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Local residents invited to give views on eco community masterplan

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:04

Local residents living in and around the St Austell area have two weeks left to give their views on the proposals for the new West Carclaze Eco community.

Following a consultation event held in the local area earlier this year Cornwall Council and Eco-bos drafted a masterplan setting out a range of options for the development. 

The consultation on the emerging masterplan, which includes an online survey, is due to end on Friday, 31 October 2014 and local residents are being encouraged to make sure they give their views on both the draft options and the priorities for the Land Trust in creating a future china clay landscape for all.

“The plan for West Carclaze includes new homes with improved services and facilities for the local area” said Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture. “The aim of the development is to help support the regeneration and economic growth in the St Austell and China Clay area”. 

“An eco-community is a way of providing good quality sustainable communities for the future.”

“One of our key objectives is to open up wider countryside access at West Carclaze” said John Hodkin, Managing Director of Eco-Bos, the developer behind the West Carclaze scheme . “We plan to establish a Land Trust to oversee the management of the Green Space, which could include the development of further trails and wider countryside access or the creation of formal parks”.

“In the newsletter we set out the key principles for the Land Trust and through the survey we want the community to tell us their priorities for the Green Space.”

As well as responding to the survey local residents are also being invited to attend a Public Meeting being held at Penwithick Community Hall at 6.30 pm on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. The meeting, which is being organised by Treverbyn Parish Council, will enable members of the public to pose questions about the draft proposals to representatives from Eco-Bos and Cornwall Council.

“We want local people to look at the newsletter and information and complete the survey or come to the public meeting to have their questions answered” said David Stevens, Clerk of Treverbyn Parish Council.  “We welcome this consultation stage and encourage our community to become involved.”

Story posted 17 October 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Cape Cornwall School students 'pass out' at Penzance Community Fire Station parade

Corwall Council News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:43

Students from Cape Cornwall School will ‘pass out’ on Friday 17 October 2014 at Penzance Community Fire Station.

The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.

The Phoenix Project has been run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Cape Cornwall School have shown great enthusiasm participating in all aspects of the programme. We continue to use the Phoenix Project to invest in young people across Cornwall. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students from Cape Cornwall School have worked extremely hard to succeed and gain their ASDAN certificate for improving their own learning and performance.”

The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 -17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.

“It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service” said Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “The Phoenix Project has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds.  Once again it’s great to see how our fire service can help these young people learn how to become better communicators and leaders as they grow in confidence.”

Story posted 15 October 2014

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Stray dog web page improved as Council’s Dog Welfare Team scoop another RSPCA award

Corwall Council News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:26

Hot on the heels of being presented with a RSPCA Gold Community Animal Welfare Footprint Award for the high quality way in which the Council handles stray dogs, the Council’s Dog Welfare team has now been highly commended at the RSPCA Innovators Awards for how it is has developed its web presence and its use of social media to improve animal welfare.

One such initiative is the web page launched by the Council in July which gives details of stray dogs that have been handed into the Council or picked up by the Council’s Dog Welfare team. After listening to feedback from the public, the page has been improved further  to include photographs of the dogs.  The team also use Facebook and Twitter to flag up information and advice on animal welfare issues and to publicise free dog micro chipping events and has even enlisted the help of children in making a film to communicate the issues around dog fouling.

The Council’s Head of Public Protection and Business Support Allan Hampshire says:  “I am delighted that the team have done so well in the RSPCA Awards and this improvement to our stray dogs web pages demonstrates the commitment we have to help the owners of lost dogs to locate their pets and to overall increase the number of stray dogs that are returned to their owners.

We do have a robust system in place for re-charging the owners of stray dogs for the costs incurred by the Council in picking up strays and arranging for them to be looked after.  The onus has to be on dog owners to make sure that their dogs do not stray.  A stray dog will foul and can potentially be a danger to road users and others.

The onus is also on the owner to make sure that their dog has an id tag and is micro-chipped so that dog and owner can be reunited quickly. 

We hope that the free dog micro-chipping events we are holding in partnership with Dog’s Trust will lead to a further reduction in the number of stray dogs reported to the Council.  In partnership with Dogs Trust, we are able to offer free dog micro chipping until March 2015. To book an appointment, just call dog welfare and enforcement on 0300 1234 212.”

The stray dog register has always been available for the public to view at any reasonable time however, it is now published as a live document, with photographs, on the Council’s website and will automatically update when a new case is reported to the Council. 

When the dog is returned to the owner or re-homed via an appropriate charity, the dog’s details will be taken off the website.

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: “Clearly we have a duty to pick up stray dogs and the RSPCA has recognised that the processes and lines of communication we have in place are good.  This is a great example of how we can improve how we do things at minimal cost but to achieve maximum results.”

Organisations such as Dog Lost direct the owners of lost dogs to the Council’s website so that they can check to see if their dog has been reported to the Council.

