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Spring is in the air as Council transforms 30 green spaces in Cornwall

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Communities in Cornwall are benefiting from 40 hectares of improved green spaces created under a pioneering scheme to bring nature-rich habitats to urban areas.

As spring has officially started this week, Cornwall Council is nearing completion of its Green Infrastructure for Growth - Making Space for Nature programme.

The three-year scheme has brought 30 wildlife and pollinator-friendly areas to seven Cornish towns across an area equivalent to 40 rugby pitches.

Now residents are being invited to take part in activities in these enriched green spaces and get involved in further improvements.

The following sites have been completed under the scheme which is part of the Council’s Environmental Growth strategy

  • Penzance; Bolitho Gardens, Milllennium Woods, Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann's Field
  • Hayle; Copperhouse Pool Margins, Treveglos Meadow and Millpond Gardens 
  • Camborne; Tuckingmill Valley Park, Wheal Harriet (Elim Centre) and Park an Tansys open space.
  • Pool; East Pool Park, Treloweth Park and Crembling Well. New trees have also been planted on Tolvaddon Road.
  • Redruth; Treskerby Playing Field, Trenoweth Playing Field, Knights Way Field and St Day Road Cemetery.
  • Bude; Goldsworthy Field, Berries Avenue and Kings Hill Wood 
  • Saltash; Warfelton Field, Grenfell Estate, Saltmill Park and Longstone Park

Work continues in Penzance and Camborne.

By the end of this year £3.5m will have been spent on public open spaces, roadside verges and closed cemeteries and churchyards. The project is receiving £2.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

 

The next Making Space for Nature event is a community wildflower planting day in Penzance on Saturday 30 March.

From 10am to midday residents can help plant pot-grown wildflowers at Mennaye Boating Lake and Mann’s Field in Wherrytown. There will also be an afternoon session in St Mary’s Churchyard between 2pm and 4pm.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: “The Making Space for Nature project has helped transform plots of land in towns across Cornwall to make them better places for people and for wildlife.

“As spring starts we are inviting residents to come out and see these beautiful new green spaces and get involved in planting activities or just enjoy being in nature.”

Future Making Space for Nature activities include community days at:

  • Trenoweth Playing Field, Redruth, April 9
  • Warfelton Field, Saltash, April 13

  • Love Lane Wildlife Garden, Penzance, April 17
  • Berries Avenue, Bude, May 23
  • Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, June 6 to 8
  • Goldsworthy Field, Bude, June 15
  • Treveglos Meadow, Hayle, June 21
  • St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth, June 22
  • St Mary’s Churchyard, Penzance, July 3
  • Golowan Festival, Penzance, June 29

Find more information about the Making Space for Nature project.

Making Space for Nature is a practical example of Cornwall Council’s Pollinator Action Plan which is being launched later this spring.

It aims to make the Council’s assets and operations more pollinator friendly by increasing awareness of pollinators and their needs, identify and support local ideas for pollinator opportunities, help ensure pollinator habitats and species recover and provide beneficial services to farming and tourism and residents across Cornwall.

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £2.8 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/england-2014-to-2020-european-structural-and-investment-funds

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South East Cornwall set to benefit from transport funding boost

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:22

Residents in South East Cornwall are set to benefit from a successful bid to the government’s Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links, with a particular emphasis on sustainable transport.  Cornwall Council joined forces with Plymouth City Council and Saltash Town Council to support and develop a bid for funding to improve the wider Plymouth travel to work area which includes South East Cornwall

The successful funding bid means that South East Cornwall is set to see a £320,000 investment in transport infrastructure to improve key bus corridors in the Saltash, Torpoint, Rame Peninsula and Liskeard areas. Improvements will include new bus shelters, timetable cases and the installation of digital real time passenger information (RTPI) signs at key locations. 

Another £516,000 has also been received to deliver walking and cycling improvements in Saltash to provide key connections to Plymouth, support economic and housing growth and manage increased travel demand.

The joint bid sees a total of £7.6 million for a number of sustainable transport initiatives in Plymouth.  In Cornwall, a share of the funding will go to improve cycling, walking and public transport links between Cornwall and Plymouth. 

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “Improving sustainable transport connections in Cornwall and into Devon is so important for our residents.  This funding will help us deliver work being carried out on this Council’s One Public Transport System for Cornwall (OPTSfC) Project which aims to deliver an integrated and customer focused transport network under the Cornwall Devolution Deal.” 

