the opportunities to unleash the potential of counties.

Councillor German said: “With the right funding and powers, councils like Cornwall can continue to improve local areas and residents’ lives, reduce demand for public services, and deliver value for money for the taxpayer.

“The next Government should be focused on harnessing the strengths of all areas, unleashing their potential – not just those with major cities. No one and nowhere should be left behind.

“We will continue to press the Government to ensure that Cornwall Council gets the funding that we need to protect and enhance services for our most vulnerable residents.”

Kate Kennally added: "I'm really excited to be presenting at this year's County Councils Network conference.

“I look forward to sharing Cornwall's devolution success story with delegates and leaders from across the country.

“Cornwall is proud of the progress that has been delivered in transport, housing, energy and tackling fuel poverty for the most vulnerable residents. This has all been delivered as a direct result of our ground-breaking devolution deal.

"I'm optimistic that Cornwall will continue to gain more powers, freedoms and flexibilities during 2020.”

Simon Edwards, director of the County Councils Network, said: “We are delighted to have Cornwall well represented at our conference, which aims to champion county and rural areas – and set out a clear pathway for how county authorities can do much more with the right powers and resources.

"As a valued member of the County Councils Network, we look forward to hearing from Kate on Cornwall Council’s devolution success story and how it has delivered for the county’s communities.

“I am sure Julian will be a superb advocate for rural issues on the network and I look forward to working with him.”

Story posted on 7 November 2019

Categories: Cornwall

Overnight road works taking place at Holmbush, St Austell from 11 November

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:59

We’re carrying out overnight site investigation works at the A390 Holmbush Road rail bridge in St Austell from 11 November. 

We’ll be examining the foundations of the railway bridge to investigate the possibility of lowering the road to increase the height clearance so that larger vehicles can use that section of the A390 instead of driving through residential areas.

The investigation work will be carried out overnight between 11 and 29 November 2019 between 7.30pm and 6.00am.  One lane of the road will remain open under traffic light control during those times.  Outside of these hours, the A390 will be open as usual. 

These investigations will help to inform the feasibility and cost of lowering the road under the bridge following which decisions can be taken on whether it is possible to proceed and how any agreed works can be funded.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said:  “I know it has long been an ambition of residents to increase the 15ft 6inch height clearance for vehicles at the rail bridge over the A390.  These are exploratory works to see if that is a possibility.  We need that detailed information before we can determine whether the major engineering challenge of lowering the road is feasible and what the costs might be.”

 

Story posted 07 November 2019 

Categories: Cornwall

Residents can see where money is spent on community projects on new 'story map'

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:27

A new interactive story map on the Council website means that residents can zoom into their local area to see for themselves where and how our communities have benefitted from improvements, ranging from play parks to affordable housing for local people, as a result of money collected by the Council from developers.

Building infrastructure such as affordable housing, road improvements and schools to support a development is paid for through what are known as section 106 agreements.  As part of the planning process, when a planning application is submitted, we consider what infrastructure is needed to make that development work for the local community. 

The story map gives information on

  • what s106 monies have been received in each Parish (and Community Network Area)
  • the planning application it relates to
  • how much s106 money has been spent in the area
  • what it has been spent on.

For example, the new Skol Nansledan primary school in Newquay, which opened in September, was forward-funded by the Duchy of Cornwall and the Department for Education in the knowledge that those costs will be recouped in the coming years from the developers in Newquay as S106 contributions accrue from new housing.  By securing those contributions through the planning process, the Council has been able to work with the Duchy and DfE to make sure there is education provision for the benefit of the community now, rather than having to wait several years.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, planning and economy Bob Egerton said: “Our communities need infrastructure such as schools, as well as a commitment from developers to build affordable housing for local people.  These important community assets are provided through the planning process and we’re here to make sure that happens by negotiating and collecting the money and then ensuring it’s used for the benefit of the community.” 

Since 01 January 2019, developers have had to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – this is sometimes in addition to section 106 money.  The difference is that money from section 106 agreements is used to build infrastructure directly linked to the development.  A share of CIL received by Cornwall Council, called a the ‘Neighbourhood Portion’, will go to town or parish councils where the development takes place however, the rest of the CIL received, known as the ‘strategic share’ may be allocated elsewhere. 