 

Story posted 15 October 2014

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to know the danger and stay aware of carbon monoxide

Corwall Council News - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:23

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is reminding everyone to be carbon monoxide safe after an incident in St Breock near Wadebridge led to one family needing ambulance treatment for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Over the weekend, crews from Wadebridge were called to a property to check for carbon monoxide as the residents were suffering from symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Fire crews used a carbon monoxide detector which indicated a high level of carbon monoxide in the property.  Fortunately the family had a CO alarm which alerted them to the danger which is believed to have come from a defective flue on a woodburning stove.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon-based fuels including gas, oil, wood and coal. When the fuel does not burn properly, excess CO is produced.  When CO enters the body, it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs.

Watch manager Mark Pratten from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service explains: “An incident like this once again highlights the need to promote awareness of this silent killer, especially as the winter starts drawing in.

As we begin to think about putting the heating back on as the nights draw in and the temperature drops, I ask that you all make sure your heating appliances -gas, multi fuel or oil - are serviced by a professional technician.  It’s important that your ventilation is clear throughout your property and that you have a working carbon monoxide detector installed in the correct location.

We want to continually raise awareness and provide education to everyone regarding the dangers of this silent killer.  It is important to understand that carbon monoxide can be produced in many different ways, not just by a gas boiler or appliance. A large majority of people in Cornwall live in rural locations and use multi fuel stoves such as woodburning stoves, so we are therefore asking people to be CO aware and to take these steps to avoid becoming a victim of this silent killer.”

Follow these safety steps:-

  • Have your appliances properly installed and regularly serviced by qualified installers with gas this means Gas Safe Registered.
  • Purchase a carbon monoxide detector to European Standards EN50291 (look for the BS kite mark) and place it in your home (refer to manufacturers guidelines) test it regularly, keep the sensor free from dust and well maintained. A portable detector could also be taken with you on holiday to help safeguard you and your family.
  • Chimneys and flues must be swept regularly and appliances checked once a year by a fully qualified engineer/sweep. If you have self-installed a multi fuel appliance, ensure that it is serviced by a suitably qualified or professional technician
  • Do not block vents. Make sure you have ventilation throughout your home.
  • If you are removing hot ashes from your open fire at the end of the day, please ensure they are removed to fresh air in a metal bucket and extinguished properly in a safe environment.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can have tragic results so KNOW THE DANGERS AND STAY AWARE!

For more information on the dangers of Carbon monoxide call our 24 hr freephone fire safety helpline for a Home fire safety assessment on 0800 3581 999 or call the Prevention team at Bodmin Community fire station on 01208 72312.

Older and vulnerable homeowners can apply for a grant from Cornwall Council for essential gas maintenance and gas related repairs to their home.

An average grant of £225 is available after the Council was awarded a £5,000 Gas Safe Charity Grant to help homeowners with a disability over the age of 21. Homeowners over the age of 60 in receipt of a means tested benefits such as the Guaranteed Pension Credit or Council Tax Support are also eligible.

The Council will arrange for local Gas Safe contractors to carry out work at the homes of successful applicants which could include gas safety checks, gas servicing, gas boiler repairs or work on cookers, fires, pipework or water heaters.

People can apply directly to the Home Solutions Team at Cornwall Council by calling 01872 224707 or email: handyperson@cornwall.gov.uk

 

Story posted 14 October 2014

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Drop in and share your views on plans for Kresen Kernow

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 18:02


Anyone who has passed the former Redruth Brewery site recently will have seen that work is getting underway on the Heritage Lottery and Cornwall Council funded Kresen Kernow project to build a new archive centre for Cornwall.

The project team and architects have also been busy working behind the scenes to produce outline building plans and a draft programme of events and activities and they want to hear your thoughts on them.

If you’re interested in seeing how the plans are progressing, or want to share your thoughts, please drop-in to one of the following sessions:

  • Monday 27 October at Cornwall Record Office, Truro, TR1 3AY
  • Tuesday 28 October at the Cornish Studies Library, Redruth,TR15 2AT 
  • Tuesday 04 November at Callington Town Hall, PL17 7BD
  • Thursday 06 November at Helston Museum, TR13 8TH

The events all run from 2:30pm-7:30pm and staff will be on hand to provide more information and hear your thoughts on the plans.

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for Economy and Culture Julian German, says: “Developing a new archive centre to house Cornwall’s important records is a really exciting project for the whole of Cornwall. We want to hear from residents about how we can best engage to ensure a really fantastic archive and local studies centre are created.”

If you are unable to attend the events, you can find out more and comment via the Kresen Kernow web pages or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kresenkernow.  

 

Story posted 13 October 2014

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Libraries impact on mental health – Reading Well Books on Prescription success in their first year

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:09

English public libraries have reported major success in supporting people’s mental health with Reading Well Books on Prescription. Loans of self-help books in the ground-breaking scheme have more than doubled it was announced to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2014.

In Cornwall there were over 1000 issues in the first year.  The most used book was The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy which had 85 loans.

Launched in June 2013, the first national Books on Prescription scheme in England has reached around 275,000 people with book-based therapy for common mental health conditions available from public libraries. It has played an important role in helping to meet the huge need for mental health support. Recent figures indicate there are around 8 million people in England suffering from anxiety or depression alone, and three quarters of this group may not be receiving treatment. In a very successful first year, Reading Well Books on Prescription has been endorsed by the public as well as by GPs, mental health professionals and Government ministers as a helpful community-based mental health service.