Cornwall Council is now working closely with Plymouth City Council in preparing a bid for the second round of funding.

 

Story posted 20 March 2019

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Housing and health among key topics due for discussion at Cabinet meeting

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 15:18

Investment in housing, the creation of new cycle paths, and investment in schools are just some of the plans up for discussion when Cornwall Council’s cabinet committee meets next week.

One of the major issues to be discussed will be new additions to the council’s Capital Programme of investments.

The projects include the creation of a multi-use coastal trail at Penzance, which will include a new public bike hire scheme, and investment in the roads and sewerage required at the new West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell.

Funds are also being set aside for the construction of new pedestrian bridges at Launceston, and for investment into essential repairs at schools across Cornwall.

The CORSERV Group of Companies four year business plan will also be discussed by the cabinet. 

The plan sets out ambitious proposals for creating a sustainable future for the business, which includes Cormac, Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Cornwall Development Company. 

Also on the agenda are the latest steps in the South East Cornwall Regeneration Programme, which looks at an investment of £6.4m in a new Liskeard to Looe cycle trail, and an update on the Housing Development Programme, which extend the council’s ambitious housebuilding plans across Cornwall.  

Other items due for discussion are the integrated risk management plan from the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, and proposals to relocate the Cornwall Community Equipment Loan Store from Bodmin to new premises on the Victoria Business Park at Roche.

Council leader Adam Paynter said:  “This agenda reflects our key priorities for Cornwall, focussing on building a sustainable economic future, while creating more homes and jobs for our residents.

“We are also looking at creating new cycle trails to improve health and increase access to our beautiful countryside, and improvements to the transport network, and improvements and modernisation to our schools.

“It shows our continuing determination to focus on those matters which will make a real difference to the lives of our residents.”

The meeting will take place in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall on Wednesday, 27 March, starting at 10am.

The meeting is open to members of the public, and can also be watched via webcast here.

Posted 20 March 2019

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Cornwall Virtual School picks up a national award

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:06

The Virtual School from Cornwall Council has been recognised nationally for supporting for some of  Cornwall’s most vulnerable pupils to  Secondary School Achievement at the first ever National Creative Learning Awards. 

The awards are organised by The Creative Learning Guild a charity that supports the grassroots creative learning movement across the UK.

The Virtual School supports young people from across Cornwall who are currently in care or who have just left care, and it uses a range of learning techniques to help improve their education. 

Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “This is fantastic recognition for all the hard work that the Virtual School team, put in on a regular basis.  When you are working with vulnerable young people, it is important to tailor the learning to them to maximise their opportunities and that’s what the Virtual School does brilliantly.

“Children in care have all been through trauma, which can impact on their ability to regulate their emotions and behaviour, in a classroom setting, this might present as outbursts or other learning difficulties. 

“These creative projects have supported young people in various ways and the outcomes show the projects are working. Schools have noticed reduced classroom disruption, improved attendance and better educational attainment.  Not only that but carers have also reported improved behaviour at times and most importantly the children themselves say they feel better understood and they get more out of school.”

The national Creative Learning Awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning.

Judge and Managing Editor of Education Today, Jonathan Swift, said: “This is a very impressive, well-run project which has clearly made a big difference to the lives of the children it has engaged with.”

Posted 20 March, 2019

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Community safety on the agenda at Launceston Community Network Panel meeting

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 14:12

Residents in Launceston and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next Launceston Community Network Panel on Thursday 21 March to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

Iain Mackelworth, Cornwall Council’s Acting Head of Investment & Growth will provide the panel with an overview of the council’s Investment Programme, with a specific focus on workspace development.

Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Lynden Hughes will provide an update on local policing and crime matters.

There will also be an introduction from Alex Arthur, Data Analyst for Community Safety, and Lucy Alison, Community Safer Officer for East Cornwall about the opportunity for the Panel to hold an awareness workshop about community safety issues.

The meeting is taking place in the Guildhall in Launceston Town Hall on Thursday March 21, from 7pm. 

Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel 

Community network panels are an opportunity for members of the public to engage with what’s happening in their local area, to speak to their local Town, Parish and Cornwall Councillors and shape the future of where they live.

The Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways issues. 

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

The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. 

 

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New shoots for Cornwall’s garden waste on Global Recycling Day

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:14

Green-fingered residents in Cornwall are recycling record amounts of garden waste as Global Recycling Day is celebrated today.