The first ‘Neighbourhood Portion’ payments totalling nearly £67,000 were made to 20 Town and Parish Councils this October.  The money is from CIL payments made to the Council between 1 April and 30 September 2019 from CIL liable development which have begun in their area.  Local councils can use the money collected from the Community Infrastructure Levy to fund anything which they think will address the demands that development places on their area.

Following a consultation on how the CIL ‘strategic share’ should be redistributed it’s been agreed this will be done by a funding application process.  Once this process is finalised, we anticipate the first call for bids to that pot of money will be around mid-2020.  The Strategic Share must be used to fund the provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure within Cornwall, such as roads and other transport facilities, schools, medical facilities, sport and recreational facilities and open spaces.  The call for bids will be promoted through local media, social media and the Council’s website – www.cornwall.gov.uk/cil.

 

Story posted 07 November 2019

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Future of waste services on the agenda at Cornwall Council's Cabinet

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 10:30

The future of waste and recycling collections, the Langarth housing development, plans to retrofit homes to make them energy-efficient and investment in regeneration and skills will all be on the agenda when Cornwall Council’s Cabinet meets next week.

The Cabinet will hear how the new waste and recycling services contract for residents will aim to bring Cornwall in line with the South West’s top recycling Councils, deliver an affordable service and respond to the climate emergency.

The current waste and recycling collection contract is due to come to an end next year and the Council has been in a competitive dialogue tender process to choose the new contractor.

Councillors will hear how the scope of the new waste contract has changed to reduce cost and make it more affordable, while still meeting Cornwall’s priorities for reducing waste, driving up recycling and providing good value for taxpayers.

The new contract on which bids will now be made will see non-recyclable rubbish collected fortnightly from summer 2021 with the introduction of weekly food waste collections.

Recycling collections will remain at fortnightly intervals instead of weekly as previously planned, which will help secure the best value for money in the long term.

This collection approach is also used by the best-performing recycling authorities in the South West.

Residents will be supported with information and advice before the changes are made to help them use the new services when they are introduced in 2021.

The changes also meet the objectives set out in Cornwall Council’s Resources and Waste Strategy and the direction of travel for the Government’s Environment Bill.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, welcomed the positive and constructive work with the bidders, He said:  “Making these changes to the new waste contract is designed to help deliver an affordable service for Cornwall that helps residents to make the right choices to reduce their waste and recycle as much as possible.”

Councillors will also be asked to approve a plan to increase the Council’s garden waste collection charges which are among the lowest in the region, so that they will be in line with the South West average.

A preferred bidder will be chosen at Cabinet in January with the contract due to be awarded early in the New Year.

Next week’s agenda also includes the innovative ECO whole house retrofit project pilot, which aims to reduce emissions from Cornwall’s existing homes to near zero in-order to contribute to achieving our ambitions for Cornwall to become carbon neutral.

The paper sets out how the council intends to tackle the issue whilst reducing energy bills for Cornish residents; particularly householders on low income and those who are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. 

The Langarth Garden Village development will also be discussed, with approval sought for the land acquisitions required to move the project forward.

It also details some of the community investments associated with the project, including a new hall at Threemilsestone School, improvements to pedestrian and cycle links in the area, and the creation of new playing pitches and associated facilities.

The final item on the agenda focuses on investment in regeneration, business support and skills funding across Cornwall, including the Liskeard Cattle Market regeneration, and the Cornwall Food and Drink Hub project.

The meeting will take place at the Trelawny Room at Lys Kernow in Truro next Wednesday (13 November), starting at 10am.  The meeting is open to members of the public.

 

Story posted 06 November 2019

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Councils come together to tackle climate emergency: Wadebridge, November 6

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:37

Cornwall, town and parish councillors will share ideas on supporting communities in tackling the climate emergency at an event hosted by Cornwall Council tomorrow (Wednesday, November 6).

The annual Localism Summit held at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge aims to promote local decision-making and a stronger understanding of different communities’ needs.

Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, and Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for climate change and neighbourhoods, will open the event.

Tony Armstrong, chief executive of the national membership network for community organisations, Locality, will give a keynote speech on the future of localism nationally and in Cornwall.

There will also be a presentation on localism opportunities for Cornwall by Sarah Mason, Chief Executive of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils.

The morning session will focus on town and parish councillors giving their views on how localism can help their communities and the support available from Cornwall Council.