GPs and health professionals can prescribe books, but they are also available for anyone to borrow from their local library. Whilst there are around 7,000 prescribers using the scheme, 80% of people who borrowed a book had self-referred by picking up a leaflet, often in their local library. All the evidence suggests it has definitely helped. In a recent survey, nearly everyone who had borrowed a book from the Reading Well Books on Prescription core list of 30 titles said it had been helpful. With evidence showing that self-help reading can benefit people with certain mental health conditions, around three quarters of people surveyed said their book had helped them understand more about their condition and feel more confident about managing their symptoms.

Improved confidence around managing symptoms was also reported by nearly all of the GPs and health professionals surveyed who had prescribed books from the list, whilst just under half felt the scheme had saved them consultation time.  

Jim McKenna , Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care said,  “We are very pleased that this service is so well used.  Outlook South West recommended further titles that they find useful so in Cornwall we are able to offer more books as Books on Prescription than those on the national list.  The Health Promotion Team helped us tremendously by promoting this to GP surgeries and sending out posters and leaflets.  This was a really good example of different public bodies and community organisations working together to promote health and well-being in the county.”

Following the success of Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions, a new dementia scheme will be launched in libraries in January 2015. Merryn Kent, Reader Services Officer said, “We want all our libraries to be Dementia Friendly and believe this is a good way for us to support people.  We are off to a good start as  last year NHS Kernow donated copies of Dr Mike Bender’s handbook You’re Worried You Might Have Alzheimer’s to the libraries.  This is already available as one of our Books on Prescription.”

Dr James Kingsland OBE,GP and President of the National Association of Primary Care, says: “The feedback I have had from patients has been incredibly positive, and it is brilliant to have the option of accredited book-based cognitive behavioural therapy available for free from public libraries. The scheme can be used as a stand alone treatment, alongside medication or other psychological interventions and to offer support whilst on a waiting list or post treatment. This really is integrating care. I am looking forward to the new dementia scheme in 2015.”

Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, says: “We want to build a fairer society with better mental health for everyone. I am delighted that the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme has been so effective in its first year and to hear that it has helped people understand more about their condition. This is about empowering and informing people which is so important. The new dementia scheme is an exciting development which I hope will be just as successful.”

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, says: “Libraries are an important feature in all communities, providing trusted, safe and valued places where people can find advice and information that can help people in so many parts of their lives. It’s great to hear that library book loans in this incredibly innovative scheme have doubled and I look forward to more good news about its success in 2015.”

The scheme comes from independent charity The Reading Agency and The Society of Chief Librarians and is an exciting development in public libraries’ universal health offer.

Ciara Eastell, Society of Chief Librarians, and Debbie Hicks, The Reading Agency, say: “This unique partnership between our organisations has been popular and successful because at every moment we have thought first and foremost about the library customer and their unique needs. We are delighted in the results and, along with our excellent health partners, look forward to rolling out more national health programmes like this one to help with a range of health needs.” 

Reading Well Books on Prescription for common mental health conditions works within National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and is supported by the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists, The British Psychological Society, NHS England’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT), British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the National Association of Primary Care and Mind.

Story posted 13 October 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Voters to go to the polls on 6 November 2014 for Mevagissey by election

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:00

Voters in the Mevagissey area will be going to the polls on Thursday, 6 November 2014 to elect a new Cornwall Councillor.

Five candidates are standing for election as the Cornwall Councillor for the Mevagissey division :

  • Christopher Stewart Maynard, St Austell (Liberal Democrat)
  • Katherine Elizabeth Moseley, Portmellon, (The Green Party)
  • James Mustoe, St Austell (Conservative Party Candidate)
  • Charmain Louise Nicholas, Gorran Haven (Labour Party Candidate)
  • Michael Williams, Gorran Haven (UK Independence Party (UKIP)  

7 poll stations will be in use for the by election:

  • The Committee Room, Cornwall Council offices, Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR
  • Pentewan Village Hall, PL26 6DG
  • The Blue Room, St Austell Rugby Club, Tregorrick Lane, St Austell PL25 7AG
  • Gorran Cricket Club, Gorran, PL26 6LH
  • Community Room, Bell Hill, Gorran Haven, PL26 6HR
  • The Jubilee Hall, Chapel Street, Mevagissey, PL26 6SS
  • Portacabin, Rising Sun Car Park, Portmellon, PL26 6PL

These will be open between 7am and 10pm. 

Story posted 13 October 2014

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Cornwall Council welcomes extension to First Great Western franchise

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:47

Cornwall Council has welcomed the news that First Great Western will continue to operate rail services in the region until 2019.

The Secretary of State for Transport Patrick Mcloughlin has announced that the Government is proposing to directly extend the period of the current franchise for a further three and a half years.