More than of 32,000 tonnes of grass clippings, weeds, leaves and prunings were collected by Cornwall Council last year - enough to fill 39 Olympic swimming pools.

Residents put out 11,300 tonnes of garden waste at the kerbside to be picked up by the Council’s garden waste collection service and 20,750 tonnes were deposited at Cornwall’s 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres.

All collected garden waste is turned into compost and used on farms in Cornwall.

The number of residents subscribing to the Council’s fortnightly garden waste collection service has grown by about 10% per year since 2012.

In 2016-17 a total of 30,000 households were signed up and last year it was around 33,700.

The service collects grass cuttings, leaves or organic sweepings, tree, shrub and rose prunings, branches up to 30cm long and 2.5cm diameter (e.g. broom handle width), cut flowers, weeds and windfall.

Residents have the option of putting their garden waste out in a specially provided 240 or 140 litre bin or 70 litre bag.

Annual garden waste subscriptions start at £23.25 and all details are available on the website.

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for the environment and neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted that so many people in Cornwall are recycling their garden waste and using our fortnightly collection service which is a great option when people lead such busy lives.

“There are many ways to dispose of your garden waste, whether that’s through our collection service, depositing it at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres, home composting or simply reducing waste at source.

"As we mark Global Recycling Day today, recycling your garden waste is yet another way you can recycle in Cornwall and do your bit for the environment.”

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Have a concessionary bus pass? You can travel at any time on Cornwall’s buses from 01 April

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:19

Older people, and those of any age with a disability, who qualify for a concessionary bus pass will be able to travel for free at any time on Cornwall’s buses from 01 April.

Up until now, people who qualify for a bus pass under the English National Concessionary Fares Travel Scheme have been able to travel on Cornwall’s public  buses for free after 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays and at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.  Now, Cornwall Council has decided to extend the scheme so that concessionary bus pass holders can travel on public buses at any time and will no longer have to wait until 9.30am to travel for free.

Cornwall Council Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown said: “We have listened to residents who hold these bus passes.  They have told us that having to wait until 9.30am to be able to travel for free on the bus means that they can’t travel to early appointments.  In the case of disabled concessionary bus pass holders in particular, they have told us that under the current arrangements, they can’t use their pass early enough so they either have to pay or make alternative arrangements to travel to adult training and day centres.”

Geoff adds:  “We want to encourage people to use public transport and here is a practical way the Council can help people who have a concessionary bus pass to do just that at no cost to them.”

 

Story posted 18 March 2019

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‘Peer on peer’ child exploitation highlighted as concern in the south west

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:46

Children across the south west are victims of sexual exploitation. 

But while media reports often highlight cases of adult grooming and child abuse, Devon and Cornwall Police say the most likely form of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the south west is perpetrated by other young people.

It's sometimes referred to as ‘peer on peer’ exploitation, and its victims are young males and young females.

“People may be unaware that CSE can be perpetrated by young people aged 18 or younger, and they themselves may also have been victims of CSE,” says Detective Chief Inspector Alison Lander, Devon & Cornwall Police and Force lead for CSE.

Recent research led by Plymouth’s Safeguarding Children’s Board found little awareness and understanding among young people of peer on peer sexual exploitation.
 
Their research showed that this form of exploitation in particular was not widely recognised or understood as a crime, which is preventing children from reporting it.
 
They found that young people are also not reporting sexual exploitation because they worry that doing so would lose them friendships; they’re concerned about how their parents might react; or that they’ll be seen as wasting police time.
 
Monday 18 March is a national awareness day for highlighting CSE.  Authorities across the South West are using the day to say to children and young people, “If you are put in a situation where you feel pressured sexually, please report it.  It’s OK to tell someone.”

Lisa, (not her real name)

Lisa is 15 years old and lives with her mother.  She began to go missing, leaving the house during the middle of the night to meet peers, and there were concerns about her drinking alcohol while out.

Her behaviour in school and at home deteriorated with no clear reason.   Her mum found information on Lisa’s phone, indicating that she had become sexually active,  and having unprotected sex.

Lisa said that she’d exchanged indecent images of herself with some of boys at her school.  

On occasions that she went missing, Lisa was drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis with her male friends.  She’d had sex with one of the boys while under the influence, and he’d told his friends about it.

Lisa started getting messages from other boys asking her to send pictures of herself in her underwear.  Lisa felt uncomfortable, but said ‘everyone sends nudes’.  And besides, she felt it was nice to have boys be interested in her in that way.