In the afternoon Councillor Hannaford will give a presentation on Cornwall Council’s action plan to help Cornwall strive towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

She will be joined by Steve Ford who leads the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall programme.

There will be talks from Helston Climate Action Group, Chacewater Parish Council and Camelford Network Panel, all of whom are taking a lead to draw up climate change plans to support their communities.

Delegates from town and parish councils across Cornwall will discuss ways of providing leadership, support, information and governance to communities to address local climate change action.

Cllr Hannaford said: “The theme of our Localism Summit is collaborative working to help communities in taking positive, local action to tackle climate change.

“Helping Cornwall become carbon neutral is not something we can do alone. We want to hear from communities across Cornwall about their plans to help cut emissions and we want to work closely with local councils and community groups in supporting their activities.

“I want to thank everyone in Cornwall who has already taken action in helping to tackle the climate emergency.”

The Localism Summit for town and parish councillors across Cornwall takes place at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge on November 6 from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

 

Posted 05 November 2019

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OFSTED rates Cornwall’s children’s social care services as the best in the South West

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 07:57

Cornwall Council’s priority of putting children first has been endorsed by an Ofsted report, which has been released today (5th November).

The final report of the lead inspector gives the Council an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’, with improvements in all 4 areas judged. This puts children’s services in Cornwall in the top 10% of local authorities in the country and makes Cornwall the only authority to receive an outstanding rating in the South West.

The inspectors stated: “Political and corporate leaders demonstrate strong commitment to children’s services, and have supported whole-council investment. Combined with the leadership team’s unwavering focus on continuous improvement, this has resulted in strengthened services.”

The report gives special mention to some of Cornwall’s most innovative services, including the Multi-Agency Referral Unit (MARU) and Early Help Hub developed jointly with partners.

They also highlighted Gweres Tus Yownyk (Cornish for Helping Young People) which is the specialist adolescent service supporting young people on the edge of care; “Creative and innovative services have continued to flourish through Gweres tus Yowynk, the dedicated multi-agency edge of care service. A significantly improved focus on participation with children in care ensures that children’s voices are heard and acted on.”

Inspectors also praised social workers for the way they, “have a very good understanding of the children they work with; they visit them regularly” and “have good relationships with them”. They ensure, “the wish of the child is well recorded, which helps workers to provide the most appropriate help.”

Cabinet Member for Children Sally Hawken welcomed the judgement: “This is a wonderful achievement; Cornwall is now rated as one of the best children’s services in the country. This has been achieved thanks to the commitment of staff, partners and all those children, families and volunteer organisations who work with us to make our support so effective.

“I was particularly pleased with the way inspectors recognised how we engage with and listen to children and young people.

“Our aim is to provide the best start in life for children in Cornwall, building a foundation for their future selves and this is recognition that we are achieving this.”

Director of Children’s Services for Cornwall Council, Trevor Doughty, said: “Whilst this inspection is focussed on the Council’s children’s services, this achievement reflects the way the Council and its partners work together to improve the lives of children and young people in Cornwall. I am very proud of everyone involved.”

Service Director responsible for children’s social care in Cornwall, Jack Cordery, said: “This achievement is down to the dedication, hard work and skill of all the staff working on the front line, who go way beyond what is expected of them to help and protect the most vulnerable children of Cornwall.”

Story posted 5th November 2019

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Council supports Newquay Royal British Legion

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 14:56

The Council is supporting the community effort to help the Royal British Legion in Newquay, which has been hit with some financial difficulties, stay open by giving them a rent free period.

Supporting the Royal British Legion is especially poignant in the run up to Remembrance Sunday on 10 November.  The Royal British Legion annual Poppy Appeal raises money to help support serving and ex-serving members of the Armed Forces community and their families.

We spoke to Cornwall Council member for Newquay Central Geoff Brown who urges the local community to get behind their local RBL branch.  RBL Newquay Vice-Chair Louis Gardner, talks about the fundraising efforts so far and the importance of the club.  Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for customers Mike Eathorne-Gibbons talks about the decision of the Council, who is the landlord, to help the RBL in Newquay in their sterling efforts to save the club. 