“As part of the Government’s long-term economic plan I want to see rail travel in the South West transformed” said the Secretary of State.  “That is why we are delivering a huge programme of electrification and new, modern trains bringing faster, more comfortable and more reliable journeys. First Great Western is best placed to help to deliver these projects over the next four years.”

“Throughout this period we will continually be looking at new ways to improve the service for passengers, including developing proposals for a half hourly service between Plymouth and Penzance which could also serve Exeter.”

“This is good news for Cornwall” said Bert Biscoe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste.  “We are already working with First to upgrade the sleeper service, expand the depot at Penzance and improve a number of stations in Cornwall.  This announcement means we will be able to complete these projects before the end of the franchise period.

“We are also committed to introducing a new half hourly service on the Cornish mainline when the improvements to the signalling have been completed and will be looking to work in partnership with First and the Department of Transport to ensure this is built into the new franchise agreement.“

 

Story posted 13 October 2014

Categories: Cornwall

South Korean students visit deep geothermal test site in Cornwall

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:45

Exchange students visiting Camborne Science and International Academy (CSIA) from South Korea have visited Rosemanowes Quarry near Penryn in Cornwall to see how heat, naturally present underground, can be used to provide affordable, clean and safe, renewable heating. Rosemanowes Quarry is a test site of the first UK geothermal energy production for 30 years.

As part of a successful International programme at CSIA, students and teachers from The Korea Science Academy of KAIST, based in Busan, visited Camborne and took part in a number of cultural and scientific activities.

Kelly Hendricks, acting Deputy Head of Science at Camborne, said: “With South Korea being at the forefront of scientific and technological advancement, the teachers and students were overwhelmed with the possibilities that Cornwall has to offer, not only locally but to the world in terms of renewable energy and limiting carbon emissions”.

Students started the day with a lesson from Caroline Carroll, Geothermal Policy Officer for Cornwall Council. Caroline gave students an outline of the history and plans for deep geothermal in Cornwall. Caroline, a former student of Camborne School herself, was inspired by her science lessons and is excited to be working in Cornwall on such an interesting subject.

Cornwall's energyshare visited the site with the students: 'It's really exciting for young people see first hand the opportunity that geothermal could present for Cornwall," said Abbie Brook, Programme Manager.

Rosemanowes Quarry was the site of the UK’s ‘Hot Dry Rock’ geothermal research programme from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, investigating techniques for the creation of artificial reservoirs that could be used to generate electricity. During that time, Cornwall developed academic and industrial expertise and the project led to the creation of a number of local companies still in operation today. Peter Ledingham is Operations Director with one of them; GeoScience Limited, who are partners with the managers of the current heat project; Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL).

Peter graduated from Camborne School of Mines in 1980 and worked on the original ‘hot rocks’ project. Now back demonstrating the potential value of the geothermal resource, he said “It is a little strange being back at Rosemanowes after so much time, and seeing how different the place looks, but it is also very exciting to be putting one of the deep wells to good use again, and at a time when there is a real prospect of geothermal energy being exploited in Cornwall."

“It is more than 20 years since any hot water was produced here and that in itself is a milestone, but of course the purpose of this work is to develop a system that can produce renewable geothermal heat at many other locations too.”

GEL is carrying out the project  with funding assistance from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and, after a month’s testing, GEL are now successfully extracting hot water at 600 from a depth of 1.8km, sufficient to heat homes and businesses. GEL hopes to use the technology at suitable sites across Cornwall and the UK to demonstrate the benefits of delivering affordable and clean heat to existing buildings.

Cornwall Council is keen to support the geothermal industry in Cornwall. Cllr Andrew Wallis the Councils Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, took the chance to visit the test site with the students last week and said ‘I’m excited to be here with students from South Korea to see first-hand, hot water being extracted from our Cornish granite. This technology could potentially be sited at a school to provide more affordable and clean heat, reducing bills and providing a fantastic learning opportunity’

The Council has provided all schools across Cornwall with details of the technology and have received 10 expressions of interest to work with GEL should they be suitable for the technology. It is hoped further educational opportunities will be available to students in the future in this field. 

 

Story posted 13 October 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Yvonne from Bude celebrates winning Apple ipad mini in Cornwall Libraries free prize draw

Corwall Council News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:20

Cornwall Library member Yvonne Moore from Bude is celebrating after winning an Apple ipad mini – just for downloading an ebook.

Yvonne was the lucky winner in a free prize draw which was open to any library member who downloaded an ebook when Cornwall Libraries introduced the new service in July.

The Apple ipad mini, which was donated by ebook supplier Bolinda Digital, was presented to Yvonne by Nick Forster, Bolinda Digital Sales Director, and Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships.

Cornwall Libraries now offer more than 2300 ebooks which, once downloaded, can be read at any time, even when not connected to the internet.  Newly released titles are added every month and as publishers release ebooks for library use, more are added to the collection.

Recently, Random House released ebooks by Lee Child, James Patterson and Jacqueline Wilson.  