One boy said that he could get some cannabis, and he offered some to Lisa in exchange for sex.  She’s thought he was joking, but the boy repeated it a few times and on a later occasion with him, she went along with what he asked.

Regional Head of Service for the NSPCC, Sharon Copsey, says:  “Having early conversations about healthy relationships and consent is vital to tackling child sexual exploitation before it starts. We know that young people don’t always understand that what’s happening to them is abuse.”

Detective Chief Inspector Alison Lander, said: “Many young people who are being exploited do not realise they are at risk and will not ask for help.  Some may see themselves as willing participants in such abuse, not realising that what is happening to them is illegal.  It’s a difficult message to convey to young people, but it’s really important that they are aware of risk and how to avoid it.  Crucially they need to know how to report it, and to have confidence to do so.

“The public can really help us detect and prevent CSE among young people by knowing the signs and reporting any concerns they have.
 
“It’s not just parents, or teachers and carers who can help spot the signs of CSE.  Anyone working in a service industry, such as taxi drivers and hotel workers, shop keepers; anyone who may be able to spot vulnerable young people who may be at risk of exploitation or in an exploitative relationship – can also help to spot the signs and to report any concerns.”

Andy Bickley, Independent Chair of Plymouth Safeguarding Children’s Board, said: “We are committed to working with local organisations to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation and CSE Day is the ideal opportunity to help improve awareness.

“This latest research shows that it isn’t just adults that exploit children and young people, it can also be their peers, so it’s really important that we make sure our young people know what the dangers are, and also what support is available.”

Schools across the South West and services that work with young people are actively raising awareness of CSE among young people.  Parents and guardians are being encouraged to do the same at home.

To find out more about child sexual exploitation, and how to spot the signs, visit https://www.dcfp.org.uk/child-abuse/child-sexual-exploitation/ 

There are a number of local and national agencies that can help, including Barnado’s, NWG,  NSPCC, as well as local Safeguarding Children’s Boards including the NHS, Social Care, Education and the Police.

More information about Child Sexual Exploitation and NWG’s CSE Awareness Day, 18 March 2019, is available online at www.dc.police.uk/CSEAwareness

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Climate emergency declaration on the agenda at the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel Meeting

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 16:12

People in Truro, the Roseland and the surrounding parishes are invited along to the next Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel on Tuesday 19 March to discuss issues that affect them and where they live.

Following Cornwall Council’s recent climate emergency declaration, attendees will be able to get information from the Good Companions organisation who will provide a presentation on the importance of town and parish councils in supporting Cornwall Council and their communities in the fight against climate change.

Attendees will also be able to hear from Devon and Cornwall Police Inspector Rick Milburn who will provide an update on local policing and crime matters as well as an update from CORMAC and Council Officers on proposals for local highways improvements.

The meeting is taking place in the Trelawny Room at New County Hall on Tuesday 19 March, from 7pm. 

Read the agenda for the meeting and find out more about the panel 

Chair of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel, Chris Wells, said: “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to come and engage with what’s happening in their local area and to speak to their local Town and Parish Councillors.

“We welcome anyone from around the Truro and Roseland communities to come and join us, to help shape the future of where they live.”

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel meets bi-monthly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highways issues. 

The Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel includes all ten Cornwall Councillors for the area, representatives of Truro City Council and the 18 parish councils in the community network: Chacewater, Cuby, Feock, Gerrans, Grampound with Creed, Kea, Kenwyn, Ladock, Philleigh, Probus, Ruan Lanihorne, St Clement, St Erme, St Just-in-Roseland, St Michael Caerhays, St Michael Penkivel, Tregony and Veryan.

You can also keep up to date with what’s happening in the area by joining the Truro and Roseland Community Network Area Facebook page

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Residents warned of beach steps closure after fears of cliff falls are raised

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 15:43

The steps leading down to Whipsiderry Beach at Newquay have been closed off after experts raised fears of possible cliff falls in the area.

The inspection, carried out by Cormac’s Geo Environmental Engineer, was prompted by a previous landslip in the area.

The decision to close the access steps was taken in the interests of public safety as further cliff falls could occur at any time.

Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment and public protection, said: “Given the concerns raised by environmental engineers, we have taken the decision to close off the access steps while further investigations take place.

"Closing access to any of our public open spaces is not something we take lightly, but safety is our primary concern.

"I ask the public to bear with us and abide by the closures until further notice."