The Newquay Royal British Legion club has set up a crowdfunding page if you want to help save this great community asset

 

Story posted 04 November 2019 

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Illegal tobacco sellers ordered to pay back £20,000 of earnings

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 15:32

Two men who ran an illegal tobacco business have been ordered to repay nearly £20,000 of earnings after being convicted following an investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

Derek Noel Robinson and Stephen John Hore, both of Landreath Place, St Blazey had been caught selling illegal, non-duty paid tobacco in September 2018 after Trading Standards Officers executed search warrants at their home and at the stables where Robinson kept horses.

Over 200 pouches of tobacco were seized and almost £20,000 was restrained in a bank account run by Robinson.

Following a protracted series of court hearings both men admitted supplying illegal tobacco and to have earned almost £20,000 from the illegal sales over the course of a year.

In passing sentence at Truro Crown Court today (Friday, November 1), HHJ Linford described the activity of the two men as “illegal and dishonest” and explained that only their previous clean record had spared them from a custodial sentence. He warned them that any repetition would result in a very different sentence being imposed.

They were each ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid, community work, to pay £1200 towards the costs of bringing the prosecution and to forfeit £19,940 as proceeds of crime. The 207 pouches of tobacco were also ordered to be forfeited for destruction.

Councillor Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s  Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said:  “Cornwall Council has been clamping down on this issue, but we also want to send a clear message to people. If you sell illegal products, chances are you will be caught and you could face serious penalties through the courts.

“Illegal tobacco trade harms everyone. All tobacco is harmful, but when it is also cheap and easily sourced, it makes it harder for people to quit and be smoke free. Children and young people are often easy targets. The loss of tax revenue also means less money is being spent in local communities on schools or on health care. The illegal tobacco trade also  has strong links to crime including drug dealing.

“Our message is clear – selling illegal tobacco is a crime which can carry fines, community orders or prison. The number of reports we are seeing shows more people have had enough and are providing us with information to stop local criminals selling and trading tobacco. Whether you are a shopkeeper or an individual, chances are you will be reported. Our crackdown will continue.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco or alcohol can make a report in confidence emailing report-it@cornwall.gov.uk

Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s Interim Deputy Director of Public Health:

“Trading Standards action like this directly supports our efforts to reduce smoking levels in Cornwall. We know that price is an important motivator when a smoker decides to quit, so the sale of cheap tobacco absolutely undermines all encouragement to quit.

"As smoking is the number one cause of preventable ill health anything that can be done to reduce smoking levels has to be a good thing for the residents of Cornwall.”

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Find out about new flood resilience scheme: Penzance, November 4

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:28

Residents can find out more about a new scheme to help homes and businesses become more flood resilient at a free event in Penzance next week.

Cornwall Council is leading the new South West Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder project to create a demonstration hub, web portal and other measures to make it easier for residents and businesses to adopt measures like flood doors, hard floors and electrics raised off ground level.

The innovative scheme running until March 2021 will benefit homes and businesses in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Devon, and is one of only three projects of this type funded nationally.

It will be delivered with support from the Environment Agency and lead local flood authorities from the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

Cornwall Council will officially launch the project at Cornwall Community Flood Forum’s annual conference at Penzance One Stop Shop, St John’s Hall, on Monday 4 November. 

The Council’s Flood and Coastal Resilience Lead, Dave Watkins, will introduce the scheme during one of the morning presentations and in the afternoon there will be opportunities to learn more through interactive workshops.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for the environment and public protection, said: “The South West Property Flood Resilience Pathfinder project will enable us to create a foundation for change for residents and businesses across the region to improve their flood resilience.

“The project covers both Cornwall and Devon we will be supporting Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Devon Community Resilience Forum to engage with communities demonstrate the benefits of being proactive in protecting homes and businesses from flooding. 

“Come along to this free event and find out more about how you can make your homes and properties more flood resilient.

“Over the next 18 months we will be giving more updates through the Community Flood and Resilience Forums.”

The event runs from 9.30am to 4pm and is free to attend. Bookings can be made on Cornwall Community Flood Forum’s wbsite, or on Eventbrite.

Posted on November 1, 2019

 

 

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New era for St Just Library

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:09

The future of St Just Library has been safeguarded for residents as part of a new partnership starting today between Cornwall Council and St Just Town Council.

Under the agreement the library has transferred to the Town Council after alterations were completed.

The changeover will also include the relocation of the Town Council office into part of the library building in January so visitors will have access to a range of services in one place.

Completed improvement work included re-roofing the central flat roof, replacing the entrance porch, remodelling the library space and creating new office space for the Town Council. 