Linda Moffatt, Stock Team Leader for Cornwall Libraries said:  “Since we launched this innovative new service for Cornwall it has become very popular with 1537 ebooks downloaded. The service is simple to use. If you are already a library member, all you need to do is create a free BorrowBox account using your library card. Then simply login and discover the great collection which is available 24/7. If using a smartphone or tablet, the BorrowBoxApp is available free for both Apple and Android devices. Customers can borrow 5 eBooks for 2 weeks and 5 eAudiobooks for 3 weeks.

The ebook will automatically delete at the end of the loan period, so there are no overdue charges. If you haven't finished reading it, you can renew twice.  Reserving an ebook is free and if it is already on loan, you can reserve it and you will receive an email when it is ready to download. Reading is easy on the move, at home or in work.”

Yvonne said: “ I am quite thrilled by this win as I have never won anything before! I think the Cornwall library e books is a great service.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships Adam Paynter said: “Congratulations to Yvonne.  I am delighted that this exciting new service has been so well received. We know that many people now read books and magazines on their tablet or smartphone so being able to download ebooks and magazines will meet their needs.  There is free computer access in all Cornwall Council libraries and one stop shops and some libraries also have free WI FI making it possible for customers to pop into the library, choose a print book, check emails and download an ebook, all free of charge.”

Customers can also download ebooks from home and on the move, as long as they have a Cornwall Library membership card and an internet connection.

Dawn Schofield, Online Team Leader said: “There are many other really exciting free eresources available on the Cornwall Libraries webpages too, such as Theory Test Pro training for the Driving test, free Lifelong Learning courses, Encyclopedia Britannica, newspapers and downloadable emagazines.  And of course, access to books, audio books, dvds and information in our libraries. Library membership is free and this new service will hopefully encourage more people to join the library and discover all of the resources we offer.”

 

Story posted 10 October 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Cornish residents warned to be prepared for high tides and potential flooding

Corwall Council News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:14

Following warnings of potential flooding in a number of areas across Cornwall during tonight’s (08 October 2014) and tomorrow’s (09 October 2014) high tides, agencies are asking everyone to take precautions where necessary.

Over the past few hours the Environment Agency has issued Flood Warnings for the South Cornwall coast from Lands End to Plymouth and parts of the North Cornwall coast as a result of the combination of high tides and strong winds.  These could lead to localised flooding in  number of areas, including Bude, Wadebridge, St Ives, Hayle, Perranporth, Newquay, Padstow, Port Isaac, Penzance, Falmouth,  Penryn, Flushing, Mevagissey, Par, Lostwithiel, Lerryn, Polperro, Looe, Seaton, Kingsand and Cawsand and Millbrook.

A Flood Warning has also been issued for Truro, with the flood defences at Garras Wharf and the city centre at risk of over topping during tomorrow’s high tide which is due at 6.30am.  Pedestrians and motorists are being advised to avoid these areas around the times of high tide. Key routes into Truro including the A39 at Tresillian and between Devoran and the Norway Inn may be affected at the height of the tide affecting commuters          

Officers from Cornwall Council’s Highways, Environment, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management services, Devon and Cornwall Police, CORMAC and the Environment Agency will be monitoring the situation and are on standby to deal with any problems.

During the floods which took place last year a number of householders reported difficulties in obtaining sandbags when the heavy rain affected their local area.  As neither the Council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags, anyone whose property is prone to flooding should ensure they have a supply of sandbags ready to protect their home or business should they need to.  Local communities are also encouraged to check with vulnerable neighbours in case they need help with obtaining flood protection materials.

Sandbags can be obtained from builders merchants, DIY and hardware stores. Anyone who is unsure if their property is at risk can check on the Environment Agency website or call the floodline on 0845 988 1188. 

Members of the public are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website or by listening to local radio and be prepared to change travel plans.

Further advice on preparing for flooding is also available on our flooding webpages.

 

Story posted 08 October 2014

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Public meeting to be held in Hayle to hear views on planning application

Corwall Council News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:49

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on planning application PA14/00532 - Hayle Shopping Park and Marsh Lane Nature Reserve Marsh Lane Hayle Cornwall TR27 5LX

The application is for a retail development including access, servicing and infrastructure works, car parking, public realm improvements and landscaping; footpaths, bird hide and landscaping to the nature reserve and surrounding land.

The public meeting will be held at 6.00pm on Tuesday 04 November at Hayle Community School, 3 High Lanes, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4DN.

Anyone who attends the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Strategic Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for Councillors to listen to the views of local people.  Please note no decision will be taken at the Public Meeting.

The planning application will be considered and debated at a future meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee. 

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register under reference number PA14/00532.

 

Story posted 10 October 2014

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Public meeting to be held in Saltash to hear views on Stoketon planning application

Corwall Council News - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:40

Cornwall Council is holding a public meeting to share information and listen to public opinion on planning application PA14/02447 – Land at Broadmoor Farm,  Stoketon, Cornwall.

The application is for outline permission for a mixed use residential-led development, including up to 1000 homes, a care home, sheltered housing, a neighbourhood centre, hotel, primary school,  open space including parks, outdoor sports provision, allotments, community orchards and forest gardens and associated highways works.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 October 2014 at 6pm at Saltash.net community school, Wearde Road, Saltash, PL12 4AY 

Anyone who attends the meeting who wishes to express their views on the planning application to the Strategic Planning Committee will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak.