St Mawgan and Colan Councillor and Chairman of the Newquay and St Columb Community Network Panel, John Fitter, said: "Given the huge value to the community of this footpath, it is disappointing to have to close it, but public safety has to be our top priority at all times.

"We will carry out further inspections, and will update the public as soon as we have any further information."

Posted 15 March, 2019

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Council leaders meet young people demonstrating about climate change

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 15:40

Around 300 young people gathered today at New County Hall to call for more action on climate change. 

Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, Sue James, and Deputy Leader Julian German met the organiser of the event and some of the young people who attended and let them know the Council is keen to work with them to create a collective Cornish voice to lobby parliament.

In January Cornwall Council echoed calls from residents across the county when councillors declared a climate change emergency, calling on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Cornwall Councillor Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment, said:

“Having listened to young people who were at today’s gathering it is clear that they have strong views about what more can be done to tackle to climate change.

“We want to help the young people of Cornwall to air their views and we wish to seek their opinions to inform the future thinking of the Council, in the matter of climate change.

“We also encourage young people to get involved in decision-making on a local level, such as through their schools, colleges, town and parish councils, to keep climate change high on the agenda.”

For more information you can visit the following page: Councillors declare a "climate emergency" and call for further work to reduce Cornwall's carbon emissions.

To share your views email climatechange@cornwall.gov.uk

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Community produce exciting vision for Liskeard Cattle Market site

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 10:33

 

Five days of intense collaboration with local residents and businesses to co-design a vision for the future of Liskeard’s cattle market has produced exciting plans to breathe new life into the site.  The interactive planning and design ‘charrette’ produced ideas for the creation of a community heart complete with  market square, new community centre, flexible public spaces for festivals and performances, affordable work spaces, and a community garden to “up-cycle” the town, so that all residents will benefit.

Outlining the results of the Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette to a packed public meeting, Charles Campion, from architects JTP  who led the charrette – the first of its kind to be held  Cornwall Counci - said that the enthusiasm and positive approach of the local community had helped to create an exciting vision for both the site and the future of the town.

“These proposals have come from your ideas and dreams“ he told the meeting.  “They are based on the comments made by the hundreds of people who took part in the community meetings, walkabouts, workshops and hands-on planning sessions staged during the charrette.”

“You told us the site needed to work as a place for all ages and backgrounds to come together and interact as a community. You said there should be a market area where people could make and sell goods and local produce, and work space for start ups and small companies. You want Liskeard to celebrate its heritage and environment and make the most of its position as a regional economic and visitor hub to attract more people to stay and spend money which then stays in the town . You also called for improved transport links and better connections and more green spaces ‘to hide the grey’, and for new buildings which were bold and not afraid to break with convention.”

“We listened carefully to what you said and have used your ideas to develop this vision for the site which creates a new and exciting “USP” for Liskeard.”

The vision also include some special features designed to make the most of the spectacular views from south west part of the site and put Liskeard on the map. These include a tall viewing platform (suggested by young people at one of the workshop sessions) and a bastion (a raised green area) where people can sit to admire the views.

A key element involves relocating the current Liskerrett Centre to a new purpose built, accessible and flexible accommodation and services on the Cattle Market site. This would enable the existing Victorian building to be refurbished to create bespoke apartments, with new high quality family homes constructed around a “garden square”.

Local Cornwall Councillor Sally Hawken thanked local residents for their support for the Charrette and said she was looking forward to turning their vision into reality.

“This has been an amazing piece of community involvement“ she said.  “This is your vision and we now need to continue to work together to build on the momentum and take this exciting scheme forward”.

Bob Egerton, Cornwall’s Council’s Cabinet portfolio holder for Planning and the Economy, said:  “We are committed to working with residents and partners to create a development on this key site which complements what Liskeard already has to offer, boosts the economy and brings more local people and visitors into the town.”

“Involving the community is key as we work together and move forward with everyone on board.”

The Liskeard Cattle Market Working Group will review the outcomes of the Charrette and develop a viable plan with partners, including Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council and the town’s Neighbourhood Plan Group. This will include preparing business cases for specific elements of the scheme which will be used to support bids for funding. The group will also develop a separate plan identifying some short term ‘meanwhile’ uses of the site

An updated masterplan will then be drawn up for public consultation before a final masterplan and phased delivery plan is presented to stakeholder groups.