 

Under the new partnership, which is part of Cornwall Council’s devolution programme, St Just Library will continue to provide all the key services essential to a modern library as well as offering the potential to increase access to a range of Town Council services.

St Just Library will remain part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and can still visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

St Just Town Mayor Marna Blundy said: “I’d like to welcome library staff and volunteers under the wing of the Town Council, and I look forward to developing our partnership to benefit everyone in our community.”

“We know just how much the library is valued here, and I’m delighted that we have been able to secure its future, whilst giving us opportunities to grow and develop services locally. Today is a good day to celebrate!”

St Just Cornwall Councillor Sue James said: “I have been on a long journey with local residents to safeguard and protect our local library service, throughout my time as a Cornwall Councillor.”

“It is always good when campaigns have a happy ending and I believe having local control of the library will allow us to move from defending it to making plans for it to flourish, our own St Just way."

Like all local authorities throughout the UK, Cornwall Council has had some tough decisions to make when faced with substantial cuts in funding from central Government.

Rather than close libraries, however, the Council has worked with town and parish councils and community groups throughout Cornwall to transfer ownership of these much-loved services to local communities.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Neighbourhoods, said: “I’d like to thank St Just Town Council for working with us to take on the local library at St Just which protects this valuable service for the community for the future. In our other devolved libraries, services have not only been protected but in many cases they have been developed with refurbished buildings, increased opening hours and more community events being delivered.

“Residents in St Just now have a streamlined library building that is safeguarded for the future and there is the potential to increase opening hours and access to library and Town Council services." 

Library reservations and renewals can be made online.

Posted on 1 November, 2019

Categories: Cornwall

Cornwall’s inspiring 60 over 60 shine at celebratory event

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 08:54

Successful 60 over 60 nominees were brought together this week to celebrate their achievement of being selected to become part of Cornwall’s inspiring 60 over 60.

Launched in April by Cornwall Council, the campaign was started to find 60 people over the age of 60 in Cornwall who inspire others in a range of ways and the event held on Monday 28 October was an opportunity for all of those successful nominees to come together to acknowledge their contributions.

The event was held in the Council Chamber at County Hall in Truro. The winners were presented with their certificate by the three judges, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Cllr Rob Rotchell, Helen Tite from iCareiMove and Nigel Clark from Age UK. Once all nominees had received their certificates they all enjoyed a cream tea with an opportunity to meet each other and hear each other’s stories.

Those in attendance also included Vice Chairman of Cornwall Council for Cllr Mary May, Chief Executive Kate Kennally and Strategic Director for Adult Care and Support, Helen Charlesworth May. They all wanted to attend to extend their congratulations to the winners who have all contributed in some way to their community.

Cllr Rob Rotchell said: “This was a great event that was the culmination of a campaign that’s aim was to find and recognise people who have gone out of their way to prove that age is no barrier to living well.

“The success of this campaign demonstrates the contribution people over 60 make every day, volunteering, leading their community, and inspiring others through their athletic achievements. It’s so important that we celebrate the accomplishments of older people rather than focusing on the negative aspects of ageing, and now we know that there are lots of people out there doing great things we will run this campaign again next year.”

Being more active has a number of benefits, for example, reducing the risk of falls – a leading cause of injury and confidence issues in people over 65. Research also suggests that having close social connections and taking part in social activities can enhance physical and emotional wellbeing in later life. The campaign aims to inspire others to make their own positive plans to age well.

One of the judges, Helen Tite said: “Events like this are so important in helping us to recognise the fantastic achievements and the valuable contributions that our older residents make down here in Cornwall. By honouring these sixty individuals, we hope not only to inspire others to think about the small steps that they can take to live and age well, but also to challenge some of the negative stereotypes faced by those over 60 and create a more balanced view of ageing.”

Nominee Patricia Orridge said: “It was a pleasure to be involved with the event but to be honest, I was totally surprised to be nominated, let alone be recognised as one of the finalists in Cornwall’s 60 over 60. I really don’t feel I do anything out of the ordinary with my volunteer roles. I just see them as part of a busy active life that enables me to meet many new people and take on challenges that give me opportunities to learn new skills.”

You can visit our 60 over 60 nominees page to find out more.

Nominations for the 2020 60 over 60 are expected to open in April next year.  

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