The public meeting provides an opportunity for Councillors to listen to the views of local people.  Please note no decision will be taken at the Public Meeting.

The planning application will be considered and debated at a future meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register under reference number PA14/02447.

 

Story posted 10 October 2014

Categories: Cornwall

Calling all Cornish songwriters and bands

Corwall Council News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:09

The search is on for a Cornish song to represent Cornwall at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland!

Kan rag Kernow is the annual competition to find the winning song, and MAGA, the Cornish Language Partnership, is offering help with writing lyrics in Cornish for any bands or singers who would like to enter.

The winning act at Kan rag Kernow will represent Cornwall at the festival, which takes place in Derry in Northern Ireland between 6-12 April 2015.

Our entries have a great track record in the contest, with Benjad winning in 2012 and 2013, and The Aggie Boys came second in 2014. In 2003/4/5 we were the only Celtic nation ever to win three times in a row!

“What better way to get your song heard on an international stage?” said Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Economy and Culture. “This is a must for all aspiring musicians in Cornwall.”

This year, applicants can enter either one or two songs into the Kan Rag Kernow competition. Entries should be newly composed especially for the competition and are welcomed in any genre of music.  All songs must also be written and performed in Cornish and, as previously, MAGA is offering assistance to writers and bands wanting to enter the competition. 

“If you would like to enter the competition but feel you don’t have sufficient knowledge of the language to write lyrics in Cornish yourself, MAGA can help by assigning you a translator to work with you on your song, free of charge,” said Jenefer Lowe, Manager of MAGA

Shortlisted entries to the Kan rag Kernow competition will compete against one another at a live concert in Cornwall, and a panel of judges will decide which song will go on to represent Cornwall in Ireland in April.

The deadline for entries is Friday 12 December 2014.  Anyone interested in entering a song, or working with one of the MAGA translators, should contact the MAGA office for an application pack on 01872 323497 or e-mail cornishlanguage@cornwall.gov.uk

Story posted 07 October 2014

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Street performers will be 'Brewing up the Past' in Redruth this autumn

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 18:01

The history of Redruth and in particular the stories around the old Redruth Brewery site, will be brought to life on the streets this autumn as characters parade through the town to ‘Brew up the past’ and revive and replenish the history of the old brewery site and its inhabitants.

At various times on 11 October, 08 November, 29 November and 13 December, performers from the Cascade Theatre Company will take to the streets of Redruth to celebrate the town as part of a community history project which has been launched to support the Kresen Kernow project to build a new archive centre for Cornwall at the former Redruth Brewery site.

The community history project aims to communicate the history of the old Brewery site, learn some of the locals’ memories and introduce the people of Redruth to the archive and library collections that will be at Kresen Kernow.

This autumn, characters ranging from larger than life street cleaners to Ghost Story Gathering Geeks scanning for traces of the past and its stories of wonderment or whimsy, will share their treasure trove of tales and soak up new stories from the public as they capture memories of the area, particularly of the Brewery site itself.

Carol and Kit, the Directors of Cascade, said: “The whole team are really excited by this project. It is different, varied and offers so much potential for innovative work and interacting with the people of Redruth.

Cascade Theatre Company will be helping Kresen Kernow “Brew Up The Past” with some fun, engaging and informative street theatre in Redruth. 

Imagine yourself doing some day to day shopping in Redruth when you encounter larger than life characters. You may take home much more than just your shopping!”

Another key aspect of “Brewing up the Past” is to help people look for and present the history of the area and its people. Volunteers who wish to become involved will be fully trained and will learn important skills they will be able to take forward into their own local or family history research.

If you are interested in sharing your stories, photographs, film footage, artifacts or taking part in the volunteering or training sessions or in any other way, please contact Iain Rowe at Cornwall Record Office irowe1@cornwall.gov.uk 01209 323127,

www.facebook.com/kresenkernow

 

Story posted 06 October 2014

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Cornwall Trading Standards targets illegal vehicle diagnostic software

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 17:06

Trading Standards officers from Cornwall Council’s Fair Trading team have been paying unannounced visits to car servicing garages over the past week on the hunt for illegal and unlicensed vehicle diagnostic software.

Senior Cornwall Trading Standards Officer, Gary Webster said:  “The servicing and repair of modern cars often requires specialist diagnostic equipment and computer software. We are concerned that garages may be tempted to use illegal copies of the software which not only gives them an unfair commercial advantage over their competitors, but also potentially puts the safety of their customers at risk. Many of these copied versions are very out of date, and don’t flag up any current safety and recall warnings for specific vehicles.”

The officers have been working with specialists from the motor industry to identify users of the illegal software and raise awareness of the issues with garage owners. Where unlicensed copies have been found, the owners have been asked to remove the software voluntarily.