 

Story posted 15 March 2019

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Young people leaving care scheme wins national award

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 17:17

A pioneering project created by Cornwall Council that supports young people leaving care has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.  Cornwall Council, in partnership with Carefree, won the title for Best Service Delivery Model at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

The partnership has resulted in care leavers working as social workers in the leaving care service and participation service and has also enabled care leavers to be personal advisers. Carefree also has an apprentice personal adviser who is care experienced and this has helped to provide a unique insight into the lives of care leavers and considerably helped develop the service. 

Portfolio Holder and Cabinet Member for Children and Wellbeing, Sally Hawken, said: “No question this is well deserved! Our care experienced professionals & young people have helped us get it right.

“We know that all of the personal advisers are tenacious in maintaining contact and see young people regularly.  This has resulted in almost three quarters of young people being in education, training or employment, which is one of the highest rates in the country.”

Carefree supports young people by offering positive activities, events and projects that help young people develop their social and emotional skills. 

Sally continued: “Our partnership with Carefree has contributed to our achievements as a council and helped us to continuously develop the service. We continue to listen to young people and recognise the importance of emotional health and well-being of care leavers.”

Kerryann Curnow is a care experienced professional and she was at the awards last night: “As a care experienced professional I am proud to live in Cornwall, provide services in Cornwall and be a positive role model for children in care and care leavers. It is fantastic that the LGC recognised the brilliant work done by the council and Carefree to get the best outcomes for children in care and care leavers.”

Cornwall Council was also shortlisted for three other awards including Gweres Tus Yowynk or GTY (Helping Young People) in the Children’s Services category, Warm and Well Cornwall programme in the Public and Private Partnerships category and in the Council of the Year Award. 

Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council, Councillor Julian German, said: “To be finalists in four categories in the LGC Awards is a great achievement and one our teams should be rightly proud of. Special congratulations go to the children’s services team and Carefree on winning their award.”

 

Story posted 14 March 2019

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Alexa could help combat loneliness in Cornwall

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 16:28

People who are at risk of being socially isolated, for example after a spell in hospital, could soon have an Echo Spot installed in their home to allow them to communicate with a loved one more easily.

The plan is all part of a project led by Cornwall Council where grant funding has been awarded to help develop schemes that use technology to combat a range of issues, such as social isolation, falls and frailty.

Age UK put forward the bid that will allow people to use the technology in a variety of ways such as  making video calls, setting reminders, and accessing Cornwall link, the Age UK information portal, as well as other resources at home.

Portfolio holder for adults Councillor Rob Rotchell said: “Cornwall Council faces huge challenges to deliver care services with limited and stretched resources as well as responding to people’s changing expectations of public services.

“Technology Enabled Care is a key way to address these challenges and it will be exciting to see how these projects take shape.”

In another successful bid from Plymouth University EPIC project, Echo Spots will also be used in care homes to improve the well-being of hundreds of residents, for example, to play music from different eras to enhance the lives of people living with dementia.

Ray Jones, EPIC Project Director and Professor of Health Informatics said: “There is great potential in keeping care home residents connected to family, friends, and befrienders using devices such as Echo Spot.

“Such devices can also stimulate and help with reminiscence through music. We aim to get these installed in the majority of care homes across Cornwall. This then provides a large ‘user-base’ for small companies in Cornwall to develop new apps to meet the needs of care homes.”

Another project will support people with health conditions in Camborne where a partnership with a care company called Veor and a GP surgery will allow people to check things like their blood pressure which allows it to be monitored in real time by a healthcare worker to try to prevent an episode of ill health.

The other successful project from Cornwall Care will use technology that will allow more people to be involved in meetings about them, using a ‘padbot’ which is a remote controlled mobile stand with video conferencing facilities. This helps the individual to have more choice and control over their health and social care needs.

Posted on 14 March

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Youth Strike 4 Climate

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 15:52

A number of young people are expected to gather at New County Hall in Truro on Friday 15 March 2019 calling for more action on climate change. 

Cornwall Council welcomes the passion shown by the young people and is keen to work with them to create a collective Cornish voice to lobby parliament.

In January councillors declared a climate change emergency, calling on Westminster to provide the powers and resources necessary to achieve the target for Cornwall to become carbon neutral by 2030.

We would urge parents and carers whose children could be absent from school, to have followed the advice from their school to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children is maintained during the protest.

 

Story posted 14 March 2019 

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Statement from Cornwall Council and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK on Dawnus

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 15:07

Cornwall Council and SUEZ are aware that Dawnus Construction Holdings Ltd, the company building Truro’s new Household Waste Recycling Centre, is reported to be going into administration.

Work on the recycling centre started last July. Good progress has been made and building work is nearing completion.  

Located in Tregurra Park, Newquay Road, the recycling centre will provide more than 20,000 Truro residents with a modern, accessible facility, making it easier for them to recycle more of their household waste. 

Dawnus halted work on site today (Thursday 14 March) and there are some remaining works to be completed, including the completion of fencing, lighting and elements of final surfacing, before SUEZ’s operations team can move onto the site and prepare to open the facility to residents.

Jeremy Taylor, Senior Construction Commercial Manager for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, said: “On hearing reports that Dawnus was experiencing financial difficulties we immediately began exploring options for finishing the remaining work and we are confident that we can still open Truro’s new recycling centre to residents in the spring as planned.”

The Truro centre will join 13 existing recycling centres in Cornwall which are owned by the Council and operated by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK. 

A split-level layout and one-way traffic system at the new centre means residents will be able to safely sort their items into easily accessible, dedicated bins. 

Sue James, portfolio holder for the environment and neighbourhoods for Cornwall Council, said: “We are disappointed that work on the new Truro Household Waste Recycling Centre has had to pause as a result of Dawnus reportedly going into administration but we will work with SUEZ to ensure we find alternative options to restart the work imminently so that we can complete construction and open the centre this spring as planned.”

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Temporary home for Liskeard Library during major renovation

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:04

Liskeard Library is due to undergo a major renovation as part of an innovative new partnership between Cornwall Council and the local community group, the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO).

The current library at Barras Street will close at 1pm on Saturday, March 30 2019, to allow for the planned refurbishment to take place.

From April 1 a library service will be provided by Cornwall Council at Luxstowe House in Liskeard for the duration of the works which are in the final stages of planning.

The temporary library will be open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and parking is available.

Customers will have access to 1,600 fiction, non-fiction and children’s books and use the ‘Click and Collect’ service to reserve books, DVDs and music CDs free online for collection from the temporary library.  

There will also be free access to Wi-Fi and computers and staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide a referral service and show customers how to access library and Council services online.

Bookstart Rhymetime sessions will restart in April with more details to follow.

Planning permission has been granted to Cornwall-based community group RIO to continue the library service and carry out significant refurbishment of the Barras Street site before it reopens to the customers.

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 Neighbourhoods, said: “We see this partnership with RIO as a positive move that will provide a sustainable library service in Liskeard which meets the needs of the town.

The residents of Liskeard will have a fully renovated library building that is more accessible and safeguarded for the future.”

Lindsey Hall, Chief Executive of RIO, said: “Following the granting of planning permission in December we’ve been working with Cornwall Council on the next steps in this important and exciting development for Liskeard.

“The temporary relocation of the library to Luxstowe House from April means we can begin to put our plans into action and start giving the library building the love and attention it needs to transform it into a library of the future; a hub of learning, knowledge and connection we know the people of Liskeard want.”

For more information about RIO see www.realideas.org.

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Man pleads guilty to using his dead mum’s bus pass after investigation by Cornwall Council’s Counter Fraud Team

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:55

A man who used his dead mother’s concessionary bus pass to obtain free travel around Cornwall has been fined in court after an investigation by Cornwall Council’s Counter-Fraud Team.

Adam Oats, 39, of Pollards Close, Goonhavern, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the fraudulent use of the bus pass at Truro Magistrates Court on 20 February 2019.  

The court heard that Oats’ mother died in February 2017 and on 2 May 2018 he tried to use her pass in Truro on a bus operated by the First South West Ltd bus company. The bus driver immediately realised that it did not belong to him, challenged him and then confiscated it.

An investigation subsequently undertaken by the Council’s Counter-Fraud Team culminated in the prosecution after Oats had failed to cooperate with investigators by not responding to two requests to attend an interview under caution.

The investigation had established that since the death of Mrs Oats the pass had been illegally used on 516 occasions, the cost of which had been borne by the Council and amounted to £731.18.

In court, Oats, through his solicitor, admitted that he had used the pass after his mother had died but denied using it on 516 occasions claiming that he had only used it on 10 occasions. He however agreed to reimburse the amount of £731.18 in full to the Council.     

He was fined £80, ordered to pay a £100 contribution toward costs, and ordered to pay an additional £30 victim surcharge.