Gary goes on to say “We know that garages have been approached by individuals offering to install the software at a very low price. In some cases the illegal software installation has caused conflicts with other programs and introduced computer viruses. On this occasion we have been offering an amnesty to those garage operators found in possession of unlicensed systems, provided that they agreed to the removal of the software on the spot. In future, anyone found to be knowingly using unlicensed software of this kind may face prosecution.”

Garages who think that they may have got unlicensed or illegal copies of diagnostic software are urged to contact Trading Standards on 0300 1234 191, who will put them in touch with the relevant specialists to assist in the removal of the product.

 

Story posted 06 October 2014

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World Mental Health Day on 10 October

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:43

A variety of events are taking place in support of World Mental Health Day on 10 October.  The day is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and challenge the stigma that exists in this area.  With one in four people likely to experience some kind of mental distress at some point in their lives, everyone probably knows someone who had, has or will experience mental ill health, even if they themselves are not one of that twenty five percent.

This year’s campaign is ‘Living Well with Your Mind’ and the theme in Cornwall is about promoting the benefits that physical activity can have on mental health and wellbeing.

Public Mental Health have designed materials specifically to raise the awareness of the campaign, along with a wallet sized card specially for services users, carers and those who may not yet have accessed any services.  The handy card will have contact details for those who need to seek help but are not sure what to do in a crisis.

Working with our partners in Cornwall Foundation Trust and NHS Kernow we are also supporting events running all week including a service at Truro Cathedral, entitled ‘It’s all about meaning.  What does it mean to be you?  What does it mean to be us?’ on Sunday 12 October, from 2pm-4pm.  It will involve music, poetry readings and reflections on the connection between spirituality and mental health and wellbeing and will seek to answer the questions it poses on an individual, relational and transcendental level.

Jim McKenna, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care, supports World Mental Health Day.  He explained: “Mental ill health is something that could affect any one of us and is not an easy thing to live with.  Helping people with physical health problems to avoid falling into mental health problems too, and keeping those with mental health issues in good shape physically, is a real challenge.  If you are in any doubt, or need any support, please talk to your GP.”

Mental health and physical health linked

Mental and physical health and wellbeing are strongly linked and the evidence is getting stronger.

Rethink have reported that people with severe mental illness die on average 20 years younger than the rest of the population, because they are more likely to develop conditions like diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

People with mental ill health therefore need to take extra care of their physical health, including giving up smoking, and taking exercise, as well as annual check-ups with the GP or practice nurse.

Physical ill health often linked with mental health issues

Almost a third of the population have one or more long-term conditions, including a range of conditions that can be managed but often not cured, such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma, certain cancers or cardiovascular disease, and HIV/AIDS.

Research shows that people with long-term conditions are two to three times more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. Overall, the evidence suggests that at least 30 per cent of all people with a long-term condition also have a mental health problem.

People with physical ill health therefore also need to take extra care of their mental wellbeing, including 5 ways to wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • Give

Taking steps to promote good physical and mental health

The promotion of physical wellbeing for people with mental health issues involves acting to create living conditions and environments that support mental health and allow people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. 

Healthcare providers are working to ensure people can access appropriate services when they need to, and that services work for the people who need them, as well as giving individual advice on medication, side effects and maintaining a balance.

People who are at risk are encouraged to have regular physical health checks and  educated about how to look after themselves and maintain optimal health despite the challenges posed by poor mental health.  Various options are available, including cookery classes, low cost sports centre membership, green gyms and walking groups.  There is also the opportunity to seek advice on claiming all government benefits to which they are entitled, and support to participate more in work and community life.

 

Story posted 06 October 2014

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Council to join debate on economic benefits of Cornwall's culture to local businesses

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:37

Cornwall Council is taking part in a special seminar to consider the potential economic benefits of using Cornwall’s distinctive culture and identity to help promote local businesses at the Pool Innovation Centre between 5.30pm – 8pm on Monday, 13 October 2014.

“The Economic Value of Culture” seminar, which has been organised by KernowPods in conjunction with Cornwall Council and supported by the Pool Innovation Centre, will consider the business benefits and value of using the Cornish identity and culture. The event will be chaired by Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

A specialist panel, including key representatives from business, culture and local government, will discuss possible ways of utilising the cultural tools available and identifying key organisations that can help businesses make use of the term ‘Cornish’ for financial profit. It will also look at some of the values associated with this term and the background to them.  The event is also being supported by Roddas.

Panel members will include Julian German, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture; Simon Tregoning, Managing Director of Classic Cottages; Ross Williams, Director of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust; Jenefer Lowe, Programme manager for MAGA - the Cornish Language Partnership and Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste.

Julian German, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture, said: “We recognise the importance of Cornish culture and heritage and this seminar gives businesses an opportunity to explore how to incorporate this unique selling point in their marketing.”

You can sign up for free tickets for the seminar at eventbrite.

 

Story posted 06 October 2014

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Pathways opens its doors to celebrate 10 years of providing care for vulnerable children and young people in Cornwall

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:50

Friday 17 October will be a very special day for everyone connected with Pathways, the Cornwall wide service which provides care for vulnerable children and young people, as it will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on that day.