The Council’s Head of Internal Audit, Counter-Fraud, Risk and Insurance, Simba Muzarurwi, said: “The illegal use of concessionary bus passes diverts tax-payers money from other key public services and this prosecution is a clear indication that the Council does not tolerate any forms of fraudulent activity.

"The Council is committed to protecting public funds and it will not hesitate to investigate any suspected cases of fraud that are brought to our attention.

"Cornwall Council operates a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to fraud and corruption. If you suspect fraud is occurring we would be happy to talk to you on our confidential fraud hotline. Call us on freephone 0800 7316125 or you can contact us by emailing at fraud@cornwall.gov.uk."

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Cornwall’s stop smoking service the most used in the South West

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 14:19

More than 4,500 people have been supported by Healthy Cornwall to quit smoking in the last year - the highest number across the South West.

This no smoking day we’re encouraging even more people across Cornwall to give up the habit.

There are around 66,500 smokers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, costing Cornwall approximately £121million every year.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the UK and is greater in number than the next five causes combined. Each year in Cornwall there are approximately 1,000 smoking related deaths.

Cllr Sally Hawken cabinet member for Public Health said: “Helping people to lead healthier lives is one of Cornwall Council priorities. One of the best things a smoker can do to improve their health is quit or switch.

“Quitting isn’t just good for you, it’s good for everyone around you. It reduces the amount of second hand smoke in your home, but also means you could live longer and spend more time with your loved ones.”

Miriam Brenton Healthy Cornwall Stop Smoking manager added: “Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to prolong your life. You may have tried to quit on your own before, but getting support really is the best way to do it, there are different products to try and we can give you individual advice to make sure you get the best possible chance to stay smoke free for good”.

5 top tips for quitting or switching:

  1. Set yourself a date – either at the end of your next packet, or set a date you think you can stick to
  2. Sign up for face to face help - If you’re thinking about switching by vaping or quitting, Healthy Cornwall can help. Getting one to one support with an advisor means you’re four times more likely to quit for good, and it’s much better than going it alone.
  3. Be prepared – think about what you might need instead, if you’re switching to vaping choose your product or think about what you might need to change in your routine
  4. Tell your friends and family – it will be much easier with their support too, so if they’re smokers, ask them not to tempt you
  5. If you light up after you have promised yourself you will stop – don’t give up. Tomorrow is another day. Make a resolution that tomorrow you will quit for good.

If you want to get support call Healthy Cornwall on 01209 615600 or visit www.healthycornwall.org.uk

Posted on March 13, 2019

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Workers set for pay rise as Cornwall Council gains Living Wage Foundation accreditation

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 11:50

More workers in Cornwall than ever before will be paid a ‘living wage’ from next month, thanks to Cornwall Council gaining Living Wage Foundation accreditation.

Cornwall has the lowest wages in northern Europe, significantly lower than the UK average. To start changing this situation, Cornwall Council pledged to adopt the Living Wage Foundation rate rather than the minimum wage in 2015 as the lowest rate of pay for our directly-employed staff.

The difference is currently £9 per hour compared to £7.83.

Now the council has moved to gain Living Wage Foundation accreditation, which will means extending the scheme to the contractors we work with, ensuring their staff are also paid at the higher rate.

The change will affect around 800 employees, who will see an average salary rise of 7.7%.

Welcoming the accreditation, Julian German, deputy leader of Cornwall Council said:  “As a major employer in Cornwall, the Council is stepping up to ensure that local people are pulled out of the low pay trap and are reaping the benefits within their local economies.

“Our challenge is now to all major private sector employers to pay the Living Wage to their direct and contracted staff and help tackle the broader challenge of low pay in Cornwall.

“Spreading this movement wider and across more sectors will help boost Cornwall’s economy, and will help those earning below the average wage. 

“The Council has demonstrated our commitment to build a prosperous Cornwall while protecting and improving the lives of our residents – now we want others to join us.”

Research, and the experience of those who have already started paying the Living Wage, shows the huge benefits such a change can bring, not just for the employee receiving the enhanced wages, but also for the business paying them.

Nine out of ten businesses across the UK say it has improved the reputation of their business, while three-quarters have reported better motivated staff, and lower turnover rates.

The benefits for businesses of paying a Living Wage are many and have far reaching impacts – reduced staff turnover and sickness, an improvement in morale and productivity and beyond that, creating a ‘virtuous circle’ with higher pay spent locally boosting the local economy. 

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