Based in a nine bedded purpose built home in St Blazey, Pathways offers personalised care packages to children and young people aged between five and 17 years with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, and with learning disabilities.   This includes long term residential care and crisis and assessment support.

Pathways first opened its doors to children and young people in 2004. Originally housed in the Kerensa building, it moved to the Pathways site in 2007.  Over the past ten years it has provided a ‘home’ environment and specialist support to 29 of Cornwall’s most complex children and families.  In 2014 it was judged by Ofsted as providing “outstanding” outcomes for children.

The 23 strong staff team are committed to improving outcomes and providing individual care and support and are proud of their ability to learn, grow and be creative to ensure each child feels valued, important and loved.

The Service Manager for Residential Short Breaks, Kath Brown said “As Line Manager of the service I am very proud of the achievements, both of the service and the skills of the team.  I was involved in the initial planning and development of the service, oversaw the build and managed the challenges of the temporary location at Kerensa and then onto the new site at St Blazey.  It was an innovative idea that has worked so successfully for the young people and families involved. It has enabled young people to remain in Cornwall amongst their familiar networks and move on successfully to positive longer term options. “Well done Pathways, Happy Anniversary”.

Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added “The Pathways team should be very proud of 10 years of service to disabled children. Their achievements during these 10 years in improving the lives of children are numerous.  This has also been recognised by Ofsted by an Outstanding inspection in 2014”.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the service on 17 October staff are staging a special open day between 11 and 2pm.  Invitations are being sent to children, families, professionals and anyone who is interested learning about the service.

People who attend the event will have the opportunity to meet members of the team over a cake and a drink, try a range of fun activities and share their ideas and thoughts for the future.

Staff and professionals who have been involved with the service over the past ten years are full of praise for its achievements.

“Wow 10 years!  I wish you more success and I do know about the positive difference that you and all of the staff make to the lives of disabled children that you come into contact with” said Teresa Stacey, Team Manager Disabled Children and Therapy Service West. “I want to take this opportunity to say what a wonderful resource Pathways is and how invaluable it is in relation to the children that all of the staff comes into contact with.  Thank you.”

“A big thanks to all staff at Pathways who offered support to J, who found this support very beneficial and has told his carer that he has very much enjoyed his time undertaking activities with staff from Pathways.“ said one social worker.” Your team has worked alongside J and sought his views to ensure the best outcome for him” , said another, whileDr Elizabeth Piper, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CAMHS -LD & Gweres Kernow, added “It is rare to see such consistent, professionalism within a team, there is a shared commitment to working together to meet the needs of young people’.

Parents and carers have also praised the support they have received from staff at Pathways.  “Thank you for all the wonderful care you have all taken of S over the past few years.  S really enjoyed her time with you.” said one parent, while another added “Thank-you all for the love, support and care towards R, most of all you are all incredible people and all my best wishes to each and everyone of you.”

“Without exception we have found all the Pathways staff to be utterly professional, well trained, trustworthy and above all dedicated to supporting and caring for J” said another parent.  “The Pathways facility and its magnificent staff were overwhelmingly the single most significant factor in ensuring J has developed into the fine young man that he is”.

 

Story posted 06 October 2014

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Works set to start on repairing Newquay's iconic Huer’s Hut

Corwall Council News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:26

Cornwall Council has formally appointed a contractor to carry out works to the Huer’s Hut, one of the most well known landmarks in Newquay.

The Hut, a small stone building perched on the Towan headland in Newquay, is a Grade II* listed building, and a popular attraction with both visitors and local residents.  Reputedly dating back to the 14th century, it is believed to be the oldest remaining building in Newquay.

The Council, has a long-term lease on the building, and is responsible for its repair and maintenance.  Over the years repairs have been carried out to protect the building from damage against coastal storms, but it is now necessary to carry out more extensive works to protect this important landmark.

Earlier this year a local campaign group was set up to help raise awareness of the importance of the building and to raise funds for its repair. The Council has been working closely with the group and the wider local community to secure the long term future of the building and has successfully bid for a £17,000 grant from the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and secured a £16,000 contribution from s106 monies to enable essential works to be carried out on the building.

RYEARCH have now been appointed to carry out the scheme, with works expected to take place over the Autumn.  The works, which will include removing the loose lime wash, cement and inappropriate mortar from the stonework and re pointing it with lime mortar; redecorating the building internally and externally with limewash and fixing loose stones on the tops of the walls and castellations, are expected to take four weeks to complete. During this time scaffolding will be erected around the whole building.

The appointment of the contractor has been welcomed by local Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown, who said “After many months of negotiation I am delighted that we have now been able to achieve the total restoration of Newquay's iconic Huer’s Hut and at no cost to the local tax payer.  The refurbishment of this lime mortar constructed building should ensure its future for many years to come.

“The original building is thought to have dated from 14th century and may have been a hermitage but in the 19th century it was the base for the HUER who guided the local fishing fleet so they could shoot their nets around the vast pilchard shoals which appeared in Newquay Bay”. 

 

Story posted 06 October 2014

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